Colloidal oatmeal refers to whole oat kernels (with bran) that have been finely milled and processed in order to be used as a skin protectant.
Difference between Oats Flour & Colloidal Oatmeal?: Oat flour normally has the bran removed to improve the taste for food applications. Colloidal oatmeal is manufactured with the bran as it contains the important skin soothing actives. In addition to this, there is a major difference in texture. Colloidal Oatmeal has smaller particle size than oats flour which makes it perfect for skincare applications. Colloidal oatmeal is finely ground and processed to allow these molecules to be used by the skin and forms a thin film which binds to the skin to form a soothing protective barrier.
Colloidal Oatmeal Benefits for Skin: When used topically, colloidal oatmeal soothes itchiness, rashes or any sort of inflammation on skin. Colloidal oatmeal is finely ground and processed to allow these molecules to be used by the skin and forms a thin film which binds to the skin to form a soothing protective barrier. If used regularly, it can avoid dryness and dry patches on skin. It also naturally sloughs away dirt, oil, and dead skin cells.
Colloidal Oatmeal Benefits for Hair: Oats contain polysaccharides which make hair soft, it is rich in omega-6 fatty acids that repair damaged hair, conditions rough hair, provides hydration, adds elasticity to hair while soothing scalp itchiness. Since colloidal oatmeal is a fine powder, it makes for a great ingredient in hair masks.
How to use it? Use it directly as a face/hair mask with water. Add it to your face masks/ bath powders/ powder cleanser/ hair masks/ soaps recipes. You can even add a tablespoon to your baby’s bath water.
Can you make Colloidal Oatmeal at home? NO! To be effective, colloidal oatmeal is micronized to a specific particle size. It also needs to be processed so the starch is modified so it can be effectively dispersed into balms/ bath water etc. This is not something that can be achieved at home by grinding oats in a coffee grinder or blender.