Oats float our boat

THE CHEMISTRY

Oats are known scientifically as Avena sativa. Oats have a unique group of polyphenolics, which are able to protect skin from lipid peroxidation, relieves itching, alleviate redness and reduce inflammation and swelling. Oat beta-glucan, was identified as a deep hydrating agent, capable of reducing fine lines and wrinkles, improving skin elasticity and accelerating tissue healing. Oat peptides are also found to give thin film barrier protection, stimulate collagen and reduce skin roughness.

HERSTORY

The use of oats in skin care dates back to around 2000 BC in Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula.  In various forms, (food, tea, baths) oats were used to treat insomnia, anxiety and skin conditions including eczema, burns and other inflammatory eruptions. The oldest cultivated oats were found in caves in Switzerland, dating to the Bronze Age, around 3,000 years ago.

DID YOU KNOW?

One half cup of oats has more than 25 percent of the recommended amount of biotin. Biotin is a B vitamin that contributes to great hair, skin, and nails.