The humble oat. Oats are such an underappreciated ingredient, they are filling, nutrient rich and taste really good; but do you know how great of an ingredient they are in your skincare routine?
The main forms of oats used in skincare are colloidal oatmeal and oat lipid oil, BYBI uses the latter in our new night cream as a nutrient rich emollient, filling the cracks between your skin cells, thus restoring your skin barrier.
Oat lipid oil is the by-product of the oat milling process, the oil is rich in ceramides, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and phospholipids, all of which are loved and needed by our skin. Let’s dig deeper into these components!
Ceramides are natural components of our skin; they play an important role in our skin health by creating a barrier that retains moisture and keeps unwanted substances out; for example, ceramides inhibit the action of collagenase and elastase, which are enzymes that degrade collagen, elastin and other skin proteins. Those with eczema, dermatitis and dry skin often have a lower level of ceramides in their skin compared to those with “normal skin”. The levels of ceramides decrease with age but using harsh cleansers and other stripping products can also decrease the levels of ceramides, leading to dull and dry skin. Using a product rich in ceramides is a great addition to your routine to nourish and protect skin.
Our skin is attacked everyday by aggressors such as UV rays and pollution. Oats contain antioxidants called tocotrienol. This is a form of Vitamin E and should not be confused with tocopherols. Tocotrienols combat oxidative stress of the skin by reducing lipid oxidation from exposure to UV rays. They are more effective tocopherols due to their shorter, more flexible chemical ‘tail’ allowing them to penetrate tissues with saturated fatty layers more efficiently.
Essential fatty acids
Linoleic Acid is the most abundant polyunsaturated fatty acid in our skin and happens to be the most abundant fatty acid in oat oil. It is great retaining water in our skin and reducing trans epidermal water loss by creating a hydrophobic barrier. When this barrier is disrupted scaling, thickening and flaking of the skin can occur due to dehydration, leaving skin looking dull and feeling irritated.
Phospholipid contain a hydrophilic ‘head’, and a hydrophobic 'tail' allowing them to bind water to other substances providing enhanced moisturisation. Due to the varying chemistry within the molecule, phospholipids form a bilayer which is similar to the bilayer found in skin. This makes phospholipids in cosmetics easy to absorb and to integrate into the skin's structure.
We hope that after this blog post you never look at oats in the same way and appreciate all the nutrients that they have.
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