Rub Your Breakfast In Your Face! #WorldPorridgeDay and Why Your Humble Oats Can Save Your Skin
This Tuesday marks yet another #worldporridgeday, and with the nights drawing in and the temperatures dropping, people continue to consume their warm and wholesome breakfast of Porridge Oats. Oats have been used by Humans for thousands of years. Not just in food and as an ingredient for your favourite flapjacks but to treat skin conditions, burns and inflammatory reactions. The oldest cultivated oats were dated to the bronze Age around 3000 years ago.
Ancient documents that make reference to oats interestingly all refer to their medicinal properties as oppose to their use as a food source. But by the eighteenth century, Oats had generally made its name as a food source and use declined. Fast forward to the Millennium and Oatmeal is now approved by the US food and drug administration as a skin protectant and is available in almost every form; bath treatments, cleaning soaps, body washes, shampoos, creams, lotions etc!
Oatmeal can be extracted into a variety of active ingredients that could be deemed attractive by consumers, singling out individual health benefits. In a market where unfamiliar lab-made chemicals can dominate, many forget about the simple benefits Oatmeal can provide. Some of the active ingredients extracted oatmeal include;
Oat Beta Glucan – In the skin Beta Glucan helps with infection control and collagen simulation. It helps with the healing process of skin and has been used to help treat burns.
Oat Avenanthramides – This ingredient is not just a mouth-full, parents favourite in the fight against eczema and other inflammatory skin conditions. It also provides a layer of UV protection.
When considering your next blend, consider oatmeal as a traditional product but with modern specifications. Available in many different forms, it’s a natural and cost-effective ingredient that has stood the test of time.