If you spend hours watching #spotlightingredients TikToks before bed… hello! 👋
Welcome to our club, we’re glad you could make it 😌
We guess that means you’ve spotted oat kernel oil while you were scrolling. We’re big fans of the stuff here - our Soothe range formulas are packed with it. But you might be wondering what it is and why it’s so good for your skin.
Oat kernel oil, or Avena Sativa, is made from, yep, you guessed it, oat kernels. It’s super softening and hydrating for your skin because it’s a kind of fat - but with a non-greasy finish, so it won’t make your pores freak out. It’s full of antioxidants and omega 6, plus it absorbs into your skin quickly, so lots of wins there.
Here are some more reasons to love oat kernel oil 😍
1. It’s a humectant
Humectants are moisturisers that pull water from the middle layers of your skin to the top layers. They can draw water from the air into your skin too - sort of like a 🧲. It’s really clever stuff.
This helps your skin look plump and actually hydrates it as well, so retaining moisture is the name of the game here.
2. It’s a natural cleanser
Oat kernel oil doesn’t just moisturise your skin - it cleanses it too. This ingredient breaks down makeup and wicks away dirt and excess sebum, so your face feels clean without being stripped of its natural oils.
Less stuff left in your pores = fewer spots for your skin 🙌
(that’s why we put it in our cleanser, FYI).
3. It’s anti-inflammatory
More magic from this TikTok-approved ingredient? You bet.
If you never pick your spots, let them heal naturally and don’t touch your face throughout the day, you can skip this one (although we know you’re lying 👀).
Oat kernel oil has anti-inflammatory properties, which means that slathering it on will help soothe skin that’s kicking off due to dryness/spots/allergic reactions/skin conditions.
4. It’s prebioticHere’s one of the cleverest benefits: oat kernel oil is prebiotic.
Your skin has its own microbiome - reams of bacteria that live on the surface and keep it looking good and working how it should. Oat kernel oil feeds the beneficial bacteria so they can keep up the good work. It also stops the less beneficial bacteria getting out of control and taking over. These are the ones that can lead to infections and bad skin days 🙅♀️
Basically, oat kernel oil is best mate material for your skincare routine.