A Superfood for your Skin!


We all know what a Superfood Oatmeal is right? As a fiber-rich superfood it does an amazing job of sopping up cholesterol and speeding it out of the body, along with a host of other benefits. But did you know it can work absolute wonders on the skin?

Colloidal Oatmeal is a specially prepared form of oatmeal for use in creams, skincare treatments etc.

Skin benefits of Colloidal Oatmeal as a cleanser and treatment have been written in medical literature since the Roman Empire. Still today, it is highly regarded for soothing, itchy inflamed skin. One of Colloidal Oatmeal’s’ secrets is a potent anti-inflammatory agent known as Avena Sativa (Figure 1).

Avena Sativa

Studies reveal it attacks the inflammation chain reaction in two ways (1) it enzymatically reduces production of the pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-8 (IL-8) and, (2) Influences Nuclear Factor κB to further decrease IL-8 and control feedback mechanisms affecting the magnitude and duration of the inflammation response.

However, Colloidal Oatmeal doesn’t stop its magic here, it’s an excellent moisturiser and also contains Beta Glucan; which helps facilitate wound healing, aid’s the immune system and helps the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.

Inflammation is distress caused by means of infectious agents, toxins, physical and/or oxidative stress causing the classic symptoms of redness, heat, oedema and pain. This immune response on your skin can result in or be a side-effect of; acne, contact dermatitis, rash, rosacea or allergic reactions.

In order to decrease the severity of the inflammation, cosmeceuticals aim to break down or limit the chain reaction of mediators. Or simply manage the inflammatory symptoms.

For inflamed, itchy, red, sensitive skin, you can’t go past the Anti-oxidant Oatmeal Mask by David Deans Skincare.

This mask will additionally benefit your skin with the potent ingredients of Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil. Both are excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agents, thus not only managing the inflammatory response but can prevent/fight the actual infection itself.

In a salon setting – the David Deans Skincare Anti-oxidant Oatmeal Mask is potent enough to calm redness after an intense extraction filled facial, ease inflammatory skin conditions but still sensitive enough to be used after steam treatment on open pores without causing irritation.

 

 

Ellie Johnston
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