Colloidal Oat Flour used in Cosmetics and Beauty products

Blog on the Benefits of Colloidal Oat Flour used in Formulation of Cosmetics, Beauty and Personal Care Products

Cuross Bakhtiar at

4/8/20243 min read

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Colloidal Oat Flour in Cosmetics and Personal Care


FSS Colloidal Oat Flour is a cost effective option for delivering skin benefits. These benefits range from cleansing and moisturizing to soothing and protecting the skin from the detrimental effects of environmental exposure. This coincides with the rigorous demands of Today’s natural Actives marketplace. The Organic Monitor, which tracks the market for authentic natural cosmetic products, has seen double digit global growth for the past decade and expects this trend to continue, although there was a slight dip in recession hit 2009. The economic crisis coupled with a great demand for Natural Actives has prompted the research of alternative ingredients to develop products that are advantageous in terms of product function and cost effectiveness.

We are often quick to forget that our forefathers endured the same harsh environmental elements without the cosmetic protection and cosmetic reversal agents we have access to today. Dating back to 2000 BC, oats, in various forms including tea, food, and baths, were used to treat insomnia, anxiety and skin conditions like eczema, burns and other inflammatory eruptions. Then, in the late 19th Century, the remedy was revived as adding oats to one’s bath became a growing trend. However, it wasn’t until 1945 that colloidal oatmeal was produced through the discovering that when finely ground oats were boiled, they released colloidal material. By the 1950’s, researchers noticed changes in their qualitative data analysis. Users were now reporting a cosmetic improvement when using colloidal oatmeal, describing their skin as being "softer” and "silkier” when included in their routine.

The development of colloidal oats has been shown to provide cleansing, moisturizing and smoothing benefits to the skin, in addition to, protecting the skin from UV radiation. The oats are ground into fine flour, producing a cosmetic agent that can be used as an addition to baths, powders, and moisturizing creams. The beneficial cosmetic properties of colloidal oat flour derive from its chemical polymorphism. The high concentrations in starches and beta-glucan are responsible for the protective and water-holding function of the oats. Presence of different types of phenols confers anti-oxidant and soothing activity. Some of the oat phenols are also strong ultraviolet absorbers. The flavonoids found in oats appear to be the phenol structure responsible for absorbing the UV rays, serving as the protectant property for the skin’s defense against photo-aging. In preliminary research, flavonoids have indicated to potentially modify allergens, viruses, and carcinogens, and therefore may be biological "response modifiers”. In 2003, the FDA regulated colloidal oat flour as a skin protectant drug product.

FSS Colloidal Oat Flour was developed through adding taking colloidal oats and grounding them into a fine powder that can be added to a variety of cosmetic products. FSS Colloidal Oat Flour serves as a cost effective option in protecting the skin from exposure to environmental elements, while promoting the luxury of having silky, smooth skin. FSS Colloidal Oat Flour is a perfect, economically conscious choice when a customer desires a product that serves as a versatile base for cleansers and lotions where high activity is required to nourish and protect the skin. In addition to being a cost effective solution for providing excellent protecting, moisturizing, cleansing, and soothing properties.

Benefits of FSS Colloidal Oat Flour:

• Excellent Soothing

• Strong Protection

• Ideal for Sensitive Skin & Baby Care Products

INCI Nomenclature: Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour
Appearance: Free Flowing Powder
Solubility: Water Soluble
Suggested Use Levels: 1.0-10.0%
Suggested Applications: Skin Conditioning, Soothing and Protecting
Formulating Guidelines: Add to the Aqueous phase of your formulation.
Storage: Protected from direct light and humidity at a temperature of 50°-77°F (10°-25°C)
Shelf life: 12 months from the date of manufacture.
This product should be added to a formulation at the recommended usage rate.

All products sold are cosmetic grade; External Use Only; Cosmetic & Personal Care Formulations Only.

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