What you didn’t know about Avena Sativa (oat kernel extract)

Avena Sativa may sound exotic, but it actually just comes from oats, indeed a component of bread and muesli! But in our daily life, in the form of Avena Sativa oat extract, it can also be found in hand, hair and body care.

Avena Sativa—summary


Oats are an annual grain and are native to Southeast Europe and Southwest Asia. Of all grains, oats contain the highest fat and protein content. Oats are also rich in many vitamins such as vitamins K, E, B1, B2 and B6, cobalt and magnesium. Ever since 2000 BC. Ever since 2000 BC. the Egyptians and Arabs used oats for skin care. More recently, oatmeal baths are more commonly recommended and used to treat skin inflammations such as eczema.

Avena Sativa

Avena Sativa kernel extract is found in the core of the grain and has antioxidant, calming and anti-inflammatory properties. On the skin, it proves its effect in a number of dermatological conditions such as itching (pruritus), insect bites, atopic dermatitis, skin inflammations such as acneiform dermatitis. In addition, it is also more commonly found in sun protection products.

Oatmeal contains avenanthramides, substances that have an anti-inflammatory effect and can soothe the skin. By putting oatmeal in a bath, the skin can come into contact with these substances and thus benefit from the positive effects.

Oatmeal is also increasingly used in face masks and scrubs because of its gentle and exfoliating effect. The fine grains of oatmeal can remove dead skin cells and dirt without damaging the skin. This makes oatmeal a suitable ingredient for people with sensitive skin who cannot tolerate harsh scrubs.

The results of the 2015 clinical study, which investigated the effects of Avena Sativa on the skin, were promising. The study showed that Avena Sativa actually has significant clinical effects on skin dryness, scaling, roughness and itching intensity. This means that the use of Avena Sativa can have a positive effect on skin health and contribute to a reduction of these skin problems.

Another advantage of Avena Sativa is that it is well tolerated and safe to use on all skin types, including children. This makes it an excellent choice for those looking for natural skin care products that have no harmful side effects.

For people with dry, itchy or sensitive skin, using Avena Sativa can certainly make life more enjoyable. It can help hydrate, soften and soothe the skin, leaving it feeling healthier and more comfortable. All in all, Avena Sativa offers many benefits for the skin and can be a valuable part of a healthy skin care routine.

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Reynertson KA, Garay M, Nebus J, Chon S, Kaur S, Mahmood K, Kizoulis M, Southall MD. Anti-inflammatory activities of colloidal oatmeal (Avena sativa) contribute to the effectiveness of oats in treatment of itch associated with dry, irritated skin. J Drugs Dermatol. 2015 Jan;14(1):43-8.

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Avena Sativa

Our Iconic Elements Sensitive cream contains Avena Sativa, also Jojoba, Shea and Coconut oil for more skin hydration and to restore the skin barrier. The pH acidity of sensitive cream, just like our other products, is around 5. This acidity is ideal for the skin, more about acidity.

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Dr. Francis Wu

Dr. Francis Wu, een vooraanstaande dermatoloog, is de drijvende kracht achter Iconic Elements. Hij heeft sinds 2004 zijn expertise ingezet om een veilige en effectieve huidverzorgingslijn te creëren, geschikt voor zowel gezonde huid als huidproblemen. Iconic Elements, opgericht in 2016, is de eerste brede skincare lijn in Nederland ontwikkeld door een dermatoloog. Als medisch specialist streeft Dr. Wu naar het bevorderen van het welzijn van mensen door hoogwaardige en effectieve huidverzorgingsproducten te bieden. De proefdiervrije en vegan producten vermijden schadelijke chemicaliën en bevatten natuurlijke ingrediënten.
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