OATMEAL: What does it do, and why do we use it?

At ShiKai, we use oatmeal that has been ground to a fine powder and then suspended in water. The pulverized oats actually absorb water, turning it slightly milky and thick. When added to a bath, the hydrated granules help moisturize, soothe and relieve minor skin irritations.

The real benefits of oatmeal come from its ability to bind to the skin. And because of its affinity for water, it acts as a moisturizer by attracting and holding water on the skin's surface. In addition, protein components, such as cellulose and fiber, anchor moisturizers for long lasting action. The result is softer, more elastic skin. This binding action also creates a barrier, which protects the skin from harmful substances. In addition, oatmeal soothes the skin, which helps reduce redness and itching.

Minor skin irritations caused by dermatitis, eczema, poison oak, chicken pox, insect bites, sunburn, and excessively dry skin may all be temporarily relieved by oatmeal baths.