Monday, March 23, 2015
MY HOMEMADE COLLOIDAL OAT SKIN CREAM, UPDATED
|MY HOMEMADE COLLOIDAL OAT SKIN CREAM|
I know this is a food blog, but I just have to share this skin cream recipe with you-- actually, though you wouldn't really want to eat it, it wouldn't harm you to do so!
I have an off-and-on problem with eczema, and it's been "on" for the last few years. It's better since I got rid of all detergents and palm oil from my life (there are detergents in SO many things-- shampoos, conditioners, etc-- and many of them derived from palm oil). I don't use anything scented. I won't go into everything I do or use, or have tried, but, suffice it to say that I've done extensive research and that I prefer not to use cortisone creams (having had a bad rash from one in the past).
Lately, I've been using ground oatmeal and warm water as a facial scrub and it always feels really nice after that.
So I have been reading and watching videos about the benefits of colloidal oatmeal-- which is really just finely-ground oatmeal boiled with water to extract the colloidal material. Basically, it boils down to this: "The many clinical properties of colloidal oatmeal derive from its chemical polymorphism. The high concentration in starches and beta-glucan is responsible for the protective and water-holding functions of oat. The presence of different types of phenols confers antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. Some of the oat phenols are also strong ultraviolet absorbers. The cleansing activity of oat is mostly due to saponins. Its many functional properties make colloidal oatmeal a cleanser, moisturizer, buffer, as well as a soothing and protective anti-inflammatory agent." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17373175
There are many commercial products that contain colloidal oats (see this article), but most of them have some ingredients that I find objectionable, and they can be very expensive. So, I did some research, and looked up lots of homemade recipes. Many had expensive and even hard to find ingredients. So, I just went for it yesterday and made my own cream with what I had around the house. I ground rolled oats to a fine powder-- much cheaper than buying colloidal oat powder to make colloidal oatmeal-- it's the same thing!
I'm so pleased with the results! The cream was easy and cheap to make and feels wonderful on the skin-- it doesn't feel greasy, it just makes the skin feel soft.
BRYANNA'S HOMEMADE COLLOIDAL OAT SKIN CREAM
Updated on April 6, 2016
Makes about 2 1/2 cups
Keep refrigerated between uses.
Note: This recipe can be cut in half, if you prefer.
1/2 cup very finely-ground oatmeal (best ground in a clean dry small electric spice mill to a powder, or in a home grain mill, or a dry high-speed blender)
2 cups water
4 tablespoons shea butter
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (OR any mild oil that works for you!)
1 teaspoon soy or sunflower lecithin (this is an emulsifying agent)
(NOTE: If you don't have lecithin, or can't use it, try using 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon or guar or xanthan gum instead.)
1000 mg vitamin C tablet, crushed to a fine powder (for preserving qualities)
Whisk the oat flour/powder and water together in a medium pot or deep (2 qt.) microwave-safe measuring beaker or bowl (it boils over easily). Either stir it on the stovetop until it comes to a boil, then turn down, cover and simmer for 20 minutes OR (my preference) microwave at high power for 5 minutes. Either way, it should result in a thick "glop".
Strain the "glop" through a fine mesh strainer into your blender-- push it through the strainer with the back of a spoon.
Melt the shea butter over low heat in a small pot, or on half power in a small microwave-safe vessel, in one minute increments.
Pour the olive oil, melted shea butter, lecithin and crushed vitamin C into the oat "glop". Blend until it is creamy and emulsified. Place in 2 scalded pint jars with tight lids and refrigerate. It will firm up when cooled. Keep refrigerated between uses.