A warm bath can be the solution to a lot of problems. Bad day at work? Take a bath. Itchy dry skin? Take a bath. Feeling stressed and anxious? Then get in the tub!
Oatmeal contains compounds that have anti-inflammatory and moisture-retaining properties. Our Soak made with Colloidal Oats combined with other natural products, takes your the bath experience to a skin smoothing experience you will want to repeat each week.
WHAT ARE COLLOIDAL OATS?
Colloidal oatmeal is made by grinding oat grains into a fine powder. Research shows its unique compounds boast both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and protect your skin’s moisture. Colloidal Oats
- act as a buffering agent, which helps skin maintain a normal pH
- provide antiviral activity, such as helping treat skin rashes
- reduce the rate of histamine release in mast cells, which are present in allergic skin reactions
- cleanse the skin, thanks to the presence of saponins that have soap-like activity
While rare, you could have an unpleasant reaction to an oatmeal bath. Before taking the plunge, make sure you test some of the oatmeal soak mixture on a small patch of skin. If you experience any type of irritation, an oatmeal bath is not for you.
If you have celiac disease, make sure the oats in your bath are gluten-free, since oats are often cross-contaminated with gluten. Though topical application of products containing gluten are not known to cause issues, it’s always best to be safe.
If you have a rash that continues to stick around, skip the bath and call your doctor.
How to run the perfect Oatmeal Soak bath
To make the oatmeal bath your skin is yearning for, here’s what you need to do:
- Start filling up the tub with *warm* water. A hot, steamy bath can inflame the skin, causing redness, itching, and even peeling — similar to a sunburn — and can disrupt the skin's natural balance of moisture, robbing you of the natural oils, fats, and proteins that keep skin healthy. Lukewarm to warm water only!
- While the tub is filling up, sprinkle about 1-1.5 cups of your oat soak under the tap. Add more or less depending on the size of your tub.
- Mix the oatmeal into the water as the tub fills to the right level. The water should start turning a milky, white color.
Time to relax! Soak in the bath for 10 to 15 minutes to get all those good oat feels - limit it to 15 minutes to avoid moisture loss.
TIP: You can use a cotton/organza bag or even old pantyhose to put the oats in to help with clean up after your bath.
Following your bath, we recommended you pat your skin dry (never rub your skin) You can apply our Oatmeal Infused Balm to any problem areas to lock in all that good moisture the bath just gave your skin. Sometimes you can feel sticky from the oatmeal so simply rinse off with lukewarm water before drying.