Given that it’s almost summer, I find it interesting that anyone would release a soothing, healing product for dry skin. But then again, given the higher rates of sunburn and UV exposure, maybe First Aid is onto something with their new Ultra Healing Concentrate ($28.00, Sephora.com)
About Colloidal Oatmeal
Colloidal oatmeal is one of the few skin care ingredients that is regulated by the U.S. FDA. From the Avena sativa L. plant, colloidal oatmeal is simply oats ground into an extremely fine powder. It is known for soothing and calming the skin, as studies have shown it improves barrier function, cleanses, soothes, and even contains soothing antioxidant vitamin E (Cosmetic Dermatology supplement, 2008).
Colloidal oatmeal also relieves pain and itching by inhibiting prostaglandin synthesis in a mechanism similar to that of the drug indomethacin (Cosmetic Dermatology supplement, 2008).
Due to its anti-inflammatory and soothing nature, studies published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology suggest using colloidal oatmeal as a first-line treatment to alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis, eczema, and atopic dermatitis. It is suggested that use of colloidal oatmeal to treat these conditions may allow for reduced need of topical drugs like corticosteroids or calcineurin inhibitors, which have more known potential side effects than colloidal oatmeal.
First Aid Ultra Healing Concentrate has a high concentration of shea butter, which has been reported by many sources, including this study in the Journal of Nutraceuticals, to be an emollient with excellent proven effectiveness for skin.
I recommend this cream to anyone with patches of dry skin – aside from lactic acid, this product has many of the leading ingredients in treating dry skin!
Product Rating: 9/10
High or optimized concentration of clinically/scientifically-proven ingredients: 3/3
Unique formulation or new technology: 3/3
Value: 2/3 (because it works)
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