Oat Oil Uses

Oat oil is extracted from whole oat kernels
Oat oil is extracted from whole oat kernels (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Oats are not only consumed for nutritional purposes, but are also recognized as possessing healing and soothing properties. The gentle process used to extract oat oil from the whole oat kernels ensures that the biological value remains unaltered. Oat oil is rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids and natural emollients. Oat oil is used in many lotions, creams, facial oils, salves and balms since its properties add unique benefits.

Oat Oil Properties

Oat oil contains phospholipids and glycolipids, fats known as "polar lipids." These fats, in addition to essential fatty acids Omega-6 and Omega-9, also present in oat oil, have soothing and smoothing properties when applied to the skin. Full of antioxidants (including vitamin E) and anti-inflammatory properties, oat oil also protects the skin, acting as a barrier.

Skin Products

Oat oil is a natural moisturizer, packed full of vitamin E and essential fatty acids. After studies revealed it is completely harmless to skin, oat oil became commonplace in moisturizing and sunscreen products. Thanks to its antioxidants, as well as natural anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant properties, oat oil is also used in anti-aging and anti-allergen creams and ointments.

Hair Products

Vitamin E, essential fatty acids and antioxidants also have positive effects on hair, providing moisture and shine. Oat oil is used in hair conditioners, hair oils and serums.


This viscous oil is also effective in dry form and is therefore commonly used for powdered cosmetics thanks to its skin-moisturizing and enhancing properties. It's also used in emulsion-based (liquid-based) cosmetics such as foundations and lipsticks.

Avena Sativa

Avena Sativa is the scientific term for oats. More commonly, however, Avena Sativa is known as a potent oat extract, a dietary supplement used by men and women for its natural aphrodisiac properties.

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