Summer-Ready Radiance: Colloidal Oatmeal Formulations for Sensitive Skin


Here comes the sun! The season of flip-flops, ice cream and long, lazy days on the beach is upon us. Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated time of year, summer brings with it the promise of fun-filled adventures and outdoor escapades. However, for those with sensitive skin, the arrival of summer can also bring a host of woes. The combination of heat, humidity, and increased exposure to harsh rays can leave our delicate skin feeling irritated, inflamed, and downright uncomfortable. But with the right skincare arsenal and a little know-how, you can keep your sensitive skin calm, protected, and radiant all summer.

Understanding sensitive skin

Let’s begin by understanding more about ‘sensitive skin’. Dr Jaishree Sharad, cosmetic dermatologist, and founder, Skinfinitii aesthetic skin and laser clinic, says, “A common condition that affects an estimated 71% of adults worldwide, when the skin’s natural barrier function is compromised, leading to increased susceptibility to irritants and allergens. This can manifest as redness, itching, dryness, or a burning sensation, and is often exacerbated by factors such as harsh ingredients, fragrance, excessive sun exposure, temperature changes, and hormonal imbalances.”

In the summer months, these symptoms can become even more pronounced. The combination of heat and humidity can lead to increased water loss from the body, resulting in dehydration and heightened sensitivity. Meanwhile, exposure to the sun’s UV rays can cause further irritation, and aggravating symptoms like rashes, bumps, dry patches, and itchiness with excessive sweating leading to breakouts and acne prone skin.

“When it comes to sensitive skin, a regular routine of cleansing, moisturizing and toning with the added use of a high SPF sunscreen may leaving your skin asking more,” adds Dr Sharad.

Enter colloidal oatmeal: Nature’s skincare powerhouse

When it comes to soothing sensitive skin, few ingredients can rival the power of colloidal oatmeal. A skincare superhero, colloidal oatmeal keeps the skin hydrated and healthy, even in the harshest of conditions. It also helps restore normal pH levels and relieves itchiness.

Dr Sharad opines, “Packed with lipids, proteins, phenols, starches and anti-inflammatory vitamin E, colloidal oatmeal is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effectively soothing sensitive skin. When used as an ingredient, it offers significantly higher hydration levels and a longer duration of hydration. It also works by providing a multi-therapy approach for sensitive skin by strengthening the skin barrier and protecting against environmental aggressors.”

Today, more than half of people have sensitive skin. As per scientific studies, this sensitivity can change as they age. Colloidal oatmeal has emerged as a powerful ally in calming irritated skin. Multiple studies have shown its effectiveness in helping manage various sensitive skin conditions, with noticeable improvement as early as 2 weeks after use. This hero ingredient has also been recognised by US The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its reach reaching/scientific benefits, officially classifying colloidal oatmeal as a skin protectant that helps relieve dryness, itching, and irritation.

Crafting Your Summer Skincare Routine

So, how can you incorporate colloidal oatmeal into your summer skincare routine to keep your sensitive skin calm and protected? Today, colloidal oatmeal is available across a broad spectrum of products, including cleansers, body washes, bath soaks, moisturizing creams, lotions and even shaving creams. Dr Sharad shares, “Start by choosing a gentle cleanser and moisturizer to help replenish/protect the skin’s moisture barrier, keeping it hydrated and nourished throughout the day. Look for formulations that are free from harsh chemicals, colors, and fragrances which can further irritate sensitive skin. Always opt for brands with ingredients and formulations which have been reviewed by dermatologists and recommended by them.”

In addition to your daily skincare routine, there are a few extra steps you can take to keep your sensitive skin happy especially during the summer months. Avoid hot showers and harsh exfoliators, as these can strip the skin’s natural oils and exacerbate dryness and irritation. Instead, opt for lukewarm water baths and choose gentle, hydrating cleansers that retain the natural moisture of the skin. It’s also important to protect the skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher before heading outdoors and reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.

As the summer sun sets on your adventures, let colloidal oatmeal be your trusted ally to keep skin healthy and nourished.


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