I’ve stopped eating oatmeal at breakfast, but I’m still slathering it all over my hands.
Because when you’re so OCD you wash your hands 100 times a day, you need to feed your hands some oats. If you don’t want to see them wither in front of your eyes, that is (geez, hygiene can be really bad for your hands sometimes 😉 ).
In case you’re wondering, my hands get their fix from Aveeno Skin Relief Restore & Protect Hand Cream. It’s their fave because it has three types of oats. Here’s the scoop:
Triple Oat Complex
So, what are these 3 types of oats I’m talking about?
- Avena Sativa Kernel Flour
- Avena Sativa Kernel Extract
- Avena Sativa Kernel Oil
Yep, we’re not throwing away anything here. When we get an oat, we use it all up. 🙂
But why? A few reasons:
- It’s soothing: oats have anti-inflammatory properties that calm down irritations, sunburns, rashes, hives, eczema, psoriasis… you name it, it soothes it.
- It makes skin stronger: oats strengthen your skin’s protective barrier, so your skin stays well hydrated (no more moisture loss, yay!).
- It prevents wrinkles: oats are full of antioxidants, like vitamin E, ferulic acid and caffeic acid. They fight free radicals, so they don’t give you wrinkles.
- It’s gentle: pretty much everyone can tolerate oats. If it’s good for kids and eczema sufferers, it’s good for you, too.
I’m not eating lots of oats these days because they turn into sugar in the bloodstream and I’m trying to limit my sugar intake. But on my skin? Bring them on!
Who hasn’t heard of this one? It’s pretty much everywhere.
Glycerin is a humectant. In lay terms, it attracts water from the environments into the skin and binds it in. That way, skin is well-hydrated for hours.
Hydrated skin = happy skin.
I know, I know. A lot of you didn’t want to see this one here. But, petrolatum isn’t as bad as it’s made out to be.
For one, all the impurities in oils are removed during the purifying process. It’s illegal to put petrolatum that hasn’t been purified in cosmetics. Period.
For two, it’s super moisturizing. It forms a barrier on the skin that keeps moisture in. With that on top, all that hydrating water ain’t going anywhere!
No cancer. Just soft hands.
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
Aveeno Skin Relief Restore & Protect Hand Cream has a lightweight texture that sinks immediately into my skin. That means I can stop touching things/getting dressed/randomly use my hands without leaving bits of cream everywhere.
I use it more often in winter because that’s when my skin needs it the most. It’s bad enough I wash my hands every 10 minutes, but add those moisture-sucking cold winds to the mix and my hands can get seriously dehydrated. Chapped, even.
Thankfully, a generous dollop of this cream fixes everything quickly. And, in summer, when the weather is kinder to my skin, it makes sure my hands stay soft and smooth for months.
If you’re a fellow OCDer about hand washing or have neglected your hands a bit too long and it’s starting to show up, slather them in oats. It’ll do the trick.