Botanical binomial: Avena sativa
INCI Name: Avena sativa kernal oil
CAS No.: 84012-26-0
Country of Origin: Denmark
Part of plant used in production: Kernels
Methods of production: Cold-pressed
Oat is one of the most important cereal and fodder crop. Oat seeds contain approximately 25% oil.
Oat oil has light yellow colour and a weak odour of oat flakes.
Specific gravity: 0.919-0.921
Iodine value: 105-116
Saponification value: 180-199
% of unsaponifiables: 1.3-2.6
Solidation point 3oC
Its fatty acid composition is balanced between Oleic and Linoleic acid.
Fatty acid composition:
Palmitic acid 16:0 13.2-39.4%
Oleic acid 18:1 17.9-53%
Linoleic acid 18:2 24-53%
Palmitic acid is saturated fatty acid which give the Oat oil stability. Linoleic acid is essential fatty acid necessary for the function of our body and skin. Because Linoleic acid is also prone to oxidation the presence of Oleic acid and Palmitic acid make the Oat oil more stable and prolong its shelf life.
Also Oat oil has a high content of phytosterols 12,630 mg/kg (β sitosterol 6,470 mg/kg).
Vitamin E is present in the Oat oil 729 mg/kg (α tocopherol 346 mg/kg).
It also has Tocotrienols 175 mg/kg
Oat oil is particularly recommended in the care of sensitive, irritated, itchy or inflamed skin as well as mature and stresses skin. It has anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties due to the content of linoleic acid and high content of phytosterols. Phytosterols also help in restoration of impaired barrier function.
Oat oil is beneficial in facial massage formulations.