Fortunately, rice-based skincare is much more widely available today. Let's delve more into rice's benefits for the skin, as well as some wonderful products containing this substance!
Skin Benefits of RiceIt turns out that rice has long been used for its beauty benefits; the first instance was documented in Japan over a thousand years ago! Since then, women in East Asian cultures have used rice water as a hair treatment to help hydrate, brighten, and soothe the skin. But we didn't understand why rice works until recent decades, due to research.
While the ingredient may only be listed as "Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract" or "Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Water" on the back of your beauty product, it actually contains a lot more! It's a great resource for:
vitamin E, phytic acid, ferulic acid, and oryzanol are antioxidants. By reducing the generation of free radicals, which can result in inflammation, hyperpigmentation, and ageing symptoms, antioxidants protect our skin. Even some antioxidants can aid in improving moisture retention!
Omega-3 fatty acids and polysaccharides moisturise and support the natural barrier of our skin. Better moisture retention due to a healthier barrier results in less dryness and fine lines.
trace minerals like selenium and zinc. These minerals are suitable for acne-prone skin because of their antimicrobial and antibacterial capabilities.
In addition to these fantastic chemicals, there has been some research done specifically on the effect of the ingredient on the skin:
According to a 2013 study, fermented rice water, often known as rice wine, can increase collagen formation, leading to plumper skin and fewer wrinkles.
The enhanced antioxidant levels brought on by fermentation contribute to these anti-ageing advantages.
In two studies published in 2016, it was discovered that rice water, when combined with other plant extracts, can prevent the development of dark spots and hyperpigmentation and give UV protection.
While there is no justification for rice water to replace your daily SPF, it is a promising element to layer under it.)
Finally, a 2018 study discovered that rice water can moisturise the skin without causing it to create more oil and has the same amount of antioxidant activity as vitamin C.
Even though we'd love to see more research on this classic skincare component, the results so far are tremendously encouraging!
Why Not Make Your Own Rice-Based Cosmetics?DIY skincare may seem like a cheap and organic answer, but it can sometimes be more trouble than it's worth.
Even if you cook rice every day, the water you just used to wash your rice may still include contaminants you don't want on your skin, such as dirt or pesticides. You'll need to make rice water from washed rice, soaking it until the water becomes hazy. Because each batch only lasts for 24 hours, you must soak rice every day.
It might cause more damage than benefit. Without preservatives, bacteria begin to grow in the rice water right away. You may certainly put it in the refrigerator to postpone the inevitable, but are you really willing to take a chance on potential skin damage? You wouldn't use expired products on your face for the same reason! Let's take a deeper look at some of our possibilities since many rice-based items are not very pricey.