Antioxidants such as vitamin E, phytic acid, ferulic acid, and oryzanol. Antioxidants protect our skin by limiting the production of free radicals, which can lead to hyperpigmentation, signs of aging, and inflammation. Some antioxidants can even help improve hydration! Polysaccharides and omega-3 fatty acids, moisturize the skin and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier. A healthier barrier better hydration less dryness and fine lines. Trace minerals such as zinc and selenium. These minerals have anti-microbial and bacteria-fighting properties and are great for acne-prone skin. In addition to these wonderful compounds found in rice, there are some studies that specifically focus on the effects of rice components on the skin.
Less Wrinkled Skin
Found that fermented rice water (aka rice wine) helps optimize collagen production, which can mean plumper, less wrinkled skin. 1 These age-defying benefits Health & Beauty NVH International are due in part to increased antioxidant levels during fermentation. Two 2016 studies found that rice water can control the formation of spots and hyperpigmentation; 2 and 2) provide UV protection when used with other botanical extracts. 3 (This is not an excuse to use rice water instead of sunscreen, but as a promising ingredient to apply as a pre-step in your daily sunscreen!) Then, a 2018 study found that rice water produced levels of antioxidant activity comparable to vitamin C, helping to hydrate skin without increasing oil production.
This Timeless Skincare Ingredient
We’d love to see more research on this timeless skincare ingredient, but the results so far are incredibly promising! Why not make your own rice skin care products Web Care Face Homemade skin care may sound like an inexpensive, all-natural solution, but it can pose more problems than it’s worth. First of all, homemade skin care products are inconvenient. Even if you cook rice every day, the rice water you’ve just rinsed in may contain dirt, pesticides, or other contaminants that you don’t want to get on your skin. You need to extract the rice water from the rice that has been washed, by soaking the rice until the water turns cloudy. Each batch of homemade rice has a shelf life of only 24 hours, so you will need to soak the rice daily.