Rice water has been an important ingredient in skincare for thousands of years – and we have the Korean skincare industry to thank for bringing it to us! Highly accessible, super potent and gentle as can be, you can’t go wrong with this ingredient that suits every single skin type. 16% of rice water is made of proteins, which happen to be the building blocks of the skin. It is also enriched with triglycerides, lipids, starch, inositol, phytic acid and carbohydrates that make it a power-packed ingredient. Now that’s a mighty boast!
Benefits of using rice water
1. Soothes damaged and irritated skin
Rice water provides the skin with some intense hydration, which helps calm sunburned and irritated skin. It contains starch, which is known to reduce inflammation while slowly healing blemishes over time. In fact, people in Korea take baths with water infused with rice water, so their skin can soak up all the benefits!
2. Smoothens and brightens skin
Certain enzymes present in rice water make it a key ingredient in a lot of Korean skincare products. Rich in amino acids and vitamin B, it adds a glow to the skin, smoothens fine lines and helps the skin lock in moisture, keeping signs of ageing at bay.
3. Protects from oxidative damage
Chock full of antioxidants, rice water protects the skin from external aggressors like pollution and UV rays. It defends the skin cells against free radical damage, keeping the skin healthy while reducing pigmentation and fighting off wrinkles and fine lines. It also contains vitamin E which enhances its protective properties.
4. Protects skin barrier
Enriched with vitamin E, rice water gently nourishes the skin, making it soft and supple. It restores lost elasticity, especially in the case of dry and dehydrated skin. Since it is rich in vitamin C, E, flavonoids and other hard to pronounce compounds, it strengthens the skin barrier, which is necessary for skin function.
5. Great for sensitive and acne-prone skin
Not a lot of ingredients can say this. The gentle rice water helps heals skin conditions like inflammation, rashes, redness and even dermatitis. The high starch content makes it very effective at toning skin – and it is highly beneficial for those with acne-prone skin too!
6. Control excess oil production
Rice water has a slight astringent effect, which helps keep oiliness in check. This, in turn, has a positive effect on reducing pimples and keeping acne at bay. This makes rice water a great ingredient to use in tandem with harsher acne-control ingredients like retinol and glycolic acid.
7. Evens out skin tone
One of the key benefits of rice water is its ability to provide you with the revered Korean glass skin. The high mineral and vitamin content in rice water helps even out skin tone by reducing hyperpigmentation and fading dark spots. This results in bright, even-toned skin.
8. Minimizes the appearance of pores
Since rice water tones the skin and balances sebum production, the pores which produce oil appear smaller than usual, improving the overall appearance of the skin.
9. Speeds up skin’s cellular regeneration
One of the most important functions of this humble ingredient has to be skin cell regeneration. As we grow older, our skin cell turnover gets slower, resulting in dull and lacklustre skin. Rice water helps speed up this process, resulting in brighter, and suppler skin, thus making it an excellent ingredient for ageing skin.
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