Rice, Flawless Skin and An Asian Beauty Secret
Rice has been a staple food in Asia for thousands of years, but did you know it's also been used in natural Asian skincare for just as long?
Legend has it that the women of the royal court in ancient Korea used rice water to maintain their flawless, radiant skin. It was said that the Queen would soak rice in water overnight, then strain the water and use it to cleanse and moisturize her skin. This practice quickly spread throughout the court and eventually became a common ritual for women all over the country.
The secret to the effectiveness of rice water for a beautiful complexion was in its starch content. Rice starch is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are known to benefit the skin. The starch in rice water acts as a natural moisturizer, helping to hydrate the skin and keep it soft and supple.
Clinical studies have subsequently shown that rice starch can improve skin hydration by increasing the skin's ability to retain water. This can lead to a more youthful appearance, as well as a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
One study, published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, found that rice starch naturally improved skin hydration by up to 20% after just one application. The study also found that regular use of rice starch-based products resulted in a significant improvement in skin elasticity and firmness.
Another study, published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, looked at the traditional use of rice water in skincare. The study found that rice water has been used for centuries in Asia to soothe and heal skin, and that it contains a number of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that can help to protect the skin from damage.
Rice starch is also a popular ingredient in Japanese skincare products, where it is often referred to as "komenuka." In Japan, rice starch is considered to be a highly effective moisturizer, and is often used in facial masks and cleansers.
The history of the use of rice in skincare in Asia is rich and full of anecdotal evidence of its benefits. But, with the advances of science, it’s reassuring to know we now have clinical studies to back up the traditional uses of rice as a moisturizing and skin healing agent. If you're looking for a natural and effective ingredient for your skincare routine, keep that cooking water from the rice in a bottle in your fridge, or consider giving our natural skin care products containing organic Thai rice a try!
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, "Rice starch as a moisturizing and skin healing agent: A review"
Journal of Ethnopharmacology, "Traditional uses and potential health benefits of rice water"