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Rice. Great for serving alongside a curry, using to make sushi or even mixing with cream and sugar to make a filling, wintery pudding, but that’s about it, right? WRONG! Rice, and specifically rice bran oil, is a useful ingredient in many of the beauty products that we stock, and today we’re highlighting five of our favourites to show you that rice can be so much more than just part of your Friday night takeway!
One of the things that rice contains is phytic acid, which is really useful for addressing pigmentation imbalance and evening out skin tone, which is why Dermalogica have used it in this brightening serum. When combined with various oligopeptides and algae extracts, this serum actually manages to control melanin production, not only reversing the signs of hyperpigmentation but stopping them from happening again in the future.
Anyone who’s even used a fake tan knows that moisture is the key to a non-orange, streak-free glow, which is why Elemis have packed this gradual tanner with highly nourishing rice bran oil. The oils allow your skin to develop an even, bronzed look because they banish dry skin cells which the tan can cling to and look patchy. Within 2-3 days, you’ll have a natural colour which looks like you’ve spent the weekend in Southern France, rather than Slough!
This replenishing oil from Dermalogica is intended for use between cleansing and moisturising and protects the skin from ageing and the environmental stresses which deplete the skin’s own moisture. Rice bran extracts create a luminous antioxidant shield against free radical damage, while orchid flower and chia seed oil smooth visible dehydration lines and locks in critical moisture.
As well as harnessing the power of rice bran oil, this facial oil also includes oils from other superofoods such as broccoli seed, flax seed, daikon radish, rosehip seed, cucumber, macadamia, poppy seed and meadowfoam seed. The combination of oils are rich in omegas and anti-oxidants to feed the skin, ensuring maximum skin health and helps to lock in skin’s natural moisture to help prevent dryness and soften the skin.
This unique product uses rice bran enzymes to smooth the skin, sloughing away dead cells and dullness to reveal a balance, radiant complexion beneath. As well as micro-exfoliating skin cells, it helps to control melanin production, ensuring that the skin maintains a balanced look and calms inflammation, leaving the skin extraordinarily clear and refreshed. Perhaps most remarkably, it’s gentle enough to use on a daily basis!