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Why rice in skincare routine?

 

Rice water is a bundle of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and much more also contains the nourishing antioxidant ferulic acid and allantoin, an organic compound that helps to soothe, tone, and even improve skin conditions. Around 16 percent of its composition consists of proteins which are the building blocks of skin cells.

 

Rice water offers loads of skin benefits, some of which are:-

 

YOUNG SKIN

Rice water has anti-aging properties due to its richness in antioxidants and inositol. Pre-mature aging happens due to the action of elastase which plays a decisive role in wrinkle formation through the degeneration of elastic fiber.

In a study in 2001, researchers estimated that the inositol reduced the size of wrinkles by 12.4% and increased elasticity by 17%.

 

BRIGHTER SKIN

Rice water removes all dark spots, blemishes, and uneven tan, making our skin look dull and unclear to give a brighter, clear, and smooth look.

 

SOOTHES SUN DAMAGE / SUNBURN

Rice water is a natural sunscreen for protection from harmful UV rays of the sun. When applied to the skin, rice water can relieve mild sun damage like itching, redness, sunburn, and inflammation due to its cooling effect.

 

BOOST SKIN BARRIER HEALTH

The skin barrier outmost layer of our skin protects us from outside pollution and prevents skin issues like atopic dermatitis, eczema, rashes, and inflammation. The presence of starch, proteins, and vitamins in rice water helps to improve and repair our skin barrier health.

 

REDUCE OILINESS

Dabbing some rice water on oily skin can reduce oiliness and protect the skin from pimples and acne due to its astringent effect, and the presence of starch rice water can tighten the pores and prevent oil from building up.  

 

HELPS PREVENT DRY SKIN

Rice water prevents skin irritation caused by sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), an ingredient in many personal care products, detergents, and shampoos. Evidence has shown that using rice water two times a day helps skin that has been damaged and dried by SLS.

 

ECZEMA, ACNE, RASHES, AND INFLAMMATION

Skin irritation caused by eczema and dermatitis found that the application of rice water over affected areas has drastically soothed the skin, calmed down irritation, and cleared up blemishes. 

The rice water makes an excellent acne treatment. It will also help reduce redness while acting as an astringent, which will help prevent future breakouts.