It still amazes me every time I develop a new recipe how nature offers us so many rich and delectable options that feed us and help care for our bodies. One evening after a particularly long day on the tools, I treated myself to a glass of wine and some very rare television time and happened across a documentary on Sake makers in Japan (of all things). While the process of Sake making is very interesting, the part that really tweaked my interest was how soft and youthful their hands were, regardless of their age, from handling the rice for years. Rice Bran Oil is one of the major ingredients in my Avocado Based Goat’s Milk Soap (and quite a few of my body products as well) and I’d like to share with you why I give it such an important place in the soap shed pantry.
With all of its natural components, Rice Bran Oil is coveted as an anti-ageing secret in Japan. The naturally occurring vitamin E coupled with vitamin B helps to increase elasticity while maintaining hydration, which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It has wonderful deep-moisturising capabilities! Without delving too deeply into the chemistry behind this, in Laymen’s terms, it is because of the combination of vitamin E and fatty acids; this helps vitamins go deep into skin to improve its ability to hold onto hydration. Hydration is the key!
Typically those of us who have oily skin are not seeking extra moisture, however, generally our skin is fairly well hydrated. The real problem is blocked pores where dead skin and sebum build up to cause that greasy sheen and, worst case scenario: acne. This is where Rice Bran Oil triumphs. Unlike other heavier oils, Rice Bran Oil is light and penetrates easily, so it can reach deeply to deliver all of the vitamin goodies without clogging your pores. NB: It’s highly recommended that you have a daily cleansing routine with the appropriate cleanser and toner as well as bi-weekly exfoliation to keep your pores unclogged or moisturising will only exacerbate your skin condition.
Rice Bran Oil also contains “Squalene,” which is a natural organic compound that helps with the synthesis of cholesterol and vitamin D in the human body. It is also a natural fat produced by human skin cells. By helping to replenish our supply of Squalene, Rice Bran Oil helps the skin naturally regenerate itself, leading to younger, fresher looking skin. Did you also know that it is hypo allergenic?
But wait there’s more! Rice Bran Oil has a slight anti-melanin property that helps protect from the sun and brighten skin; so it helps to face dark spots and smooth skin tone as well! The benefits just go on and on! Antioxidants like beta-carotene and lycopene protect from free radical damage, and enzymes like CoQ10 infuse the skin with active components that help it maintain its youthful glow.
In summary: Argon Oil, move over – Rice Bran Oil is back in town! This spring when you’re considering a nice light facial or body product for your skin type, check the ingredients for this month’s feature Rice Bran Oil, or it’s Botanical Name: Oryza Sativa.