Cold-pressed oils: Rice bran oil
As my bottle of rice bran oil is almost at the end, I realized that it’s time to write my new series of posts about oils, that I’m so in love with! I was always fascinated about the Japanese culture and their beauty rituals, so I decided to try a new make-up remover: the rice bran oil, cold-pressed* of course! The results are excellent and I suggest you to try it! You can use it on every skin type for your face, body and also hair. You should also know that rice bran oil is most frequently used in cooking thanks to its beneficial properties. Try to make a difference and taste this great oil on your salads and other dishes, especially if you like mild aromas.
A few notes about rice bran oil:
- Rice bran oil (Oryza saliva) is made from the bran of a rice kernel
- Traditionally used in Japan and other Asian countries where rice is the staple food
- Rice Bran Oil is high in fatty acids
- It has anti-aging properties because it’s a natural antioxidant, rich with vitamin E
- Contains squalene, which is thought to help support the collagen within the skin
- It provides a small degree of sun protection
- It’s an excellent skin enhancer, suitable especially for baby skin and mature, delicate or sensitive skin
- It can be used to cleanse and purify the skin or as a hair conditioner
The reason why I like the rice bran oil is its light and non-greasy texture that absorbs quickly into the skin. At the same time it makes your skin soft, moisturized and nourished. It has a light yellow color and a mild natural aroma, almost odorless. I use it as a makeup remover or body massage oil (one of the best carrier oils). Except rice bran oil for cooking, I haven’t found many options for cosmetic use. I have tried Akamuti Rice Bran Japanese Beauty Oil, which is a cold pressed oil meant to use for cosmetic purposes in a 150ml glass bottle.
Did you know?
- Rice bran oil is used in lipsticks and finger nail polish since it holds the stick well and has a smooth spreadability.
- For a long time, there has been a tradition in Japan that women rub rice bran in or put rice bran oil on their face to keep their skin smooth. These women, having smooth and shiny skin, are called “Nuka-Bijin” “Bran Beauty” in English.
- Rice Bran Oil has a long and successful history in Japan as a base for soaps and skin creams.
- Rice bran oil is purported to reverse the effect of aging by slowing the formation of facial wrinkles thanks to rice bran oil’s rich concentration of vitamin E and gamma-oryzanol.
- The oryzanol in rice bran oil impedes the progress of melanin pigmentation and is effective in keeping skin smooth.
- Rice bran oil reduces the harmful cholesterol (LDL) without reducing good cholesterol (HDL).
What is a cold-pressed oil? Read a short but meaningful explanation on this link.
In conclusion, I invite you to start using different cold-pressed oils from inside out, in your kitchen and your beauty routine. Your body will notice the difference! Nowadays, the importance of choosing the right oil, is an essential step towards our healthy life. I will keep you updated with a series of my favorite oils in my beauty and cooking rituals :)
International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (abbreviated INCI ingredient on cosmetic products): ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) BRAN OIL
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