Rice Bran oil, is derived from the “Bran” layer of a grain of Rice. Bran is hard, brown, and high in oil content. However, rice bran oil is an overlooked oil with a fantastic moisturizing and rejuvenating properties. Contains high percentage of fatty acids and is full of rich emollients. Rice bran oil is also rich in antioxidants as well as vitamins A, B and E.
Organic Rice Bran Oil Skin Benefits
1. Vitamin E – Tocotrienols
Vitamin E is an important ingredient in many skin care products. However, much of the added vitamin E is synthetic and doesn’t actually do any good. The vitamin E in rice bran oil however, is beneficial for you skin, and one particular form of vitamin E stands head and shoulders above the others. This form of vitamin E is known as a tocotrienol a very powerful antioxidant. Rice bran oil has two forms of vitamin E, the more common natural tocopherol and the less common tocotrienol form. This make the vitamin E in rice bran oil a potent free radical fighter.
2. Fatty Acids
Rice bran oil has a very beneficial mix of skin nourishing fatty acids.
Myristic acid – 0.6%
Palmitic acid – 21.5%
Stearic acid – 2.9%
Oleic acid (an Omega 9 fatty acid) – 38.4%
Linoleic acid (LA, an Omega 6 fatty acid) – 34.4%
α-Linolenic acid (ALA, an Omega 3 fatty acid) – 2.2%
3. Vitamins A and B
Rice bran oil also contains natural vitamin A and vitamin B. These vitamins helps to keep skin smooth and wrinkle free with daily use. Both vitamins A and B boost your skin’s ability to cope with dry cold winter weather, helping it to naturally retain moisture and resist irritation and inflammation.
4. Rich In Squalane
Squalane is a substance that actually makes up 12% of human sebum. Sebum is the skin’s natural moisturizer, lubricant and protector against infection. This essential substance is produced in the liver, but its production decreases as we age. After the age of 30 the liver produces a much smaller amount of squalane, which is why older skin tends to have problems with dryness. Another benefit of squalane for older skin is its ability to reduce the appearance of age spots.
5. Powerful Antioxidants
Rice bran seed extract contains three powerful antioxidants (tocopherol, tocotrienol, as well as oryzanol), which are used to protect the body’s cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. Free radicals are responsible for premature aging and a tired, dull complexion
6. Co Enzyme Q 10
Coenzyme Q 10 (COQ10), is another substance that is produced by our bodies naturally, but like squalane, coenzyme q10 production also slowed down after the age of 30. Other factors involved in less than optimum production of coenzyme q10 are certain medications as well as stress.
Coenzyme q10 is known to have two very important roles when it comes to skin health. Coenzyme q10 is an antioxidant that’s essential for producing the biological energy inside the cells.
When coenzyme q10 levels in the body drop, cells are less able to withstand environmental as well as biological stresses and their rate of regeneration declines. Coenzyme q10 is regarded as one of the most accurate biomarkers of aging. That’s because coenzyme q10 decreasing levels correlate so well with the aging process.
By using rice bran seed extract, which is a source of coenzyme q10, you help to boost those declining levels. This means that your skin is better protected from age inducing free radicals as well as retains its ability to produce good levels of collagen and elastin. Because coenzyme q10 is a small molecule, it can easily penetrate into skin cells. So a topical application of a coenzyme q10 product works really well.
7. A Light Oil That Penetrates Easily
Unlike some oils that sit on the skin for ages, and take a lot of rubbing in, rice bran oil penetrates easily and deeply. In fact some people use rice bran oil as an alternative to the more expensive argan oil which has similar absorption properties. Rice bran oil is non comedogenic, so you don’t have to worry about it clogging your pores and leading to spots or acne
8. Great For Oily Skin
Even though rice bran oil is a very rich moisturizer it doesn’t make skin oily. And because of its squalane content, rice bran oil will actually help oily skin to produce less oil. Bonus!