Rice Bran Oil
Rice bran oil is rich in unsaponifiable fatty acids with good properties for the skin, even in soap bars. It contains gamma-oryzanol, vitamin E, phytosterols, and ferulic acid. These powerful active ingredients work together in synergy as antioxidants for cell membranes. Rice bran oil leaves the skin soft without a feeling of the greasy film thanks to its penetrating power. It is rich in squalene which takes part in the skin’s lipid production. Squalene is also an antioxidant with anti-free radicals and anti-aging effects, they fight against the signs of skin aging such as age spots, dull skin, fine lines, or wrinkles. It struggles against external aggressions, in particular against pollution and tobacco additives.
Rice bran oil is traditionally used to reduce diffuse redness and the appearance of dark circles which are due to decreased sleep, venous and lymphatic microcirculation caused by immobility of the eyelids. Calming and soothing by the presence of phytosterols, it is particularly useful for reducing the appearance of bags or dark circles under the eyes. To strengthen the attenuation of dark circles, you can mix it with tamanu oil to apply it under the eyes after a spray of immortal or witch hazel hydrosol. Thus, rice oil is particularly suitable for mature skin or skin prone to discomfort, with asphyxiated complexions, dullness, and subject to ambient pollution by the ambient air.
The squalene also contained in rice bran oil boosts the production of sterols, a vitamin D precursor. In synergy with ferulic acid, it naturally suppresses melanin, the pigment responsible for tan and natural sun protection. In Japan, pale tan is sometimes desirable so rice bran oil is quite popular for this property. Then, the oil blocks UV rays so it’s a great sunscreen ingredient. But pay attention to avoid excessive sun exposure, even if you put on sunscreen.
This oil tends to partially solidify at room temperature. This does not alter its quality; it becomes liquid again by passing it under a trickle of lukewarm water.