Herbology: Rice

The Timeless Elegance of Rice: Rediscovering Ancient Beauty Wisdom

In the world of skincare, ancient beauty rituals often hold the most potent secrets. Among these, the utilization of rice bran stands out as a timeless tradition cherished for its remarkable benefits. In recent years, the beauty industry has rediscovered the age-old secrets of rice for skincare, harnessing their potent properties to achieve radiant, healthy skin.

rice in field for harvesting

The Legacy of Rice Bran:

Rice, a staple food in many cultures, has long been celebrated for its nourishing properties, not just for our bodies but for our skin as well. Rice bran, the outer layer of rice grains, has been a staple in Asian cultures, cherished not only for its culinary versatility but also for its remarkable skincare benefits. Particularly in Japan, Korea, and China, It was traditionally used in skincare routines, revered for its ability to impart a radiant glow and maintain youthful skin.

Dating back to ancient Japan, geishas used rice bran to maintain their flawless complexions, believing in its ability to purify and illuminate the skin. In TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), rice bran has been prized for its skin-nourishing properties dating back thousands of years. Similarly, Korean women have embraced the benefits of rice bran for generations, incorporating it into their beauty regimens to achieve smooth and radiant skin.


Unveiling Rice Bran and Its Nutritional Value:

Rice bran is the nutrient-rich layer that lies between the inner white rice grain and the outer hull. which is removed during the milling process. It is packed with essential nutrients and healthy fats, making it a nutritional powerhouse for both culinary and skincare purposes. Its high content of gamma-oryzanol, tocopherols, and tocotrienols sets it apart, endowing it with numerous health benefits.

From Bran to Oil: The Extraction Process:

One of the most popular derivatives of rice bran is rice bran oil. The journey from rice bran to rice bran oil involves a meticulous extraction process. First, the bran is carefully collected and stabilized to prevent rancidity. Next, it undergoes an extraction process to obtain the oil. The extracted oil is then refined to remove any remaining impurities, resulting in pure rice bran oil ready for use in skincare products.This oil is rich in antioxidants, vitamins B and E, as well as essential fatty acids. These nutrients work synergistically to nourish and protect the skin, combating free radicals and promoting a healthy complexion.

rice bran oil

The Skin Benefits of Rice Bran Oil:

Moisturizing Properties: Rice bran oil is rich in fatty acids, which help to deeply moisturize the skin without leaving a greasy residue. It's an excellent choice for hydrating dry, parched skin, leaving it soft and supple.

Anti-Aging Benefits: The antioxidants present in rice bran oil, such as vitamin E and gamma-oryzanol, help protect the skin from free radical damage caused by environmental stressors. This can help prevent premature aging and maintain a youthful complexion.

Skin Brightening: Rice bran oil contains natural skin brightening agents, which can help to even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Regular use can result in a brighter, more radiant skin.

Non-comedogenic: Unlike some other oils, rice bran oil is non-comedogenic, meaning it won't clog pores or cause acne breakouts, making it suitable for all skin types, including oily and acne-prone skin.

Anti-inflammatory: The anti-inflammatory properties of rice bran oil make it ideal for soothing irritated skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. It helps calm redness and inflammation, promoting healthier, clearer skin.

Harnessing the Power of Rice Bran Oil in Your Skincare Routine:

GingerChi has curated a range of skincare products designed to elevate your skincare experience and unveil your skin's natural radiance.

Rice Bran Powder + Regenerating Face Serum

GingerChi Gentle Exfoliating Rice Bran Cleanser/Masque:

Imagine a cleanser and face mask rolled into one, packed with the skin-loving benefits of rice bran oil. Our Gentle Exfoliating Rice Bran Cleanser/Masque is a game-changer, gently exfoliating, moisturizing, brightening, and promoting cellular turnover all in one luxurious product. Made with high-grade rice bran powder, ginger, and other antioxidant-rich ingredients. Forbes Magazine has even sung its praises, hailing it as a remedy for dry hands – proof of its versatile efficacy.

GingerChi Regenerating Face Serum:

Elevate your skincare ritual with our best selling Regenerating Face Serum, a luxurious blend of essential oils featuring the star ingredient, rice bran oil. This revitalizing serum works wonders to breathe new life into tired skin, promoting circulation and restoring your natural radiance. Whether integrated into your daily routine or as a nighttime indulgence, expect nothing but plump, soft, and radiant skin.

Juniper Body Oil + Sea Buckthorn Glow Oil

Juniper Body Oil:

Besides Fresh Ginger Oil to stimulate Chi, our Juniper Body Oil contains Juniper, Cypress and Rice Bran. Juniper Oil and Cypress assists with detoxification, ridding the body of excess water. While Rice Bran Oil improves circulation, encourages skin regeneration, retains moisture, and soothes irritation. Perfect accompaniment to dry brushing and for use after showering on damp skin. 

Sea Buckthrorn Glow Facial Oil:

Rich in antioxidants and essential nutrients, Rice Bran Oil features in our new Sea Buckthorn Glow Facial Oil to create a powerful hydration duo that not only moisturizes but also shields the skin from free radical damage. Together, they accelerate cell renewal, boost skin elasticity, and effectively reduce signs of aging for a youthful looking glow. 

Unlocking the Potent Benefits of Fermented Rice Water:

While rice bran oil reigns supreme, let’s not overlook the magic of rice water – another gem from the rice grain, has gained popularity in recent years as well for its skin-enhancing properties.

Fermented rice water, a byproduct of rinsing rice. Dating back to ancient China, women would collect the milky water leftover from washing rice and use it as a beauty elixir to enhance their skin and hair in particular,

The fermentation process boosts the efficacy of rice water for skincare. After fermentation, rice water undergoes a transformation where beneficial compounds like amino acids, vitamins, and minerals become even more concentrated and potent. This means that when you use it in your beauty routine, your skin gets a mega-dose of goodness that leaves it feeling refreshed, rejuvenated. Additionally, it has a slightly acidic pH, which can help balance the skin's natural pH level, leading to a healthier complexion.

Fermentation also increases the production of certain skin-friendly substances like antioxidants and peptides, which contribute to skin rejuvenation and protection against damage.

Check out our blog on how to use rice water for beautiful skin and hair. To find out how to DIY ferment rice water at home.


In essence, the wonders of rice bran for skin are truly exceptional, the beauty of rice continues to captivate skincare enthusiasts worldwide. Whether as key ingredients in commercial products or incorporated into DIY skincare recipes. Check out our blog post At Home Rice Bran Beauty Spa Treatments for an amazing at-home spa experience.

Rice bran, Its moisturizing, anti-aging, brightening, and soothing properties make it a standout in the realm of skincare. As this ancient beauty secret gains momentum in the modern beauty world, why not embrace the power of rice bran oil and unlock the secret to flawless skin today?

If you have any questions or if you would like to share your experience with the benefits of this special ingredient, please reach out.. We would love to hear from you.

With love and good Chi.

Anna xxx

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