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Antioxidants in Rice Bran Oil: Oryzanol, Ferulic Acid and Tocopherols

Why Rice Bran Oil is Good for Your Skin?

Rice Bran oil is a good source of Oryzanol, Ferulic Acid and Tocopherols (Vitamin E Complex). These powerful antioxidants are greatly beneficial in preventing skin damage and premature ageing.

The Three Major Antioxidants in Rice Bran Oil

Oryzanol (Gamma Oryzanol)

Oryzanol (aka Gamma Oryzanol) is a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound found in Rice Bran oil. It has been reported that it can lower the risk for skin cancer and reduce hyperpigmentation. 

Ferulic Acid

Ferulic acid is a phytochemical with high antioxidant activities. It helps neutralise free radicals and prevent oxidative stress in the body and skin.

In the previous article, Skin Ageing Process, we know that oxidative stress causes the appearance of signs of ageing such as wrinkles, lines and sagging skin.

Beside the antioxidant activities, Ferulic Acid also has UV protecting and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps prevent UV induced skin damage and reduce skin sensitivity. Therefore, it is beneficial for all skin types including the irritation-prone, sensitive skin.

Tocopherols (Vitamin E Complex)

Rice Bran oil contains alpha, beta, gamma and delta-tocopherols; vitamin E complex that possess strong, stable antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Tocopherols protect skin from oxidative, sun and other environmental damage.

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Cosmetic Uses of Rice Bran Oil

Similar to Cacay oil, Rice Bran oil has soothing and nourishing effects on the skin, yet it has also been reported to help prevent breakouts in acne-prone skin

Rice Bran oil is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive and mature skin. It is one of the ingredients in Blue Chamomile & Cacay Facial Oil and 24k Gold & Rosehip Rejuvenating Cream.

Blue Chamomile & Cacay Facial Oil has been formulated to lock in moisture, nourish and smooth the appearance of skin. You can mix few drops of this facial oil with a small amount of your usual moisturiser. It provides an extra protection against dryness, dehydration and environmental stress. It helps strengthen skin barrier function, soothe and calm sensitive skin.

The Key to Healthy Skin All Year Round

During cold season (late autumn and throughout winter), I like to mix few drops of Blue Chamomile & Cacay Facial Oil with 24k Gold & Rosehip Rejuvenating Cream. 24k Gold & Rosehip Rejuvenating Cream has been specially formulated with 24-karat Colloidal Gold, Shea Butter, Rosehip and Rice Bran oil to keep skin supple, firm and smooth. This nourishing moisturiser helps reduce the appearance of signs of ageing.

In spring and autumn, I usually mix few drops of Blue Chamomile & Cacay Facial Oil with two pumps of Rose & Cacay Hydrating Serum Cream.

In summer, I only use Rose & Cacay Hydrating Serum Cream. This two-in-one serum and moisturiser has been formulated with Rose extract, Cacay oil and Saccharide Isomerate to provide a deep, long-lasting hydration. It helps calm sensitive skin and smooth the appearance of wrinkles and lines. With a light luxurious texture, Rose & Cacay Hydrating Serum Cream is suitable for all skin types.

The key to having healthy skin all year round is adjusting your skincare routine, depending on the season and skin condition. Skin is your first defense against the external elements, pretty much acts like 'clothes'. As you adjust how you dress according to season, your skin too, it needs different skincare routines from time to time.

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Sources: Transdermal Absorption Enhancement of Rice Bran Bioactive Compounds Entrapped in Niosomes, AAPS PharmSciTech (Journal of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists) 2012, Mar: 13(1): 323–335; Ferulic Acid: Therapeutic Potential Through Its Antioxidant Property, Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition, 2007, Mar: 40(2): 92–100; Gamma-oryzanol from rice bran oil – A review, Journal of Scientific & Industrial Research, Vol. 63, July 2004, pp 569-578; Vitamin E, oxidative stress, and inflammation, Annual Review of Nutrition, 2005: 25: 151-74; Vitamin E in dermatology, Indian Dermatol Online Journal, 2016, Jul-Aug: 7(4): 311–315; Acne vulgaris: therapy directed at pathophysiologic defects, Cutis (Journal), 1981;28:41–2.


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