Renowned as the granary of the East, Sri Lanka was once home to more than 3000 traditional rice and heirloom rice varieties. It comes as no surprise that many people are unaware of the benefits of rice for skin care. Even though lesser known, rice has been a part of the ancient beauty rituals that helped women to retain a glowing, youthful skin.
Among a wide range of traditional heirloom rice types, Suwandel, Madathawalu, Maa Wee, Hangimuththan are commonly found at present. These rice types are far more fortified with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. The brown rice types such as Madathawalu and Kaluheenati are infused with more antioxidant properties than white rice types.
The most potent antioxidant in traditional rice types, Ferulic acid is known to provide a glowing skin, natural protection from UV, protect the skin against irritants and pollutants, improve skin hydration, keep the skin tone even, alleviate dullness and dryness. These rice types also contain a considerable portion of nutrients rich in vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and lipids, which are essential for a healthy lifestyle.
Traditional heirloom rice is infused with the goodness of rice lipids that fortify skin barrier, maintains skin’s acid mantle and retains essential moisture. The Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) in traditional rice stimulates cell growth and differentiation. In addition, traditional rice acts as a natural UV protectant. All these skin caring properties enhance the skin complexion, provide glowing, youthful and moisturized skin. At a time when today’s health conscious people are moving towards natural skin care practices, the goodness of rice for skin care is gradually being talked of, inspired by the ancient beauty rituals and wonders of traditional rice.