We know, we know. Carbs aren’t exactly the most popular food component on the block. But they are picking up steam in the beauty world. More and more brands are using rice and oat ingredients in their cleansers and exfoliants for the anti-inflammatory properties, and even in dry shampoo for their ability to soak up excess oil without robbing skin of moisture.
Rice may not look like much, but it’s actually rich in amino acids, vitamin E and ferulic acid. It’s one of the most ancient sources of skin nutrients (you can trace it all the way back to the first Japanese geishas). And, although super gentle, it polishes skin to perfection. (It’s no wonder Meghan Markle is a fan.)
Similarly, oats are great at removing excess oil and grime from the body, face and hair thanks to saponins, or soap-like compounds that create a natural lather. Like rice, they’re also anti-inflammatory and help to calm itchy or severely dry skin.