Dry skin is an issue that hits us particularly hard during the colder months, which is why updating our skincare regimen with the best hydrating products and ingredients is essential. While some of us reach for hyaluronic acid in hopes of bringing our complexion back to its plump, dewy glory, there’s a natural ingredient on the block that’s recently caught our attention: rice water.

According to NYC-based board-certified dermatologist Marisa Garshick, rice water, the liquid that is retained after soaking or boiling rice, is thought to contain a variety of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Although limited studies have been done to prove this, many skincare aficionados (dermatologists included) praise the ingredient for its transformative properties, especially for sensitive skin types. (Photo via PeopleImages/ Getty)

“[Rice water] has been used in Asian cultures for many years and has often been incorporated into Asian beauty routines with success in improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots,” Garshick says. “It also contains linoleic acid, which is thought to help moisturize the skin, leaving it feeling smooth. Because it also has the potential to reduce inflammation, it can help improve the appearance of redness and blemishes.”

The ingredient is also touted for its protein-rich, complexion-perfecting composition. According to NYC-based board-certified dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, it’s been reported to improve skin tone and texture, minimize pores, and even enhance radiance.

Ready to give rice water extract a try? Scoop one of the products below to test it out.

1. Tatcha The Rice Polish Foaming Enzyme Powder ($65): Recommended by both Garshick and Zeichner, this mild exfoliant uses the power of rice water, Japanese rice bran, and pearl to gently slough away dirt and grime lingering in your pores.

2. Skinfood Rice Wash-Off Face Mask ($10): Made with rice bran water, which is a film that forms during the boiling process and is known to be more exfoliating than regular rice water, this two-in-one exfoliant and face mask removes dead skin and impurities, all while nourishing your face.

3. Botanic Farm Rice Ferment First Essence ($35): Formulated with fermented rice water, lactic acid, and licorice root, this hydrating essence is like a wake-up call to dull skin for brighter days ahead.

Which products do you use to battle winter dryness? Tell us @BritandCo!

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