Why you should add black rice and green tea into your beauty regime

These two ingredients are not just for eating and drinking - they're also great for your skin.

When someone says black rice, I automatically think of sushi. Just like if you mentioned green tea, I'd think about sipping it, rather than it being an ingredient in my skincare.

Turns out, these two ingredients are great for your visage, so we asked NIVEA Skincare Expert, Robyn Hutch to explain the hype around them, and why they're being used in NIVEA's latest product release, the Urban Detox Clay Wash.

What is black rice?

"Black rice, once a rare and very old variety of rice,has been growing in China for centuries. It was known as the ‘forbidden rice’ as it became property of royalty and the wealthy in ancient China, but has since gained notoriety for its health benefits both for your overall health and for skin care," says Robyn.

Why is it a good detox agent?

"As black rice doesn’t undergo any refining or processing, it is able to retain its antioxidants (which are vital in maintaining skin, hair and immune health), along with vitamins and minerals vital in maintaining skin, hair and immune health," she says. "The nutrients present in black rice help cleanse the body of toxins caused by free radicals from the inside, out."

Black rice benefits

Loaded with antioxidants, we know it's great for our skin health, but black rice is also a gentle exfoliant, believes Robyn. She explains, "It acts as a skin conditioning agent which helps to reduce inflammation and redness on the skin as well." 

Is it suitable for all skin types?

The good news is that black rice is suitable for all skin types as it is a natural, hydrating ingredient suitable for all skin types.

What is green tea extract?

"Green tea comes from the plant Camellia sinensis, the dried leaves and leaf buds of Camellia sinensis are used to produce various types of teas," explains Robyn.

What makes it a good ingredient for a cleanser?

"Green tea extract has long been appreciated for its detoxifying effects for body and skin," says Robyn. "Containing polyphenols and antioxidants, green tea extract helps to neutralise the effect of free radicals, which will keep your skin and body healthier. Green tea extract is also an inflammatory agent helping to soothe the skin," she says.

Green tea benefits

"In skin, oxidative stress has been linked to inflammation and skin ageing," says Robyn. If your skin is often exposed to the elements, products featuring green tea extract can protect the skin against environmental pollutants or sun.

"The polyphenols in green tea extract can act to protect against sun induced photo damage, which in turn can reduce signs of ageing in sun-damaged skin," explains Robyn. "Acting as an anti-inflammatory agent, green tea extract can also soothe the skin and help prevent redness."

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