You probably didn’t think that bottle of rice wine in your cupboard may have many positive skin care benefits, but little did you know that sake is one of geishas's most ancient skin care secrets!
First of all, what exactly is sake you may ask. Sake is a Japanese rice wine made by brewing fermented process with rice, rice koji, yeast and water. The finish product, Sake, is high in amino acids and also contains peptides. In addition to being a drink, it also has many skin benefiting factors! Here are the many reasons why sake should become your skin’s new best friend.
Sake can provide a substantial amount of skin benefits and it's a natural skin enhancer. It started with sake makers noticing how soft and smooth their hands were after working with Sake and soon it became a popular skin ingredient to achieve healthy glowing skin in Japan.
So what are the benefits of Sake for your skin?
Sake inhibits the production of melanin thereby decreasing the appearance of dark spots like freckles and sun spots to even your complexion and brighten your skin. It also improves blood circulation and absorbs UV rays from the sun (sake contains ferulic acid) which helps minimize signs of aging by lessening free radicals and tightening the skin. Sake helps soothe inflammation of eczema and acne and is rich in enzymes that can gently exfoliate your dead skin cells off without stripping off you skin’s natural moisture.
What are some products with Sake in it?
When it comes it Japanese skincare products, you bet there will be sake as a main ingredient. If you're looking for a cleansing gel, Kiku-Masamune Sake Cleansing Gel, works well to remove makeup, clean the face, and keep it hydrated. If you're looking for an all-in-one (toner, serum, and moisturizer, you can't go wrong with Kuramoto Bijin's Ferment Milk which brightens, firm, hydrates, and nourishes your skin in just one step. If you're looking for an effective mask that's affordable, try Kose Clear Turn Artisan Sake Mask, it's 7 sheets of sake infused goodness in a resealable bag, which we love as it helps reduce waste.
All this sake talk, is getting me thirsty! So, the next time you take a sip of your sake you might want to check up some homemade sake mask recipes and try out all those amazing benefits! Cheers!