These sample containers are ridiculously adorable and, in the name of convenience-kami, I'm now using the cream container (it looks like a pebble!) for holding the contents of cream sachet samples.
Rice Force is a popular Japanese skin care brand that boasts unique patented rice extract ingredients labelled as Rice Power® NO 1, 1-E, 2, 7, 10 and 11. Developed by a 150 year old sake brewery upon noticing the age-defying beautiful hands of those who worked with rice malt daily, Rice Power® Extract is created from Japanese white rice after the rice germ and rice hull are removed. The rice is then steamed and extracted; aspergillus, yeast and lactobacillus are added, and the whole preparation is then fermented an aged. Extracts with differing capabilities are created through modifications in the fermentation method and thus 36 types of extracts are born.
Rice Power® NO. 1:Rice Power® Extract NO. 1 reduces oiliness while providing intense nourishment and lasting moisture through building the skin's capacity to hold said moisture, repairing the moisture barrier - something that I was in desperate need of at the time. Products containing this extract includes Rice Force Mild Face Wash, a low pH second cleanser that cleanses wonderfully without damaging the skin, and UV Protect Milk with SPF 25 and PA++. According to CosDNA, the Mild Face Wash contains a few acne-irritants of which lauric acid (coconut derivative emulsifier) and stearic acid (surfactant) are the primary suspects. However, it worked pretty well for my sensitive skin due to the lower pH than other cleansers I owned, but it didn't leave me with a "wow" feeling.
Similarly, the UV Protect Milk was nothing special either. It did, however, leave my skin silky soft and I could use this instead of a moisturizer. Even though it broke me out when I wore it for the whole day, it is considerably better in that department than the physical Badger sunscreen I used to wear. Despite it's gentleness and chamomile extract (see CosDNA analysis here), SPF 25 and PA++ is not enough protection for my pale and easily damaged skin.
Rice Power® NO. 2:Rice Power® Extract NO. 2 improves the effectiveness of the Rice Force makeup remover in a way that empowers cleansing without stripping the skin, making this makeup remover an excellent candidate for sensitive skin. It's purpose is to protect and improve complexion by deep cleansing and removing every last scrap of makeup on the skin surface, pores and fine lines, leaving the skin soft, clean and ready to absorb the rest of your routine (as makeup and sunscreen residue prevents this).
It works. Of course it does. It has a slightly thicker gel-like consistency than oil cleansers, but it melts on the skin and becomes a thin, almost essence-like substance that truly does what it claims. I don't wear makeup that often, because I don't like how it clogs my pores, and this makeup remover did not stand out so as to make me want to use it more. It does leave an almost glycerin-like film residue that is then removed by the Mild Face Wash (the next step in the routine). That aside, the CosDNA analysis comes up CLEAN, despite the parabens.
Rice Power® NO. 11:This star ingredient, says I, is the source of my Rice Force fandom. It is the key ingredient in the Deep Moisture series and a true game changer for my skin. This is what successfully repaired my moisture barrier, plumping my skin into dewy heaven. An extract boasting less irritation than distilled water, the super low molecularized Rice Power® Extract NO. 11 deeply permeates the skin to deliver hydration and improve your skin's natural hyaluronic acid function to draw and lock in moisture instead of simply providing an occlusive film on the surface of the skin.
Briefly explained, Rice Power® Extract NO. 11 has 3 powers:
1. Power to Reach
With a lower molecular weight than hyaluronic acid and collagen, Rice Power Extract NO. 11 seeps through the layers of skin and effortlessly blends with both the skin's natural moisture and oil.
2. Staying Power
This is not a temporary hydration fix. It repairs the skin's ability to retain moisture so that it can continuously lock in and bind moisture over long periods of time.
3. Power to Multiply
This basically says: Ceramides, go forth and multiply! Ceramide is a waxy lipid that makes up approximately 20% of the skin's intercellular matrix (the "glue" that holds skin cells together), thereby filling the gaps between keratin cells and creating a strong barrier. By repairing the moisture barrier, one prevents pollution, bacteria and other irritants to permeate the protective barrier and affect the skin's condition, leading to healthier and smoother skin.
Products containing this active ingredient include Rice Force Deep Moisture Lotion, Essence and Cream. I have a soft spot for Japanese lotions (toners/softeners) and the most irritating ingredient in Rice Force Deep Moisture Lotion is tocopherol (with a 2, according to the CosDNA analysis here) which is a Vitamin E derivative. It does contain alcohol, but it doesn't sting or irritate my skin in any way. My skin thirstily laps this up and it makes a noticeable difference in the absorption of the rest of my skincare routine - yay ferments! The essence also commits its fair share of wonders with regards to fine lines, dry patches and, to some extent, alleviating dark spots. Again, tocopherol and olive fruit extract (known to strengthen the moisture barrier) are its worst offences - CosDNA analysis. I use this on my eye area and it hydrates and plumps away fine lines. It does, however, contain squalene, for those of you who are sensitive to it. The last and my favourite, Rice Force Deep Moisture Cream, although containing stearic acid and butylene glycol (CosDNA analysis), smells divine and made my skin silky smooth, plump, white, dewy... Oh, RIP dearest sample. I wish my budget allowed me to have you forever. This might have been an HG cream for me, because it is definitely the best I've ever tried. It's moisturizing enough for the driest days and light enough for sweltering afternoons. As a bonus, it doesn't break me out at all.
Aside from the fact that this is the first beauty giveaway I've won, which makes this lucky packet extra special, most products (especially the cream) smell of freshly cooked, fluffy rice: a clean and comforting fragrance. Thanks to these products, and my Japanese Macrobiotic diet, this particular aroma has become a favourite.
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