Oryza sativa (rice) bran extract

Oryza sativa (rice) bran extract is a plant ingredient used in cosmetics to condition and soften skin. It’s also a chelating agent. The bran is the brown outer layer of the rice kernel. It’s a by-product from milling of rice, but don’t take that to mean it’s a throwaway ingredient: rice bran is a rich source of over 100 antioxidant compounds, including vitamin E, ferulic acid, and oryzanol.

The bran also contains moisturising polysaccharides, omega-3 fatty acids, and micronutrients like calcium, selenium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc.

Rice bran and other parts of the rice plant have been assessed for safety and deemed safe as used in cosmetics.

References for this information:
Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, November 2017, pages 3,771-3,780
Food and Function, March 2017, pages 935-943
Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, March 2011, pages 2,269-2,277
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 25, 2006 Supplement 2, pages 91-120

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