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Sake Extract in Skin Care

Sake Extract in Skin Care

What is Alcohol? How it’s made? What are the different types of Alcohol? Is Sake Alcohol? By now, you sure have heard about sake and its wide consumption especially among the Japanese. But not only that, do you know that Sake can also be used in skincare and cosmetics?

What exactly is Sake?

Sake (pronounced “sah-KAY) is the national beverage of Japan, is a fermented rice beverage — typically referred to as a rice wine. It is an alcoholic beverage that has a similar taste like white wine and can be found in sushi restaurants. This boozy drink is brewed using highly polished sake mai rice, water, a mold called Aspergillus oryzae (also used in the fermentation of soy sauce), and yeast. Just like wine, they undergo the same fermentation process and produces higher alcohol content with time.

So, is it true that this aged white rice can be utilized in daily skincare routine?​

As we know, alcohols are quite common in the skincare and cosmetics industry. But how about sake, what is the difference between these two? There are diverse sorts of alcohols for different usages ranging from alcoholic beverages, industrial use, pharmaceutical and many more.  The common alcohol found in skincare are simple alcohol and fatty-alcohols. Simple alcohol is usually used as solvents to dissolve ingredients that aren’t water soluble whereas fatty-alcohol is used as an emulsifier to thicken a formulation. As for Sake, they fall under active ingredient in a skincare formulation as they contains active compounds that are responsible for its biological effects.

What are the beauty benefits of Sake?

In the 1970’s scientists accidentally discovered that toji (sake master brewers) had mostly smooth and youthful looking hands regardless of their old age. After endless researches, they found that Sake is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and organic acids. So what do they do to the skin?

1. Kojic Acid

This organic acid offers lightening and brightening effect by reducing the production of melanin in the skin. In turn, this helps to lighten skin, dark spots, freckles and complexions.

2. Amino Acids

Various types of amino acids content in Sake provides hydrating, smoothing and anti-aging effect to the skin. For instant, Glutamic acid functions to retain moisture, Alanine works by maintaining elasticity of the skin and finally Proline helps to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Find out more in our products such as Brightening Hydrating Facial Serums.

3. Alcohol

Alcohol provides drying and tightening effect thus helpful for acne-prone skin as it can reduce the production of sebum and minimize pore appearance.

Is Sake for everyone?

According to WebMD, sake conveys many health benefits to consumers not to forget the beauty benefits mentioned above. It’s undeniable that Sake is good for your body as well as your skin. However, it might not be the same for Muslims as the holy Quraan stated that it is prohibited to consume or gain any benefit from substance that intoxicates the mind and can cause the person who took it lose their ability to control their mind and action.  The meant substance is called Khamr and all khamr contains alcohol. However, not all alcohol is khamr. According to Federal Territory Mufti Office, alcohol obtained from khamr making process is najs and haram. Meanwhile Alcohol obtained from non khamr industry is not najs, but not permissible to drink in its original form because it is poisonous and can kill. The Maliki, Shafi’i, and Hanbali schools consider Khamr to be any intoxicating drink made from grapes, dates, or raisins. While according to Hadith Bukhari and Muslim, khamr is what covers intellect and made from five things that are grapes, dates, wheat, barley and honey.

These types of alcohol differs in the process of production whereby ethanol for alcoholic beverages are produced from the fermentation of sugars in organic materials such as grains, potatoes, grapes, sugarcane, and beet and sake falls under this category of alcohol. Meanwhile ethanol for industrial usage are produced synthetically where ethylene undergo hydration process (a petroleum by-product) via steam and a phosphoric acid as a catalyst. That being said, Mufti has concluded that they are inclined to say that alcohol from fermentation process is “Haram” according to the Islamic Law therefore Muslims cannot take advantage of it whether for the purpose of food, drink, cosmetic medicine, perfume and others.

What can you use instead of Sake?

If you’re looking for an active ingredient that has almost the same benefit as Sake, these are the best alternative and the best part is they are still organic, and Halal compliance.

1. Chamomile Extract Powder

This extract is a powerful soothing agent that helps heals acne while provide moisture to the skin. It also boosts cell turnover thus speeds healing process.

2. Daisy Flower Extract

Just like its unique name, it also carries unique properties all packed into one flower. For instant, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-aging and also brightens skin tone.

3. Licorice Extract Powder

Known for its skin brightening properties as it inhibits the production of an enzyme that is responsible for production of melanin. This extract is great for complex skin, uneven skin tone and dark spots.

4. Algae Extract

Algae is rich in carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, amino acids, and minerals. Algae plays a role as a humectant which hydrates the skin.  Not only that, algae provide skin-brightening properties that assists the reduction of appearance of dark spots. It also have anti-inflammatory properties that soothes redness caused by pollution or even bacteria hence help in unclogging pores.

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