Sake-cosmetics make the skin beautiful very much! Because the professional brewers’ hands are very beautiful, its effect took attention. But actually, sake was used as a cosmetic from Edo Period.
Geisha girls diluted sake remained by the customers and used it as cosmetics.
The effect of sake-cosmetics
Moisturizing and whitening effect are improved by adding Aspergillus oryzae to fermented rice containing plenty of amino acids.
The moisturizing effect of amino acids
Amino acids are indispensable for maintaining moisture in the stratum corneum. Since sake is made from rice, it is known for being rich in amino acids among alcohol.
Arbutin is also contained, which is sometimes added to whitening cosmetics. This also has an attitude to suppress activity of melanin pigment. This is mild and less stimulation than Hydroquinone which is also known as a whitening cosmetic.
Free linoleic acid
This is also a component of beans-miso, it prevents spot to suppress producing melanin.
It has a strong antioxidant effect, removes active oxygen that oxidizes cells, and prevents skin aging such as spots and wrinkles.
Prevent spots by suppressing the activity of tyrosinase which produce melanin pigment. Besides whitening effect, it has a function to prevent saccharification of skin. Saccharification means that excess sugar and protein in the body are bonded together to create “AGEs (glycosylation products)”. If this accumulates in the body, it will cause collagen to harden and cause loss of skin tone or cause yellowing.
Improving skin metabolism and having convergence function, this tightens skin and prepares texture. At same time, useful for aging care.
How to make sake-cosmetic
I would like to introduce the easiest recipe.
•purified water 60ml
•pinch of glycerin
How to make？
It is very simple! Just put them into a clean bottle and mix. Glycerin has higher effect to keep moisture on the skin, but too much quantity make it sticky. Several drops are enough.
If you don’t prefer alcohol smell, please reduce the amount of alcohol, or vaporize alcohol by boiling.
Because the effect of making skin beautiful isn’t come from alcohol, it is no problem to vaporize.
Ginjoshu is better than Junmaishu
Sake is available of varieties of grade. Daiginjo is made from the rice polished as much as possible. Junmaishu is reasonable grade could be bought in the supermarket every day. Price differs from grade to grade.
Daiginjo is popular to drink, but I recommend Junmaishu with cheaper price because it has higher effects to keep skin moisture and beauty coming from remained rice component.
But if you focus more on flavor as a cosmetic, high grade one is better.