Beauty of Joseon Rice Part 2
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BEAUTY OF JOSEON Rice Extract Part 1

By Kate Limond
31/12/2022 | Read time: 5m

Beauty of Joseon is a brand I love and I've been working my way through their products with rice extract - this is the first of a two-part review, covering their Radiance Cleansing Balm and Dynasty cream, followed by their Glow Deep serum and Rice + Probiotics sunscreen in the second part.

What Can Rice Do For Your Skin?

Rice extract has antioxidants and if you check out my reviews on propolis, Mary & May Blackberry review and calming serums, you’ll know that antioxidants are key to protecting your skin from environmental damage and helping to reduce the signs of aging.

I keep talking about antioxidants in my reviews and that’s because Korean skincare companies know antioxidants have a lot of benefits for skin. Korean skincare tends to be much more gentle than Western products, aimed at healing and supporting skin, rather than attacking it with strong actives and astringent products.

Of course, you still need sunscreen – that’s a non-negotiable, but antioxidants form part of a protective routine for your skin. Rice extract has been noted to be a good source of antioxidants and to have anti-aging effects, particularly on wrinkles.

Rice extract, however, is a special ingredient because it can do something extra as part of its anti-aging benefits: it can help even out skin tone and reduce those age spots that are a sign of sun damage. I’m all for something that will have multiple anti-aging effects!

I’ve tried quite a few rice products, as I want all of these benefits for my skin. I’ve also found products containing rice extract can have a brightening effect, particularly as part of a routine including products with fermented ingredients, like the Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence, which you can read about here.

Beauty of Joseon Radiance Cleansing Balm

Texture and Packaging

The balm is exactly what you’d expect: a solid but soft, yielding texture. Not all jar packaging comes with a spatula but the Beauty of Joseon does – and it’s a wide, flat spatula: ideal for scooping the product from the jar.

I don’t know about you, but I’m always losing my spatulas. However, the joyous thing about this cleansing balm is that it has a special flip-top compartment to keep the spatula in. And it looks lovely in my bathroom – double win!

Ingredients

As you’d expect, there’s plenty of rice extracts in this balm: rice bran oil, rice bran water and rice extract itself. Along with sea buckthorn oil, the rice bran oil gives the balm a luxurious texture and helps it spread smoothly over your skin.

There’s also soy bean ferment and I’m always pleased to see a fermented ingredient in the list, which might contribute to how soothing it is.

Experience

I tend to find oil cleansing messy – no matter what I do, some runs down my hands, so I end up going through my oil cleanser pretty quick! But I love how well an oil cleanser works and doesn’t leave my skin feeling stripped. A balm cleanser is the best of both worlds: just scoop it out and massage it onto your face. The Beauty of Joseon balm melts into a slightly thicker than oil texture and I can actually spend some time really massaging it onto my skin. It has some substance and doesn’t feel too liquid, which means it emulsifies perfectly, too: I often find emulsifying an oil cleanser doesn’t feel satisfying, as it doesn’t have enough substance.

The absolute best thing about this balm cleanser is how clean but soft and smooth my skin feels after I use it. My skin never feels stripped. I do follow it up with a gel cleanser for my T-zone some of the time but not always. For me, the balm does a good enough job on its own but people with oily skin would probably still need a second cleanser.

Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream

Texture and Packaging

This is one of the lightest creams I’ve tried – it’s a very thin texture whilst still being cream format, rather than runny, like an emulsion or lotion.

True to Beauty of Joseon standards, the jar is understated and stylish. It also comes with a handy spatula, just like the Mary & May Blackberry cream spatula – thin and ideal for getting the right amount of cream.

Ingredients

The Dynasty cream has a lot of really great Ingredients: 29% rice bran water, 5% ginseng root water, 2% niacinamide and 2% squalane.

Ginseng, rice extract and niacinamide can all help even skin tone, and additionally niacinamide helps with the oil balance of your skin, potentially reducing the over-production of oil.

Squalane is technically not an oil and is highly moisturising whilst also being light and occlusive. For extra nourishing and creaminess, there is coconut oil and safflower oil.

Experience

Some creams are too thick and feel like they tug the skin because they don’t spread properly. The Dynasty cream glides over my skin because it is so cosmetically elegant and my skin feels instantly moisturised and soothed!

I like to use this as my first cream, particularly for my neck, as my neck is always in need of extra nourishment. People with oily skin might want to just use this when the weather is colder, as it does contain some oil. If your skin likes oil and you want something light, this is a good choice.

I’m always wary of creams that include oil higher up the ingredient list. I’m a restless sleeper and products with silicones, like the Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Water Sleeping mask, form a nice occlusive seal that stays on, so I don’t wake up with dry cheeks. My sunscreens also often have silicones so if I use a lot of oil, it sometimes disrupts the silicone film. I have tried lots of different moisturiser combinations and silicones are what works for me!

However, I didn’t have any issues with the Dynasty cream and silicone products. I do find my neck needs a lot of moisturiser now it’s winter and this worked great as a first moisturiser for me – for reference, my face is combination but my neck is much drier.

In the past, I have had issues with coconut oil causing skin-coloured pimples (closed comedones). I decided to give coconut oil once last try, as I had hoped that the Dynasty cream, which is a well-formulated moisturiser, might work. Sadly, after a month or so of using the Dynasty cream, I did get more closed comedones. So it would seem that coconut oil is definitely something I need to avoid.

However, if you’re fine with coconut oil, I strongly recommend the Dynasty cream as I had a great experience with it otherwise. It is an excellent formulation with wonderful ingredients and is delightful to use: just what I expect from a Beauty of Joseon product!