Beauty of Joseon Rice Part 1

BEAUTY OF JOSEON Rice Extract Part 2

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

This is the second of a two-part review, covering their Glow Deep serum and Rice + Probiotics sunscreen. The first part included their Radiance Cleansing Balm and Dynasty cream, which you can read here.

A Brief Recap on Rice Extract

I’m going to keep this short, as you can read the detailed explanation of what rice can do for your skin in the first part of this review.

Rice extract is full of antioxidants, has anti-aging effects on wrinkles and also helps even skin tone. It’s a really special extract and it’s easy to incorporate into your routine, as Beauty of Joseon products are lovely to use: I think there’s something for everyone in this range!

Beauty of Joseon Glow Deep serum


Whilst I do like thicker textures for my products, serums that are thicker can be more difficult to spread. I will end up using quite a lot of it trying to spread it out and those thicker serums often don’t feel as hydrating. I do try to apply thicker serums to damp skin to increase spreadility but I’ll still run through a thicker serum more quickly than a thinner one.

The texture of the Beauty of Joseon Glow Deep is excellent. It is watery and very hydrating, but not so thin that it is awkward to apply. The last of my Beauty of Joseon Glow serum got stuck in the bottom of the bottle, as I found the dropper slightly too short. However, the last of the Glow Deep will happily run out of the bottle with no issues so it gets extra points.


The key ingredient is 68.6% rice bran water. We know why rice extract is great, so it makes sense that this serum has a high percentage of rice!

There’s other plant extracts to soothe skin and provide extra antioxidants. There’s also nice hydrating ingredients, like the absolute classic glycerin, and soothing ingredients, including panthenol.

The other important ingredient in this serum is arbutin, which is a well known ingredient for evening out skin tone. Arbutin in conjunction with rice extract means this is an effective formulation for reducing pigmentation.


I’m such a big fan of this serum: I’ve bought multiple bottles of it. It has active ingredients as well as effective plant extracts, of which rice is the most important, so it’s a great option for evening skin tone.

I also find this serum very hydrating and it’s perfect for my morning routine because of the antioxidants and arbutin. It also means I can use less toner, because it’s hydrating, which makes my morning routine quicker!

Whilst the Beauty of Joseon website says that it should be use PM as it is UV sensitive, i.e. it could be broken down in sunlight. This matters because it might be broken down into hydroquinone which can have negative effects for the skin, however: “there is a disagreement over whether arbutin works by being decomposed into hydroquinone and glucose or not” (1).

If you’re concerned, you could just use it PM and ensure you store it away from sunlight and always use sunscreen, but I know you already do that!

All in all, this is one of my favourite serums and the only one I have purchased so many times! And because this serum is so lightweight, it should be suitable for all skin types.

Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun Rice + Probiotics sunscreen


Beauty of Joseon has hit on a winning texture with their Rice sunscreen: it’s thick but liquidy and spreadable, like a really nice lotion.

It absorbs quickly and easily once I’ve applied it and it doesn’t feel like a film on my skin. I haven’t had any issues with it pilling, even on my tough-to-please neck lines. The only other sunscreen that doesn’t pill on my neck is my other favourite, the Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun gel.


It has 30% rice extract and grain probiotics complex – rice and fermented ingredients in one product is a big selling point for me, especially as it is a sunscreen, which is something that doesn’t usually have ferments.

It also has a newer sunscreen filter, which is particularly effective against UV-A radiation, the one that causes aging.

As well as a lot of other plant extracts for antioxidants, it had niacinamide, which is an ingredient I talk about a lot, because it’s so good! Notable effects of niacinamide include the way it can even skin tone and help with the oil-water balance of your skin.


I’ve tried a few different sunscreens: a mix of Western, Korean and Japanese. There are different positives for each but the Korean sunscreens I’ve tried are the best all-rounders for me.

I’ve written before about how great my experience with the Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun gel has been and I’m still a big fan. Now it’s winter, the Isntree can feel a bit light: whilst it is very hydrating, I’d prefer a sunscreen that is more moisturising.

The Beauty of Joseon is deeply moisturising and perfect for winter. The first time I tried it, I’d done my usual moisturiser regime: Mary & May Blackberry Intense cream and Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Water Sleeping mask. I applied the Rice sunscreen and my skin felt maybe a little too moisturised?

I didn’t recognise the sensation at first because my skin never feels too moisturised! Through trying various moisturisers, I’ve found my winning combination for both day and night, which is the Mary & May and Isntree, which you can read about here and here.

Usually my sunscreen doesn’t add a lot of moisturising effects so I haven’t had any issues with over-moisturising. Whilst I didn’t get clogged pores or any other problems, I decided I could probably dial back my cream regime. I tried just the Mary & May and went to work, was exposed to the elements, wore a mask all day and my skin was perfectly comfortable all day long! Win!

On my day off, I found I could use half the usual amount of the Mary & May cream and my skin was great all day. So, the Mary & May cream plus the Beauty of Joseon sunscreen is my top combination of products for the winter months.

If you have oily skin, you should consider dropping moisturiser entirely if you want to try this sunscreen: it is very moisturising so it might be too much with other creamy products.

My neck often gets irritated for no reason and is much more picky about products than my face. Whilst I can use most sunscreens on my face, it’s a different matter for my neck.

However, I can use both the Isntree and Beauty of Joseon sunscreens on my neck and it doesn’t complain. And by using the Beauty of Joseon (as well as the right calming serums), I’ve found my neck is generally less irritated than it has been all year.

I highly recommend this sunscreen, particularly if you have dry or combination skin: it has an excellent array of ingredients that are very effective to protect your skin against UV damage.