The uses of sake on the face

Written by toby welch | 13/05/2017
The uses of sake on the face
Sake is not just for drinking, but also for skin care. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Sake is a type of Japanese rice wine that goes through a fermentation process similar to beer. During the fermentation process, kojic acid is created, a byproduct of the conversion of starch to sugar. The acid is used in many industries for its inhibitor properties, which are beneficial to skin care. Using sake on your face is a habit more and more people are swearing by.

Spot Lightener

The uses of sake on the face
Sake can lighten freckles. (Goodshoot RF/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Due to the kojic acid in sake and the acid's melanin-inhibiting properties, the Japanese drink can be used to lighten skin. People with freckles, age spots (also called liver spots), pregnancy-related and/or menopause spots, and dark areas from any other cause have had success lightening their skin with kojic acid. It works by decreasing the skin's ability to form the melanin in dark spots. This applies to people of all skin colours.


Many people have found that the kojic acid in sake is effective as a moisturiser. You can apply the sake directly to your face as you would any other liquid. While some claim it's a costly moisturiser, only a small amount is needed to do the job. A number of moisturisers now come with sake included in their ingredient list.

Acne Treatment

The uses of sake on the face
Sake can help in pimple prevention. (Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

Some people believe sake is an ideal astringent when it comes to cleaning your face. As sake contains alcohol and has antibacterial properties, when it's used as a toner, it can effectively rid a person's skin of acne-causing bacteria. Sake can help keep a face clean in a quest to control acne.

Skin Whitener

Many skin whiteners used in the past, such as hydroquinone, have been found to cause skin irritations and mutations if not used correctly. Since kojic acid is safe, people looking to lighten their skin have been turning to kojic acid for a skin-friendly alternative to chemicals. Just one or two applications of sake is enough to lighten skin noticeably.

Facial Mask

The uses of sake on the face
Sake is a popular face mask ingredient. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Due to sake's skin-benefiting qualities, face masks that contain the rice wine are rising in popularity. If you're looking for a mask you can make at home, combine one teaspoon of sake with just under one teaspoon of honey. Mix well. Stir in one teaspoon of yoghurt. Add three teaspoons of oat flake powder and mix well. If the mask mixture is too runny for your liking, add a little more oak flake powder. Apply the paste to your face and leave it on for 30 minutes. It will feel cool from the yoghurt and tingly from the sake.

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