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Pamper your skin with rice - yes, rice - in Oahu

Privacy is an art form at the Kahala Spa in Oahu.

Hydrating Rice Force Facial

Where Minute Rice offers empty carbs, Japanese rice presents a nutritional miracle. More than just a pillowy vehicle for sushi, it's a skin-care marvel hiding right under your nose. The unique vitamin complex found in this simple soul food naturally nourishes the skin. Freshly launched this fall, the Kahala Resort and Spa partnered with Rice Force, Japan's much-loved beauty line, on a worldwide exclusive facial. The Oahu spa is the first to design a signature treatment featuring this cult status skin care. First, the aesthetician applies a mild pH balanced cleanser, effectively cleansing without stripping away essential moisture. She then layers the Rice Force deep moisture essences to elevate hydration. The finishing serums blend with our natural balance of moisture and oil, lifting lifeless skin to a luminous shine.


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How do brawny sake craftsmen – up to their elbows in fragrant rice water – have the nubile hands of little girls? And why do rice farmers, who spend hours toiling in the searing sun, still have fair and supple skin? More than a century ago, this mystifying quandary led to the discovery of rice extract as an anti-aging powerhouse. Rice bran has a chemical structure similar to ceramide, a powerful cell regenerator found in human skin. Rich in vitamin E, rice oil proteins neutralize free radicals and reduce the appearance of aging. The Japanese cultivate rice – every grain is said to house seven gods – with respect bordering on veneration.


Privacy is an art form at the Kahala Spa. Hidden among the hibiscus, the lavish treatment suites are what holiday dreams are made of. From overworked executives to overly ambitious sightseers, the menu offers restorative pleasures to right all the week's wrongs. Treatments draw on the highest-quality, organically grown plants and come with a litany of feel-good perks – hand-picked herbal teas, a hot towel just where you need it. Clientele is never rushed or rallied, and groupies of this intimate spa revel in the unbridled approach to pampered bliss.


The Kahala Resort & Spa, 5000 Kahala Ave., Honolulu; 1-800-367-2525;; 60 minutes; $220.

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