Since I was young my mum have always told me about the benefits of rice or rice water towards the skin. After doing some research, she was right. Rice water was the secret ingredient for flawless skin of Japanese geishas for centuries. Next time cooking rice, I wouldn’t throw away rice water to waste – but instead use them on my face! Not only that rice water is good for the skin, they are also known to improve your hair’s elasticity and protect it from future damage as well.
Benefits of Rice Water
Rice water has anti-oxidant, moisturising and UV-absorbing properties. Rice water left on the skin could offer mild sun protection. They also have the ability to amend copper occurring in the skin. Hence, they help to protect the skin from hyper-pigmentation and age spots. Rice itself is rich in vitamin B complex, or ‘Inositol’ – this encourages cell growth and stimulates blood flow, slowing down the skin’s aging process. They also ease inflammation and give you a healthy, clear and moisturised skin!
Make your own Rice Water
- ½ cup uncooked rice (any kind of rice you have)
- 2 cups water
- Place the rice in a bowl and cover it with water.
- Leave it for 15 – 30 minutes.
- Slightly knead the rice until the water turns cloudy – to get vitamins and minerals
- Strain the rice water out into another bowl or an air-tight container – you can store it in the fridge up to a week
You can use rice water to cleanse your face just by dipping a cotton pad into the water and gently massage your face for a few minutes. No need to rinse just let it air dry. This method can be used daily as part of your skin care.
Rice water can also be used as a toner. After cleansing, soak cotton pad with rice water and apple it onto the skin. This toner will help to minimise visible pores and tighten skin.
Rice water is magic isn’t it. Are there any other ways to use rice water? Let us know!