The next time you make rice, don’t throw out that water or you’ll be sending one of the cheapest and most effective ways to beautify your skin and hair right down the drain.
Rice water has been used for centuries in Asian countries to keep skin young looking and help hair grow healthy and strong.
Rice water is chock-full of vitamins, minerals and amino acids that are essential for beautiful hair and skin, including ferulic acid, a powerful antioxidant, and allantoin, which contains anti-inflammatory properties.
Dermatological Benefits of Rice Water.
The starch-laden residual rice water is rich in nutrients such as vitamins B, C, and E. This nutrient profile of rice can benefit your skin in the following ways:
1. Sun protection.
Fermented rice water or rice wine has antioxidant properties that can help prevent sun-induced photodamage and is therefore often used in sunscreens. Rice bran also possesses photoprotective properties.
Soothes Sunburn Rice water feels soothing on sunburned skin. Many people find it extremely beneficial for treating mild symptoms of sunburn, such as redness, inflammation, and itching.
When applied on the skin, starchy rice water also has a tightening and toning effect. This could be especially beneficial for people with oily skin.
There is limited evidence supporting the effect of rice water on the skin. However, since it is devoid of chemicals and suitable for all skin types, there is no harm in giving it a try.
Fermented rice water has antiaging properties that can help prevent wrinkling. The antioxidants in rice bran, including phytic acid and ferulic acid, help keep the skin fresh and young.
3. Skin repair.
Rice water helps improve skin damage and is thus useful in the treatment of atopic dermatitis.
4. Vitiligo treatment.
Rice bran can also boost melanin production and can therefore be used in treating hypopigmentation, such as vitiligo.
5. Skin Brightening Effect.
This benefit of rice water has not been scientifically proven. However, people in Korea and Japan use rice water to minimize blemishes and brighten their skin. It is assumed that rice water may contain some enzymes that have a skin brightening effect. This is why it is used as an active ingredient in soaps and creams.
6. Protects The Skin Barrier.
When the natural barrier of your skin is compromised, it becomes dry and vulnerable to skin conditions like atopic dermatitis. A study found that rice starch could help improve and repair the natural barrier of the skin. This is especially beneficial for people who have atopic dermatitis . This function of rice water may also be beneficial for managing eczema, rashes, and inflammation.
How To Prepare Rice Water At Home: A Detailed Guide.
There are several ways to prepare rice water. You can soak and cook the rice before extracting the water, or you can use the fermenting process. Choose the one that is easier for you.
1. The Soaking Method (The Quickest Way To Prepare Rice Water).
▪️Take a cup of rice (about 100 g). You may choose any variety of rice.
▪️Give it a quick rinse to clean it.
▪️Pour three cups of water (about 500 ml to 700 ml) into a bowl.
▪️Soak the rice in the water for 30 minutes.
▪️Use your fingers to gently stir and press down the rice.
▪️Strain the rice and collect the water in a glass bottle.
You can store rice water in the refrigerator for a week. After this period, you will have to prepare another batch. You can use this rice water on your skin and hair. You can use it as a toner or add it to a DIY face pack.
2. Fermented Rice Water.
Fermented rice water (or rice wine) is extremely good for the skin. A study found that topical application of rice wine prevented UV damage and protected the natural barrier of the skin. It has significant anti-aging benefits as it promotes pro-collagen synthesis. Thus, it prevents wrinkles and transepidermal water loss and promotes epidermal thickening . In Japan, rice wine is known as sake.
Here’s what you need to do to make fermented rice:
▪️Rinse a cup of rice (about 100 g) with plain water. You may choose any variety of rice.
Pour three cups of water (about 500 ml to 700 ml) into a bowl.
▪️Soak the rice in the water for two days. Let it ferment.
▪️After two days, stir the water and strain the liquid.
▪️Pour the liquid in a glass bottle and refrigerate it.
This is the easiest way to prepare fermented rice water at home.
3. The Boiling Method.
▪️Boil a cup of rice just the way you’d cook it.
Strain out the starchy water.
▪️Store the rice water in a glass bottle.
▪️Let it cool down completely before you store it in the refrigerator.
Now that you know how to prepare rice water and rice wine at home, let’s talk about how you can use it on your skin.
How To Use Rice Water On Your Face.
Using rice water is pretty easy.
If you are using soaked rice water:
▪️Store it in a spray bottle.
▪️Spritz it on your face as a toner or mist.
▪️Spritz it on after cleansing your face and leave it.
▪️You may wash your face with water after 30 minutes.
▪️Instead of spritzing, you may also use a cotton ball.
▪️Soak a cotton ball in rice water and apply it all over your face.
▪️Let it dry for 30 minutes.
▪️Wash it off with water.
If you are using fermented rice water or rice wine (sake):
▪️Take 2-3 tablespoons of fermented rice water or rice wine from the container in a bowl. Store the rest.
▪️Dilute it in 1 or 2 cups of water (about 250-450 ml).
▪️Mix it well and store it in a spray bottle.
▪️Spritz it on or use a cotton ball to apply it whenever you want.
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