Hello, everyone! Rice water is said to be an inexpensive, effective beauty balm for promoting skin cell growth, stimulating blood flow, and slowing down the aging process.This ancient Asian secret has been used for centuries by women as a hair and skin treatment and even taken internally for health benefits.Rice has vitamins B, C and E as well as minerals and eight essential amino acids that promote overall health as well as beauty.
RICE WATER FOR HAIR AND SKIN:
Traditionally, female rice farmers in China, Japan, and other Southeast Asian countries used to bathe and wash in the water used for cleaning rice.In simple terms, rice water is the milky white solution you get after soaking or boiling rice. It can be concentrated, diluted or even fermented to bring out most of its benefits.Regardless of your method, strain the rice after the allotted time, reserving the water.Let’s get into the uses and benefits of rice water for hair and skin.
HOW TO MAKE RICE WATER:
There are 3 simple methods to prepare rice water. You just need 2 ingredients that are 1/2 cup uncooked rice (brown, white long grain, white short grain, jasmine, basmati or whatever you have) and 2 cups of water.
1.Rinse the rice with about a cup of water to remove any dirt or impurities.Then, place 1/2 cup of uncooked rice in a bowl and cover with water. Let the rice soak for 15 to 30 minutes. Swirl it around and lightly knead it until the water turns cloudy.Strain out the rice water into a clean bowl or container. You can store your rice water in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for a few up to a week.
2.To make fermented rice water, prepare rice water according to the method listed above and allow it to sit in a jar at room temperature for one or two days (in warmer climates, the fermentation process will take less time). When a slightly sour smell arises from the rice water, stop the fermentation process by keeping the solution in the refrigerator and use this rice water for skin toning or as a hair rinse.Fermented rice water is very potent, so it’s best to dilute it with 1-2 cups of warm water before using it.
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3.Next time you make rice, don’t throw away the water. After the rice has cooked, strain it out.The leftover water will be a vivid white color and will contain a high concentration of nutrients.Dilute a few tablespoons of this concentrated rice water into a cup of clean water, making a barely milky-looking mixture.Use this diluted solution to wash your face or to treat your hair, and store the leftover concentrate in the refrigerator in a covered container for up to one week.
BENEFITS OF RICE WATER FOR SKIN:
1.Rice Water helps in tightening skin and shrinkage of open pores on face, cleansing, toning and lightening hyperpigmentation, sun and age spots.
2.Rice water is also good for acne since it reduces redness and clear blemishes, and the starch in the water is said to soothe the inflammation of eczema.
3.Helping with smoothing texture, hyperpigmentation, and a porcelain finish, rice water illuminates, firms and tightens skin to appear refreshed and reduces pore size, leaving a powdery, soft feeling behind.
4.Rice water contains vitamins, minerals and amino acids which are essential for beautiful skin, including ferulic acid, which is a great antioxidant, and allantoin, known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
HOW TO USE RICE WATER FOR SKIN:
1.Use rice water as part of your face and body cleanser.(e.g.mix rice water and few drops of any essential oil to make your own face and body wash).
2. You can also use it as a part of your moisturizing face mask and can add few drops of any essential oil(I personally prefer to use lavender oil).
3.Soak a cotton ball thoroughly in rice water and gently massage it into your skin for a couple of minutes. Going to bed with freshly applied rice water is said to increase benefits. Let your face dry naturally.With regular use, you will notice your skin feeling soft, tight, and radiant.
4.You can also use rice water as a toner. Soak a cotton ball or pad and apply to face after cleansing to minimize the appearance of pores and tighten skin. This natural skin toner promotes cell growth, stimulates blood flow, and helps keep your skin smooth and bright.
5.Treat your skin to a DIY spa with rice bath. Fill a small muslin bag with 1/2 cup rice and some dried lavender flowers. You can add some basil leaves, green tea, lemon peels or Neem leaves.Place the muslin bag into the water and soak in the tub to cleanse, relax and rejuvenate your body.
6.Make a body scrub by using the rice leftover from making the rice water. To create the scrub, grind the rice and mix it with 1 or 2 teaspoons of olive oil and lemon juice (you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil) and rub it into the skin to exfoliate and nourish.
7.The starch components in rice water are effective in easing the effects of eczema on your skin. Dip a clean washcloth into the water and pat all over the affected skin. Continue doing this for a couple of minutes and make sure you air dry it.
8.Rice water is also used for cooling inflammations and burnt skin.Cold rice water, in such cases, is preferred.
9.Apply rice water on rashes or other skin inflammation to soothe it naturally.Taking a 15-minute bath with rice water twice a day could improve the condition significantly.
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BENEFITS OF RICE WATER FOR HAIR:
1.As a hair treatment, rice water is said to deeply condition and soften hair making it more manageable and healthier-looking.
2.Rice water is said to help detangle and improve hair elasticity.Rice water contains inositol, a carbohydrate that helps strengthen elasticity and reduce surface friction.
3.It acts as an excellent conditioner by repairing the damaged hair shaft.
4.Rice water contains inositol, a kind of carbohydrate that can prevent hair damage and keep it healthy and soft.
5.It can treat hair loss by increasing the growth rate of new hair.
HOW TO USE RICE WATER FOR HAIR:
1.After shampooing your hair, pour rice water diluted with plain water on your hair.Using your fingertips, gently massage your scalp for 10 minutes.Rinse your hair thoroughly with plain water.Follow this hair treatment 2 or 3 times a week.For extra nourishment, you can add a few drops of essential oils, such as rosemary, lavender or geranium, to the rice water before use.You can also add green tea in it. If using fermented rice water, make sure you dilute it before rinsing your hair with it.
2.Shampoo your hair and rinse it thoroughly with cool water.Mix 1 part of fermented rice water and 3 parts of bath water so that it remains only slightly cloudy.Use this mixture as a final rinse.Repeat this treatment once or twice a week for best results.
3.Rice water contains natural saponins so it can be used as a shampoo. Simply add 1 teaspoon of apple juice/lime juice/amla powder/shikakai powder/lime peel powder/green tea in 1 cup of rice water and use it as a shampoo on your hair.
4.Rice water can also be used as a hair conditioner. Add a few drops of rosemary, lavender, or geranium essential oil to the rice water and apply all over your tresses. Let it stay for 10 minutes and then wash off with cold water.
FEW TIPS FOR USING RICE WATER FOR HAIR AND SKIN:
1.You can use any variety of rice like white rice, brown rice, jasmine rice, etc.
2.Always rinse the rice once with water to remove dirt and other particles.
3.Try to use organic rice, even though it is a bit more expensive than regular rice as the organic produce does not contain pesticides.
4.Do not use undiluted rice water in your hair, as it can result in lumps and may build up in your hair over time.
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In addition to using rice water for beautiful hair and skin, drinking rice water will also boost your overall health. Go ahead and make some today and take advantage of all the nutrients contained in this amazing natural beauty elixir.