Rice water may seem trendy these days, but it’s actually an ancient Asian beauty treatment that dates back thousands of years. It’s made by soaking or boiling rice and then straining out the water that’s left.
Now, maybe you’re wondering, “What’s so special about rice?” The answer is that it contains high levels of vitamins and minerals that are great for your skin, including vitamin B, magnesium, selenium, iron, zinc, copper, sulfur, and silica.
As you may have noticed, rice water is found in various beauty products on the market, including cleansers, essences, lotions, and other topicals. But, it can also be made at home in your kitchen. Because of its high antioxidant content, rice water has become an increasingly popular skincare ingredient.
So, what does rice water do for your skin exactly? Research lists the following benefits:
Rice water is also used as a hair rinse. Although not scientifically proven, fans praise this cloudy concoction as a magical hair potion that:
These benefits are thought to be due to the protein, starch, and inositol extracted from the rice during boiling/soaking.
If you want to give it a try as a hair rinse, pour it over your hair after shampooing. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes, then rinse. Only use 1-2 times a week, as it can dry out your hair if used too often.
While you can buy products that already contain rice water, as we mentioned earlier, you can easily make your own by either soaking or boiling rice and using the leftover water on your hair or skin.
For best results, opt for organic rice that doesn’t contain unnecessary additives.
Here’s how to prepare your rice.
To use soaked rice in your beauty routine, rinse a small quantity in the sink until the water is clear. Then, soak it for at least 30 minutes before straining the water into a bowl or bottle to use.
If you prefer to use water from boiled rice, start off by thoroughly cooking it on the stovetop. Then, strain the water and transfer it to a bowl or bottle. Let it cool down completely before using it.
If you make a large batch, you can transfer it to a container to store in the fridge for up to a week.
Adding rice water to your beauty routine is a simple and natural way to hydrate, brighten, and soften your skin – not to mention take care of your hair as well.
If you’re tired of having a bunch of different products in your bathroom and want to try a timeless beauty treatment, rice water is a great choice.