GIRL! Stop what you’re doing, because I’m about to change your whole skin routine for the BETTER and on the CHEAP! Who doesn’t want incredible, luxurious skin using an effective and inexpensive method? I’ve been struggling with some hormonal acne (thank you perimenopause) and ended up going down this rabbit hole of research and discovered rice water and all the goodness it offers for our skin. It’s been a FABULOUS addition to my skin care regimen, and I just had to share with y’all! Today, we will learn how to make rice water for skin and the benefits it has for your skin.
Rice water for skin – Who would have thought?
This effective Asian home remedy is a secret way to get your skin to GLOW UP, right at your own bathroom counter!
Your rice water, the actual water left over after you cook rice or soaked rice is gaining popularity as a skin treatment. It’s said to soothe and tone your skin, and even improve different skin conditions. What’s even more alluring is that rice water can easily and inexpensively made at home.
Benefits of Rice Water for skin
Rice water contains all the goodness that your skin CRAVES! It contains amino acids, Vitamins B & E, antioxidants, minerals, and ferulic acid that help tone, tighten, and brighten your complexion! So those EXPENSIVE bottles of can take a hike! Get some of this rice water in your fridge at a FRACTION of the cost.
Rice water can stimulate blood flow, minimizing pore size and gives you clearer, brighter skin! According to medical news today, there was a study done that revealed rice water reduced the activity of elastase- an enzyme involved with skin aging. Rice water may have the potential to reduce the formation of wrinkles and lines on the skin. Rice water also contains the antioxidant, Inositol. When used on the skin, it can help reduce dryness, improving elasticity, and help with oil production.
Sounds good to me! Are you loving this yet?
How to make rice water for skin
There are a couple options you have to make rice water for your skin routine.
Fermented rice water: soak rice in water for about 3 days. When the rice starts to give off a sour smell, stir the rice, pour rice into a strainer and filter out the rice water, and put in sealer container to store in fridge for up to 7 days.
Boiled rice water: boil 2 cups of water, then add 1/2 uncooked rice. Boil until water becomes cloudy. Stir the rice well before straining. Let the water cool, then strain. Store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days
Soaked rice water: use a 2:1 ratio, so 1/2 cup of rice with 1 cup water. I prefer to boil tap water for 3-5min, doing this kills of microorganisms in the water. Let this water cool completely before soaking rice. Once cooled, add the water to the rice and let soak for 2 hours. Before straining, give that rice a good mixing to get all the added minerals into your rice water.
Remember there are no preservatives, so this gives it a shorter shelf life. The water is good for about a week.
How I use rice water
There are many uses for rice water, but my favorite is to use as a toner. I’ve been doing the soaked method and have had excellent results. The water has to be stored in the fridge, so I think having to cooling effect on top of all the nutrients make my skin look and feel HEAVENLY! My skin has improved brightness for sure! As soon as I put it on and it dries, I notice that my pores shrink up to barely noticeable! I also actually feel like the fine lines also look diminished! I’m seriously in love.
I have been using in both morning and evening, without diluting it. My suggestion is to get a small travel size dispenser bottle and keep it in the fridge. Shake or stir the rice water before use because the contents will settle. Then squirt some on to a cotton pad when you are ready to use it. I really saturate the pad, go over my face a couple times and include the eye area.
Don’t wash it off. Sometimes, I even fan my hands to help it dry quicker. After it dries, I apply my retinol/night cream at night. During the day, I follow it with my lotions that contain spf(always a must).
My personal secret- after I’m done with my face, I will use the pads to wipe the tops of my hands to get some anti-aging benefits, they are often overlooked when thinking about wrinkles and aging. 👍
Q&A: Rice water
Can I use rice water on my face everyday?
Yes, it is completely safe to use rice water on your face daily. I have been using it as a toner in both the morning and evening.
Can I use rice water as a mask?
Absolutely. You can leave on for 20 minutes then wash off.
Another method, is to cut open a vitamin E capsule, mix it with some rice water and aloe vera gel. Leave on for 20 min and then wash your face. follow with your normal skin routine afterwards.
Or you can also add rice water with some over cooked, sticky rice and organic honey to a blender to form a thick paste. The paste can be applied as a mask, leave on for 20 minutes.
Does it really tighten your skin?
Since rice water is stored in the refrigerator, the coolness of the water helps shrink pore size when applied to the face. Because rice water is starchy, it can have a pore tightening and toning effect on your skin.
How long will I see results?
Pretty much instantly. Once it dries on your face, you will notice how soft your skin feels and notice the difference in pore size.
Can I use rice water on my hair?
YES! There are SO many articles out there supporting the benefits of rice water on hair. I have yet to try it myself but can’t wait! I’m loving the toner effects on my skin, so I can’t wait to see the results on my hair! Blog post to follow on that!
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