Celebrity glow: rice water, the natural beauty secret for perfect hair and skin

Beloved by many celebrities, this natural toner is perfect for hair and skin. Rice water has been used for centuries in Japan and has been proven to have fantastic results on skin and hair health. Easy to make at home with only two ingredients.

Rice water is a starchy liquid obtained from soaking and cooking rice (rice is about 75% starch). This liquid contains an unbelievable amount of amino acids, as well as Vitamin B and E, which are fabulous for the skin and hair. The antioxidants, all present in rice water, are a common ingredient in any anti-aging skincare routine.

Rice water has multiple benefits

Rice water is recommended for dry and sensitive skin and helps it get rid of irritation caused by SLS, a chemical common in face washes.

There is evidence that using rice water twice a day will improve skin health, making it more supple and hydrated.

Rice water for perfect skin and hair

But rice water can be used in other beauty rituals too. It helps dry and damaged hair recover. In fact, it has been established that some compounds of rice water can penetrate the hair and restore it from the inside-out, booting shine and growth. 

Rice water also protects skin-damaged skin, helping prevent and cure pigmentation caused by sun exposure.

How to make rice water

1. Method 1: boiling

Rice water for hair

Use white rice (such as Jasmin) for these recipes.

  • Rinse the desired amount of rice thoroughly
  • Place in a pan with 4 times the amount of water (1 cup rice to 4 cups water)
  • Boil until the rice is well-cooked.
  • Remove from the heat and using a spoon, gently press the cooked rice to make it release even more starch.
  • Using a colander, filter the rice water into a jar, and let  it cool
  • Rice water can be kept in a sealed jar for up to a week

This rice water can be used on the face as a toner or hair as a rinse aid. Since this method produces highly-concentrated rice water, it’s recommended to apply it with a cotton round as you would a toner, leave on for a few minutes, and then wash off.

As for the hair, you can either spray this on after washing and leave on to dry or rinse off after a few minutes.

2. Method 2: soaking

Rice water for skin
  • Rinse the rice, and soak in hot water for 30 minutes.
  • Separate the rice from the water, let the liquid cool, and pour it into a jar with a lid.

Being a less concentrated product, this rich water is perfect for use on the skin.  Use a ball of cotton wool to gently apply it on your face after cleansing.

Cathy Mason

Cathy has spent most of her professional life discovering homemade beauty remedies, old and new. Using her extensive knowledge of natural ingredients, Cathy will provide expert advice on how to tackle everyday skincare problems with straightforward natural lotions and potions. + info

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