Benefit of rice water for beauty

By Medically reviewed by Hello Doktor Medical Panel

Many people just throw away the water when they prepare their rice, which is such a waste of all the beauty benefits rice water provides. Rice water is a rich source of minerals and vitamins that are great for both skin and hair.

The story behind rice water

The Asian cultures have learned to appreciate rice water for centuries. No wonder why Asian women have such flawless skin! In the past, women in many parts of Southeast Asian washed their face, hair, and even bathed in rice water – the water they used to clean their rice. One of the star ingredients in rice water is ferulic acid, an antioxidant agent which helps maintain a radiant and youthful skin.

Rice water as a facial cleanser

You can use rice water to clean your face by dipping a cotton ball into it, then gently wipe all over your face. It is simple, effortless, and only takes a couple of minutes. All you need to do is wait patiently for your skin to dry on its own so that the nutrients get the chance to absorb into your skin properly.

Rice water as a facial toner

If you usually wear heavy makeup, you should use a special cleanser to make sure your skin is 100% clean. However, you can still use rice water as a facial toner after cleansing. Rice water can minimize the appearance of pores and tighten up your skin while stimulating blood flow to give your skin a healthy glow.

Rice water to treat acne

Rice water is famous for its anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, it really speeds up the acne’s healing process. When applied to pimples, it acts as an astringent, soothing the redness caused by breakouts.

Rice water to rinse hair

Switching to rinsing your hair with rice water keeps your hair strong and shiny. If you would like some extra nourishment, add a few drops of essential oils to the liquid. Massage your scalp gently and let it stay on your hair for a while then rinse again with fresh water. The inositol in rice water strengthens hair elasticity and gets rid of surface friction.

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Review Date: November 2, 2016 | Last Modified: December 6, 2019

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