Asian Beauty Secret: the Rice Water
What is the secret of asian women? They look so young and gorgeous for their age. It must be about genes, lifestyle, diet and – of course – beauty routine.
Let’s see one of their beauty secrets: the rice water. It has amazing skin and hair benefits, moisturizing, antioxidant and healing properties. Rice water eases inflammation, cleanses skin and it is useful against age spots.
But you can use rice water to beautify your hair as well. It improves hair elasticity, and it can repair damaged hair which becomes manageable, and stronger.
How to Use Rice Water in Your Beauty Routine?
Personalised Beauty Treatment
Finding a treatment that works for your skin type is a crucial step for protecting and nourishing your skin. Rice water offers a full range of beauty care, like cleaning, toning, moisturizing and nourishing.
Rice Water Works as a Skin Toner
As a toner, it helps to balance your skin’s PH levels. Moisten a cotton pad with rice water and put it on your face, neck and decolletage. Your skin will feel smooth, toned and plumped.
The skin around your eyes is the most delicate skin on your face. Hence you should provide extra help of protection and hydration. Rice water also works like an essence, a kind of serum made for hydrating and repairing skin and cell turnover.
Rice Water is a Healthy and Affordable Haircare
So, are you seeking an affordable natural product that makes your hair stronger, smoother and shinier? Rice water is a great tool to inject life into your hair. It contains proteins, vitamins and micronutrients that can repair hair, reduce surface friction and strengthen elasticity. Rice water also acts as an effective conditioner and leaves your hair feeling soft and comfy.
Rinse your freshly washed hair with rice water, keep it on for two minutes then wash it off with clean water. Do not use it more than once a week.
How to Make Rice Water?
There are two methods for making rice water: soaking method and boiling method.
For soaking method you will need 1/2 cup of uncooked rice and 2 cups of water. This is so simple.
First rinse the rice to remove any dirt, then let it soak for 10-15 minutes (in clear water of course). Strain out the rice water into a clean cup. It is ready to use.
For boiling method you will need 1/2 cup of uncooked rice and 4 cups of water.
Cook the rice and once it is ready use the water.
You can store it in the fridge, for up to one week.
The fermented rice water is even more effective. Rich in antioxidant, minerals, vitamins (B, E). You can use it as a skin toner, face cleaner and hair rinse. It can shrink pores and brighten skin tone and leaves your complexion and hair looking its best.
Pampering Mask Recipes
Giving a try to this meditative, skin nourishing ritual is strongly recommended. It works wonder to your skin, while you chill out for 15-20 minutes.
Rice-Banana Mask for Normal Skin
Take 2 tablespoons of cooked rice and 1/3 ripe banana. Mush up the banana with fork and mix with the rice. Apply this mixture on your face and after 15-20 minutes wash it off with lukewarm water. Banana hydrates, moisturizes and lightens skin tone, fights wrinkles and fine lines.
Rice-Parsley Lightening Mask
Mix 2 tablespoons of cooked rice with 1/2 cup of chopped parsley. Apply this mixture on your face and after 15-20 minutes wash it off with lukewarm water. Parsley is a beneficial acne treatment and is also known for its skin lightening properties.
It works like a revitalizing facial treatment from problem skin facial to anti-aging facial. Rice water will make a difference to your skin, that feels really soft all day.
Remember, water left over from rice rinsing does not necessarily turn into waste. It may work as a versatile cleaning and pampering agent for healthy and affordable beauty care.
Note, if your skin or hair condition does not improve after a period of time, rice water is probably not for you.
Always use unrefined, organic, fair trade products. Take care of your health and our environment. Always take allergy test – if you have reaction avoid these ingredients.