Rice Water : For Beautiful Skin and Hair
Rice water has been used in eastern medicine to keep skin pliable and youthful-looking and to make hair grow strong and shiny since ancient times, in places ranging across the Asian continent. You won’t find any sulfates or silicates in a bowl of rice water, and the best part is that you can whip it up quickly in the comfort of your own home for a price that can’t be beaten. Traditionally, female rice farmers in Japan used to bathe and wash in the water used for cleaning white rice.
In the Heian period, as early as the 9th century, women at the Japanese imperial court used fermented rice water to keep their hair long, healthy, and beautiful. Their beautiful long hair reached to the floor. These court ladies were said to have combed their hair each day using Yu-Su-Ru, which is the rinse water obtained from the washing of rice. According to an article published in China Daily, the secret for keeping their hair dark and clean is to wash it with rice water. It’s a natural shampoo and hair conditioner.
How to Make Rice Water
- First of all you need 1/2 cup uncooked rice (brown, white long grain, white short grain, jasmine, or whatever you have) and 2 cups water
- Then, first rinse the rice with about a cup of water to remove any dirt or impurities.
- Then, place 1/2 cup of uncooked rice in a bowl and cover with water.
- Let the rice soak for 15 to 30 minutes. Swirl it around and lightly knead it until the water turns cloudy. This will help the vitamins and minerals seep into the water, creating a nourishing rinse for your hair and skin.
- Strain out the rice water into a clean bowl or container. You can store your rice water in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few up to a week.
- Your rice water is ready to use for a variety of hair and skin treatments..
How to Use Rice Water for Skin and Hair
You can use rice water every day as part of your cleansing skin care routine, morning or evening. For your hair it is recommended to use it once or twice a week either as hair wash or last rinse.
Here are a few more tips:
Use rice water as part of your face and body cleanser to make a face or body wash.
Use rice water as a natural substitute for your regular toner which can also help you to reduce the size of the pores on your skin. Another option is to add rice water to these 8 natural remedies to shrink your pores. Simply dab a bit of rice water onto your face and gently massage it into your skin for couple of minutes. With regular use you will notice your skin feeling soft, tight, and radiant.
You can also use it as a part of your moisturizing face mask and you can also add a few drops of these best essential oils for skincare.
Rinsing your hair with rice water brings shine to your hair and helps to keep it strong and healthy. You can also add to the rice water a few drops of these essential oils for strong and shiny hair. After shampooing, pour the rice water on your hair. Gently massage your scalp and hair and leave it on for 4 to 5 minutes. Then rinse your hair thoroughly with plain water. Use it once or twice a week as a last rinse.
Add rice water to these bath soaks to cleanse, relax and rejuvenate your body. Fill a small muslin bag with 1/2 cup rice and. Place the muslin bag into the water and soak in the tub.
Make a body scrub by using the rice leftover from making the rice water. To create the scrub, grind the rice and mix it with 1 or 2 teaspoons of olive oil and lemon juice each (you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil) and rub it into the skin to exfoliate and nourish.