When it comes to Asian beauty secrets, rice water comes in as one of the top contenders for bringing natural beauty to your skin and hair. It has been touted by Chinese people as a great DIY solution for strong and lustrous hair and supple skin.
Asian women swear by this easy concoction as their best kept secret and now even Korean skincare brands are using rice water as one of their main ingredients.
Nutritional benefits of rice
Rice water has free radical fighting and anti-inflammatory properties that help maintain the elasticity of the skin and provide it nutrients. It contains antioxidants like vitamin A, vitamin C, flavonoids and phenolic and compounds that help keep blemishes, redness and acne disappear and make your skin flawless in no time.
Rice also contains selenium and magnesium that are essential nutrients for making the hair grow stronger, longer and shinier. The Yao women in China have rice water as their age old secret for long and thick hair. Some of the women have hair as long as 5-6 feet!
Here is how you can easily make it at home to wash your face and hair with:
This is the best rice water version as the rice is fermented and has a better result than a non-fermented option.
You will need:
- ½ cup rice (white, brown, jasmine or basmati)
- 2-3 cups of water
- In a medium-sized bowl add some water and rinse it well. Drain the water away along with the impurities.
- Add the 2-3 cups of water, swirl the rice around until it becomes cloudy.
- Cover the bowl for 2 days.
- Strain out the rice and use the rice water for your face and hair.
Try rice water for at least a month to see a noticeable difference.