I grew up eating rice almost every day, but never really thought of it as something which I could also benefit from externally and an addition to my beauty regime. This all changed recently after many conversations with my mother who used to use it (amongst other natural options) during her teenage years. Looking at her glowing skin now… I think it might have just worked!
The next time you boil rice, think twice before washing the excess water down the sink. Rice water is rich in beauty minerals and vitamins that make it fantastic for both skin and hair. Drinking and consuming rice also has a number of internal benefits – rice water treats various health issues from energising the body (due to the high concentration of carbohydrates), providing instant relief from diarrhoea, treats gastroenteritis, controls high blood pressure, helps in preventing Alzheimer’s disease, reduces the body temperature or internal heat of the body and prevents constipation. All in all sounds pretty impressive right? Well there’s more..
Rice water has been used as a face wash and a hair wash in Asia by many generations. The village of Huangluo in China, is home to the women with the world’s longest hair, and is testament to this tradition. Rice water enables these women to manage their long hair, which they wrap around their heads after washing and de-tangling. If these women can benefit from it and have hair reaching their ankles, I don’t see why we can’t return to nature and try it out ourselves.
How do I make Rice Water?
The water used to wash rice prior to cooking is not the rice water you need. What you need to do is boil the rice (preferably organic rice) as you normally do when you’re cooking rice to eat, but you simply add more of the water than the usual quantity you use so that the rice does not absorb all the water. Strain this extra water into a bowl.
Wash your face, then soak a cotton pad in bowl of warm rice water and apply it all over, as you would do with a toner. This rice water truly is a skin elixir, it is not only rich in a complex of B vitamins called ‘inositol’ that helps promote cell growth, it also slows down the aging process and stimulates blood flow – the perfect recipe to tighten pores and bring a glow to the face. Besides this, rice water also has moisturising, antioxidant and UV-absorbing properties, along with an ability to bind to naturally occurring copper in the skin, thereby preventing the formation of melanin formation (hyper-pigmentation) and age spots.
You can also keep some of this water aside to drink or wash your hair with. After you have finished using it on your face, pour the remaining water into a jar or bottle with lid and store in the fridge. Pull out every day and use it as part of your cleansing toning and moisturising skin care routine before bed. For your hair I would recommend you use it twice a week maximum.
- Use rice water as part of your face, body and hair masks and scrubs. (e.g honey brown sugar and rice water scrub mixed together to make a scrub, or rice water, oats and honey mixed together).
- Washing your face with rice water makes your skin very soft and it also helps in improving the complexion
- Is a great substitute for toner and firms up your skin
- Helps in reducing the size of the pores on your skin
- Washing your hair with rice water brings shine in the hair and helps to keep it healthy. Follow up with cold water rinse.
- Use rice water for having bath or pour rice water in the tub as your running the bath.
- Powdered rice grains are also used as body scrub and they make your skin extra soft.
- Drinking a glass of rice water when you’re unwell and lacking in energy is fantastic. Add honey if you cannot stomach the bland taste.
© 2014 Shroomantices ~ Rahima Begum