Rice water

Rice water—a simple, effective facial skin and hair treatment

Dermatology,

We usually discuss serious health issues here, but occasionally it’s good to take a break, and talk about some lighter topics. Today, a simple way you to give you healthier facial skin. A way to decrease skin inflammation and calm eczema, without any artificial cosmetics. The treatment is based on rice water, which can also benefit your hair.

This post topic was suggested by one of our paulistano friends, Orlando Soares. His family ages well, and one of their secrets is to apply a rice water solution nightly. We investigated the science behind rice water, and indeed there is research showing that rice water may have natural anti-inflammatory effects. 

The starchy water that results from soaking or cooking white rice has been used by Japanese and Asian women for centuries. In commercial cosmetics, you may see rice water as one of the ingredients. But you can easily make rice water at home, and enjoy the pure and concentrated effects without any secondary chemicals that might irritate your skin or hair.  

Why rice water might help

Rice water contains, besides starch, an abundance of B vitamins, vitamin E, amino acids and anti-oxidants. One of the most beneficial ingredients is inositol, a carbohydrate that can reverse the skin irritation caused by sodium lauryl sulfate, commonly added to skin and hair products. For the hair, inositol penetrates into the hair shaft and remains even after rinsing, adding moisture, thickness, and helping repair split ends. 

How to prepare

The simplest way is just stir white rice into slightly warm water and let soak for 30 minutes. Stir several times while soaking, and when done, strain the water into a container. Store it in the refrigerator for up to about a week. An alternative way to prepare is to bring rice and double volume water to a brief boil, then cool, and then store in the refrigerator in a plastic water bottle.

Fermented rice water

There is some evidence that “fermented rice water” may even be more beneficial This is rice water made by one of the above methods, then letting it sit at room temperature for 24 to 48 hours, until it has a slightly sour smell. Then again, store in the refrigerator. Dilute this solution with a little regular water before using. 

How to use

Apply it to your facial and neck skin after a gentle washing, and leave it on overnight. Some people use rice water on a cotton disc as a mild cleanser. You can massage it into your skin and that’s it. On your hair, use it instead of a conditioner. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse out.

Other benefits

There are no microscopic studies to support this, but some claim rice water stimulates collagen formation to help firm skin and decrease fine wrinkles. Over time, it can lighten dark spot. Rice water acts as a natural moisturizer, and has UVA and UVB blocking properties, helping protect your face and hair from sun damage. Don’t rely on rice water though as your only solar protector, but it may add additional protection. 

Try rice water on your face, neck, and maybe on your hair, or even on your hands once or twice a day. It’s inexpensive and easy, and you may well notice positive results over time, without side effects. 

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