For years and years and years, women in Asian cultures have been using rice water as a way to cleanse their skin.
In addition to being one of the most gentle skin cleansing agents, rice water contains vitamins such as B1, C, E, as well as minerals, which together can shrink pores, and tighten, brighten, and soften skin. As long as it’s left on the skin, rice water is even believed to offer slight protection from the sun!
One of the best parts about rice water is that it’s one of the most simplest cleansers you can ever make — and as long as you have a bit of jasmine rice in your kitchen, and some running water in your sink, you don’t even have to purchase a thing.
To make rice water, first rinse about 1/2 – 1 cup of rice to remove any dirt. Then, place that rice in a bowl, cover with water, and let sit for about 15 minutes. During this time, excess vitamins and minerals will seep into the water, creating this beautiful natural cleanser for your skin.
When 15 minutes are up, drain the rice, catching all of the rice water into a clean bowl. (Don’t discard the rice — cook it!)
Using rice water as a facial cleanser is as simple as splashing a bit onto your face and gently massaging it into your skin for about a minute. That’s all there is to it! After just one application, you’ll notice your skin feeling soft, tight, and young. You can store your rice water in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for a few days — I’d say no more than 5.
You can substitute rice water for plain water when you create your own facial cleansers — and you can use it to wash your hair, too, leaving it extra soft and shiny!
Have any of you ever washed your skin or hair with rice water? We’d love to hear some tips!
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