Skin Cleansing With Rice Water

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.

Rice water cleansing

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.

Soaking rice water

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.

Rice water in jar

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!

Cleansing with rice water

Have any of you ever washed your skin or hair with rice water? We’d love to hear some tips!

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  1. What an interesting idea! I wonder if has similar qualities to the SK-II serum. I have been dying to try that for years, but it is too expensive. This seems right up my alley!

  2. i did try it as a mask (a clothe soaked in rice water) and as toner. after only doing this for a day and got tiny hurting red spots :( i had to stop immediately. I don’t know of any allergies, i eat rice constantly. has anyone had the same experience?

    i even washed the rice three times before soaking the rice. i always WASH RICE THREE TIMES, also before cooking. it needs to be cleaned from all sorts of stuff. (be aware that rice is stored in huge piles in big storehouses before it gets packaged, you don’t want to know what things are running and flying around there, do you really want them “running” on your face? ;)

  3. That sounds interesting. I will give it a try :) Thanks!
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  4. Rice water has been introduced in prestige facial care brand such as SKII. The price of SKII cleanser and toner is ridiculously high ($100). This DIY rice water is such a great idea and so easy that you can make it everyday. Thank you for sharing the idea.

  5. I’ve been using this for my hair and skin for a couple of weeks now and love it! Brown rice works even better than white because of the extra oils and nutrition in the bran. Try blending down the soaked rice – it makes an awesome body scrub!

  6. I am using rice water to wash my hair now. Going “no poo”. The rice water I used is fermented for a few days. Add lemon peel to cover the fermented smell. Apply the rice water to the scalp and leave on for about 15 minutes; then rinse with running water. Final rinse, I make lemon juice mix with tap water to rinse my hair. My hair is growing and the rice water is also good for grow your eyelashes.

  7. Every, type of rice has its own nutrients and benefits to your skin and hair. So experiment freely as you like:)♡

  8. My Puerto Rican grandmother makes me do this! But she doesn’t use jasmine water. Most PR’s I know wash our rice before cooking it anyway, so it’s not an unusual concept.

  9. I tried washing my face with rice water once and will never, ever do it again.
    The night I first tried it I was visited by the ghosts of dead people I knew.

  10. Yes you have to rinse your hair after applying rice water. I remember my mom used to make this rice water portion with lemon leaves and hibiscus. She used it to wash my hair ever since i started going to school…. It’s the best ever hair wash…

  11. My great grandma used, my grandma used, my mom used and she passed on this great portion to me… To make it work, there is a technique how to extract the rice water and how to make it to your beat use. It’s the best and it will be the best. Yes, I do have an oriental look and this beauty tips originated from China.

  12. Great information thank you for sharing.
    Oh and Nick Mulgrave…way past your bed time!!!! stupid very childish posting!

  13. my aunt uses this and she taught me how to do this. She looks younger on her age! How she does it, it’s like this. We eat rice all the time so the water that we rinse, we save it and let it set for a bit until you see the rice paste in the bottom. drained the water and used the paste. And apply to your face and set it overnight or few hours. Wash your face before bed or just leave it until morning and wash it! It’s really nice outcome

  14. I used rice water a lot on my summer break a couple of months ago. I just used the first rinse as I’m sure that the rice is clean enough (it may not be, but it worked great on me). I didn’t get pimples at all. Even my cousins said that my condition improved. Not that I’m back in college & without a rice cooker/dispenser/fridge, my skin’s back to breakouts.

  15. i have just started trying this hopefully it works cause i have really bad acne :( just one question.. can you put on a moisturizer once the rice water dries up?

  16. My daughter who is 50 years old told me about the rice water and her skin is smooth and glowing. I eat rice everyday and I did not know about this until daughter told me. I am going to use this rice water from now on. I believe in natural ways of making skin and hair beautiful and healthy. Thank u for this information and I will pass it to my friends. its natural and cheap; Thank u all

  17. If you use rice water on your face….won’t the hair on your face also grow? I’m brunette and I need to wax my upper lip. I’m a little afraid to try this on my face, I don’t want a man stache!

  18. I’ve heard it helps brighten dark neck. I’ve tried rice powder with milk and it works just as well as rice water. Thank you for this information!

  19. When my daughter was born 2.5 months early, she weighed 3.2 oz at birth and her weight dropped within 12 hrs to 2.2oz. The Filipina nurses suggested to my husband (also Filipino-I am not) if they could use RICE WATER to make her formula it would help her gain weight and within 1month she was out of Premie/ICU and home with us, weighing 5lb. 1oz. and has been healthy and Beautiful ever since. She is now 31with a beautiful son of her own.

  20. I tinted my hair with natural henna and would want to know if rinsing my hair with rice water will affect it. I have tried it on my face (just a few days ago) quite cooling, takes the oil off my face. Will ground rice have the same effect?

  21. I want to thank you for specifying what type of rice to use all rice is not the same XD.

    @Kara you can mix it with your bath water Though I’d treat it like going into a pool. Clean yourself in a shower and then make a warm bath mixing in rice powder into your tub(can use a blender for this). soak pat dry moisturize

    @Ann Rice water has a bit of a whitening effect it could help clear up the stretch marks

    @Mary You should let the rice cool before putting it in the fridge. Adding hot items to a fridge can mess with other items. This is a general rule for all heated food. Most recipes ay to let a item cool before storing in the fridge.

  22. Recently I just got back from holiday my mum noticed my light brown in my face and she’s worried it will turn into dark She suggested me to face mask this rice water.I was hesitant to do it but I gave it a try.
    My procedure is to wash the rice and keep the water and leave in the bowl for couple hours until the milky stuff sink the bottom and drain the water just keep the milky part.Dub a cotton and slight rub over your face enough to cover and wait until it dries and you can feel your face is tightening leave it 15 to 30 minutes.I do it almost in daily basis because the whole family eat rice.Honestly those light brown now is gone and brigthen my face.My pores is visibly gone too.

  23. Do I have to use hot water with the brown rice for face and hair care or can I just rented leave it 430 minutes and then use it I do I have that use hot water for brown rice

  24. Great news to hear. I want to try Quinoa instead of rice. Most rice are bleached. I grew up on jasmine rice but now a days that has changed. Quinoa is a grain close to rice that has very healthy benefits. A product called basic hair care use this natural grain that promote hair growth. So I will give an update about that when I try over the weekend.

  25. This is good news to share. Also try Quinoa it’s a natural grain. I believe this is where the rice method originated from. Especially for those who are allergic to rice. And if you want the truth who introduced rice to the Chinese….it wasn’t rice it was Quinoa. History

  26. Rice water good for soooooooo many things ya’ll so like my daughter say’s all the time Google it. You’ll be surprised what you find out I do both drink and wash my hair it’s Great! I have a website but it’s not about rice water it’s about Healthy Coffee I would appreciate if you all would check it out…..

  27. Been using this mostly on my skin as I would do lotion for about 4 months now and the difference of my skin is amazing! My skin is as soft and glowing as a baby.

  28. It has helped in restoring my facial skin after terrible acne breakouts. However I like to know if it a must that fermented rice water be rinsed off hair.

  29. I really want to give it a trial as i have acne and blackheads.just wish it will settle my face.

  30. I really want to try this my sking is getting dark every day . Can I use normal rice to do this? Please

  31. I used rice water for a couple of years my skin is so soft and smooth I don’t have any pimples on my face…

  32. Rice water is the best and cheapest toner for’s effective and safe for all skin don’t have any pimples on your face .

  33. I just started using rice water on my face and I absolutely love it!! My skin look brighter and feel soft. Don’t have acne but occasional breakouts which the rice water clear up. Can’t wait to use on my hair!

  34. I’ve been doing the rice water rinse for a couple of weeks and I absolutely love the results my face is so much brighter and smooth. I did have a slight breakout because I used fermented rice water directly on my sensitive skin..too potent for my skin! Found my balance and will continue to use in my daily regiment

  35. Yes the result was awesome l love it. Can I also use the water to wash my little girl hair? Say about 5year old?

  36. Wow it’s quite a wonderful tip for your skin care routine. Definitely give it a thumbs up

  37. Wow have had a lot about rice water for hair face and body,l have prepared fermented rice water for my hair, I know it will work beautifully for me as it has for all, l told my sister to give it a try too.

  38. If I parboil the rice before using the water, is it okay? And can it also help to eliminate sunburn on the face?

  39. There are many other benefits of water but the water should be pure. If the water is not pure then you need to use water filter to purify it. The skin cleansing with rice water is a very easy and effective skin cleanser.

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