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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9 years ago

Oh this is so neat! Definitely want to give it a try!

9 years ago

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!

9 years ago

Could you use brown rice instead of jasmine?

9 years ago

I’ve never heard of using rice as a beauty product, especially with all the hype around coconut oil right now, but I’ll have to give this a go!

9 years ago

This is what we recommend in chinese medicine to people dealing with acne! so simple yet so wonderful.

Barbara Dowdle
4 years ago
Reply to  Calley

I am gonna try this ASAP. I am dealing with terrible acne and scarring. Fingers crossed this works for me. I am at the end of my rope with it.
Nothing is helping me.

9 years ago

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? ;)

Mozan Elhadi
5 years ago
Reply to  Nora

For the sensitive skins it it’s so concentrated… Try to take the rice water and then add double the quantity of water so it’s easy to be accepted by your skin

9 years ago

Should the water soaking the rice be hot or cold? I can’t wait to try it! xo

9 years ago

Can I use brown rice ??

9 years ago

Rise is love!!!

9 years ago

I love these simple facial recipes! also Asians do stay youthful in appearance so I’m on board with whatever they do to obtain their magical aesthetic.

9 years ago

Jessica and dboom: yes, jasmine or brown rice.

9 years ago

Maddie: It should be cold or room temp.

9 years ago

I just tried this out and it is amazing! Thanks for this!

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9 years ago

That sounds interesting. I will give it a try :) Thanks!
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9 years ago

This cleanser is quite interesting. Would never have thought of it. Thank you for sharing it. I did the egg mask a couple of weeks ago and i think you should try it too. That is if you have not done it yet.

9 years ago

Wow. My skin feels so soft! I can’t wait to try it on my hair too. Thanks you! XO

9 years ago

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.

3 years ago
Reply to  Talisa

I don’t understand what it meant by rice water
Is it the water in rice after per boiling or just soaking ?

9 years ago

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!

9 years ago

Natural treatments are always the best choice

9 years ago

Use hot water on brown rice, because In fact all the nutrients are removed when the rice is hulled.

9 years ago

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.

9 years ago

My skin is softer and brighter and squeaky clean now. Wow. Thanks!!!

9 years ago

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

9 years ago

I was wondering if rice milk might also be good for this ??

9 years ago

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.