Are you and your family fans of rice? This ancient whole grain is delicious, nutritious, inexpensive, and versatile for meals. Did you know that you can also benefit from rice water?
According to an article published by the Harvard School of Public Health, evidence from China suggests that humans have been cultivating rice for at least 8,000 years. Countless types of rice are classified according to the grain size and characteristics, per the article. It also states that this humble grain is a staple in as many as 100 nations worldwide.
How Can Rice Water Benefit Your Hair and Skin?
Wouldn’t it be useful to have a natural remedy that can benefit both your hair and complexion? It’s as simple as using a dish of rice and some cool water. Here are nine benefits of a soothing rice rinse to consider.
Have you ever considered that your lovely locks can build up toxins just as your body? Using this natural remedy can provide powerful antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that can detox your hair, making it healthier and more robust.
2. Increase Your Hair’s Elasticity
Whenever you brush and style your hair, you probably notice that it has a bit of stretch to it. The amount of elasticity it has depends on your hair’s texture, health, and genetics. It allows your hair to have enough give, so it’s less likely to break off when you care for it.
Rinsing your hair with rice water may boost your hair’s elasticity, so you have less breakage. It’s especially beneficial if your mane is long, or you create many styles that involve stretching or curling. You may notice fewer broken strands in the drain after washing.
3. Reduce Friction and Damage
Every day, your hair is bombarded with styling products and tools that pull, crimp, curl, and twist mercilessly. All these items produce friction that causes damage, breakage, and unhealthy tresses. Plus, the conflict builds up irritating static electricity.
If you use this mixture as a hair rinse, it can soften and reduce friction on each strand’s surface. The comb may glide more gently, and you won’t get the “monster bride” look caused by static electricity. It may become easier to style your hair.
4. Soothe Dry Scalp
What could be more embarrassing than constant head-scratching and tell-tale dandruff flakes gathering on your shoulders? A study published by the Archives of Dermatological Research suggests that dandruff is a common issue and may be caused by a lack of oils in the scalp. If you have dry hair and scalp, the burning, itching, and flaking are all too familiar.
In addition to using shampoos and conditioners formulated for dry hair, you may consider adding a hydrating rice rinse. Just a moderate amount may calm scalp inflammation and dryness. You’ll have fewer flakes and a more manageable mane.
5. Brighten Your Skin
The lovely glow of healthy skin can’t be imitated. If you want to brighten your complexion naturally, rice rinsing may help. For centuries, many women from Asian nations have sworn by it as part of their beauty regimen. It has essential enzymes that can gently remove dead skin cells to reveal a radiant complexion.
Are you bothered by age spots and dark patches caused by pregnancy, hormonal changes, or sun damage? A revitalizing rice rinse may help fade them as it smooths the texture of your skin. You can also use it on your hands, forearms, or shoulders for a fading effect.
6. Slow the Aging Process
Nobody is immune from the inevitable process of aging. However, taking care of your body and your complexion may help slow the process a bit. Adding a rice rinse to your daily beauty routine may help your skin look younger and make fine lines less noticeable.
The elastin in your skin makes it soft, supple, and youthful. As you age, the elastin wanes, and your skin gradually wrinkles and hangs with less elasticity.
Antioxidants found in rice rinse can fight free radicals that damage skin cells and their elastin, so you can delay noticeable signs of aging.
7. Helps Mild Sunburns
Did you know that the toasty complexion that many people desire is the skin’s reaction to solar radiation? If you bathe in the sun and frequent tanning salons, you eventually pay the price. Your skin gets stiff, wrinkled, and dark like leather, and you risk getting skin cancer.
Even if you avoid tanning salons and are “sun-smart,” you may accidentally get a mild burn when you forget your sunscreen. Rinse your irritated skin with a soothing splash of rice water. It provides a cool, calming sensation that can promote healing after a sunburn.
Oily skin can be just as problematic as dry skin, if not more. You may also have combination skin where different areas of your complexion are dry or oily. Overproduction of skin oils can clog your pores and cause painful acne breakouts.
When you use a rice rinse as a skin toner, the natural starch in the water can tighten your pores and absorb excess oils. It can reduce the dreaded oily shine even in your problematic T-zone. Just apply it with cotton balls to greasy areas on your face.
9. May Promote a Healthier Skin Barrier
According to an article published by Progress in Lipid Research, your skin has an uppermost layer that protects it from invading microbes. This natural barrier is composed of specialized lipid cells. When it’s compromised, you may have problems with dermatitis, rosacea, and other skin conditions, per the article.
To promote a more robust and healthier skin barrier, try using a daily rice rinse. The healthy rice starches left in the water can help repair damage and strengthen the barrier. The results may be healthier skin with less irritation and inflammation.
How to Make a Rice Rinse
Once you see how easy it is to make your rice rinse, you will be making a steady supply. Not only is it inexpensive and simple, but it will last up to a week in your refrigerator. It’s a beauty secret you’ll want to share with your family and friends.
•½ cup rice
•2 cups purified water
Three Methods to Make Rice Water
You can make your rice rinse in one of three different ways. While the soak method is quicker, you can also have a beneficial supply from the boiling process. For a milder solution, you may consider the fermentation method.
1. Soak Method
In a large bowl, add the rice and water and allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes. When the water is cloudy, strain it through a sieve into another bowl. Funnel into a spray bottle and use as a mist for your hair or face.
2. Cook Method
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring water and rice to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the rice and save the water in a jar with a lid.
3. Fermentation Method
In a large bowl, add rice and water and let it sit for 20 minutes. Every five minutes, use a wooden spoon to stir gently. Strain the water into a glass jar and let it set out until it has a sour smell, about 1-2 days.
Put a lid on the jar and keep the rinse in the refrigerator. It can be used for your face or your hair. After seven days, discard the remaining rinse.
How to Use It
If you put your rice rinse in a spray bottle, you can spritz your face or hair as needed. Please keep it in a covered jar to use as a skin toner, and you can apply it with cotton balls or as a splash. You can also mix it with a portion of your regular shampoo or conditioner to treat your hair.
Make your shampoo by adding natural soap nuts to the rice rinse. Stir until they are dissolved and refrigerate the mixture for up to a week in a sealed glass jar. Since it’s perishable, make small portions at a time and use as you would other shampoos.
After you wash your hair, deep condition it with a rice rinse. Spritz your wet hair generously with the rinse and put it up in a towel or a shower cap for at least 20 minutes. Rinse well with cool water and let your hair dry naturally.
A Word of Caution
Often, commercial rice is treated with insecticides and chemical fertilizers unless it’s certified organic. Be sure to rinse your rice well before preparing it by any method. While rice rinse is mild and usually free of side effects, discontinue use if you experience inflammation or any unlikely allergy symptoms.
You enjoy this nutritious grain in many of your favorite recipes, and now, you can use it for your skin and hair. A simple rice water rinse can help strengthen your hair and keep your skin youthful and radiant. It’s another beauty product that Mother Nature provides. Enjoy your self care!