As a matter of fact, the rice water has been used for centuries by the Japanese geishas and it was their secret ingredient in terms of maintaining flawless-looking skin.
This amazing water is extremely easy to prepare: All you need to do is to boil some rice (make sure you use organic rice and distilled water), transfer the liquid in a jar and keep it refrigerated. Once it cools, you already have the extremely powerful ingredient for clear skin and shiny hair at hand.
Crystal Clear Skin
Rice is abundant in a complex of B vitamins, known as “inositol”, a vitamin that promotes cell growth, stimulates blood flow, and it slows down the aging process. All of these properties contribute to tightening of the pores and ensuring glowing skin. Moreover, the rice water has UV- absorbing, antioxidant, and moisturizing properties, all of which work in synergy with its ability to bind to naturally occurring copper in the skin. In brief, all of these properties support prevention of age spots and hyper-pigmentation. All you need to do is to soak a cotton pad in the rice water and apply on the face as you normally do with your toner.
To sum up, you can use rice water as facial cleanser, facial toner, acne treatment, sunburn soother, a remedy for eczema, and even a remedy for atopic dermatitis.
Thanks to its soothing properties, rice water has the ability to treat rashes and other painful and irritating skin conditions. According to a dermatological study conducted by Brussels University, patients suffering from chronic inflammation of the skin, known as atopic dermatitis, experienced a 20 percent improvement after taking 15-minute baths filled with rice water two times daily.
After shampooing, apply some rice water onto your hair. Let it work for a couple of minutes and then rinse well. The proteins found in rice are very beneficial for the hair (which is mostly made up of protein) because it fills in the cracks and strengthens the hair shaft. The final result of this method is a smooth and shiny hair. Amazing, isn`t it? Who would have thought that something as simple and cheap as rice water could work as an effective hair rinse and hair conditioner?
Recipe for Health
Besides the aforementioned beautifying properties, the regular consumption of rice water is highly beneficial for your overall health. First of all, it gives an energy boost thanks to its high concentration of carbohydrates. Moreover, it contains 8 essential amino acids, which form the building blocks for muscle regeneration and tissue regeneration. In addition to these benefits, rice water helps treat fever, eczema, and mild to moderate gastroenteritis. According to a paper published in “Lancet”, rice water was even more effective than an electrolyte solution in reducing bowel movements in infants with acute diarrhea.