There’s a secret Asian beauty hack you need in your life right now and it’s not a Korean facial. Nice as those are, this mineral-rich product is even better and you can make it in mere minutes right in your own kitchen. It’s so straightforward, in fact, that it seems to have taken the skincare community this long to accept such an easy solution could really have this level of impact on the human body. What is this shockingly simple secret? Rice water. That’s right. The most curing remedy you can cook up at home for ailing skin and split ends is a potful of water that’s been full of soaking rice. Time to quit spending all your extra money on expensive store-bought creams and stocking up fruits and veggies to smear across your face. No matter what your minor beauty ailment, rice water will put every wrong to right.
Full of minerals and amino acids, rice water functions just like any other facial cleanser without the excessive chemicals. Simply dip a cotton ball in your pot of grainy liquid and gently massage the water into your skin for a few minutes. After a few weeks of thorough application, your skin will feel soft and tight as new.
If you apply rice water directly after a cleanse, it will brighten your complexion. Dab a few cotton balls’ worth of the solution around your entire face for a cleansing regimen that will minimize the appearance of pores and tighten up saggy skin. You can literally cleanse with one swab, let that first coat dry, and then apply more rice water to tone. Truly too good to be true.
Rice water can be your anti-acne astringent if you give it enough time and a good area to work in. Let it loose in more extreme cases when there’s plentiful redness and swelling to treat. As both a cleanser and anti-inflammatory, the water will soothe your skin while treating it for an ultimate one-two punch.
All those starchy particles swimming around in your rice water make it an excellent treatment for middle-of-the-road eczema breakouts. Use a washcloth to give you more volume as you pat the liquid all over your affected areas. You’ll reach more ailing skin with a bolder touch if you choose fabric over a cotton swab.
OTHER SKIN IRRITATIONS
Swollen rashes and other inflammations can also benefit from a helping of rice water. The murky liquid has been scientifically proven to improve conditions for people suffering from itchy skin, particularly after a sunburn. It can also significantly reduce pesky dandruff.
Speaking of dandruff, rice water’s beneficial ingredients don’t stop at starches, minerals, and amino acids. The mixture also contains inositol, a carbohydrate known to help keep hair strong and healthy. In simple terms, you should be rinsing your hair with rice water after you shampoo every night. The extra nourishment is unbeatable.
You don’t have to limit your rice water use in the shower to washing out other products. This Asian beauty hack makes a surprisingly refreshing conditioner on its own. Add a few drops of rosemary or lavender into your concoction to give your hair that sexy whiff of seduction. Rice water is great, but it’s nothing if the result doesn’t get you anywhere.
If you’re still standing chin-to-the-floor in shock, we get it. That was our response too. Once you’ve regained your poise, go try this incredible at-home recipe for yourself. Literally, all you need are ½ cup uncooked rice and 2 cups of rice. Let the beauty hacking begin!
— Julie Grossman