Use rice water for beautiful skin and hair

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Rice water, in its simplest form, is the water that is leftover after washing off rice in preparation for eating. It can be concentrated or diluted and even fermented to bring out most of its benefits.

Rice water contains nutrients that can fortify hair and renew skin when used as a facial wash or hair rinse, and unlike many products for skin or hair care on the commercial market, it is an easy and natural way to care for your skin and hair.

Rice water, in its simplest form, is the water that is leftover after washing off rice in preparation for eating. It can be concentrated or diluted and even fermented to bring out most of its benefits.

Rice water contains nutrients that can fortify hair and renew skin when used as a facial wash or hair rinse, and unlike many products for skin or hair care on the commercial market, it is an easy and natural way to care for your skin and hair.

Rice water has been used in eastern medicine to keep skin pliable and youthful-looking and to make hair grow strong and shiny since ancient times, in places ranging across the Asian continent. You won’t find any sulfates or silicates in a bowl of rice water, and the best part is that you can whip it up quickly in the comfort of your own home for a price that can’t be beaten.

Traditionally, female rice farmers in Japan used to bathe and wash in the water used for cleaning white rice.

In the Heian period, as early as the 9th century, women at the Japanese imperial court used fermented rice water to keep their hair long, healthy, and beautiful. Their beautiful long hair reached to the floor. These court ladies were said to have combed their hair each day using Yu-Su-Ru, which is the rinse water obtained from the washing of rice.

Rice is high in linoleic acid and squalene, two potent antioxidants that trigger the release of collagen and thus decelerates the wrinkle appearance.

How to Use Rice Water for Skin and Hair

In the Far East rice is cooked differently to western countries.  Simply take two cups of water and put a half cup of rice into it for 15 minutes. Strain the rice from the water and use this rice water to wash your face, hair, or both.

You can use rice water every day as part of your cleansing skin care routine, morning or evening. For your hair it is recommended to use it once or twice a week either as hair wash or last rinse.

Here are a few more tips:

– Use rice water as part of your face and body cleanser to make a face or body wash.

– Use rice water as a natural substitute for your regular toner which can also help you to reduce the size of the pores on your skin. Another option is to add rice water to these  Simply dab a bit of rice water onto your face and gently massage it into your skin for couple of minutes. With regular use you will notice your skin feeling soft, tight, and radiant.

– You can also use it as a part of your moisturizing face mask and you can also add a few drops of the ..

– Rinsing your hair with rice water brings shine to your hair and helps to keep it strong and healthy. You can also add to the rice water a few drops of essential oils for greasy hair: Basil, eucalyptus, cedarwood, chamomile, lemongrass, cypress, sage and rosemary.Essential oils for dry hair: rose, sandalwood, ylang-ylang, lavendar and geranium.

After shampooing, pour the rice water on your hair. Gently massage your scalp and hair and leave it on for 4 to 5 minutes. Then rinse your hair thoroughly with plain water. Use it once or twice a week as a last rinse.

– Add rice water to these bath soaks to cleanse, relax and rejuvenate your body. Fill a small muslin bag with 1/2 cup rice and. Place the muslin bag into the water and soak in the tub.

– Make a body scrub by using the rice leftover from making the rice water. To create the scrub, grind the rice and mix it with 1 or 2 teaspoons of olive oil and lemon juice each (you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil) and rub it into the skin to exfoliate and nourish.

To make a natural face mask that will enhance your complexion and reduce wrinkles.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of rice
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of milk

Method of preparation:

You should cook the rice, strain it and save some of the water. Then, add a tablespoon of warm milk in the rice you have cooked, and a tablespoon of honey.

Apply the mixture on a clean and dry skin and leave it to dry.

As soon as it is dry, wash it off using the water in which you have cooked the rice. This water has strong antioxidant abilities, eliminates wrinkles, alleviates inflammations, moisturizes the skin and stimulates blood circulation.

This mask will make your skin healthy, hydrated and radiant. In order to obtain optimal results, repeat this treatment once a week and you will be surprised by its effects- you will look beautiful, healthy and 10 years younger!

Fermented rice water

Fermented rice water is thought to be especially good for hair because of the pH change that occurs to the water during the fermentation process (the process brings the rice water’s pH more closely in line with hair’s natural pH, and causes the release of a chemical called pitera that may promote the regeneration of cells). The method for making it calls for a few extra steps, but the results are well worth the trouble.

To make fermented rice water, prepare rice water according to the no-boil quick method listed above and allow it to sit in a jar at room temperature for one or two days (in warmer climates, the fermentation process will take less time). When a slightly sour smell arises from the rice water, stop the fermentation process by keeping the solution in the fridge and use this rice water for skin toning or as a hair rinse.

Fermented rice water is very potent, so it’s best to dilute it with 1-2 cups of warm water before using it.

Wash your face with rice water daily before bedtime, and use it in your hair as a finishing rinse no more than once or twice per week—think of it as being like a deep conditioner, where a little goes a long way.

The benefits remain even after it has been rinsed away, so you can wash and rinse as you normally would without any fear of unsightly build-up occurring.

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