Rice! It’s delicious and nutritious, but did you know it’s a tried-and-true beauty staple? Used in Asian beauty routines for centuries, rice is as gentle as it is effective. I use rice in my DIY beauty hacks because beyond its myriad benefits, it’s also cost-effective.
I admit that green beauty can come with a hefty price tag; I recognize that high-quality ingredients, paired with ethical manufacturing and production costs often translate to the consumer. And while I subscribe to the philosophy of investing in my health, the health of our planet, and the health and well-being of the people producing these products, I have to admit that a gal’s gotta DIY sometimes so that her bank account doesn’t cry.
Ok — on to the good stuff. Rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids — including but not limited to — thiamin, folate, and iron, rice can fortify hair and renew skin. As with every beauty hack, what may work for one person may not work for another; you never know until you try! You can choose any type of rice you wish (I usually use white rice), but I would recommend an organic variety to avoid potential pesticides.
- Face Mask: I love powdering rice in a spice mill and mixing it with rosewater for a brightening, gently exfoliating face mask. Alternatively, you can purchase rice flour from any grocery store if you don’t want to be bothered with powdering rice.
- Face Mist: Rice water is fantastic for tackling hyperpigmentation issues given its high vitamin b content. To make rice water, I soak a cup of rice in 1 cup of water for approximately 30 minutes. I strain the rice from the water and voila — you have rice water. In addition to a face mist, I also use rice water as a mixing agent for my powder masks.
- Bath Soak: Similar to a milk bath, a rice water bath can be anti-inflammatory and extremely moisturizing. I fill a small muslin bag with 1/2 cup-1 cup rice and soak the bag in the bathtub.
- Hair Rinse: I go back and forth between using rice water and fermented rice water as a hair rinse. The PH of fermented rice water mimics the PH of our hair; as a result, it helps restore hair’s PH balance, nourishes follicles, and protects hair from damage. To make fermented rice water, I give the rice a quick rinse and soak it in water overnight. It will turn a bit “sour,” which is an indication that the fermentation process has occurred. I stop the fermentation process via refrigeration, and I typically use diluted fermented rice water, as it’s quite potent. After my normal shampoo/conditioner routine, I use this concoction as a finishing hair rinse once a week. If you have extra solution, note that it can be refrigerated for a few days to a week.
Do you rice water in your beauty routine? Are there ways you use it that I haven’t mentioned above? Share below!