Rice water is one of the most affordable beauty products in the world. Its effectiveness and diversity of applications can be compared only to that of soda or lemon juice. Meet the Asian beauty recipe, which is now experiencing a new wave of popularity.
Rice skin cleansing
Rice water contains vitamins B, C, E, and minerals. This composition reduces the pores, softens and lightens skin. By the way, such a magical composition also protects the skin from the sun.
- To cleanse the skin, you will need a little white rice and tap water.
- Wash 1/0.5 cup of rice to remove dust and dirt.
- Place the rice into an enamel bowl, cover with water and leave for 15 minutes. During this time, the vitamins and minerals will leak into the water. This will give you an effective skin cleanser. After 15 minutes, drain the water into a clean container. Do not throw the rice away – you can cook it.
Wash your face with the obtained rice water. Apply it to the face and it massage lightly for 1 minute. That’s it! Just one application – and you will notice the skin softness, tenderness and youth.
Keep the rice water in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Rice water for the hair
Rice water is also beneficial for your hair. If you wash or rinse your hair with rice water, you will get the softness and shine without expensive salon treatments.
Rice water for weight loss
When the aim is to lose weight, rice water should be prepared in a different way. You will need a decoction. Next time you cook rice, pour a lot more water. The resulting decoction is what you need. This is the easiest method, although the Asians make it in a more complicated way. For slimming, drink rice water at breakfast and throughout the day as a tonic, boosting your energy.
Asian rice water recipe for weight loss:
- Pour 1 cup of rice into 4-7 cups of water.
- Leave on a hot stove overnight or cook over low heat for 2-4 hours.
- Drink the rice water during the day; we recommend adding a little salt.
You can reduce your calorie intake quite substantially by replacing one meal a day with rice water. One meal is about 650 calories, while a cup of rice water is 150. Such a reduction will help lose up to 1 kg per week very easily.
Fermented rice water
Fermented rice water has a slightly sour taste. Its nutritional qualities are much richer, as it is composed of antioxidants, minerals, vitamin E, and enzymes.
Such a composition allows using rice water as a healing and anti-aging skin product: it heals scars, acne, reduces wrinkles, relieves inflammation, and makes the skin radiant.
Washing hair with fermented rice water is also quite an ancient Asian recipe. Japanese women from the province of Yao are proud of their long and thick hair even at the age of 80. The average length of Yao women’s hair is about 1.8 meters! The secret is in rice hair washing, historians and beauty experts say. Rice water is not only good for hair restoration, but also for stimulating its growth.
For centuries, the women of China, Japan and Southeast Asia have been washing their hair with fermented rice water. It gives hair even more shine and softness. Besides, fermented rice water moisturizes your hair, cleans it without drying.
Fermented rice water recipe:
Japanese women never pour out water after cooking rice; they used it for their needs. You need more rice water for the hair than for the face or weight loss; that is why Japanese women usually use water after 2-3 times of rice cooking. Drain rice water as soon as it boils.
Some Japanese restaurants that cook rice very often even sell bottled rice water to women.
After rice water is gathered, fermentation starts. It should be left for a day at room temperature, then boiled over high heat to stop the fermentation process. Then cool the water and add 2-3 drops of essential oil (tea tree oil, lavender or rosemary oil). The water for hair washing and skin cleansing is ready! When washing your hair, massage the scalp for 1 minute.
If the water is very concentrated (too turbid), it can be diluted with plain water. Keep the fermented rice water in the fridge to prevent further fermentation.
Such simple recipes and so many uses: just try!