Usually when we wash our rice we just pour it on the sink but I have found out that rice water can nourish our skin and hair.
I have tried using rice water and it gave me good result.
A recent research has shown that rice water exhibit hair care effects, such as decreasing surface friction and improving hair elasticity. Rice water has inositol, a carbohydrate, that can repair damaged hair, as well as protect it from damage. Specialized imaging technique shows that inositol stays inside the hair even after rinsing, offering continuing hair protection and beautifying effects.
So, Rinsing or washing your hair with rice water will improve manageability and protect it from future damage. In addition, the amino acids, vitamins and minerals in the rice water strengthen the hair roots, add volume and sheen and make hair feel thicker, silky and smooth. These awesome benefits explains the 6 feet, healthy, long and beautiful hair of the Yao women.
Not limited to hair, rice water also has many skin benefits. Due to its cooling and soothing effects on skin, rice water is often prescribed by ayurvedic practitioners as an effective ointment to cool off inflamed skin.
Rice water also has moisturising, antioxidant, and healing properties that help to improve circulation, prevent or fade age related spots, and ease inflammation to give you healthy, better moisturised and clear skin. As long as it’s left on the skin, rice water is even believed to offer mild protection from the sun.
To make rice water, you will need:
- 1/2 cup uncooked rice (brown, white long grain, white short grain, jasmine, or what ever you have)
- 2 cups water
- To make rice water, first rinse the rice with about a cup of water to remove any dirt or impurities.
- Then, place 1/2 cup of uncooked rice in a bowl and cover with water. Let the rice soak for about an hour or so. Swirl it around and lightly knead it until the water turns cloudy. This will help the vitamins and minerals seep into the water, creating a nourishing rinse for your hair and skin.
- Plain Rice Water: Now strain out the rice water into a clean bowl. Your rice water is ready to use.
- You can either use this water for your hair or face, or let it ferment for enhanced benefit.
- To Ferment: Once you have collected your rice water, leave it at room temperature for a day or until it turns slightly sour, implying that it has started to ferment. It can take any where from 24 to 48 hours, depending on how warm it is. So warmer the room temperature faster the fermentation process.
- To decrease the fermentation time, you can leave the rice sitting in the water and strain once it has fermented.
- Your fermented rice water is ready.
- Store it in refrigerator and it will last 4 to 5 days. Remember to shake the refrigerated rice water container before using it.
- Boiling Method: You can also boil the rice to extract rice water. For this, boil the rice using more water than you would normally do. Once it start boiling take out the excess water and use; or you can also let the rice fully cook, strain, and use that excess water. Let the rice water cool down and it’s ready to use. You can store the remaining amount in the fridge for 4 to 5 days.
How To Use Rice Water For Hair and Skin
Use every day as part of your cleansing and toning skin care routine, morning or evening. For your hair I would recommend you use it once or twice a week either as hair wash or last rinse, I prefer the latter.