Rice has long been a food staple in many cultures.
Using rice is not limited to just eating it. Rice and rice products have long been used in skin care products in Asia.
In Asia rice starch has been traditionally added to skin care products to soothe and brighten skin. It is said that Japanese geishas have washed their faces with rice water for centuries in order to brighten and even out their skin tone.
DIY Skin Care Recipes with Rice
Though you can certainly buy products that contain rice bran, rice bran oil, or sake in them you can also create quite a few products for yourself at home in the comfort of your kitchen:
If you happen to enjoy drinking sake and have it around your house you can use it as a spot treatment on dark facial spots. You could also take a bath in sake if you want.
You can easily make your own rice water for skin cleansing or to use on your hair. Boil rice that has been covered by at least one inch of water. Strain the rice when done cooking and save the water. Allow the water to cool. You can actually splash your face with the rice water or apply to your face as a toner with a cotton pad.
Rice cleanser for your face:
- ¼ c brown rice flour (or rice bran flour)
2–3 Tbsp unsweetened organic rice milk
MIX the brown rice flour with rice milk to form a smooth paste.
MASSAGE the mixture onto the skin in a slow, circular motion. Rinse with tepid water and follow with toner and moisturizer.
Make Your Own Rice Water Beauty Elixir:
- 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 15 to 30 minutes. 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.
You can store your rice water in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for a few up to a week.