A food staple in many Asian countries, rice can be commonly found in the kitchens of many Asian households. Besides eating it for meals, Japanese women have also been including rice in their beauty regimes for thousands of years.
By now, the use of rice as a natural beauty product has become widespread - thanks to popular brands like SK-II who have marketed their products along with their story of a chance visit to a sake (rice wine) brewery in Japan and discovering the apparent secret to youth ie. a rice ingredient they use in their products which they have named “Pitera”.
Rice water is known to contain a lot of nutrients, although it is often misunderstood to be the water in which the rice has been washed in. The actual beneficial rice water is the water that is left over from cooking the rice – this is because the rice releases its vitamins and nutrients into the water during the boiling process.
[To obtain this leftover rice water, you need to add more water than usual to your rice for boiling. It is best to leave it in the fridge to cool as cold rice water helps to shrink your pores!]
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The reason why rice is a natural skincare remedy is because it is rich in vitamins and nutrients that promote the growth and renewal of skin cells and increases blood circulation in our body. The renewal of skin cells creates younger looking skin and slows down the aging process, while increased blood flow brings out our skin’s radiance. Rice water also helps to remove hyper-pigmentation and age spots, and firms up your skin!
Here are some ways you can incorporate rice (and rice water) into your beauty regime:
Rice & Sugar Face Scrub
Works for acne
Grind rice and sugar until the mixture becomes a powder. Mix in yoghurt until it turns into a paste. Apply the paste onto your face and neck to moisturise, exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin.
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Rice & Honey Face Scrub
Works for oily skin and/or acne
Soak rice in water before grinding it into a fine paste. Mix in about half a teaspoon of honey and apply it onto your face to moisturise, exfoliate and whiten your skin.
Rice Facial Mask & Wash
Works for aging and pigmented skin
Cook rice and drain out it out, separating the rice water (don’t throw it away yet) from the cooked rice. Wash the cooked rice with cold water and drain it again. Mix in one tablespoon of milk and one tablespoon of honey to the cooked rice, and apply the mixture to your face and neck for 30 minutes. After that, wash off the mixture with the rice water.
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Rice Hand Mask
Works for softening hands
Mix rice water with half a cucumber (chopped or sliced), ¼ cup of pumpkin (chopped or sliced) and 2 teaspoons of coconut milk. Blend the mixture well and apply it to your hands. If you can, put on gloves and leave it for 15 minutes before washing off. You can apply any leftover mixture to your face too.
Translucent Rice Face Powder
Works for oil absorption and keeps makeup on longer
Blend 1 teaspoon of corn starch and 2 teaspoons of rice until the mixture becomes very fine. Dust this fine powder over your face after applying your makeup for a smooth, flawless finish.
Rice & Baking Soda Foot Soak
Works for smelly feet and fungal infections
Mix rice water with baking soda and soak your feet in the mixture for about 20 minutes. The rice water helps with blood circulation while the baking soda is effective for treating a foot infection.