Are you and your family fans of rice? This ancient whole grain is delicious, nutritious, inexpensive, and versatile for meals. Did you know that you can also benefit from rice water?
According to an article published by the Harvard School of Public Health, evidence from China suggests that humans have been growing rice for at least 8,000 years. Countless types of rice are classified according to the size and characteristics of the grain, depending on the article. It also states that this humble grain is a staple food in up to 100 nations around the world.
How can rice water benefit hair and skin?
Wouldn’t it be helpful to have a natural remedy that can benefit both your hair and your complexion? It is as simple as using a bowl of rice and some cold water. Here are nine benefits of a soothing rice rinse to consider.
Have you ever considered that your beautiful locks can accumulate toxins just like your body? Using this natural remedy can provide powerful antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that can detoxify your hair, making it healthier and more robust.
2. Increase the elasticity of your hair
Whenever you brush and style your hair, you will probably notice that it has a bit of a stretch. The amount of elasticity it has depends on the texture, health, and genetics of your hair. Allow your hair to have enough elasticity, so it is less likely to break when you take care of it.
Rinsing your hair with rice water can increase the elasticity of your hair, so it has less breakage. It is especially beneficial if your hair is long or if you create many styles that involve stretching or curling. You may notice fewer broken strands in the drain after washing.
3. Reduce friction and damage
Every day your hair is bombarded with styling products and tools that mercilessly pull, curl, curl and twist. All these elements produce friction that causes damage, breakage and unhealthy hair. In addition, the conflict generates irritating static electricity.
Using this mixture as a hair rinse can soften and reduce friction on the surface of each strand. The comb can slide more smoothly and you will not get the “monster bride” look caused by static electricity. It may be easier to style your hair.
4. Soothe dry scalp
What could be more embarrassing than constant head scratching and telltale flakes of dandruff accumulating on your shoulders? A study published by the Dermatology Research Archives suggests that dandruff is a common problem and may be due to a lack of oil on the scalp. If you have dry hair and scalp, burning, itching, and flaking are all too familiar.
In addition to using shampoos and conditioners formulated for dry hair, you may consider adding a hydrating rice rinse. Only a moderate amount can soothe inflammation and dryness of the scalp. You will have less scales and a more manageable mane.
5. Brighten your skin
The beautiful glow of healthy skin cannot be imitated. If you want to naturally brighten your complexion, a rice rinse can help. For centuries, many women from Asian countries have sworn it as part of their beauty regimen. It has essential enzymes that can gently remove dead skin cells to reveal a radiant complexion.
Are age spots and dark spots caused by pregnancy, hormonal changes, or sun damage bothering you? A revitalizing rice rinse can help fade them as it softens the skin’s texture. You can also wear it on your hands, forearms, or shoulders for a fading effect.
6. Slow down the aging process
No one is immune to the inevitable aging process. However, taking care of your body and skin can help slow the process down a bit. Adding a rice rinse to your daily beauty routine can help your skin look younger and make fine lines less noticeable.
The elastin in your skin makes it soft, supple, and youthful. As you age, elastin decreases and your skin gradually wrinkles and sags with less elasticity.
The antioxidants found in rice rinse can fight free radicals that damage skin cells and your elastin, so it can delay the noticeable signs of aging.
7. Helps mild sunburn
Did you know that the tanned complexion that many people desire is the skin’s reaction to solar radiation? If you bathe in the sun and frequent tanning salons, you eventually pay the price. Your skin becomes stiff, wrinkled, and dark like leather, and you are at risk for skin cancer.
Even if you avoid tanning salons and are “smart in the sun,” you may accidentally get a minor burn when you forget your sunscreen. Rinse your irritated skin with a relaxing splash of rice water. Provides a feeling of coolness and calm that can promote healing after a sunburn.
Oily skin can be just as troublesome as dry skin, if not more so. You can also have combination skin where different areas of your skin are dry or oily. Overproduction of skin oils can clog pores and cause painful acne breakouts.
When you use a rice rinse as a skin toner, the natural starch in the water can close your pores and absorb excess oil. It can reduce the dreaded oily shine even on your problem T-zone. Just apply it with cotton balls to the oily areas of your face.
9. Can promote a healthier skin barrier
According to an article published by Progress in lipid research, your skin has a top layer that protects it from invading microbes. This natural barrier is made up of specialized lipid cells. When you are compromised, you may have problems with dermatitis, rosacea, and other skin conditions, according to the article.
To promote a stronger and healthier skin barrier, try using a daily rice rinse. The healthy rice starches left in the water can help repair damage and strengthen the barrier. The results can be healthier skin with less irritation and inflammation.
How to make a rice rinse
Once you see how easy it is to rinse your rice, you will be producing a steady supply. Not only is it inexpensive and simple, it will last up to a week in your refrigerator. It’s a beauty secret you will want to share with your family and friends.
• ½ cup of rice
• 2 cups of purified water
Three methods of making rice water
You can have your rice rinse in three different ways. While the soaking method is faster, you can also get a beneficial supply from the boiling process. For a milder solution, you can consider the fermentation method.
1. Soaking method
In a large bowl, add the rice and water and let it steep for at least 30 minutes. When the water is cloudy, strain it through a strainer into another container. Funnel into a spray bottle and use as a hair or face mist.
2. Cooking method
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the water and rice to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the rice and store the water in a jar with a lid.
3. Fermentation method
In a large bowl, add the rice and water and let it steep for 20 minutes. Every five minutes, use a wooden spoon to stir gently. Strain the water into a glass jar and let it steep until it smells sour, about 1-2 days.
Cover the jar and store the rinse in the refrigerator. It can be used for your face or your hair. After seven days, discard the remaining rinse.
How to use it
If you put your rice rinse in a spray bottle, you can spray your face or hair as needed. Store in a covered jar to use as a skin toner, and you can apply it with cotton balls or as a drizzle. You can also mix it with a serving of your regular shampoo or conditioner to treat your hair.
Make your shampoo by adding natural soap nuts to the rice rinse. Stir until dissolved and refrigerate the mixture for up to a week in a sealed glass jar. Since it is perishable, prepare small servings at a time and use as you would other shampoos.
After washing your hair, condition deeply with a rice rinse. Generously spray your wet hair with the rinse and place it in a towel or shower cap for at least 20 minutes. Rinse well with cold water and let your hair dry naturally.
A word of caution
Commercial rice is often treated with insecticides and chemical fertilizers, unless it is certified organic. Be sure to rinse the rice well before preparing it by any method. While the rice rinse is mild and generally has no side effects, discontinue use if you experience inflammation or any allergy symptoms.
You enjoy this nutritious grain in many of your favorite recipes and now you can use it for your skin and hair. A simple rice water rinse can help strengthen your hair and maintain its youthful and radiant skin. It is another beauty product that Mother Nature offers.