Asia’s Best Kept Beauty Secret: Rice

As an Asian, I love the smell of freshly cooked rice. I would stick my face near the bowl of rice and feel the steam on my face. Ah… my pores are opening up and it’s time to clean out the impurities on my skin. That’s what I would do every time I have a bowl of freshly cooked rice in front of me.

Besides rice being a big part of the Asian diet, rice can be used for skincare benefits. And no, we don’t put rice on our faces, we use rice water. Yes, water that comes from cleaning the rice. Many Asians, especially the Japanese, use rice water in their skin care routines to keep their skin looking flawless.

What’s so good about rice water? Rice water contains many minerals and vitamins that have great beauty benefits. It does a wonderful job brightening skin and shrinking pores. It acts as an acne healer by gradually reducing redness and helps in dealing with eczema. It is also great for removing any dirt and impurities in your skin. Rice water can be used on all skin types. Whether you have dry or oily skin, rice water can help enhance the feel and look of your skin.

Where can I get rice water? I recommend making it yourself because it is chemical free and fresh. The quickest way to make rice water is by simply saving the water after you’ve rinsed the rice clean. Pour out the water after the first rinse to clean the rice from dirt. For the second rinse, let the rice soak in the water for a while and pour the rice water into a clean jar. The second method is to boil the rice and strain out the excess water. The rice water should be white and has a high concentration of nutrients.

Use the rice water as a toner and it will keep the skin smooth and radiant. Oh, I forgot to mention that rice water also help keeps your hair healthy, smooth and shiny too. 😉