The beauty industry generates billions of dollars a year from hopeful consumers. From smooth legs to gorgeous hair and clear skin, many beauty products promise to produce enviable results that are often too good to pass up.
Think about how many hair and skin products you’ve spent money on. We all like to feel good in our own skin, and beauty products can often help with that. But with the millions of different products on the market, it’s difficult to find ones you can trust. An overwhelming amount of beauty products are filled with harsh chemicals, additives and artificial ingredients that can do more harm than good.
If only there was a completely natural way to get the clear skin and shiny hair you’ve been longing for...
Fermented rice water is perhaps one of the best kept secrets when it comes to natural beauty. It has been used for centuries in parts of Asia by female rice farmers, to cleanse their face, body and hair. If the term rice water is new to you, it’s simply the white, milky solution that appears after soaking or boiling rice. It’s also believed to have some amazing benefits for your skin and hair.
Rice Water for Healthy Skin
Fermented rice water has been known to cleanse and tone the skin while lightly removing sun spots and age spots. It contains antioxidants including Vitamin C, Vitamin A and flavonoid compounds which can help minimize free radical damage caused by the sun. Using rice water regularly can help illuminate and tighten the skin. The starch in rice water is also thought to help naturally treat eczema and acne by soothing inflammation, while reducing redness and clearing blemishes. To use rice water on your face or skin, soak a cotton ball in a bowl of rice water and smooth onto your face, once in the morning and once at night.
Rice Water for Shiny Hair
The nutrients in fermented rice water also makes it beneficial for maintaining healthy, shiny hair. When the International Journal of Cosmetic Science did a study on rice water, they found that it had significant benefits in improving elasticity. As a hair treatment, rice water is used to condition and soften the hair, leaving you with shiny, untangled and healthy-looking locks. To use rice water as a hair treatment, shampoo and condition as usual then rinse your hair thoroughly with cooled rice water. Use this method once or twice a week to maintain the best results.
Making fermented rice water at home is a pretty simple process. The best part is, it’s a natural way to keep your hair soft and your skin glowing. Even if you’re not a DIY expert, you’ll still be able to try this at home. All you need is some water and some organic rice, and you’ll be on your way to healthier hair and clearer skin.
Check out the video below to learn how to make rice water at home!