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Not just hair! Here are 5 ways in which rice water can works wonders for your skin

Using rice water for skin is a natural home remedy that contains amino acids, vitamins, and minerals that are known to protect and repair your skin.
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Stock up on rice water for a healthy gut! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Aayushi Gupta Updated: 30 Oct 2023, 15:24 pm IST
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There are multiple ingredients available at home that can do wonders for your skin. Turns out, even the discarded water after soaking or boiling rice can be used for enhancing skin’s health. 

In fact, if you’re someone who is aware of Japanese or Korean skincare routines, then you know that rice water is the secret of various popular beauty ingredients. It has been used for generations in order to achieve glowing and smooth skin. 

So, let’s find out what rice water can do for your skin:
1. Rice water has anti-ageing benefits

Rice water is rich in amino acids, antioxidants and minerals which may reduce or slow down the skin ageing process. It could also inhibit the activity of elastase, an enzyme responsible for skin ageing. Thus, rice water could help maintain skin elasticity and can reduce the appearance of ageing signs on the skin.

2. It can brighten your skin

One of the key functions of rice water is to brighten the skin and provide an even skin tone. It keeps your skin healthy, glowing and clear. 

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Try rice water for even-toned, radiant, and smooth skin. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
3. It can boost skin barrier health

The outermost layer of skin is known as a skin barrier that prevents your skin from becoming dried up and vulnerable to conditions like eczema and atopic dermatitis. However, using rice water on the face enables its starch content to protect the skin barrier naturally.

4. It soothes sunburn and irritation

Sun damage like sunburn, inflammation, redness and itching can be relieved by applying starchy rice water. The cooling effect can soothe the sunburned skin and can reduce tanning.

5. Rice water can reduce oiliness

Those with oily skin can rinse with rice water because its astringent effects help to reduce oiliness and protect the skin from pimples and acne. 

Preparing rice water for skin at home:

While there are several methods of preparing rice water, we’re presenting the two most popular ways-

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You just need rice water for healthy skin. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
1. Soaking method
  • Soak 1 cup of rice with 2-3 cups of water into a bowl for 30 minutes. 
  • Strain the rice and collect the water in a bowl and refrigerate it. 
2. Boiled method
  • Boil 1 cup of rice with the amount of water normally used for cooking.
  • Strain the starchy water in a bottle and let it cool down completely before you store it in the refrigerator.
Here’s how to use rice water for skin:
  • To use rice water on your face, store it in a spray bottle first.
  • Cleanse your face before using rice water.
  • Now, spray the water on your face directly as a toner.

Note: Instead of spritzing, you may also use a cotton ball to apply rice water.

  • Keep the rice water on your face for 20-30 minutes. 
  • Wash it off with water. 

So, add rice water to your beauty regime to get fresh and rejuvenated skin.

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About the Author

Aayushi Gupta is a health writer with a special interest in trends related to diet, fitness, beauty and intimate health. With around 2 years of experience in the wellness industry, she is connected to leading experts and doctors to provide our readers with factually correct information. ...Read More

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