6 Reasons Why Rice Water Ought to Be Your Daily Companion

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Japanese women are known for their translucent, flawless, porcelain skin. And although Japan is the most innovative country in the world, Japanese women still use centuries-old treatments to look years younger than their actual age. One such treatment uses water that’s left after soaking and straining rice for cooking.

We at Bright Side were truly impressed by all the ways this simple ingredient can benefit your skin. And we prepared a bonus feature for you to check out at the end of the article.

1. It prevents premature skin aging.

Using rice water as a facial cleanser might help you keep wrinkles at bay. Fermented rice water boosts collagen production in your skin and helps it stay plump and youthful for longer. Rice water is also rich in antioxidants, which makes it a powerful and natural weapon against early wrinkles.

2. It acts as a natural sunblock.

Rice water has a natural cooling effect, and applying it to your skin can help soothe sunburns and relieve irritation. Elements found in rice have been proven to protect the skin against sun damage. Sun exposure is one of the most common causes of skin damage, and using rice water is an easy and affordable way to protect your face.

3. It repairs damaged skin.

The beauty industry offers lots of effective yet pricey products that can help you get better skin. Rice water is a natural and inexpensive skincare ingredient most people already have in their pantries. In addition to its ability to reduce wrinkles, rice water improves skin damage and can even be used to treat certain skin conditions, such as atopic dermatitis.

4. It reduces skin pigmentation.

Although hyperpigmentation is usually harmless, this common skin condition can be pretty annoying and embarrassing to some people. If left untreated, dark spots may eventually lead to an uneven skin tone, which can make your face look patchy. Rice water has been shown to boost melanin production and can effectively reduce hyperpigmentation.

5. It gets your oily skin under control.

Natural oils are essential for your skin health because they lock in hydration and act as a protective barrier against external aggressions. But having a greasy, shiny face isn’t very appealing, and we often look for toners or cleansers that can make things look more matte. In reality, many skincare products for oily skin contain alcohol that can disturb sebaceous gland activity and cause the overproduction of sebum, which, in turn, will make your skin even more oily. Using rice water is a safe way to balance oily skin, as it eliminates excess oil and doesn’t dry out your skin.

6. It improves your skin from the inside out.

While applying rice water topically can benefit your skin in many ways, drinking it can help you transform your skin from within. Rice water is great for digestion, it contains prebiotics, and is known to help with food poisoning and indigestion. Because gut health is essential for beautiful skin, rice water is a truly magical potion that will keep your skin glowing.

How to make fermented rice water

  • Rinse the rice and add 2-3 cups of water.
  • Let it sit at room temperature for up to 48 hours.
  • Mix the rice and strain the water.
  • You can store the rice water in a sealed container for up to 7 days and use it as a cleanser for the skin and hair.

Bonus: rice water results from real users

“Before and after a rice water rinse”

“I’m so happy with the results!”

“First time doing a rice water rinse, and now I’m a believer.”

Have you ever heard that rice water can benefit your skin? Would you be willing to give it a try?

Please note: This article was updated in June 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
Preview photo credit violetjane*** / Reddit


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…helps Japanese women how to look like a young man. (According to the photo in the title.) :D


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