K-Beauty & Health

How to Make Korean Rice Water at Home for Skin & Hair

Most of us dream of having the flawless glass skin of Korean celebrities that we see every day on TV. However, unlike these celebrities, many of us ordinary people can’t afford to buy expensive skincare products or beauty treatments. That is where rice water is a lifesaver! Read on and discover the aesthetic benefits of this natural ingredient

Rice Water

Rice is a staple food in Korea and many other Asian countries. However, it is not only for the dining table but also for beauty routines. Rice water – leftover water after soaking or boiling rice – has been used by Koreans for centuries in their beauty rituals. Up to this day, it is still being used as an ingredient in many Korean cosmetics and skin treatments.

Rice water, which is the milky liquid that is leftover when you boil or soak rice, has been used for ages by Asian women, especially in East Asia. It helps to achieve bright, clear, and supple skin. Nowadays, you will find this ingredient used for whitening or anti-aging in many of your favorite skincare brands’ products.

Skin Lightening and Anti-Aging

Rice water is rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E, and minerals that help lighten dark spots as well as get rid of blemishes. It purifies the skin in addition to making it brighter and smoother. It also works as a toner that tightens the pores while giving the skin a natural glow. Antioxidants prevent the appearance of fine lines. As a result, it makes you look younger. Additionally, it can treat acne and other skin problems.

Healthy Hair Using Rice Water

Other than its numerous skin benefits, it is also known to be good for the hair. Centuries ago, women from Korea, Japan, and China washed their hair with fermented rice water. Its natural ingredients help increase hair elasticity, keeping it healthy and strong. The hair strands will be less likely to break or split, thus, you can grow gorgeous long hair.

How To Make Rice Water

1. Soak

First, rinse rice thoroughly 2 to 3 times to remove traces of chemicals or pesticides. Then, soak it in water for 30 minutes. After that, drain the water.

2. Boil

Put your rice in a pot and add water, about 4 to 5 times more than the rice, and bring to a boil while stirring. Remove from heat and then press the rice with a spoon to extract essential nutrients. Finally, remove the rice. Let it cool.

3. Ferment

After letting it cool, put the rice water in a bowl or jar and leave it at room temperature for one or two days. When it starts to smell sour, meaning it has been fermented, store it in the refrigerator. You must use it within a week.

How To Apply Rice Water to Skin

  • Put a small amount onto a cotton pad/ball and gently smooth over the face and neck. Massage into skin. Rinse if desired. When using fermented rice water, dilute it first by adding some water.
  • Add it to your face mask for glowing skin.
  • Mix with aloe vera gel to help cure sunburn and reduce tanning if desired. The mixture can also be applied to healing scars to aid in the recovery process.

It can be used in your daily skincare routine for blemish-free skin. However, you must make sure to rinse the rice thoroughly to get rid of harmful chemicals and dirt accumulated during the production process. Also, remember to always dispose of it after a week and prepare a fresh one.

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🇵🇭 May Aga

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