Ancient Rice Water Beauty Recipes For Lighter Skin

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There was a time when our mothers used to cook rice and save the sticky white residue we called rice water. It was yucky to say the least, and it tasted bad! However, for some unfathomable reason, mothers always saved rice water and concocted their own rice water beauty recipes out of it.

As the time went by, and we took on the kitchen, we kept it clean. We, cook rice, throw the water and that's that.

However, it was not until recently that our research revealed what an elixir rice water can be for our skin.

One of those many times we regret not having paid close attention to what our genius mothers actually do in the kitchen.

Rice water contains allantoin, a powerful antibacterial compound known to soothe acne.

It also contains a chain of amino acids, which is known to cleanse pores of impurities, tighten the skin, improve complexion and boost the elasticity of the skin.

Other than that, rice water happens to be a powerhouse of vital vitamins and minerals, which tighten, brighten and soften the skin.

Now that you know exactly what rice water can do, we hope you don't commit the mistake of throwing it away the next time you make rice.


Rice Water Toner

This mask works to shrink pores and brighten skin. Dip a cotton ball into freshly extracted rice water. Lather it liberally all over your skin. Wait for 15 minutes. Once you feel your skin tighten and the pack flake out, rinse it with cold water.


Rice Water Cleanser

This rice water cleanser effectively removes the dirt buildup on skin, without being harsh. Mix freshly cooked rice water with a few drops of essential oil and ½ a cup of water. Lukewarm rinse your face with the solution. Follow it up with cold water rinse and then pat dry.


Rice Water For Acne

Rice water contains astringent properties that remove dirt deposits from the skin layer, reduce sebum production and soothe inflammation.

Mix a tablespoon of fermented rice water with a few drops of lemon juice and 5 drops of tea tree oil. Using a cotton ball, apply it all over your skin. Wait till it dries and then rinse. Use this rice water beauty recipe once a day.


Anti-ageing Mask

Rice water contains a complex of vitamin B called "inositol". A compound that slows down skin's ageing process, promoting cell regeneration and stimulating blood flow, which in turn gives skin its radiant glow.

Take a tablespoon of fermented rice water, mix it with a pinch of turmeric, add a few drops of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of besan. Mix it into a paste. Apply it evenly on to your face and neck. Wait for 30 minutes and then rinse it with cold water.


Rice Water Face Mask For Blemishes

Rice water contains oryzanol, which reduces pigmentation and lightens marks.

Get fresh rice water from boiled rice. Leave it in room temperature for 24 to 48 hours to ferment. The solution will have visibly thickened and become slightly sour. Dilute it with 1 cup of water. Heat it for 5 minutes. Allow it to cool in room temperature. Using a cotton ball, apply it on to your skin. Wait till it dries and then rinse.


Exfoliating Mask

This mask is high in ferulic acid, which sloughs off dead skin cells and protects the skin against free radicals.

Take a tablespoon of roughly ground rice powder, mix in a tablespoon of yogurt and a few drops of almond oil. Using rice water, mix the ingredient into a smooth paste. Apply it on to your face. Let it sit for 30 minutes. Scrub and rinse.


De-tanning Mask

This mask is high on vitamin E and antioxidants, which remove tan and brighten the complexion.

Mix a tablespoon of potato juice with 1 tablespoon of rice water. Massage it on to your skin. After 15 minutes, rinse and pat dry.


Skin Soother

Cooked rice water not only works wonders on acne, but it also provides an instant relief to irritated skin.

Store freshly extracted rice water in the refrigerator to chill for an hour. Mix in a teaspoon of rose water to the solution. Using a cotton pad, apply it on to your face and neck. Rinse it with cold water after 15 minutes.


Skin-Firming Mask

Rice water contains about 16% proteins, 10% triglycerides and 10% lipids, all of which boost collagen production, making the skin firm.

Take egg white in a bowl. Mix in a tablespoon of rice water. Massage it on to your face and neck. Rinse off when you feel your skin stretch. Repeat this rice water beauty recipe as often as you like.


Rice Water Face Mask For Eczema

Ample amount of starch present in rice water can work wonders on eczema.

Dip a clean washcloth in fresh rice water. Gently dab it on the affected area. After 15 minutes, rinse it with cold water. Repeat as often as you like.


Acne Compressor

Rice compressor emulsifies the dirt in the skin, thereby clearing pimple in a day.

Fill a sock with uncooked rice. Microwave it in low heat for five minutes. Gently hold it over the pimple for a few seconds. Repeat until the heat seeps away.


Hair Shine Booster

Rice water does not just work like a charm on skin, but it can also revolutionize your hair.

Dilute fresh rice water with a cup of water, mix in a few drops of lavender and rosemary oils. After shampooing, rinse your hair with this solution. Massage it for 5 minutes and then rinse with plain water. Your hair will become lush and shiny in no time at all.

If you have any more tips on how to use rice water for clear skin, share them in the comment section below.

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Story first published: Monday, September 26, 2016, 12:00 [IST]
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