Although most of us throw out the rice water after boiling the vegetable in it, this should be reconsidered as the liquid is full of vitamins and minerals that are great for your hair and skin. In fact, the rice water has been used by Japanese geishas for centuries, and has been their secret weapon for keeping their skin flawless.
Knowing this, rice water can be used to improve your hair and skin’s quality and health. It’s easy to prepare – just boil some rice in a pot of water and save the liquid afterwards, using it as you see fit. Here are some of the main rice water benefits for your skin and hair:
Keeps your skin perfect
Rice is rich in vitamins from the B group which can boost the blood flow in your skin, slow down the aging process and promote cellular growth. Over time, dirt and debris can clog the pores and tighten your skin, which will definitely harm your appearance. Luckily, the rice water has cleansing, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which will clean your pores and make your skin look flawless and shiny. The liquid will also delay the aging process of your skin and prevent age spots, and all you need to do is to soak a cotton pad in it and dab it on your skin. This makes the rice water a great natural facial toner and cleanser, as well as a nice treatment for acne, eczema and sunburns.
Treats any skin condition
Thanks to the anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, rice water is ideal for the treatment of any kind of skin disorder. According to one study, people suffering from chronic dermatitis can improve their symptoms after taking a 15-20-minute bath in rice water.
Improves the quality of your hair
Give your hair a rice water rinse after shampooing in order to boost its volume and quality as well. The liquid will fill up all the cracks in the hair and strengthen the shafts which will keep your hair shiny and looking great.
Great for your overall health
Besides it’s beauty uses, rice water can also improve your overall health if you consume it. It contains a lot of carbs which can boost your energy levels and contains 8 essential amino acids which can regenerate muscles and tissues. Besides this, rice water can also help you against various digestive problems, fever and eczema. According to one study, the liquid was more beneficial than an electrolyte solution in infants with acute diarrhea.