If you've exhausted every skincare ingredient out there and you're looking for something new, may we turn your attention to something you encounter every day in the kitchen? Enter: Rice water. We know it as a staple in Asian cuisine, but did you know it's also a mainstay in Japanese and Korean beauty products? They are big believers in its moisturizing, brightening, and anti-inflammatory benefits for the complexion. Michelle Phan even made a video and raved about it.
So how exactly do you make rice water? It's pretty straightforward—you just need to soak some rice in clean H2O for 15 to 30 minutes. Some people choose to leave it for another 24 to 48 hours to let it ferment because they believe that it has more benefits, but it all boils down to personal preference.
Below, we list down all the benefits of this Korean and Japanese beauty mainstay:
It works as a facial cleanser.
After your oil cleanser, soak a cotton pad with rice water and massage it all over your face. Make sure to let it air dry instead of patting it with a towel. You'll notice softer, more radiant skin with regular use!
It moisturizes dry skin.
Rice water can help bring moisture to dry skin brought on by sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), a cleansing ingredient found in many beauty products.
It soothes acne-prone skin.
It strengthens damaged hair.
If your hair is looking dull, damaged, and frizzy, a rice water rinse might just be what it needs. After shampooing and conditioning your tresses, pour rice water all over your hair and massage it on your roots and strands. Do this once or twice a week and you'll get a softer and shinier mane!
It helps relieve sunburn.
Beach trips are imminent, thanks to the ~summer szn~ fast approaching. If you're someone who burns easily, rice water is a great way of relieving your sunburn. To make it extra soothing, store it in the fridge first before applying it on to your skin using a cotton pad.
Below, we have compiled the best rice water-infused beauty products if you don't want to create your own concoction:
Best Rice Water-Infused Product: The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Foaming
This cleanser is formulated with rice and soapwort extracts that will gently nourish and moisturize your skin.
The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Foaming Cleanser, P650, BeautyMNLContinue reading below ↓
Best Rice-Water Infused Product: I'm From Rice Toner
This dual function product serves as a toner and emulsion in one. It's packed with rice extracts that will boost elasticity and keep the skin moisturized.
I'm From Rice Toner, P1,460, BeautyMNLContinue reading below ↓
Best Rice Water-Infused Product: Innisfree Capsule Recipe Pack - Rice
If your skin is looking a little dull, use a sleeping pack. This baby will hydrate, nourish, and brighten your complexion ASAP. Pro tip: Pop it in the fridge before using it for that ~cooling~ sensation.
Innisfree Capsule Recipe Pack - Rice, P125, SM Megamall
Best Rice Water-Infused Product: Water Angel Rice Mask
On days where you feel like your skin needs a little more TLC, use a nourishing sheet mask. This one from Water Angel is infused with rice wine extract from Japan that will stimulate collagen production and boost elasticity.
Water Angel Rice Mask, P140, BeautyMNLContinue reading below ↓
Best Rice Water-Infused Product: Tony Moly I Am Rice Mask
After a long week, treat your skin to a sheet mask. This one from Tony Moly has a three-layer pulp sheet that's loaded with rice water and natural oils to hydrate, soften, and smoothen out your complexion.
Tony Moly I Am Rice Mask, P78, BeautyMNLContinue reading below ↓
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