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Benefits Of Rice Water

Beauty Benefits Of Using Rice Water

Rice water is the residual water that is left behind when we boil or soak rice. It has been used in China and Japan for thousands of years as a hair rinse for promoting hair growth and conditioning hair ends.

Rice water is also an effective remedy for improving digestion and regulating your gut's microbiome. It is a natural electrolyte for summers and it can be blended in a variety of beverages for replenishing lost nutrients.

In current times, rice water is also being recognised for its benefits to the skin. Rice water not only tones and brightens your complexion, but it is also an effective anti-ageing remedy. Additionally, it is very easy and inexpensive to formulate at home.

Let us learn more about the benefits of rice water, how to use it on our skin effectively, and what are the different ways to make rice water at home.


RICE WATER BENEFITS FOR YOUR SKIN 

  • It provides antioxidants
    Research says that antioxidants such as vitamins, γ-oryzanol, tocopherols, tocotrienols, phenolic acids, carotenoids, polysaccharides, phytosterols, essential amino acids, and micronutrients in rice water increase cellular immunity and protect our skin against oxidative stress.
  • It improves your skin tone
    Rice water is known to lighten dark spots on your face, and brighten your skin tone. It is also gaining popularity for its ability to lighten sun tanned skin and improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation.

    Research indicates that rice water has the ability to inhibit tyrosinase activity in our skin cells that is responsible for skin discolouration, thereby balancing melanin production in the skin.
  • It has anti-ageing benefits
    The study mentioned above also indicates that rice water is an effective natural anti-ageing ingredient as it stimulates collagen synthesis and reduces transepidermal water loss, wrinkling, and skin thinning.

    Rice water contains phytic acid which helps to protect your skin against free radical damage, and ferulic acid that slows down the process of ageing.

    Another study conducted on 12 volunteers who used rice water gel on their skin for 28 days concluded that it performs similar to ascorbic acid or Vitamin C on aged skin.
  • It rehydrates dry skin
    The study mentioned above also indicated that there was a 10% increase in cellular hydration levels experienced by all the volunteers on the 28th day.

    According to another study, moisturisers containing rice extract are known to increase hydration by inhibiting evaporation of moisture from skin cells.

SOME OTHER BENEFITS OF RICE WATER 

  • It stimulates hair growth
    Research suggests that linoleic acid and γ–oryzanol components in rice bran promote hair growth by pushing hair follicles into the anagen stage which is known as the active growth phase in the hair growth cycle. The study concluded that rice extract is an effective natural ingredient for preventing hair loss and promoting hair growth.
  • It reduces sun damage
    According to a study, oral consumption or topical usage of rice extract suppresses the damage caused by ultraviolet radiation on our epidermal barrier.

    Another peer-reviewed study showed that the combination of rice bran and raspberry seed oil in a sunscreen, increased the photoprotective property of the formulation, thereby improving its efficacy against ultraviolet radiation.
  • It improves barrier function
    Research indicates that bathing with rice water twice a day can repair impaired barrier function, reduce transepidermal water loss in skin cells, and improve the healing capacity of damaged skin by 20% in patients with atopic dermatitis.

    Rice water has anti-inflammatory properties to soothe rashes, redness and skin irritation. It promotes wound healing and reduces itchiness.
  • It reduces dandruff
    According to a study, boiled and fermented rice water has an antibiotic effect on the scalp by inhibiting the growth of microbes that can cause dandruff.
  • It prevents hair greying
    Melanocytes are types of cells that control the pigmentation of our hair. Studies show that rice water can be used for activating melanin synthesis in melanocytes, thereby preventing white hair and hair vitiligo.
  • It improves gut health
    It is a known fact that the state of our digestion is reflected on our skin.
    Research shows that drinking rice water balances stomach abnormalities and improves digestion, thereby promoting good skin and hair.

Note – Please consult your general practitioner before including rice water in your diet.


HOW TO USE RICE WATER ON YOUR SKIN?

  • Rice water as a skin toner
    Dip a cotton round in a blend of organic rose water and homemade rice water. Squeeze out the excess liquid and use the cotton round to tone your skin. Juicy Chemistry’s Bulgarian Rose Water is clinically proven to lighten dark spots and improve skin brightness.
  • Rice water as a face pack
    Rice water can be used instead of plain water to activate any face mask. Take some Juicy Chemistry Kakadu Plum, Matcha and Blood Orange Face Mask in a bowl. Add enough rice water to it to get a paste-like consistency. Apply a thin layer on your face and neck in an upward direction. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse it off gently with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel. Use this remedy once or twice a week to brighten your skin.

HOW TO MAKE RICE WATER?

There are 3 ways to make rice water. Any kind of rice can be used for this process. Start by thoroughly washing the rice to remove any impurities. Then follow any of these methods –
  • Cooked rice water
    To cook your rice, add twice the amount of water than usual. Once the rice is cooked, sieve it and collect the excess water in a bowl (similar to draining cooked pasta). Let the water cool down to room temperature. Keep it in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to a week. Dilute it with plain water before using it on face.
  • Soaked rice water
    Prior to cooking rice, soak it in water for 30 minutes. Strain the rice with a sieve, and refrigerate the rice water.
  • Fermented rice water
    To make fermented rice water, soak the rice in water for 30 minutes just like in the second method. But this time, instead of refrigerating the rice water, leave it in a glass bottle at room temperature for a day or two.

    When the rice water starts smelling sour, store it in the refrigerator. Dilute the fermented rice water with plain water before using it on skin.

JUICY CHEMISTRY LIME, GINGER AND RICE SOAP (ENRICHED WITH RICE WATER)

  • At Juicy Chemistry, all our soaps are certified natural and organic. They are handmade using the cold-process method of saponification.
  • Our Lime, Ginger and Rice Soap is especially formulated to promote even toned and healthier skin. It is made with saponified Olive, Coconut and Castor Oils, and Shea and Mango Seed Butters that cleanse gently and leave your skin nourished. Steam-distilled Lemon Hydrosol provides anti-ageing benefits and repairs sun damage, and Rice Water protects the skin against free radical damage, slows down the process of ageing and improves the texture of your skin. Lime and Ginger essential oils stimulate blood circulation in the skin and improve the appearance of dark spots. French Green Clay keeps pores clean and soothes skin irritation, and Wheat Grass provides essential vitamins to the skin.
  • To use it on your skin, create a lather by rubbing the soap between your palms and spread the lather on your wet face and body. Wash it off with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. Who can use rice water on skin and hair?
    Anyone who does not have sensitivity to rice water can use it on the scalp and hair. However, we do recommend patch testing new products on your inner arm before applying them on your face or hair.
  2. How often should we cleanse our face with Juicy Chemistry Lime, Ginger and Rice Soap?
    While less cleansing may lead to congestion, excess cleansing may cause dehydration. Hence, we recommend cleansing your face twice a day – in the morning and evening.
  3. How long does it take to show results?
    Our skin experiences months of wear and tear before it starts showing signs for concern. Hence, time taken by any natural remedy to show visible results depends on how deep the concern goes into your skin.
    When it comes to using natural remedies for brightening, anti-ageing, hair growth or reducing sun damage, consistency and patience are key.

REFERENCES –

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