Fermented Rice Water Beauty Benefits

October 23, 2019

Fermented Rice Water Beauty Benefits

Rice is a staple food in many parts of the world. It can be eaten in different forms and can also be had for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Chinese believe that rice strengthens the spleen. In India, a decoction of rice is used as a salve on inflamed skin. In folk medicine, rice water is prescribed as a treatment for diarrhea. Many herbalists believe that rice has astringent, diuretic and tonic properties and can even be used for treating certain cancers, stomach indurations and warts. In many countries such as Japan, rice is fermented to enhance its health benefits. Fermented rice and its water contain probiotic or beneficial bacteria that can help in curing, treating, preventing and healing many health issues. So today we will take a look at rice water and fermented rice water benefits and understand how many cultures have been using it for enhancing beauty and overall health and well being.

What is Rice Water?

Rice water is obtained in two different ways:

  1. Simply Washing Rice

Soak the rice in water for 5-10 minutes. When you strain the rice using a colander, you will have milky or discolored water left behind. Collect this water. It is very rich in starch and carbohydrates and you can put it to good use. First of all you can use this water to water your plants. This way, you will save water and the nutrient rich water also enhances the growth of your plants. You can also leave this water at room temperature for 2-3 days. As it ferments, it grows several beneficial or probiotic bacteria and yeasts which can benefit the skin and hair. We will discuss exactly how one can use this water for its beauty benefits.

  1. Boiling Rice in Excess Water

You can also get nutritious rice water by boiling rice in excess water and then straining the cooked rice. This warm rice stock is beneficial for people with diarrhea. You can also store collected water in a glass bottle and leave it outside at room temperature to ferment. After 2-3 days, you can use this water for beauty remedies.

What Are the Benefits of Rice Water?

  • Rice water is rich in vitamins E, K, B6 and proteins.
  • Many skin care products are manufactured using fermented rice water since it has a skin brightening effect. 
  • Fermenting the rice water enhances its health benefits as it adds an element called pitera. Pitera is being researched for its anti aging benefits. This elixir has been used for centuries in Asian countries for its anti aging properties. Many naturalists recommend pitera for its skin regenerating properties, which can help the skin stay young and healthful.
  • The inositol carbohydrate in fermented rice water helps in natural hair straightening.
  • Fermentation also imparts natural antibiotic properties to the rice water, making it a tonic that can fight acne and hair issues like ringworm, dandruff and psoriasis of the scalp, etc.

Important Instructions for Making Rice Water

  • Always use organic rice to make your rice water. You can use any variety of rice such as brown rice, white rice, Jasmine rice, etc., but do ensure that it is organic. This way, you are sure there won’t be any chemicals on it.
  • If you happen to use inorganic rice, then do wash the rice well in running water for a couple of minutes. This will remove the chemicals on the rice. You can then go ahead and soak or boil it to make the rice water.
  • Once you have collected the rice water, ferment it. Never over-ferment the water; keep it at room temperature for no more than 3 days.
  • You can store your water in the refrigerator but do use it up within 2-3 days.

How to Use Rice Water for Beauty

Fermented Rice Water for Hair Care

Rice water is very good for the scalp and hair. It eliminates dandruff and also helps you get rid of fungal problems on the scalp. The vitamins and starch in rice water also enhance hair growth. In fact, Asians have been washing their hair with rice water for promoting hair growth and preventing hair loss for centuries. Here is how you can use rice water for hair:

  • Collect rice water. You can use either of the methods described above.
  • Allow the collected rice water to ferment for a day or two. The longer you keep it, the better. However, you should not keep the water for more than 3 days. Also, as stated above, it is best to use the fermented water up within a day or two. You can store the water for around 2 days in the refrigerator.
  • Use the rice water after shampooing your hair. Make use of sulfate free shampoo.
  • Massage the water into the hair and scalp. Allow it to soak for at least 5 minutes.
  • Wash off with plain water and follow up with a silicone free conditioner.

Use the rice water at least twice a week to wash your hair. This remedy is an age-old secret of Asian women who have been using rice water for hair care for centuries. The proteins, B vitamins and antioxidants nourish the hair and scalp and promote hair growth while arresting hair fall.

Fermented Rice Water for Skin Care

Malaysian women use rice pellets mixed with water to keep their skin healthy and blemish free. Chinese women have been using rice water for its anti aging properties.

  • Collect the fermented rice water in a glass bottle.
  • Soak some sterile cotton wool or makeup removal pads to wipe off the makeup.
  • You can also use fermented rice water as a toner after cleansing.
  • At bedtime, apply the rice water all over the face paying special attention to the eyes, mouth and neck. Massage the water in. Let it air dry. Leave it on overnight. You can also add aloe vera, rose water or a few drops of essential oils to the rice water to enhance its benefits.

Use the rice water toner/makeup remover daily. You will see a marked difference in your skin within a few weeks.


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