Rice! It’s delicious and nutritious, but did you know it’s a tried-and-true beauty staple? Used in Asian beauty routines for centuries, rice is as gentle as it is effective. I use rice in my DIY beauty hacks because beyond its myriad benefits, it’s also cost-effective.
I admit that green beauty can come with a hefty price tag; I recognize that high-quality ingredients, paired with ethical manufacturing and production costs often translate to the consumer. And while I subscribe to the philosophy of investing in my health, the health of our planet, and the health and well-being of the people producing these products, I have to admit that a gal’s gotta DIY sometimes so that her bank account doesn’t cry.
Ok—on to the good stuff. Rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids—including but not limited to—thiamin, folate, and iron, rice can fortify hair and renew skin. As with every beauty hack, what may work for one person may not work for another; you never know until you try! You can choose any type of rice you wish (I usually use basmati rice), but I would recommend an organic variety to avoid potential pesticides.
I love powdering rice in a spice mill and mixing it with rosewater for a brightening, gently exfoliating face mask. Alternatively, you can purchase rice flour from any grocery store if you don’t want to be bothered with powdering rice.
Rice water is fantastic for tackling hyperpigmentation issues given its high vitamin b content. To make rice water, I soak a cup of rice in 1 cup of water for approximately 30 minutes. I strain the rice from the water and voila — you have rice water. In addition to a face mist, I also use rice water as a mixing agent for my powder masks.
Similar to a milk bath, a rice water bath can be anti-inflammatory and extremely moisturizing. I fill a small muslin bag with 1/2 cup-1 cup rice and soak the bag in the bathtub.
I go back and forth between using rice water and fermented rice water as a hair rinse. The PH of fermented rice water mimics the PH of our hair; as a result, it helps restore hair’s PH balance, nourishes follicles, and protects hair from damage. To make fermented rice water, I give the rice a quick rinse and soak it in water overnight. It will turn a bit “sour,” which is an indication that the fermentation process has occurred. I stop the fermentation process via refrigeration, and I typically use diluted fermented rice water, as it’s quite potent. After my normal shampoo/conditioner routine, I use this concoction as a finishing hair rinse once a week. If you have extra solution, note that it can be refrigerated for a few days to a week.
There you have it: rice beauty hacks! Do you rice in your beauty routine? Are there ways you use it that I haven’t mentioned above? Share below!