Is rice water Asia’s best kept beauty secret?

Next time you boil rice, think twice before tossing the water. Rice water is rich in beauty minerals and vitamins that make it fantastic for both skin and hair – a secret those flawless-skinned Japanese geishas have known for centuries. And it’s super-easy to make: simply boil some rice (preferably organic rice and boiled in distilled water), then pour the excess water in a lidded glass jar and store in the refrigerator. Once cooled, it will be a potent ingredient for crystal clear skin and super-shiny hair.

rice waterFlawless face

Wash your face, then soak a cotton pad in the rice water and apply it all over, as you would do with a toner.  Rice is rich in a complex of B vitamins called ‘inositol’ that helps promote cell growth, slows down the aging process and stimulates blood flow – the perfect recipe to tighten pores and bring a glow to the face. Besides this, rice water also has moisturising, antioxidant and UV-absorbing properties, along with an ability to bind to naturally occurring copper in the skin, thereby preventing the formation of melanin formation (hyper-pigmentation) and age spots.

Haute hair

After shampooing, work in some rice water into your hair. Leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse well. Rice proteins strengthen the hair shaft and fill in the cracks. The result? Ultra-smooth, seriously shiny hair.

Beauteous bod

The soothing nature of rice water makes it an effective remedy for rashes and other irritating or painful skin conditions. In a dermatological study at Brussels University, patients with atopic dermatitis (chronic inflammation of the skin) saw a 20% improvement after taking 15-minute baths filled with rice water twice a day.

Recipe for health

Drinking rice water is also extremely beneficial for overall health. It contains 8 essential amino acids, which form the building blocks for tissue and muscle regeneration. Rice water also provides energy due to high concentration of carbohydrates.

What do you do with your rice water? Will you be seeing it differently after reading this?


  1. niki says

    Wat kind of rice should be use to get maximum benefits, the one we store in kitchen or some other variety ?

  2. says

    My grandmother has always told me about this secret, she also told me that it whitens also the skin…but I was so lazy to conserve the rice water!

  3. preeti says

    This is an awesome article.Ill surely try it.I hope It will help in reducing the open pores on my face which have since my 9th std!.Please write an article on home remedies for open pores. 🙂

  4. gwen says

    I am a black girl and I don’t want white skin. Will this regiment help me anyway. How does it react on black skin.

    • ILoveSkinCare says

      Everything is case by case, but I’m pretty sure this isn’t going to give you, say, white blotches on your skin or change your skin color. It could be possible for it to lighten your skin a notch, temporarily, as most whitening-specific products do, but I wouldn’t even really consider this something like that. However, it, if anything, for you, as it does for me, will probably just even out your skin tone and- if any whitening or lightening- just give you a nice glow or brightness to it (Note: to your SKIN not your COLOR. Dark glows and fair glows are equally gorgeous). Basically – this isn’t going to turn you from black to white! I’m no dermatologist, but I’m sure it will just benefit your skin with all of the nutrients and what not just as well as anyone! 🙂 (Unless your skin just has a bad reaction to certain things. But I still would doubt that it would change your skin in that regard).

    • anubha says

      It does need to be boiled… the rice water from washing the grains will not have the nutrients, plus it will be dirty.

      • Ai says

        Boiling the rice and draining the water isn’t the best method. Rinse the rice to remove dirt then let it soak for an hour or overnight. Pour the rice water into a jar and let it ferment in a warm spot for a day THEN boil it to stop the fermentation. Once the water cools you can use it.

        • donita says

          Dear ai,

          did you mean rice water (rice water only?) or the rice was still there for fermentation? and did you boil inc rice?

      • Ju says

        I am using the water from washing the rice, I use the water of 2nd or third wash. So it wont be dirty.

  5. Kolohe says

    I’m wondering about the proportions of water to rice. When I cook rice for culinary purposes, all of the water is absorbed and there is no liquid left to pour off. I am going to go the logical route and up the water ratio in order to try this today but I would like to know from someone who has done this successfully what proportions she used. Thank you.

    • anubha says

      When making rice water for beauty purposes, I normally put thrice the amount of water that I normally use.

    • Nerissa says

      When making rice water, don’t wait until its cooked. Just let it boiled and you can transfer the water to a container. The amount of water was thrice the amount of the rice. But remember to sit the rice on a container for at least 30mins or until its cloudy before cooking it. That is how i make my rice water and it gives me amazing result! Hope it helps 🙂

  6. says

    thank you for this article – brilliant

    please – do you have any thoughts on under eye bags either massage exercises or old fashioned remedies like your rice water for face

    many thanks and much success to you

  7. yuurei says

    If I apply rice water to each times before I wash my hair with rheeta nuts, will my hair become straighter ? I had straight hair but it changed because of the fact that I used seaweed infusion on my hair and it burnt my hair and scalp, my hair became a little bit wavy :/ I miss my straight hair…

    • yuurei says

      when it’s wet, it’s very sleek, straight without combing it but when it dries it becomes like a part straight and a part slightly wavy…

  8. Praveen says

    Hi, I only read your article today and I must say it’s quite impressive. Appreciate if you could advice as to how often should rice water be applied on face and hair?

  9. Arcele says

    Hi..good day to all…im using rice water now but its not boiled ..i just wash the rice 2x to drain and the 3rd time i used it is this going to work ..even if the rice water is not boiled pls understand …thnx alot!!!

  10. AlyeeDoll says

    Trust me… it really whitens and add a glow to your skin.. been using rice water for months now and the result is awesome!!

    • Akki says

      Hello alyeedoll can u tell me what did u used soaked rice water or boiled rice water…and did u washed ur face after keeping it for sometime or not

  11. violet says

    I tried it today and it works. My hair was really very dry. I will definetely continue doing this. Thank you for the advice.

  12. Adebola says

    Hi, after apply rice water on Face.for how long it will take to rinse it and also for how long I can store the water .


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