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.

    • 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.

  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.


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