Why fork over thousands of dirhams (and maybe a kidney) for skincare you can find in your pantry?
Many of us have been closely acquainted with the prodigious at-home skincare capabilities of honey mixtures and egg white blends. It just so happens that rice is another one of the hero home ingredients that are just as beautifying as they are delicious – and not just for skin, but for hair too.
Water that’s left over from washing rice actually contains the antioxidant Ferulic Acid. Not only is the acid known for its anti-ageing properties, but it also enhances the stability of topical applications of antioxidant vitamins C and E. Another by-product of rice water is Allantoin, an anti-inflammatory known to protect the skin from sunburns.
For your haircare regime, a quick rice water rinse is bound to do wonders. Inositol is a key nutrient found in rice water, which strengthens and repairs the hair and increases hair elasticity, helping create a more defined curl pattern. Inositol stays inside the hair shaft, even after rinsing, offering continued hair protection.
How to make rice water
Making rice water is as simple as it sounds, whether it’s left over from dinner or made specifically for your selfcare needs. Rinse your rice thoroughly before bringing it to a boil, at a suggested ratio of half a cup of rice to two cups of water. Once boiled, the products should last for approximately a week.
How to use rice water
Hair rinse: Apply the rice water to your hair from roots to the ends and leave on for at least 10 minutes before rinsing out. Add in a little essential oil if you’re feeling adventurous for a pleasant and soothing aroma.
Facial toner: Dampen a cotton ball with rice water and gently smooth over your face and neck. Massage it into your skin and rinse if desired.
Eczema treatment: Apply some rice water to a washcloth and hold onto affected skin.
Sunburn treatment: Pour rice water onto a cotton pad and gently smooth over sunburn.
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