The humble rice water gets poured down the drain or into a plant pot everyday in homes around Asia.
However, big skincare brands have recently taken up the ancient practice of using rice (fermented or otherwise) as a beauty ingredient.
“Almost all skin types would likely benefit, as everyone’s skin craves antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals,”Dr. Geria, certified dermatologist
According to online sources, we found that rice water is believed to have these benefits:
A study evaluated the effects of a gel formulation containing rice water on human skin. The study involved 12 volunteers who used the formulation for 28 days. It was found that rice water was loaded with antioxidants that could inhibit the activity of elastase (an enzyme that damages elastin). Thus, it could help maintain the elasticity of the skin and slow down the signs of aging.
2. Skin Brightening Effect
This benefit of rice water has not been scientifically proven. However, people in Korea and Japan use rice water to minimize blemishes and brighten their skin. It is assumed that rice water may contain some enzymes that have a skin brightening effect. This is why it is used as an active ingredient in soaps and creams.
3. Protects The Skin Barrier
When the natural barrier of your skin is compromised, it becomes dry and vulnerable to skin conditions like atopic dermatitis. A study found that rice starch could help improve and repair the natural barrier of the skin. This is especially beneficial for people who have atopic dermatitis. This function of rice water may also be beneficial for managing eczema, rashes, and inflammation.
And so far there are no studies to link rice water to cancer or any allergies.
So it’s a safe and possibly beneficial skin food option. Enjoy!