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Benefits of Rice Water for Skin

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In several Asian cultures, rice is considered the staple source of carbohydrates which is often paired with meat and vegetable dishes. For centuries, the water used in making rice has been collected and used as a multipurpose beauty ingredient for skin and hair care. It is also used by several people to relieve stomach problems, fever, and other bacterial infections.

 

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While the ingredient has been used for centuries, and several companies like Missha have noticed its effects and have done added research in making them into serums and toners. In fact, there were studies on how sake or rice wine makers tend to have smoother and more youthful looking hands compared to others which many concluded is the power of the antioxidants rice water contain coupled with the fermentation process.

Today, plain rice water can be used in many beauty regimens whether it be bought or obtained by hand. The type of rice doesn’t really matter so long as the person isn’t adding any chemicals into the concoction. If you are curious on how they can greatly benefit your skin in particular, here are some known benefits that this simple ingredient provides:

 

Used with cleansing

Washing your face with rice water paired with your cleanser ensures a porcelain finish that lightens and brightens your skin almost instantly while giving you a smooth, soft, and seemingly flawless skin tone.

 

As a toner

You can also use toner after washing your face by dabbing your cotton pad and immediately applying it to cleansed skin. The result would be that it helps minimizes pores and tightens your skin, leaving it firm and more elastic within a week.

 

Acne treatment

People who are prone to acne may use rice water as a topical solution. Simply apply it over the acne area with a cotton ball which results in less redness. You can also mix equal portions of rice water, bentonite clay, and activate charcoal to make a DIY face mask. Leave it on your face for 20 minutes and wash off with warm water to reduce inflammation.

 

Treat eczema

Aside from acne, rice water can treat eczema which is a common skin condition characterized by bumpy rashes anywhere on the skin. For a more effective treatment, mix rice water with apple cider vinegar in a bottle. Dab on the solution with a cotton pad and massage it into the area to soothe and dry out the bumps.

 

Face mist

Throughout the day, the skin often suffers from stress causing factors which may be a result of work or several tasks that many have to deal with. For an instant lift, simply spray your face with rice water and let it sit for a few moments for absorption. You’ll have visibly brighter and more youthful looking skin. Additionally, if you are looking to save some money on serums, you can bottle your own rice water and use it daily.

 

Soothes sunburns

Rice water offers cooling properties that can be used to treat sunburns. Immediately apply to the skin to prevent it from becoming worse over time. You can also use aloe vera for its hydrating and extra cooling properties.

 

 

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There is no doubt that there is no shortage to the numerous benefits that rice water provides. As a natural antioxidant source and soothing element, you too can make your own rice water. Here are some steps to follow:

 

  1. Grab a bowl of uncooked rice and wash it with cold water. You need to do this for three times until the remaining water is clean.
  2. Boil the rice or use a rice cooker and wait for it to be completely finished.
  3. Drain the boiled water in a pot and pour it into another container. Make sure there are no grains left in the water.
  4. Let it cool and store it in a glass jar for future use.

 

While there are several ways to gather rice water (soaked, after cooking, and fermented). The easiest to obtain would be to use the cooked rice water version as it helps eliminate potential bacteria that the grains may have collected during harvest. Like most skin care products, one should always perform a patch test, especially if they have sensitive skin types. To do this, simple dab some water on your wrist and wait for any redness or signs of allergy. For added safety, consult with your dermatologist to see if rice water is generally safe for use. Don’t forget to use SPF after your regimen to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

 

 

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Want younger looking skin? Read this first.

There comes a point where we really have to start thinking about our skin routine. Did you know that as soon as you hit 21 your skin is classed as “mature”. Shocking, right? Your skin might feel drier, your foundation might appear patchy on your face, you might have sudden blotches or red marks, or even oily, shiny patches that can ruin a good photo. So when your skin does hit its “old age” what can you do to keep it looking at feeling youthful? Switch up your moisturiser for something that targets dry skin? Get more facials? Discover the best bb cream for combination skin? With so much to think about and so many products to choose from it can be difficult to know where to begin. But don’t worry.

Read on for some skin maintenance tips and beauty ideas that will keep your skin looking as young as you feel!

 

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Avoid those long, hot showers!

We all like a hot, steamy shower to help wake us up in the morning – it’s almost as crucial as a cup of coffee. But you might want to swap those long hot showers, for shorter, cooler sprays if you want to keep your skin looking and feeling soft and young. Hot showers strip your skin of their essential oils and effectively dry out your skin by stripping it of its moisture. So keep the shower cool and keep it to about ten minutes.

 

Look for the signs

Unsure if you need to exfoliate? Or need to moisturise more? Take a finger and lightly scratch your skin, if it leaves a white mark then your skin is not only dry but crying out for you to rid it of all those dead skin cells. Get yourself exfoliated and moisturised, pronto.

 

Keep it simple

When it comes to beauty products for your face, the simpler the better. Steer clear of products that contain perfume, colour, bubbles and anything that claims to be anti-bacterial. All these will irritate you skin and might make blotchy red skin look angrier.

 

Want soft hands and feet?

If your hands are dry and your feet not much better, then this little trick will help. On an evening before bed, slather lots of moisturiser on your feet and hands, then cover with a pair of light fabric gloves/socks. When you wake in the morning, your skin will feel incredible.

 

Get sweaty

Surely getting all hot and sweaty will clog your pores right? Wrong! Did you know that working up a sweat is a natural way to eliminate the toxins that build up under your skin. And, regular exercise gets your blood pumping – which means better circulation and blood flow – which is good for your skin!

Skin destroyers

We know the dangers of tanning and UV rays but so many of us take the risk. If you want youthful looking skin then you must steer clear of these infamous skin destroyers: tanning beds, smoking and sunbathing. All of these age your skin prematurely!

 

Do you have any skincare tips to share?

 

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Why you should avoid alcohol in your skincare products

I’m always on the lookout for products that will help improve my skin. And if you’re like me, you’re extremely careful with the kind of skincare products you buy and apply on your skin. No matter how positive the reviews on a product are, I make sure I read through all the ingredients to check if the product contains ingredients that would be harmful to my skin.

 

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One of the ingredients I watch out for is alcohol. Although there are negative views about cosmetics that contain alcohol, it has proven quite beneficial in some circumstances. For example, some of the ingredients some skincare products contain are not water-soluble and thus can only be dissolved in alcohol. Alcohol helps give our creams its creamy consistency but it has its downsides too. And depending on how you look at it, alcohol is an ingredient you should be wary about. Here are some of the reasons why.

 

  1. It dries the skin

Contrary to what many people think, not all types of alcohol are bad for your skin. Fatty alcohol like cetearyl, cetyl and stearyl alcohols actually help to improve the condition of your skin. However there are some types of alcohol that are harmful to your skin like denatured alcohol (Alcohol Denat.), SD alcohol and isopropyl alcohol that can irritate and dry out your skin. When your skin gets dry, it promotes the over production of sebum which makes your skin oily and lead to blemishes.

 

  1. Reduces the skin’s ability to retain moisture

If you want healthy and youthful skin, then you need to make sure your skin is constantly hydrated. What alcohol based products do to your skin is to degenerate your skin’s protective layer. This drastically reduces your skin’s ability to retain moisture. The protective layer of your skin helps to shield your skin from environmental damage like the harsh ultraviolet rays. This will cause your skin to go red or feel raw after applying a skincare product.

 

  1. Alcohol in skincare products leads to breakouts

We’ve all had our fair share of struggles with pimples and the blemishes they leave behind. Using alcohol based products can trigger acne breakouts. Breakouts come as a result of the pores on your skin getting clogged with sebum and those clogged pores get infected and inflamed.

Alcohol helps to kill acne-causing bacteria. It also helps to reduce the presence of oil. If used in moderation, alcohol based skincare products can help reduce the presence of acne. However excessive use of alcohol can strip your skin off its natural oils and this will lead to over production of oil which then leads to break outs.

 

  1. It kills the cells on your skin

Your skin is constantly renewing itself. The production of new skin cells helps you have healthy and youthful skin. The new skin cells will help protect the skin from environmental hazards. However, when you continuously apply alcohol on your skin, it not only removes the dead skin cells, it takes the new skin cells along with it thereby reducing the protective ability of the skin.

 

Do you look out for alcohol in skincare products?

 

 

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