Far East rice water remedies

Sunday July 23 2017

One of the simplest and most effective one is the use of rice water as a skin beauty aid.  This has immense benefits. PHOTO | FILE

One of the simplest and most effective one is the use of rice water as a skin beauty aid.  This has immense benefits. PHOTO | FILE 

By IRENE NJOROGE-KRISTIAN
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The world is looking to the Far East for inspiration in skin care routines.

Already, the Korean secrets are now being researched by the biggest cosmetic houses in a bid to create new lines. This interest has come about because of the amazing ways in which Japanese, Korean and Chinese women maintain their skin well into their 90s without much ageing.  Some of their secrets are found right in our kitchens. One of the simplest and most effective one is the use of rice water as a skin beauty aid.  This has immense benefits which include:

Reduces acne and open pores

Rice water cleansing helps to control oily skin and will minimise acne and enlarged clogged pores. Simply wash a cupful of rice and allow it to soak in one cup of water for half an hour. Use this water to cleanse your face twice daily. The skin will show definite signs of improvement after seven days.

Brightens the skin tone

Rice water is a used to brighten and even out the skin tone naturally. For it to work well, it should be used in a fermented state. Fermented rice water is very rich in anti-oxidants and nutrients. The combination of the nutrients work to give the skin a translucent effect. To prepare it, mix one cup of rice and one cup of water. Store it covered in a dry place for two days. After two days, it will have acquired a sour smell. Strain it and use the liquid to cleanse your skin. Results will show within seven days of this treatment.

Treats sunburn

Sun burnt skin is often painful and red. To soothe this condition immediately, rice water is used as a healing remedy.  Simply pat the affected areas with the water until the skin is relieved.

Treats eczema and itchy skin

Rice water is used to treat several skin conditions that fall under dermatitis. Frequent use soothes itching, eczema, psoriasis, rashes and sensitivity.