Did you know rice water is amazing for your skin? Integrate it into your skincare routine today!
Rice is known to be antiaging, anti-inflammatory, whitening, photoprotective, and moisturizing!
One guiding principle in Traditional Chinese Medicine is the yin yang theory. In the natural world, there exists a balance between 2 opposing and co-existing forces and yet, they also exist in each other. Our bodies, minds, and souls are designed the same way in that to be healthy, we need to be in harmony between these 2 bipolar states. Yin is receptive and passive, calm and slow, embodying cold and damp qualities (when we are sleeping). Yang is its exact opposite in aggressive and active, embodying heat, dryness, and movement (when we are awake).
One of our mission at The Chinese Soup Lady is to bring these principles into the foods and drinks we consume in order to support harmony.
You can explore more about some Traditional Chinese Medicine theories in these posts.
And… because I am a person of science, I had to go do some real research. I don’t share much about my background, but right after getting my engineering degree, I went to college part-time for 2 years to do a diploma in Esthetician (for fun). I do have an addiction to collecting education.
Even 20+ years ago, my amazing skin teachers told me about an ancient tradition where the Chinese would use rice washed water to wash their faces and hands. And this has stuck with me to date.
Source: Zamil, Dina et al, Dermatological uses of rice products: Trend or true? National Library of Medicine, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35587098/ [accessed on Sept 23, 2023)
Rice and yeast extracts do have properties that are anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, whitening (this one is a popular one that is now used in the skincare industry – ie: SKII Pitera anyone? I’ve been in skincare professional for 12+ years and that’s all we talk about… the clinical claims and marketing of other brands), photoprotective, and moisturizing.
There are also clinical studies of rice bran water used in bathing to help relieve dermatitis, including inflammation, itching, and redness.
For me, I’ve started saving my rice washed water separately to use for washing my face in the evenings. I’ll keep it room temperature and consume it completely in one wash. I tried to leave some overnight in the fridge, but it does separate and haven’t explored it further. So will need to do some more experimentation and research on the best way to preserve it for a morning wash.
I also spend a little more time washing the rice (or at least soaking my clean hands in the water) and the results have been amazing in having softer and smoother hands! It’s really amazing to see and experience it!