The ancient Japanese beauty hack that you need for glowing skin? Rice water
This centuries-old Asian home remedy could serve as the shortcut to smooth, porcelain-finish skin
From double-cleansing to glass skin, we have plenty to be thankful to the world of Japanese and Korean beauty for, and the list just grew further with the addition of a skincare saviour that is as effective as it is accessible: rice water. Now, bear in mind that there are a few parameters that skincare superfoods must fulfil—a glowing recommendation from a Kardashian nearly always tops that list. Kim Kardashian swears by its benefits for strengthening her tresses, and experts believe that rice water spells good news for your skincare goals as well.
While the sudden influx of rice water-infused formulas in the beauty aisle might make it seem like K-beauty’s latest export, it is actually the oldest trick in their beauty bible. Dr Madhuri Agarwal, founder of Yavana Aesthetics Clinic, believes that the easy accessibility of rice has a huge role to play in its popularity as a skincare saviour. She says, “Rice is a staple of the Asian diet. Being an economical and natural ingredient, it can be easily added to the everyday skincare routine. Indians consume rice water for its starch content to hydrate the body in debilitating health disorders. Meanwhile, Japanese and Korean women have been using it since centuries in their skincare regimen for its rich mineral content that aids healthy skin.”