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There are so many regular kitchen ingredients that can be used as simple home remedies for wellness and beauty. Check out how simple rice water can be used.
Today’s home remedy is a super simple one and it always amazes me as to how some basic ingredients from the kitchen can give such brilliant results for your skin and hair.
Lately, I have been trying out a couple of home remedies for my skin. As you know, pregnancy can sometimes take a toll on your skin. Yes, most pregnant women get all bright and glow-y during this time but there are some like me who have to fight breakouts and then their scars during and after pregnancy.
So, here’s one tip that I can give you ladies to try out at home to get some natural glow and shine back in your skin and hair.
Rice water not only works as a natural toner for your skin but also helps in reducing the size of pores and fights the dark spots and scars pretty well. Loads of cosmetic companies are using rice water in their beauty products so why can’t we use it in more organic form ourselves?
Rice water being so commonly available in most of our houses can be used very conveniently and can very easily become a part of your day to day beauty regime.
Take half a cup of raw rice (it can be long grain, short grain, basmati, jasmine or brown rice). Rinse them in water a couple of times to get all the impurities out. Then soak them in water for 15-30 minutes. Strain the rice (you can use this for cooking!) and store this “rice water” in a glass jar in the refrigerator and it keeps good for 5-7 days.
As a toner – It can be used as a toner every night. Just clean your face with your face wash and apply rice water by hand or with a cotton swab. Let it dry, and then rinse off. This will not only help you with those acne but also make the pore size small, and brighten your face.
As a face cleanser and mask – It can be used as a face cleanser by mixing with some lemon juice and lavender essential oil. You can also dip a cotton cloth in rice water and cover your face with it to make a face mask, this really helps to cool your face and also is good if you are having any rashes or eczema.
As a hair rinse – It can be very easily used as a hair rinse to get some body back in damaged hair and also for strength and shine in the hair. Pour some rice water on your hair (after a regular shampoo cleaning) in such a way so that it reaches the scalp. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes and then rinse it off with plain water.
A lot of people use cooked rice water (that is left in the pan when you cook rice) for as a home remedy for beauty purposes also. From my personal experience I would recommend you try uncooked rice water, but to each their own!
What do you do with rice water? Will you be using it in your beauty regime? Do let me know. I’ll be happy to hear.
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