6 benefits of rice water for your skin: How to have a perfect skin

Have you ever thought of the benefits of rice water for your skin? Have you noticed that most of your beauty and skin care product has rice water as one of their ingredients? Has a matter of fact, rice water has been the source of beauty in Asia. Japan and Korea to be precise for almost a thousand years now.

You may not know that the rice water you see every day when cooking your rice has a lot of benefits for your skin and hair? Well, today I am going to show you the 10 benefits of rice water for your skin in Nigeria and every part of the world.

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Have it in mind that there are lots of reasons why rice water is so good for your skin and mine. Let me break it down.

Rice water is rich in nutrients and protein that can help to build the skin, block attacks or free radicals, and give the skin a perfect glow. 

Rice water is also known to have triglycerides, starch, and lipids that can boost skin radiancy. It is also known for being rich in starch and carbohydrate phytic acid and so many other components that can make the skin look flawless and glow.

Who does not like the sound of that?

To cap it, rice water is known and proven by beauty and skincare experts to be gentle on the skin. it serves as a cleansing agent and it is induced naturally with vitamins like B1, C1, and E. 

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Just for you to know that the rice water you throw away every time you parboil your rice help to shrink large pores, brighten the skin and protect the skin from damages caused by dangerous ultraviolet sunray. 

It is not expensive, not stressful, and can be found at your disposal.

FP Brigette even made it known that rice water can be regarded as the simplest cleanser you can ever make and use it as much as you have rice in your kitchen, a burner, pot, and water. It is that simple.

Is rice water good for the skin?

I can’t emphasize less the benefits of rice water for your skin. just as said earlier in this post that the Japanese and Korean believe in the wonders this natural emollient can do to the skin and hair. 

That has made them stick to it for their beautiful skin look. And no doubt about this, it has worked for them and it is still working for them.

Good enough it has gained ground in every part of the world and Nigeria is not left out. Most people have now made this emollient as a source of beauty.

This means that rice water does not go to waste again.

When used on the skin, it can soothe the skin and give the skin a defined skin tone and also improve the skin texture in every way round.  

You can always put it in a container and keep it refrigerated so that you will be able to use it more than once. 

That is what I have been doing for some time since I knew about the benefit of rice water for the skin.

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It does not go sour or have a weird scent and can be used more often when kept in a refrigerator but I wouldn’t suggest you use it for more than seven days.

How to make rice water

Voila!  It is quite simple and all you need is:

  • Raw rice
  • Water
  • Burner
  • Pot

I am sure you have all those in the kitchen, I just wanted to use that as a reminder. Put your raw rice in the pot, add some water to it( Let the water be a bit plenty so that you can have enough rice water that will last you a week or two), light your burner, and place your pot on it.

Don’t add salt or any other ingredient to it then let it boil for 20-25 minutes depending on how fast your burner is. The next thing is to extract the water from the rice. Put it in a container, and let it cool before you use it.

You can as well store the remaining in your refrigerator. Rice water is known to have a long lifespan, but I will suggest that you shouldn’t keep it for long. A week is awesome.

I have seen blog posts where they suggest that you keep it for 3 weeks, but I guess it is just better to keep it for a week.

Soaking method: How to make rice water

The majority of people love the second method because it is as easy and fast as people think it is. All you have to do is properly rinse your rice to get rid of insects and specks of dirt if it has any.

Then soak it for 40 minutes. most people will suggest that you soak it for 30 minutes, but I have tried it before, and it is not as good as soaking it for long.

When the rice is well soaked, strain the water and keep it stored in a clean container, and put it in a refrigerator.



As most people claim that this process is the fastest, it doesn’t seem fast to me and it does look stressful to me. I prepare the rice boiling method and I see it easier and faster.

Benefits of rice water for your skin in Nigeria

You have come a long way and I am glad you set to this interesting part of this blog post. I know you want a remedy that wants a remedy that won’t cost you more time, money, and yet is very effective.

Let us delve in.

6.Anti-aging

According to a study carried out using 12 volunteers, it was made known that a gel formulation that contains rice water on human skin can serve as antioxidants that will inhibit the activity of enzymes that can damage the elasticity of the skin and slow down rapidly the signs of aging and premature aging.

rice water for anti-aging.

This was carried out for 28 days and it shows a drastic reduction of facial aging in most of the volunteers.

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All you have to do is:

  • Extract your rice water
  • Get cotton wool
  • Dip it in your rice water and gently dab it into your face

5Shrink large pores

Rice water has been known for its ability to make large pores shrink. Generally, large pores are a result of oil clogging the pores. 

So you can just use rice water to open up those clogged pores and tighten the pores.

4.Soothe dry skin

According to Royce G.Morse from Healthline rice water is known to help soothe dry skin and curb irritation that could be caused by sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) ingredient found in skincare products). 

It is made known that using rice water two times a day can help to curb irritation caused by SLS in skincare products and soothe dry skin.

3. Rice water for face exfoliation

This is just like how it is used to shrink large pores, it can be used for facial exfoliation purposes. If you want to get rid of dead skin cells on your skin and get rid of extra oil hiding in your pores, all you need to do is to:

rice water for exfoliation.
  • Put your rice water in a bowl
  • Add brown sugar to it
  • Dip your cotton wool in it
  • Scrub it into your face till every speck of dirt is removed

You can try this 2-5 times a week and your skin will be free from dead skin and also free from horrible breakout.

2.Improve skin damage from sunburn

Like I used to emphasize in most of my blog posts that you should never step out of the house without using a sunscreen of SPF at least 30 to avoid the harsh judgment of dangerous ultraviolet radiation.

rice water to soothe sunburn.

This UVR can cause lots of damages to the skin like sunburn, wrinkles, premature aging, and cancer. so what should you do when the skin has been damaged due to exposure to the sun?

  • Soak or boil your rice to get water
  • Apply directly to your skin with a cotton wool
  • Let it stay on your skin for 30 minutes
  • Rinse off and repeat at night

I have seen people ask questions like can rice water clear sunburn? Yes with the method you can clear sunburn in no much time. 

According to a study made by some scholars (www.ncbi.nim.nih.gov) it is made known about the effectiveness of rice water and how it can be used to treat lots of skin issues and facts you need to know about skin damage and aging.



1.Brighten the skin

There is something rice water is known for and it is the presence of kojic acid. Kojic acid as one of the most noted ingredients in rice is known for its ability to brighten the skin.

Kojic acid in rice will help to brighten the skin, fade scar tissues by lowering tyrosine production and give the skin a perfect glow.

6 benefits of rice water for the skin.

Talking of a DIY at-home remedy for skin brightening without the downside, then you will want to give this natural skin brighter a short.

That is one of the major reason why the Japanese and Korean has made it their source of bright and blemish-free skin.

It can fade scars, dark spots, blemishes and give the skin a clearer skin tone.

Conclusion on the benefits of rice water for the skin.

For a long now, rice water has been the missing emollient in most people’s skincare regimen and I am glad that you have been able to learn some things about the great emollient in this blog post.

The benefit of rice water is not only limited to the skin alone as it has lots of benefits to offer to human hair and general health. Today we only talk about the skin and very soon I will make a blog post on its effectiveness on hair and human health generally.

Over to you

Have you ever used this emollient before today? What do you have to say about its effectiveness? Do you think of giving it a shot? What other thing does rice water does to the skin?

Kindly put it in the comment section and let us rub minds together.

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