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Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in Anti Aging, DIY Remedies, Facials, Skin Care | 47 comments

Rice Water Skin Care

Rice Water Skin Care

Rice Water Skin Care is one of the BIGGEST skin care secrets of Asia! I really wish more people here in the U.S.A. were open to the idea of a more natural skin care treatment for skin lightening rather than using expensive skin whitening serums. Rice water skin care is an amazing solution for many skin care issues that’s cheap and most importantly effective! Read about how to use rice water skin care with photos and read my experience with rice water skin care.

Rice Water Skin Care is great for all skin types. No matter how complicated your skin care regimen is, rice water is an easy step to add! The most exciting thing about using rice water on your skin is that you see and feel a huge difference after one use!
Watch the video I made for this blog post below:

Rice Water Skin Care Benefits

Rice water can give your skin a flawless porcelain finish and even lighten and whiten your skin over time – better then expensive skin whitening serums. When I mean whiten, I’m referring to removing hyperpigmentation,  age spots, and sun spots.
You can also expect to see it help firm up your skin and reduce your pore size. This would explain the smoothness I always experience!

Rice water is full of skin loving vitamins, minerals, especially PABA, allantonin, and ferullic acids, especially antioxidants that have an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin.

Rice Water Skin Care – How to Make Rice Water – Step 1

I’ve tried all types of rice this last year to find the best rice to use when making rice water. The brand of rice that I recommend is called Nishiki Premium Grade Rice. It’s Medium grain rice specially selected. For 5 lbs it costs $6.59 USD. I use this brand to create delectable sushi dishes with but in this situation, I end up being the real dish in this winning skin care routine ;) shhh! Try it! ;) You can use any white rice to make rice water, this brand is just my personal favorite!


rice water skin care

rice water skin care step 1

– Get an airtight container
– Scoop 4 TBSP. of uncooked raw rice into the container

rice water skin care

rice for skin care

Rice Water Skin Care – How to Make Rice Water – Step 2

rice water

– Pour a generous amount of purified water into the container. I’m using cold bottled water right out of my refrigerator so it will be nice and cold when I apply this fresh mixture to my skin. (Coldness closes your pores)

making rice water

Rice Water Skin Care – How to Make Rice Water – Step 3

– Place the lid on the container and give it a good shake.
– Allow the rice water to sit for ten minutes

milky white rice water

Rice Water Skin Care – How to Make Rice Water – Step 4

The rice water will look very milky white after ten minutes. You won’t be able to see the rice underwater! Pick up some of the rice under water and notice it’s becoming a little translucent! Pretty huh?

soaking rice

Look how milky white the rice water is! I’m tilting the container and you can’t even see through the rice water!

milky white rice water for skin care

Rice Water Skin Care – How to Make Rice Water – Step 5

Take a cotton pad or paper towel and soak up some of the rice water and gently pat it onto your face. Allow the rice water to soak into your skin and dry. I love to let it dry on my face and reapply more rice water to get a good dose of rice water for my skin! When the rice water dries on my face, my skin feels so soft and looks so luminous that I feel like I don’t even need makeup! If you do decide to wear foundation, it will apply so smoothly onto you skin.

making rice water

Here’s my makeup-free skin getting a good dose of rice water. Let it soak in for five minutes and apply more.

rice water skin care

The results of using the rice water! yay! I’m really pleased with the smoothness and glow it gives my skin! My pores are super tight and my skin is smoother than silk! This could be a makeup free day! Who am I kidding? I’m going to add some blush and color to my face. I have done some makeup free days with rice water and my skin feels baby soft all day! Try it! You can also use rice water just like a skin toner. This is a great inexpensive way to pamper your skin! I love to take the leftover rice water onto my neck, hands, and arms.

rice water benefits silky smooth skin

Store the rice water you made in and air tight container placed in your refrigerator up to four days! You can cook the rice grains instead of throwing them away! ;)

store rice water in refrigerator

Thank you for reading about Rice Water Skin Care! Please share this article with anyone that wants to lighten their sun spots, age spots, and hyperpigmentation. Looking for more skin care tips? Read my Top Ten Anti Aging Skin Care Tips here

-Jen xo

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As an authority of skin care and beauty products, my goal is to inspire and educate women providing them honest reviews of beauty products and sharing my own personal results. I am inspired by Estée Lauder and her quote, "Beauty is an attitude. There's no secret. Why are all brides beautiful? Because on their wedding day they care about how they look. There are no ugly women - only women who don't care or who don't believe they're attractive."

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  1. Do you rinse the rice water off after letting it dry?

    • Hi Meagan,
      Don’t rinse the rice water off your face, keep it on. :)

  2. I totally agree. I have Asian/German roots. It’s nearly impossible to buy skin whitening beauty products here in Germany, because most of the German girls and woman prefer tanned skin. A home made rice water toner acts great as a mild bleaching agent, it’s cheap and gives my skin smooth and a healthy glow.

  3. dear jean
    my daughter is having atopic demertities (Dry skin ). nowerdays her condition is very bad, all night echin. i hope this can apply for her skin . pls advice

  4. If I’m also using the baking soda as a cleanser & olive oil/sweet almond oil as a moisturizer, what order do I use them in?

    Is it baking soda then rice water then oil or baking soda then oil then rice water? I have to put on makeup afterwards…

    Thanks :)

    • Hi Sharon,
      I would first use the olive oil and then use the baking soda as a cleanser/exfoliate and last use the rice water. :)

    • Hi Sharon,
      I would first use the olive oil and then use the baking soda as a cleanser/exfoliate and last use the rice water. :)
      Good luck,

      • OK. I will try it! I have a job interview in four days & I want my skin to look its best. :)

  5. If u want lighter skin using this how fast can u see results how many shades can u lighten skin cause I want to get back to my original skin color

    • You can achieve your natural skin color usually people get results withing 1 month and also when you wear a high spf everyday.

  6. do i have to start with a clean face first before using the rice water? or i can i just go ahead and rub the rice water into my face?

    • Yes! Usually before you put any beauty products on your face, you want to make sure your face is clean. Take off any makeup or dirt you have on your face first. That way the rice water can touch your skin better. :)

  7. hi jen ,

    can i use boiled/cooked rice water on my face?

    • No, use uncooked rice water on your face. This makes sure all the nutrients are all still intact.

  8. Dear Jen

    I find your reviews very interesting. I have tried couple of products and consulted dermatologist too for pimple treatment. I have done chemical peeling and microdermabrasion too. But I am afraid that regular peeling could be harmful for my skin in the longrum and want to use some herbal remedy or creams instead rather than those peelings and microdermabrasion for pimpleas ans scars. Is this rice water therapy is suitable for oily/acne prone skin. Can we wash our face with rice water and keep it overnight? Will this cause eruption of pimples? What do you suggest for lightening pimple marks and blackheads on nose? I will be thankful if you could suggest some products- night cream, under eye cream suitable for pimple prone skin.I am 25 and would be interested to know produtcs that contains anti-aging effects too.Thanks..

    • Hi, Yes the rice water is good for all skin types. It won’t irritate your skin. You can wash it off and apply your regular acne routine medicines. This should help lighten hyper pigmentation over time. For blackheads on your nose, I recommend using clay masks like this one that also has anti aging properties like you requested

  9. Is rice water good for dry skin and do I have to use a moisturizer after it dries?

    • Hi Chrissy,
      If you have dry skin regardless, I would moisturize after. The rice water will not dry out your skin otherwise.

  10. Thanks Jen! I’ll give it a try.

  11. I just read your article on How To Remove Under Eye Wrinkles Fast, Aug 12, 2013. I cannot wait to try it. I do have a question about whether you can use the rice ‘milk’ on the wrinkles under your brow and down to the lid. I wasn’t able to post the question with that article, so I am posting it here. Thank you so much for all your advice. I just found you site today and am anxious to try your suggestions!

    Do you think this will work on the wrinkles under my eyebrow? I don’t know why it wouldn’t be safe to try, but thought I’d ask anyway. PS-I tried some rice-related skin products last year and loved them, but they were too expensive. Those products were based on the rice ‘milk’ that is used by Geishas. Thanks so much for passing this info along! Susan

    • You’re welcome Susie,
      yes, I think this will also help with wrinkles. It works really great on any hyperpigmentation. For deep wrinkles, i’d try rose hip oil.

  12. Hi Jen- It should be ok to put the rice water all around the eye, right? I am starting to get wrinkles under my eyebrows. I am hoping this rice water will help with that. I read your article about getting rid of wrinkles under the eyes but I wasn’t sure if those oils can be used on the eyelids. Also, do you think the rice water will help with rosacea? Thanks for everything! Susan

    • I think you should try rose hip oil or olive oil for roseacea.

  13. Hi I read ur article and the comments. Im currently using a rejuvenating toner for my pimples. Because i really have a bad case of it. What should I do first, the toner or the rice wash? Will the rice wash affect the toner’s effectivity? And how many times can I use it since my face is also oily?
    Sorry if I have tones of questions I’d do anything to lessen the outbreak. :(

    • If you have bad acne, I would just stick to using the toner. I wouldn’t want your toner to get washed away. Also, please try this all natural acne facial that also helped my skin. This facial has changed people’s lives. I wish you all the luck,

  14. So I soak the rice in the water and the nutrients go on our skin. But when we eat the rice, will all of the nutrients not be eaten? It’s very important for me to get the nutrients inside of my body too. Also, why can we only store it for four days?
    Thank you! :)

    • Not everything gets soaked up into your skin. There’s still nutrients in the rice. Generally it’s smart to only store leftovers or food in the refrigerator up to four days. This is because bacteria will grow and the food is unsafe to consume. For example, if you had a glass of milk and you left it out of the refrigerator for the entire day, you probably would not want to drink it. The milk will get warm and grow bacteria. Food spoils. It does not last forever unfortunately.

  15. i used rice water to get fair skin and beautiful hairs.

  16. How about using brown rice….cooked or uncooked? It has more nutrients than white, but I’m not sure if the goal of whitening face is better achieved with white rice.

    • The problem with brown rice is that it still has the shell around it, making it brown. With white rice, the shell is removed and the white rice is exposed. I’d go with white rice.

  17. Can you please suggest anything for hyper pigmentation?

  18. Hi, i am a little brown but if you use rice water could you get a natural color (So a little bit brown) Or can you at least get whiter than that?

    • You can remove the sun damage and have your lightest color you were born with before you gained sun damage. That make sense?

  19. I am gonna try this! I love natural skin care. Have you ever thought about grinding the rice- in a coffee grinder- and then soaking? I wonder if it would make a higher concentration of the good stuff..I also wonder if you could add a bit of water to the ground powder to make a paste and use it like a leave on mask for a more intensive treatment…looks like I’m gonna have fun trying this out! LOL I also wonder if the grinder gets it powdery enough if you could dust it on like face powder…I know I’ve seen actual rice powder sold in a pressed cake block for faces….hmmmmm. Love kitchen chemistry :P

    • Hi there Jennifer M. actually did think of grinding if I could get it to a fine powder. A masque sounds like a great idea! :) Please lkeep me posted if you give that a try! Sounds like a great idea. Yes, I have also seen rice flower in the grocery store – next to the chickpea flour. If you want to try a masque, you could always just pour some rice water into any other home made masque recipe. I’m huge fan of natural skin care too. Good luck!

  20. Hi, thanks for the nice post! I like tanned skin but can I still use this rice water, or it will lighten my skin a lot? Is it good to prevent acne too?
    God bless! Thanks.

    • Rice water can help with acne scars. You can control how light your skin will become. The more you use it, the lighter your skin will get.

      • Thank you! One more question, I read in other posts that you first have to boil the rice to get all the nutrients, then let the water cool and then apply it to your skin, is that really necessary?

  21. Am dark in complexion I love your post on rice water. The uses my question is after drainig the water can I keep the rice for tomorrow or new rice for each new day again can I use soap when using the rice water or just use the rice water after using soap to rinse my body. Can I dry my body when I finish or just allow the rice water to dry up.can I still use my body cream when my body dries.any natural good soap for black ladies. Thanks.

    • Hi Maureen,
      Yes, you can keep the rice water in an air tight container for up to four days. I like to make the rice water and keep the rice in the container. I like to let it dry naturally on my skin, but yes you can wipe it off. Yes, you can use your moisturizer or body cream and even serums after using rice water. Thank you for visiting my website.
      XO Jen

  22. hi i just came across your website today,and am so impressed ,am learning lot of new things please can you tell me the best sequence to take care of my face.

    • I can give you custom steps. What is your skin type and age? Also does you skin have any special needs?

  23. Hi Jen,
    I love natural skin care! I don’t use make-up nor any chemical infested masks, or my skin breaks out, the only thing I put on is lotion, so my question basically is, after I put on this mask I wash it off, can I put lotion? Or will the oils of the lotion cause break outs? Also, what temperature water do I wash off the rice water mask? Thank you for your time!

    • Hi Jessica, are you using a natural lotion? Because lotions are jammed with chemicals usually. You can wash off the rice water with room temp water, however I recommend you leave it on your skin all day.

  24. you can still eat the rice. Rice is generally an empty calorie because it’s carbs, once it’s eaten it turn into glucose, a sugar. I’d rather soak it and use it for my skin rather than eat it.


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