Fermented rice water – beauty myth, or verified beauty hack? After seeing a few posts on social media talking about the benefits of fermented rice water for curly hair, I had to investigate for myself.
Fermented rice water for use on hair and skin is a beauty tip that goes way, way, way back and involves precisely three ingredients: rice, water and time.
Before I began my journey into the world of fermented rice water I did lots and lots and lots of research and, to be honest, most of the reported benefits are purely anecdotal. Still, many users have reported that using fermented rice water has helped improved the overall condition of their hair and skin.
Techniques for creating fermented rice water vary. This is the recipe I used:
1 – Rinse one cup of rice until the water turns clear.
2 – Soak rice (covered) in 2 cups of water for two days.
4 – If desired, use the leftover rice as a body scrub. It hasn’t caused any drain issues for me yet!
After using fermented rice water on my hair for over a month, I can’t say for sure if my hair’s become stronger. I shampoo my hair, spray it throughout my hair, scrub my body and shave and then rinse the fermented rice water afterward. I’ll add a bit of conditioner to the ends of my hair. Nothing incredibly groundbreaking has occurred to my hair as a result. The crown of my hair isn’t as oily, but maybe that’s because I’m not putting a ton of conditioner there anymore?
As far as my skin, I can definitely for sure vouch for the fact that the antioxidants that exist in fermented rice water give my skin an upgrade in the glow department. Apparently the water contains pitera which is the main ingredient in luxury brand SK-II’s skincare regimen.
I’ve been using fermented rice water on my hair for a month, so I’m going to give it a few more weeks to see if any improvement happens!
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