Confession: Reddit is probably my biggest addiction as of late. Not only do I fangirl over the ingenious recipes, bra-hacks, and TV show theories found on countless subreddits, but it’s probably the best way to find off-the-cuff beauty tips I have never even heard of. Take Asian Beauty Reddit for example. Not only have I discovered ingenious hacks and product discoveries, but I’ve also stumbled upon an awesome DIY rice water recipe that costs under $5 to make.
"Rice is a traditional beauty ingredient that's been passed down through the generations, very much a part of Korea's beauty legacy," says Yoon.
My routine usually consists of double-step cleansing twice a day, so while the idea of ditching my foaming cleansers seemed extremely challenging, I was very eager to simplify my routine. Instead of piling on the serums and facial oils, I wanted to focus more on my rice water wash, especially since I was going to use it religiously for the next seven days. Now making the wash was fairly easy. Alicia Yoon recommended steeping organic white or brown rice in purified water for about 30 minutes, without cooking or boiling it.
Following the same routine from yesterday, I continued to use a cotton ball to evenly apply my water on my face. So far, I really liked the results. Not only was the wash super mild on my acne-prone skin, but my face continued to feel pretty soft and matte, despite the cold frigid air outside.
I began to suspect scaling back on my products may have contributed to this newfound softness. Yes, brightening serums definitely give my face a natural glow, but layering too many products on my skin has caused too much oiliness and unwanted breakouts in the past.
Even on the third day, my face still felt soft and oil-free. I really liked how the rice gave my face a natural shine, without looking too oily. My rice water was still practically odorless, and despite having a milky white color, it effectively removed any dirt and impurities on my face.
Continuously washing with rice oil still reaped positive effects on day four. The slick oil patches on my forehead and nose areas became nice and matte, plus a pre-existing zit above my eyebrow seemed to be fading away pretty nicely.
Here’s a closer look at my skin. While there is still a massive amount of acne scarring, my acne-prone skin didn’t become a temperamental mess after trying something completely new.
My rice water wash also had a positive effect on my makeup performance too, as the mattifying effect from the rice allowed my makeup products (foundations, concealers, etc) to go on evenly without any grease. Even when it came time to take everything off, my face wasn't flaking or greasy when I washed once again.
When I usually wear a full face of makeup, I start to see blackheads and pimples form the very next day. Thankfully, this wasn't a problem this time around, as my face was pretty matte, despite wearing infinite layers of foundation the day before.
While my acne scarring didn’t really improve, I will say that my skin overall really appreciated going product free for the past week. Not only was the rice water really mild and gentle on my skin, but the softer and matte feeling of my face has been really promising.
Would I probably need a little more time to see if this would have even a greater brightening effect on my face? Most likely, yes. However, it was more than awesome to use an effective and inexpensive beauty hack I could use again and again.
Should You Cleanse With Rice Water?
While I didn't notice any major changes to my skin's appearance, I will admit that my complexion felt a lot smoother and oil-free than before. Of course, that doesn't mean that double-step cleansing with coconut oil may have helped my skin, but I felt that the organic rice water definitely worked wonders on any existing oil and grease. But despite my positive experiences with my wash, it's important to remember that it's best to change your water every couple of days. Sometimes rice can contain traces of dirt and pesticides, making it important to approach any DIY recipe with caution.