When I come across something fabulous, the first thing I want to do is share it. Usually, things that make me rave cost money. Fermented rice water is not only a superb skincare product, it's FREE too! Here's the recipe.
Fermented rice water is a very old beauty secret that I only discovered recently. It is a technique that has been used throughout Asia for at least hundreds of years.
It is known to strengthen hair as a hair rinse, and to moisturize, even skin tone, and smooth skin! Supposedly, the wildly popular SKII Facial Treatment Essence is based off of fermented rice water.
I trialed this as a homemade toner and face mist for a few weeks to determine its efficacy. And, wow, this stuff really works!
1. Uncooked white rice
2. Water - purified water if you live in a place with hard water
3. Clean spritzer - not required, but really handy. I got mine at Target in the travel section, and the nozzle can be adjusted to a very fine mist.
Step 1. Clean the rice two times by swirling it in some water for 20 seconds each time. Drain out the milky water and discard for each rinse.
Step 2. Put fresh clean water back in with the rice and swirl lightly.
Step 3. Drain just the water into your spritzer or container.
The toner is now ready for use! I spray and pat this directly on my freshly-washed face 2 times a day, once in the morning and another time at night. Other products such as sunscreen, lotion, etc can be applied on top after it has dried. And, since it is so affordable, I liberally spray this on my entire body after a shower.
For the first time in 21 years, I have had NO acne in over a week, and skin feels moisturized but not oily. And, even my hubby remarked at how super soft my skin feels. My lips have needed much less chapstick too!
There are online sources that state that this solution can only be used up to 4 days and some report the rice water getting stinky over time.
The first two times I made this, I have been able to use the solution for more than a week. As the rice water gets older (ferments more), it became sweeter smelling. The odor is very mild and not unpleasant.
The third time I made this, it did get mildly stinky on the fourth day. I dumped it out immediately. Once it's stinky, it probably has bad bacteria in it!
Some tips to avoid the rice water from going bad:
1. Thoroughly wash the rice in the first step, so the rice water collected is not as murky. Please see the image above to see the opacity of the rice water.
2. Clean your container thoroughly with a little face wash and water before putting new rice water in.
3. Smell the rice water before use. Throw it out if it's stinky.
4. Start with fresh fermented rice water every week.
5. (Optional) Store the liquid in the fridge after setting out the solution at room temperature for the first 24 hours.
Disclaimer: Neither I or anyone else at Lollipuff are dermatologists or in healthcare. What may work for one person may react differently for another.