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Rice Water for Skin – Benefits & How to Make DIY Rice Water Face Toner

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There are many ways you can use rice water for skin that is dull, lifeless, acne prone or dehydrated. But this DIY face toner is the best, yet incredibly simple to make, using only rice water, aloe vera gel and lavender essential oil. Check out what these three powerful ingredients can do for your skin…

Living the way we live, we put a lot of pressure on our skin. It constantly has to deal with pollution, UV rays, junk food and inconsistent care. Yet, we expect it to look clear, youthful and radiant all the time, so we cover imperfections with tons of makeup that is full of chemicals.

And be honest – do you always remove it before going to bed?

Simply put, our skin needs some rest. A bit of organic, natural care. Lots of hydration, vitamins and antioxidants. And you can make in your own home a product that can cover all of that.

I’m talking, of course, about DIY face toner that is based on rice water, with aloe vera gel and lavender essential oil.

You’ve probably already heard that rice water is great for skin. Many girls use it on its own, as a restoring, rebalancing face toner. But mixed with the other two ingredients, it makes a powerful combination that can really make a difference in your skin.

This is a very simple 3-ingredient DIY face toner you can make in no time. You can use it every day instead of your regular face toner, or just spritz a bit of it on your face every time you feel it needs some extra hydration. And since you should keep it in the fridge in between uses, it is very refreshing and it helps tighten enlarged pores.

Here’s how each ingredient contributes to the benefits of this rice water face toner:

Benefits of Rice Water for Skin

Rice plays a big role in Asian skincare culture. Especially Japanese women like to use rice water to enhance the beauty of their skin, make it soft and supple and preserve its youthful appearance.

Rice contains many nutrients and antioxidants, such as vitamins B1, C and E, ferulic acid, allantoin… These are all very important for a healthy looking skin and glowing complexion.

Rice water brightens the skin, tightens enlarged pores and fades acne marks, aging spots, uneven suntan and other skin imperfections. It lightens and evens out your complexion and adds “milky” glow to your skin.

You can also use rice water to rehydrate the skin, make it plump and supple and prevent wrinkles and fine lines. It also makes the skin incredibly soft and smooth. You can use it on its own or make this amazing DIY face toner.

How to make rice water (for skin toner):

An infographic showing how to make rice water (for skin toner)

If you’ve never made rice water before and you’re not quite sure how to make it, don’t worry – it couldn’t be any easier. Here’s a very simple guide:

When making rice water for skin care products, it is best to use jasmine rice. But you can use any white rice, as long as it is organic (chemical and toxin-free). You will need:

  • 3 tablespoons rice
  • ¼ cup water

Put the rice in a strainer and rinse it really fast, just to remove any possible debris, but so that you don’t wash off the good stuff that the rice has for your skin. Put the rice into a bowl and cover with water. Let it soak for 2 hours (or even better – overnight).

After that time, strain the rice and keep the water. Either pour it into a spray bottle and use on its own, or follow the recipe down below, to enhance its beauty benefits even further.

Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel for Skin

Aloe vera is called “miracle plant” for its amazing healing and cosmetic properties. Its gel is full of moisture, vitamins A, B, C and E, salicylic acid and many enzymes, minerals and amino acids.

Aloe vera gel hydrates the skin and makes it plump, supple and radiant. It brightens the complexion and clears out skin imperfections, including even small scars. It has amazing anti-inflammatory properties.

You can use aloe vera gel to treat acne, acne scars, skin dehydration and even sunburns and small wounds. It is also an amazing anti-aging agent that protects the skin against free radicals, prevents wrinkles and fine lines and improves the texture and elasticity of your skin.

Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil for Skin

Lavender essential oil is an aromatherapy oil that soothes our senses and helps our body to relax. But applied topically, it also has many benefits for your skin. It nourishes the skin and has an anti-aging effect.

Lavender oil has antibacterial properties that help in controlling acne and preventing future breakouts. It also unclogs pores and has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.

If you want, you can replace lavender oil with some other essential oil that is suitable for your skin type. For example, you can use tea tree oil if you have acne and acne scars, vitamin E oil to prevent premature aging signs, etc.

Whichever oil you choose, it is very important to patch-test it before using it on your face.

DIY Face Toner with Rice Water – Recipe

An infographic showing a recipe for DIY face toner with rice waterIngredients:

  • ¼ cup rice water
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons aloe vera gel
  • 5 – 10 drops lavender essential oil (or less, if your skin is sensitive)
  • carrier oil – optional (If you have very dry skin, you can add 1 tablespoon of any natural oil (jojoba, olive, sweet almond, macadamia, avocado etc.))
  • matcha green tea powder – optional (You can add ½ – 1 teaspoon of matcha powder if you have acne or uneven complexion, to even further enhance the benefits of rice water for your skin.)

How to Make DIY Rice Water Face Toner

Once you have your rice water ready, you can make this face toner in under 5 minutes. All you have to do is add the aloe vera gel and lavender essential oil to the rice water. Stir thoroughly until everything is dissolved.

You can pour your toner into a dropper bottle, spray bottle or any other glass bottle. Later on, you can apply it with cotton balls or simply by spraying a small amount to your clean face. Shake the bottle before every use. Keep the rice water toner in the fridge in between uses (it should be OK to use for 7 – 10 days).

Now, here’s a very important part – do not let the toner completely dry on your face! If it does, it might dehydrate your skin. Instead, while your skin is still slightly damp, apply a face cream, to lock in that moisture. The cream will seal the toner into your skin and make your skin plump, supple and well-hydrated for much, much longer.

What I like to do is apply some natural oil (coconut at the moment, but jojoba is great, too) instead of my face cream. I apply it while there’s still quite a bit of the toner of my skin and sort of mix them right on my skin.

Usually when I apply an oil, it sits there for hours. But this way, my skin absorbs it really fast (the rice water and oil mix on my skin and pretty much form a face cream).

My skin looks great after that – it gets all glowing, plump and smooth. I’ll get acne from constantly touching my face, but my skin gets so soft, I just can’t resist… 🙂 Seriously – using rice water for my skin is one of the best skincare choices I’ve ever made.

So, that is it. That is the best way to use rice water for your skin. Commit yourself to making this DIY face toner once a week and using it every day, and it will hydrate and purify your skin, make it plump and supple and give you that dewy, milky glow.


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