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How to Use Rice Water for Your Skin (Shortcuts Included!)

by Nikola Saric 26 Sep 2023

Alright beauty aficionados, gather 'round, because we're diving deep into the ancient secret of rice water for radiant skin. 


Yes, that same rice water our grandmas have been raving about! 

Well, the hype's real, and we're here to spill the tea (or, erm, rice water) on the matter.

The History of Rice in Skincare

Gather 'round, my beauty historians, for we are about to embark on a sumptuous journey through time. 

The soft rustle of rice fields will be our soundtrack, and tales of ageless beauty our guide.

Now, let’s set our time machine: Picture the ancient lands of Asia, where rice wasn't just the heart of meals, but also the soul of skincare. 

Dynasties ago, before serums and skin tech were buzzwords, women in palaces, with skin as delicate as porcelain, had an ace up their sleeve: rice.

In ancient Japan, geishas, those ethereal beauties, soaked their delicate kimonos in rice water, using the rinse to wash their faces. 

The result? A complexion that mirrored the luminosity of the moon. Over in China, rice water was considered a bath-time essential for royalty. Imagine Queen Yang Guifei, lauded as one of China’s Four Great Beauties, basking in the milky richness of rice water, her skin soaking up its goodness.

What made these ancient civilizations turn to this grain? 

Apart from its ubiquity, rice water held unique skin-loving properties. As it turns out, when the wisdom of ancients meets modern science, we uncover a treasure.

The Science Behind the Magic

Hold onto your beauty hats, for we're diving deep, beyond the surface, into the microscopic marvels that make rice water the elixir it’s renowned to be.

First, meet Inositol.

Think of it as the ever-reliable caretaker of your skin. A carbohydrate present in rice water, inositol has the unique ability to boost cell metabolism and promote cell growth. 

But here’s the real showstopper: even after you rinse it off, inositol keeps working its magic, slowing down the aging process and working overtime to keep your skin youthful.

Next, the unsung heroes: Amino Acids.

They're like the personal trainers for your skin, promoting collagen production, repairing surface damage, and ensuring your skin remains elastic and supple. Amino acids in rice water also help reduce redness and act as a gentle guard against the sun's fierce rays.

But what’s a skincare party without some vitamins?

Rice water boasts a cocktail of Vitamins B and E, and they're not just tagging along; they're the life of the skincare party. Vitamin B nourishes and rejuvenates, helping shed off fatigue and dullness. 

Vitamin E? It's nature's shield, protecting your skin from harmful free radicals and environmental aggressors.

Together, these compounds turn rice water from a simple starchy liquid into a powerhouse potion. The ancients might not have had the scientific tools we possess, but they observed, experimented, and reaped the rewards, setting the foundation for the rituals we celebrate today.

So, there you have the ‘why?’ of using rice water on your skin. 

Now let’s get into the ‘how?’...

1. Cleansing: Starting Fresh

Ah, cleansing - it's like the "once upon a time" of our skincare tale. Let's embark on a fascinating beauty journey.

For the DIY Diva

The simplicity of rice and water might make you wonder, “Is that it?” 

Well, the answer lies in the depth of tradition, where something so unassuming holds transformative powers.

Rice Water Cleanse Recipe


  • 1/2 cup of organic rice
  • 2 cups of water


  1. Firstly, give that rice a gentle rinse. Why? It's not about cleanliness alone; it’s about retaining the very essence of rice that's beneficial for your skin.

  2. Now, let your rice luxuriate in that water. A 30-minute soak isn't just a waiting game. During this time, the rice releases ferulic acid and other essential vitamins. These little wonders are the agents of glow and radiance.

  3. Strain out your golden elixir. There you have it, a potion brimming with antioxidants and minerals.

When massaging it onto your face, you’re not just cleaning; you're pampering with nutrients. That minute of massage is a moment of pure indulgence. By rinsing it off, you'll instantly feel your skin thanking you for the detox.

Swamped with a 9-5 (or, let's be real, 9-9)?

We get it. Time's a luxury. This is where the science of beauty meets tradition.

Introducing Shinbi's Rice Clear Cleanser. Born from the depths of Japanese tradition, this J-Beauty cleanser is more than its luxurious texture and refreshing scent.

With fermented rice water (making the nutrients more accessible to your skin), sake extract and Japanese green tea extract, this 98% naturally derived cleanser doesn't stop at removing impurities. It ensures that the skin's natural sebum, its protective layer, stays intact (we say that because many cleansers strip this away, leaving your skin dry and vulnerable).

So, whether you're reaching for a bowl of rice or a bottle of our Rice Clear Cleanser, know that you're part of a tradition. One that cherishes purity, radiance, and the age-old secrets of beauty.

2. Toning: Balance It Out, Babe!

After the beautiful cleanse, you'd think your skin's concert is almost over. 

But hold that thought! The next act, my friend, is toning. 

The unsung hero of skincare, toning balances your skin's pH, ensuring it's not too dry or oily. Think of it as tuning an instrument, setting the right tone for the symphony that is your skincare routine.

For the DIY Darling

There's a certain joy in crafting something with your own hands, especially when it's as refreshingly simple as this toner.

Crafting Your Rice Water Toner


  • Leftover rice water from your cleanser (See? Waste not, want not!)


  1. Pour your freshly strained rice water into a bottle.

  2. Chill it, baby! Pop that bottle into the fridge for about an hour. The cold rice water not only feels heavenly on the skin, but it also helps tighten those pores and soothe inflammation.

  3. Ready for application? Soak a cotton pad, dab away, and swipe across your face. The cool sensation is instant, but the true magic lies in the ferulic acid and other essential vitamins present in the rice water. These champions tone, hydrate, and offer a subtle radiance.

After this delightful DIY ritual, your face will hum a tune of freshness, thanking you for the natural, nourishing treat.

For Those in the Fast Lane

Sometimes life's pace can be, well, relentless. The world waits for no one, and nor should your skin. 

DIY option too time-intensive? Our luscious Rice Water Toner might be your best friend. 

One spritz of this toner and your skin is instantly rejuvenated, balanced, and ever-so-glowy. And while it's quick and no-fuss, know that each ingredient has been chosen with care, rooted in traditions that span centuries.

3. Face Mask: The Ultimate Pampering Session

Face masks aren't just a skincare step; they're a mini escape from reality, a slice of zen, a mini spa session right in the coziness of your home. 

It's where the magic truly happens - you're layering on goodness, and then you sit back, sip some tea, and let the ingredients dance on your skin. 

Let's pull back the curtain on this superstar!

Rice Water Masks for the DIY Enthusiast


  • 2 tbsp rice flour
  • 4 tbsp rice water (your natural treasure trove of vitamins and minerals)


  1. Marry the rice flour and rice water in a bowl. Stir until they become one, forming a smooth, lump-free paste. The consistency is key here; too runny, and it'll drip; too thick, and it won't spread evenly.

  2. Start with a cleansed face. Using your fingertips or a brush, apply the mask, carefully avoiding the sensitive eye and mouth areas.

  3. This is the Zen moment. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. This is your 'me time.' Read a book, meditate, or simply close your eyes and relax.

  4. Time's up! Rinse with lukewarm water. As the mask washes away, it takes with it impurities and leaves your skin feeling rejuvenated, softer, and with an enviable brightness. Why? Because rice water, rich in amino acids, brightens the skin and the rice flour exfoliates gently, revealing fresher skin underneath.

After this DIY treatment, your skin will wear a grateful, radiant smile.

For Those Seeking Instant Radiance

Reading this article’s the most downtime you’ve had all week? Grab our Rice Cream Melting Mask and cut out the legwork.

Developed with the precision unique to Japanese skincare, this luxurious mask doesn't just sit atop your skin; it melts right in, allowing every pore to sip on its nourishing goodness. Hence ‘melting’! 

Slather on a layer of this creamy wonder, and in just 15 minutes, be ready to unveil a complexion straight out of a Japanese geisha house.

4. Moisturizing: Seal the Deal

DIY Maven? Your Rice Water Moisturizing Elixir

There's a reason the final act in the theater is so grand – it ties together all the beautiful sequences that came before it. 

In the world of skincare, moisturizing is that powerful climax. After cleaning, toning, and masking, your skin is primed, pampered, and prepped. 

Now, it's time to lock in all that goodness.

Concocting Your Rice Water Moisturizing Potion


  • 1 tbsp rice water (Mother Nature's hydration hero)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (The OG skin softener)


  1. Take a clean bowl and mix the rice water with the coconut oil. What you're creating is a union of deep hydration and skin-nourishing fatty acids. The rice water is rich in antioxidants, aiding skin health, while the coconut oil acts as a protective barrier, locking in moisture and giving you that enviable dewy finish.

  2. Once well combined, with a gentle hand and loving strokes, apply the elixir to your face. This isn't just any moisturizer – it's a concoction of age-old wisdom, combined in your very own kitchen.

  3. Let your skin savor every drop. Feel the concoction seep into your pores, hydrating each layer of your skin. Imagine a cascade of hydration, each droplet nurturing and rejuvenating your skin cells. It's a hydration celebration, and your skin is the star of the show.

After this DIY finale, you'll not just see, but feel the difference. Silky, soft, and supremely hydrated – it’s the skin of dreams.

Busy Bee?

Meet Shinbi's ultra-hydrating Rice Cream Moisturizer.

A culmination of age-old Japanese skincare traditions, it's a little jar of luxury that feels light, yet its impact is profound. It doesn't just sit atop your skin - it dives deep, ensuring every inch is cared for, moisturized, and glowing. 

And that radiance? Oh, it lasts, keeping you company through work, errands, and late-night binges.

Now, here's the kicker: Everyone's skin is a unique story. 

While rice water is a universal tale of radiance passed down generations, it's all about discovering how it intertwines with YOUR narrative.

Whether you're the DIY diva crafting beauty elixirs in the kitchen or the hustle-hard, always-on-the-run rockstar, there's a rice water chapter for you. 

Maybe it's in the vintage pages of traditional rituals. Perhaps it's in the modern tales of our line-up here at Shinbi. Either way, the story's yours.

Whatever you choose, remember, beauty isn’t just skin deep. It’s soul deep. 

Happy glowing!

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