Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Homemade Skincare Series: Rice Water

Rice, oh rice, how I adore you so,
Such bland taste, too hard to ignore,
Lingered forever, from my nose to my tongue,
Oh what would I do, if impossible to have some.

History claimed that Egyptians bathed in milk, while apparently ancient Chinese bathed in rice water…

Both tasted quite nice, which do you prefer?

I love me some rice water since it has a thin texture and doesn’t have the harsh milky taste…which is obvious because rice water didn’t have any milk in it thus wiped the possibility of having any milk taste whatsoever.


Rice water has been used for generations in the Chinese community; even now they still use it to wash their faces from dirt and grime. The much rated SK-II even claimed to use the mighty pitera—which could be found in rice—in their products, although some has the suspicion that they didn’t actually include pitera in it, but actually sperm—

I don’t really know. After all, I don’t have any solid basis to back up my claim.

Rice water is supposed to lighten your complexion and control your oil production. The logic behind those claims is that rice water has detoxifying properties, which ultimately rejuvenate your face, creating a youthful and fresh complexion. So when they claimed to ‘lighten’, in my opinion, it wasn’t lightening your skin pigmentation per se, but more towards cleansing the toxin out of your pores, leaving brighter and healthier complexion from inside and out.

The drawback—or plus point, depending on your preference—of the rice water is that it would thoroughly mattify your face. Sounds great for oily skin, but really…I highly, highly do not recommend people with dry skin from using this, unless you have a heavy-duty moisturizer on your side, but then, it is best to not take the risk. Drying is an understatement; you’ll experience flakiness if you’re unlucky, and if you only have a thin moisturizer to replenish your skin’s moisture, then your skin would definitely wails and writhes in pain.

Take note rice water is a great detoxifier. I actually drank it for health purpose, so if your body has extreme toxin level, big chance your body can’t handle the tension created by those combating aliens, which results in various complications, and it will drag on until the good side wins, trumping the bad side with its superiority, which who knows when, maybe today, maybe tomorrow, maybe someday. Someday. SOMEDAY.

And so you should know that when you put a substance as potent as that on your face, your skin is bound to absorb it better and probably fight with the aliens as well. And if you are supremely unlucky, the aliens will fight each other and treat your skin as their battlefield, possibly creating disaster and marks all over your face, until the war is over and you’re left with multiple scars but hey—at least someone has finally gained victory.


So…Is it as good as it sounds?

1. Does it lighten your skin?
I honestly couldn’t see any lightening effect.

2. Does it even your skintone?
Best bet, no.

3. Does it brighten your skin?
Neither do I see any skin brightening.

4. Does it treat your acne?
It battles them! And it ain’t pretty.

5. Does it prevent acne?
It battles them! So yeah.

6. Does it lighten scars?

7. Does it shrink pores?

8. Does it help in unclogging pores?
Can’t say. I didn’t really notice.

9. Does it help in smoothing skin texture from bumps and other skin ailments?
Not really. I’m being positively vague.

10. Will your skin regain its horrible condition if you stop using this?
No. Your skin would just battle the rest of the residue.

11. Can you use this in exchange of other products?
Oil-control thingy, perhaps.

12. Have you found anything like this in the market?
Blotting paper? But even that is temporary. THIS IS PERMANENT YIKES. (if you don’t moisturize properly with heavy duty cream, of course)


Would I recommend this?

For people with deep patience who didn’t mind waiting until the battle is over then yes, go for it. Beware, the after-party is not pretty to look at, but hey, at least it is over.

For people with normal complexions who just want to brighten and control the oils on their faces—sure, I expect it won’t be as lethal. Many raves about it, so perhaps different skins react differently.

For others—maybe not.

I’m giving this a…2 out of 5.

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