Ever since I was a child, I loved to make people feel and look beautiful.

DIY Rice Water Toner

Cheeky loves a good DIY (do-it-yourself)! What about you Cheeky’s!? I tend to lean toward home DIY’s and I have an absolutely unhealthy relationship with Pinterest! Anyone else? Between the thousands of pins I already have, I add pins DAILY to my Pinterest account because there are just not enough pins of outfits, wallpaper and beautiful chairs on my radar already 😉 But when I am on Pinterest, I tend to notice a ton of these REALLY weird skincare hacks that make absolutely no sense and if anyone tried the pin, it would be dangerous to themselves and others…. well not really dangerous to others (hell, maybe), but they’re really quite mind blowing. Let’s begin with exhibit A…. found this really quickly – 

What in god’s name is happening up above? Between the freezer burn and skin rash you’d develop, you’d still be seeing your chin area as it was prior to you burning the crap out of your face. Like this is not a good idea…. So with that said, I tend to skim past the skincare pins like it’s my job because exhibit A! ^ I don’t even think we need an exhibit B for this argument. You get the drift.

HOWEVER, I was on Pinterest this past weekend and I was pleasantly reminded of DIY rice water. Thankfully I’ve heard of this before so I didn’t blow it off like, ‘Damn Pinterest and their crappy skincare advice’, but instead, I immediately clicked on the link and thought, ‘Ahh… we haven’t written about this yet’. Of course we did further research than just relying on that Pinterest pin because that alone could be dangerous, but I thought some of us DIY Cheeky’s would be especially interested in what DIY rice water can do for your beautiful face.

What is rice water?

This magical concoction has been around for centuries. It’s basically just the water remaining after soaking or boiling rice! Easy peasy! This cloudy, white liquid is a powerhouse for vitamins & minerals that can be amazing for both your skin & hair. It is often considered a magical elixir! In fact, some say folks can see results after I single use (Update: I absolutely did!)!

What makes it so soothing?

  • Contains ferulic acid which is a powerful antioxidant that offers sun protection
  • Vitamins B1, C & E  shrink pores, brighten & tighten the skin
  • Starch is very good for specific inflammation like eczema and dermatitis (I put it on my keratosis pilaris if any of you guys are interested in trying!)
  • Contains minerals that can help tighten skin and shrink pores

Who can benefit?

Folks with….

  • Large pores
  • Dull skin
  • Sun damaged skin
  • Little amounts of antioxidants in their diet
  • Slower cell regeneration
  • Inflammation
  • Dehydrated skin
  • Oily skin
  • Acne
  • Rosacea

How to make rice water

  •  1/2 cup of rice (I did not see a specific blend of rice….)
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 medium bowl
  • Storage vessel

First we suggest rinsing the rice to remove any impurities. Then take a half cup of rice and fill it with water so the rice is covered. Let the rice soak for a 30 minutes to an hour. Then swirl it around or lightly knead it until the water turns cloudy. Put the rice into a strainer and pour the water into your vessel. That’s it! Should last up to 4 to 7 days.

#CheekyConfidential You could even experiment with incorporating essential oils into the mix. You’ll certainly want to do a test patch before applying fully.

How to Use

So there are several ways to use rice water for the face:

Option 1 As a face wash

I think I would recommend double cleansing at night (I don’t double cleanse in the morning). But here you would apply the rice water as you normally would with a traditional face wash.

Option 2 As a toner

Get some of those cotton pads & use it right after you wash your face with a traditional cleanser.

Option 3 As a facial mask

If you’re REALLY into DIY, you could even soak a mask friendly agent in the vessel and leave on your face for about 20 minutes. Or you could just apply on your skin directly & leave on! Be sure to do a test area first to avoid any potential irritation.

Option 4 As a spray toner

Instead of filling up a jar, fill up a clean spray bottle and apply to your face as needed.

#CheekyConfidential Your rice water may begin to smell a little sour after a week, especially if you leave it at room temperature. So we would recommend keeping your handy jar in the fridge. Either way, you’d be fine!

P.S. I’m soaking some right now!!! Who is with me!?

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