Beauty & The Food : Asian Beauty Secrets

As I stated in the first post of Beauty and The Food series, the idea of the series started with a self study exploring local food and slowly evolved into adding a unique narrative of beauty secrets from women around the world. I realized while working on this series, I love storytelling and narratives and it is evident in my desire to have conversations with people of different cultures. You learn so much! You grow so much! You appreciate the ways of other people to better understand each other. While eating Thai and shopping in the asian food market, I simply asked the question..."What are some of your beauty secrets?" A slight welcoming grin into the world of Asian beauty secrets ushered me into using RICE WATER. Yes rice water for gorgeous skin and hair growth. Here you go..... 

Andrea Fenise shares rice water as Asian Beauty Secret

A quick little fact I discovered while enjoying this series, many of the restaurants I visited have rice as major food staple for almost half of the world's population.  I mean I definitely know I would have a choice in a rice based dinner at Shang Hai. I didn't know that while discovering beauty secrets rice would indeed be the secret to their beautiful skin and gorgeous hair. I was told for centuries, Asian women have used rice water to beautify their face, body and hair. Traditionally, female rice farmers in China, Japan, and other southeast Asian countries used to bathe and wash in the water used for cleaning rice.

Andrea Fenise shares rice water as Asian Beauty Secret

So, rinsing or washing your hair with rice water will improve manageability and protect it from future damage.  The amino acids in the rice water strengthen the hair roots, add volume and sheen and make hair silky smooth. These awesome benefits explains the 6 feet, healthy, long and beautiful hair of the Yao women.

Andrea Fenise shares rice water as Asian Beauty Secret


You will need 

1/2 cup uncooked rice, I used Jasmine Rice
2 to 3 cups water


To make rice water, first rinse the rice with about a cup of water to remove any dirt or impurities.

Then, place the rice in a bowl and cover with water. Let the rice soak for 15 to 30 minutes. Swirl it around or lightly work it until the water turns cloudy. This will help the vitamins and minerals seep into the water, creating a nourishing rinse for your hair and skin.

You'll need to strain out the rice water into a clean bowl. Your rice water is ready to use.

You can also use boiled rice water...

 For this, boil the rice using more water than you would normally do. Once it starts boiling take out the excess water and use; or you can also let the rice fully cook, strain, and use that excess water. This rice water will be highly concentrated, so make sure to dilute it with plain water until it is just slightly cloudy.

You can store the rice water in the fridge and it will stay good for up to a week. Shake it before use.

Andrea Fenise shares rice water as Asian Beauty Secret


After shampooing, pour the rice water on your hair. Gently massage your scalp and hair and leave it on for 4 to 5 minutes (or up to 20 minutes if you have time). Then rinse your hair thoroughly with plain water. Use it once a week as a last rinse. I was told some people also use rice water along with green tea, it helps add extra shine and strength to your hair. Plus, tea is also useful to reduce hair loss.


The cleanser is the simplest and cheapest way to tone and treat your skin. dabbing a bit onto your face and gently massaging it into your skin for couple of minutes. With regular use you will notice your skin feeling soft, tight, and radiant.

Andrea Fenise shares rice water as Asian Beauty Secret