Here’s your guide to trying the viral rice-water trend

We got an expert to weigh in!

If the Korean skincare fad hasn’t gotten to you already, we have to say you are made of rock. Because, as far as we are concerned, we gave into it almost immediately. From the time snail mucin took over the internet to when the South Asian country let out their ultimate secret to hydrated lips—Laneige, it’s safe to say, showing collective faith in their beauty products has never disappointed. 

While most Korean products have passed the test in terms of outcome, the viral rice water trend has led us to investigate whether the avenue to glazed skin was hiding in our kitchen all this time. 

In case you haven’t come across the viral TikTok, here’s all you need to know.


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What is the rice-water trend? 

The trend in itself is simple to understand and try, for all it requires is some rice and water. Several influencers have been experimenting with rice water as a substitute for a serum or a toner, and if we go by the claims, many have said that it works better. So, to weigh the good and the bad, we got an expert to break down the viral hack for us. 

Is it safe to use rice water for the face? 

While home remedies come with their own set of advantages, they may not work the same way for everyone. Thus, it is important to have a full view of the situation. Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj, a celebrity dermatologist, has puzzled out if the hack has side effects. And well, the verdict is positive, for our expert confirms the rice water has no harmful effect. However, doing an allergy test is advisable before using it regularly.  

What can you expect from it? 

Protects from sun damage 

Our grandmothers were right when they told us that a kitchen cupboard is likely to solve most of our problems. The soothing yet natural properties of rice water help us protect against the sun or even heal from it. Thus, it can be a great alternative to remove stubborn tans. 

Anti-ageing effects 

Rice water contains amino acids and antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E, which help combat ageing effects. Using it consistently for a certain period may help in the disappearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, one cannot expect it to work like a magic potion, as the results may vary from person to person. 

Skin hydration 

The whole point of the trend going viral is based on the desire to achieve ‘glass-skin’. Now, hydrated skin would naturally appear brighter and more radiant. With its antioxidant properties, the starchy water can help improve skin hydration levels. 

Things to consider before trying the hack. 

Check on allergies 

Precaution is better than cure; it is essential that you check beforehand if your skin is prone to any allergies.

Try when you have a clear face

It is advisable to try this hack when you have clearer skin, i.e., free from acne or pigmentation. The chances of having a reverse effect are higher when you’re dealing with skin problems. In such cases, consulting a dermatologist will save you a lot of hassle.  

Avoid trying it before an important event 

While risk and reward may sound like a nice idea, trying this hack before an important event may not be worth it. 

Inputs from Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj, a celebrity dermatologist, laser aesthetic surgeon, and an anti-skin allergy doctor.


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