Fermented rice water is a beneficial skin care ingredient for all skin types, including women with black and brown skin, as it works to keep our complexions even and bright and fades hyperpigmentation.
Rice water has been a staple in Asian beauty regimens for centuries, but in recent years, it has been a major skin care trend in the United States. I’ll admit, I was a little late to the game when it comes to this popular beauty ingredient. After incorporating it into my routine, however, I don’t know how I ever lived without it!
Fermented rice water is loaded with antioxidants including vitamins B and E, and pitera, giving it brightening benefits, as well as anti-aging benefits such as cell regeneration.
When I first learned about the brightening effects of rice water, I was a little skeptical, especially with Korean beauty’s connection with praising light, pale skin, but I was interested to try it to see if it could help even out my complexion as a Latina woman, and help fade dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
I decided to give the ingredient a shot with the Then I Met You Soothing Tea Cleansing Gel ($36) that’s packed with fermented rice water and licorice root.
For an entire week I used the brightening cleanser after removing makeup with a gentle oil cleanser. After the seven days, I noticed an immediate difference in my complexion. The new dark spot that had recently formed as a result of a pimple had drastically faded and my skin looked so radiant that I didn’t even need concealer or tinted moisturizer. I looked fresh and wide awake. I’ve been so sold on this cleanser that I decided to give it a permanent space in my cleansing routine.
Ready to get on the rice water bandwagon too? Other great rice water-infused beauty product options are the Commleaf Rice Purifying Foaming Cleanser ($29), the Botanic Farm Rice Ferment First Essence ($35) and the Neogen Cereal Real Fresh Foam Cleanser ($19).