Rice is a versatile food, but who would have thought that it can be also used as a beauty product? Rice flour and water have been used for centuries in Asian countries and now this trend became popular worldwide. It’s one of the easiest DIY treatments!
Rice contains vitamins (C and A) and antioxidants that reduce the damage of free radicals (sun exposure). Two of these antioxidants are linoleic acid and squalene that stimulate collagen production. Try to use organic rice that is free of pesticides.
Rice flour can be made at home by grinding rice or bought in Asian stores.
Rice flour can be used as a primer/base before application of other makeup and as a setting powder. It can be used on its own or mixed with cornstarch. The main quality of flour is absorption and can be therefore used for removing excess oils/sebum and reducing shine.
Source: Holistic health herbalist
Scrubs can be made with fine ground flour or with a more coarse one. Fine flour should have some other ingredients, for example, sugar, oats, or corn flour (not starch!). You can also add salt and oils.
For sensitive skin, rice flour can be used on its own:
Source: Peaceful dumpling
Rice flour is effective for brightening acne scars and when combined with turmeric, it can help decrease the appearance of those scars. It can be used as a scrub or left for longer as a mask.
Try this rice & sugar foot scrub that’s perfect for winter. Exfoliate and whiten at the same time!
Source: Makeup and beauty
You will need rice or rice flour, apple cider vinegar, sugar and olive/almond oil.
Rice flour can be added to many homemade face masks. Basic rice flour mask can contain water, rose water or hydrosols. Mix a small amount of liquid with a few teaspoons of flour.
Manuka honey that originates in Australia and New Zealand is really good for healing and rejuvenating. Mix it with rice flour and a small amount of water to form a thick paste. Apply and use as regular face masks.
For a face mask for wrinkles, you can mix rice flour, honey and goat milk. If you can’t find goat milk, substitute it with full-fat coconut milk that’s also very moisturizing and nourishing.
Source: Leon’s beauty tips and secrets
Skin whitening mask
The undereye area can be lightly rejuvenated with rice flour if it’s combined with cold cucumber or (raw) potato juice.
Honey & mango face mask is full of antioxidants and vitamins. Give it a try, if you like mangoes, because it smells amazing! 🙂
Source: Somewhat simple
What is rice water?
Rice water is water from cooked rice. You can also make it by soaking uncooked white rice in water for 15-30 minutes and then use it. If you choose to boil it, do it for the same period of time, because boiling extracts more starch from the rice. Water will be milky white. Use more water than usually, because the rice will absorb some of it. Strain it tightly and store for up to four days. If you want a quicker solution, mix rice flour with water.
Source: Wild turmeric
What are beauty uses of rice water?
Rice water is commonly used in Asian beauty routines and is believed to cleanse, tone and lighten pigmentation. It also decreases age spots and sun damage. All of these are very popular amongst young women. You can use it with cotton balls in the morning and evening or less often.
For acne scars
Rice water heals acne scars, reduces redness and soothes inflammation.
Rice contains antioxidants that reduce effects of free radicals that are caused by sun exposure. Cold water will feel especially good.
Eczema is ”a medical condition in which patches of skin become rough and inflamed with blisters which cause itching and bleeding.”. (Google) Starches in rice help ease eczema and heal skin faster. Use it generously and let it dry on air.
For irritated skin
Rice water soothes irritations and bathing in this water improves even atopic dermatitis. Patients with this illness should wash with rice water twice a day.
Some also use rice water as a hair rinse to increase shine and decrease frizziness. Rinse with regular water. Best results are achieved when used once or twice a week.
As hair conditioner
Use it as a hair rinse, just leave it on for 10 minutes or more and then rinse.
Do you use rice flour and rice water? Comment below! 🙂
Sources and interesting links:
- The effect of rinse water obtained from the washing of rice (YU-SU-RU) as a hair treatment by International journal of cosmetic science
- What is rice water and what is it good for? by Jennifer Nelson
- The beauty benefits of rice water by One good thing by Jillee