Beauty Benefits of Rice: 3 ways to use rice in your beauty routine
Bali is known for its gorgeous beaches, exquisite wildlife, tanned locals, and island culture. But if you have ever been to Bali, you might have noticed something else: miles upon miles of rice fields. Tall, thin green plants sway back in forth in the wind, mimicking the motion of the ocean, making the lush land completely mesmerizing.
Rice is synonymous with Bali. Indonesia is the third largest producer of rice on the planet and it is an extremely important asset to the national economy. Rice paddy fields are built on multi-level terraces using an intricate farming system, due to the island’s deep gorges and tall mountains. Of course, the locals use rice in their daily meals as both savory and sweet dishes. But rice also has another function - it is used in various beauty routines.
Rice has been used in beauty routines across the world for thousands of years. The vitamins and minerals found in rice help smooth and soften skin, while it gently exfoliates, hydrates, and tones complexion. Many women in Asia use rice in facial masks as it acts as an exfoliant to remove dead skin cells, help generate new cells and improve the elasticity of the skin.
Here are a few ways to reap the beauty benefits of rice.
Make a rice and milk mask.
Cook one cup of clean rice and remove the water. Grind the rice with one cup of organic milk or plain yogurt and one teaspoon of honey in a blender until it is a smooth paste. Apply a thick layer onto the skin and neck and let it dry. Keep on for 15-20 minutes before washing it off with warm water. Follow up with a moisturizer.
Use rice water.
The water used when cooking rice is full of vitamins and minerals from the rice. This water (and its vitamins and minerals) is absorbed through the skin when it is applied. Rice water brightens the skin giving it a glowing complexion.
Wash 1/4 cup of rice with water. Once it is cleaned, place it into a mixing bowl. Add one cup of water and cover for 20-30 minutes or until the water has become milky. Pour the milky water into a separate bowl. Use this water to cleanse your face. Apply with your hands and lightly massage your skin for 20 seconds. Allow the water to air dry on your face and then apply a second layer. Let it stay on your skin until it dries again and rinse with warm water.
You may also choose to apply the rice water with a cotton ball.
Make a rice and honey exfoliating scrub.
Exfoliating is an integral part of any beauty routine. When done twice a week, skin becomes clearer and brighter as dead skin cells are washed away and pores are less clogged by the dirt of every day pollutants and debris. When you exfoliate, be sure to use a moisturizing agent after you scrub.
Soak one cup of clean rice in water until soft; usually about 20-30 minutes. Pour cooked rice into a blender and add three tablespoons of honey. Honey works as a very strong moisturizer and is beneficial when trying to clear complexion. Blend the ingredients together until smooth and apply to clean, damp skin. Massage the areas for about 20-30 seconds and rinse with warm water and a mild, moisturizing soap. I like bringing this scrub into the shower with me and focusing on places that need extra love like my face, neck, elbows, knees and thighs.