Homemade Rice Scrub and Rice Mask

rice-bag

How about to try rice scrub and mask? Ready to get your carbs on? On your face, I mean.

Get a bag of rice: white, brown, what else. I don’t discriminate. You’re going to need your bowl and half a cup of rice. I would like to tell you how to make a basic rice scrub. You can either use the good old fashioned mortar and pestle, or the rolling pin, or my fave – the blender.  What can I say, I’m all about efficiency.

Let’s start rolling. It might take a while, but it’ll get the job done. If you have a mortar and pestle, just start grinding away. Grind up the rice until the grains are smaller and smaller as if you’re making rice flour. But don’t make it too powdery. We still need small rounded grains that will act like exfoliating beads. And if you’re like me and you love instant gratification – a blender will do the job faster. Just fill it up. As I always say “blend away.”

grind-rice

Rice has a lot of nutrients that your skin can benefit from. This is going to be your scrub. For a simple rice scrub, just use it alone. Activate it with water and exfoliate your skin. A lot of white rice has been refined, so if you want more added benefits – use organic brown rice. It’s packed with more nutrients like vitamin E.

Now, I’ll teach you how to make a skin brightening scrub. All you need is a lemon – mother nature’s skin brightener. Cut the lemon in half. And you just need one side for today. Save the other half for the next use. So, you guessed it. Just dip the lemon half in the rice scrub, and here you have it. You can rub it on your body to brighten your skin and rinse off in the shower. Or you can exfoliate your face to brighten your complexion.

For those, who are battling acne, you just need a little bit of honey in your life. Pour the rice on the honey and mix it in. Now, your scrub is ready. This is ideal for the face and body, and I recommend using this in your shower. Honey has a lot of cure properties; it’s an antibiotic.

honey

Now, let me show you how to make a rice mask. I have here rice paper wrappers. These are edible Vietnamese rice papers. They’re pretty sturdy and flexible. My mother and I used them to make spring rolls together, delicious and healthy. Get your scissors ready. We’re going to cut out a face shape. The first piece will be your forehead. So, now, you’re left with this. Just make two cuts, and now we have two pieces for your cheeks. If you want to take the additional time to trim each piece so that it fits your face perfectly, I say – go for it. When the mask is custom tailored for your face, it’s going to feel so much more comfortable. Here it is the complete rice mask.

Vietnamese-rice-papers

Now, just take out a dishpan or bowl and if you want to get a little fancy-schmancy – add green tea to the mix. Pour the warm water into your pan or bowl, and again, the green tea is optional.  Green tea contains antioxidants,  giving your skin a boost of radiance. All right, now, very quickly place your mask in the water, thirty seconds is all you need. The rice paper will be soft and stretchy but don’t be fooled – it’s still firm but gentle enough for the skin.

It’s time to start placing each piece on your face. I’m going to start with my cheeks, get the other side too. Now, for the forehead. Next section goes on the lower part of the face. Make sure it’s nice and snug. The last part is for the nose, and there you have it. This mask has a natural cooling sensation, so it’s going to feel good. So, just wait around 10 to 15 minutes until the cooling sensation is gone. It’s dry and ready to be peeled off. Best part it’s biodegradable. Let’s give our skin more love this year.