Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Ingredient Corner: Rice

It's so accessible, it's almost crazy how it's not in the make-up cupboards of women everywhere. You'll read the same thing on a number of blogs - rice has been an inexpensive addition to the Asian skincare routine for ages, and now you can find out how it can help you too.

Rice Water - soak or boil a cup of rice, strain the water (twice) and bottle it. Pour it on a cotton pad and it'll make an amazing toner for after you've cleansed. Make sure to keep it in the refrigerator until you're ready to use it.

Rice Bran Powder - it's a simple and gentle way to exfoliate that dull layer of skin away. Although it's gentle, you can find rather course bran at grocery stores, so not to worry that it isn't tough enough to really make a difference.

Rice Bran Oil - of the three ways to use rice listed here, this is probably the easiest to use consistently. You can use it directly on your face or body, or mixed in with your favourite moisturiser. Rich in fatty acids and vitamin E, rice bran oil is easily absorbed into your skin and helps to keep you well hydrated from the inside out. Rice bran oil nourishes skin cells with vitamins and antioxidants, slowing down and preventing the aging process- which means it will help improve your skin's texture, overall complexion, and even your skin tone.

Rice is high in antioxidants and a combination of any or all of these should help you see these results over time:
  • Brightened complexion
  • Tightened pores
  • Softened skin
  • Regenerative cell growth
  • Prevention for hyper pigmentation and age spots
And guess what? Natural rice treatments have been said to stand out amongst many skin treatments for wrinkles, acne, rosacea, and eczema. Be adamant about its use and I'm sure you'll see results. Let me know down below if you've tried anything from this post and how it worked for you! 

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