Hi! I’m Carrie and I love to make all-natural skincare. You might have seen me in the October 2022 issue of Hippie Magazine. I thought we’d talk about rice today, why it’s a good ingredient to use, and how to use it.
Rice powder can be used in masks, scrubs, cleansers, makeup and baths. It absorbs excess oil, helps shed dead cells, is anti-aging, and helps treat acne. It is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial.
Rice bran powder is a byproduct of rice milling. It contains antioxidants and is known for anti-aging properties. Use it in bath tea, scrubs, facials, masks, and herbal body powders as it is a great exfoliator. It can also remove excess oil from skin and may help reduce blemishes.
Rice water is a popular skincare ingredient as it is high in antioxidants. It is said to help skin problems such as acne or sun damaged skin. People use it to firm and tighten skin and reduce pore size. To wash your face with rice water, splash the water on your face 4-6 times or use a cotton ball or a spray bottle.
There are 3 different ways to make rice water: the soaking method, the boiling method, or the fermentation method.
To use the soaking method, rinse ½ cup of rice. Put in a bowl or jar with 2 cups of water. Let it soak for about an hour. Shake or stir before using. Store it in the refrigerator and it will last a couple weeks.
To use the fermentation method, use the same process as above except let it sit at room temperature for one to two days. When it starts to have a sour smell, strain it and put it in the fridge. Dilute it with plain water before using.
To use the boiling method, first rinse your rice. Use 4 times as much water as rice. Bring the rice to a boil, remove from heat, let it cool, and strain the rice. Dilute it with plain water.
You can also try rice water in a bath soak. Grate some bar soap and add it and some vitamin E drops to rice water and then add them to your bath.
Aloe and rice face scrub
½ cup ground rice (or rice powder aka rice flour)
Directions: Grind rice in a food processor or coffee grinder. Put in a bowl and blend in the insides of one aloe leaf with a little water or oil. Add in the tea leaves.
Rose Facial Cleansing Powder
½ cup Rice Powder
½ cup Coconut Milk Powder
2 tbsp Rose Clay
1 or 2 tbsp Rose Powder
1 or 2 tbsp Wild Violet Powder
Directions: Mix ingredients and store in a glass jar. Change the amounts of the recipe depending on your skin type. I made this for my skin which is normal to dry. If you have oily skin, you might want to use more clay and less coconut milk powder.
To use: Put about a tablespoon in your hand or a bowl. Add water to make a paste. Apply to your face. Wash off with warm water.
Natural Blush/Eye Shadow
There are many different things you can use to color your blush. I used rose clay. You can also use beet powder, red clay, green clay, purple clay, yellow clay, hibiscus powder, saffron, cinnamon, cocoa, spirulina, activated charcoal, or mica. Start with a small amount and add more if you need to.
1 tbsp arrowroot powder
½ tsp rice powder
1 tsp rose clay
3 tbsp of your favorite butter - shea, cocoa etc
4 tbsp of your favorite oils
2 tbsp beeswax
1 tsp rice powder
2 tsp mica powder
Directions: Melt wax and oils in a double boiler. Add in mica. Using a pipette, drop mixture into 10, 20 or 30 ml plastic pots for makeup, or small or large lip balm tubes. Use this for eyes, cheeks, or lips.
I hope you have learned something cool today and enjoy making these recipes. If you liked them and would like more, download my free eBook Skincare for Relaxation here.