Rice, as we all know, is for consumption which is widely consume all over the world. In Nigeria are used in some many ways for their consumption which is “tuwo shikanfa“, rice flour meal (for swallow food), ordinarily cooked too.
Do you ever think of how it can be when applied on skin? It has limited to just for feeding alone but due to the recent discovery of some people it has gone beyond just for feeding but has added value to beauty. it has become major beauty routine some women have added to their day to day routine.
Rice has been used as a natural beauty treatment for thousands of years in Japan. It has helped Japanese women to keep their skin smooth, soft and beautiful by rinsing it with rice powder. The different parts of the rice plant help to hydrate, exfoliate, soothe and protect the skin from several skin diseases.
Indians prefers rice in their daily meal. Especially people staying in east and south get their staple food as rice. It will be quite surprising to learn that, even rice can prove to be a wonderful ingredient for beauty care. This will help an individual to brighten his/her skin and replenish it for a long time.
Every lady would wish to get a bright, silky and smooth complexion. Women staying in Asian countries have bright, smooth and bright complexion. One of the reasons for their skin tone is their food habit. If you too wish to have beautiful skin, use rice recipe to enhance your beauty and it can be used in different which are has follows:
(1) UV PROTECTION
Rice contains a few sun-protecting agents like ferulic acid and allantoin, which convert it into a good natural sunscreen. Being a good anti-inflammatory agent, rice powder also soothes sunburns and prevents the skin from sun tan.
How to use: Mix some rice powder with cold milk to form a thick paste and apply on your face. Leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water. Do this consistently at least once a week. You will notice your skin getting lightened after a month or two. You can also splash your face with rice-soaked water for similar results.
(2) DARK CIRCLES
Rice powder is one of the best ways and a natural remedy to deal with those ghastly-looking eye bags. You can also get rid of that oh-so-exhausted look and have a cooling effect on tired eyes.
How to use: Prepare a thick paste using banana, castor oil and rice flour and use it as an eye mask or apply it over the affected area. The ingredients available in the pack are great for lightening the delicate skin around the eyes. The mask also provides relaxation making you look much younger.
(3) EXFOLIATING AGENT
Rice powder is a bit coarse in its texture which makes it an excellent material to be used as a scrub. The fine particles helps the flaky dead skin cells leave your skin in an easier way. Rice absorbs all the sebum and leaves your skin clean, smooth and re-energised.
How to use: Take semi-fine rice powder, chocolate powder, sugar and honey in a bowl. Combine all the ingredients well to get consistency like body scrub. Scrub this mixture over your face or your entire body and then rinse with cool water. Don’t over exfoliate with rice and use it gently while massaging.
It can also used in these ways as well.
Rice and Honey mask – The simplest rice mask is made by mixing rice powder with honey. Apply this mixture on the face after cleaning it with a mild soap. Leave it to dry completely. Wash the face after 20 minutes with cold water.
Rice and milk mask – Cook a cup of rice. Remove the water and grind it to a smooth paste with a cup of milk and few drops of honey. Apply a thick layer of this paste on theface and neck and let it to dry before washing it off with lukewarm water.
Rice and Cabbage Mask – this natural homemade mask is most suitable for combination skin. Prepare the mask by soaking a cup of rice in boiling water for two hours. Blend cabbage leaves and soaked rice in a blender to make a fine paste. Apply a thick layer on the face and neck ND leave it for 15 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water. Ways to brighten your skin
(4) SKIN WHITENING/LIGHTENING
Nutritional and mineral rich rice has been known as one of the traditional skin lightening remedies. Amino acid and vitamins present in the grain act as a clearing agent and controls the shine of the skin.
How to use: Mix rice powder with honey and curd to make a firming face pack. Apply all over your face and neck area and wait to dry completely. Later, wash it off with normal water. It would leave your skin soft and shiny.
(5) FACE POWDER
Rice powder can be a good replacement to your expensive and high-end face powder. That rice particles have oil-absorbing properties, making it an excellent and natural face powder. It easily blends with the layers of skin and covers up the pores that secrete oil.
How to use: Take rice powder and corn starch powder in ratio 2:1. After mixing, apply the dust evenly on your face using a makeup brush. You can also use the same to have your makeup stay longer. For example, after applying the foundation pat the skin with rice and corn starch powder for a silky smooth skin.
(6) WRINKLES, PIMPLES AND AGE SPOTS
Rice powder is equally wonderful to treat blemishes, fine lines and pimples that leads to ageing. It also helps retain the elasticity and firmness of the skin to make you look fresh and young.
How to use: Mix one teaspoonful of rice flour with some cucumber juice and lemon juice to form a paste. Apply this rice flour pack on your face and wash after it gets dry. This can also be tried as soon as you come from sun so that it acts as an anti-tan pack.
(7) SMOOTH AND STRAIGHTEN YOUR HAIR
Rice flour being granular and starchy has hair tightening and toning abilities which makes it superb for hair straightening.
How to use: Take rice flour and Fuller’s earth (multani mitti) in equal quantities and mix well to make a fine paste. Apply it as a pack on your hair. Keep the paste for about 30 minutes then rinse off with cold water. Regular use of this homemade hair pack can straighten your hair.
(8) HAND SOFTENING MASK
You can now make your rough hands soft and lovely with the beauty treatment of rice. While working day and night, hands of many women as well as men becomes just like the farmers who requires ploughing field. The rice mask will be a wonderful remedy in this regard. In order to make this mask all you have to do is to take half portion of cucumber, canned cucumber- 1/4th cup, coconut milk – 2 tbsp. Take all the ingredients in a grinder and blend it really well. Now apply the mask over your hands and keep for 15 minutes. There after you can wash it off with plain water.
(9) TREATING INFLAMMATION
The inflammation in your skin can be chronic sometime which needs to be calm down. You need to extract the rice water and use it to take bath. This will easily help you stay active and wonderful while you take bath. This will remove all the inflammation from your body easily. You have to make a mask with a cup of oat, single cup of brown rice and a cup of milk. Grind all of it and apply it all over your body where you have inflammation.
(10) RICE-FLOUR FACIAL
How to get the glowing skin. Take out the juice of a raw potato by grating and extracting the juice. Make a paste with this juice and rice flour by adding small amount of flour at a time to avoid bubbles. Apply it on the face and wash it off with water.
(11) SCRUBS MADE FROM RICE
Rice and Honey scrub: This scrub is very effective in cleansing, polishing and exfoliating the skin. Honey helps in moisturizing the skin and in removing the dead skin cells. It is found beneficial to treat sun tan and acne problems.
Rice flour and baking soda facial scrub: It is a perfect scrub for an oily skin. Soda helps in removing the dead skin cells. Prepare this paste by mixing rice powder few drops of honey and a pinch of soda. Rub this paste on the face for 2-3 minutes and then clean it with water.
Tomato and rice face scrub: This scrub helps in getting rid of white heads and black heads. Prepare the paste by soaking rice for half an hour and then grind it to a fine paste along with mashed tomato. Scrub the face with this mixture and wash it off.
Rice and sugar scrub: It helps in getting rid of acneand rejuvenating the skin. It cleanses, exfoliates and moisturizes the skin. Powder sugar and rice and make a paste by adding yogurt. Apply it on the face and clean it after 20 minutes.
BEAUTY TIPS FOR TEENAGE GIRLS
Rice, milk and apple cider vinegar face scrub: This quick facial scrub can be used regularly to keep the skin clean soft and smooth. Mix grounded rice with little milk, and apple cider vinegar. Scrub the paste on the face and leave it to dry and then wash it off with water.
BENEFITS OF RICE WATER
The leftover water after boiling rice is found to be rich in minerals and vitamins which are good for the beauty of the skin and hair. A flawless face is the result of regularly washing the face with this water. It is rich in nutrients that help to promote the growth of cells, slowing down the process of aging and increasing the flow of blood.
Hair care with rice water strengthens the hair shafts and repairs the cracks. Simply rinse the hair with rice water after shampooing. Simple rice that you consume daily can become a wonderful beauty remedy for your skin.
To wrap it up, a cup of milk tin of rice can help to look more youthful and fresh all day. Nothing is seen as useless in rice even the water you derive from when you parboil is not useless. It is cheap and easy to get.
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