While you are obsessing over all the steps and benefits of Korean beauty routine, so popular at the moment, take a moment to sneak a peek at their overseas neighbors and their secret weapon – rice face masks – for preserving perfect, youthful looking skin…
It’s hard to look at geishas with no envy. They are a symbol of femininity. They are gentle, graceful and delicate. Elegant and well-mannered. They light up the room with their presence.
Like most women in Japan, geishas have flawless skin. Their secret lies in natural products, and rice is a very important part of their beauty routine. Japanese women have learned centuries ago that rice face masks have a lot to give when it comes to skincare.
Rice face masks offer gentle, balanced care which, with consistency and persistence, leads to much better, longer lasting results than layering harsh, heavy products. Whether you use rice grains, rice water or rice flour, you can rest assured your skin is getting only the best organic nurture.
The Benefits of Rice Face Masks for Skin
- DIY skincare products with rice moisturize and brighten the skin;
- Rice face masks smooth out rough patches and make the skin incredibly soft;
- Rice collects excess oil without drying out the skin;
- It has anti-inflammatory properties;
- Rice face masks minimize the pores and give you an even, matte complexion;
- They improve skin’s blood flow;
- Improve skin firmness and elasticity;
- Increase collagen production;
- Rice regenerates the skin and stimulates new cell growth;
- It can be used as a scrub for exfoliating the skin;
- Rice contains ferulic acid, an antioxidant that protects the skin from free radicals;
- Rice face masks prevent premature aging signs and preserve youthful looking skin.
Top 10 Rice Face Masks and Scrubs:
1. Rice Water
- 1/2 cup rice
- 2 cups water
For beauty products, whether rise water, rice face masks or scrubs, always use organic, pesticide-free rice.
Soak the rice in the water for 20 – 30 minutes. Strain the rice. You should get whitish, blurry water. Use it as a face wash or apply it with a cotton ball as a toner. You can even rinse your hair with it, for some extra glow.
If you leave this water to sit in a jar for a couple of days, you will get fermented rice water. Despite its unpleasant, sourish smell, many agree that fermented rice water is even better for your skin than fresh made. You can use it the same as described for the rice water, just first dilute it with 1 – 2 cups of warm water.
2. Rice, Milk and Honey Mask
- 2 – 3 tablespoons rice
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 tablespoon honey
This is one of the most nourishing rice face masks.
Boil the rice until the grains are completely soft. Strain the rice and mash it with a fork until you get a smooth paste. Add the milk and honey and mix it all well. Apply the mask to a clean face. Leave it on for 20 – 30 minutes, then rinse off.
3. Rice, Lemon Juice and Olive Oil Mask
- 2 tablespoons rice powder
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
Mix all the ingredients well until you get a smooth paste. Apply it to your face and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
4. Anti-Aging Rice & Grapes Mask
- 3 – 4 grapes
- 2 teaspoons rice flour
- 1 – 2 drops vitamin E oil
Though all rice face masks have anti-aging properties, with this one the results are faster and more noticeable. You can see how, with every use, your face becomes more supple, fine lines disappear, irregularities fade and your skin is getting that youthful glow.
Blend the grapes until you get a pulpy texture. Add just enough rice flour to get the consistency that you like. Add vitamin E oil and mix well. Keep the mask on your face for 15 – 20 minutes, then rinse off.
5. Rice & Tomato Face Scrub
- 1 – 2 teaspoons rice
One of the best DIY scrubs ever, for incredibly soft, bright and glowing skin!
Grind the rice. You don’t want to get a powder; there should be some pieces left – enough to exfoliate, but not big and sharp enough to scratch your skin.
Squeeze the tomato. You will need 1 – 2 teaspoons of the juice. Mix it with the grinded rice. Lightly scrub your face with the mixture for a couple of minutes, then rinse off.
6. Lemon & Rice Body Scrub
- 3 – 4 tablespoons ground rice
- 1/2 lemon
Cut a lemon in half and dip it in the ground rice. Use it to exfoliate your body skin, especially dry parts. Occasionally dip the lemon in the ground rice again. Wash off using a mild shower gel.
7. Rice & Avocado Mask for Combination Skin
- 1 tablespoon rice flour
- 1 large tablespoon mashed avocado
- a tablespoon fresh apple juice
To make one of the most moisturizing rice face masks, perfect for combination skin type, mix all the ingredients well until you get a nice, smooth paste. Apply the mask evenly to your face. Leave it on for 15 – 20 minutes, then rinse off.
8. Rice & Green Tea Mask
- 2 teaspoons rice flour
- 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
- 2 – 3 teaspoons brewed green tea
Mix rice flour and matcha powder. Add the green tea, just enough to get a smooth paste. Apply to a clean face, leave it on for 10 – 15 minutes, then rinse off.
9. Rice, Aloe Vera and Orange Peel Powder Mask
Out of all rice face masks, this one is the best in hydrating the skin, supplying it with vitamins and making the skin supple and radiant.
Mix rice flour and orange peel powder. Add aloe vera gel and mix it all well. Apply the mask, leave it on for 10 – 15 minutes, then rinse off.
10. Rice & Yogurt Face Mask
- 1 tablespoon rice flour
- 1 tablespoon yogurt
Mix rice flour and yogurt until you get a smooth paste. Spread the mask evenly over your face. Rinse off after 15 – 20 minutes.