Sometimes I like to make my own facial scrubs and masks, and one of my favorite ingredients to use is rice! It’s good for exfoliating, and can result in softer skin. I started using rice water as a toner years ago, both by itself and added to whatever product I was cleansing my face with that day, but my skin has a tendency to get used to things after a few months, so I’m always switching things around.
I decided recently that it was time to get back to using rice water, and rice in general in conjunction with my normal routine. And I’m glad that I did, because my skin is feeling so much softer, despite the harshness of the weather outside!
Today’s projects that I took on were making rice flour (haven’t done this in awhile), and making a facial mask/scrub using jasmine rice.
Project #1: Facial mask/light scrub
Needed: rice, water, honey, bowl, jar (for storing rice water), and a food processor or blender.
Now, I’m that person that refuses to measure, so put a small amount of Jasmine rice (or rice of your choosing) into a bowl or jar, and swirl it around with the utensil of your choice until the water becomes cloudy. The cloudy water is…rice water. 😉
What I do is, I’ll pour the rice water into another container, and will keep it in the fridge until I’m ready to use it. Mind you, it only “keeps” for a few days. You’ll know when you might not want to use it anymore when you open it up and get a whiff of something that you wish you hadn’t gotten a whiff of.
Note: This is the water from both the scrub and the rice that I used for the flour.
Rice water is poured out…
Add a tablespoon of honey, or however much is to your liking. From here, you will want to add back some of the rice water, so there will be plenty of moisture during the mixing process.
Grab a blender, food processor, or whatever you are most comfortable with using, pour the rice/honey/rice water mixture into it, and blend until the rice is in tiny pieces, and it’s all mixed together beautifully.
Almost looks like rice pudding. 🙂 Pour this into a sealable jar, and store in the refrigerator. This will only keep for a few days, as there is nothing added to it that will keep it preserved. The honey will only keep it for a short while. Use as a mask or as a light scrub.
Project #2: Rice flour
Needed: rice, water, bowl, clean cloth or towel, pan for roasting (and…a heat source! lol), and a grinder
There are a few methods of making this, but I decided to try this version for once – soaking, drying, roasting, and then grinding the rice into a flour. This is where a coffee grinder would come in handy. 😉
Allow the rice to soak for 15-20 minutes, then pour out the water…
…and allow the rice to dry on a clean cloth or towel for 30 minutes.
After it is somewhat dry, put it in a pan and “roast” the rice for a few minutes, which will take the excess water out of the rice. Stir frequently, make sure all of the rice is being heated up. You want as much of the moisture removed as you can, otherwise it can cause the rice to become moldy when stored. You don’t want that!
After allowing the rice to cool off, break out the grinder and add the rice. Make sure you don’t go past the fill line. Grind on “medium” first, and then again on “fine.”
Place the sifter over a bowl and add the rice from the grinder. All of the fine pieces will pass through the sifter, while the larger pieces will stay inside of it. Once all of the fine rice has passed through, put the unsifted rice back into the grinder. Repeat the process.
This time after sifting, you can throw out the leftover rice pieces that didn’t go through. Take the sifted rice in the bowl and grind again, this time only on “fine.”
The end result.
You can add water to it and use it to alone exfoliate your face, or you can also add it to your cleanser for an added kick. I’m not exactly sure how long you can store this before it goes bad, because I’ve always used it up in less than a week. Please use your own judgement. 🙂