I got the idea for this one a few months ago when I was looking through some Demalogica productsÂ at the airport and saw a rice based exfoliator.
It got me thinking about how to make my own DIY version (and cheaper version) and after trying out and testing the following idea for a a few weeks I went ahead and made the video.
If you want to spice up this recipe a bit you can add one (or both) of the following ingredients.
- Bicarbonate of Soda: Is an antiseptic perfect for gentle exfoliation, however it can be quite drying so if you have dry skin I would avoid adding this ingredient.
- Lemon Juice: contains;Â alpha-hydroxy acids, citric-acid, vitamin C and is anti-bacterial. Over time lemon slowly reduces hyperpigmentation and scars owing to it’s mild bleaching properties. It is also a mild natural exfoliant and good for (slowly) removing blackheads. Some people don’t react too well to the citric acid in Lemons so I really wouldn’t recommend more than a few drops per scrub use.
Rice has emollient, exfoliating, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also fantastic for controlling shine on the skin as it, like potatoes, contains starch (an astringent) which absorbs sebum (oil produced by the skin).
Although I use both white rice and brown rice in the video I highly recommend that (if you can) to use brown rice as white rice has both the bran layer and the germ layer removed which means a lot of the nutritional benefits are lost such as magnesium, iron, vitamin B1 and B3 and the natural oil in the bran is also lost with white rice.
- If kept in powder form and away from moisture you can keep this for up to 6 months.
- Don’t over exfoliate! Even though rice powder is very gentle once or twice a week is enough.
- Just because something is ‘natural’ does not mean that you can’t have a reaction to it, if your skin reacts negatively to any of the ingredients mentioned or if you have an allergy them DO NOT use this recipe.