DIY Beauty: Rice Face Scrub

I got the idea for this one a few months ago when I was looking through some Demalogica products 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.

Variation ideas:

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; 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.

Why Rice?

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.

Hope you enjoy the video :)


  1. Kinne says

    I love this idea !!! I do have a question though:

    Instead of using it as a scrub can we add more water and use it as a moisturizing solution instead?

    • Klaire says

      I think you’d have to use rice water instead if you wanted to use it as a moisturizing solution. I’ve never used rice water but there are quite YT tutorials on it :)