Beautiful Skin With Organic Rice
August 9th, 2011
By Antropia Luna
In your vivid imagination you can easily visualize the beauty intensive rituals of Japanese geishas. Through the boudoir window there is a lovely glimpse of rice terraces with wispy stands blowing in pre-monsoon breezes. Gorgeous plumes of rice flour spin around heads of silky black hair as the powder is diligently applied to flawless skin. Rice flour has been used for centuries by Asian women for ceremonious skincare regimens with awe-inspiring stunning results. Beauty of almost mythical proportion has been achieved by the historical geishas using rice as a key ingredient.
That said, I recently read of a hasty journey by a woman who traveled for professional reasons, leaving behind her hygiene essentials. Being resourceful she accessed a batch of rice and proceeded to concoct a restorative skin toner by soaking rice, draining off the rice water and applying to her skin. The final product leaves skin soft, supple and protected from sun damage. In the past, I have tried a high-end rice facial cleanser that I was luckily gifted after a friend’s visit to Japan. That cleanser eliminated my New York summer, humidity-induced oily skin like no product I have tried since.
Organic rice flour, when used as a cleanser, effectively absorbs oil and the associated “shine” from the skin without leaving it dry. Fortified with Vitamins C and B5, rice has the capacity to reduce enlarged pores as it nourishes skin worn by elements, environment and daily routine. The reduced size of pores gives skin the look of beautiful flawless continuity and, because rice is rich in lactic acid, it promotes even tone as well. Hydrating lactic acid is also essential for reducing wrinkles and pigmentation imbalance.
As a rejuvenating exfoliant, this ultra-botanical stimulates skin cell growth as it cleanses and helps shed upper epidermal layers. A soothing mask of organic rice flour inhibits the production of melanin: it has skin bleaching properties that effectively diminish blemishes following acne outbreaks when directly applied to the affected area. Take care in how you apply rice to the skin if you want to avoid lightening your sun-kissed complexion in the sultry summer months.
For blemish control: apply aloe gel combined with organic rice flour directly to the specific areas of skin after cleansing. Leave the application to set for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and moisturize. If a transcendent bathing experience is what you desire try a tropical inspired take on a rice flour scrub to soothe sun exposed skin.
Organic Coconut Vanilla and Rice Flour Body Scrub
1 Cup of Organic rice flour
2 Cups of dried coconut milk powder
1 Tsp. of vanilla essential oil
Mix the dry ingredients then add warm water for desired consistency. Douse the final mixture with vanilla oil and blend for an ultimate relaxing and exfoliating body scrub that recharges skin for undeniable vitality that emits a glow.
Antropia Luna has a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute and a Masters degree in cultural anthropology from New Mexico State University–now writing health and wellness articles for Joanna Vargas Skincare Sanctuary in NYC. Otherwise trekking the national museum scene freelance.