A rice facial mask can gently exfoliate your skin, add moisture and brighten your skin tone, but you can’t use the actual grains for a face mask. Instead, save the grains for stir fry and use rice flour or rice water to make a homemade rice facial mask. A rice facial mask is suitable for all skin types, including those with acne, sensitive skin or dry skin. You don’t have to go to a spa or spend a ton of cash on store-bought rice facials -- you can whip up a simple recipe right at home with all-natural and inexpensive ingredients.
Rice Water Facial
Pour 1/2 cup of rice into a bowl. Add enough water to fill the bowl about 1 inch above the rice. Stir well with a spoon.
Let the rice sit in the water until it looks cloudy -- about 30 to 60 minutes. Pour the rice and water through a sieve into a clean bowl to separate the rice and water.
Use a pair of scissors to cut eye, nose and mouth holes in a paper towel to use for your mask. Soak the paper towel in the rice water for 10 minutes.
Remove the paper towel carefully and wring it out gently. Lay down and place the paper towel on your face for 15 minutes.
Peel a small potato with a knife. Grate the raw potato with a cheese grater.
Put a handful of the grated potato into your hand. Squeeze it over a bowl to extract the juice.
Add rice flour to the potato juice, a pinch at a time. Stir the juice as you’re adding the rice flour until it turns into a paste.
Smooth the paste onto your face with your fingertips. Leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
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