By B.T. Alo

Rice is a much-overlooked skin care product. Rice helps to sooth and soften skin, dissipating the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and evening out skin tone. It is also good for fighting blemishes. The widely acclaimed skin care line SK-II uses rice compounds to get its skin care formulas, but you don't have to spend even one-eighth of what an SK-II treatment costs to get the natural skin benefits of rice. Combining rice with other nourishing skin care agents, such as honey and yogurt, is not just a yummy sounding breakfast—it makes for a luxurious homemade facial mask that rivals the best commercial skin care products.

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Method 1

Soak a handful of rice in water, just enough to cover it, in a covered bowl overnight.

Place the soaked rice, and its water, into the spice grinder with a teaspoon of honey and two teaspoons of yogurt. Blend until smooth.

Apply to the face and neck, leaving for up to 30 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

Method 2

Mix a tablespoon of rice flour with a teaspoon both of honey and yogurt.

Apply to the face and neck.

Rinse off after up to 30 minutes with warm water.