It’s the T for ‘tender’ in TLC that your skin has been looking for.
We love trying out treatments with all-natural ingredients, especially when we run out of skincare items and need a quick fix STAT! Of course, we get that randomly finding an avocado or a lemon in your kitchen might be a bit hard, so we decided on two ingredients that are more easily attainable and expendable: rice and oats.
It’s pretty much every Asian’s staple diet so we’re pretty sure you’ll be able to find some in the kitchen. But wait, isn’t it too expensive to just ‘waste’ it on your complexion? Nope, because what you’ll be using is its water. Rice water.
HOW TO GET RICE WATER
By rinsing the rice
1. Wash rice as you usually would.
2. Pour the water out; you don’t want to use the first rinse as it’s meant to clean out debris or any unclean residue.
3. Add water once more and gently mix it.
4. Leave it to sit for about 20 minutes before pouring the milky water out. Voila, it’s ready to be used (and the rice can head to the cooker for your dinner).
By boiling the rice (this is the most effective method in obtaining rice water with more nutritions in it)
1. Boil rice as usual but with more water than needed.
2. Once it’s cooked, strain the extra liquid for your beauty needs. Be sure to let it cool before use.
Use it as a facial toner
Rich in vitamin Bs, rice water has been known to help soften and firm skin, as well as tighten pores, and the best part is, it’s super easy to use:
1. Wash your face (you can also use the rice water to do this).
2. Soak a cotton pad in rice water.
3. Dab it all over your face. Leave to absorb.
For some reason, a box of oats always seem to take forever to finish but the awesome part is, you can actually use it for your beauty needs! It works for all skin types, but is especially beneficial if you’re acne-prone.
How to make an oatmeal honey face mask
It’s a triple-kill facial mask! Not only does it help to deep cleanse and exfoliate skin, it also moisturises it.
1. Mix together 3 tablespoons of oatmeal (uncooked) and 2 tablespoons of honey until a thick paste is formed.
TIP: You can also blend the oatmeal to powder for easier application but it’ll be less effective in exfoliation.
2. Apply evenly to the face.
3. Leave on for 20 – 30 minutes. Rinse off while gently massaging skin in a circular motion to loosen the mask; this helps to exfoliate your skin at the same time.
4. Wash off, and apply toner and moisturiser as per usual.
Source: The Beauty Gypsy, The Epoch Times, Beauty Styleist, Free People, Noob Cook