For centuries, Asian women have been coveted for their lustrous complexions, one of the most defining features of the orient. Their porcelain tones have appealed to women all over the globe which makes us wonder... what is the skin secret of Asian women for their bright, beautiful faces? Believe it or not, it is a humble bowl of rice powder.
When rice is reaped and cleaned from its husk, it is segregated, washed and dried. This rice grain is then ground with a millstone or a blender into a finely milled powder. This powder is rice flour which is used for a variety of baking, cooking and even beauty purposes. It was said that stunning Geishas in yesteryear Japan depended on rice flour to maintain their skin, even though they constantly wore makeup.
Benefits of Rice Powder
1. UV Protection
Rice contains a few sun-protecting agents like ferulic acid and allantoin, which convert it into a good natural sunscreen. Being a good anti-inflammatory agent, rice powder also soothes sunburns and prevents the skin from sun tan.
2. Dark Circles
Rice powder is one of the best ways and a natural remedy to deal with those ghastly-looking eye bags. You can also get rid of that oh-so-exhausted look and have a cooling effect on tired eyes.
3. Exfoliating Agent
Rice powder is a bit coarse in its texture which makes it an excellent material to be used as a scrub. The fine particles help the flaky dead skin cells leave your skin in an easier way. Rice absorbs all the sebum and leaves your skin clean, smooth and re-energised.
4. Skin Whitening
Nutritional and mineral-rich rice has been known as one of the traditional skin lightening remedies. Amino acid and vitamins present in the grain act as a clearing agent and control the shine of the skin.
5. Wrinkles, Pimples and Age Spots
Rice powder is equally wonderful to treat blemishes, fine lines and pimples that leads to ageing. It also helps retain the elasticity and firmness of the skin to make you look fresh and young.