Asia’s Best Kept Beauty Secret: Rice

As an Asian, I love the smell of freshly cooked rice. I would stick my face near the bowl of rice and feel the steam on my face. Ah… my pores are opening up and it’s time to clean out the impurities on my skin. That’s what I would do every time I have a bowl of freshly cooked rice in front of me.

Besides rice being a big part of the Asian diet, rice can be used for skincare benefits. And no, we don’t put rice on our faces, we use rice water. Yes, water that comes from cleaning the rice. Many Asians, especially the Japanese, use rice water in their skin care routines to keep their skin looking flawless.

What’s so good about rice water? Rice water contains many minerals and vitamins that have great beauty benefits. It does a wonderful job brightening skin and shrinking pores. It acts as an acne healer by gradually reducing redness and helps in dealing with eczema. It is also great for removing any dirt and impurities in your skin. Rice water can be used on all skin types. Whether you have dry or oily skin, rice water can help enhance the feel and look of your skin.

Where can I get rice water? I recommend making it yourself because it is chemical free and fresh. The quickest way to make rice water is by simply saving the water after you’ve rinsed the rice clean. Pour out the water after the first rinse to clean the rice from dirt. For the second rinse, let the rice soak in the water for a while and pour the rice water into a clean jar. The second method is to boil the rice and strain out the excess water. The rice water should be white and has a high concentration of nutrients.

Use the rice water as a toner and it will keep the skin smooth and radiant. Oh, I forgot to mention that rice water also help keeps your hair healthy, smooth and shiny too. 😉

3 Homemade Oatmeal Beauty Uses and Benefits

I bet almost all of you have had oatmeal for breakfast before. A warm bowl of oatmeal for breakfast can boost up your energy for the whole morning. But that’s not the only thing oatmeal can do to your body. The use of oatmeal has become popular in skincare and masks because of its cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing properties. It is no secret that oatmeal provides numerous skin benefits and many people, including me, are already adding oatmeal into our homemade masks. Oatmeal is full of vitamins, minerals and lipids that are very beneficial to any condition of one’s skin. Let me share with you 3 of my most favorite uses of oatmeal.

  1. If you are lazy, like me, a simple oatmeal mask is what I’ll go for. How simple? As simple as just adding water or milk to the oatmeal and mix it up to make a smooth paste. Apply the paste onto your face evenly and wait for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off and voila! You’re done! This simple mask will do all the tricks it needs to moisturize and exfoliate your skin leaving it smooth and soft.
  2. If your skin is prone to acne, then you should try mixing lemon and egg white with oatmeal. You can also add a spoon of honey as well. This will moisturize, soothe, and lighten up any red spots on your face. Oatmeal has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which makes it great for treating acne skin and reversing damages caused by sunburns.
  3. The last one is one of my favorite. An oatmeal bath! Sounds interesting? This is a truly relaxing bath that is great after you had a long day at work. Pour 1 to 2 cups of oatmeal into your warm water tub and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. This bath will moisturize and cleanse your whole body, and heal any itching spots you have by normalizing your skin’s pH level.

Oatmeal is great for all skin types, even sensitive skin because of its gentle properties. Next time you make oatmeal for breakfast, why not make some extra for a mask!

5 Amazing Beauty Benefits of Cucumbers

I love having sliced cucumbers in my salad or as a snack. Every time I would feel hydrated and energized. But consuming cucumbers is not my favorite, using cucumbers as a mask is my favorite thing to do. I have dry skin type and prone to have dark under eyes. When I found out about the beauty benefits of cucumbers, I would do a cucumber mask as least once or twice a week. Let me share with you some of the beauty benefits of this amazing fruit. (By the way, if you don’t know, cucumbers are fruits)

  1. Cucumbers contain about 90% of water. This is why they are great for dehydrated skin. They can hydrate and moisturize your skin in minutes! Just slice the cucumbers into thin slices and layer them on our face and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Your face will feel cool and refreshed.
  2. Cucumbers are great cure for dark circles and tired eyes. For a person who always works in front of a computer, my eyes tend to feel very tired and dry afterwards. Cucumbers are abundance in antioxidants and have the ability to quickly help fade dark circles. Place a slice of cucumber on each eye, relax for about 20 minutes and let it do its trick.
  3. Use cucumbers to soothe sunburns and rashes. They provide a natural cooling effect and are gentle enough to soothe your skin and speed up the healing process of sunburn. Apply sliced cucumbers onto irritated skin. This is a great at home remedy if you don’t have soothing creams around.
  4. Cucumbers contain lots of vitamins your skin needs such as vitamin A, C, and K. This is why it is great for skin rejuvenation. The vitamins help fight away wrinkles and fine lines. A great natural anti-aging remedy for aging skin. Mix blended cucumbers with yogurt and apply on skin like a regular mask. Do this at least once or twice a week.
  5. Last but not least, cucumbers work great as a natural toner. It evens out the skin tones and help control oil secretion. This will cause less acne breakouts. Just blend the cucumbers in a blender and filter out all the juice into a spray bottle. Spray the content onto face like a usual toner.

I’m sure there are many other ways you can use cucumbers in your beauty regime. Comment down below and share your beauty tricks with me! 🙂

The Best Vitamins For Beautiful Skin

As a beauty addict, taking care of my skin should be essential because no one wants to have bad skin and looking old. The most important factor of having beautiful skin is what you put inside your body. The foods you intake do have an effect on your skin. The more junk and oily food you eat in the long term, your skin will become less healthy and your face will look more dull. But sadly enough, I love eating junk food. My mind is saying “no” but my stomach is saying “yes.” So, to control myself from eating too many junks, I try to eat fruits that contain many vitamins.  There are many foods that contain vitamins that are healthy to both our body and skin.

So what are some vitamins that are essential for having beautiful skin? Actually, you can find these vitamins in many fruits and vegetables. Here is a short list of the vitamins:

  • Vitamin A: This vitamin is essential for the maintenance and repair of vital skin tissues. Lotions containing vitamin A can help control acne and reduce lines and wrinkles as well.
  • Vitamin C: I bet no one on earth does not know what vitamin C is. It is the most common known vitamin among the vitamin family. Vitamin C aids in skin care because of two things. One is its antioxidant properties and two is its importance in collagen synthesis. The antioxidants can fend off the signs of aging and helps heal damaged skin.
  • Vitamin E: Vitamin E helps reduce the appearance of scars and rough, dry skin. It protects the skin against sun damage by absorbing the harmful UV light from the sun when applied topically. It can also help in the treatment of skin inflammation.
  • Vitamin K: If you have dark circles and tend to have bruises, then you need lots of vitamin K because it is crucial for fading them. Just remember to apply it topically for the most benefit.

Taking vitamins orally might be important but applying on your skin directly would have a better and faster effect. Tomato stemcells is the main ingredient for SwissZell, which has all of the vitamins I mentioned above. Currently, SwissZell has a Mother’s Day promotion of 20% OFF. Don’t miss out this opportunity! I wish you all a Happy Mother’s Day. Remember to stay young and beautiful!