Weekend Skin Saviour

With essays and exams and really fun, consecutive deadlines, comes stress and the need to consume ALL THE SUGAR for that temporary energy boost to academic success. It’s no surprise that my skin has not been in the best condition for the past couple of weeks, and it’s also no surprise that this has made me really self conscious. Woot.

But there was something in my dwindling stash of Korean cosmetics that I remembered did wonders when my skin was in the same sort of condition last year – and it wasn’t my holy grail honey mask. Enter rice water

Yes, that milky stuff you get when you add water to rice. 

I was really sad that I didn’t stock up with more of the rice water sheet masks when I had the chance, but a little bit of internet browsing and the realisation that I had both rice and water sat in my kitchen, meant that I could go ahead and make my own. What a crazy thought. 

So I went ahead made some rice for dinner, making sure that when I drained it, instead of pouring it down the sink it collected in an airtight container, then I let it sit for a bit in the fridge. Later that evening I added it to my skincare routine with a cotton pad and patting it all over my face.

Then I got a tad bit impatient and went for the paper towels, let them soak up some of the water and placed them on my most troublesome areas, peeling them off when they were drier to the touch. 

I won’t say it’s a miracle cure or anything, but in a few days (plus reducing the amount of sugar in my diet again) my skin looks a lot less angry, and the texture is back to being smoooooth. I’ve been having some trouble with hay fever induced eczema and the rice water has cleared that right up, without me having to reach for the chemical creams. Yay!

Have you guys got any beauty secrets that you know will clear your skin up sharpish? Or have any of you tried using rice water before? I’m a massive fan of more natural skincare so I’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂

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13 responses to “Weekend Skin Saviour”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi babe!This comment is not related to this post but just wanna ask you, where do you stay while you are studying at Yonsei KLI? I am going over to study next month!!

  2. Marta says:

    Hello from Spain: I really like. It is very interesting. Keep in touch.

  3. T'erra McDougal says:

    thanks for this post , I think I'm gonna try this :)http://terramcd.blogspot.com

  4. Carolin Schroeter says:

    Oh that's interesting. thanks so much for sharing Fii. I can recommend for blemishes/dry areas in your face use chamomile. Simply brew a tea and when you remove the bag from the tea cut it open and use the extract on your skin. Leave it on for a few minutes and then remove it. I know it sounds a bit disgusting first but chamomile has so many natural goodness and it works better than any other creme from the pharmacy. I can also recommend honey for dry lips or quark ( a dairy product, basically thick out of date milk, yes we Germans are gross but it tastes amazing) as a first aid treatment for sunburnt skin :)Caz | Style Lingua

    • Fii Cridland says:

      OOooooo Chamomile is one I haven't tried yet, but I think I may. And I love how other cultures are all for the natural ingredients, Korea's pretty big on snails at the mo, so quark doesn't sound that bad!xo

  5. Lauren-lee Grace says:

    I love rice, so this is such a great idea for me to do! It's cheap, but effective. Great post. xo, Lauren-leeLauren-lee Grace Beauty and Fashion

    • Fii Cridland says:

      It really is! It's such a well kept beauty secret from Asia I'm really surprised it hasn't caught on in the west as much!xo

  6. Taylor Hawkins says:

    Wow! I've never heard of involving rice in a beauty routine, this is amazing! Thanks for sharing this tip – I am always needing a way to calm my skin. My skin always acts up in the most inconvenient times!xx

    • Fii Cridland says:

      Ahh no problem!! It's one of the ones that I completely forget about until I have nothing else left to try – and I also forget how amazing it is for my skin!xo

  7. Jessie X says:

    I've heard rice water mask before but never tried it, this simple diy sounds great! gonna give it a go next time I cook rice, thanks for sharing :)xo, Jessie

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