Rice and milk, the combination that, more than any other, recalls childhood, the days spent playing carefree, looking for treasures that were hidden under the tree in front of the house or in a little plastic box that adults didn't give it any importance, and then the races up to the coveted snack, a fragrant bowl of rice pudding! Here, the beauty recipe we see today is inspired by this delight, to remind us that we are also those children, who see the world with wonder and surprise, even if sometimes we forget it, caught up in the thousand commitments of life as adults. The cosmetic that we will make together is a scrub, very easy to prepare at home and with just a few ingredients, rice, milk and oat flour, which you can also obtain by blending oat flakes. That's all, for glowing, hydrated and smooth skin.
Rice and milk facial scrub
Pour two tablespoons of well-rinsed and drained rice into a small saucepan. You can use white rice. Cover with water, using five parts water to one part rice, and bring everything to the boil. Simmer until the rice is cooked but al dente, so remove 4-5 minutes at the time indicated on the package. Drain the rice and let it cool down. In a bowl, pour the cooled rice, 2 tablespoons of oat flour and as much milk as needed to obtain a mixture that can be spread on the skin. Apply to clean skin, massaging for a couple of minutes, then remove the scrub with a cloth, rinse your face and continue with your usual treatment. The scrub can be stored in the fridge for no more than 48 hours.
Rice and milk scrub, what science says
The scrub removes the layer of dead superficial cells and stimulates cell renewal. The result is a smoother and more luminous skin (Rodan et al, Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open, 2016). Al dente rice helps to exfoliate in a sweet and gentle way. In addition, rice provides important properties for the skin, since it is emollient, soothing and anti-inflammatory (Zamil et al, J Cosmet Dermatol, 2022). The proposed scrub is enriched with oat flour which is anti-aging, counteracts skin inflammation and photoaging and is prebiotic, useful for supporting the skin microbiota (Pazyar et al, Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol, 2012 - Liu Walsh et al, Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol., 2021). Finally, milk helps cleanse the skin, is soothing and healing (Shabib et al, Int J Low Extrem Wounds, 2022).