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green tea + rice flour facial exfoliator

This is one of my go-to recipes for a daily facial exfoliator that is gentle on the skin and is made from only 2 ingredients that you might even have in your cupboard!

ingredients

  • equal parts brown rice flour and green tea (my favourite blend to use is Genmaicha)
  • a beautiful jar to store it in

method

  1. I have a jar that I love, so I use this to measure how much I need of each. I fill it up with half green tea and have brown rice flour.
  2. Once you’ve measured it out using the jar, add both the tea and the flour to a mortar and pestle and grind down to a fine powder.
  3. Add back into the glass jar, seal and you are done!

application

To apply the facial exfoliator you only need a small amount (1/2 tsp) either in the palm of your hand with a splash of water or on a moist facial sponge or brush. You can make it even more nourishing for your skin by using it with your favourite face oil. Sometimes I use it as the base for a facial mask and combine it with honey and camellia oil as it works a treat.

green tea benefits

Green tea contains a major polyphenolic compound, EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) which has been found to exhibit powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

rice benefits

Rice contains such as inositol and also reduces the reduced the activity of elastase, an enzyme involved in skin aging. Antioxidants help fight the effects of free radicals, which are volatile molecules that can damage cells in the body.

resources
  1. Qian Yi Eng, Punniyakoti Veeraveedu Thanikachalam, Srinivasan Ramamurthy, Molecular understanding of Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Volume 210, 2018, Pages 296-310, ISSN 0378-8741, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2017.08.035.
  2. Ha, S.J.; Park, J.; Lee, J.; Song, K.M.; Um, M.Y.; Cho, S.; Jung, S.K. Rice bran supplement prevents UVB-induced skin photoaging in vivo. Biosci. Biotechnol. Biochem. 2018, 1–9.
  3. Marto, J.; Neves, Â.; Gonçalves, L.M.; Pinto, P.; Almeida, C.; Simões, S. Rice Water: A Traditional Ingredient with Anti-Aging Efficacy. Cosmetics 20185, 26.

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