Although it has been a mild spring here in Raleigh, my summer shorts and sun dresses are slowly making their way back into my wardrobe rotation. Are you ready for summer? Is your skin ready for summer? I’ll admit the busyness of mom-life and the convenient shroud of yoga pants and jeans has left me neglecting my usual skin routine over the winter months. I am soooo ready to get back to it and shed the dull skin of winter. Here’s my secret – DIY Rice Body Scrub – say hello to smooth radiant summer skin!
Why rice? Rice is starchy by nature so it is able to maintain some grittiness without getting mushy. (Yep – “grittiness” and “mushy” – those are my technical terms as an amateur-aesthetician and I’m stickin to it!) Another great thing about rice flour is that it’s fairly cheap! A 24 oz bag is more than enough for the summer and costs less than about $6. You can find it in the baking section of your local grocery store.
You can even customize this body scrub to get the best results for your skin type. If your skin tends to be dry, use coconut oil or olive oil when mixing with the rice flour. If you have normal to dry skin, use a simple moisturizer, such as Cetaphil or Cerave. If you have normal to oily skin, use your favorite body wash soap. You can even use aloe vera for a more refreshing experience! Use just two or three times each week before shaving to reveal your radiantly smooth pool-ready skin!
Here’s the recipe:
Mix about 3 tablespoons rice flour with 2 tablespoons of your desired base (oil, cream, soap) in a small plastic dish or bowl immediately before use.
Use a soft brush or your finger tips to apply the rice scrub. Apply gently on your face, legs, and arms.
Let sit for about 2-3 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
Be sure to apply moisturizer and sunscreen after you scrub.
Want to add a little punch of vitamin C? After applying the rice scrub, use half of a Kiwi and rub over your skin like a brush. The natural enzymes will provide a little extra pep to your skin routine!
*Adapted from Giada’s Feel Good Food, 2013, by Giada de Laurentiis