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Homemade Skin Brightening Mask

One of my favorite homemade skin masks is made using benefit-rich turmeric. Turmeric has been all the craze for dietary reasons but did you also know that it can also help your skin?

 

I wanted to share this mask that will help lighten scars, blemishes and dark spots from your skin. Almost every day our skin is exposed to pollution, harsh chemicals and scorching sun light and it does take a toll on our skin resulting in dark spots, pigmentation and dullness. Instead of resorting to harsh chemical peels and creams to get back the skin to former glory, it is best to use natural remedies like rice flour and Turmeric powder which are gentle on the skin.

 

 

 

Highlights:

 

  • What is rice flour?
  • What are the benefits of rice flour for skin?
  • What is turmeric powder?
  • What are the benefits of turmeric for skin?
  • How to make homemade skin brightening mask?

What Is Rice Flour?

Rice is a whole grain similar to wheat, oats, rye, spelt, and corn. All whole grains are made up of three parts: the bran, the germ, and the endosperm.


The bran is the hard outer layer of the rice grain. Because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it’s considered the healthiest part of the grain. Bran also contains bioactive components, such as ferulic acid and phytic acid, that are extracted and added to some skin care products.


Like all types of flours, rice flour is made by separating out the three parts of the grain and grinding them down in various proportions. The resulting flour may have more or less of the bran and germ.


Whole grain flour contains all three parts of the kernel. In “100 percent whole grain” flours, you’ll get all of the grain. In simple “whole” flours, most of the germ and some of the bran is missing. White flour usually contains just the endosperm.

Many rice flours that you buy from the grocery store are made from white rice, unless the label notes it’s made from brown rice. The bran and germ are removed from white rice, so all that remains is the starchy endosperm.

 

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What Are The Benefits Of Rice Flour For Skin?

 

The use of rice flour on skin has been a treasured beauty secret of women in Japan, Indonesia, and other Southeast Asian countries. In the current times, South Korean beauty brands have brought the goodness of rice to the fore.

 

Here is how rice flour can be beneficial for your skin;

 

  • May protect the skin from sun damage

There is a common perception that rice protects the skin against the sun’s harmful radiation. This could be due to a few compounds in rice, like ferulic acid and para-aminobenzoic acid (or PABA), which are also used in sunscreens. However, there is not enough research to support this claim. Some experts believe that the concentration of these compounds in rice flour is not enough to protect the skin against UV rays.

 

  • May exfoliate your skin

Rice flour can also be used as a facial scrub. When you apply it to your skin, it can help remove dead cells and reduce the signs of aging. Phytic acid is an antioxidant alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) but is gentler on the skin when compared to other similar compounds. This makes rice flour a fantastic natural cleanser for your skin by removing impurities and leaving your skin feeling refreshed and revitalized.

 

  • May help treat acne and dark spots

The phytic acid in rice flour may help treat acne and post-acne inflammation. Phytic acid is used in chemical peels as it can help reduce scarring and dark spots after acne. However, it could work only in the cases of mild to moderate acne. You may have to visit your dermatologist if your acne is severe.

 

  • May help remove excess sebum

Individuals with oily skin may benefit a good deal from rice flour. The flour has all the protein and starch removed from it and is left with only carbohydrates. When you mix it with water and apply it to your skin, it could help stabilize the fat and remove excess sebum from your skin. However, more information is warranted in this regard.

 

  • May minimize the appearance of pores

Rice flour acts as an exfoliator that gently scrubs away dead skin cells, making your skin smoother and pores less noticeable. As it is also said to remove excess sebum, it may help prevent the large pores from getting clogged and causing acne. However, it is important to note that there is no scientific evidence to support these claims.

 

 

What Is Turmeric Powder?

 

Turmeric, grown in South and Southeast Asia, primarily India, is a flowering plant in the ginger family. The spice is derived from the underground stem, or rhizome, and is used in cooking and for medicinal purposes.

 

Turmeric is the source of curcumin, a polyphenol that targets multiple signaling molecules (molecules that pass information between cells). Curcumin traditionally has been used in Asian countries as an herbal medicine. It offers health benefits against inflammatory conditions, metabolic syndromes, pain, and degenerative eye conditions. These benefits are a result of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

 

 

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What Are The Benefits Of Turmeric For Skin?

 

Turmeric has a bioactive component called curcumin which makes it anti-inflammatory. The key health benefits of turmeric come from this curcumin.

Turmeric has several skin enhancing properties. Here’s how it can benefit your skin.

 

  • Acne

Curcumin is a potential alternative treatment for acne, a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. It is more common in teenagers and young adults, but all ages can be affected. Studies in a rat model on acne showed improved antibacterial activity after treatment with a gel containing curcumin and lauric acid.

 

  • Atopic dermatitis 

Atopic dermatitis typically begins in early childhood and usually disappears by adolescence. Yet some people may have it later in adulthood as well. Symptoms include dry, itchy skin, and red rashes that can appear on the scalp, face, hands, and feet.

 

In Asian countries, the use of curcumin to treat eczema is a common practice. Curcumin leads to the curbing of T-cell activity (T cells are white blood cells in the immune system). A study that used an herbal extract cream containing curcumin showed it alleviated many of the symptoms of eczema. However, the non-comparative study lacked a control group, had a high dropout rate, and made it difficult to distinguish between the effects of turmeric or the cream’s other ingredients. Although the results of this study are encouraging, more clinical trials are necessary to determine turmeric’s efficacy in treating atopic dermatitis.

 

  • Under-eye circles

In addition to helping with skin conditions like acne, women in India use turmeric as a skin-lightening agent, specifically under the eyes. Curcumin gel also has been reported to improve the appearance of pigmentary changes due to photodamaged skin conditions (caused by exposure to the sun).

 
  • Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin disorder that produces patches of scaly skin that can itch. In one animal study, a gel formulation containing 1% curcumin improved psoriasis-like inflammation.6 Other studies also have pointed to the benefits of curcumin, including in preventing psoriasis. In studies using mice, for instance, curcumin slowed the activation of potassium channels in T cells, which play a role at the start of psoriasis.

 

  • Brightens skin

This is due to the powerful antioxidant and soothing curcumin, which is single-handedly responsible for helping brighten skin overall, improve skin complexion and rejuvenate dull-looking skin.

 

 

Homemade Skin Brightening Mask

 

This is an exfoliating face mask that works actively towards removing the dead skin cells and all the impurities that clog the pores and contribute towards damaged and dull skin. This face mask which comprises rice flour, turmeric and aloe vera works towards perking up the skin. Aloe vera is known to soothe the skin while rice works towards controlling excess oil and getting rid of the blackheads and whiteheads, thus giving clear and brighter skin.

 

 

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There are a lot of different turmeric face mask recipes, but this one definitely includes some of the top skin boosting ingredients. Along with turmeric powder, you´ll be combining rice flour, Almond milk, Apple cider vinegar, and Aloe vera gel.

 

This mask is so easy to make and use! 

 

Step 1:

Grab a clean empty bowl and add 2 tablespoons of rice flour. Rice flour has healing properties too. Using a rice powder face mask will ensure an even-toned and glowing skin. It fades any dark spots and blemishes, ensuring a glowing and even-toned complexion. Treatment of acne and hyperpigmentation Many women find that when using rice flour, it helps to improve acne and brighten the skin. That could be due to another phytic acid compound extracted from rice that has an exfoliating effect.
Phytic acid is an antioxidant alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). It is extracted from a variety of plants, including rice, beans, seeds, nuts, and whole grains. Phytic acid has been shown to be more effective on the skin than AHAs (glycolic acid) in treating acne and hyperpigmentation (dark spots). 

 

 

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Step 2:

Add a pinch of turmeric powder. Dark spots and dark under-eye circles are very normal but can be difficult to get rid of. Turmeric helps brighten skin and the appearance of uneven tone, leaving you with clearer skin. If you have struggled with acne and you’re left with scars, try a DIY turmeric face mask. The skin-brightening agents can brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of scars.

Besides the fact that turmeric is naturally gold, it can help bring out your natural glow. By reducing dark spots and hyperpigmentation, your skin looks naturally even and radiant.

Studies have shown that turmeric can also be used to help treat the appearance of stretch marks. If you’ve been wanting to make a change from tissue oil, now you can.

 

 

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Step 3:

Add 2 tablespoons of almond milk. The antioxidants available in almond milk has great amounts of vitamin C which helps the skin to reduce the existence of early signs of aging. It also helps in even toning the skin and moisturisation. With the presence of vitamin D and calcium in almond milk, it is beneficial to treat acne and pimples over the kin.

Almond milk is infused with flavonoids that are powerful antioxidants. They help in protecting the skin cells from oxidizing and dying off by fighting free radicals that cause this. This helps in doing away the wrinkles and fine lines on your skin. Did you know that almonds have the ability to whiten the skin? Almond milk can work very well if you desire to lighten your skin tone. Store the milk in a spray bottle and spritz your face with it at every interval in order to achieve brighter skin.

 

 

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Step 4:

Add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. There are a few things in ACV that may boost the appearance and health of your skin.

Acetic acid Research has shown this acid is antifungal and antimicrobial. When used topically, it clears bacteria that may be related to either infections or skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis (scalp eczema), and eczema.

Citric acid This is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). AHAs are used to increase skin cell turnover, and have been shown to decrease wrinkles and age spots.

 

ACV is generally recommended for those with oily and acne-prone skin. It can be applied as a toner, spot treatment or facial cleanser. Benefits for the skin may include: 

  • Balancing skin pH 
  • Exfoliation
  • Reducing hyperpigmentation
  • Stimulating circulation

 

 

Caution


Steer clear if you have a medical skin condition

If you have a skin condition, reach out for professional help. Often, a medical condition requires a prescription-strength treatment. In these cases, using ACV may cause more harm than good and should be avoided. 

 

 

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Step 5:

Add 1 tablespoon of Aloe vera gel and mix well. Aloe vera is the best dark spot remover. The Aloe Vera removes the acne scars, acne marks etc. The dark spots are formed due to acnes, pimples. The aloe vera is the best dark spot, black spot corrector if they are of acne spots and pimple spots.

Aloe Vera gel has cooling properties and is anti-inflammatory. Hence, it is one of the most natural remedies for sunburn or burnt skin. Applying this gel helps with a protective layer for the skin, and it also helps to retain moisture. It is rich in antioxidants and minerals that boost the healing process. So now you can maintain your summer skin health using aloe vera. 

Aloe Vera gel has vitamin C and E, beta-carotene in abundance. Therefore, it has anti-ageing properties. It also contains antimicrobial properties and is anti-inflammatory. It also helps to eradicate skin blemishes and diminish age lines. Additionally, it helps to increase the production of collagen in the body and skin elasticity.

 

 
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Final step:

Transfer your mask in a glass airtight container. Transfer your product into a container, either by pouring it in or using a funnel. Keep it in a cool dark place and it will last for about 14 days. You can add a preservative for longer shelf life. Use it once daily and you should be able to notice some changes in one week. 

 

 

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Here you can watch a video and make your own face mask at home

 

 

 

 

 

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