Rice powder or flour is a widely known ingredient to treat blemishes, milk facial mask and pigmentation. In fact, this ingredient has been used as an anti-aging skin treatment in many Asian countries for centuries. The Geishas in Japan, for example, use rice powder in their beauty routine and despite their heavy makeup, their skin remain porcelain smooth.
A reader pointed out that rice water can make our skin photosensitive but based on what I’ve read, rice powder can actually protect our skin against the harmful UV rays. In fact, I understand that field workers in various Asian countries often apply something of a paste made from rice powder and water to protect their skin from the sun. Besides offering UV protection, rice powder has exfoliating properties and so that can help to keep the skin looking brighter. Other than that, rice powder has a chemical structure similar to ceramide, and ceramide increases collagen production to make skin more supple. In this picture, I’ve only used pure rice flour mixed with mineral water into a paste.
However, you can also mix the rice flour with yogurt or even milk or honey. It’s really your choice of ingredients. Apply on your face and neck and rinse off after 10 minutes or when the paste dries. Here are pictures I took of my hand in the experiment.
The first picture is where I applied half my hand with the paste but the contrast wasn’t so great. The bottom two pictures show how my hand looked before and after applying the paste on the entire area. The brightening is quite remarkable right? Okay, the lighting probably accounted for some difference but I did not do any photo enhancement and my skin did look brighter to my naked eyes. You will just gonna love it ! We have a be nice policy. St David’s Day at school went well.
The kids loved the school eisteddfod and enjoyed wearing their Welsh costumes too. Ffion was happy to wear my old traditional Welsh costume from when I was a kid, but Tomboy Carys was hell bent on being a welsh dragon, so we had to make her costume. Have you ever wanted to make a dragon mask? Yeah, yeah, you can say you haven’t, but I know you have. You’d be mad not to want to make one. I hope that there is someone out there that might actually find this a little bit useful, because although we were sort of making it up as we went along, there are squillions of photos.
First of all, you will be needing two of the British style 4pint plastic milk jugs that you have cleaned out and dried. They look like the ones below. The reason that I used milk jugs to make the base of this is because they durable, flexible, easy to cut with scissors and get a stapler through, and they are just sat there in the recycling bin, so, Freeeeee! We have made plenty of stuff from the US Gallon sized milk jugs while we were living in California, like the Storm trooper helmet and the batman masks.
I chopped off the base, and the handle section. The smaller handle piece has to be cut and stapled to make the dragon’s nostrils. The collection of photos below shows from several angles how we cut down the handle and pushed it together to staple it into a shape that looked like it would work for the nose of the dragon. I think this is the hardest bit to explain in words, hence all the pictures. Next I used a staple or two on each side to attach the nose to the rest of the head. This is the piece that you’re left with.