We've all experienced it, especially in certain regions and climates. One day it's summer and 95 degrees, and the next day you start the morning with a 50 degree chill in the air. Usually, the first parts of my body to react to this drop in temperature are my hands and lips. To combat dry, flaky skin on my hands and around my fingernails, I do a weekly soak with rose petals, sandalwood, essential oils and vitamin/mineral-rich rice water.
Rice is high in PABA, ferullic acid and allantoin, which are all high in antioxidants. These are key to your skincare regimen as they have natural anti-inflammatory and skin-protecting properties. Cleansing skin with rice water can result in a smooth, glowing complexion and, with repeated use, can reduce the appearance of dark spots.
2 cups clean, organic rice
5 cups water
2 tablespoons dried rose petals
1/2 teaspoon sandalwood
1/2 tablespoon rose absolute
1/2 tablespoon lavender oil