Here is a popular DIY Japanese rice face mask recipe that I have recently made. The texture is super-smooth and so rich that it feels really luxurious.

If you love rice you are going to love it even more after you experience the awesome benefits it has on the skin. More on the benefits below.

It is well known that Oriental women, including Japanese and Korean, take good care of their skin, and rice masks form part of their beauty routine. Perhaps they have to thanks the humble rice for their porcelain skin?

Homemade masks, toners and scrubs made with rice have great benefits for the skin. Use them to:

  • Eliminate dead cells
  • Moisturize
  • Rejuvenate
  • Regenerate
  • Firm
  • Brighten and whiten
  • Clear the skin

Note: I have added full spectrum preservative to all 4 products because of the water content. Even if kept in the fridge it will soon grow bacteria and I don’t want those nasties on my skin. If you don’t want to use a preservative make only the amount you are going to need for one or two applications. Sterilize the containers with alcohol (70%) and use a spatula instead of your fingers.

DIY Japanese rice face mask recipe

4 Homemade Rice Skin Care Products


I have made four skin care products using rice and water as main ingredients. No too bad eh? Let’s see how to make the facial mask, the skin toner and two scrubs. These are, what I call, my “fab” four.


1 cup of rice
3 cups of water

How to make it:

First we are going to make the toner. Boil the rice and water for just 5 minutes.


DIY Rice Toner


Strain half cup of water to make the rice toner. Wait until it cools and transfer to a bottle. I have added one tablespoon of homemade rose water. This is, of course, optional but if you want to add it check how to make rose water at home.

Anther way to make the toner is by leaving the rice with water for few hours or overnight. Strain the rice and keep the water in a bottle and in the fridge. Apply with a cotton or keep it in a spray bottle and spray over face and neck.


DIY Cooked Rice Face Mask


Now we are going to make the facial mask or serum. Keep boiling the rice until is soft but make sure is not completely dry. Now blend it until it looks like puree.

Put the boiled rice on a cheesecloth, a pantyhose or a small net washing bag (like me) and squeeze it to get a gel-like liquid.

This is how it looks. Keep the rice left in the strainer to make a scrub.

Transfer to a container. You can use it like this or you could add other ingredients to maximize its benefits.

I have added 1 tablespoon of vitamin E, 10 drops of rosehip oil, one teaspoon of marine collagen powder and half teaspoon of DMAE powder. I have also added full spectrum preservative because it contains water. If you don’t want to use a preservative make a small amount, keep it in the fridge and use it in one or 2 days maximum.

DIY Japanese rice face mask recipe

Apply over the skin and neck and leave until it gets dry, around 10 or 15 minutes. Remove with warm water,

For a more intense treatment do what I call a “triple application”. Apply one layer and wait till it dries then apply another one and so on. Remove with plenty of warm water or rose water. The skin will be clear and super-smooth. Apply on your hands too.


Homemade Rice Scrubs



2 tablespoons leftover cooked and blended rice
1 chamomile or green tea bag
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of almond oil (this one is 100% pure)

How to make it:

For the first scrub take 2 spoons of blended rice and place it in a bowl.

Add a chamomile tea bag and remove. You could also add a green tea bag or similar.

Add two tablespoons of olive oil and one tablespoon of almond oil.

Mix well and is ready to use. This rice scrub is very gentle to the skin. Moisten the skin before using the scrub.

Second rice scrub ingredients:

2 tablespoons grounded dry rice
2 tablespoons of honey
1 teaspoon of vitamin E (check this one)
1 tablespoon of glycerin (get it here)
1 tablespoon of rosewater (from Amazon)

How to make it:

Now for the second scrub take half cup of rice and grind it.

Add 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of vitamin E.

Now incorporate 2 tablespoons of glycerin and rosewater.

This scrub is a bit rougher so use with care. Moisten the skin before use.

Another way to use this scrub is by soaking a potato with the rice powder. Splash the skin with water and gently rub with the potato. Great for clear and glowing skin.

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Homemade rice face mask to whiten and lighten the skin
DIY Japanese rice face mask and scrubs

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*Pregnant or nursing women consult your doctor if you are unsure. Same goes for anyone taking medications.