It was within the first four months of moving to a new city that I first noticed a major shift in the health of my skin. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been an oily skin type, so I was surprised to see flaky skin between my brows, on my nose and on my chin.
What followed was a midday emergency trip to Sephora, where I learned that I had become a combination skin type. Pollution will reek havoc on your skin, sure, but apparently one’s ~epidermal anatomy~ changes every five years or so.
And so, if you follow my blog, you’ll know that I shared my updated skin care routine earlier this year. For me, the Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder has been a game changer – not only does it help me manage my combo skin with just one to two uses per week, but my foundation also applies more smoothly (like, noticeably so).
The only catch? It’ll cost you a pretty penny. And though it’s worth every dime, after some serious Googlin’ I’ve since opted for a DIY rice powder exfoliant instead.
Here’s my logic: since the main ingredient in Tatcha’s Rice Enzyme Powder is rice powder, brown rice flour should yield the same results, right?
More or less. Sure, brown rice flour may lack the papaya enzymes and other fun stuff Tatcha’s formula includes, but the science is essentially the same. In fact, Peaceful Dumpling provides you with all the benefits of using a rice powder exfoliant here – basically, brown rice flour is full of skin-loving antioxidants, while its fine granules ensure it’s gentle enough to be used on even the most sensitive of skin.
Here’s the scoop (pun intended!): Sift a teaspoon-sized amount into the palm of your hand, add some water to form a paste, then gently apply it to dampened skin using circular motions. While I’ve found that the brown rice flour on its own is slightly more abrasive than Tatcha’s Powder, it’s nowhere near as abrasive as most facial scrubs – which is also why it’s become a staple in my skin care routine.
Talk about natural beauty + beauty on a budget amiright?