I still remember in old days, people like to put the cooling rice powder (bedak sejuk in Malay) on their face and leave it on. It is said to have cooling, whitening, smoothening, prevent pimples and oil absorbing effects on our skin.
It is one of the favorite traditional cosmetic products used by Baba Nyonya, Malay, Chinese and Indian during those days.
In rural area, it is still the essential cosmetic product for elderly. According to the tradition, applying the white rice powder on the skin irritation area will help to reduce itchiness. For chicken pox, you can crash the jasmine leaves with mortar and pestle, mixed the liquid of jasmine leaves with the bedak sejuk and apply on the chicken pox area. It can reduce itchiness and improve the recovering process.
Bedak sejuk is produced by soaking the rice grains for at least for a week or until the rice completely dissolved. Fermentation will occur during the soaking process and the water needs to be changed to prevent the unpleasant smell. The long the period of fermentation, it is said to have more cooling effect for the rice powder.
Nowadays, it is not easy to get the bedak sejuk in the market. The profit is low and it required a lot of time and efforts to prepare it, it became a traditional business. I brought a bottle (150ml) of bedak sejuk from the Traditional Chinese Medicine shop, it just cost RM6.50.
How to use the beduk sejuk?
You can simply put 8 – 10 grains on palm, add a few drops of water and apply on the face.
You can mix it in your mask recipe as follows:
Cooling rice powder (bedak sejuk) 3g
Green tea powder 1g
Rose damask hydrosol 6g
Mix it and apply on face. Wash it after 10 to 15 minutes. Use it once a week.
Green tea contains Polyphenols and catechin, it has antioxidant and anti-aging benefits. Rose hydrosol is humectants and moisturizing, it is suitable for dry, mature, sensitive skin types.
This mask is good to clean your clogged pores, lightening and give revitalize to your skin. Suitable for oily skin.