5 Top Hair & Skin Benefits, Uses Of Rice Water For Skin Lightening & Hair Growth

Using rice water for skin and hair is a practice that has been done for ages in India. Before the invention of rice cooker, rice was always boiled in mud pots and once it got cooked, the rice boiled water was drained. Since rice was had for lunch everyday, rice water was always at home.

Instead of pouring it down the drain, it was always used for skin and hair care. Though we use pressure cooker for boiling rice now, we do make rice the traditional way often just to get rice water. Usually instead of soap we use homemade bath powder and sometimes when we use bath powder mixed with water during cold winters, it can dry out the skin.

So we usually use rice water to mix the bath powder instead of water during winter months. We also mix shikakai powder with rice water for washing our hair, it gives a nice sheen to the hair. Rice water is rich in amino acids, vitamin B, vitamin E and minerals and is very soothing both when taken internally and applied externally.

Rice Water Hair & Skin Benefits:

1. Rice Water For Skin Lightening:

Regularly using rice water on the skin helps make it smooth and supple. It also brightens the skin tone especially if used regularly.  You can add rice water to homemade creams, face packs and even in toners and face washes.

2. Rice Water For Acne:

If you have acne prone skin, I would suggest being very cautious about the ingredients you use on the face. Using gentle ingredients like rice water which helps soothe the inflammation and gently fights of acne causing bacteria is the best idea.

Try using fermented rice water for acne, to use mix fermented rice water with besan and organic turmeric powder and apply on the face.

3. Rice Water For Eczema:

Since rice water has a soothing effect on skin, it can be very useful for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Like oatmeal bath, you can mix rice water into bath water and soak in it. Adding few drops of soothing essential oil to it also will greatly help.

4. Rice Water As a Hair Conditioner:

Rice water can be used as a natural hair conditioner, dilute the rice water in regular water along with few drops of lemon juice and use as final rinse to get shiny, smooth hair.

5. Rice Water For Dandruff:

Fermented rice water is great for getting rid of dandruff if used along with amla powder and yogurt. At home I mix fermented rice water and yogurt with amla powder and use it as a hair mask, great for getting rid of all scalp infections!

6. Rice Water For Health:

Freshly made rice water mixed with turmeric powder is a very good remedy for indigestion. For the remedy, add in 1/4 tsp of jeera seeds and 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder to hot rice water, mix well and drink. This drink is very soothing on the stomach.

How To Make Rice Water At Home?

You can make rice water at home in two ways, one involves boiling and the other is a no cook method.

a. Boiled Rice Water:

To make your own rice water using boiling method, boil organic hand pounded rice (or any variety of rice that you use) after soaking it in water for an hour in plenty of water till it gets cooked and then strain the water.

b. Fermented Rice Water:

To make fermented rice water, keep the rice water in normal temperature for a day or two till it gets sour.

c. Rice Water Using No Cook Method:

To make the rice water using no cook method, soak rice in very little water for an hour and strain the water, you can also ferment the water overnight. At home, I mostly use cooked rice water as it is more thick and creamy….

Different Ways Of Using Rice Water At Home:

1. Rice Water Toner: 

This is such an easy but very effective toner that can be easily made at home with practically no cost at all. All you need to do to make the toner is next time you are making rice for lunch, wash the rice once and soak it in very little water before cooking. Strain the white milky water before cooking and use it as toner…

2. Rice Water Face Mask:

This face mask is very very effective for acne prone skin. To make the mask, take 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder and 2 tsp of besan in a bowl. Add enough rice water to form a spreadable paste and use it as a face mask. You can use this face mask weekly twice.

3. Rice Water Hair Rinse:

For hair rinse, I would suggest using fermented rice water. Take the rice water and thin it down with water till it is very watery. Now add a dash of fresh lime juice, your rise water hair rinse is ready! Use it as a hair rinse after shampooing and rinse once more with plain water…

 4. Rice Water Hair Mask:

For the hair mask, take amla powder in a bowl. Add equal quantity of homemade yogurt and fermented rice water to form a spreadable paste and use it as a hair mask. This mask treats dandruff very very effectively.


  1. Geetha Somasundaram
    July 25, 2016 / 9:55 am

    Hi Ramya Mam,This is Geetha Somasundaram.Love your blog so much.. am also living in coimbatore.U r from which place in cbe exactly.. thanks a lot for ur informative blog. Recently I had my frst baby..in feb.. then aftr three month, am shedding lot of hair..arnd 100 a day.. please let me how to arrest this hairfall. I am having protein rich food like eggs.. urad dhal .. iron from moringa leaves soup.. still hairfall is there..so kindly help me to overcome this postpartum hairfall ,Ramya mam..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 12, 2016 / 12:25 pm

      Hi Geetha, I am so glad you find the blog useful. I live in a village near Coimbatore :). I would suggest using curry leaf hair oil from the blog everyday and continue eating high protein foods. Also try taking iron and calcium tablets after consulting your doctor if you are breast feeding. If you don't suffer from asthma, I would also suggest fenugreek hair mask from the blog weekly twice, it arrests hair fall pretty soon. You can find the recipe for it in the blog…

    • Anu
      December 16, 2016 / 10:26 am

      Hi GeethaI had the same problem. Hair Fall after Child Birth. I switched to washing with arappu and shikkakai mixed in equal proportion. Hair Fall has considerably reduced.

  2. Geetha Somasundaram
    September 1, 2016 / 8:13 am

    Thank you vry much Ramya. Any remedies for the stubborn black heads on the nose ??!!

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 3, 2016 / 2:53 am

      I would suggest this home remedy to get rid of black heads on the nose: remedy

  3. Viji Ganesh
    February 12, 2017 / 12:32 am

    I am so glad that I stumbled upon your blog while looking for natural immunity boosters.very well organised and informative blog.Thanks for documenting and sharing Paati vaidhyam passed on through oral tradition.

  4. Gayatri
    May 15, 2017 / 5:27 am

    Hi Ramya, this is a dumb question for you but how do you get rice water ? I have always cooked in a pressure cooker / rice cooker, so have no idea how to get rice water ! Thanks !

  5. Anonymous
    May 25, 2018 / 5:11 pm

    I used fermented white basmathi rice water but wouldn’t recommend this water. While walking in my newly renovated temple I stepped on a nail the construction people didn’t secure down well, and got a callous. It has remained for 10 years. These pads they sell don’t work as it comes back after using it. So I tried this water to soften it but it made it more hard and swollen. I also used it on the hair but it made the hair stiff (but didn’t do a final rinse forgot to read that part). Not sure how this differs from the water used to starch clothes stiff. I think the kind of rice used makes a huge difference. I don’t have access to kai kuthal I assume ponni was used, but if I ever do I will try. Perhaps the water from soaking idli rice is better as that is meant for fermenting. And I don’t know the specific varietal meant for making authentic fermented kanji.

  6. April 14, 2019 / 11:19 am

    Some people add salt in the water while boiling rice. Is it okay to use that rice water for both hair and skin? Face?

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