5 Amazing Skin & Hair Benefits, Uses of Rice Flour

 Almost all of us use rice flour in our cooking on a day to day basis, but if you are not using for it for skin and hair care treatments then you are missing out one of the best skin care ingredients. If you know how to use rice flour for skin and hair care, you will start using it regularly.  Since rice flour is a bit coarse, it helps exfoliates the skin well and also removes excessive oiliness.

Rice flour also tightens very well on the skin making it ideal for using it on all face masks. Rice flour can be either bought from the shops or made at home easily. There are 2 types of rice that we use for making all our dishes. One is parboiled rice, where the rice is boiled partially which makes it more nutritious than raw rice, we use only this rice mainly. But certain traditional dishes call only for raw rice, so I always have both raw rice and par boiled rice at home.

How To Make Rice Flour At Home:

Making rice flour is always done with raw rice and we do that in two ways: To make the rice flour for sweets, first we soak raw rice in water, raw rice soaks faster than parboiled rice. Take the soaked rice and spread it on a thin cotton cloth to absorb all the moisture. Grind it in a dry mixer to get a fine powder, sieve and grind again until all the raw rice is ground finely into a powder.

We use this powder for all our sweets and you can also store the powder by dry roasting the powder slightly in an empty pan to get rid of the moisture, spread it on a plate to cool completely and then store in an airtight box. The second method is grinding the raw rice directly without soaking in water, we do that by grinding it in local flour mills, as we can’t grind raw rice finely at home.

I like to use the rice flour made by grinding it directly for all the skin care treatments and it also stores well than rice flour made by soaking in water. Out of all the skin care treatments made with rice flour, strawberry face scrub made with rice flour is one of my favorite home treatments. Choose from the treatments given below according to your skin type and modify it to your preference…..

5 Top Uses Of Rice Flour For Hair & Skin:

1.  Rice Flour For Acne & Acne Scars:

Rice flour when combined together with turmeric and applied as a face mask is a perfect treatment for acne and acne scars. Turmeric is very good for treating existing acne and preventing further breakouts. To make the mask, first make turmeric paste by rubbing turmeric in a coarse stone along with little boiled water to get a smooth paste. Mix turmeric paste with enough rice flour to get a paste and apply it all over the face. Wait for it to dry and wash it off. This treatment is also very good for removing black heads. This treatment can be used weekly twice and regular application also slowly retards facial hair growth.

2. Rice Flour Scrub For Dry Skin: 

I have dry skin and this strawberry and rice flour scrub is perfect for my skin. This scrub is ideal for people with normal to dry skin. It is especially useful during the winter months, when the skin turns very dry. I love strawberries in any form and I especially love to use it on my face. When I tried this homemade strawberry scrub, the strawberries and fresh cream in the scrub left my skin smooth and moisturized.

The rice flour in the scrub gently removes the black heads, if used regularly. I have used fresh malai (homemade cream), but if you don’t have it at home, substitute it with store bought fresh cream. To make your own cream, boil full fat milk and cool the milk to room temperature. There will be a thin layer of fat on top of milk, collect it and use. Fresh malai spoils easily, so always keep it refrigerated. People with oily skin can skip the malai and make the scrub with strawberries and rice flour.

This scrub keeps well for at least a few days, if refrigerated. To make the scrub, clean the strawberries, remove the stalk and puree the strawberries in the blender without adding water to a smooth paste. Take the required amount of strawberry puree in a small cup. Add 1/2 tsp of fresh malai to the strawberry puree and mix well. Add rice flour to the strawberry – malai mixture and mix well without any lumps to form a thick paste and use it as a face scrub. If you use too much of malai, the scrub will be too oily….

3. Rice Flour Mask For Skin Tightening:

One of the best things about rice flour is when it dries, it tightens into a firm mask. This quality makes it ideal for using it in firming masks. If combined together with pure honey and an egg white, this mask will rival any store bought firming packs. To make the mask, mix around 3 tbsp of rice flour with 1 beaten egg white and a tsp of honey.

Mix and apply on the face, wait for it to dry completely and firm up on the face. This mask is very good for sagging skin and can be used for all skin types. This mask draws out all the impurities from the face along with firming the skin. This mask also lightens the skin tone, if used regularly…

4. Rice Flour For Dark Circles:

Rice flour when used along with banana and castor oil treats dark circles very effectively. To make the eye mask, mash a ripe banana along with a tsp of castor oil into a fine paste. Add enough rice flour to get a thick paste. Apply this mixture around the eyes regularly, all these three ingredients are  great for treating dark circles.

Castor oil is amazing in lightening the skin around the eyes and bananas moisturizes the skin and prevents rice flour from firming up too much as the skin around the eyes are very delicate. This mask also is very soothing if used on the eyes. To use it on the eyes, spread a thin muslin cloth on the eyes and apply this mask on it and relax.

5. Rice Flour For Hair:

We call rice water kanji in Tamil, it is very very good for hair and we use it regularly for our hair to keep it soft and smooth. We combine rice water with shikakai powder for having hair wash. As shikakai by itself can be quite drying on the hair, we always pair it up with conditioning ingredients. Rice water is got by boiling rice with a bit more water than normal and straining the water once the rice is cooked.

Straining the water takes the nutrients away from rice but I just do it for collecting rice water for using it for hair and skin care treatments. If you can’t get rice water, you can also mix rice flour in water and let it sit for a few minutes, the flour will settle down leaving a white liquid on top, you can use this water also for mixing shikakai or it can be used in hair packs too. But make sure not to add too much water to the rice flour, else the rice water will be very runny…



  1. Sandy
    April 19, 2015 / 4:59 am

    Can we store rice water in refrigerator used for hair? For how long?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 19, 2015 / 2:32 pm

      You can store rice water for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator for using it on hair but in the freezer, it will last longer……

  2. Anonymous
    April 20, 2015 / 8:03 am

    Hi Ramya ! love your blog always : ) .. I m a working mom, so request u ,if possible kindly suggest some handy hair wash solutions for my kids (7 yr old daughter,1 yr old son) for twice in a week use. Keep posting ….treasure remedies 🙂 🙂

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 21, 2015 / 4:58 am

      Thanks a lot 🙂 For kids, I would suggest arappu powder (you can read about it in the blog), it is very mild, keeps the body cool especially if used along with oil bath. The second choice is shikakai shampoo or hibiscus leaves (you can find all the information about these ingredients in the blog)

  3. Habibi
    April 20, 2015 / 8:35 am

    Hello RamyaWhen making oils be it for skin, hair or other uses, would you always suggest to sun dry the ingredients first, e.g methi, blackpepper corns etc? Also would you always suggest that oils should be infused with said ingredients in the sunlight, rther than fried/using heat?Thank you and kind regards,Habib

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 21, 2015 / 4:50 am

      Hi, Sun drying the ingredients before adding them to the oil gives a longer shelf life to the oils. It is always best to infuse the oils under sunlight as the nutrients are not lost but certain oils made with fresh herbs need to be heated else the high moisture content in the fresh herbs will make the oil spoil faster. But even when you are frying the ingredients for making the oil, the oil should not be heated to very high temperatures………….

    • Habibi
      April 23, 2015 / 5:30 am

      Thank you for your reply Ramya 🙂

    • Ritub Bedi
      June 6, 2016 / 7:39 pm

      Ramya ji can we use rice water as facewash daily for oily combination skin my tzone is oily ..and which one of these packs i can use fory oily combination skin

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 8, 2016 / 8:36 am

      You can use clay based masks as it will remove excess oiliness really well. You can use rice water for face daily, it won't do any harm….

  4. Anonymous
    April 21, 2015 / 5:05 am

    Thanks a lot Ramya ! for my kids hair wash remedies 🙂

  5. Anonymous
    July 18, 2015 / 9:34 am

    Hi mam I tried arappu for oil bath but oil doesn't go completely after hairwash. Please advise as i do not want to use shampoo. Even adding shikakai a bit doesnt take out oil completely …and after drying hair when i comb arappu is still there in comb inspite of washing so much

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 27, 2015 / 12:18 pm

      When mixing arappu powder for hair wash, try not to mix it very thick. If it is very thick it will be very hard to wash it out of the hair. It should be a semi thick batter without any lumps. Once you apply the arappu evenly on the hair, gently massage it well for some time to get rid of the oil. If the paste is too thick you won't be able to massage it well in the scalp. Sometimes if they add different leaves to the arappu powder, the paste gets too slimy and it does not remove the oil at all, so try getting good quality arappu powder too…

    • Anonymous
      August 14, 2015 / 7:35 pm

      Can rice flour b added to arappu?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 27, 2015 / 4:10 pm

      It is best not to add rice flour to arappu powder. Since rice flour is coarse, it will make it very difficult to use the arappu powder on the hair..

  6. sumathi subramaniam
    August 23, 2015 / 3:27 pm

    Hi ramya we are pure veg so pls tel substitute for egg in rice floor face mask

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 27, 2015 / 4:12 pm

      Use buttermilk instead of egg…

  7. Unknown
    September 11, 2015 / 11:26 am

    Please tell me tips regarding how to get a fair skin!initially my skin was OK BT when I started to use one cream it started to darken my skin so thought of going through naturals please suggest me the best which can glow my skin.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 17, 2015 / 4:56 am

      Rub your skin with fresh Aloe Vera gel for a few minutes, wash your face with just water and apply oatmeal face mask from the blog for a few days continuously. Both Aloe Vera gel and oatmeal face mask are very soothing and will greatly help in skin discoloration. Once the skin color is restored, continue using this treatment weekly twice…

  8. Anonymous
    November 16, 2015 / 12:57 pm

    can i use rice powder everyday to my skin

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 22, 2015 / 3:12 am

      Since rice flour is a bit grainy, it is a very good exfoliant and helps in removing the dead cell. I would suggest using it weekly twice…

  9. Deepshika Gookool
    November 24, 2015 / 3:33 pm

    Hello ma'am..can I just blend some rice if I don't possess any rice flour at my place?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 6, 2015 / 8:28 am

      Yes, you can make your own rice flour by blending rice. But make sure to soak the rice in water for some time then shade dry to remove moisture by spreading it on a cloth and then grind, it will make grinding easier….

  10. Anonymous
    March 1, 2016 / 6:34 am

    Hello madam . . I have dry skin . . So please suggest me with some tips to over come dry skin on my face as well to improve my complexion .. as well certain tips to lighten my dark lips which I have from birth . .

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 20, 2016 / 5:32 am

      I would suggest massaging your face daily with this homemade massage oil immediately after bath, also you can try using anyone of the face packs from the blog depending on your skin type weekly twice to improve the skin tone. You can see the recipe for massage oil here: massage oil

  11. Crystal Minguez
    March 20, 2016 / 12:36 pm

    Hi Ramya! Thanks for this! Would probably share this on my friends who have a big problem on her acne! Love lots from Philippines! ♡

  12. Akshara
    May 11, 2016 / 2:05 pm

    Hello Ramya …can I use this bath powder for my 6yr old kid for removing sun tan

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 4:18 pm

      I would suggest the rose petal based homemade bath powder from the blog for her…

  13. Akshara
    May 29, 2016 / 3:17 am

    Mam this mask.can be used for kindergarten kids

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 7, 2016 / 3:06 pm

      I would suggest not using any masks for kids instead try using homemade bath powder from the blog for them…

  14. Nils Mitt
    June 11, 2016 / 9:01 am

    hello, may I know how to know your skin and hair type/texture in terms of oily dry or normal I'm always but confused in recognising the texture

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 11, 2016 / 4:28 pm

      To determine the skin type, wash your face off any makeup using a very very mild cleanser. After 45 minutes dab your face with a tissue, if the skin is smooth and fresh you have got normal skin. If there is oiliness in the tissue you have got oily skin. If it feels a bit dry then it is dry skin. Some will have combination skin too. Regarding hair, if you have oily hair and don't have hair wash for 2 consecutive days, your scalp and hair will look very greasy like as if you have oiled your hair…

  15. Anonymous
    July 7, 2016 / 11:27 am

    Hi mam pls say the remedy to remove the warts ( Maru) under my eyes…

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 15, 2016 / 7:28 am

      You can try either apple cider vinegar or tea tree oil or amman pacharisi for warts, you can read about amman pacharisi in the blog…

  16. Aliya
    September 3, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    Hi mamcan i use the mixture of rice powder and curd in hair and face. Plz rply…..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 6, 2016 / 1:35 pm

      You can use a mixture of rice powder and curd for face but for hair I would suggest using rice water instead of rice flour as rice flour is grainy and will be difficult to wash it off the hair. You can make rice water from rice flour like given in the last step in the post…

  17. Aliya
    September 6, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    Thank you

  18. Aliya
    September 6, 2016 / 9:03 pm

    What about curd ? Can i use curd in hair

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 10, 2016 / 2:46 pm

      you can use curd for hair, it is a great conditioner but try to use only homemade curd…

  19. Anonymous
    October 16, 2016 / 4:00 pm

    Can I use rice flour to get rid of old scars?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 14, 2016 / 1:08 am

      Yes, you can. I mix rice flour with fresh orange juice, give it a try, great for reducing scars and evening out the skin tone…

    • Africa Mulatu
      December 14, 2016 / 11:10 am

      My face is oily and i have small pimples on my face can i use Rice flour & Milk?

    • Africa Mulatu
      December 14, 2016 / 11:15 am

      My face is oily & I have a small pimples on my face, as you recommended can i use rice flour & egg??

      November 15, 2017 / 3:01 am

      Can brown rice flour be used just as well ad white rice flour for cosmetic use?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 15, 2017 / 3:10 pm

      Yes, brown rice flour can be used for cosmetic purpose too, just make sure to grind it to a fine powder else it will cause skin irritation…

  20. Ritub Bedi
    December 16, 2016 / 2:15 pm

    Hi Ramya ji which rice flour pack can be used on oily-combinational skin??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 15, 2017 / 2:39 pm

      You can mix rice flour with any fresh fruit juice like orange juice or strawberry juice and use, will be perfect for oily- combination skin. You can also mix rice flour with turmeric powder and rice water and apply as a face pack…

  21. Monika
    January 9, 2017 / 4:56 am

    Hi Ramya,Reading your blog for first time. Its really interesting. Im having hairfall problem even after shifting to ayurveda shampoo like patanjali kesh kanti. Can you please suggest me some good hair oil to make it on home and hair wash?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 15, 2017 / 3:12 pm

      Hi Monika, you can try any one of these natural shampoos(copy and paste the link): https://youtu.be/b-S-Rszl0rY. Regarding hair oil, I would suggest you try curry leaf hair oil from the blog, it works well for all types of hair…

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