Ubtan Uncovered: What Is Ubtan & 5 Home Remedies You’ll Love

Ubtan Uncovered: What Is Ubtan & 5 Home Remedies You’ll Love

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering ‘what is Ubtan, exactly, then you’re in the right place.

Every lady has a few beauty secrets which are the foundation for how she keeps her fresh and youthful appearance. Here’s one of mine.

I remember neglecting my skin for years thinking that it will be magically okay on it’s own. Each time I looked into the mirror and saw something going on with my skin, I’d say to myself “I’m too busy to take care of it right now”.

Not anymore.

Since discovering Ayurveda I’ve had a bunch of life-changing realisations. One of them is that as the biggest organ, your skin is a mirror of what’s going on inside your body. Any internal or external imbalance tends to show up on your skin.

So, on this journey of well-being, I began to change my relationship with my body, especially my skin (and trust me, it was for good).

Once I decided to start taking care of myself the Ayurvedic way, I heard about Ubtan’s again and again, but when I asked what is Ubtan, most women kept the magical ingredients to themselves – then I found out why. So let me introduce you to wonderful world of ubtans.

What is ubtan?

An ubtan is a powdered mix of Ayurvedic herbs and natural ingredients. In other words, it’s a homemade paste which makes you shine like a true goddesses – from head to toe.

This multi-purpose Ayurvedic remedy can be used as a soap, scrub and a face or body mask for clean, clear and glowing skin.

But, wait a minute, your regular ubtan is not just great for your skin. Ubtans have also been also used in Ayurvedic treatments for centuries to heal metabolic and lifestyle-related diseases.

How is ubtan made?

A typical ubtan is made with 3 main ingredients  – a base of flour & ground lentils (for exfoliation), powdered herbs (for their skin-healing strengths) and milk & rose water (for cleansing).

What ingredients traditionally go into an ubtan?

A traditional Ayurvedic ubtan is a mix of chickpea flour, ground turmeric, sandalwood powder, milk and rose water. If you’re vegan or don’t like dairy, you can easily substitute milk with almond milk.

Why are ubtans used?

Back in the day, when there were no fancy beauty treatments out there, brides-to-be in India would start smearing themselves with ubtan months before their weddings –  to get a gorgeous healthy complexion.

Wondering who’s into using ubtan these days?

Ubtan is loved the most by women who want to care for their skin naturally (through Ayurveda or other natural methods). I’m one of them because I only use ‘good-enough-to-eat’ skincare products.

On weekends I like to  treat myself like a goddess by transforming my bathroom into a home spa and using my favorite ubtans to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize my skin.

Benefits of using ubtan

Wondering what’s so good about using ubtan? Being a multipurpose natural skin care remedy, an ubtan comes with tons of benefits:

  • Cleaning up your skin – A majority of women rely on store bought artificially made skincare products like face wash, soap, cleanser etc to clean their faces and bodies. An ubtan is the most natural way to clean your skin. The traditional kind of ubtan uses milk, which has nutrients like Vitamin A that make your skin healthy. Milk also cleanses your skin of excess oil and dirt.
  • Healing skin disorders – If used consistently ubtan can help remove acne, pigmentation and even scars.
  • Exfoliation – Chickpea flour is used in almost every ubtan recipe because it is a natural exfoliant. It’s fantastic to remove dead skin cells and makes your skin look clearer.
  • Soothing – Sandalwood powder is another common ubtan ingredient. It relieves your skin from all the accumulated stress and cools it down.
  • Reducing inflammationRose water is the most common liquid used in ubtan mixes. It combats all the nasty inflammation on your skin by healing redness, irritation and acne.
  • Anti-aging – If you’re in your 30s and are beginning to see a few lines on your face, you‘re probably looking for an anti-aging skin solution. Instead of investing in ridiculously expensive face creams, try using an ubtan because the turmeric and orange peel are full of antioxidants which slow down aging.
  • Slowing the growth of facial hair – If you have facial hair that you want to reduce, applying an ubtan regularly can be helpful, as massaging your face in gentle circular upward motion with ubtan is known to make your facial hair thinner over time.

5 Homemade Ubtan Recipes

An ubtan is fairly simple to make, and below I’ve shared some of my favourie home ubtan remedies according to your dosha and skin type.

1. Homemade ubtan recipe for acne

What you need:

  • ½ tsp red lentil powder
  • ¼ tsp neem powder
  • ½ tsp sandalwood powder
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp milk

How to do it:

Making and applying this anti-acne ubtan 2 times a week in the evenings is the best idea.

To begin, create a relaxing atmosphere by playing some relaxing music, and burning your favorite incense or essential oil diffusion. G

Get a small glass bowl and mix all the dry & wet ingredients into it to make a smooth paste.

Make sure your fingers are clean and apply this ubtan evenly all over your face.

Once it dries off, lightly wet your fingers and start massaging your face with circular strokes until the ubtan is gone. Now splash your face with cool water and pat dry with a soft clean towel.

2. Homemade ubtan recipe for dry skin

This ubtan suits the Vata skin type as it is prone to dryness and irritation. You can also use this ubtan in winter when dry skin is a constant issue.

What you need:

  • 6-7 raw almonds
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp red lentil powder
  • 1 tsp chickpea flour
  • 1 tbsp sweet almond oil
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp rose water

How to do it:

The prep for this ubtan begins the night before you want to use it.

Put the almonds in a small bowl and soak them overnight in filtered water. The next morning peel the skin and grind them to a fine paste. Now add the almond paste with the rest of the ingredients into a bowl. You can reduce or increase the amount of liquids to get the desired consistency.

Make sure you have no makeup or dirt on your face. Using clean fingers, apply the moisturizing ubtan all over your face. Once its dry, do a little face massage with gentle circular strokes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

3. Homemade ubtan recipe for oily skin

If your constitution is Kapha, you’re likely to struggle with oily skin. Here’s an ubtan recipe that will remove excess oil from your pores and promote natural lymph flow.

What you need:

  • 3 tsp mung beans
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp powdered orange peel
  • 1 tsp neem powder
  • 2 tbsp rose water

How to do it:

Grind the mung beans & fenugreek seeds coarsely. You can either use a coffee grinder or a mortar & pestle.

Mix the ground mung beans & fenugreek seeds with rest of the ingredients in a small bowl to make coarse paste. Now apply this paste on your face using small and fast circular strokes. Once the ubtan dries off, rinse your skin with cool water.

4. Homemade ubtan recipe for dull skin

This ubtan recipe is for those ladies who’re struggling with dull skin. Good for all doshas, use this homemade ubtan recipe to revive your skin and make it supple.

What you need:

  • 1 tsp chickpea flour
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp sandalwood powder
  • ½ tsp red lentil powder
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp rose water

How to do it:

Throw all the ingredients into a bowl, mix, make a paste and apply to your skin until it dries. Rinse and repeat 2-3 times a week and see the results for yourself!

What is ubtan

5. Homemade ubtan recipe for ageing skin

If you have concerns about your skin aging, I completely get you and that’s why I’ve included this beautiful ubtan recipe which uses the power of roses, turmeric and gooseberry to prevent skin damage.

What you need:

  • 2 tbsp chickpea flour
  • ½ tbsp sandalwood powder
  • 1 tsp amalaki or amla powder
  • 1 tbsp rose petals
  • Rose water
  • 2 drops turmeric essential oil
  • 2 drops rosewood essential oil

How to do it:

Add the flour, powders and petals in a small glass bowl. Now add as much rose water you need to make it into a thin paste. Be sure to clean your face with water before you apply the paste.

Massage gently in a circular upward motion. Wait for 5-7 minutes. Rinse your face with water once the mask is dry. Pat dry with a towel and use your favourite face serum for a rich glow.

What is ubtan

Excited about making your own Ayurvedic ubtan at home? I have a feeling you’re going to fall in love with using ubtan because it’s sooo amazing! Plus, it makes you feel like a diva afterwards.

Believe me, I’ve been using these recipes for a few years now and my skin is happier than it was ever before.

If you’ve found this info about ubtan and my ubtan recipes useful, feel free to pin it on Pinterest and give others a chance to get healthy skin too. Want to know what else you can do for your skin? I’ve put together 15 Ayurvedic skincare tips that you don’t want to miss!


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Hi, I'm Stacey the founder of Apothecary7. Passionate about self care, intentional living, yoga and business, you'll find me hanging out here writing about my passions and sharing my creations with the world.

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