Every woman craves a perfectly fair and flawless complexion, that’s why they spend so many bucks on buying fairness creams and serums. However, women often ignore some really simple and easy home remedies which can do wonders for their skin.

One such natural and age-old remedy for a fair complexion is an Ubtan. It is an ayurvedic treatment, in a paste made from turmeric, saffron, sandalwood, chickpea and seeds of yellow mustard.

In Indian households, Ubtan is a part of the marriage ceremonies, where this paste is applied to the bride and bridegroom prior to marriage for religious and aesthetic purposes.

Also, it is used in traditional Ayurvedic massages to detoxify the skin and body. Ubtan is fairly easy to make herbal preparation that you can use regularly at home and there are a number of variants that target specific skin problems.

Origin of Ubtan

The tradition of Ubtan dates back to ancient texts in India, it is believed that during the Vedic Age, it was being prescribed by Vedic physicians for protection, feeding and beautification of the skin.

The apparent results obtained with the ‘Ubtan’ application gave it widespread publicity about what perhaps became a fashionable routine for men and women, those days, to apply on beautifying the skin and later established its credibility as a ritual for brides and grooms before marrying.

In modern India, it is still done on a regular basis and has its own special corner in Hindu marriages as the act of massaging the body with Ubtan so much that for brides and grooms also means the detachment of old life (through Skin) and preparation for the new.

The ubtan is applied like any other cosmetic cream, anointing it on the face and allowing it to rest for a moment before starting to massage gently, being convenient that it is applied before the habitual bath so as to remove any residue with this one.

Why Ubtan Is Good for your Skin?

In Ayurveda history, it reveals that Ubtan has been used for many ancient years for beauty and glowing skin. Made from all-natural items, it can be used on all types of skin without fear of any side effects.

Also, researchers have evaluated the quality and efficacy of Ubtan as a skincare formulation. In this study, Ubtan was prepared from turmeric, chickpea flour and sandalwood. It was found that Ubtan formulation had excellent antioxidant potential and could scavenge free radicals. This was due to the high phenolic and flavonoid content- these are natural antioxidants present in plants.

Benefits of Ubtan

  • Fights skin infections.
  • Cleanses and tones the skin.
  • Improves complexion.
  • Contributes to the skin’s suppleness and smoothness.
  • Works as an astringent.
  • It aids in exfoliation.
  • Reduces facial hair.
  • Protects from acne, blackheads, whiteheads and freckles.
  • Stimulates blood circulation in the body.
  • Detoxifies the body and increases strength and stamina.

Ubtan Recipes for a Beautiful Skin

1. Oatmeal Ubtan

Using this Ubtan regularly will give you a baby with soft and smooth skin by your wedding day.


  • Oatmeal.
  • Masoor dal (red lentil).
  • Raw rice.
  • Almonds.
  • Turmeric.
  • Rosewater.


Take a cup of masoor dal (red lentil), a quarter cup of raw rice, and eight to nine almonds and grind each of them separately. Now, mix these three powders in a bowl and add about half a cup of oatmeal, and a pinch of turmeric in it. Make a thick paste by adding rose water. Apply it all over your body and let it dry for some time. Once the paste is dry, scrub it off gently and wash it with normal water. For those having dry skin, it would be a good idea to add milk cream to this Ubtan.

2. Milk powder Ubtan

This is a very nourishing Ubtan, especially for those with dry skin.


  • Milk powder.
  • Gram flour.
  • Almond powder.
  • Turmeric.
  • Milk cream.
  • Lemon juice.
  • Rosewater.


Mix two tablespoons each of milk powder, gram flour and almond powder. Mix all these ingredients and add a pinch of turmeric powder to this mixture. Now, add one tablespoon each of milk cream and lemon juice in it and a few drops of rose water and olive oil. Apply this concoction all over your face and body with a gentle massage. Let the pack dry for some time and remove it by washing it off with lukewarm water. Apply this natural ‘beauty mix’ at least thrice a week for maximum benefits.

3. Nutty Ubtan

This is a unique and highly nourishing Ubtan to be used during the winter season.


  • Almonds, cashews, pistachios.
  • Flaxseed.
  • Masoor dal.
  • Rice.
  • Dried orange peel.
  • Saffron.
  • Sweet almond oil.


For making this, grind 15 pieces each of almonds, cashews and pistachios. Also, grind one-fourth cup each of flaxseed, masoor dal, rice, dried orange peel and oats separately. Mix these powders in a dry bowl and add one tablespoon of turmeric, a pinch of saffron and 10-12 drops of sweet almond oil. Now, add honey and rose water to form a thick scrub. Apply it all over your face and body, and scrub off after a few minutes.

4. Gram flour and wheat bran Ubtan

Try this amazing Ubtan recipe for a blemish-free and beaming glow.


  • Gram flour.
  • Wheat bran.
  • Milk cream or yoghurt.
  • Turmeric.


For this simple Ubtan, you will need gram flour, wheat bran, milk cream or yoghurt, and a pinch of turmeric. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and keep the mixture as it is for a while. In the meantime, massage your body with sesame seed oil, and then apply this mixture. Leave it for half an hour and wash it off with lukewarm water.

5. Sandalwood Ubtan

Sandalwood Ubtan is a great way to remove tan and soothe your dull and tired skin. This is especially useful for the brides getting married during summers, as sandalwood and rose water both have a cooling effect on the body.


  • Sandalwood powder.
  • Gram flour.
  • Turmeric.
  • Raw milk.
  • Rosewater.


Simply mix sandalwood powder with gram flour and turmeric. Add rose water and raw milk to form a smooth paste. The paste should not be too runny or too thick. Apply it all over your face and body and let it dry completely. Then wash it off with normal water and see the difference in your skin.

To conclude, we could say that definitely Ubtan, is a wonderful product for the skin. Also, every recipe is just too simple and easy to make. The ingredients too are natural and easily available. So, now you know the easiest way to get fair and beautiful skin.


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