A curated list of 10 ubtan recipes for the Indian skin, made with ingredients right off your kitchen shelves, guaranteed to take care of all your skin woes and beauty fixes. Compiled by Payal Dhar

SANDALWOOD & LEMON PEEL UBTAN

For oily skin

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • 1 tbsp chickpea flour (besan)
  • 2 tbsp sandalwood powder
  • Some dried lemon peels
  • Dash of rosewater

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METHOD

Dry-grind the lemon peels into a fine powder. Mix one tablespoon of this powder with the rest of the ingredients to form a thick paste. Apply on your face and body, allow it to dry, and wash off with plain water. This quick, simple ubtan has cleansing and rejuvenating properties.

MILK POWDER UBTAN

For dry skin

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • 2 tbsp chickpea flour (besan)
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • 2 tbsp almond powder
  • 2 tbsp milk powder
  • 1 tbsp milk cream
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Dash of rosewater
  • Dash of olive oil

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METHOD

Mix all the dry ingredients with the milk cream, and then add lemon juice, olive oil and rosewater. Whisk it into a smooth paste. Apply all over the body, including your face, or as required. Allow it to dry thoroughly, before rinsing off with lukewarm water. Use two to three times a week for a smooth, moisturising effect.

AMLA UBTAN

For younger-looking skin

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • 2 tbsp chickpea flour (besan)
  • 0.5 tbsp sandalwood powder
  • 1 tbsp rose petals
  • 1 tsp Indian gooseberry or amla powder
  • 2 drops each of turmeric and rosewood essential oils
  • Dash of rosewater

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METHOD

Mix the dry ingredients and essential oils, and then add rosewater to make it into
a thin paste. Apply on clean skin, while massaging with circular strokes. Leave
the pack on for about 10 minutes. Once it has dried, rinse off with cool water and pat dry. Use regularly for younger-looking, and healthier skin.

LEMON JUICE & SESAME UBTAN

For acne

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • 1 tbsp chickpea flour (besan)
  • 1 tbsp sesame powder
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Tomato juice (as needed to make a paste)
  • Dash of rosewater

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METHOD

First, mix the dry ingredients, and then add the lemon juice, tomato juice and rosewater to form a consistent paste. Apply on the affected areas. Wait till it dries, and then rinse with water. Use daily, as the antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of the ingredients help heal acne scars.

CHICKPEA UBTAN

For radiance

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • 1 cup chickpea flour (besan)
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 0.5 cup mustard oil
  • A few drops of rosewater

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METHOD

In a bowl, mix besan and mustard powder, and then add mustard oil slowly to form a consistent paste. Whisk well to avoid lumps. Add a few drops of rosewater to the paste. This ubtan can be applied to the whole body. Let it dry till the mask cracks and starts to fall off. Rub in a gentle circular motion to remove the dried ubtan and then take a bath with plain water.

NEEM UBTAN

For acne

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • 0.5 tsp lentil or masoor dal powder
  • 0.5 tsp sandalwood powder
  • 0.25 tsp ground turmeric
  • 0.25 tsp neem powder
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp milk

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METHOD

Mix everything to make a smooth paste. Apply evenly on the face and leave it till dry. Once it has dried, massage in small, circular strokes to scrub the ubtan off the skin. Wash your face with normal water and pat dry. For best results, apply at least twice a week.

TURMERIC & SANDALWOOD UBTAN

To reduce hair growth

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • 2 tbsp chickpea flour (besan)
  • 2 tbsp sandalwood powder
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • 1 tbsp mustard oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh cream
  • 1 tbsp rosewater

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METHOD

Mix the ingredients to make a paste. Apply the ubtan and wait for 15 to 20 minutes for the paste to dry. Remove the dried paste by rubbing against the direction of hair growth, and wash with cool water. Use this ubtan at least once a week to see a visible reduction in facial hair.

LENTIL & OATMEAL UBTAN

For exfoliation

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • 0.25 cup lentil (masoor dal)
  • 0.25 cup oatmeal
  • 0.25 cup uncooked rice
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • Almonds (a few)
  • Dash of rosewater

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METHOD

This one needs some pre-prep. Soak the almonds in water overnight; then, peel and grind into a paste the next morning. Dry-grind the lentil, rice and oatmeal, and add turmeric powder, almond paste and rosewater to make a smooth concoction. Use as an exfoliant for the whole body before a shower.

GINGER-GARLIC UBTAN

For pain relief

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • 4 tbsp chickpea flour (besan)
  • 1 heaped tsp fenugreek powder
  • 1 tsp mustard oil
  • A pinch of ginger-garlic powder
  • 1.5 tsp coconut oil

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METHOD

Mix the ingredients into a paste and apply the mixture on the affected parts. Massage well and cover with a gauze bandage. After half an hour (or more, if required), wash it off with water. This home remedy is said to be particularly effective for painful joints.

COCONUT OIL & CREAM UBTAN

To bleach or remove facial hair

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • 2 tbsp chickpea flour (besan)
  • 0.5 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp milk (raw, if you can manage)
  • 1.5 tbsp fresh cream
  • A few drops of coconut oil

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METHOD

Mix the ingredients into a paste, and apply in a thick layer on the areas of the face from where you wish to remove the facial hair. Let it dry, for around 20 to 30 minutes. Gently massage the skin against the direction of hair growth until the ubtan comes off. Leave for another hour and then wash with water. Regular use will not only curb hair growth but will also make your skin softer and clearer.

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