How To Make Ubtan at Home

In the search for flawless skin, we often slap our skin with artificial ingredients and chemicals. In this fast-paced world, we usually overlook our old schools and time-honoured remedies. A traditional Indian skincare paste known for its exceptional skin-nourishing effects, Ubtan is one such gem that has been treasured for ages. Dating back centuries, Ubtan has been used in our culture on so many occasions, and its efficacy has been proven over time.  Utilizing the power of herbs, spices, and other natural components, Ubtan, a skincare regimen based on age-old Ayurvedic techniques, offers a holistic and natural approach.

In our Indian tradition, it is a ritual to apply Ubtan to brides and even grooms to achieve glowing skin before D-Day. The best part about Ubtan is that this magical concoction can be formulated by anyone and everyone in the comfort of their home. In this blog, we will dive deep into the world of Ubtan and will understand how to make Ubtan at home.

What is Ubtan?

Ubtan is an age-old paste made from various natural ingredients which help you achieve the skin of your dreams. It is a tradition in our Indian culture that has been passed down the generations for decades. It usually consists of ingredients like chickpea flour, Turmeric, Rosewater, Milk, Honey, etc. The allure of Ubtan resides in its total personalization to suit individual needs, giving you complete control over the ingredients that are used on your skin—the ingredients and methods used for making Ubtan vary from region to region.

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The best part is that because Ubtan is made entirely of natural and mild ingredients, it is devoid of any harsh or artificial chemicals. Because these substances are natural, biodegradable, and non-toxic, they are excellent for both the environment and the skin. Ubtan is a magical paste cherished for its ability to fight skin concerns, give brighter skin, and rejuvenate and replenish the skin barrier.

Let's look at some of the common ingredients used to make Ubtan.

  1. Chickpea flour (Besan): It is used as a base in most of the Ubtan recipes. It acts as a gentle exfoliator, is rich in protein and vitamins, and helps remove dead skin. It also helps to control excess sebum production, making it suitable for people with oily skin as it does not clog pores.

  2. Turmeric: Known as the ‘Golden Spice’, it is used in a lot of Ubtan recipes. It is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which help in controlling infections and bacteria due to breakouts. It helps fight acne, brightens complexion, and imparts a glow to the skin.

  3. Milk: Milk is often used in Ubtan to give it a runny and water-like texture. But that's not it. Milk acts as a natural moisturizer and a mild exfoliator as it contains Lactic acid. It softens the skin and helps in strengthening the skin barrier. 

  4. Rose water: Rose water is a natural humectant, meaning it helps retain the moisture in our skin. It helps maintain the pH level of the skin and possesses anti-inflammatory properties that calm the skin. It makes the skin soft, supple and hydrated. Along with that, it is also a natural aromatic that helps in imparting a soothing and relaxing fragrance to Ubtan. 

  5. Honey: Honey is a natural sweetener that is given to us by nature. But along with that, it also has many other benefits for the skin as it is rich in antioxidants. It helps in reducing free radical damage and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Along with that, it also has healing properties, which help treat active acne. 

  6. Sandalwood powder: Sandalwood has been revered in Ayurveda for decades and is ideal for sensitive skin as it has soothing properties that help reduce inflammation and redness.

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Step-by-step guide on how to make Ubtan at home

  • Gather your ingredients: collect all the ingredients you need according to your skin type and skin concern. Make sure to check the proportion of each ingredient and use each ingredient accordingly. Mix all the dry ingredients first, add the liquid of your choice (honey, milk, rose water, etc.), and adjust the consistency of the paste according to your needs. Ensure that the paste is not too thick nor too runny. 

  • Always patch test first: What works for others might not work for your skin, so ensure that before putting anything to your face, you patch test it on a small area of your body like the neck or hands. This will ensure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients used to make Ubtan. If any irritation occurs, discontinue use immediately.

  • Apply and relax: Once you are done with the patch test and sure about it, apply a thick layer of the paste on your face and neck on damp skin. Allow it to dry for 10-15 minutes, and then rinse it off. Remember not to keep the face pack for too long, as it can lead to dryness, flakiness, or other skin concerns. After rinsing, pat your skin dry with a towel and feel the instant difference in the skin texture and complexion. 

Follow it up with your favourite moisturizer to seal in all the hydration and goodness. 

Why use Ubtan? 

Regular use of Ubtan can yield a lot of benefits, like 

  1. Exfoliate and brighten the skin: Ubtan contains natural ingredients which are gentle on the skin and gently exfoliate the dead skin. This helps reveal a smoother and brighter complexion.

  2. Deeply cleanses: Ubtan helps to unclog all the pores, remove impurities, dirt and oil and deeply cleanse the skin. It helps rejuvenate the skin and make it look clean and fresh. 

  3. Nourish and hydrate the skin: Ubtan has the properties of moisturizing the skin. It helps to replenish the lost moisture from the skin, leaving it soft and supple. 

  4. Fight acne: Using ingredients like turmeric, honey, and besan helps fight acne and breakouts as they contain antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. 

  5. Improves the skin texture: Ubtan helps repair uneven skin and smooth out rough patches, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

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Light Up Beauty’s Flash is the modern take on our traditional Ubtan Powder. It is a facial and body powder wash, which is called ‘The 3 Minute Facial’ at home. It is enriched with ingredients like Vigna Mungo, Marigold, and Goat’s Milk, which nourish your skin, exfoliate it gently, and instantly give you brighter-looking skin. You just need to take 2 or 3 tablespoons of our facial powder, mix it with milk or water, and apply it. It's that easy! It is enriched with Vitamin Goat’s Milk that gently exfoliates the skin, Pumpkin Seeds that are packed with Zinc and Potassium, Marigold that is used to revitalize the skin and bring that youthful glow, and Rose that hydrates and soothes the skin. It is not only used for the face but also for your entire body to remove tan, exfoliate and bring out that glow.

Features of flash ubtan powder face wash

Since it comes in airtight tin packaging, you can travel with it anywhere without worrying about spills, leaks and stains. Along with that, all the ingredients used are natural, non-toxic and biodegradable. So, get your hands on this product; your skin will thank you or it.


In a world where the market is full of harsh and synthetic chemicals, now you know about how to make Ubtan at home, Ubtan feels like a breath of fresh air on the skin. It is a timeless gem that has been used in our households for ages. Known for its simplicity and effectiveness, it is suitable for all skin types and all age groups. So next time when you want to treat your skin, ditch those chemical bottles and go to your kitchen and grab some natural ingredients for your skin. Give Ubtan a chance, and let it show its magic on your skin. Your skin will thank you for it.