“This has been taught to us by our mums and our grand-mums,” Priyanka Chopra explained, wielding a wooden spoon in one hand, a lemon in the other. The Quantico actress and Indian superstar recently stopped by the Standard High Line hotel in downtown Manhattan to reveal a few of her best beauty secrets—a series of simple DIY scrubs, learned from her mother, that are completely natural and deeply rooted in her heritage.
First, a bowl of sea salt lip treatment, into which Chopra delicately dropped a bit of pink rose water for added hydration. After a yogurt and honey hair mask came the ubtan, a traditional gram flour body scrub that she started using as a teenager to calm her dry skin. “The ubtan was my mum’s way of moisturizing, exfoliating my skin when I was 16,” she said, tapping a jar of turmeric powder into the off-white paste to get a marigold hue. “It really soothes—I’ve taught it to a lot of my friends.”
“Women in India [tend to] use natural products,” she went on. “It really does work for me.” Beyond the recipes below, Chopra takes an instinctual approach to beauty that focuses on healthy skin—a near constant flow of coconut water, to “hydrate your body from the inside,” along with bottles of Bio-Oil, the cult lavender and rosemary-leaf formula from South Africa. “I love moisturizers that smell really nice, because then you don’t need perfume—you just walk out like your own garden,” she added, laughing. “I’m a big believer in the fact that if you can walk out the door with no foundation, you know you’re at your beauty best.” Judging by the state of that perennial glow, Chopra always is.
Priyanka Chopra’s Sea Salt Lip Scrub
Add a pinch of sea salt, a few drops of pure glycerin, and a few drops of rose water to a bowl. Mix to combine, then gently rub the mixture over your lips. Wash it off, and you will see “plumper, pinker, and smoother lips instantly.” A few drops of fresh lemon juice can be added to brighten uneven color.
Priyanka Chopra’s Ubtan Body Scrub
Add a cup of gram flour to a bowl and mix with a few drops of lemon juice and enough Greek yogurt to create a smooth paste (for a thinner texture, also add whole milk). Next, add sandalwood powder and a pinch of turmeric powder. Apply the mixture all over the body, leave it on as a body wrap for 30 minutes, then use a little water to scrub it off and shower as usual.
For oily skin, skim or low-fat milk and fat-free yogurt work best. Whole wheat flour may be substituted, if gram flour is not available.
Priyanka Chopra’s Yogurt Scalp Treatment
For an unhealthy scalp, add full-fat yogurt, a teaspoon of honey, and one egg into a bowl. Mix and apply to the scalp as a mask. Leave it on for 30 minutes, then wash with warm water and baby shampoo.