There are two kinds of people in this world – one who knows and understands what an ‘ubtan’ mask is, and the other who uses it and has no clue what the hell ‘ubtan’ even means. For the longest time, I belonged to the latter category. If you are wondering what exactly an ubtan is, stop stressing. Today, we will explain not just what the ubtan mask is, but also how to use it and optimize its benefits in every way you can.
So, for the benefit of people living under a rock, let’s take a look at what an ubtan really is – a mixture of haldi (turmeric), besan (chickpea flour), and sandalwood powder. And, it’s probably the oldest face mask known to man. In hindsight, I only just realized why it’s such a big part of Indian weddings. It’s like a ritual for getting a bridal facial. On a serious note, the ubtan ingredients have great benefits – and most of us are not aware of them. But, that is about to change, because we will talk about them.
Ubtan can be incorporated into your daily skin regime, depending on your respective skin problems. It will not only help you with noticeable skin lightening but also take care of other issues like blackheads, whiteheads, dark spots, pigmentation, sunburn, etc.
Ubtan can be used in various ways to attain that desired fair complexion and flawless skin. The top 5 trusted recipes to use an Ubtan to get rid of a dark and patchy complexion are as follows:
If you can completely replace your face wash or soap, go ahead and do it. Otherwise, use it thrice a week at least or as often as possible. You will start to see a difference soon.
Raw milk is known to have a range of benefits for skin, such as hydration, deep cleansing, oil control, and gentle exfoliation. When this is mixed with the ubtan, your daily skin needs are taken care of.
Sandalwood soothes and smoothens your skin, while besan exfoliates it and removes dead cells. Turmeric is an antiseptic and helps with pigmentation, besides a lot of other things.
We need to scrub our face at least once in a couple of days because of all the dust and dead skin that accumulate on our skin. They are also one of the reasons most of us end up with blackheads. Always follow up your scrubbing and cleaning with a toner. All your pores open when you exfoliate your skin, and a toner helps to seal these.
Cucumber, as we all know, is an excellent hydrant for your skin. However, most of us are not aware that it has antioxidants as well. It also helps with removing dead skin cells, sunburn, tan, etc. And, oatmeal, as we all know, is the cheapest exfoliant available. Mixing them with the ubtan mask helps you reduce wrinkles and fine lines, and cleanses your skin overall.
Fresh milk or cream
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp tulsi powder
3 Tbsp chickpea/Bengal gram flour
2 Tbsp sandalwood powder
½ Tbsp turmeric
At least twice a week or as often as you can. You can save the paste in the fridge and use it for a few days consecutively too.
It works great as a moisturizer, and keeps your skin supple, clean, and lightened. Almonds are no news to the beauty industry; they are filled with Vitamin A and help reduce any flare-up on the skin. Tulsi works wonders for acne prone skin and is loaded with antioxidants. When these are combined with the ubtan and sesame oil (which helps with pigmentation and uneven skin tone), it works like a charm for oily or pimple prone skin.
P.S – You could add a little milk if you have dry skin.
Apply this mask for two weeks continuously, and you will notice a remarkable change in your skin. Do this before you take a shower or at the end of the day.
Wheat flour is known to help with the regeneration of skin cells, and thereby lightening the skin. When mixed with the ubtan mask, it works a catalyst to improve your skin. And, rose water, like we all know, is an astringent that helps with skin tightening and locking your pores.
Apply this at least twice a week and more often in summers.
Lemon is supposed to be a natural bleach, and when mixed with honey, it is considered to be one of the most effective anti-tan packs.
We often don’t realize that everything we need for our beauty and wellness is practically around the house at an arm’s stretch. After all the money, time, and energy I wasted on looking for that perfect beauty recipe, I realized that simple homemade masks like these, when used consistently, work much better. Go ahead and try them, if you haven’t already. Let us know if you have any questions. Keep glowing!