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How To Make Ubtan At Home For Fairness

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How To Make Ubtan At Home For Fairness November 22, 2017

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 For Fair Skin – Various Recipes

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:

1. Simple Ubtan Face Wash

Simple Ubtan Face Wash

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You Will Need

  • 1 Tbsp sandalwood powder
  • 2 Tbsp besan (chickpea/Bengal gram flour)
  • ½ Tbsp turmeric powder
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • Mixing bowl
  • Applicator brush (optional)

Prep Time

  • 5 minutes

Processing Time

  • 15-20 minutes

Process

  • In a bowl, mix all the dry ingredients, and then add milk.
  • Mix it with your hand or an applicator brush to ensure that it’s not lumpy. It should be neither too thick, nor too runny – just enough to spread over your skin smoothly.
  • Apply this about 15-20 minutes before you take a shower.
  • Let it sit until it’s dry (which is usually about 15 minutes).
  • Wash your face. Avoid applying any face wash or soap, because the ubtan does the job for you.

How Often Should You Do This?

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.

Why This Works

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.

2. Ubtan Face Scrub

You Will Need

  • 1 Tbsp oatmeal
  • 3 Tbsp chickpea/Bengal gram flour
  • 2 Tbsp sandalwood powder
  • ½ Tbsp turmeric
  • 2 Tbsp ground cucumber
  • Mixing bowl

Prep Time

  • 5 minutes

Processing Time

  • 15 minutes

Process

  • Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  • Add the cucumber paste and give it a good stir.
  • In a circular motion, rub this on your face by taking just a little at a time.
  • Do this for about 5-10 minutes at least.
  • Wash your face like you normally would.

How Often Should You Do This?

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.

Why This Works

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.

3. Ubtan Moisturizer

3. Ubtan Moisturizer

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You Will Need

6-7 almonds

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

Prep Time

5-8 hours

Processing Time

5 min

Process

  • Soak the almonds in fresh cream or milk overnight or a few hours.
  • Peel off the skin.
  • To this, add sesame oil and tulsi powder, and pulse it in a mixie or a processor.
  • Add the ubtan mix to this and make it into a paste.
  • Apply this to your face and leave it on for 10 minutes. Take a shower.

How Often Should You Do This?

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.

Why This Works

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.

4. Excellent Ubtan Face Mask For Daily Use

4. Excellent Ubtan Face Mask For Daily Use

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You Will Need

  • 1 Tbsp wheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp besan/chickpea flour
  • 1 Tbsp sandalwood powder
  • ½ Tbsp turmeric
  • 2 Tbsp rose water
  • Mixing bowl

Prep Time

  • 5 minutes

Processing Time

  • 15 – 20 minutes

Process

  • Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  • Now, slowly add rose water and make a paste.
  • Add more rose water to it till you get the desired consistency.
  • Leave it on for about 20 minutes or till it gets dried up.
  • Wash your face with cold water and moisturize.

P.S – You could add a little milk if you have dry skin.

How Often Should You Do This?

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.

Why This Works

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.

5. Ubtan For Tan Removal And Dark Patches

You Will Need

  • 1 Tbsp besan/chickpea flour
  • 1 Tbsp milk powder
  • 1 Tbsp sandalwood powder
  • ½ Tbsp turmeric
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp lemon
  • Mixing bowl

Prep Time

  • 5 minutes

Processing Time

  • 15 – 20 minutes

Process

  • Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  • Now, add honey, lemon juice, and milk to make a paste.
  • Apply and leave it on for about 15 -20 minutes.

How Often Should You Do This?

Apply this at least twice a week and more often in summers.

Why This Works

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!

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