Skin care is one of the most important and most neglected issues nowadays. As our body needs food to grow, our hair and skin also need food to stay healthy. Healthy skin is the source of a pretty face. No makeup or cosmetics can make you look pretty if you have dull and unhealthy skin. Makeup is all about enhancing your features, but the real thing we need to concentrate more on is our skincare regime.
Today I will be talking about Ubtan which for me plays an important role in my skincare regime. I am a frequent user of Ubtan and people ask me a lot about it so today I decided to go in depth of Ubtan, in order to simplify it for my readers.
Initially, Ubtan was invented as a skin medicine and then Ubtan became the worlds first cosmetic. Yes, you read it right. Ubtan is known to be the worlds first cosmetic. From the beginning of time people are trying to look beautiful and better, so they have worked over it. It is said that back in Vedic Era in the Subcontinent, Ubtan was prescribed by the Ayurvedic Hakeems (doctors) for a healthy, nourished and beautiful skin. And when the results were positive people started to use it as a cosmetic in their routine. Later Ubtan became an important component of the bridal makeover for the marriage. In South Asia, especially India, Ubtan is still used traditionally for the beautification of the body and it has its own special place in Hindu marriages as massaging ubtan to the body is referred as shedding old life and getting ready for the new one, for brides as well as grooms.
What is Ubtan?
Ubtan is a combination of different powders that exfoliate the skin leaving it fresh and healthy. According to new researchers, Ubtan doesn’t only exfoliate and cleanse the skin stimulating it but also has antifungal, antibacterial, antiperspirant, & skin-toning properties. Also, the researchers say that regular use of Ubtan increases the blood circulation leading to anti-ageing effect.
Why Ubtan when there are so many Exfoliators the n market?
There are many other cleansers and exfoliators in the market but Ubtan is completely made up of natural ingredients, containing no chemicals. Less exposure to chemicals means less side effects.
Ingredients Of Ubtan
The basic ingredients of Ubtan are Gram flour (Besan), Turmeric (Haldi), Almond powder, Mustard powder and Sandalwood powder. Other ingredients vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.
You can also make Ubtan at home by mixing all these ingredients.
Benefits Of Ubtan
- Exfoliates Skin
- Cleanses Skin
- Removes Dry Skin
- Block Pores
- Smoothens Skin
- Lightens Skin
- Tones the skin
- Brightens the Skin
- Makes Skin Glow
- Protects Skin from fungus and bacteria
- Improves Blood Circulation
- Anti Ageing
- Reduces Skin tan
- Reduces Acne and Acne Scars
- Reduces Blemishes
- Reduces Wrinkles and Spots
- Reduces Facial Hair
Types Of Ubtan
Variations of Ubtan are available in market classified on the basis of physical forms, skin types etc.
Ubtan is available in Solid (powder form) and semi-solid (paste form).
The powder form has all the ingredients mentioned above along with some other ingredients. The powders are also of different levels i.e finely milled powders or coarse powders.
The paste form of Ubtan has the same ingredients mixed in milk, rose water, lemon juice, and/or water. And then it has some chemicals for preservation etc.
I prefer the powder one because paste has water in it which makes it prone to bacteria attack, and to prevent this attack preservatives are added to the product which make it artificial.
Also, on basis of skin types, Ubtan for oily skin contains lemon juice while Ubtan for dry skin usually has mustard oil in it.
Application Of Ubtan
Ubtan pastes are applied directly while powders need to be converted to paste form. For converting them to paste one can add a small amount of lemon juice, milk, yoghurt, rose water or plain water in powder to make a thick paste. You can also add honey for added effect.
- On the body, diluted Ubtan is applied, massaged and left or 25- 30 mins, and then washed off using water or milk.
For the face, there are different methods of applying Ubtan.
- It can be used as a facial scrub. Take a small quantity of Ubtan, apply it to damp face and scrub it in your skin for 10 – 15 mins. Then wash off and towel dry. I feel this is the most effective way of using Ubtan.
- Simply wash your face with Ubtan as you normally do with soap or face wash. Apply a generous amount of damp Ubtan on your damp face, massage it well and wash it off.
- Powder Ubtan can also be applied as a face mask but I will advise getting yourself ready made Ubtan masks because depending on Ubtan ingredients some Ubtan when dried, are very hard to take off from the skin. The harder they are, the better they remove the facial hairs, but it can be slightly painful.
- Ubtan can be applied daily or weekly.
- It’s better to apply Ubtan at night before sleeping.
- When you use Ubtan, you don’t need to use soap, face wash, cleanser or scrub. Ubtan does the work of all. Still, if you want to use any of them then use it at least an hour after the Ubtan application.
There are several brands coming up with Ubtan including different ingredients in the market.
Some of the popular Ubtans in Pakistani Market are by
Some of the leading Ubtans in Indian Market are by
- Forest Essentials
That’s is for today’s post. If you wanna see a review of my favourite Ubtan
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