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Facial Ubtan

A while ago when Garnier launched its “3 in 1 Fairness Facial”, I was quite intrigued. I picked up the product, tried it and had to toss it away as being a jack of all trades and master of none, much like another latest rage- BB Creams. And later when I started using Forest Essentials ubtans, I realised that the age old ubtan is designed to be used in pretty much similar ways only that it’s never been advertised with catchy phrases.

What Forest Essentials says about its Ubtans is – Ubtans, made from finely ground herb, flower and root powders which are sundried and ground by hand, are used as cleansing scrubs or as face packs for deeper exfoliation. They are made into pastes by adding a small amount of the appropriate liquid, usually rosewater, milk or yoghurt, until the mixture achieves a smooth and creamy consistency.”

So here it goes- the various ways of using a ubtan-

First, of course as a basic face wash. Mix up half a teaspoon of ubtan in your desired medium ( milk, curd, rose water, aloe vera) and use it like you would any face wash.

Second, like a mask. Mix it up. Apply all over the face and neck and leave it to dry. Wash off with lukewarm or cold water depending on the weather.

Third as a scrub. Mix as mentioned above and gently massage  all over the face. If you want, you can leave it to dry as a mask after that or wash it off immediately. Using it as a scrub has definitely reduced my blackheads way more effectively than the so called “gentle enough for daily use” scrubs.

And last of all, the old traditional way of using Ubtan. Mix it up, apply all over the face ,with or without scrubbing it, but before it turns completely dry ( as you would let it if you were using it as a mask), gently start rubbing it off the face so that it comes off, almost as in rounded off flakes. If you have an oldie in the house ( grandmother that is, no offences anyone…mine is 90 and going strong- Lord Bless Her!), ask her. She will tell you exactly how to do it. In case you find it’s pulling at your skin, you’ve let it dry too much. Also you could try it with damp hands. This is the way it is supposed to be done, traditionally that is. soun

As for the benefits of using ubtan, the less I say the better. In fact in the so called good old days, new born babies, specially girls would be massaged and scrubbed with Ubtans at least until they turned two or three so that they would have no facial/ body hair. And dedicated use of ubtans is how a bride to be is pampered and  how all Maharanis also were apparently for that super smooth skin and glow.

Why Ubtans are a much better way to clean your face than all modern day contraptions, I’ll quickly point out-

  1. They are completely natural sans harmful chemicals. In fact you can even make one at home.
  2. They work wonderfully in dealing with acne, blemishes, dark spots, tan,wrinkles and blackheads . The result may not be as immediate as that of say a chemical peel but it is visible soon and stays. Which Ubtan suits you, you’ll have to decide depending on your skin type.
  3. They can be mixed with a variety of mediums depending on your skin’s requirements allowing you that much flexibility and variety.
  4. They work just like any face wash would in cleaning your face. So you don’t need to first use a face wash and then ubtan. In case you are wearing makeup, you’ll need to remove make up with a makeup remover, just as you would before using any face wash. Other than that it will work just as well as any chemical based face cleanser or scrub.

I’ve mentioned only “Forest Essential Ubtans”  in the title as those are the only ones I’ve tried so far but I think any other ubtan would work just the same way.So in my humble opinion- Yay for ubtans!!