DIY Ubtans For Bride To Be To Get Glowing Skin
By: Kratika Thu, 29 Oct 2020 3:33 PM
The use of ubtan is a very popular tradition in Indian weddings. It is in fact a very important part of bridal skin care. No matter what facial you get done at parlors, there is no way your mother or grandmother would let you skip ubtan. Bridal ubtan is a mixture of simple natural ingredients that actually do wonders for our skin. And the purpose of using ubtans is not just improving your skin color and texture, but it also purifies our mind and body before we enter a very important phase of our life. Some of the most common ingredients that we use in bridal ubtan recipes are sandalwood, turmeric, gram flour, saffron, orange peel powder, rose water etc. Continue reading to find out about the best homemade bridal ubtan recipe.
* Take 2 tbsp masoor dal, a tbsp oatmeal and 4-5 almonds and put them in a food processor to grind nicely.
* Take out the powder and keep it aside in a container.
* Add a tsp each of gram flour and rice flour to that. Also add a generous pinch of turmeric powder.
* Mix all the dry ingredients together.
* Finally, add some plain and fresh yogurt as well as a tsp of raw honey to the dry powder mix and combine everything to prepare a paste.
* Apply this homemade bridal ubtan all over the face as well as neck and massage in circular motions for few minutes.
* Leave it on the skin for another 15-20 minutes and finally wash off everything with fresh water.
* Reapply this homemade bridal ubtan twice in a week at least for fair and glowing skin.
# Honey in Homemade Bridal Ubtan –
Honey has miraculous benefits for our skin. That’s why, it is used widely in homemade bridal ubtan recipes. It can improve our complexion. Honey works as a natural bleach for our skin. It can release hydrogen peroxide, which boosts our complexion by lightening pigmentation, scars, marks etc.
Along with that, honey has great cleansing benefits for our skin. It is a source of natural enzymes and Gluconic acid. They work together to exfoliate the skin and remove the dirt, dead skin cells and impurities from skin surface. This way, honey helps to lighten skin discoloration.
Moreover, honey is enriched with several vitamins and minerals. It is a great source of thiamine (vitamin B1), niacin (vitamin B3), riboflavin (vitamin B2) and pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6). It also contains minerals like calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc, etc. These vitamins and minerals nourish the skin cells from within and lighten the darkness.
In addition, honey contains multiple anti oxidants as well. They can reduce oxidative damage from the skin cells and prevent skin discoloration. Sun damage, as we know, is a major factor that makes our skin look dark. However, the good news is that honey can treat sun damage effectively.
It improves our skin’s ability to rejuvenate itself, and lightens sun tan. Another major benefit of using honey is that it can drive away acne, pimples, blackheads, whiteheads. Not only acne, but honey’s bleaching properties help to fade away acne scars as well.
# Yogurt in Homemade Bridal Ubtan –
Yogurt has great moisturizing benefits. This is one of the main ingredients that we used in our homemade bridal ubtan recipe. Yogurt is a great source of B-complex vitamins. It contains vitamin B2, B5 and B12. Vitamin B2 has anti oxidant benefits which can protect the skin from free radical damages as well as environmental assaults, to maintain healthy skin. Plus, B vitamins help to heal dry skin by boosting cell renewal process.
# Turmeric Powder in Homemade Bridal Ubtan
Turmeric has multiple skin benefits, but it is particularly known for improving our complexion. It is one of the main ingredients in homemade bridal ubtan recipes. It can exfoliate the skin nicely and cleanses it deeply. Melanin is the factor that determines our skin color. It is a natural pigment and excess amount of melanin makes the skin look dark. The biggest benefit of using turmeric is that it has the ability to control excess melanin production, thus lightening our skin color.
Furthermore, turmeric is the source of a very powerful anti oxidant known as curcumin. Curcumin has the ability to lighten hyper pigmentation and restore even toned, radiant skin. Those with extremely oily skin often feel irritated by acne, as well as the dull look on their skin. Turmeric comes with wonderful absorption properties that help to control the oiliness of the skin.
Along with that, the fatty acids as well as phytosterols found in turmeric, have the ability to regularize the oil production in the skin, thus making the skin fresh and glowing.
Sun exposure causes severe damage to our skin. Along with hyper pigmentation, UV rays makes skin dry as well as thick and also cause wrinkles. Turmeric can protect our skin against sun damage.
Studies have shown that UV radiation increases the production of MMP-2 enzyme, that decreases the collagen content between skin layers. Collagen is an important structural protein that our skin requires to stay firm, soft and supple.
# Rice Flour –
Rice flour is a well known ingredient for homemade bridal ubtan recipes. It is famous for skin lightening as well as brightening benefits. Along with that, the slightly coarse texture of rice flour provides wonderful exfoliation for our skin. This not only boosts the skin health, but also improves skin texture, making it soft, smooth and glowing.
Not just exfoliation, but rice flour has great absorbing properties as well. It soaks up the excess oil from the skin surface and makes the skin fresh and radiant, without an oily look. Excess oil build up makes our skin look dull and uneven, and also increases the chance of breakouts.
Sun damage, as we all know, is a major factor behind skin darkening. However, rice flour, when used regularly, helps the skin to recover quickly. Rice flour is a source of “allantoin”, a special compound that helps to soothe sun damaged skin. Along with that, rice flour contains PABA which is known for its ability to protect the skin from UV damage.
Rice flour is a wonderful source of vitamin B as well. B vitamins are known to facilitate cell renewal process, thus restoring healthy and fair skin. B vitamins are also effective in treating acne and other skin problems. One of the best benefits of using rice flour in homemade bridal ubtan recipes is its ability to reduce melanin synthesis in the skin. Melanin build up makes our skin look dark, and by reducing that, rice flour helps to lighten complexion.
Furthermore, the anti oxidant benefits of rice flour help preventing skin darkening by reducing oxidative stress from the skin cells. Also, it promotes collagen production in the skin. Collagen not only restores the natural elasticity of the skin, but is also required to achieve spotless, plump and youthful skin.
# Almonds –
Almonds are extremely beneficial for our skin. That’s why we have used it in our homemade bridal ubtan recipe. It is particularly known for skin lightening benefits. Almonds help to get us fair and clear skin. Being a rich source of vitamin E, almonds work excellent for skin whitening and lightening. Vitamin E is a great anti oxidant. It helps to clear up the complexion, thanks to its de-pigmentation benefits.
The slightly abrasive texture of almond powder helps in exfoliating our skin beautifully. It is gentle on skin, but works wonderfully to remove the dirt, grime and other impurities from the skin. Thus it makes skin soft, glowing and fair.
Almonds come with amazing anti aging properties as well. They are loaded with high amount of vitamin E, which has anti oxidant benefits for our skin. Vitamin E blocks the free radicals and reduces the oxidative stress on the skin cells. This helps to prevent a number of skin problems, including skin aging. Also vitamin E fights off the external factors to save our skin from the affect of aging.
One of the best benefits of using almonds in homemade bridal ubtan, is its ability to protect our skin from sun damage. The anti oxidant benefits of almonds protect the skin from the UV damage. Thus it helps to avoid not only sun tan, but skin cancer in extreme cases.
# Benefits of Oats –
Oatmeal has great skin lightening benefits. It exfoliates the skin wonderfully and improves complexion by removing the layers of dead skin cells and impurities. Also it contains amino acids, which is known to help in lightening skin discolorations. Oatmeal also contains vitamin E, which has anti oxidant as well as de-pigmentation benefits.
As already said, oatmeal has moisturizing benefits for our skin. It eliminates the dry skin cells and makes the skin softer and smoother. Plus, the healthy fat content of oatmeal provide moisturization and help to rejuvenate dry skin. The anti inflammatory properties of oatmeal help in soothing dry and irritated skin.
The flavonoids and other anti oxidants present in oatmeal help to prevent sun damage and contribute to healthy and youthful skin.
# Benefits of Gram Flour –
Gram flour is another very popular ingredient that is used in homemade bridal ubtan recipes. It has wonderful benefits for our skin, specially it works as a great natural cleanser. Gram flour exfoliates and deeply cleanses the skin. It helps to remove the dirt, dead skin cells and other impurities that sit on the skin surface and give a dull and patchy look to our skin. By removing them, gram flour boosts our complexion and improves our skin texture.
Through exfoliation, gram flour helps with healthy cell regeneration. This results in bright, healthy and fair skin. Sometimes excess oil build up on the skin makes our skin look dark and dull. Gram flour, with its absorbing properties, helps to clear off the excess oil from the skin surface and makes the skin fresh and glowing.
Using gram flour in homemade bridal ubtan recipes has other benefits as well. Gram flour has alkaline properties, which helps to maintain the ideal pH balance of the skin. Experts say that maintaining the pH balance of the skin helps us to avoid a number of skin problems, including, acne, dry skin, extremely oily skin, etc.
Gram flour is an effective remedy to give blemish free skin. It works wonderfully to treat acne, pimples, etc. Gram flour is a good source of zinc which is a vital mineral for our skin. Zinc comes with anti inflammatory benefits, thus treating acne as well as minimizing scarring post breakouts.
# Benefits of Masoor Dal for Skin –
Masoor dal is rich in calcium as well. The outermost layer of our skin contains a high amount of calcium. Calcium loss can cause dry as well as rough skin. Masoor dal replenishes our skin with the calcium and prevent dryness as well as speeds up skin renewal process, to maintain healthy and soft skin naturally.
Magnesium found in masoor dal helps to slow down the aging process of the skin and keeps it healthy and youthful. Vitamin B6 in masoor dal helps with cell renewal and restores healthy skin. Masoor dal also contains iron, which is another important mineral for our skin. Lack of iron can cause dry and damaged skin.