Hello to all the winsome beauties out there! :)
This is my first post on MABH. To introduce myself, my name is Oshin, a student, a part time chef, a part time writer who loves eating, writing, singing, sleeping etc etc etc.
Being blessed with an excessively oily skin, I am constantly suffering from frequent breakouts which had made my face look like a battle field with pimples and once the pimples are gone my face looks like the Varanasi roads during rainy season. The latter with puddles and the former with lots of ugly acne marks everywhere. Winters have always been a delight for me and there are numerous reasons for this – be it the gajar ka halwa.. hara bhara kebab and off course my clear oil free skin.
I wanted to try something other than my HG face wash (Oriflame) and being a huge fan of homemade recipes I decided to combine the benefits of some of the materials easily available in our kitchen and compile it in a form of a beauty recipe of my own.
So, here is how it goes..
Ingredients Required: (for a mixture that would last you around 1.5 months)
- Masoor dal – one cup
- Gram flour (or besan) – one-fourth cup
- Oatmeal (or ‘jau ka atta’ as it is commonly called) or oats – half a cup
- Almonds – 8-9
- Raw rice – one fourth cup
- Turmeric – a pinch(or two)
- Grind the masoor dal, almonds, raw rice separately.
- Then mix all the powders together. The mixture won’t be smooth because the masoor dal and the almonds may not grind to a smooth powder.
- Mix two three spoons of besan and one spoon of oat meal (If you had used oats in place of oat meal, grind the oats to a powder and then mix it). Mix a pinch or two of turmeric.
The final mixture would look like this..
How to use the ubtan?:
For me, I simply wet my face a little and dampen the mixture and apply to my whole face. After 1-2 minutes. I wash it by gently scrubbing it off. (If you have pimples on your face, don’t scrub. Just wash it off with lots of water). You can also mix it with rose water or curd and then apply it. If you have dry skin, then mix it with milk cream (or malai) and then apply it. I use it 2-3 times a day i.e every time I wash my face.
I have started seeing the effects within 10 days. The pimple spots have visibly lightened and it has somewhat added a glow to my face. I also use it as a body scrub sometimes.
About the ingredients used:
Oatmeal acts as a great scrub. Almonds are loaded with vitamin E which would help you to get a healthier glowing skin. Rice powder consist of skin lightening agents which would lighten the skin and would provide an extra benefit in the form of a natural sunscreen. Turmeric acts as a natural detoxificant, fights acne and combats its marks. Masoor dal acts as a gentle scrub and has an additional benefit of skin brightening.
So, you can give this a try if you are looking for a homemade ubtan which would acts as a face wash as well as a mild scrub. :)