India is a country that has stood by its traditions since time immemorial. Traditions rule most aspects of everyday life in India. Then how could beauty be left alone? Even when it comes to taking care of our skin, we follow age-old traditions that have been passed down to us by our ancestors. You will also find women talking about their family secrets when it comes to their beautiful skin.
Now, in India, you can strictly find two categories of women – one category of women are those who have no knowledge about the sacred beauty hack called “ubtan” and resort to all things commercial when it comes to taking care of their skin. The second category of women is of those who swear by ubtan and follow this beauty treatment every day to keep their skin glowing for eternity. If we had a chance, we would go all out to moniker ubtan as the world’s first ever known cosmetic, as it dates back to the Vedic era. It’s not just a beauty regime, it’s been a part of the Indian system of medicine since antiquity (1).
Ubtan is a ritual, it is known by different names in various regions of India – in Punjab, it’s known as “batten di rasam,” in Tamil Nadu, it’s known as “kappumanjal” and so on. In fact, it’s one of the vital components of the concept of “Solah-Shringar” – a sixteen step manual about the beautification of the body. It is believed that in the Vedic era, the Vedic physicians prescribed ubtan for better protection and nourishment of the skin. No wonder it’s deeply ingrained in the Indian skincare regimen (2).
Now that we have spoken enough about how famous and important ubtan has been, let’s understand what exactly it is made of.
What Is Ubtan?
It is a natural skin care formulation that is a part of a beauty regime followed by both the men and women of India. It can be made at home as the ingredients are available in every Indian household. The key ingredients are haldi (turmeric), sandalwood powder, and besan (chickpea flour). Every ingredient is packed with benefits. If you didn’t know this already, ubtan is something that every Indian bride looks up to, before the big day, to make her skin healthy and radiant. In fact, it has earned itself an important part in the Indian marriage traditions (3). The best part about ubtan is that it’s an affordable and effective beauty hack. It can be mixed with various other ingredients and skin care formulations. It can also be used as a scrub, a mask or even a face wash. Whatever your choice is, your skin will be happy at the end of it!
How To Make A Simple Ubtan Mask