Junior Beauty Editor
Grandmother's remedies, they transcend all cultures and borders. Everyone has heard them, everyone follows them and every culture has their own. With some light reading and of course delving into the past, I came across a lot of these remedies that my grandmother and her mother have used for ages. Some of these have been used on me since I was a kid and I just enjoyed it because it made me feel special and they also are traditionally important and hold a cultural significance. Well enough out of this boring stuff! Now that I have an exposure to the internet and the curiosity to figure things out, I decided to put a few of these myths to the test. Today, I pick the ubtan, so read on to find out if this traditional hair removal and skincare technique actually does what it's supposed to.
Ubtan, is traditionally a mixture of fresh cream, turmeric and sometimes sandalwood that was used for skin glow. Just one of those curious days when I asked my grandmother what it was really for and she said ubtan was of a lot of different kinds and one of those variants actually removed hair! I was sitting there thinking, why am I wasting so much time and money waxing and using other hair removal techniques when I have this natural home remedy available that I can whip up in the kitchen. Apparently, for major hair removal, it takes using this ubtan for a longer time, but it is perfect for some fuzz removal.
Gram Flour, 2 tbsp
Turmeric, 1/2 tsp
Coconut oil (opt), 1 tsp
Raw Milk, 2 tbsp
Fresh Cream, 1.5 tbsp
We need to mix up all the ingredients and apply it on the face as you would with a regular face pack. Layer it on thick wherever there is fuzz that needs removal, ideally the upper lip and chin area. Leave it on for about 15-20mins or until you can't move your face. Finally, the most important step, the technique for taking this ubtan off is of utmost importance. You have to rub this pack against your skin as you would while exfoliating but against the direction of the growth of the hair i.e. upwards. Rub all of the pack off exactly like this and leave your skin as it for an hour. After which, you can rinse.
Of course, smoother and glowy skin because of the turmeric and fresh cream, but ALSO a fuzz-free exfoliated face.
I spoke to Dr Harshna Bijlani, Medical Head, The AgeLess Clinic to shed some light on this ubtan and its outcome. “Ubtan is probably best looked at as a home-made face mask. As such, It may help with exfoliation, softer, smoother skin & brighter skin. However, Ubtan would not be on the top of my list for hair removal. If you let it dry and then rub it off in the opposite direction of your hair growth, some fine hair may get pulled out due to the friction but you probably need many sessions to see visible results,” she said. She also emphasised that we need to be cautious, any vigorous exfoliating is also not a good idea as you may irritate the skin. She recommends you opt for laser hair removal from a well-reputed clinic that uses USFDA approved lasers If you're looking for permanent hair reduction with scientifically proven results.
Well, I can't say that I had a lot of fuzz, to begin with. But I do have a little bit of fuzz left on my face. Having said that, it is DEFINITELY lesser. My skin is glowing and supple and a little yellow (might want to use a coloured napkin when you decide to rinse your face). I think more than anything, the turmeric acts as a bleaching agent along with the milk, so it just sort of bleaches your fuzz rather than eliminating it.
As I said, my complexion and skin has never looked better but as far as 'instant' hair removal is concerned, you're are going to need a lot of patience and a LOT of this ubtan.
Until next time ladies...
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