Looking beautiful on the wedding day is not merely a matter of make-up and dress. It needs weeks of care. If a skin care programme is followed about four to six weeks before the wedding, it really works. Apply ubtan: In the olden days, "ubtan" was made at home for bridal skin care.
This usually consisted of wheat bran (choker), gram flour (besan), curd or cream of milk (malai) and a pinch of turmeric (haldi). All these were mixed together and applied on the face and body. It clears away the dead cells. First, the body was massaged with sesame seed (til) oil. Then the "ubtan" was applied and washed off after half an hour. Today, body scrubs serve the same purpose. But, you can try out the traditional "ubtan" with these simple kitchen ingredients.
Oil massage helps make the skin soft. Sesame seed (til) oil can be used. Add a few drops of rose water to the oil. This helps make the oil fragrant. Apply the oil and massage it into the skin, paying special attention to the elbows, knees, hands and feet. Take a small towel or wash cloth and wet it in warm water. Take care of your feet: If you wish to improve the skin on the feet, soak them in warm water three times a week. Do this at night, before going to sleep.
Add liquid soap or a shampoo. After 10 minutes of soaking, scrub the feet with a loofah or sponge. Use a non-metal heel scrubber or pumice stone to remove the dead skin on the heels. Wash and apply cream on the feet. If the skin on the heels are very dry apply cream. Tie a piece of clean cloth, like a bandage, then wear cotton socks and go to sleep.
For the face, you can mix a mask at home and use it two or three times a week. For normal to dry skin, mix two teaspoons wheat bran (choker) with one teaspoon each of almond meal (ground almonds), curd, honey and rose water. For oily or combination skin, mix three teaspoons oatmeal with curd, honey and egg white or rose water. Mix everything together into a paste and apply on the face, avoiding the lips and area around the eyes. Wash it off after 20 minutes.
For your daily care routine, cleanse your skin twice a day. For normal to dry skin, take half a cup of cold milk and add five drops of any vegetable oil (til, olive or sunflower oil). Put this in a bottle and shake well. Cleanse the skin with it, using cotton wool. Normal to oily skins need deep pore cleansing. Mix rice flour with rose water or curd and apply it on the face two or three times a week. Rub gently on the skin with small circular movements. Wash off with water. The skin becomes more translucent. This also helps dislodge blackheads.
There are many home ingredients for masks, which can easily be prepared at home. What you will need are choker, besan, curd, honey, egg (optional), almond powder. The almond or "badaam" should be soaked in water. Then dry the almonds thoroughly in an oven or in the sun. Grind and store in a jar. For dry skin, take three teaspoons choker, one teaspoon almond powder, one teaspoon each of honey, curd and egg yolk (the yellow of the egg). Mix together into a paste. Curd or milk can be added to get a thick paste. For oily skin, take two teaspoons choker, one teaspoon besan, one teaspoon almond powder and one teaspoon each of honey, curd and egg white. Mix together. This pack can be applied two or three times a week. Apply on the face, avoiding the lips and the area around the eyes.
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