diy cleansing powder

Clean your face with this daily for a glowing, flawless skin

Is your skin looking dull and lifeless? Are you suffering from acne? Is your skin dry from all those chemical laden cleansers?  Do you want a glowing, flawless skin? The single answer to all these questions — Orange peel powder! Did you know that orange peels have more vitamin C than the orange itself? Yes, those orange peels that go straight into your dustbin! The vitamin C and magnesium in these peels reduce free radical damage and give you a healthy, acne free, glowing skin while the calcium and potassium treat dry skin and keep it hydrated.Next time, when you are eating an orange, save those precious peels! Because, today i am going to tell you guys one easy peasy DIY recipe with orange peels to achieve the skin of your dreams!!

I think i am currently going crazy over natural cleansing grains and powders. In my last post, I shared a cleansing powder recipe for acne prone skin. Now, here comes another one! This one is much more simple with lesser and easily available ingredients! It is suitable for all skin types too!

You will need:

  1. Orange Peel Powder
  2.  Oats Powder

You can always buy orange peel powder from the market, but you can make it at home with very little effort. It just took me 2 minutes to make, so give it a try! All i did was to place orange peels in a plate near the window, whenever i ate an orange. I usually keep two plates — one to keep fresh peels and once they dry for a couple of days, i transfer them to the second plate and let them dry completely for a week or two. Once they are dry enough, blend away the peels! Make sure the blender is super dry and no traces of water in it. If you want to skip this whole thing and purchase the powder directly, check this one out.

orange peels for skin

Oats is not only a great option for breakfast, but also for cleaning your face. This gentle skin exfoliant absorbs dirt and impurities from the skin,  leaving  your pores squeaky clean. Making oats powder is much more easier than making orange peel powder. Just add some oats to the blender and blend it away! Same rule here —  “NO WATER”!!

Take a look at this pic to see how your powders should look like:

orange peel powder

Now, mix both these powders in 1:1 ratio and store it in a glass container. Whenever you want to wash your face, take a little bit in your palms/bowl, mix a few drops of water to make a paste and apply it all over the face. Leave it for 5-10 minutes and wash it off by massaging in circular motions.

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You can also use this as a face mask by mixing it with yogurt if you have oily/acne prone skin and milk if you have dry skin.

See you love in my next post, till then keep smiling and stay beautiful! And before you go, please do like and share this post  and also, don’t forget to subscribe right here for a weekly dose of green beauty delivered straight into your inbox!

DIY face wash for acne

DIY Cleansing Powder for acne – filled with natural goodness

Helloo beauties!

New year is fast approaching . Have you guys made your 2017 resolutions yet?  Well, I have made some and my important resolution for this year is self care. No matter how busy or lazy I am, i decided to take out some time for myself everyday — to take care of my skin and health, to feed my skin  with healthy and natural ingredients. As a baby step towards my goal, i gave a break to my usual face wash and started washing my face with an all natural cleansing powder, which I am going to tell you now. I used to use this in my college days, but some how stopped using it on a regular basis.

Recipe time!!

acne face wash recipe

DIY face wash

Mix all the ingredients and store in an air tight container. You can put this over your bathroom counter and no need to worry about the mixture going bad as all the ingredients are in powder form. Use this to clean your face instead of your regular face wash. If you have normal to dry skin, mix it with yogurt and if your skin is combination or oily, mix it with rose water. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash off by massaging in gentle, circular motion.

Usually In the mornings, I am in a rush and so I leave it for only 5 – 10 mins. But in the evenings, I stick to 20 minutes.

acne face wash DIY

The ingredients used in this recipe are carefully chosen, keeping their acne curing benefits in mind.

Yogurt is a great natural cleanser. Lactic acid present in the milk is a naturally occurring Alpha hydroxy acid, which gently exfoliates the skin. People with acne are often suggested to eat foods rich in probiotics because the good bacteria in them maintain gut health and reduce inflammation. So, why not apply some of this awesome goodness topically? History says that Queen Cleopatra used to indulge in fermented milk baths. Is this one reason not enough for you to go rub some yogurt on your face now ? 😀

Any face wash meant for acne prone skin contains anti-bacterial properties and so does this one too!

Neem  is rich in anti bacterial properties and is a natural source of salicylic acid.

Basil is a medicinal herb which kills acne causing bacteria like no other cream on the market.

Turmeric and Sandalwood not only cure acne, but also impart a nice glow to your skin and gives you an even toned complexion.

Rose Water has astringent properties and is great for acne and scars.

NOTE: If you apply makeup, first remove it using a makeup removing wipe or oil  and then, follow up with this mask. This mask will not help in removing  makeup.

Try this  out and let me know in the comments how it worked for you. Happy new year! Keep smiling and stay beautiful!

 

skin pampering

My weekend pampering routine — Winter Edition

Hello Guys!!

Its been a long time i pampered my skin since I have been busy with moving, work and other stuff. On top of it, the sweater weather has made my skin dry and dull. Its high time i give my skin some love and this weekend, i finally did it. I was cleaning out my fridge and found the milk was going to expire. Instead of letting it go waste, I thought — why not make use of it to treat my moisture craving skin? Taking Queen Cleopatra as inspiration, I stepped into my bathroom. Its such an incredible feeling to “be back”!

I start with putting some raw honey on my face and hair. Honey is rich in anti-bacterial, anti fungal  properties and nourishes your skin and hair. It is a natural humectant, meaning it attracts moisture and holds the moisture in your hair and skin. Wrapping my hair into a bun, I am all ready for a nice bath soak.

To make this DIY bath soak, you just need milk and honey, which probably most of you already have in your kitchen. Under the running water, add milk (I used about half gallon, but its your choice. No exact measurement to it), 4 tablespoons honey and 2 tablespoons of mineral bath soak (optional, but highly relaxing to your stressed out muscles). And, girls!! Don’t forget to light up some candlesss! They give you such a spa-like and relaxed feeling, that though they are technically not a part of this recipe, they actually are!! To give an aromatherapy touch, I added some dried flower petals and 5 drops of lavender essential oil. Lavender oil is very calming and relaxing for the body. Play your favorite music and step inside the heaven (ahem, Bath tub, I mean!). Usually, store bought bath soaks may give you irritation if used for an extended period of time. But this one has no side effects. After-all, its milk and honey you guys!!

While I am still in the bath tub and fully soaked, I do some prep work for my mani and pedi  (#busylife ). I take a pumice stone and scrub the callus  under my feet and gently push back my cuticles using a cuticle pusher. Next, I wash off my honey dipped hair with lukewarm water and finish off with a gentle shampoo .

Once I am out of the tub, I remove the petals with a strainer, drain the water, spray the tub with my Green Works Multi-Surface Cleaner Spray and wipe off. Then, I carry on with my usual skin care routine and then with mani and pedi.

I am currently using this non-toxic, hydrating  nail polish remover from Pure Body naturals and I should say it is amazing. It does a dual job of nail polish remover and nail treatment. This acetone free remover strengthens the nails and softens the cuticle while effectively removing the nail polish. I usually put this on my fingers for 3-4 minutes and then using a cotton pad, remove my old polish.  I don’t always apply nail polish, but on days I do, I love to use Five free nail polishes from Julep. These nail polishes are free of sulphates, parabens, formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde resin, and camphor. Don’t we all love when we find  natural products that are  effective and fit the bill at the same time?

julep nailpolish and pure body naturals nail polish remover

Finishing off, I apply the Glycolic Face mask from Derma Nu. Packed with anti-oxidants, vitamin C and acne curing benefits, this mask is perfect for winters because it is very softening and gentle on the skin unlike many other clay masks.

What are your favorite green beauty pampering products? Do let me know in the comments, I love to try out new products. Also, guys, if you enjoyed reading this post, do share it on your favorite social media and also don’t forget to join the insider community! Just enter your email right here, and you are all set!! See you guys in my next post, till then stay warm!!

DIY FACIAL MIST FOR GLOWING,PROBLEM FREE SKIN

Hello everyone! Do you love the refreshed feeling that you get by spraying a facial mist? Are you some one who doesn’t want to spend a lot on facial mists, but want to enjoy their benefits to the fullest? If yes, then this is for you!!

Often store-bought facial mists can be a bit expensive and a homemade spray mist sounds like the cheap and best option. In fact, the best part about the home made recipes is that, you have complete control over the ingredients you put in it. Moreover, no harmful ingredients!! Now, who doesn’t love that??

Today, I am going to share my favorite recipe with you guys, and you know what, this is suitable for all skin types and this recipe can be doubled up as a toner!! Also, you can carry it in your purse anywhere you go and give an instant touch up to your skin. You can even use this as a makeup setting spray!! Keep on reading!

GET FLAWLESS, GLOWING SKIN WITH ICE CUBES

get flawless, glowing skin with ice cubes

Hey guys!!

Today, I will be telling you how you can make your skin flawless and glowing like a celebrity – just by using Ice cubes!! Yes, Ice cubes are great for skin care and I am going to tell you how!!

Okay precautions first — Always remember not to use an ice cube directly on the face. Wrap it in a clean cotton cloth and you are all set to use it!!

PLAIN WATER ICE CUBES:

An ice cube made with just water itself has a ton of benefits!!

1. Reduces Inflammation:

Getting ready for a party and a fresh-zit that popped up is ruining the look?? No worries, take an ice cube and rub it on the affected areas for 1-2 minutes. This not only reduces the redness but also the pain!!

2. Perfect Makeup Base:

Rub an ice cube before applying your makeup. This creates a smooth base for your makeup.

3. Reduces Puffiness:

My face tends to get puffy on some mornings and the first thing I do before getting ready on these days is to rub an ice cube all over my face. The cooling from the ice cube makes your skin cells contract and gives the appearance of a smaller face, by reducing the puffiness. This is great for puffiness around the eyes too!!

Also, I have some quick and easy ice cube recipes to target specific skin problems. Don’t worry guys, I have the shopping list with links included at the end!! Pick your favorite, make them on a weekend and enjoy them throughout the week!! Listening, busy ladies?? Now you don’t have an excuse to say that you have no time to take care of your skin!!

5 ICE CUBE RECIPES That GIVE YOU A FLAWLESS, glowing skin

Beetroot and Milk cream ice cube:

If you are having dark lips, then you must try this!! Mix equal quantities of beetroot and milk cream, pour it into an ice cube tray and freeze. Rub this ice cube on your lips as many times as you can, in a day. You can even use it before stepping out of the door. The beetroot leaves a tint on your lips and milk cream keeps the dryness at bay. If you don’t have milk cream available, you can also add milk. Use beetroot powder if you don’t have fresh beetroot. There you go, your all natural lip tint!!

Saffron and Milk ice cube:

If you are having uneven skin tone, then this is for you!! Saffron has skin whitening and brightening properties and is perfect for getting rid of uneven skin tone. Milk moisturizes your face and the lactic acid in the milk is good for balancing out the skin tone. Take some milk in a bowl, warm it for a few seconds in a microwave and add some saffron petals to this. Leave it for at least 15 minutes and let the saffron release its color. Now pour this mixture into the ice cube and you are all set to use it once it freezes!!

Rose Water and Aloe vera Juice Ice Cube:

For this DIY, you can either use Aloe vera Gel fresh from the plant or you can use a store-brought Aloe vera Gel. However, I would always recommend to use the gel direct from the plant as it is more effective. Blend the Aloe vera gel to make juice of it. Mix equal quantities of Aloe Vera Gel and Rose Water to prepare this ice cube. Rubbing this all over your face can soothe and relieve your skin after sun exposure.

Coconut Water Ice Cube:

You can add them to your morning smoothies or you can rub it over your face for soft, glowing skin. Coconut water has tons of benefits for your skin!! It moisturizes you skin, great for anti-aging, reduces pigmentation and acne.

Neem, Tulsi and Multani Mitti Ice Cube:

Do you have an oily, acne prone skin and you are always tempted to wash it? Over Cleansing with soap/facial cleanser can do more harm than good. Don’t wash your face with a cleanser more than twice in a day. Next time you are tempted to over clean, try this instead of using a cleanser. Mix equal quantities of neem, Tulsi (basil), Multani Mitti (Fullers Earth Clay) and rose water. Pour it into an ice cube tray and let it freeze. Rub this ice cube on your face for 1-2 minutes, leave it on for a minute and wash off with cold water. Neem and Tulsi have anti-bacterial properties that help reduce acne and Fullers Earth Clay absorbs the excess oil.

Shopping List:

Beet Root Powder
Saffron
Rose Water
Alovera Gel
Neem Powder
Tulsi or Basil Powder
Fuller’s Earth Clay

Give these a try, do come back and let me know your feedback. Also, share this with your friends, if you loved it!! See ya girls in my next post, till then stay beautiful!! 🙂

 

9 SECRETS TO GET RID OF YOUR DARK, PIGMENTED LIPS

9 SECRETS TO GET RID OF DARK, PIGMENTED LIPS

“I love my dark, pigmented lips” – said no woman ever!! Every one of us want soft, pink and kissable lips and we are ready to do anything to get them. But most of us don’t know the right things to do to get rid of lip pigmentation and we invest in expensive balms and treatments, which cost an arm and leg, but no results in the end. Frustrating, right??

A few months back, my lips turned really dark and these tips and tricks I am gonna walk you through in this post, have improved my lips condition greatly!!

WHAT CAUSES DARK, PIGMENTED LIPS??

Before I jump into the remedies, let’s have a talk about the reasons for dark and pigmented lips, so you can avoid doing these mistakes.

Smoking: This may come as a bad news to smokers out there, but yeah, you need to quit your smoking habit to rock those pink lips. After all, beauty is pain, baby!!

Caffeine: Okay, my dear coffee lovers, suck it up!! Excessive coffee consumption may be the culprit for your lip pigmentation!!

Dryness: Who would have thought that dry lips can be the reason for dark lips? But yes, it is true!! Your lips don’t have oil glands and so, they cannot produce oil on their own. You need to supply them with enough hydration from inside out to keep them moisturized. Dryness can lead to cracked and chapped lips, which result in darkness.

Anemia: I was guilty of this a few months back, but iron supplements saved my lips!!

Poor eating habits: Ladies, I know you all know this, but I am bringing this up as a reminder. What you put inside your body is what you look outside. Eat whole and healthy foods to bring out the best and beautiful you!!

Sun Exposure: Lips are sensitive parts and when over exposed to sun, they suffer from pigmentation.

So these are some of the basic and pillar steps you need to follow for soft, pink lips —

  1. Quit Smoking
  2. Limit Coffee breaks.
  3. Apply a lip balm with SPF during the day. Apply a deep hydrating and nourishing lip balm/treatment at night
  4. Consult a doctor and get your hemoglobin levels tested. Use the prescribed iron supplements consistently, if you are anemic.
  5. Cheating on your diet once in a while is okay, we are all human you know!! But try to eat as healthier as possible to stay fab!!

Once you adopt all the above mentioned habits, you will start seeing difference in your lips. In addition to these, start using these homemade treatments to achieve those kissable lips you have always dreamt of!!

SAY YES TO HEALTHY LIPS!!

6. Glycerin, Lemon Juice and Rose Water Treatment:

Glycerin is my go-to product whenever my lips feel dry. Lemon juice is a great bleaching agent and is excellent to clear out the dark spots/pigmentation. Roses are a great way to get rosy lips!! These magical flowers give a natural pink tint to your lips and decrease the pigmentation over a course of time. Apply this mixture on your lips every night.  If you have no time and want to stick to one single remedy, then this will be the one!! Yes, I saw the improvement in my lips, just after a couple of days of using this remedy. I am currently using NOW Foods Vegetable Glycerine and Gaia Purity Pure Moroccon Rose Water and I absolutely love them.

7. Beetroot and milk Ice cubes:

Mix some beetroot juice and milk in equal quantities and pour into an ice cube tray. Let it freeze and there you have, nature’s one of the best lip treatments!! Rub it on your lips as many times as you can throughout the day. Beetroot gives a nice tint to your lips and works magic on your pigmentation. Milk smooth-ens your lips and the lactic acid present in the milk helps in reducing the dark spots.

8. Lemon, Sugar and Honey Scrub:

Okay, I cannot stress enough on this – exfoliate, exfoliate and exfoliate!! Take a thin lemon slice and dip it in some sugar and honey mixture. Now rub the slice gently on your lips. Remember not to over exfoliate.

9. Orange Peel, Rice flour and Olive Oil Scrub:

Dried Orange peel  powder and rice flour treat the dark spots/areas on your skin and brighten up the dull skin. Mix these two ingredients with olive oil and scrub your lips with this mixture. You can make your own Orange Peel powder at home or if you don’t have time to do so, I recommend you guys to try this: Herbs And Crops Organic Orange Peel Powder

Okay peeps, there are a lot of other remedies for treating dark lips, but these are my current favorites!! Hope you like them and if it helped you, share this post with your friends 🙂

 

 

DIY Sheet Mask for your Pretty Little Face – Free Template to Download

DIY SHEET MASK FOR YOUR PRETTY LITTLE FACE

Hola BFFs!! Today, I am bringing another Skin Care DIY for you guys!! Well, yeah, you are right, I am obsessed with Skin care and there is no end to it! In this post, I am going to teach ya ladies an amazing tip to take your skin care to whole new level – DIY Sheet mask!! Yes baby, you heard it correct! Those pretty little sheet masks that cost you an arm and leg in the stores, those cutesy sheet masks we order from Japan and Korea that take forever to reach  our mailbox – yes, I am talking about those sheet masks!! Exiting, huh?? Well, one more exciting thing – I have a freebie to share with you all awesome ladies for being amazing! Stay Tuned!!

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FACIAL STEAMING & ITS BENEFITS FOR YOUR SKIN

facial steaming

Hello beautiful!!

Facial Steaming is a great way to relax your skin after a long, tiring day. If steaming is not a part of your skin care regimen yet, you should include it today itself!! I will tell you why — Steaming has a lot of benefits apart from relaxation. Here are a few of them:

  • It helps in deep cleaning the pores
  • Skin renewal
  • Loosens up the blackheads and whiteheads so they are easy to remove after facial steaming.
  • Improves circulation to your face.
  • Loosens the dirt and other gross stuff that is hard to get rid of with normal cleansing. Keep on reading!

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR LIPS IN SPRING

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Hellooo my dear buttercups!! Hope you are enjoying the spring and getting out of your cozy blankets for a quick walk under the sun! Well, I am here, sitting in a park, sipping my lemon water, and writing this post for you awesome ladies out there!! Today, I am gonna teach you how to take care of the most neglected facial part — the lips!! Yes, it is a fact that most of us don’t take care of our lips in the same way we take care of our face. And if you are one of them, my dear, it is time to change it!! Lips are the first thing that people notice when you communicate with them. Healthy lips create great first impressions and boost your confidence. So, gal, show your lovely lips some love and they will love you back!! 

Keep on reading!