Month: December 2015


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What do you do to your avocado? Toss it to your salads? Make sandwiches, dip or smoothies? You might also be using avocados on your skin as face masks or for moisturizing (I have mentioned a brilliant way to use it in your natural skin care routine here). You might definitely be using avocados because we know it has tons of benefits for skin, hair and with all the healthy fats it is a healthier option to spreads and dips. The fun part is it tastes so good.

Today’s post is not about various methods of using avocados,you can continue with however you have been using, no problem. My today’s post is about  using the seed that always goes un-noticed and abandoned. After I let you know one great method of using the avocado seed, you will surely wonder why haven’t you thought of it before and you will love me more for the very reason.

I am so excited to share this and I am sure after you know what to do, you will never throw away the under-rated avocado seed. So lets get to it straight.

You need

1 avocado

Yaay!! You just need one avocado for this. Actually one avocado seed.

Avocado for massage

We all love our salon visits. Why because we want our skin to be pampered. You know we have so many options to do it at home (I have mentioned various skin care DIY’s in my blog like thisthis and this) But the best part about a salon facial is the massage and we don’t really know how to do a proper facial massage. Now there are many tools available in the market to give a great  massage to your face. We also know one great method is using ice-cubes like in this post. But I have come up with a better massaging tool and by now you have already understood what I am talking about. If not, let me break the surprise, Avocado seed is a great massaging tool. Yes I mean it. Now you might be like what nonsense, this will never work etc. etc. but try it to believe it.

Method of massaging

For an effective facial massage your avocado seed must be refrigerated. For a luxurious feel apply some avocado pulp on your face and then using the seed massage your face, starting from your jaw line, massaging upwards to the corners of your lips to the nostrils and to your cheek bone then back. Follow this with the a chin massage (in circular motion) and finally your forehead, starting near the temples to the middle of your fore head and back again. Next massage around your eyes. Repeat the process for both halves of your face. Once your done massaging your face, massage your neck too.

Trust me this is such a blissful experience where your face feels relaxed. The massage also has so many benefits to your skin.

Benefits of massage

  • The first and foremost benefit of this or any massage in general is that, a facial massage increases blood and oxygen flow to the face revealing a beautiful glow to the skin.
  • Massaging on a regular basis gives a youthful skin reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
  • The avocado seed massage hydrates your skin and gives a radiant glow to it.

If you are not convinced by now and you doubt about trying the avocado seed massage, then all I can tell you is try it to know. You are not going to lose anything anyways. Avocados are great for your skin, you know. And you were however going to throw away that seed, so why not give this revolutionary idea a try. You will love the experience and how you skin feels. This sounds crazy but it works.




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The relaxing smell of vanilla and the sweet smell of lavender when combined becomes magical.

How often do you exfoliate your lips? You know exfoliation is the best way to get those soft and smooth baby lips. Now you don’t want to apply lipstick to a chapped lips. If you want to carry that bright red lipstick flawlessly, you definitely have to exfoliate using a good lip scrub and get rid of chapped lips. This is not just for women, my guy friends, you must as well take care of your lips.

Now which product do you use for exfoliating? You don’t have to invest in fancy products when you can make your lip scrub easily at home. Our vanilla lavender lip scrub is one such amazing lip scrub. It exfoliates really well giving you soft lips. The vanilla lavender scrub is moisturizing, helps treat pigmentation of lips and the smell is divine!

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So lets see what items you need to prepare the vanilla lavender lip scrub.


1 cup white sugar

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tsp pure organic vanilla extract

5 drops of lavender essential oil

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How to prepare the scrub

Measure and take the olive oil in a bowl. Add pure vanilla extract to the olive oil followed by five drops of lavender essential oil. Next add one cup of sugar to the oil-vanilla mixture. Mix really well and your vanilla lavender lip scrub is ready. Transfer this to a small pot or bottle.

How to use

Take a small amount of the vanilla lavender lip scrub in your hands and massage your lips in circular motion using the scrub. Do the same for both upper and lower lips. Your done.

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The vanilla lavender lip scrub is moisturizing on its own but you can use any moisturizing balm to your lips then follow this with your lip balm or lipstick.

Remember it is very important exfoliate your lips like you exfoliate your face. So do not skip this.

Try out this simple lips scrub and get soft  and beautiful lips.


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If you are wondering what glam box is, it is a beauty subscription box, with 4-5 deluxe samples and one or two full-sized products. If you are some one like me who would love to try out new products, this is definitely your game. Each month you get a beautiful pink box with samples from some well-known brands, you get some luxury brands too if you are lucky. Sometimes these boxes contain products from some new and upcoming brands also, which you would not consider buying the full size before testing. Sometimes your box might also contain discount vouchers (for spa treatment, shopping etc; which may or may not be useful to you)

The beauty box concept is already very popular in many other countries (like the birch box,glossy box) but here in the UAE, I think glam box was the first to launch such beauty boxes.  Now there are a boatload of beauty boxes in the UAE. But people are still not sure about such things.

The reason why I am writing such a detailed post about glam box is because, when I first thought of subscribing glam box, I wasn’t sure if I should. As any other person I surfed through the internet to gather details. But I couldn’t find even a single useful post. Then I thought maybe I should try it. One reason why I chose to subscribe to the glam box is that I love surprise gifts. This is like getting surprise gifts every month ( you know you will receive it each month until your subscription period, but the products remain a mystery). The fun part is definitely the opening to see what awaits you.

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The December box is their festive special box, actually boxes. It comes with a free welcome box andfree shipping! The normal price of a 3-month subscription is 239 AED but I got it on offer for just 164 AED. How cool is that! Lets unwrap and find out what we have got.

The December glam boxes contain the following products

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This is the product I love the most in my glam box mainly because I like L’occitane and my box had a beautiful smell because of this soap. This is a full-sized product which costs 8.50 dollars (almost 31 AED).


I have never tried any products from Abeeco. The bee venom mask is supposed to be made from the best New Zealand bee venom. For this reason I am excited to try this out. The whole idea of applying bee venom on my face is freaking me out to some extent I agree. But I will not miss the chance. Come on now how often do we get to test bee venoms (in positive way). And yeah, this is a sample sized product. 50gms of this product might cost around 400 AED.


The shade I received is Aria Redy? which I think is perfect for this festive season. It is a magenta pink kind of shade which I wouldn’t use otherwise. The price is 39 AED.


Another nail paint, and the shade is It’s you! Such a beautiful shade I must say. It has a very subtle duo-chrome effect and I love it. It costs around 28 AED.


Another full-sized product which costs around 48 AED, I think. Not sure if I like it or not. But since it contains shea butter and warm vanilla sounds good.


I got pure Hazel. Now I wonder why they have added lenses to a beauty box. I know the colored lenses can make your eyes beautiful, but did not expect it and I think this is a little in-appropriate.The price for a pack (which contain ten lenses) is 65AED. I got a sample pack of two.


I loved all the face shop products I have used so far.  So I would love to try this too.


Now everybody knows how effective biore pore strips are in removing black heads, never tried the charcoal one though; so already loving it. I got 2 strips which might costs a total of 18 AED.


Yes! This has been in my shopping list, now I can try and then buy( since I have the sample). The price for 30ml is 79 AED.


I use shea butter in many DIY’s, so I am happy I got this. Sample size, but good.


I wish I received something else. The oil I received is a sample.


I got a pack of 50 sheets which costs 15 AED. These are bloating papers and I think its a must-have.

Phew! Such a huge list of items. And not to forget the discount vouchers. To sum up lets get into what I like and dislike about the glam box middle east.


  • I was lucky my subscription included a festive box,so I got a lot of products.
  • I got to try some products which I have never imagined of trying like the bee venom mask.
  • The price definitely. It costs only around 80 AED for one month (I got it for less) but you get products which would costs you more otherwise.
  • I got four full-sized products. No wait, five!


  • Both the nail paints were ok, but I don’t prefer getting nail paints in my beauty boxes.
  • The dove body cream, I don’t know if I will use it. I prefer make-up products to skin care mainly because I like to use natural products in my skin-care routine.
  • The parachute oil which I will never use mainly because I have a well-maintained hair care routine now for my hair using many DIY’s and other methods.

My final verdict about the glam box me is that I love the December glam box and will eagerly be waiting for the next.












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We all love our hair so much, no doubt. We also love styling them in a million different ways. But all this styling, using all sorts of appliances and products filled with chemicals, damage our hair so badly. Not just that, our unhealthy life style, pollution (and the list goes on) and many many other factors are responsible for damaging our hair. If you blow dry you damage your hair, if you towel dry and don’t do it in the right way, again, you damage hair. We are not getting into details about how we damage our hair. I am going to introduce you to a very simple solution for hair loss, dandruff, grey hair and split ends. Bringing this very small change in your hair care routine will bring all the difference in your hair.

Citrus hair rinse for healthy hair

You need just three ingredients for this amazingly effective rinse. But they are enough to give you healthy and beautiful hair. Lets get into details about the ingredients used for this rinse.

Black tea

Black tea is our first ingredient. We use black tea for our rinse due to its abundance of anti-oxidants and caffeine which is beneficial for our hair. Caffeine helps in decreasing Dihydrostosterone, a hormone which causes hair loss, which is found in our scalp. Which simply means, black tea increases hair thickness and lowers hair loss. Black tea boosts hair growth and gives shine and luster to your hair. It acts as a natural dyeing agent, giving natural darkness to dark brown or black hair.

Lemon peel

Our second ingredient is lemon peel. The thing which I like the most about lemon is that it helps in changing the texture of your hair meaning it provides us with silky straight hair. Lemon also helps in treating oily scalps. We all know how effective lemon peels is in treating dandruff. Using lemon helps in treating hair loss, split ends and itchy scalp. Lemon gives natural conditioning to the hair and also helps in thickening  the hair. How amazing is that!

Orange peel

I have already discussed how amazing orange peels are for your skin, it has benefits on hair too. Oranges provide excellent conditioning to your hair leaving it soft and beautiful. They also stimulates hair growth and are very effective in treating dandruff.

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Now that you have some idea about the ingredients, we will move on to the method of making this effective rinse.

How to make the citrus rinse

Ingredients once again

  1. 4-5 tea bags ( depends on the quantity of rinse and your hair length)
  2. Grated peels from 1 or 2 oranges.
  3. Grated peels from 1 or 2 lemon.
  4. 4 or more cup water depending on your hair length.

First process is brewing your tea ( assuming you know how to make tea). We want strong tea. Add the lemon and orange peels to it allowing it to steep. Then let it cool. Pour this to a bottle (you can use spraying bottle too) then after you are done washing your hair, rinse your hair with it, massaging the hair and scalp.

That’s it! You have to do just this and the citrus rinse does the rest of the job. You have to do this everyday if you want fast results especially for darkening your hair and treating dandruff.

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NOTE: You can use orange and lemon not just the peels, no problem. So try this very effective method and have have gorgeous hair.

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I miss my long daily showers, long relaxing ones. Being a mom of a little girl,it is difficult to even think about it. So I had to cut short my showers. But I still manage to make my showers special by using relaxing, fragrant body washes. I love my body washes so so much. Now who doesn’t!

Have you thought of making a body wash all by yourself? At the comfort of your home? Do you wish to? Don’t worry it is easy, easier than you could think of. You just need a few items to make your own body wash at home. A body wash which not only cleanse but moisturizes your body too. And you will forget your normal body wash or soap when you experience the rich, bubbly lather of this amazingly fragrant body wash.

So lets get started. Oh my god! I’m excited!!

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The honey lavender body wash

Two best things about this body wash is that, one it is very very easy to make, and two our body wash uses ingredients which are great for your skin.

Lets check out the ingredient list.

You need

1/3 cup liquid castile soap ( I used argan oil variant you can use pure). Buy Here

1/3 cup sweet almond oil. (you can use olive oil or grape seed oil) Buy Here

1/3 cup honey. (Use raw honey if possible, but you can use any) Buy Here

40 drops of lavender oil.Buy Here

How to make the body wash

Measure out all the ingredients and mix them up in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Next pour this into a bottle of your choice pump-top or squeeze top.  You have your very own body wash.

The method

Use it like you would normally use any other body washes. Pump out the body wash onto a bath pouf or natural sponge and lather on. You can use this directly on your skin. Don’t forget to shake  well before each use. This stays in good condition for as long as one year.

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Now that you know how to make the body wash lets get into details of  the ingredients used.

Liquid castile soap

Castile soap is a vegetable oil based soap made from pure olive oil or coconut oil. This is used to ensure that our body wash has enough lather which is so gentle to your skin.

Sweet almond oil

The purpose of adding oil is to make our body wash moisturizing unlike most of the store bought ones which dries out our skin. The benefit of adding sweet almond oil is that it is effective in lightening stretch marks and also reduces signs of aging.


Honey helps in the treatment and prevention of acne and helps in improving complexion. It is great for slowing down aging. Honey is added in our body wash to moisturize. It also helps in retaining elasticity of  our skin. Honey also thickens the body wash and promotes lather.

Lavender oil

Lavender oil is great for treating acne and eczema. The purpose of adding lavender oil in our body wash is to give a pleasant smell to our body wash. Moreover, lavender oil is great for all skin types and is very gentle to the skin.

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So make your own body wash and feel the difference.

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Hello beautiful people. I am here with another great pack. This time it is a skin lightening face pack and its name itself is so refreshing, mandarin and tomato face pack.

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Mandarin for skin

Do you include mandarin oranges in your diet. If you don’t, then its time to think about it because these type of oranges has so many health benefits like preventing cancer, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, proper functioning of a healthy immune system etc.And yeah, it also aids in weight-loss.

Now that was just a piece of information, lets come back to our topic. Mandarin oranges has so many skin benefits too. Mandarins are a very good source of vitamin C and E, which are beneficial in  giving a healthy glow to the skin. It also helps in improving complexion. Mandarins are very effective in fighting signs of aging, like wrinkles and fine lines.

The first ingredient of our skin-lightening face pack as you know by now is mandarin, the second is tomato.

Tomato for skin

We have been using tomatoes in our diet and on skin for decades now. This is because tomatoes have great health and beauty benefits. We will just peep into some of its skin benefits . Tomatoes are great for treating open pores, curing acne, reducing excess oil secretion and treating signs of aging. It is a natural bleaching agent too.

Olive oil 

Olive oil is our third and final ingredient. Olive oil is a very good source of vitamin E which is great for your skin in many ways. Olive oil moisturizes your skin, has anti-aging properties and improves overall health of your skin. Let me share something with you, olive oil is one of my favorite moisturizer and make up remover (and probably the best).

How to make our face pack

I have already mentioned the three ingredients you need for this face pack. To summarize you need:

2 tbsp tomato juice

1 tbsp orange juice

1/2 tbsp olive oil.

You can adjust the ingredients as per your needs and skin type. Once you have the juices and oil, mix them. Apply this immediately on your face and neck. Keep it for 15 minutes then wash it off.

The mandarin-tomato pack helps in skin-lightening and  tightening of pores. It is very effective in lightening blemishes and gives glow to dull skin. This is a cleansing pack which unclogs your pores and cleanses your face.

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Mandarin and tomato for lips

One bonus point of this pack is that you can use it on your lips too. When used on lips, the pack exfoliates your lips and helps in treating pigmentation to some extent. Isn’t it awesome?


Blend the three ingredients well and use it immediately. Keeping it for long time prior to applying, may cause the separation of oil from the juices. If by any chance it gets separated blend again and then use.

Have you ever thought that the cute cute oranges and the lovely red tomatoes will become a life-saver? This unique blend of ingredients is sure to show great results on your skin. So try this and enhance the beauty of your skin. Good luck and stay beautiful!

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Oh my dear coffee, I love you so much!!!

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Don’t we all love our daily dose of coffee? Coffee is just enough to kick start an otherwise lazy day. And the aroma of coffee, oh my God!! But did you know the best friend of yours ( I meant coffee here) has great benefits on skin too. Yes, seriously. Yaay!

Oh so coffee-ish

The first thing which attracts me to coffee is its smell. So I don’t mind smelling like a coffee bean all day. In fact I would love to -Oh so refreshing! That’s the reason why I could not resist myself from trying out this great smelling body scrub. All the other benefits come as bonuses (That’s my case).

Why use coffee

Coffee has the power to dehydrate fatty cells which results in reducing the appearance of cellulite.Coffee is rich in anti-oxidants, hence it has great anti-inflammatory properties. Caffeine in coffee draws out excess moisture from the skin. Therefore you are left with smoother and firmer skin. Coffee fights free radicals which are causing pre-mature aging of your skin. So coffee reduces the appearance of fine line, wrinkles and sun spots. Coffee tightens the skin and repairs damage caused by ultraviolet rays. Coffee also helps to reduce under eye dark circles. Coffee is a good exfoliant too. Coffee is also easily absorbed into the skin.

So now you know why caffeine is used in so many skin creams? Now hoping that you are impressed by all these as I am, lets move on to the ingredient list.


1 cup ground coffee

1 cup coconut milk

1 1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tbsp cinnamon (cinnamon is optional. If you choose to use it, use only small amount)

Normally in coffee scrubs one use coconut oil but I am using coconut milk instead. The reason being , coconut milk makes a more luxurious scrub than the coconut oil one.

How to make our scrub

Combine coffee, coconut milk and cinnamon. Mix it well. Then add sugar and mix it. And there you have it!

I used brown sugar but you can use the white refined one also. No problem. But sticking to organic is always the best option.

If you don’t know how to make coconut milk it is easy. Add water(preferably warm) to coconut and blend it it a blender. Now strain the juice and done. But don’t worry you can use the powdered packet also. Still preparing from fresh coconut gets my vote.

The technique of applying

Applying is similar to exfoliating your body with any other body scrub with the only difference of concentrating more on the areas with cellulite. What I mean to say is massage this body scrub in a circular motion gently onto your skin, taking more time on our worst enemy- the cellulite.

The best part of using coffee scrub is that you can use the scrub for your face too. With all the above mentioned qualities of coffee you do not want to hunt for another scrub for your face. Plus, coconut milk also has moisturizing and anti-aging properties. Not yet convinced ? then our 3rd ingredient, cinnamon helps in curing blemishes, acne, pimples and fine lines. Now that’s awesome.

For face

You can add honey (optional) to the scrub and use it on face. The scrub can be used as a face mask too Apply this onto your face, keeping it for 20 minutes. Then rinse it off by gently massaging in upward circular strokes.


You can store it in a container or prepare fresh whenever you need. For reducing cellulite use it everyday until you start seeing results. When using everyday, you don’t have to scrub the entire body just massage on the cellulite.

Try the coffee- coconut milk scrub to get soft smooth and cellulite free body. You also have the advantage of having the divine smell of coffee on your body all day. Try it you will love the experience.


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Sometimes what our skin needs is just exfoliation. But we are so busy with our lives we skip exfoliating. Even worse is when some people really do not think exfoliating is necessary. There are some others who believe exfoliating will damage your skin (What? seriously? Its true!). And some are just lazy. Whatever your reason is, DO NOT SKIP EXFOLIATION.  The reason we exfoliate is to remove dead skin cells and keep those white heads and black heads at bay. Being said that, don’t exfoliate too vigorously (now that will surely and definitely damage your skin). Gently massaging with a good scrub will surely do the job.

So I am going to introduce you to one of my favorite scrubs, which is made with natural ingredients and has so many good qualities to enhance your skin’s health. A healthy skin means a beautiful you!

Green tea-cucumber DIY facial scrub

(Only the name is a little bit long, the ingredient list is short, don’t worry.) This is a great scrub which requires only three ingredients but gives tons of benefits to your skin. Sounds great? Then lets find out what to use.

Get the ingredients

Search and find out the following from your kitchen:

  1. 2 tbsp Green tea
  2. 1/2 Cucumber
  3. 2-3 tbsp Sugar

The process

In a blender, blend together the green tea and cucumber to form a paste. Add sugar to the paste. And there you have our green tea-cucumber scrub. Massage this scrub to your skin (and dust out all the dead skin cells). Then wash it off with cold water.

Remember: If you have dry skin add honey to your scrub.

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Benefits of using this scrub

  • Exfoliates and unclogs pores to give clean glowing skin.
  • Reduces tanning and improves skin complexion.
  • Controls oil secretion and acne.
  • Fights anti-aging signs.

Try it and let me know how your skin felt. Take care.


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Everybody knows how important a right skincare routine is. Even if your someone who does not have the time to pamper your skin with face masks, there is no excuse for skipping the CTM. For those of you who do not know what CTM is, it stands for Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing. I cant tell you how important a right CTM is for your skin.

But you don’t always have to use fancy products for your skincare. You can use very natural method with natural items which are already present in your kitchen. Now this is going to save you some bucks too (yaaay!). Here is one such natural skin care (CTM) routine out of many. So lets get started.

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Get these from your kitchen (some of you might have never visited this place. so step inside now)

  1. 1 cucumber.
  2. 1 cup coconut milk.(you can use whole milk also)
  3. Half lemon.
  4. Avocado.
  5. The H2O.

and the process….



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Take the cucumber peel it. Blend this with 1cup coconut milk and you have your very own cleanser. Now wet your face with warm water and massage it onto your face. Rinse off with cold water. Hello clean face!



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Take juice from half a lemon. Pour this into a bottle and add half cup water to it. Shake! Shake! And that is your toner. Dip a cotton ball into the mixture and wipe on your face. Done!


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Cleansing done! Toning done! Next is moisturizing. Take Avocado and rub this wonderful fruit all over your face. Leave it for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water.

And that’s it. A very simple method with very easily available items. Now do not waste your time trying to figure out which products to buy, which brands to buy and so many other confusions. Just take a visit to your kitchen and just do it.Finally, once again I am reminding you, do not skip your cleansing, toning , moisturizing routine. It is so important.





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Today I am going to introduce you to a very soothing anti-acne face mask. If you have problematic skin you should definitely give it a shot. The reasons why you should use this mask is given below:

why use this mask

  • The green tea-mint soothing face mask cleanses and tightens the skin giving you fresh and oil-free skin tone.
  • Treats skin irritations.
  • Fights aging signs.
  • Improves complexion.
  • Great for acne treatment and prevention.
  • Great for under eye circles and puffiness.
  • Keeps skin spotless.

Impressed? Now read on to find out more about this mask.

you just need three ingredients


green tea


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  • Improves skin complexion.
  • Reduces puffy eyes as well as dark circles.
  • Fights aging skin.
  • Treats acne and pimples.
  • Shrinks open pores.
  • Flushes out toxins from the skin, heals blemishes and soothes the complexion.
  • Protects against sun damage.

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  • Treats even the stubborn acne.
  • Prevents wrinkles.
  • Removes black heads.
  • Treats pimples and keep skin spotless.
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties hence help heal skin irritations.
  • Reduces dark circles and puffiness of eyes.
  • Gives oil-free skin.


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  • Great for acne.
  • Full of anti-oxidants hence it is great for slowing down aging.
  • It is extremely moisturizing and soothing so gives glow to the skin.

the process of making green tea-mint soothing face mask

Combine all our ingredients in a blender,blend till it forms a smooth paste. You can add water if necessary. Apply evenly on your face and neck . Keep this mask on for 20-25 minutes before washing it with warm water.Do this once a week for best results.


I used the gun powder green tea from Twinings. If you are using that variant of green tea then soak it in hot water before  blending all the three ingredients. My first attempt was a failure because I used the green tea directly for blending and it wouldn’t blend. So keep that in mind. But if your using the normal variant or green tea bags, you can add it without soaking, no problem.


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Try this extremely refreshing face mask. Stay beautiful.