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HAIR CARE TIPS FOR HOT SUMMER MONTHS

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Today again my husband asked “Can we go to the beach” and my reply was “Beach? Maybe next week? ” with a grin on my face. This has become a usual conversation between me and my husband for two months now. The thought of getting outside kills me, ugh! Come on guys the temperature here is 40+. I actually did go to a beach two weeks back( at night though) and the only thing in my mind was to literally run away from there. If you are like me or not, remember your skin and hair requires some special attention during this season. I have already discussed about summer skincare tips, now check out what Dr. Manoj Kumar, Medical Director at Bloom Aesthetic and Laser Clinic, has to say about taking care of your hair during hot summer months. (more…)

BENEFIT IT’S POTENT EYE BENEFIT CREAM REVIEW

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If you use a separate cream for your eyes or not, is totally your choice. Some believe an eye cream is an essential part of our skincare routine. There are millions of eye-creams in the market to choose from.  Today’s post as you can obviously tell from the title, is a review, a review of the only eye-cream I have used in my entire life and it is the It’s potent eye benefit cream from benefit cosmetics. (more…)

DIY SHEA BUTTER BODY SCRUB

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I am a real fan of shea butters. I use it for my face, hair, lips, body, feet and hands. Sometimes for moisturizing, sometimes for healing various skin issues ;sometimes alone sometimes along with other ingredients; shea butter is one amazing product! I have used shea butter body scrub (no, not homemade but from a very good brand) in the past and I love it! But I keep on trying and experimenting with different products and diy’s so I use some others at the moment.  But a few days back I really missed my shea butter body scrub so I thought  instead of buying it I should make it at home. So I went through the ingredient list of my favorite shea butter body scrub for inspiration (Please don’t use the word copying,!) and made my own shea butter body scrub at home! (more…)

HOW TO MAKE ROSE WATER AT HOME

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When February has showed up, wherever you look you see roses. So thought of writing about how you can make rose water at home. I know I am a bit late, but as the phrase says better late than never. Now in this post you get to know three of my favorite ways of making fresh rose water at home. My favorite because its so nice and the methods are really simple. (more…)

LAVENDER AND HONEY FACIAL TONER

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Years back, before getting into some serious skincare routine, toner was something which I thought was unnecessary for my skin. I didn’t want to use too many products on my skin back then. Later on when I realized toner is essential for skincare I started trying out so many of the store-bought toners, from almost every range from most brands. But to be frank I was not really happy about any of them. So after that I started using toners which I made at home. The best part about the toners I make are that I I can customize according to my skin needs and also I can use ingredients which I already have at home  . And they work really well! Seriously! So today I am going to tell you about one of my favorite homemade toners, lavender and honey facial toner.

Why use toners on face

Before getting into the lavender and honey facial toner, I thought it would be a good idea to start with why use toners on your face, I mean any toners. So lets start with this first. But if you already know why and you just want to know about the lavender and honey facial toner, you are welcome to scroll down and read just the part you want. So what toners basically do to your skin is:

  • It moisturizes.
  • It refreshes your skin.
  • Balances the pH level.
  • Leaves your skin softer and smoother.

The lavender and honey facial toner

So let get into our topic now. The lavender and honey facial toner is one of my favorite toners, like I said. You might have already guessed the two main ingredients by now, lets find out what other ingredients you need and how much.

You need:

  • 1/2 tbsp of honey.
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar.
  • 1/2 cup water.
  • 3-4 drops of lavender essential oil.

How to make the lavender and honey facial toner

If you are using raw honey (that’s best) you have to add about two tablespoons of warm water to dissolve the honey. To this stir in the ACV , water and finally the lavender essential oil. Transfer this to a bottle. And its done!

You can use any other essential oils and prepare the facial toners of your choice by the same method. For example, you can use tea tree oil to prepare your own tea tree facial toner, my other favorite. Or you can just make a very simple facial toner by using juice from one lemon and 1/2 cup water or the ACV facial toner by using 1 part ACV to three parts water.

How to use the lavender and honey facial toner

After you are done cleansing your face, take the toner on a cotton pad and apply it on your face and neck. Or if you are using the spritzing bottle, just spray the facial toner on your face and then follow with your normal skincare routine. This is not just for the lavender and honey facial toner, this method is for using any toners in general.

The benefits of using the lavender and honey facial toner

I have already mentioned the benefits of using toners but this particular facial toner helps in treating acne, and in boosting the renewal of skin apart from the other benefits of using toners like leaving your skin fresher, younger, softer smoother and moisturized.

 

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So what do you think about the lavender and honey facial toner? Or do you have any other favorite facial toners? Please comment below and let me know about it.

 

 

30 BEAUTY HACKS USING BABY PRODUCTS

 

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After having a baby, I have learned a lot of things. I also had to make some (read as complete) changes to my lifestyle. Changes both good and bad, like now when we go shopping our primary focus is on baby stuff as any other parents. You also get a lot of products during baby shower or later,which sometimes you don’t use at all. So I had to come up with these beauty hacks using the baby products.Okay, I admit, I am that beauty-obsessed  mother spare even her baby’s products! Thank God! my baby is not big enough to know it!

So my today’s post is about how you can use baby products in your beauty routines. (more…)

HOW TO DO A FACIAL AT HOME

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Our skin needs some pampering to remain beautiful. So it is important to show some love to your skin. The easiest way is definitely to go to a beauty salon and get a facial done. Just relax and enjoy! But did you know you can do the facial at home! All by yourself? You don’t have to spend a fortune for the facial and you don’t have to get out of your home too. (more…)

28 WAYS TO REMOVE BLACKHEADS

 

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We all know what black heads are. But since I have to give a small introduction to it, I am writing a few things about what are blackheads, but you are most welcome to skip the part and head on to the ways to get rid of blackheads. But if you are someone like me who likes to understand the culprit better before execution (Don’t worry I am speaking about blackheads ,just trying to be a little dramatic) then stay and read it completely. Trust me, its a very small one. Even if you skip the introduction part, don’t miss out the preventive measures section because prevention is definitely better than cure!

What are blackheads

Blackheads are small, black spots that appear on your skin, mainly on your nose and chin. These blackheads (also known as open comedones) are caused when the pores become blocked because of sebum and dead skin. These are primarily yellow in color but gets oxidized when exposed to the air and turns black. So basically whiteheads and blackheads are the same. The whiteheads (closed comedones) are the ones that do not come in contact with the air.

Common causes of black heads are stress, hormonal changes, cosmetics, no proper cleaning of the skin, smoking, caffeine and alcohol. Those genes also play a major role in causing blackheads.

Ways to get rid of blackheads

Blackheads spare no one. Everybody gets their share sometimes occasionally sometimes regularly. Below are various methods of removing blackheads, hope you will find a method which best suits your skin.

Natural methods to get rid of blackheads

1. Egg white mask

You need: 

  • 1 egg white
  • Facial tissue or toilet paper
  • A small bowl
  • A clean towel

Separate egg white from yolk, and place the egg white in a bowl. Whisk the egg white slightly. After cleansing your face apply a thin layer of egg white on your face. Place the facial tissue on top of it and apply the egg white again. Wait till the mask dries and once dry, apply a second layer on top of the first. Repeat this for 3-5 times. When your done, peel off the mask and wash your face.

Remember: Make sure each layer is dry before applying the next layer to get good results.

2. Cinnamon and honey mask

You need:

  • 1 part organic raw honey
  • 1 part cinnamon powder

Mix the two ingredients and heat it in a microwave for 5 seconds. Mix again and apply this mixture on the blackhead affected area when the mask is still warm. Keep it for 10-15 minutes and wash off. You can also place a clean cotton cloth on top of the mask to make honey-cinnamon pore strip. When it dries out peel it off and wash your face.

Remember: Before applying the mask make sure the mask is not very hot but just warm.

3. Honey and milk pore strips

You need:

  • 1 tbsp of organic raw honey
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • A clean strip of cotton

Mix honey and milk. Place it in the microwave and heat it for 5-10 seconds. Mix again after removing from the microwave to combine the ingredients. Next dip the cotton strip in the mixture and place it on your nose or any other blackhead affected area. After 10-15 minutes peel the strip off for blackhead free skin.

4. Coriander leaves and turmeric powder

 

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You need:

  • 1 tsp juice from coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder

Mix both the ingredients to form a paste. Apply this mask on your face ( preferably at night) and leave it for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes wash it off with cold water.

Remember: To make coriander juice, take a handful of coriander leaves and crush it. Extract the juice by pressing it on a sieve.

5. Oatmeal and yogurt mask

You need:

  • 2 tbsp Oatmeal
  • 3 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Mix all the above mentioned ingredients till it forms a paste. Apply the mask on your face and leave it for 10-15 minutes. After 15 minutes wash your face with warm water.

6. Green tea-mint soothing face mask

You need:

  • 3 tbsp green tea
  • 2 tbsp mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp honey

To know more about this mask check out my post HERE.

One other great method to remove blackheads using green tea is the green tea- cucumber scrub. You can find it HERE.

7. Lemon juice and cinnamon powder

You need:

  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder

Mix the two ingredients and apply this to the blackhead affected area. Leave this on for 15-20 minutes and then wash it off with warm water.

Remember: For better results repeat this 2-3 times a day. And its good bye blackheads.

8. Lemon juice and ground nut oil

You need:

  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp ground nut oil

Mix the ingredients together and apply this on areas where you have blackheads leaving it for 15-20 minutes.

9. Sugar scrub

You need:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tbsp jojoba oil (or any oil of your choice)
  • Few drops essential oil (optional)

This is a very simple method to treat blackheads. Mix all the ingredients and slightly exfoliate your face with it, concentrating more on blackhead prone areas.

10. Aloe vera

You need:

Fresh aloe-vera from plant

Apply aloe-vera pulp all over your face and gently massage your face. Leave it for 15-20 minutes or leave it overnight. Wash off your face with lukewarm water.

11. Tomato mask

You need:

  • 1 tomato

Peel the tomato and mash it. Rub the blackhead affected area with the tomato pulp for 2 minutes. Leave it for 10-15 minutes.

Remember: If skin is on the drier side, then add few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

12. Mandarin-tomato face pack

 

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You need:

  • 2 tbsp tomato juice
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil

Check out this post to know more.

13. Yogurt and orange peel

You need:

  • 1 tbsp of yogurt
  • 1 tbsp powdered orange peel

Massage your face using this mask for 5 minutes then leave it to dry for another 15 minutes. after 15 minutes wash your face and pat dry.

Remember: To make orange peel powder, the orange peels must be dried by keeping in the sun and then grind it to a powder.

14. Potato mask

This is one fun way to remove blackheads. Boil a potato until it becomes soft. Cut a pencil size piece from the boiled potato. Place this on the blackheads and cover with a bandage. Leave it overnight. In the morning peel off the bandage and the potato.

15. Yogurt and lemon juice

You need:

  • 2 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Mix the two ingredients and apply to your face. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then wash your face. This mask is great for skin lightening too in addition to removing blackheads.

16. Almond and gram flour

You need:

  • 2-3 almonds soaked in water or milk overnight
  • 1 tbsp gram flour
  • 1 tbsp milk

Soak almonds at night in milk or plain water. In the morning, grind it to form smooth paste. Add gram flour and enough milk to form a paste. Cleanse your face and exfoliate using this mixture. Wash your face with lukewarm water.

Remember: For better results, leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes.

17. Pumpkin and egg mask

You need:

  • 2 small cubes of pumpkin
  • 1 egg white

Blend the pumpkin with the egg white. Apply this mask on your face concentrating more on the blackhead affected area. After 15 minutes remove the mask using a wet wash cloth. Then using milk, cleanse your face once again.

18. Rice scrub

You need:

  • Rice grains
  • Rose water

Take few grains of rice and grind it to a powder. Add a little rose water to make a paste. Now using this mask, scrub your face gently to remove blackheads.

Methods to get rid of blackheads using non-natural substances

The above mentioned methods to remove blackheads used natural substances that you already have at home. The following methods can also be done very easily at the comfort of your home, the only difference is that we use artificial substances, that you already have at home.

19. Gelatin pore strip

You need:

  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp gelatin

Mix milk and gelatin, stirring until the mixture is nice and smooth. Then place the mixture in the microwave and microwave it for about 30 seconds to heat it up. Apply the mixture liberally to your face using a makeup brush or your fingers. Keep it for 10-15 minutes and then peel off the gelatin mask.

Remember: When heating the mixture in the microwave, do not bring it to a boil. Just heat it. Make sure the mixture is not too hot before applying on your face. Also don’t keep it long before applying or else the mixture will solidify. Also remember not to keep the pore strip on the affected area for too long, as it will hurt when peeling off.

20. Baking soda mask

You need:

  • 1 part baking soda
  • Fresh water

Take baking soda in a small bowl and add enough water to make a paste. Apply the mask to the affected area. Leave it for 10-15 minutes or until it dries out and then wash it off with warm water. For better results scrub gently and then wash it off.

Remember: Do this only once a week, otherwise your skin will become really dry.

21. Toothpaste and salt

You need:

  • 1 tbsp of salt
  • Toothpaste

Make a mixture using the two ingredients. Apply the paste to your skin. Rub it for one minute and then wash your face with lukewarm water. This mask will show instant results on blackheads.

Remember: Moisturize your skin really well after using the mask as this will dry out your skin.

22. Toothbrush technique

 

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You need:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste

Take a small amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush (preferably white) then very gently scrub the blackhead affected areas with the head of the toothbrush. Later, wash your face with warm water.

Remember: Dedicate a toothbrush just for removing blackheads. Do not use the one you use for brushing your teeth (obviously). Also remember to be gentle while scrubbing, Just gentle circular motions. Use this method only once a week not more.

23. Bentonite clay mask

You need:

  • 1 tbsp bentonite clay
  • Apple cider vinegar or fresh water

Add ACV or water to the clay and mix it to form a smooth paste. Apply this mask on your face and leave it for 15-20 minutes.

24. Aspirin tablet

You need:

  • Aspirin tablets
  • water

Make a paste by crushing aspirin tablets and adding water. Apply to the blackhead area.

Other methods

25. Steaming

You need:

  • A bowl
  • water

Bring water to a boil. Drape a towel over your head and hold your face over the water. Then steam for 5-10 minutes. This will open your pores, hence, removing white and blackheads.

Remember: You can add any essential oils to the water if you prefer.

26. Toners

Applying a toner containing salicylic acid is very beneficial to your skin, not just in removing blackheads, but also removes excess oil, reduce acne and tighten pores. You can use natural ones too.

Check out one easy diy toner HERE.

27. Products containing benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid

When choosing your facial cleansers and other products, try to find out products containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide as active ingredient to keep blackheads at bay.

28. Pore strips and other extracting tools

You need:

  • Pore strips or
  • Extracting tool

Steam your face first to open pores and loosen blackheads. Then if you are using pore strips place the strip on affected areas and keep it for 10-15 minutes and then peel it off. If you are using extracting tool, then remove blackheads by applying slight pressure. But remember whichever method you choose, do not squeeze. Since squeezing is required when using extracting tool, I recommend not using this method!

Preventive measures

  • DO NOT squeeze or pop blackheads, this will worsen the situation.
  • While exfoliating is a great method to remove blackheads, make sure to scrub gently.
  • Wash your face twice daily.
  • Always use clean pillow cases.
  • Do not touch your face.
  • Remove your make up completely before going to bed.
  • Keep your face clean.
  • Avoid close clothing and cosmetics that block your skin.
  • Sweat it out, but not too much because too much sweating can also cause blackheads.

 

Hope you find out the best method to get rid of blackheads (which works best for you). Stay beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

AVOCADO SEED FOR FACE

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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.

 

 

VANILLA LAVENDER LIP SCRUB

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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.

Ingredients

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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Remember

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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