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THE FACE SHOP CERAMIDE COLLAGEN FACE MASK REVIEW

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When someone says Korea, the first thing that comes to our mind (apart from the Korean dramas and the cute actors) is the beautiful skin of the people there. We have been constantly trying to figure out the secret to their flawless skin and have  been introduced to a lot of Korean brands now. One such popular brand  is The face shop. Today I am going to review the Ceramide collagen face mask from the face shop.

The Face shop claims

A salon perfect facial from the comfort of home. This convenient mask powder for all skin types hydrates for a salon perfect facial from the comfort of home. Formulated with Ceramide and botanical collagen, this pack hardens to seal out air, leaving skin firm and hydrated.

Ingredients

Diatomaceous earth, Algin, Kaolin, Magnesuium Carbonate, Potassium Carbonate, Bentonite, Cellulose Gum, Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Soluble Collagen, Methyl Paraben, Phenoxyethanol, Allantoin, CI 7163, Propyl Paraben, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract.

My review about the face shop ceramide collagen face mask 

I bought this face mask when I was pregnant along with some other face masks and totally forgot about it, until recently when my husband discovered it from somewhere . So I decided to use this face mask mainly because it was almost reaching the expiry date. After using the mask I am really impressed with the results, I must say. Lets get straight to the review.

The packaging is really simple, comes in a see through packet. Once you open the mask remember to store the leftover powder is a dry glass jar or anything similar rather than storing it in the pack itself. This ensures your product stays nice and dry for a longer time. The face mask comes in a powder form and is really very easy to prepare. All you have to do is mix the mask powder in warm water and make a paste out of it. The packaging says to prepare the mask in the ratio of 1:2.5 ,ie, 1 part mask powder to 2.5 parts water, but I think that ratio does not work because the mask formed is so thick and lumpy. You have to add water at least in the ratio of 1:3 or add more water to get the desired consistency. But remember don’t add too much water as it will be a little difficult to peel off the mask later, a thick paste is what you need.

 

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While adding water, there are chances of lumps being formed so you have to take care of that. Once the mask is ready, apply this onto your clean face. Remember to apply the mask immediately after preparing it because otherwise the mask will solidify . The reason why the mask hardens fast is to lock moisture. So apply a thick layer of mask as soon as you can and keep it on for about 20 minutes. After 20 minutes the mask will be dry and hardened. The next thing you have to do is peel off the mask. The mask comes off really easily, if you have applied a thick layer. The dried mask is kind of rubbery, which I find funny.

The mask has quite a strong floral scent, which reminds me of a room freshener we had when I was a small kid. I don’t have any problem with the smell, but let me remind you the smell is quite dominant so if you are someone who hate strong scents in your mask, then this one is not for you.

This face mask from TFS contains some awesome ingredients, two main ingredients in the mask are Ceramide 3 which helps to keep the skin moist and supple, and Collagen which helps to reduce the signs of aging such as wrinkles  and fine lines. But this mask contains parabens which is definitely a drawback.

Now you ask me the results. I was truly ahh-mazed by the results. I expected my skin to be moisturized, which was true. But to my surprise my skin also felt tight, I could also feel my otherwise wide open pores to be tight and closed. It did not brighten my skin though, which I really did not expect. But my skin felt smoother, softer and so tight! Yay! I really didn’t think of writing a review about this face mask from the face shop, I haven’t even taken proper pictures to be honest, but the results were so good I had to share with you guys. The price of the face mask is another plus, so affordable.

Overall verdict

I really like the Salon effect Ceramide collagen face mask from the face shop. It really did give a salon-like effect to my skin which felt soft, plump, hydrated and firm. It also made my pores less visible and the results lasted a few days.This mask is for all skin types but particularly good for people with dry/matured skin. I will rate it 4.8/5,Highly Recommended!

 

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…)

TURMERIC FACE MASK FOR CLEAR SKIN

The good old turmeric can do wonders to your skin…

 

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Turmeric has been used in various parts of the world for beauty treatments from centuries. Turmeric has its origin in the South-Asia and is now used in almost everywhere in the world. Turmeric is widely used in many cuisines like Indian.Turmeric has many health and beauty benefits. Including turmeric in your diet can help in weight-loss, preventing cancer, boosts immunity, controls cholesterol and diabetes( to mention a few).

When it comes to skincare, turmeric is your life-saver. It has  many beauty benefits. So it is a great idea to include turmeric in your food. You can also apply it externally  as face masks, scrubs or any other form which works for you. One thing which I like the most about turmeric is that you can use it not only for your face but also for your entire body. In India, women apply turmeric to the entire body as a pre-marital beauty treatment and also after pregnancy to treat all the pregnancy related skin issues. It is believed that many Bollywood actresses also do the turmeric beauty treatments.

Turmeric face mask

There are many ways you can use turmeric. But in this post I am talking about one of my favorite ways of using turmeric. This is not just my favorite, the mask is so effective. So lets get into details about the turmeric face mask.

You need:

1 tbsp turmeric powder.

2 tbsp chick pea flour.

2 tbsp yogurt.

1 tbsp honey.

I normally grind my own turmeric powder from the dried out roots. In India, turmeric is widely available (both powder and roots, even the fresh ones). Some cultivate their own turmeric at home. If you can get your hands on the homely made ones, its superb. You have to dry it out in the sun to grind it to a fine powder. We also use the fresh ones in our skin care (not getting into details about it). If you can’t find it, no problem you can use the powder which can be easily found in any Indian grocery stores.

Remember: I have used 1 tbsp of turmeric powder, you can use a little bit more if you like, not more than that because turmeric can cause a burning sensation.

If you don’t have chick pea flour you can swap it for rice flour. 

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How to prepare turmeric face mask

Measure and take all the ingredients in a bowl. Mix it really well to form a smooth paste. The paste should not be too runny as well as too thick. It should be somewhere in between.

To apply:  After cleansing your face and neck, apply the mask using a brush or with your finger tips. Let it stay there for about 20 minutes or until the mask dries out and becomes stiff. After 20 minutes, moisten the mask once again using warm water and massage the face with the mask, to give your face a slight exfoliation. Then rinse off with cold water. You will see instant results. Now, do not forget to apply your daily moisturizer.

Remember: We know turmeric can give a yellow color to anything it comes in contact with. So do not wear light colors. Wear some old clothes which you don’t mind staining.

Normally after I wash off the mask there is no yellow residue or color on my face. Thanks to the chick pea flour we are adding. But if you are left out with slightly yellow face don’t panic. Cleanse your face using a mild cleanser and the yellow color is gone.

If you feel a slight burning sensation on your face, it is fine. But if the sensation is unbearable wash off the mask immediately using cold water followed by a cold milk rinse. Actually it is a very good idea to wipe off your face with cold milk for removing the yellow color too.

If you have dry skin you can use 1 tsp of olive or almond oil to the mask to make it moisturizing.

The best thing about the turmeric face mask is that it can also be applied underneath your eyes for treating dark circles. You can also use this on your entire body to treat stretch marks and pigmentation during pregnancy.

 

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Benefits of turmeric face mask on skin

  • The turmeric face mask is great for exfoliating, leaving behind soft and smooth skin.
  • This mask works as an anti-aging mask. The high amounts of anti-oxidants in turmeric slows down cell damage.
  • The mask is very effective in treating acne. It also helps in lightening acne marks and scars.
  • The turmeric face mask is great for treating inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and also dry skin.
  • The turmeric face mask helps in reducing pigmentation and evens out the skin.
  • It is also effective in treating dark circles.

So what do you think about the mask? Such an amazing mask, this is. Try the turmeric face mask for clear, beautiful skin and share your experience with me.

 

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You may also like:

Green tea-mint soothing face mask

Avocado seed massage.

Natural skin care routine.

 

 

 

 

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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HOME MADE BODY WASH

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

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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LISTERINE ACV FOOT SOAK FOR CRACKED HEELS

Have you heard of the Listerine-Apple cider vinegar foot soak? Do you wish to know if it works or not? Read further to find out my thoughts about it

We all wish for that baby-soft feet. But the skin on our feet is naturally dry (than the rest of the body). This is because the skin on our feet has no oil glands. The hundreds of sweat glands in our feet are helping to keep our it moisturized. Many of our daily habits dries out our feet even more and causes other problems like cracked heels.

reasons for dry feet

  • Hot showers
  • Weather
  • Aging
  • Skin ailments
  • Low humidity
  • Sun-exposure
  • Non-moisturizing soaps

Listerine-ACV foot soak

YOU NEED:

  • 1cup Listerine (any kind)
  • 1cup Apple cider vinegar.
  • 2cups of warm water.

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In a tub (large enough to cover up your feet) combine the three ingredients. Soak your feet for 10-20 minutes.You can add more warm water if it cools down to normal temperature (to keep your feet warm) Wipe off your feet with a towel or wash cloth to remove dead skin cells.

does this really work

Listerine contains Thymol which has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Hence it helps in killing germs.

Apple cider vinegar helps in softening the skin. It is also useful in treating calluses, athletes foot etc to some extent.

So what the Listerine-ACV foot soak basically does is cleans,softens and also exfoliates slightly.

remember

This foot soak alone is not enough to cure cracked heels. This just helps in the process. You have to exfoliate later using a towel or pumice stone. Follow this with your moisturizer. Never skip moisturizing. You can check out my post about moisturizing to get super soft feet and hands HERE.

Now this will help in making your feet soft,moisturized and clean. It is also one of the best methods to treat cracked heels. Do this once in a week for soft beautiful feet.

 

ANTI-AGING FACE MASK

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Have you ever wished for a magic potion to control ageing of your skin- to vanish those fine lines and wrinkles ? Have you been trying out various anti-aging creams but nothing worked ? Here is a very simple anti-aging face mask which is effective in treating all signs of aging like wrinkles,age spots, sagging skin, fine lines. This mask is not just an anti-aging one. This mask is more like the ultimate mask for all your skin concerns.

COCONUT-DATE FACE MASK

YOU NEED:

  • 2 tbsp COCONUT MILK
  • 2 DATES
  • 1-2 DROPS ROSE WATER

benefits of coconut-date face mask

  • This mask helps in treating and preventing signs of aging like wrinkles,sagging skin, undesirable lines and age spots.
  • Prevents dehydration and moisturizes skin.
  • helps in treating and preventing acne and acne scars.
  • Treats various skin ailments like eczema, dermatitis etc
  • This mask can not only be used as a face mask but  for the entire body (for moisturizing and treating signs of aging for hands feet etc) and also for treating stretch marks.

how to prepare coconut milk

Take about 2 tbsp of coconut and 2-3 tbsp of distilled water and blend it in a blender. Strain the milk. Do not use too much water because we want our coconut milk to be thick. You can use coconut milk powder also.

how to make the face mask

Soak dates in coconut milk for one hour, then using a blender blend it. Add rose water to the prepared mixture.Add rose water drop by drop because adding more rose water will make the mask runny. Now apply this on your face and neck and leave it for 30 minutes. Wash it off with luke warm water.

coconut milk- benefits for skin

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  • Due to its copper and vitamin C content coconut milk improves elasticity of skin thus prevents wrinkles,fine lines,sagging skin and age spots.
  • Coconut milk is great for moisturizing dry skin.
  • It helps in treating sunburns
  • Help treat dry and irritated skin
  • Soothes various skin ailments like eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.

dates- benefits for skin

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  • The nutrients in dates prevents wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Dates are loaded with vitamin C so helps in soothing and hydrating the skin. It also improves skin elasticity and retains moisture.
  • It is helpful in regenerating and rejuvenating ageing skin
  • Helps in clearing out stretch marks, acne scars and various other skin disorders since it is high in vitamin B.
  • Dates has anti-microbial properties.
  • Helps in healing cuts and scars

rose water skin benefits

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  • Rose water helps to revitalize aging skin and keeps fine lines and wrinkles at bay and hence decelerates aging.
  • Rose water helps in hydrating, revitalizing and moisturizing the skin.
  • Anti-oxidants in rose water helps to strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin cells thus preventing signs of aging.
  • It also helps in healing scars, cuts and wounds.
  • Helps to maintain skin PH level and controls excess oil.
  • It has astringent properties hence helps in cleaning pores and also tone the  skin.

This was my anti-aging face mask.Try this super easy mask for your various skin issues and let me know the results.

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