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BATH AND BODY WORKS COCO SHEA COCONUT WHIPPED BODY BUTTER

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I really love using body butters and whipped body butters are my favorites. Especially because of the texture and deep moisturizing. My current favorite is my Aloe vera shea butter whipped DIY body butter . Today I am going to review a body butter which I have been using recently, the Bath and body works Coco Shea coconut whipped body butter.

Product claims

CocoShea blends two of nature’s most nourishing ingredients — vitamin-packed cocoa butter + rich, moisturizing shea butter — for the ultimate collection of skin-loving formulas. With over 24 hours of super rich hydration, our deeply nourishing whipped body butter delivers intense moisture to leave skin feeling moisturized and richly replenished.

Price

$16.50 for 226g/8oz

My review of the bath and body works coco shea coconut whipped body butter

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Have you checked my review of the Coco Shea honey bath and shower jelly? This is from the same range. The coco shea range comes in three variants- cucumber, honey and coconut. The whipped body butter I got is the coconut variant.

The body butter comes in a beautiful lavender colored tub packaging. Some might feel its un-hygenic but I think this is a convenient packaging for whipped body butters. Love the violet color tub. Now, the packaging is travel-friendly if you are okay with the size. I definitely need body butters in large amounts, so I have carried the entire tub with me while coming to India.

The texture is mousse like just like any other body butters, thick, soft and smooth texture. The body butter has a coconutty fragrance. Not a very strong scent, but still leaves a beautiful scent on the skin. It lasts for about 6+hours, a very faint but beautiful scent. Absolutely in love with the fragrance.

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Coming to the main thing , moisturizing. It immediately moisturizes even your dry skin and leaves it soft and beautiful. Not greasy at all. Keeps skin moisturized for a long time. I apply two times, morning and night and that’s enough to keep my skin moisturized. Love how soft and smooth my skin feels after applying this body butter. No wonder it keeps your skin hydrated and nourished, it contains the goodness of shea butter and cocoa butter.

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Overall

In love with:

  • mousse like texture.
  • Beautiful coconut fragrance, which stays for long hours.
  • Leaves skin soft and nourished.
  • Keeps skin moisturized for a long time.
  • Contains goodness of shea butter and cocoa butter.

Not in love with:

  • Contains toms of chemicals.

I am really in love with the Bath and body works Coco Shea coconut whipped body butter. Love how soft and smooth it makes my skin. Skin is deeply moisturized and nourished. Love the faint but lovely coconut fragrance it leaves on my skin. I give it 4.9/5 and I highly recommend this body butter.

Have you tried this body butter from Bath and body works?


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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…)

LUSH LOVE LETTUCE FACE MASK REVIEW

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I have a love for natural face masks. If you are not new to my blog, you probably know that! I have already written posts about a few of my favorite face masks which I make from natural and easily available ingredients. But it is not always possible to make my face masks because I have a 15 month old who is so hyperactive that sometimes I just wish she had been lazy! In that case when my skin is dull and needs some life, I opt for ready made face masks. What makes Lush standout of the other such skincare brands is definitely that they are made from the freshest and most natural ingredients. Yes, you can enjoy and benefit from the Lush face masks without being guilty of slathering on a bunch of chemicals. Today I am going to review one among a few of Lush’s face masks- Love Lettuce face mask! (more…)

MY EXPERIENCE AT THE WHITE ROOM SPA,DUBAI (FACIAL AND MANICURE)

 

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If you have been to the Jumeirah Lake Towers, you might already be in love with this part of Dubai, with beautiful man-made lakes, pedestrian-friendly walkways, some of  Dubai’s amazing spas for both men and women and a huge number of cafés and restaurants serving cuisines from around the world. Each time I see the lakes, I am awestruck by its beauty and wonder how real they look! If you haven’t  paid a visit to this latest hotspot  of Dubai, its high time now! I will give you one other fantastic reason why JLT must be in your weekend plans.Today I am going to talk about a hidden gem in the JLT, a white one (Haha) The White Room Spa.

The White Room Spa is located at the lake-side of Al Seef tower 3 in cluster U of the JLT. White Room Spa has two other locations too, in Dubai Marina and also Motor city.I think the JLT branch is the best since they have more treatments available in this branch and the beauty of the JLT adds to your experience.

Once you enter the main entrance of the White Room Spa, you find a very small reception where two beautiful girls are always ready to give their best smiles and help you out wherever possible. There are a number of nail polishes in all possible shades arranged in rows near the reception. They have nail paints from Essie and Ciaté London.

 

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The Beautiful Receptionist

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To the left of the reception is a door which opens to the mani-pedi stations. The moment you step inside the spa, you get a calm and relaxed feeling! Mainly due to the beautiful and serene interiors which is mostly white (as the name indicates), white walls, white marble floors and white furniture. The cute pink pillow on top of the  white leather couches add a pop of color. There are a very few products placed neatly on the rack and some towels stacked beautifully which are again white.

 

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The door opens…

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We know a great ambiance is so important for a spa, it instantly  lifts up your mood and makes your spa experience even more special. The White Room Spa scores full points in it, the whole setup is simple, everything so neat and tidy. There is a certain amount of tranquility all over. The white everything  does the trick.

 

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Facial treatment at the White Room Spa

I had an appointment for two treatments, a facial and a manicure. The first treatment I received was a very rejuvenating facial,the Le Grand Classique facial treatment, which is a fundamental facial to indulge in once a month to keep the skin healthy and in top condition.

Price for the facial is 350 AED and takes 90 minutes.

The facial was done in a therapy room (obviously) which is a darker room with very dim light! Now we all want it to be dark. The walls are covered by tiles which are brown and dark brown, everything in the room was neatly kept . I loved the big mirror in the room.

 

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The therapy room

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The best thing about the White Room Spa is that they use products from the Yon-ka Paris range for their treatments. Yon-Ka is a spa favorite and many hollywood actors swear by it. Yon-ka products are made of ingredients like thyme, lavender, rosemary and geranium essential oils blended with plant extracts. So you can assume the treatment is going to be so energizing and refreshing and not to mention the soothing experience due to the aromatic essential oils.

My facial was done by Ella and she is excellent at it. She started of by giving a short massage to my hands using the soothing Yon-Ka range. Then she asked me to inhale the product which smelled something like menthol and  was so soothing and relaxing. She then removed my make up and then using a cleanser thoroughly cleaned my face. She then used a toner, and later a scrub, which I really loved because it had no granules or particles, nothing at all.  After about two minutes Ella removed the scrub (and also the dead skin cells) by peeling off gently. Next step was exfoliation  followed by blackheads/whiteheads extraction. The next step is my favorite, a relaxing massage for face, neck and neck line. And Ella’s one touch proves how experienced she is! The massage was so gentle, I felt so sleepy. Then she massaged the eye contours, which was much needed for a sleep-deprived mommy like me. After the massage,it was time for the mask. The mask was a purifying and hydrating mask. Once the mask was removed, a very hydrating moisturizer was massaged on to the skin.

The next highlight of this treatment was the neck and upper back massage after the face treatment. The massage relieved all my tensions and I was in pure tranquility. I liked that throughout the treatment Ella didn’t talk much. Now, who wants to talk  amidst a relaxing and pampering session. All we want is relax and relax. But Ella definitely  made it a point to let me know each step she was doing.  To be honest, I didn’t want the facial to end, I want to stay there forever.

Once I stepped out of the treatment room, I was a different person, more relaxed and calm. I almost forgot everything else. It was like meditation for my skin.

Results of the Le Grand Classique facial

After my  facial was done, my skin felt so refreshed and pampered. My skin was soft and smooth. Now that its been a few days after the session, my skin still feels soft, my skin tone is improved and my skin is glowing.

Manicure 

 

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Next I had to do my nails. I was taken to the manicure station and we are back to the sophisticated white world. A soothing music was playing which is a concentration production music. I loved the candles which were placed at the side of the mani-pedi stations. The whole set-up was mind blowing. Ritu did my nails and it was so pretty.  Ritu was a very friendly person and she really knows how to do her job well. Ritu also gave a hand and shoulder massage, which was so good.

Price for a manicure session is 65 AED and takes 30 minutes.

 

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Final verdict 

I really enjoyed the experience at the White Room Spa! The Le Grand Classique facial treatment was so refreshing and rejuvenating. My skin definitely felt pampered and is glowing till now. I also liked the neck and upper back massage which was complimentary. Speaking about the manicure, it was perfect and beautiful. The spa itself is a great experience! I highly recommend The White Room Spa Dubai.

If you prefer to know about all the treatments available or the location of the White Room Spa please check their website by clicking the link.

Disclaimer: I was invited as their guest to try out the treatments free of charge, but  the opinions expressed in this post are honest  and not influenced by the White Room Spa in any way.

 

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!