DIY SKIN CARE ROUTINE (ALL NATURAL)

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Hey guys! As promised to you in my Skin Care Routine post, I finally have for you an ALL NATURAL DIY SKIN CARE routine. This routine makes use of ingredients that you can easily find in your kitchen. I will be absolutely honest with you and say that I do not follow this routine from beginning to end and instead mix and match a couple of steps from this routine and the other skin care routine that I posted earlier. However, if you are trying to shift to an all natural routine, this is ABSOLUTELY perfect for you! For each of the 4 steps (Exfoliating, Cleansing, Toning, Moisturizing), I have given at least one recipe. For some steps though, I have given more than one option. You do NOT have to do all the options. They are simply different methods that work for me. Try out all on different days and see what works for your skin best. Just do recipe from each step 🙂

Step One: Exfoliation

1. Sea salt and Oil:   Mix of equal parts sea salt and oil (like olive or almond) in a bowl. I use 1 tablespoon of each. This creates a natural scrub that will help remove impurities without stripping excess oils. Use this exfoliator once a week. Wash your face with a mild cleanser after this step.

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2. Sugar and Almond Oil: Mix equal proportions of Almond oil and sugar in a bowl and gently massage on the face and lips. Wash your face with a cleanser after using this.

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Step two: Cleansing (Daily)

1. Oil Cleanser – If you have never used a oil cleanser before you may find this rather strange, but trust me when I say it works really. An oil cleanser breaks down all dirt and even makeup while simultaneously leaving your skin moisturized. All you need to do is  mix of  1 /2 tablespoon of Almond Oil or Castor Oil with 2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil. Gently massage this oil mixture into your skin like you would massage a regular face wash and you will see the dirt on the face breaking down. Don’t worry if you have oily skin since this cleanser will not make your skin more oily. After using this cleanser you can use the Apple Cider Vinegar toner to restore the PH balance of your skin.

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2.Chikpea powder and Milk– This cleanser is a rather traditional one and works really well too! All you need is some chickpea power and milk in equal proportions. I use about 2 tablespoons chikpea powder and 2 tablespoons of milk – mix them together and massage it on my face. You can simply grind chickpeas (White Chanaa) and store them in an air tight container rather than grinding them each them you want to use this cleanser.I do use this cleanser as a semi-mask too at times and leave it on my skin for about 5-7 minutes and then wash it off with cold water.

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3.  Yogurt and Lemon Juice: I love using this cleanser in the summer! Simply take 2-3 spoons of yogurt and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix it generously and massage it on your skin and wash it off with cold water.

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STEP THREE: TONING

  1. Tomato juice/Mashed tomato and honey – Though I don’t use this toner on a daily basis, it works wonders to clear your skin of any excess dirt and tan. Take 1/4 mashed tomato and 1 tablespoon of honey and mix them together. Massage this to your face and wash it off with cold water. You can also use tomato juice (1 tablespoon) instead of mashed tomato. If you are using tomato juice and honey, you can mix these two together and use cotton to apply this mixture to your face.IMG_8231

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2. Green tea: Green tea works like magic as a drink and even when applied to the skin! In my previous post I talked about how Green tea helps removing eye puffiness, and it this post you can see how green tea can be used as a toner!

Add 1 green tea bag into 1 cup of almost boiling water. Allow the tea to steep for 3 to 5 minutes.Remove the tea bag and pour the liquid into an air-tight container and let it cool down before shutting the lid tight. To use as a toner simply dipp a cotton ball into the tea and dab it on your skin. If you are using a spray bottle, just spritz your skin with the tea. Do not rinse.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar: I saved  my favorite toner for the end! Apple Cider Vinegar handsdown is the most facinating things ever. It’s so good for you- whether you drink 1 spoon a day or apply it on your face to restore the PH balance of your skin! It really is amazing! 

For sensitive skin: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 4 parts water

For normal skin: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 2 parts water

For oily skin: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 1 part water

I usually use 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with at least 2 teaspoons of water. Dip a cotton pad into the mixture and dab it on your face and don’t wash it off. Before applying it on your face, I suggest you do a little patch test on your hand to see if it works okay! Always start with using more water if you’re using this toner for the first time! To know more about this toner check out this wonderful blog post!



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Step Four: Moisturizer

Coconut Oil: Okay, so this a tricky step! If I use my trust worthy oil cleanser and then use apple cider vinegar toner (MY FAVORITE COMBINATION), I don’t see the need to moisturize since the oil cleanser does the job. However, lets say I use a normal cleanser by Neutrogena, then once in a while I use coconut oil (3-4 drops) as a moisturizer and it works amazingly well! All one needs to do is massage the drops into your skin after throughly washing your face.

The beauty of DIY SKIN CARE is that the power lies completely in your hands! You can try out multiple combinations and stick to an all natural routine or mix and match with market bought products. I love using this DIY SKIN CARE ROUTINE, but as mentioned before, I do not use all these products in one day- especially an oil cleanser and oil moisturizer on the same day! Hope you try out any of these days! If you have any questions, please do ask me by commenting here on my social media!

love you xx

DIY Winter Skincare: Face Masks, Body Scrubs and Hair Masks

Hello everyone!

As many of you may know that I have my exams going on so getting out of the house has drastically reduced. Since I spend most of my time at home studying or procrastinating, I feel the need to ‘invest’ time in pampering my self once in a while. Now that winter has finally set in, for the majority of us our skin is dry and lathering ourselves in body butters sounds like the best option (not the cheapest though). Today, I am sharing with you super quick and easy winter skin DIY’s for which majority of the ingredients you would have in your kitchen pantry! There are a few basic ingredients like yogurt, honey, oats, coconut oil which are used multiple times across the recipes so do make sure you’re stalked up 🙂

There are all the ingredients you need for ALL the recipes 🙂 [Specific quantities are mentioned in each DIY recipe]

1. Oats – It contains avenanthramides, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that soothe itchy, dry and irritated skin. Oatmeal is also great for acne-prone skin because it absorbs oil from the skin’s surface.

2. Egg – Brilliant for skin tightening, removing white-heads and oil blotting.

3. Honey – Natural cleanser, brightener and scar remover, moisturizer and is packed with anti-oxidants

4. Cocoa Powder- High antioxidant content, increased blood flow, has many vitamins such as A, B, B COMPLEX. Make sure, the darker the chocolate- more benefits.

5. Yogurt- It contains lactic acid which helps in exfloitating the skin, reducing wrinkles, clear blemishes and discoloration.

6. Banana – Gets rid of dark spots, hydrates and moisturizes the skin, diminishes appearance of wrinkles and evens out the skin.

7. Papaya- Containing Vitamin A and Papain enzyme, papaya helps remove dead skin cells and inactive proteins, thus rejuvenating your skin. It also reduces blemishes, heals sore or cracked heels. Finally, it can also be used in a hair mask for controlling dandruff

8. Coffee – It contains caffeic acid, which has anti-inflammatory effects and can boost collagen production.

9. Normal Sugar and Brown Sugar- Natural exfoliants. Brown sugar contains glycolic acid, that fights bacteria. It is a natural humectant so it absorbs moisture from your environment and deposits it into your skin.

10. Apple Cider Vinegar  Balances hair and scalp pH, removes product buildup, and treats dandruff and hair loss.

11. Mayonnaise –  Has L-cysteine–an amino acid and powerful antioxidant found in eggs that can give your hair strength, shine and structure. It also has oil which is a really good conditioner

12. Coconut Oil

13. Almond Oil or Almonds

14. Olive Oil

15. Vanilla Extract and/or Cinnamon (Optional)

Note: All the photographs are for reference and are NOT the exact measurements. Please look at the instructions that I’ve written for each DIY! 

Face masks

1) Classic Oatmeal Face Mask

1 cup Raw oatmeal flakes,

1 egg

1 tablespoon of honey

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and apply on your skin for 15-20 mins. Rinse with warm water. Pat dry

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2) Chocolate Face Mask

-1/3 cup cocoa powder

-1/4 cup honey

-2 Tbsp plain yogurt

-3 tsp oats

Place all iingredientsinto a blender, and blend until smooth. (If you don’t have a blender/mixi , just mix it by hand untill it reaches a nice smooth consistency). Apply to clean, dry skin and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Pat dry. [In this picture I have used regular unsweetened cocoa powder, but try your self to get your hands on the purest form possible , ie absolutely unsweetened with a very high percentage of cocoa].

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3) Papaya, banana and yogurt Face Mask

1 mashed Banana

Half a bowl of mashed Papaya

3 tablepsoons of Yogurt

Apply to clean, dry skin and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Pat dry.

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Body scrub

1) Coffee Body Scrub

2 cups coffee grounds

1/2 cup raw sugur

ÂĽ cup coconut oil

Combine them in a small bowl (You can also add brown sugar, cinnamon, or vanilla extract for making it smell yummy). Apply to wet skin in a circular motion and wash it off like you would normally, in a bath.

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2) Sweet Almond Body Scrub

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup almond oil OR just take almonds and grind them in a bowl.

2 tsp honey

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 up coconut oil

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Massage the scrub into your skin in circular motions,  concentrating on rough or dry areas of the skin. Rinse with warm water. Pat dry [If you’re using almonds then use 1 small cup coconut oil. If you’re using almond oil, then use half a cup coconut oil]

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Hair Masks

 

1) The  Cleanser Mask

2 tablespoons of Honey

1 cup of Olive Oil (depending on the length of your hair)

1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar

Mix them in a bowl and apply it on your hair for atleast 1 hour. You can also take a hot towel (Simply immerse a hotel in extremely hot water and rinse of the excess water) and wrap it around your head for the time you have the mask on. Wash off normally with a mild shampoo.

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2) The Conditioner Mask

1.5 cups of Mayonnaise

2 tablespoons of Honey

1/2 cup of olive oil or coconut oil – Though Mayonnaise has oil, I do like using coconut oil for that extra nourishment.

Mix these  ingredients in a bowl and apply the mask on to your hair- focusing on the body of the hair and not the roots. Keep the mask on for about 30 minutes and wash it off normally.

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