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!

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Skin Care Routine // Melange of Musings

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Hey guys!

In today’s post I want to share with you my step by step skin care routine. Before starting with the routine, I do want to clarify a couple of things:

1. I don’t use ALL these products everyday since that would be impossible. By showing you multiple product pictures of cleansers’ or makeup removers, I simply want to share with you options that you can go ahead and try out! All the products are fairly affordable so this post should give you a wide range of products to try out!

2. The products that I have talked about are a part of my routine, which means that they work for me! I am not a skin care expert so in no way can I promise that they will work for you too!

3. There are times that I don’t want to use any of these products and simply take a NATURAL SKINCARE ROUTE: That is, I use DIY face masks, toner, moisterizer- etc. If you want to read a post on an all natural skin care routine, please let me know and Ill be happy to share it with you 🙂

STEP ONE : REMOVING MAKEUP

Often taken not too seriously, removing make up should be one of the most important step of anyones’s makeup routine. I must admit that I get really lazy too and simply choose not to remove my makeup after a long night, but that is a complete NO-NO. It’s really important to let one’s skin breathe and not removing makeup is one of the reaosons that could let to acne breakouts! So, when it comes to removing makeup, I can be very picky since most products sting by eye and that is absolutely unbearable. Other than natural oils which are perfect, these three are products are my go to for makeup removal. The Oil free eye makeup remover by Neutregena is a makeup remover that I have been using for a couple of years now, before I discovered Maybelline’s Clean express total clean. Both these makeup removers do the job really well, but gently! I must say that Maybelline’s makeup remover is curently my favorite and it can remove- ANYTHING in seconds! The Biotique bio almond oil makeup remover is what I use for my face and lips. As it’s an oil, I prefer using it on days when I have some more time on me since after using this makeup remover, one does need to go over the skin once with with cotton dipped in rose water to remove the excess oil.

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STEP TWO: CLEANSING/WASHING FACE

The next step is of course cleansing my face. As it’s pretty evident, I am a die heart Neutrogena fan! Haha. I usually have three types of products for washing my face 1) An exfoliating face scrub : I use this  about 2 times a week to really deep clean my skin. I was sent this Pure Active Apricot Face Scrub by Garnier and it really works for me! Best part is that it doesnt completely strip your skin off any moisture  2) The classic face wash: This product keeps changing from tine to time and I have been using Just Herbs SilkSplash Re-hydrant Face Wash. This is my second bottle now and I am absolutely obsessed with it. It’s a no fuss face wash, that really makes my skin feel hydrated- as the name suggests. 3) Deep clean cleansers: When I don’t want to just use a face wash and neither do I want to go ahead with a scrub, I use my trust worth Neutrogena cleansers. The foaming cleanser really works in breaking down any dirt and also removes excess makeup on the skin. However, this cleanser strips off your face from any moisture. So if you have oily skin, this is your baby! It would control the oil in your skin really well! The Non-foaming cleanser is my go to face cleanser and the empty bottle shows how obsessed I am with it. This is the perfect everyday face wash/cleanser and you need to get your hands on it.

A little tip: Splash your face with warm water. It will open up your pores. Then apply the face wash/cleanser etc. Rub in to your skin using circular motions. Wash it off with cool water! This will close your pores.
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STEP THREE: TONING

Toning is a fairly new step for me and I started doing so only a couple of months ago. Yet again, I use theNeutrogena  deep clean cooling toner. The whole point of toning is to restore the PH balance of your skin and removing any dirt that is settled in the pores of the skin. Trust me when I say this- IT WORKS! If possible, I really urge you to add this step into you skin care routine. It doesn’t take any time at all. After washing my face with a cleanser, I pat my skin dry. I then take some toner and pour it on a cotton pad. After which I simply massage it all over my face- especially on my nose since thats where I have my blackheads. That’s it! You don’t need to wash it off and it will simply dry off on its own.

When I am in the mood and have a lot of time in my hands, I do use green tea to get grid of someone of under eye puffiness! I take a green tea bag and immerse it into hot water (like how you would make normal green tea). After the tea is brewed, keep the cup aside or drink it 😛 Take out the tea bag and keep it in the fridge! I do this overnight so that I can use the tea bag the next morning. When I wake up in the morning, after going ahead with the skin care routine- till toning- I take out the green tea bag from the fridge and just place it under my eyes. This has got to be one of the best tricks to get rid of any puffiness!

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STEP FOUR: MOISTURIZING 

The last step is to moisturize. My moisturizer keeps changing from time to time and I am currently using Loreal’s White Perfect Laser (I DO NOT SUPPORT THE NAME WHATSOEVER.). I was on the look out for new products and the sales person at NewU recommended this cream so I decided to try it out! I was considering not buying it for its racist undertones but the product in itself is actually really good! I mix this cream with a little bit of sunscreen too since this doesn’t have any SPF in it! Another product I added into my skin care routine is an eye cream. To be very honest, I am the kind of person who tugs on my eyes to apply eyeliner/kajal and had started noticing fine lines which wasn’t a very pleasant feeling. So I decided to try out this eye cream ( no surprises here) and it’s so nice! It’s really light and blends really well into the skin. I apply it only once a day and I already see an improvement.
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So there you have it guys! That is my complete skin care routine. As I wrote earlier, I am really into DIY’s and do feel that at least half of these products can be avoided by simply using house hold stables such as coconut oil or apple cider vinegar! I would love to do a natural skin care routine so do let me know if you all are interested in the same!

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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

¼ 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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DermatConnect Initiative : Ask the experts! {Skin & Hair care}

Hey everyone!

Having posted the DIY: Hair Masks and DIY: Summer Glow posts, I got tons of readers asking me specific skin and hair care questions! Since, I am no expert at all, I thought it would make more sense to get you all in touch with experienced dermatologists. I know that taking appointments with the best dermatologists can be extremely tough and sometimes may pinch the pocket too, so here’s the perfect solution.  MyDermacy is an online community where people can come and ask our expert panel of dermatologists any questions they have around skin or hair care. The panel currently includes dermatologists from Delhi and Mumbai but it is continuously growing. What I like about MyDermacy is that  it’s own personal skin care expert where the doctors give unbiased opinions for all skin and hair types. It’s extremely important that we don’t mindlessly follow all ‘beauty’ trends and instead make informed choices that guide us towards a healthy  and happy lifestyle.

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I must admit that even though I try to make use of my DIY treatments to keep my skin and hair healthy, just like anyone else, I have been facing a couple of issues over time and decided to send my questions across to MyDermacy. I got a really prompt reply so I thought I’d share the answers with you all! I’m sure it will help all those facing similar problems.

1. Even though I don’t get acne too often, I do breakout right before I get my period. What’s the best way to handle these breakouts which seem uncontrollable?

Premenstrual acne occurs under the influence of hormones called androgens (especially testosterone).

In case, your PMS acne is severe or is associated with any of the following features – irregular periods, excessive hair on face, hair fall etc. get your hormonal profile checked ( DHEAS, testosterone, LH, FSH etc. ) and an abdominal Ultrasound done to rule out polycystic ovarian syndrome.

If your hormonal profile shows any irregularity, you need to consult your dermatologist about taking hormonal treatments (antiandrogen medicines, oral contraceptives etc.). In case, it’s regular acne, treatment in the form of antibiotics and retinoids would suffice to help you get rid of the problem. (benzoyl peroxide cream in morning and tretinoin at night).

 2. What percentage of SPF should I use in my sunscreen lotion once college resumes and I’m back to the grind in the Delhi heat?

SPF (sun protection factor) 30 gives 97% protection from UV rays whereas SPF 50 gives 99% protection. So choose either SPF 30 or 50 (above this it’s nothing but marketing gimmick) depending on how much time you spend in sun. It is more important to use it liberally and regularly for it to give you adequate sun protection. Apply the sunscreen at least 20 minutes before moving out in sun since it takes 20 minutes for the sunscreen to get absorbed into the skin and start working. One needs to reapply sunscreen every 2 to 3 hours for any sunscreen as it works for 2 to 3 hours only. It’s better to club it with other sun protective measures like an umbrella (one with silver coating inside gives adequate sun protection), sunglasses, etc. to get adequate sun protection.

 3. The crown of my scalp is oily as compared to the rest of my hair which is normal/towards the dry side. If I use a cream based shampoo rather than a clear shampoo, the crown gets even more oily than before. Is there any solution to this? 

The basic texture of your scalp and hair cannot be changed. At the most, you can just use the products which compensate for the problematic textures. Say for instance, if your hair gets drier at the lower end, make it a habit to use a conditioner every time you was your hair. Detergent in the hair strips it of moisture leaving it dry. The moisture can be replenished by the conditioner making your hair soft again. (Squeeze out the water from your hair ends, apply conditioner, leave it for ten minutes and wash it off. Don’t apply conditioner on hair dripping with water or the conditioner won’t get absorbed). You can also use leave on serums at the hair ends after washing your hair (Tango hair serum, Lo’real hair serums)

Oiliness of the crown should not be a much of a problem. But in case the oil production is so much that it makes your hair sticky, stop using a cream based shampoo which further aggravates the problem. Use a clearing shampoo instead. You can also try using curd, which not only controls excess oil production from your scalp but makes your hair smooth and silky as well.

 4. What exactly are black heads? I have some scattered on my nose and what to know the safest way (of course the least painful one) to get rid of them. 

Oil glands deep in the skin produce oil which is secreted to the skin surface through the connecting channels opening at the skin surface. When the opening of these channels get blocked at the surface either due to excess dirt, sweat or dead skin cell accumulation one gets black heads.

Use a salicylic acid based face wash (Speelac face wash) twice a day. Use Tretinoin cream at night over the nose (apply only a peanut sized amount of cream, not more than that). You can also opt for a few sessions of salicylic acid based peels done fortnightly at any good aesthetic clinic. In case the blackheads are large enough to be squeezed out with a comedone extractor, your dermatologist can do that in the same session too. It just takes ten minutes per session. Walnuts scrubs used at home at weekly intervals would help too. Don’t worry, none of them hurt.

THE CAMPAIGN

Now that you have read the answers provided by the experts themselves, here’s where it gets fun!  MyDermacy is offering a week long session for all of you wherein their  panel of dermatologists will be available to answer any skin related questions you may have. You can post all your questions in the comments below and the dermatologists will reply to your query as soon as possible. You can also send in your questions on the Melange of Musings Instagram Page (comment on the DermatConnect Initiative picture) / on the Melange of Musings Facebook Page (comment on the DermatConnect Initiative picture) or simply tweet your questions!

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3. Post your queries in the comments below. You can post as many questions as you like.

4..You can post your queries on the campaign picture posted on Instagram and Facebook or tweet me your questions! I will pass them on to the doctors.

5. Ask specific questions and include any enough details to prescribe personalized solutions.

6. If the question is too personal, feel free to message me on Facebook, and I will reply back with the answer maintaining  your anonymity!

7. If you are not on any form of social media, don’t worry! You can still leave in your question and the doctors as soon as possible.

8. The doctors will be available the 3rd of July, so make sure you let all your friends know!

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Disclaimer: All anonymous posts are authentic. The readers have sent in their queries via email/Facebook message/text message since they are not comfortable with posting their information online. If you have a query too, go ahead and message me!