Month: July 2016

HAIR CARE TIPS FOR HOT SUMMER MONTHS

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

COLLAGEN BOOSTING HOMEMADE FACE MASK USING YEAST

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Hey guys, how are you all doing?

I have not done a DIY face mask post for a while now (the last one I have done was the potato-tomato skin lightening face mask ) and decided to do one today. If you have read my previous post which was a review of ceramide face mask form the face shop, you know I have mentioned about collagen and skin/pore tightening. In this post I am talking about a homemade face mask which helps to boost your natural collagen which in turn helps in tightening/firming of skin and also tightening of pores, making your pores less visible and skin looking much younger. The best part is that the ingredients to boost collagen production and tighten pores are already there in your kitchen. I will be listing the benefits of every single ingredient used in this mask at the end of the post .

Ingredients required

Search and find out the following ingredients from your kitchen.

  • 3 tbsp carrot juice
  • 2 tsp powdered oats. ( I use this one )
  • 1 tsp yeast ( I use this one )
  • Honey (optional) ( I use this one )

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See I told you, you already have these ingredients at home.

How to make the face mask

This homemade face mask is really easy to make. You begin by taking a carrot and extracting the juice from it. Next run oats in a blender and make it to a powdered form. You begin by taking 3 tablespoons of carrot juice in a bowl, add yeast to it and mix well. To this add powdered oats and mix really well. Your collagen boosting mask is ready.

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Remember: If your skin is on the drier side, add honey to the mask. You can add honey even if your skin is not dry, but it is optional.

Now apply this homemade face mask all over your face and neck in a uniform layer and keep it for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, wet your face with warm water and remove the mask by gently massaging your face and neck. Rinse off with warm water.

Benefits of ingredients used in this mask

Carrot juice

  • Contains Vitamin A and other antioxidants in abundance.
  • Vitamin A attacks the free radicals to prevent the signs of aging.
  • Vitamin C aids in the production of collagen. It helps prevent wrinkles and locks the process of aging.
  • Gives a glowing skin.
  • Helps in getting rid of blemishes and scars.

Oats

  • Helps in treating acne.
  • Removes dead skin cells and dryness by exfoliating.
  • Natural moisturizer.
  • Helps in skin lightening.
  • Oats contains saponins which is considered as a natural cleanser, that can remove dirt and oil from the pores without causing irritation.

Yeast

I used instant dried yeast, but if you can get your hands on Brewers yeast, I recommend using that.

  • I use yeast because it contains amino acids, minerals, proteins and Vitamins.
  • Has anti-aging properties.
  • Helps in collagen production.
  • Brightens and hydrates the skin.
  • Improves skin smoothness and texture.

Remember

  • Since I have used yeast, please do a patch test before trying out the face mask.
  • You can use this face mask once a week.
  • Follow this mask with a toner and moisturizer.

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What do you think about this collagen boosting homemade face mask? The reason why I love this face mask is that it makes my skin firm and tightens my pores without drying out my skin. What are your thoughts about using yeast in your face mask?

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means when you purchase something using the links I may get a small fortune as a reward.

 

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!