GREEN TEA CUCUMBER DIY FACIAL SCRUB

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Sometimes what our skin needs is just exfoliation. But we are so busy with our lives we skip exfoliating. Even worse is when some people really do not think exfoliating is necessary. There are some others who believe exfoliating will damage your skin (What? seriously? Its true!). And some are just lazy. Whatever your reason is, DO NOT SKIP EXFOLIATION.  The reason we exfoliate is to remove dead skin cells and keep those white heads and black heads at bay. Being said that, don’t exfoliate too vigorously (now that will surely and definitely damage your skin). Gently massaging with a good scrub will surely do the job.

So I am going to introduce you to one of my favorite scrubs, which is made with natural ingredients and has so many good qualities to enhance your skin’s health. A healthy skin means a beautiful you!

Green tea-cucumber DIY facial scrub

(Only the name is a little bit long, the ingredient list is short, don’t worry.) This is a great scrub which requires only three ingredients but gives tons of benefits to your skin. Sounds great? Then lets find out what to use.

Get the ingredients

Search and find out the following from your kitchen:

  1. 2 tbsp Green tea
  2. 1/2 Cucumber
  3. 2-3 tbsp Sugar

The process

In a blender, blend together the green tea and cucumber to form a paste. Add sugar to the paste. And there you have our green tea-cucumber scrub. Massage this scrub to your skin (and dust out all the dead skin cells). Then wash it off with cold water.

Remember: If you have dry skin add honey to your scrub.

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Benefits of using this scrub

  • Exfoliates and unclogs pores to give clean glowing skin.
  • Reduces tanning and improves skin complexion.
  • Controls oil secretion and acne.
  • Fights anti-aging signs.

Try it and let me know how your skin felt. Take care.

 

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Green tea-mint soothing face mask

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Best home remedy for brighter, clear, glowing skin.

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NATURAL SKINCARE ROUTINE (CLEANSING, TONING AND MOISTURIZING)

Everybody knows how important a right skincare routine is. Even if your someone who does not have the time to pamper your skin with face masks, there is no excuse for skipping the CTM. For those of you who do not know what CTM is, it stands for Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing. I cant tell you how important a right CTM is for your skin.

But you don’t always have to use fancy products for your skincare. You can use very natural method with natural items which are already present in your kitchen. Now this is going to save you some bucks too (yaaay!). Here is one such natural skin care (CTM) routine out of many. So lets get started.

the kitchen search

Get these from your kitchen (some of you might have never visited this place. so step inside now)

  1. 1 cucumber.
  2. 1 cup coconut milk.(you can use whole milk also)
  3. Half lemon.
  4. Avocado.
  5. The H2O.

and the process….

Cleansing

 

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Take the cucumber peel it. Blend this with 1cup coconut milk and you have your very own cleanser. Now wet your face with warm water and massage it onto your face. Rinse off with cold water. Hello clean face!

Toning

 

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Take juice from half a lemon. Pour this into a bottle and add half cup water to it. Shake! Shake! And that is your toner. Dip a cotton ball into the mixture and wipe on your face. Done!

Moisturizing

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Cleansing done! Toning done! Next is moisturizing. Take Avocado and rub this wonderful fruit all over your face. Leave it for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water.

And that’s it. A very simple method with very easily available items. Now do not waste your time trying to figure out which products to buy, which brands to buy and so many other confusions. Just take a visit to your kitchen and just do it.Finally, once again I am reminding you, do not skip your cleansing, toning , moisturizing routine. It is so important.

 

 

 

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GREEN TEA-MINT SOOTHING FACE MASK

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Today I am going to introduce you to a very soothing anti-acne face mask. If you have problematic skin you should definitely give it a shot. The reasons why you should use this mask is given below:

why use this mask

  • The green tea-mint soothing face mask cleanses and tightens the skin giving you fresh and oil-free skin tone.
  • Treats skin irritations.
  • Fights aging signs.
  • Improves complexion.
  • Great for acne treatment and prevention.
  • Great for under eye circles and puffiness.
  • Keeps skin spotless.

Impressed? Now read on to find out more about this mask.

you just need three ingredients

  1. 3 TBSP GREEN TEA.
  2. 2TBSP MINT LEAVES.
  3. 1TBSP HONEY.

green tea

 

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  • Improves skin complexion.
  • Reduces puffy eyes as well as dark circles.
  • Fights aging skin.
  • Treats acne and pimples.
  • Shrinks open pores.
  • Flushes out toxins from the skin, heals blemishes and soothes the complexion.
  • Protects against sun damage.

mint leaves

 

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  • Treats even the stubborn acne.
  • Prevents wrinkles.
  • Removes black heads.
  • Treats pimples and keep skin spotless.
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties hence help heal skin irritations.
  • Reduces dark circles and puffiness of eyes.
  • Gives oil-free skin.

honey

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  • Great for acne.
  • Full of anti-oxidants hence it is great for slowing down aging.
  • It is extremely moisturizing and soothing so gives glow to the skin.

the process of making green tea-mint soothing face mask

Combine all our ingredients in a blender,blend till it forms a smooth paste. You can add water if necessary. Apply evenly on your face and neck . Keep this mask on for 20-25 minutes before washing it with warm water.Do this once a week for best results.

NOTE:

I used the gun powder green tea from Twinings. If you are using that variant of green tea then soak it in hot water before  blending all the three ingredients. My first attempt was a failure because I used the green tea directly for blending and it wouldn’t blend. So keep that in mind. But if your using the normal variant or green tea bags, you can add it without soaking, no problem.

 

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Try this extremely refreshing face mask. Stay beautiful.

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BEST HOME REMEDY FOR GLOWING SKIN

Had a late night party? Or spent a lot of time in front of  your laptop? Or you just could not miss that game? Whatever be the reason for not sleeping the previous night ,the next day you wake up with tired, dull skin and not to mention, those puffy eyes. Sometimes the weather sometimes aging,there are endless reasons for that dull skin of yours. Need a very effective solution for your dull skin? I am about to tell you one easy home remedy for your problems and to get brighter,glowing and clear skin.

THE STRAWBERRY-MILK ICE CUBES

 

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YOU NEED:

  1. 1/2 CUP MILK.
  2. 4 STRAWBERRIES.

the method

Add milk and strawberries in a blender, blend well. Pour this in an ice tray and freeze it. As simple as that. You get almost 8 ice cubes. Now what you do is take out a single strawberry milk ice cube and massage your face in circular motions starting with with your cheeks. Continue massaging until the ice cube dissolves completely. Let it sit there for about 10-20 minutes then wash it off. I normally do it each night after washing my face using a cleanser. Follow this with a moisturizer and night cream I advice you to do the same. You will wake up with soft, glowing and radiant skin.

But you can do it whenever you like. You can do it in the morning to treat your puffy eyes. This shows instant results. Your skin becomes brighter, smoother and softer. You get a glowing skin instantly.

NOTE: If your skeptical about using ice cube directly on your face wrap it in a clean wash cloth or tissue paper and then use it.You can use it under your eyes also but be gentle.

benefits of using this pack.

  • Improves complexion.
  • Excellent cleanser.
  • Lightens blemishes and acne scars and also prevents acne.
  • Gives radiant, glowing skin.
  • Moisturizes the skin.
  • Treats puffy eyes,dark circles and also soothes the eyes.
  • Minimizes pores.
  • Tones the skin.
  • It reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Fights oily skin as well as nourishes and revitalizes your skin.
  • Reduces dark spots.
  • It also helps in treating pigmentation.
  • Soothes skin irritations.
  • Removes dead skin cells for soft smooth skin.
  • Treats sun burns.

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So what are you waiting for try this out for soft, glowing ,blemish-free skin. It is also good bye for dark-circles and puffy eyes. Let me know yow you feel.

 

 

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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.

 

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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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5 HOMEMADE NATURAL SHAMPOOS FOR GREAT HAIR

If you check out the ingredient list of the semi-liquid thing called shampoo. that we stack on our hair during the process of washing it, you will probably find tons of chemicals and maybe a very few natural ingredients. Now that includes the herbal ones too. Even baby shampoos contain a lot of chemicals; sad but true. Are these shampoos really helping, in cleansing yes;  but what about all the damages these shampoos are causing.

Its high time now, lets ditch these chemical laden liquids which comes in beautiful bottles, and instead opt for natural stuff. I mean the real natural ones, not the ones claiming to be natural. In this process you can save some money too and the best part is these natural ones are great for your hair. So lets swap our shampoos with these natural ones( close enough).

NATURAL SHAMPOOS(DIY’S)

Here is a list of few such natural shampoos which works best. You can always adjust the quantity based on your hair length and needs. Store them in an old shampoo bottles.

1. Baking soda shampoo (no poo)

YOU NEED:

  1. Baking soda
  2. Water

Mix them in the ratio of 1:3 and your done.

2. Aloe vera honey cleansing shampoo (little bit foam )

YOU NEED:

  1. 1/2 cups Aloe vera gel
  2. 4 tbsp honey
  3. 3-4 drops olive oil (for dry, frizzy hair)

Blend all the three ingredients in a blender and you have it!

 

3. Indian hibiscus shampoo(again little bit)

YOU NEED:

  1. 2 Hibiscus flower
  2. 3 tbsp Indian gooseberry powder.
  3. 2 tbsp honey.
  4. 2 tbsp lemon juice.

Blend all ingredients in a blender and its done.

Now if you do not prefer the no poo ones there are options for you too.

4. Coconut milk shampoo

YOU NEED:

  1. 1/2 cup coconut milk
  2. 1/2 cup liquid castille soap( get it from HERE)
  3. 25 drops of any essential oil of your choice.

Combine all the ingredients and viola!

5. Grapeseed oil shampoo

YOU NEED:

  1. 1/2 cup grapeseed oil (get it HERE)
  2. 1/4 cup liquid castille soap (get it HERE)
  3. 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  4. 3 tbsp apple juice
  5. 1/4 cup distilled water.

Combine all this in a blender and your shampoo is ready.

So that was my tried and tested best home made natural shampoos which works great for your hair. Try them out and say bye bye to your store bought ones.  Forget all your hair concerns.

NOTE:Remember to keep these natural shampoos for a slightly longer time for best results.

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EASIEST METHOD FOR SUPER SOFT HANDS AND FEET

Winter has just showed up in the U.A.E and my skin is already drier than the driest desert. I know, I know its not just me. If you are experiencing this situation right now read on, below is a super easy method for super soft hands and feet.

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THE MAGIC OF A SINGLE TOUCH

Sometimes when I hold my baby’s tiny little hand, I think if she gets the same magical feeling that I do. Is my rough hand irritating her soft hands. How did my hand(which used to be soft and beautiful) become so hard. Yes,definitely the climate, the hot shower, all the harsh chemicals I use and many many other factors ripped off all the moisture from my skin leaving it dry and rough. I needed my soft skin back so badly.

So i just made a small change in my moisturizing routine (for hands and feet) which brought all the difference in my skin. So now when I touch my baby’s cute little hands I know the touch is truly magical for both of us.(Mothers touch is special however she is)

So here is a very easy and effective method for that super soft hands and feet which you can try out so easily.

what you need

You need basically two things:

  1. a moisturizer
  2. Vaseline

MOISTURIZER

Any moisturizer will do,if its for hands you can choose your hand cream; if foot, foot cream or you can use your normal body lotion.

VASELINE

We believe Vaseline helps in vanishing dry skin, but let me tell you something, this miracle product (now you know millions of hacks using Vaseline) alone doesn’t moisturize, it just creates a barrier to lock in moisture. There is no point in using Vaseline alone because you just feel moisturized at that moment but ultimately your skin will become more dry and not to mention the stickiness and smell of Vaseline.

now the process

Very simple; mix equal parts of both. You can mix and store it in a small container for daily use or just mix the both before applying and its done. Simple, huh?. Now apply this mixture on to your skin any time you like but preferably at night before sleeping. ( this works instantly,don’t worry). You will wake up with super soft hands and feet.

NOTE: If you wish, can add oils like avocado oil, olive oil, etc to make it even better. But trust me, the two ingredients are just enough.

So why try so many methods using tons of products and wait for results when a simple change in your routine, using just two products and that too the ones you already have, can bring all the difference. Try this today and you will know what i mean.

some caring tips

  •  Exfoliate regularly.  A simple scrub can be made my mixing 2 or 3 drops of olive oil with 1tbsp sugar and lemon juice.
  • Avoid hot showers. Hot water will make your skin dry.
  • Try to wear gloves while washing dishes, and also whenever in contact with any harsh chemicals.
  • Use mild and moisturizing soaps,hand wash etc.
  • Always moisturize after shower and also at night before sleeping.

 

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