Skincare

Night Time Skin Care Routine for Indian Skin

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These products I’ve used for about a month. Some I’ve been using a month before my wedding so I can vouch for their efficacy. This skin care regimen helps in cleansing and plumping tired out skin, especially after a long stressful day. I try to use organic products. I do feel that chemical based products give better results for instant gratification, but in the long run, your skin will thank you for the organic, natural ingredient based products you use. I uploaded a video of my night time skin care regimen and you can see how plump and luminous my skin is at the end.

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Organic skin care: For better or worse

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Skincare is not something I have had to deal with until very recently because I have fairly fuss free skin. Combination skin type with (lucky me) a high tolerance to most skincare and makeup products. But as I crossed my 24th birthday, I noticed the tiny lines around my eyes loss in overall natural glow of my skin. So as any worried 24 year old would be I set out to try out all the skin care products I could afford. What I kept in mind was that is something Michelle Phan said once, “if it’s going onto your skin directly, invest in good quality product”. I tried every drugstore skincare regime you can imagine. (buy the smallest size available if you are trying the product for the first time. Its economical and effective). Drugstore brands do give result, but they are more time oriented and the fact that most drugstore brands test on animals I decided to try the good ol’ organic route.

India is were ayurveda was born. Most people have rave reviews of the effects of ayurveda be it medicinal or not. The brand Kama Ayurveda claims to inculcate the knowledge of ayurveda directly into the products. So the products are 100% organic, cruelty free, paraben free, limited shelf life and truth be told a tab bit expensive. The company is very similar to Forest Essentials. Kama Ayurveda would be one price bracket below Forest Essentials in my opinion. I already gave a review of two products in my hair care blog Bhringadi for Hair

So my current skin care routine is mostly their products and I must say, they do show amazing results. If you can afford to splurge a little make sure its skin care and its this brand. ( Sensitive skin types can try out their cute little testers)

  1. Face-wash: This is the only only non Kama Ayurveda brand but a organic one none the less. The Body Shop Aloe Calming Foaming Facewash. This particular face wash is for sensitive skin (which I do not have). I use this one because it is least drying of all their face washes. It also leaves my skin really squeaky clean. But it is a pinch on the pocket but lasts forever. Seriously! I am into my second month with this bottle I am only half way through the bottle!
  2. Face-Scrub: This was what drew me to their skin care. The ‘Kumkumadi Brightening Ayurvedic Face Scrub’ has amazing reviews online as well as on nykaa. One time use of this face scrub does not yield any spectacular results but with diligent use, my skin has a lit from within glow. I only need a small amount. I scrub my nose and my forehead (oily T-zone) and wash off with warm water. I use this once every two -three days. Unless I have had an extra dusty day while traveling and need a little deeper cleaning.
  3. Serum: Seeing the results of the scrub, i purchases the ‘Kumkumadi Miraculous Beauty Fluid’. This is an ayurvedic night serum. The oil is termed as dry oil. Meaning the oil needs an hydrated surface to help spread more evenly. The sales assistant recommended I use the face mist. The process is to the mist the face and then spread 2-3 drops of the fluid over the skin. The fluid does have an ayurvedic scent. I personally do not find the scent overwhelming although I have read other blogs stating that the smell is overwhelming to them. Depends on personal preference. Even if the scent is overbearing, the benefits of this fluid is really worth a one hour of an uncomfortable scent.
  4. Face-oil: Depending on how tired my skin looks and feels, I might layer another product. Until recently I was using the Olay Total Effects Day cream at night because the product is heavily moisturizing for my combination skin. Off lately I have started to use the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formulae Skin Therapy Face Oil. I purchased it online after reading some goof reviews on the product. I apply the oil at night over the Kumkumadi night fluid. I personally do not have any major wrinkles, although I do feel like my skin is extremely hydrated and supple the next day.  The product does have retinol and the product does warn not to use the product prior to stepping out into the sun as retinol increases the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Hence I use it at night for an overnight treatment.

Depending on how my skin feels, I also might treat myself to a face mask (sheet mask or otherwise). If it is a sheet mask, the product does advice to rub the residue into the skin. But the treatment in the sheet masks tend to feel overly tacky on my skin. I wipe it off with a wash cloth and proceed with the Kama Ayurveda Night Serum.

The whole process (minus the sheet mask) takes about 10-15 mins. Well worth my time for the benefits I get. If any of you have had an allergic reaction to any product I’ve mentioned do leave a message. The information would be most welcome

XOXO

Skincare

2 in 1 Body Scrub

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When I was in my early teens, I purchased this book (which I have since lost), which was a book for teenagers about skincare, hair and makeup. Most teens do not require a lot of products unless you suffer from skin related problems. So that book was ideal for someone like me. It had a recipe for a home mode body scrub which provided exfoliation and moisturization which I use to this day. It’s very simple and you have all the ingredients in your kitchen.

You will need

1 cup of granulated sugar

2 tablespoons of milk (almond milk for vegans)

2 tablespoons of oil (olive oil/coconut oil/vegetable oil/)

Add the milk and sugar to make a very think paste and then add the oil. You should obtain a slightly watery cream. If the scrub is too watery add more sugar.

Use:- Make sure you are in the shower. Start by rubbing the mixture in all the dry places first and then use the mixture on the rest of your body. Do not use on the face.

Once you are done just wash it all off with luke warm water. It will wash off like a breeze and the small amount of oil remaining will provide the moisturize room you need. If its too oily, wash off with soap and moisturize with your favorite lotion or body butter.

This is an amazing body scrub. Do try and let me know how it works for you.

Good Luck!

Skincare

Scrub away Cellulite : Steps to help reduce Cellulite

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Cellulite. That one word. Everyone has it.

What is cellulite? When the fat stored by your body starts to push upwards towards the skin, the skin appears dimpled and somewhat curdled. Some lucky people can see their cellulite only if the skin is push against it. Fact is a 9 out of 10 persons have cellulite (Guys too!). So your not alone and it’s definitely not something to be ashamed about. It’s your body’s natural process.

Cellulite makes a some of us think twice before donning our favorite bikini or even a nice short dress. I never really faced the problem when I was in my teens or early twenties because I was naturally pretty slender. But bad diet and virtually no exercise lead to formation of cellulite around the thighs and buttocks.

So while there are no methods to naturally remove 100% of the cellulite, there are methods to prevent and REDUCE their appearance.

  1. Good Diet: You ingest fat, you store it (unless your metabolism is very high). I’m no expert. But the simple rule : Input = Output + Accumulation. So if your output is not high, chances are that your accumulation will be. So try to eat right and healthy. I do not mean to reduce food intake or addition of supplements. Reduce junk food and stress eating. Try incorporating lean proteins, fruits, vegetables and healthy carbohydrates into your diet. One tip I try to live by is actually something supermodel Miranda Kerr states which is ‘80% healthy and 20% indulgent’. It’s a challenge, but try to maintain that ratio.
  2. Exercise: This is more important point, which I have not read in a lot of blogs. It has been the fastest method for me. When the blood starts to circulate in the body’s tissues and muscles it helps to prevent more fat from storing. So get out and get active. Walking, jogging, sports and even indoor activities like household chores, yoga or Pilates help burning the fat from the body. After the initial week of muscular pain, you will feel and look much better.

There are a few home remedies that you can try. They definitely help in cellulite appearance but require frequent and dedication over the course of a few months.

  1. Dry Brushing: Take 5 minutes out of your morning shower to dry brush your body with brush with Natural Bristles atleast 3-4 times a week. Dry brushing is the method of brushing your body in the absence of water or oil. Be gentle! Do not scrub away your skin. I use the Body Shop one but there a LOT of options in the market today. So pick one, brush your body in the regions where you are plaguesd with cellulite. If you have been tenacious about it, you will see results in 3-4 weeks.
  2. Coffee to the rescue: The caffeine and antioxidants in coffee are moderately effective to mitigate the appearance of cellulite in the short term. The caffeine also helps by dilating the blood vessels, which temporarily tones and tightens the tissue. Plus it increases blood circulation and reduces water retention, both of which may also help smooth the rumpled look of cellulite. The antioxidants in coffee may help to release toxins, which is not only helpful for cellulite, but for healthy skin in general. Before showering and post dry brushing, exfoliate your skin using a coffee scrub you can using items in your kitchen.

Coffee Scrub: There is no textbook method of making this scrub. The quantities of the ingredients vary according to a person’s skin and their reaction to the ingredients. Since you only need it in the places where cellulite exists you do not really need a lot.

Ingredients – 2 tablespoons or filter coffee, 2-3 tablespoons of coconut/olive oil.

Mix them up adding more oil if necessary to make a paste. If you have oily skin, try using baby oil. GENTLY scrub your skin. You aims is to stimulate blood flow and let the caffeine soak into your skin. You are not a cooking vessel due for a good scrub. While showering you will notice that your skin is much smoother and softer. Be persistent. The results will show up I promise you.

For those of you who want instant gratification, a doctor’s visit is what you need. Your plastic surgeon will be able to determine the best possible method for you to reduce the cellulite. But do remember, it is only a temporary solution as cellulite obstinate. It will return. So after you remove it surgically, maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet to ensure that it will not return with a vengeance.

In the end remember that you are BEAUTIFUL. There is nothing you need to change unless you want to. The decision and power is in your hand. Use it wisely.

Good Luck