Multi-mask with easy DIY anti-ageing and black head removing masks

These days you see alot of brands coming up with masks with rare and exotic clays and ingredients from all over the world. It really makes you think at times that only those expensive ones can satisfy your mask cravings. But let me tell you that, with simple ingredients from your kitchen, you can make amazing masks that brightens, tightens, lightens and clarifies the skin and can even provide anti aging benefits.

You can also muti-mask with these 2 DIY recipes. Use the first mask all over the face and the second one as a black head removing strip on nose and cheek area.

So without further adieu let us see my the recipe of two of my favorite masks. Also remember, these masks are made of pure natural ingredients.So make it fresh and do a patch test before applying on face. Even natural ingredients can cause irritations and redness if it doesn’t suit your skin.

Anti aging & anti pimple mask

Ingredients : Cinnamon powder, honey and lime extract (I use organic products to be safe)

Mix half a tsp of cinnamon powder with 2 tsp honey and 1 tsp lime extract. Vary the quantity accordingly to make a paste of slightly runny consistency. Adding more cinnamon may cause redness, irritation and burning sensation, so be careful and do a patch test.
Apply this mix evenly on your face and neck avoiding eye and lip area. This gives best results when used as an overnight mask.

Benefits of honey-cinnamon mask :
1. Cinnamon plumps the skin by stimulating blood vessels and thereby reduces fine lines over time
2. Honey hydrates the skin without making it oily
3. This mix helps to dry out acne and it fades away blemishes fast
4. Studies shows that Cinnamon seems to increase collage expression on the skin through cinnamaldehyde, its main chemical component.
5. It unclogs open pores and removes dead skin and excess oil.

Peel off mask for removing black heads, skin brightening and removing tiny facial hair

Ingredients : Gelatin powder, milk, turmeric(not the one used for cooking, you need to get kasturi manjal(Wild Turmeric)

This is a very versatile mask and you can try this with different ingredients like lime juice, activated charcoal powder, honey, cinnamon etc.Turmeric brightens the skin and behaves as an antiseptc so I like using it. Now you need to use your intuition and adjust the quantity of ingredients here to get the right consistency. I use about 1 tbsp of gelatin (for just the face), 2 tbsp of milk and half tsp of turmeric.

> Apply this mask on a clean face with no makeup
> Keep a straight face and do not talk while this mask is on, for it to give the desired benefits.

Mix the milk(room temp or warm) and turmeric and add it to unflavored gelatin powder. You can either microwave this mix for 10sec or dip the small bowl with the mix to another bowl of boiling water and mix it continuously until it is a lump free mix. Do a patch test before applying it on face. If the mix cools down you can warm it up again. The mix should be warm and not hot. Now apply it on your face avoiding eye, eyebrows and lip area. This step should be fast and the mix tends to cool down and harden fast. Apply it in the same direction as hair growth. Wait until the mask cools down completely (10-15min). Now grab an edge of the dried mask and slowly pull it in upward direction. Be gentle and careful.

Benefits :
1. Removes blackheads, whiteheads and tiny facial hair
2. Unclogs pores and makes skin squeaky clean
3. Instantly brightens up your face
4. Gives the effect of a facial with visibly smooth skin
5. An inexpensive and effective alternative to commercial pore strips
6. Tightens skin and smoothen out fine lines

If you have sensitive skin please try this out on a small patch on face before using it. Do not use soap or any chemical products after using this and if stepping out, use a sunscreen.

* Agar-agar is the vegan alternative for Gelatin. You can also apply this mask just on the nose area as a black head removing strip.

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DIY all natural mask for glowing skin

I have been getting messages from many of you asking to recommend a good skin brightening mask. Even though I have tried face masks from many brands including high end ones, none of them has given the glow and brightness to skin, as this simple home made mask. I have been using this since my school days and this was my one and only step for skin care. This is an all in one face/ body pack that offers many benefits like,

  • controls oiliness
  • reduces pigmentation
  • lightens sun tan
  • clarifies skin
  • combats pre-mature aging
  • scrubs away dead skin
  • softens skin
  • reduces acne

Are you ready to make your skin dewy and bright. So here we go.

Ingredients are simple and easily available in India:

  • half teaspoon sandalwood powder
  • half teaspoon red sandalwood powder
  • 1 teaspoon chick pea flour/besan
  • Quarter-half teaspoon on turmeric powder
  • Honey/Curd/Rose water/Milk to mix the ingredients as per skin type

I usually add a spoon of honey or curd for my combination skin. If you have dry skin milk/honey or milk cream will provide the extra moisture boost.

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How to prepare:

Simply mix all the ingredients to form a fine paste that’s not too thick. Adjust the quantities as required to get the right consistency. Adding more red sandalwood powder makes the mixture more coarse in my case as the red sandalwood powder I have is not so fine.

How to apply:

Wash your face with warm water and cleanse it well. Apply the pack using hand or a clean face brush. Don’t forget to apply it evenly on your neck as well. Two cucumber pieces for your eyes and relaaaaxxxxx.

Keep it till you feel a bit of stretch. Do not wait till mask is completely dry,as it can dry out and stretch the skin. Massage the still wet mask by moving the fingers upwards. Massage for 2 minutes and wash the mask off using a warm moist face cloth or simply wash it off with warm water.

Finally rinse your face once with cold/ water in room temperature and pat dry.

Admire your squeaky clean and bright face in the mirror <3 <3 <3

This can also be applied as a foot mask for soft and tan free feet.

NOTE : Make sure all ingredients are pure and of good quality. Buy from trusted vendors. Do not use the turmeric powder you use for cooking in this. Kasturi manjal or wild turmeric powder is what we need here.

I get it powdered in mill from raw turmeric. Also I use home made paste of sandalwood and red sandalwood by rolling the wood sticks on stone.

You can also buy these in stick/powdered form from online sites likeΒ Ebay ,Β Giskaa and Amazon.

Hope you liked the post.

 

 

Petal Soft : Summer love

If you were following my posts, you already know that I had promised to write about my favourite rose face packs for summer. It included Just herbs Petalsoft face pack and Rose Sandalwood one from Juicy Chemistry.

 

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Both are extremely different in terms of ingredients, consistency and effect.So my absolute favourite among these two, is the Petal Soft one. Read on to know why πŸ™‚

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Price : Rs 395 for 150g

Ingredients : Indian rose , Indian ginseng, liquorice, Honey , Holy Basil, Natrium boricum , Rose hydrosol, Aqua, Aloevera leaf juice,Vegetable glycerine, Bentonite clay, Indian Volcanic clay, Disodium EDTA, Potassium sorbate, Sodium benzoate, Natural preservative (Herbs-Essential oil complex), Fragrance.Certified Organic Ingredients

Buy from : Justherbs

Product Claims : This pack effectively reduces skin darkening, protects from sun burn and other sun induced skin damage making the skin fairer with a petal soft perfection.

Packing : Comes in a tub with a protective lid to avoid spilling of the product,along with main screw cap. Love the label. Ingredients and directions are clearly given in the label.

Consistency : This is a clay mask, that can be directly applied to skin. It is smooth in texture and has no gritty particles.

Fragrance : Absolutely love the fragrance. This product has fragrance added to it and it’s not entirely natural fragrance of ingredients alone. Still, it smells like roses and sandal. The smell is not overpowering at all and is very pleasant.

What I love about the product :

  1. There is no mess in product application. Just take from the tub and apply directly to skin. No need to mix or dilute. Texture is very smooth and the pack easily slides on skin.
  2. Smell is very pleasant and calming.
  3. Cools the skin instantly and calms sunburned skin in no time.
  4. Good quantity for the price and ingredients include rose, honey , aloe vera and liquorice that helps to control photo ageing, sun burns and melanin production.
  5. Very easy to wash it off.
  6. Β Doesn’t dry or stretch my combination skin.
  7. Did not cause any breakouts.
  8. Cleanses skin of dirt and impurities.
  9. Unlike other clay based powder masks this doesn’t heat up the skin on application or cause any tingling sensation.

Nay points :

  1. I have finished using half of the tub and still I don’t see any observable skin lightening.
  2. Can’t say it treats the spots/pigmentation due to sun burn.
  3. Doesn’t help in reducing acne, even though this is a clay mask.

 

Verdict :

Probably I have to use it over a period to see effects, as the ingredients are natural. But then again, I did not expect it to lighten the skin tone. I wanted an easy to apply pack, ideal for summers, that calms and cools the skin. This does just that and I am totally repurchasing this.

 

Two of my favorite honey based scrubs

  1. K-Organics Honey Rose Scrub

To know more about K-Organics, see my post https://www.facebook.com/BeautyFlavours/posts/969544213085199

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The Honey Rose scrub from K-Organics, is the simplest but most effective scrub I have used till date.

It has just two ingredients, honey and rose petal powder.

Price > Rs230 for 150gm

Packing > Comes in a squeezable pack. This is too thick to be packed in a bottle.

Consistency > The scrub is thick as it is a paste of honey and rose petal powder, and has to be mixed with water to apply evenly on skin. There are no visible beads or particles but the scrub action is so effective as the rose petal powder is mixed with honey. It creates a sight tingling sensation on application.

Fragrance > Smells like honey

Effectiveness > No separate massage is required as washing it off with water itself effectively provides scrub action. The skin looks clearer and brighter with all dirt and grime removed.

The honey moisturises the skin and rose petal powder provides effective exfoliation. This is very mild and can be used daily.

It removes sun tan and makes skin fresher and brighter.

No preservatives, no chemicals and has the purest ingredients.

2. Just Herbs Livelyclean Honey Exfoliating Face Cleansing Gel

Site > http://justherbs.in

Packing > Comes in a bottle.

Price > Rs 395 for 100ml

Main Ingredients > Neem ext., Tulsi , Symplocos bark, Arjuna , Bitter orange peel, Curcuma longa, Honey, Jojoba seed meal.

Consistency > This has a runny consistency with tiny exfoliating particles. It doesn’t need to be mixed with water.

Effectiveness > The scrub is very gentle and cleanses face effectively. Needs to massage the face to effective scrub action. Moisturises skin and doesn’t stretch the skin.

Fragrance > It has a mild sweet pleasant smell as it has fragrance added separately .

Both the products are my favourites and I will definitely repurchase both. Both are very gentle and suitable for all skin types.

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On the right is the honey-rose scrub and on the left is the lively clean scrub. As you can see, the consistency is thicker for honey-rose scrub and it is just pure honey.

Lively-clean is easier to use and washes of effortlessly.

 

Add your favourite natural scrubs in the comments.