As promised, Today’s post is going to be about skin care routine and a lot of our lifestyle choices that contribute to the way we look. Choosing good products is definitely important, but it should also come from within. If we are not maintaining a healthy lifestyle, no matter how good or expensive skincare products we invest in, it’s not going to give you the desired results. We are what we eat, drink and “How our daily lifestyle choices affect our skin” is what we are going to be discussing today :
Yeah I know, we all love snacking and eating out. And it’s perfectly fine if done in moderation. Regularly eating junk or missing out on greens and vitamin rich foods, will eventually make our skin look dull. So choose and plan out your regular diet. Trust me you will see good results.
Drink Plenty of Water
This comes from my own experience, I used to buy all kinds to products, but never got the results that I was looking for. So, I chose and designated a drinking bottle just for my use and I started keeping tabs on how much water I drank in a day. Some of my friends and relations used to laugh at me that why am I so obsessed with drinking water all day. But they were amazed when they saw the results. My skin looked & felt better and more clear, without putting on a lot of makeup. This change definitely paid off.
Exfoliate Twice A Week
Uneven skin tones are often a result of dead skin on parts of the body that we are unable to /do not exfoliate properly. It is not just the face that requires to be beautiful, it’s your whole body as there is dead skin all over our body. Exfoliation twice a week is the ideal frequency for this part of our skin care routine. I follow this religiously every single week to get rid of dead skin and to get an increase in blood circulation, giving it a healthy, natural glow. But do not over do it as that will strip away your natural body oils and damage your skin.
Cleanse Regularly, Daily
Never forget to properly cleanse your skin before applying your skin care products and after removing makeup. Cleansing removes toxins, impurities, bacteria, dead skin, thus keeping it more fresh. The results of your make up will also be better. Always keep in mind to remove makeup and cleanse no matter what. Never sleep with makeup on your skin as it will contribute to your aging process. A good hygiene is a must, so follow a regular before & after Cleansing Routine.
Tone Your Skin
Toning your skin is essential to get rid of clogged pores, acne prone skin. It balances our skin to be less prone to oiliness and infection. Prepares our skin to be moisturized especially after removing heavy makeup. If you follow it up after a good cleansing routine it will not harm your skin, in fact it revitalizes your skin making it more soft and radiant, restores skin’s pH balance and shrinks pores as well. Dabur Gulabari Rose Water is my All-time favorite skin toner. Its fragrance is awesome.
You might not realize it today, but the benefits of moisturizing your skin will be visible in years to come. No matter what type of skin you have, Dry or Oily, keep it hydrated at all times if you wish to look and stay younger. Always try to put on a moisturizer right after you have had your bath, on a little damp skin as it helps to lock in the moisturize and also absorbs it better. I use Bio Care Aloe Vera Gel foe my face and Nivea Smooth Milk Body Lotion as a regular moisturizer.
Sleep 6 to 8 Hours
Getting 6 to 8 hours of sleep is important for a good physical health, well being and help in repairing, regenerating our skin. The amount of sleep we get affects our day to day lives, our energy level and our appearance. Getting a good beauty sleep has become an integral par of our skincare regime. A well rested body will look good and perform better.
“The results of a good routine will show on your skin and reflect your confidence.”
If you’ve read the whole article then do let me know how you plan out your daily routine.
Super excited to share my look that I created just for fun with my NAKED 3 Urban Decay Power Brush new set which my hubby had ordered for me from Amazon. Now, I am not much of an expert when it comes to applying makeup, but more than just a learner and I believe in wearing less makeup, just highlighting my features.
I do not contour my whole face, just my nose and add a little blush to my cheeks. Wearing a good dark shade is always a plus, as it instantly brightens up your face. I used ELLE 18Color Pops Matte(Lets Tango P28)to finish this look.
With these brushes it becomes so much easier to create a smooth flawless look. The design & weight of these brushes is so perfectly balanced that, these actually feel like extensions of my fingers doing all the work. Made with super fine quality bristles – applying eye shadow, contouring, using a blush is so much easier. I have quite an assortment of make-up brushes but ever since I’ve used NAKED3brushes, I almost always find myself reaching out to use these more often. They’ve become my favorite make-up tool b’coz they feel incredibly soft & the distribution of color is even.
Apples contain fruit acids that are called Alpha Hydroxy Acids(AHA). These acids exhibit natural ability to excellently exfoliate cells, accelerate cell renewal, stimulate cell metabolism, synthesis of collagen, elastin and other components, change acidity of the skin, influence process of skin keratinization.
Why does it work?
When used in higher concentration levels above 20%, These acids are able to act not only on the upper layer of the skin, but also penetrate into its deeper layer. It is one of the main anti-aging methods to prolong the youth of our skin, stimulate the removal of epidermis and helps get rid of dead cells.
Multiple application of fruit acids enhances exfoliation of dead layers of skin which means that it can eliminate some skin defects such as redness, roughness, acne and spots due to acne. Fruit acids are able to induce swelling of skin cells & inter-cellular substance, thus increasing its elasticity and reducing visible wrinkles.
How to Use It?
Either you can use fresh cut slices of the fruit and rub it directly on your skin and rinse or you could try out this easy DIY Natural Skin Peel. I tried it and liked it very much.
I know I’ve been pretty irregular during the past couple of weeks. Forgive me for I was taking care of my pet Golden ‘Alvin’, who hasn’t been doing well (he’s six) ever since he got invaded by the dreaded 4-letter vermin. Its not so much an easy task having a golden retriever in your household. Well now he’s so much better and now I am back where my much needed blog needs attention.
This might bring certain fond memories for quite a lot of us Indians. Remember Dabur Amla Hair Oil! Most of you would recognize it from your childhood when you would have seen your granny, mom or elder sisters using it for their hair or massaging yours on the weekends. Even my husband & his family have used it for many years. The Indian Gooseberry is the most commonly utilized fruit in the households of India because of its extensive health, beauty, skin & hair care benefits and medicinal properties for long years. This Superfruit is now easily available across the globe thanks to eCommerce and global shipping.
You guessed it right, this time I am going to tell you about the benefits of the Indian Gooseberry (Amla) for Hair. Amla is among the richest sources of Natural Vitamin C in the world. It is a perfect example of an highly potent and nutritious edible fruit rich in Phenols & Tannins. It contains essential fatty acids, which strengthen hair follicles. It contains a plethora of antioxidants such as Ellagic, Emblicanin, Gallic, Phyllantine and Quercetin acid. Amla also contains a high concentration of minerals, amino acids, as well as strong immune boosting properties. As an antioxidant, it is more than fifteen times powerful than a Pomegranate or double of that of an Acai berry. This indigenous fruit has extensive adaptability to grow in diverse climatic and soil conditions. The fruit exhibits anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties and is highly acidic and astringent as well.
Did you know that deficiency of Vitamin C, which is found abundantly in Amla, is one of the most common reason for hair problems. This fruit is also one of the most easiest and powerful solution to most of the hair problems. With this fruit you need not worry about how to avail its benefits. Today, I’m going to let you in on how Amla is useful for your hair care. Amla is not just used for general hair care but also as an amazing restorative with curing properties. You can avail various benefits from Amla in form of powder, juice, fruit preserve, as a single ingredient or mix/pack combined with couple of locally & home available products. The application depends on what form of Amla you can lay your hands on.
“The words of elders are like the gooseberry: bitter at first, then sweet” – Indian Proverb by anonymous
Today I’m presenting you all with an opportunity that shows you all how to make healthy recipe that’s simply just yummy and that too pretty easy to prepare. Now I’ve used a little cheese to add to the flavor and to keep my self from splurging too much, but then what’s a macaroni dish without cheese !! 🙂
Prep Time: 15- 20 Minutes
Bake Time: 20 Minutes
Servings: Serves 3
Macaroni 2 Cups
Cheese (your choice) 2 Cubes, 25gms each
Whole Wheat Flour 1 Tbsp
Milk 1 Cup
Honey Mustard Dressing 2 Tbsp
Olive Oil 1 Tbsp
Garlic 10 Cloves, Finely chopped
Spinach 1 Cup, Finely chopped
Black Pepper To Taste
Chilli Flakes To Taste
Salt To Taste
Oregano To Taste
Basil To Taste
Boil water in a pan and add a few drops of Oil and salt to it, add macaroni and cook till its done. Strain with running water and keep aside.
Heat remaining oil in a pan, add garlic cloves, saute for a few seconds, add wheat flour, saute just for five seconds and add milk to it. Keep on stirring, add 1 Cheese Cube, Honey Mustard Dressing, Black Pepper, Salt, Chilli Flakes, Oregano & Basil.
Cook the sauce till it thickens. Keep a little spinach aside for garnish and add remaining spinach to the sauce, cook for about two minutes. You can add more milk to adjust consistency according your choice.
Turn off the flame. Grease the baking dish & mix Macaroni with sauce, Garnish with some chopped spinach & grated Cheese cube (the remaining 2ndCube) .
Bake at 225°C for 20 minutes. Serve hot and enjoy!!
The secret of the youth has been searched for since long time ago. Many researchers have experimented to find ways to slow down the aging process. Quite a few findings have been implemented by new age, organic cosmetics & food products but the most important thing for us to do is to be consistent in implementing & maintaining healthy lifestyle and eating habits.
We can’t stop the natural change, but we can still look younger if we work hard to slow down the aging process.
So Today, I’m going to let you in on 10 Steps to Make You Look Younger. These are very basic but often forgotten or brushed aside in today’s stressful world.
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Today I’m gonna tell you a bit about this wonderful “Fruit of The Angels” called the Papaya.
It was once considered an exotic fruit, soft & deliciously sweet with a butter-like consistency. This humble fruit, Papaya, was christened the “Fruit of The Angels” by the famed explorer Christopher Columbus. The fruit, its properties & benefits have been evaluated through the centuries and can now be found in markets throughout the year. You can consume it for health benefits, use it topically for skin & hair care. This abundantly available & naturally rich source of nutrients and anti-oxidants, has become a favorite with women who want to have thick luxurious manes and glowing skin. In fact, you could come to think of it as a natural repository of Natural Enzyme, Anti-Oxidants, Vitamins, Nutrients, Minerals & Dietary Fiber.Read More
Hi, I’m Iknoor Somal ‘n I love myself & my skin. I’ve started this blog to be as informative as possible about beauty, make-up & style.
It all started until a few years after my marriage. A lot of people used to compliment my complexion while inquiring about my skin care routine. I was actually amazed by the knowledge that many a person had no clue as to how to go about achieving similar results. Initially, on my own, I explored the world of beauty & style which led me to research and dabble with ideas & formulation for DIY products, Tips & Hacks.
My hubby, having experiences from the fashion & events industry, was quite encouraging about me wanting to explore this aspect. I then found and got myself enrolled for an online course as a Style & Image Consultant. Surprisingly enough, this piqued my interest in wanting to know more, learn more, Online! Wanting to know more about what best to use on my skin! Wanted to know what these natural products contained and what goes into their formulation