“Let’s keep it Natural”

As I had promised last week, I will be sharing some DIY face masks today, YAAY!!!

 I love DIY home-made packs/masks – because they are all natural and they work the best. Thanks to my Grandma and Mom, I have always enjoyed doing homemade masks as a teenager – for example: using cucumbers/tomato juice or yogurt on my face, eggs on my hair, or weekly Gingelly oil baths (Full body – which I do even now).May be that’s why I am passionate towards writing about skin care, and encouraging everyone to continue doing the regimens knowing how good their results are.

Having said that, before I start with my face mask recipes, I will describe my skin type.

  • My Skin Type: combination of both dry and oily type.
  • I have had days when I have a clearer skin and days with blemishes.
  •  Acne-prone – Reasons: Hormonal, I also use a lot of makeup products and I travel every week (so stress affects my skin to an extent too).

Summary: My skin basically revolts a lot time to time!!

Things I do : I make sure I go for my regular monthly facials/face clean-up visits to take care of it (when you are 30+ you will know why this is important :)). I am also a huge DIY fan, so I figured there is no better time than now to experiment. I keep trying a lot of face masks – some work for me, some don’t!

Be good to your skin. You’ll wear it every day for the rest of your life.

So below , I will just talk about some of the ones that truly worked. Though there are many more to my list of DIY’s, these are the personal favorites.

  1. Rice flour with milk face mask : I read somewhere, rice flour helps in fading the acne marks and it’s a very common skin care ingredient in ASIA. So I decided to use this.Mix Rice flour with milk(a paste like consistency) and apply on the face for 15 mins before rinsing it off. Continuous use of this will definitely help fade away the stubborn acne spots from face.

Benefits: This is working on me slowly (I use it weekly once, but you can use it 2-3 times a week for expedited results).Rice flour also acts as an amazing exfoliator so I scrub it off with water really slow (just so I don’t hurt my skin) while rinsing.

  1. Cinnamon, nutmeg and honey face mask : There is no mask that has worked as good as this one, FOR ME!!! This is one of the most effective face masks if your skin has pimples, is super congested or has acne spots. This can also be used even if you have a normal skin (but for those of you, I suggest you to use it once a month or bi-monthly in this case).

How to make the mask: Mix equal parts nutmeg and cinnamon powder into a bowl (between 1/2 tsp – 1 tsp). Add 1-2 tbsp of organic honey and mix into a paste. Squeeze ½-1 lemon wedge into the paste and mix it all up together. Apply/Massage to clean skin, chill out for 20-30 minutes and wash it off. I use this once a week. (I sometimes have a tingling sensation when I apply this mask, so I wash off sooner on those days)

Benefits: This mask helps to moisturize, minimize breakouts, clear blemishes, even skin tone, exfoliate, brighten your complexion, & so much more!

  1. Turmeric and rose-water face mask : This one is my go to face mask when I don’t have the patience or time to make any other face mask. Mix 1-2 tsp of turmeric powder( I use Kasturi Manjal) and 1-2 tsp of rose-water (make a paste like consistency).Apply this paste for 30 minutes and wash off when dried ( You can also mix gram flour to this – its optional)

Benefits: This mask helps to clean up acne, clear up skin, and remove pigmentation. Do this regularly to get desired results.

And as they say, try on a small spot to see if you aren’t sensitive or allergic to any of this, before you try it on your face! Let me know how you like it.



“Beautiful Skin requires commitment, not a miracle “

Detox your SKIN

As many of you know,  I am a strong believer of DIY’s and home remedies. There are two reasons to it – Easy access and no side effects.

So Today, I wanted to share with you all, the MOST important yet simple skin care regime that we can follow at home to get clearer and healthy Skin – DETOX .

This whole detox and clean-living – as much crazy as it sounds, the concept has worked for me. Our skin on a daily basis does go through a LOT – like pollution, makeup, bacteria and clogged pores. All of this, in turn ageing our skin/causing wrinkles and age-spots. Detox is one of the magical ways to get clearer and healthy looking skin (of course eating right is primary but we will talk about it on a different day). Before I start with my detox regime, let me talk about my skin a little bit, just so you know what it goes through on a daily basis.

  • My Skin type: Combination (sometimes too dry, sometimes oily).
  • I have always had acne/Blemished skin (some hormonal around the monthly cycle).
  • I sometimes eat crap (ugh!) and drink occasionally on weekends – so that can do some damage too, internally and externally to my skin.
  • I have large open pores on few areas and I usually use pore minimizers during make up to make the pores look smaller ( We will talk about this also in a different post J)

Having said that, I am lucky in one way (thanks to my gorgeous mother – and my genes), I don’t have age spots yet or wrinkles (though I think wrinkles are beautiful). I think it’s important to have a healthy skin – am not targeting a wrinkle-free skin here. Now – below are some of the practices I follow religiously (trying to, for the last 6 weeks and is working on me lately).

  1. DETOX WATER 1: Tried and tested!!! So I know for a fact this works on me.

Recipe : 2L Water, 1 medium cucumber, 1 lemon (I squeeze some and also add some sliced lemons to the water),10 mint leaves, optional is- 1 or 2 slices of orange – prepare this water , refrigerate overnight and drink the next day

Benefits: This is great for general detox for the skin and body – by cleaning out harmful toxins.

  1. DETOX WATER 2: I love this one, personally – though I juggle between 1 and 2 time to time.

Recipe: 2L Water, 2 Lemons –thinly sliced, little bit of ginger – Prepare this water and refrigerate overnight and drink the next day.

Benefits: This mix  helps in flushing out toxins and also shed down some weight.

  1. WATER INTAKE: This other thing I follow every day is very simple : Drinking 3L of water everyday ( 2L Detox water included in this – there are days I don’t make detox water, I still make sure I drink 3L) and yes I measure my water intake.

These simple tricks have helped my skin improve in the last 6 weeks. Every skin care regime takes time and so have patience for this to reflect on you.

“The good news is that taking care of your skin does not have to be expensive or time-consuming”

Side note: I love sheet masks and recently I purchased this amazing set of Korean sheet masks from amazon which Contains vitamin E and collagen which keeps your tired skin lively and healthy – I have used 4 of them so far (once a Week) and its makes my skin feel hydrated, smooth and rejuvenated. There are 16 different types of them in this pack – each of them has a different objective. Try them and tell me if you like it!

Soon, I will write about few homemade face masks! Please follow and watch out this space for more.

Link to the Sheet Masks that I use: