Sun screen

Sun screens are one most crucial element to be included in beauty product and healthy products. Sun is good for us only it is screened. The sunrays contain many dangerous aspects in it like UVA rays and UVB rays. The UVA rays are responsible for darkening our skin by encouraging the melanin production. But the UVB rays are much more dangerous.  It has the ability to penetrate substances like glass, cloth etc exposing us to this very harmful UVB rays. These rays are responsible for certain major diseases as skin cancer and such.

A sun block will only protect you from UVA rays. This will still expose you to the most dangerous rays the UVB rays. The sun block only tries to create a film between the sun rays and the skin and thereby doesn’t filter the UVB rays.
An ordinary sunscreen lotion again filters only UBA rays. The SPF valueon the sunscreen lotion depicts the amount of sunlight required for the UVA rays to penetrate in. TO make sure you are protected from the UVB rays as well, you need to check the PA on the bottle. PA+++ is the best, giving you maximum protection from the UVB rays. Therefore, when you buy a sunscreen make sure it has the SPF value of your choice with a PA+++.
IT is also important o wear a sunscreen inside your home as the UVB rays can penetrate through thin walls of curtains and such. The other problems faced by people with oily skin is pimple formation or suffocative feeling because of clogged pores due to the sunscreen lotion to all such people who suffers this problem.. please prefer sunscreen gel instead of sunscreen lotions.
Do comment any of your doubts and I will try getting back to you with your solution. Thank you.

Anti- pigment/skin lightning bombs

Who doesn’t like a flawless skin? But the current lifestyle gifts us with pigmentation marks that don’t easily go away. Pimple marks, acne scars, sun related pigmentation and what not! A flawless beautiful face hides behind all that dark pigmentation scars.

Removing these marks isn’t easy but definitely not impossible. It’s always better to avoid these scars but if at all you have one, slowly though, it’s definitely removable. The ingredients I use for these are,
Potatoes: it has a natural skin lightening agent that lightens your skin.
Lemon: It has a natural bleaching agent in it but concentrate of lemon can even harm the skin.
Cucumber: It is a natural hydrating agent.
 The combination of these three is the solution for pigmentation and skin lightening. De-skin 1 cucumber and 1 potato. Shred them with 1 lemon juice and run it in a mixer grinder. After which, freeze them in an ice tray. U can use each ice cube a day before bed keep it for 20 minutes and wash off.  Weekly once exfoliate the skin and use them afterwards for best results. You can see the results start to show in around a week.
You can make these for face and body though for body you would want to use multiple ice cubes.

Home made Korean Skin care

Korean skin care is the most popular skincare in the world.  Each of their steps is detailed and takes care of every single possible issue on the skin. Taking care of the skin in that detail would basically stop time for the skin or even better make time go backwards for the skin. Put in better words, the skin would be at it best.
But the negative part of every article and videos I read and saw was that there were a lot of chemicals and huge brand names used. I don’t basically use chemicals on me as I believe that of course those chemicals can bring in wonderful effects for the time being but would probably later on bring in other irreversible or permanent damage to the skin. So, I did my own experimentation and reading to come up with a few many things I could very well make at home and have the exact Korean skin care my way with all the love of nature on my skin.
I have tried it on my skin for the past two months and I love the result. I have hormonal imbalance due to which acne problem is an issue. This routine keeps that in check and my skin is clearer, fresher and looks younger than ever. So here’s what I do.

1. Make up removal:  The one thing all Korean skin care articles and videos recommend for makeup removing is an oil based make up remover. The best natural make up remover you can find is ‘Coconut oil’. Coconut oil not just removes the makeup but also does wonder on the skin.
v For dry to normal skin:  Apply coconut oil all over the face and rub your fingers over the area where there is tough make up to loosen it to be washed away in the later steps.
v For oily skin and combination skin: Apply minimum coconut oil to areas that has make up only and try avoiding pimple or acne prone area to the extend you can and proceed to the next step as soon as possible.

2. Cleansing: This is a very important step to remove the entire loosened make up and the impurities on the face. Natural products like organic chick pea flour or organic green gram are super best for cleaning away impurities on skin. The small coarseness in these products also acts as daily exfoliate. Even the gel based face washes found in the markets are gentle on the skin on this regard. I wouldn’t recommend a cream based face wash though.
v For dry to normal skin: You can use organic green gram powder preferably as it doesn’t dry the skin much. In case face washes; any gel based gentle face wash would be fine.

v For oily to combination skin: As coconut oil was used in the previous step, a thorough oil removing is necessary in this step. Organic chick pea flour can do wonders on this type of skin for oil absorption. Therefore after a general wash with chickpea flour, I would recommend a second round of the same but this time keeping it on face for a minute to give it time to absorb in all the excess oils. Incase using face wash, try choosing in a gel based deep cleanser to do the job for you. Washing your face wash twice on your face would also be a good step.

3. Exfoliating:  Though this isn’t recommended as a daily step it can be using ultra gentle exfoliating agents. Weekly once I would recommend a deep exfoliation once a week using sugar and honey. Sugar crystals are coarse enough to exfoliate the outer dead cells on out skin revealing live fresh cells under them. Honey is a natural moisturiser than smooths the harsh effect of the sugar on the skin. The ratio is 1 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons of honey. Mix them and run it over the surface you need to exfoliate.  
                             Daily exfoliation, the chick pea flour or the green gram flour does the job and in case you are using a face wash, I would recommend a face wash that has gentle exfoliating beads in it.  And this step is for all types of skin.
4. Black head: this is again not a daily step but at least once a month this step has to be followed to remove in all the back and white heads. This method is a completely painless method that can be very well done at home. I personally has been using it for the past 6 months and are truly astonished by the results. The first step is to steam the area having black/white heads this is to open the pores there.. Then mix in 1 teaspoon of gelatin in 1 teaspoon milk. Double boil it to melt gelatin and wait till the mixture has a bearable temperature. Apply on the area which has black/ white heads. Apply three to four coats on the same area and wait for it to dry. Let me warn you the smell is truly very bad but as the results are flawless I prefer ignoring it. When it dries off, peel it off. Make sure no hair you don’t want to remain gets caught in this mixture else even that would come off. This mixture also acts like waxing but it didn’t pull out all the unwanted hair so I wouldn’t recommend this as a waxing substitute. But a majority of the hair is pulled and if used for hair removal purpose, it’s really painful.

5. Tone equaliser: This is a step I included into my Korean regime as I do have slight pigment marks left by my previous acne problem. This also helps in curing the dark circle problems in case u have any. Potato has natural bleaching properties.  Cucumber has cooling properties. Lemon also has a skin lightening property. I grate a potato & a cucumber and run it in a mixer with the juice of 1 lemon. Freeze it in an ice cube tray and use a cube of this mixture on my skin every night. In case dark circles, concentrate on that area. I apply it all over my face and neck and leave it on for 20 min before washing it off.

6. Toning: This is an important step because it actually balances the disturbed PH balance of the skin and restores the skin back to its normalcy. There are different types of toners you can make at home. Each toner has a purpose and so you can choose a toner to your choice.
  •  Rose water: A rose water is the gentlest toner you can have. It has a pleasant smell and can tones you skin in the most basic manner you can expect. If you basically don’t have any skin problems, this would be the best toner recommended to you. This toner is best for kids to use after a face wash as well.
  •  Apple cider vinegar: Organic Apple cider vinegar is like magic to skin having skin problems. Dilute it twice the water and its perfect to go. It stops pimples and acne problems, dry skin, oily problem and even tightens the pores. But this is a strong toner and so tingling sensation or slight pinching sensation is a common trait of this toner.
  •  Lemon water: Lemon has a lot of features that can compete the modern ant-ageing products. It has properties that help in tightening the loose skin and close open pores in a long run. With double the water, diluted lemon is perfect for your anti ageing routine. And a tip, dry skin is more prone to ageing than oily skin; therefore people with dry skin would be recommended to start using this toner at the earliest.
  • Cucumber and tulsi( basil) water: This is another gentle toner that fights with small pimple problem and keeps your skin cool. Running the mixer and basil/tulsi in the mixer and staining the juice is the method to prepare this toner.  Cucumber juice has cooling properties and cools your skin from the inside. Basil or tulsi has antibacterial properties that help it fight small pimple issues.

NB-> you can substitute water with rose water for better results.

7. Under eye care: Under eye is one among the most sensitive areas on our face. Sleep deprivation, tiredness, being sick, dehydration is all indicated through puffy, saggy eyes and dark circles. There are several under eye creams to help you with it but I prefer an all natural method to re-energise your eyes area. For this we need vitamin E and Rose water. A drop of vitamin E and 2 drops of rose water. Mix it well, in your hand and apply it all around the eyes (from under the eyebrows to above the cheeks). This method if done everyday dark circles will start to lighten in 3 days. Use the tone equaliser method along and the process fastens.

8. Serum: This is the healing tonic to your skin. It is of utmost importance to any type of skin. All types of skin are prone to get damaged according to the type of circumstances they are exposed to. Therefore, this serum basically seeps inside your skin and internally repairs it overnight. Serum differs from product to product depending on what your purpose of the product is. I use a complete homemade serum and it has been doing wonders to my skin since I began. The base of any homemade serum consists of 3 ingredients: Rosewater, 100% vegetarian glycerine and Vitamin E. You just need a drop or 2 of serum on your face and neck during a time of use. Therefore, I would advise you to prepare this in small quantities as 50-100 ml a time. You can preserve it in room temperature for a few months. The ratio of the ingredients would be 100 ml of rose water 10 ml of glycerine and 2 teaspoons or capsules of Vitamin E. This is the base of the serum to which you can add any or all of the following to add in the effect of the serum.
·        Organic Aloe Vera gel: Aloe Vera is a natural medicine in itself there for adding this would cool your skin from inside, moisturise it from inside and would help in the process of healing it.
·        Lemon: Lemon has anti ageing and skin lightening property so you can add in 1 lemon juice to this serum to enhance it have anti ageing properties.
·        Cucumber juice: Cucumber juice can cool your skin from inside so adding half a cucumber juice to this serum will enhance it of cooling properties.
·        Basil leaves: Basil leaves has anti bacterial properties and adding bits of basil leaves to the serum will enhance pimple and other small skin irritation curing property of the serum.
A serum visibly brings in a huge difference from the first use especially to dry skin. I have a severely oily skin and yet I did notice a big difference on the first day of use.

9. Essence: This is a little extra you give to your skin. It is completely optional and can be avoided if necessary. As an oily skinned person I wouldn’t recommend this step for oily skin as there are chances of pimple breakouts. Essences are usually oil based and therefore it can do wonders on dry skin and normal skin. Combination skin can avoid this step as well or can use it on areas which aren’t oily. The usage is one drop all over the face and neck. A few natural essences would be:
·        Saffron oil: Saffron has always have skin whitening properties. It also smooths the skin and free it off any irritation. Therefore a drop of this can bring visible difference the very next day.
·        Lavender oil: This oil can sooth any irritation and the smell calms you.
·        Tea tree oil: This oil has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties therefore it can do wonders to acne prone skin. This is recommended for oily skin type as well but it didn’t suit me so I am not sure.
·        Chamomile oil: This oil has medical values to act upon skin problems like cracked, inflammation, eczema, sensitive skin etc.

10. Moisturise: To seal the deal, moisturising is very important. The only moisturiser I have been using for years and have been doing wonders to my skin is Aloe Vera gel. I recommend everyone Aloe Vera gel as the best natural moisturiser u can find. A dab of Aloe Vera gel as the last step topped with a good night sleep and you would wake up to see yourself as a gorgeous maiden side of you.
These are the homemade products I use at home and have seen wonders worked on my skin. In case you have any doubts please do let me know in the comments below and I will get back to you. Also, please do subscribe to my blog and share this post. Take care and be beautiful.

Korean skin care secrets.

Koreans have the best skin you can imagine. Their skin is radiant, glowing, fresh, pale, flawless and perfect as a dream. Korean skin secrets are one among the most searched on the internet. But if you ask a Korean all they say is that, there was never a secret. They give deep importance to their skin care routines and start it at a very young age. Taking care of their skin is even part of their culture.

There are many Korean products in the market that are being sold in the name of their skin care routine. The other prominent thing about their routine is the number. 10 step skin care routine, 15 step skin care routine. But the skin care is basically the same. They break down into detailed steps. That’s it. So here, I will tell you about how Koreans break normal skin care routines into detailed and more effective routine.
1. Cleansing:
Cleaning your make up, oils, dusts off your face is the basic purpose. Koreans break down this to different steps. They do an oil based cleanser to remove the makeup and then foam based cleanser to clean off the oil and a gel based cleanser to clean any residue left by the earlier cleansers or otherwise.
2. Exfoliating:
Removing the dead cells is another prominent step in any skin care routine. Koreans detail this as well. They do double exfoliating to make sure the youthful cells are on the outer. During the cleansing step the second foaming cleanser usually has smalls exfoliating beads in them which would help in removing the overall dead skin on the face. In this step they use a daily exfoliating cream to rub in every detail of the face to remove any dead cell remaining. After which they again use the gel base cleanser to remove any residue by the exfoliating cream. This step also has a massaging effect on the skin thereby promoting increased blood flow to the face.
3. Toning:
Toning is a multi tasking step. It again cleans the skin, balances the disturbed ph balance of the skin, reduces the pore sizes and hydrates the skin. Koreans usually recommend a hydrant tonner that will not dry your skin. But here I would make an exception here that if your skin is pimple or acne prone then a mild toner will not help. A strong tonner will do the job instead. Don’t worry about the drying part as the steps further will either easy look into that problem.
4. Serum:
The word serum sounds so chemical. But actually, it is just giving your skin what it needs. In other words, serum is the food to your skin. Serum is a ‘must have’ in a Korean skin care routine. They never skip this step. There are a million of serums available in market. Some for glow, some for pimple free, some for oily skin and many more categories of serums are available on the market. So before you buy a serum, you should be clear on what effect you want it to have on your skin.
My recommendation would be, to have a readymade simple serum for your day time routine and a homemade serum for your night time routine. Homemade skin serums are quite sticky so it’s best for night time routine only. Homemade serum recipes will be shared in my next ‘home made Korean skin care’ article
 5. Essence:
This is something that only Koreans do in their skin care routines. This step is absolutely optional, as serum serves all the purpose. But in simple words it’s dessert to your skin; something extra to pamper your skin. As I am a fan of natural products I would recommend a few natural products in my next article about ‘home made Korean skin care’. I personally recommend it during the night time routine because this step basically is helpful in repairing the skin so it is always the night time that best suits it.
6. Sun screen:
The secret to Koreans ever fair/ pale skin is sun screen. Use of sunscreens is mandatory for Koreans. They start using it from a very young age. Sun causes many skin problems and they know it well. They avoid sun as much as they can with full sleep dresses, umbrellas, hoodies, caps, hats, lotions and creams and what not.
Now, how to choose a sun screen lotion; just having a high SPF level doesn’t help you protect from the skin. SPF protects you from UBB rays they causes sun burn and skin skin cancer. But the UBA rays of the sun are what damage your skin by penetrating through our skin. Therefore, while buying a sunscreen lotion make sure to have PA+++( minimum 3 ‘+’, the more ‘+’ the better) on it to protect you from the UBA rays and the SPF ( higher the number the better) to protect you from the UBB rays . Also do buy a gel based lotion incase if you are oily skinned.
7. Masks:
This is another optional step used by Koreans to save a few above steps. At times when Koreans don’t have the time or have to multitask, they avoid the serum, essence step by placing a sheet mask instead that has it in it. These masks are thin sheets of paper soaked in all goodness of serums and essence and all the ingredients listed on its cover. You can totally avoid this if you follow the above steps individually.
8. Moisturizing:
This step, seals the deal. Like to bind all the papering you have done on your face, moisture helps the skin absorb in all the goodness deep into your skin to help it work its glow out. Again, oily skinned people would be recommended to have a gel based moisturizing cream to have the best results.

So, these are the steps they do everyday twice to look flawless.
Day time routine: 3 step cleansing, 1 or 2 step exfoliating, toning, day time light Serum, sun screen and moisturizing.
Night time routine: 3 step cleansing, 1 or 2 step exfoliating, toning, night time heavy serum, essence, sheet masks (optional), moisturizing.
I have been trying these steps for the past 1 month (both day time routine and the night time routine every day) and it worked wonders from the very 1st day. My pimples and acne stopped, my skin became more radiant and reflective and it became more bouncy. My skin is well hydrated and I have a fresh look almost every time. I use more of homemade products which I would be discussing with you in my next ‘home made Korean skin care’ article. 

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