Back to basics of Skin Care

Hello friend’s! Hopefully, from now onwards you already have known your unique skin type and must have started loving it too. But, you must be thinking “Then how can i take care of it?”. Don’t worry guys, i have bucket full of solutions for you straight from the laps of mother nature to take care of your skin and that too naturally.

Our skin is our body’s mirror. It reflects our eating habits, drinking habits, skincare roitine, etc. in short our whole lifestyle. We only need to make slight changes in it to get vibrant and healthy skin. Mainly:

1. Stay Hydrated

Drinking lots of water is extremely important for a healthy skin. Always try drinking 8-9 glasses of water a day. If it’s summer season even dehydrating is a good option. Just cut and add a cucumber, a lemon, some mint leaves, coriander leaves and any fruit of your choice like orange, pineapple, watermelon, etc into a water jar, refrigrate it and drink it throughout the day. All the above ingredients are natural, refreshing and help keep our body temperature cool. Drinking fruit juices is the best option to easily get all the vitamins, minerals for our skin. Add fresh soup in one of your meal as it great for body’s metabolism.

2. Eat Fresh

Just like drinking, eating good food also effects our skin. So, start eating fresh fruits, green vegetables, lots of green salads, fish & meat. Try eating freshly prepared food than stale refrigerated one. As, the goodness of vegetables is maximum in food which has just got down from the cooktop. Include dairy items in your daily diet like a glass of milk everday, yogurt, sometimes butter as all these items are rich sources of calcium, Vitamin D, protein, & other essential nutrients.

3. Sun Protection

The UV radiations coming from sun harm our skin badly, resulting in early ageing, visible fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and sometimes even cancer. So, wearing a sunscreen 15 minutes before stepping out is must. Which sunscreen to apply depends upon the climatic conditions of our country and our exposure to sun. It ranges from SPF 15, 30 to 50. We must always choose sunscreen according to our skin type. Try covering the body with a light coloured scarf as it absorbs less heat and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.

4. Choosing Products & Patch Test

Always choose products according to your skin type. As, this will let the your skin’s needed requirements get fulfilled rightly. Try checking out testers or buy small quantity/pack of the product you want to check-out for first time, this will let you know if it suits your skin or not. Most importantly never forget to do patch test of the products before using them on your skin as sometimes the ingredients of products may harm our the delicate skin resulting in blemishs, pimples & rashes.

5. Oiling

According to ayurveda oiling has a great impact on our skin, body and mind. In winters, skin tends to dehydrate fast due to prevailing cold, dry winds so, applying oil on body before taking bath works magic for skin. Do this atleast once a week to hydrate the lost moisture of skin. Also, try bathing/showering with luke warm water than too hot one.

6. Hygine

The more you keep the skin clean, and hygienic, the better it will start getting. It includes daily cleaning of body, face and sanitization of instruments of daily use like makeup brushes, tools, combs on regular basis to clean the disease causing bacterias. Even if we have any type of skin daily CTM(Cleansing, Toning, Moisturising) is of utmost importance. Following CTM routine twice a day is recommended. Below are listed some natural ingredients from our own kitchen to use:

1. Normal Skin

  • Cleanser: (Raw Milk)

—Take 2 tbsp of raw milk and dip a cotton ball in it.

–Dab the cotton gently into skin.

–Let it set for 10 minutes.

  • Toner: (Rose Water/ Cucumber Juice)

— After 10 minutes clean the skin with rose water/cucumber juice.

–Skin will turn baby soft.

  • Moisturiser( Aloe Vera Gel)

— Wait for 5 minutes for toner to set.

–Apply either fresh Aloe Vera Gel cut from Aloe leaf or chemical free Aloe Vera Gel as per availability.

–In few days, you will start feeling soft and healthy skin.

2. Dry Skin

  • Cleanser: (Honey, egg yolk, almond oil)

  • — Mix 1tbsp of honey, 1 egg yolk and few drops of almond oil in a bowl.

    –Apply the mixture on face and neck and let it get dry.

    –After 15 minutes rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry with clean towel.

    –Honey having antibacterial, antioxidant, moisturising properties when mixed with egg yolk which is rich in Vitamin A has hydrating, nourishing properties and almonds which is rich in antioxidants and vitamins. All work to nourish the dry skin.

    • Toner:(Rose Water)

    –It is such a magical thing. It work wonders for all skin types.

    –After 10 minutes clean the skin with rose water.

    –Skin will turn baby soft.

    • Moisturiser: (Aloe Vera Gel/ Coconut oil)

    –After 5 minutes apply aloe vera gel/ coconut oil to moisturise the dry skin.

    3. Oily Skin

    • Cleanser(Neem leaves)

    –Clean face regularly.

    –Keep neem leaves in a jar and store it.

    –Use that water to cleanse your skin first thing in the morning.

    –Neem has anti-aging, antioxidant, skin cleansing properties. It balances the oil.

    • Toner: (Rose water, Apple Cider Vinegar, plain water)

    –Add 1/3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in small quantity of rose water and 3-tbsp of plain water in a bowl.

    –Mix well and sprinkle it on skin.

    — It will soothen the skin.

    • Moisturiser: (Milk,olive oil)

    –Add few drops of milk in olive oil and mix well.

    –Apply on skin, it will work wonders.

    (TIP: Do not wash face more than twice a day, as it will take cause extra oil secretion).

    4. Combination Skin

    • Cleanser: (Raw milk)

    –Raw milk will cleanse both dry and oily area of your skin well.

    • Toner: ( Rose water)

    –Rose water will do wonder for you.

    –Dap it with cotton onto your skin daily.

    • Moisturiser: (Aloe vera gel)

    –Natural properties of aloe vera gel absorbs excess oil, durt and sebum from skin leaving it moisturized.

    –Apply it over your face as moisturiser.

    7. Stay Happy Always

    When person is happy his skin will also react accordingly. Skin will also get glowing, radiant, and healthy too. So, always stay happy, smile a lot, and don’t take stress. Ever our skin needs rest to rejuvenate itself. So, guys back to basics as they say ‘Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise’ should i add 1 more ‘makes our skin healthy too’. Start taking atleast 7-8 hours of sleep daily. Go out for some activity, do some exercise, yoga, meditation, swimming, running or any game you love playing. It will help you stay young & active and will also help your skin stay hydrated and healthy too. So, start smiling, taking life easy, and love yourself.

    So, now we have moved a step forward by starting taking care of ourselves and our skin and ‘GET NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL’

    Hope you loved this post. Waiting to hear what worked for you. Do comment and let me know.

    Knowing your Skin Type

    Hey friend’s!! Hopefully, all of you must have started loving your skin. As, now you already know how important is our skin to us. Today, let’s take a step forward and know “What actually is your skin type & How to take care of it?”

    All of us are blessed with a certain skin type. The skin type depends upon many factors such as the water consistently of our skin which determines it’s elasticity and comfort, oil level which effects it’s softness and senstivity level. Understanding our skin type will give us an idea of how to treat it. Interestingly, our own skin changes with time as we grow old. Thus, it requires special attention to take care of it as early as possible. So, let’s find out our skin type and ways to keep it healthy and nourished always.

    There are basically five Skin types:

    1. Normal Skin

    2. Dry Skin

    3. Oily Skin

    4. Combination Skin

    5. Allergic Skin or Sensitive Skin

    1. Normal Skin

    • This type of skin is well balanced, neither too oily, nor too dry.
    • It has healthy colour and is smooth and soft on touching.
    • It has good muscle tone and is firm.
    • Certain times pimples occur.
    • Have tight pores and skin has translucent glow.

    CARE

    • Try keeping your skin clean.
    • Basic skin care routine must involve cleansing, toning and moisturizing twice a day.

    (TIP: You can use milk as cleanser, rose water as toner and aloe vera gel as moisturizer)

    • Exfoliating once a week keeps cell turnover healthy.
    • Sun protection is must for summers.
    • Drink atleast 8-9 glasses of water everyday.
    • Regular exercise or yoga is must.

    WHAT TO AVOID

    • Normal skin tends to get dryer with growing age. So, early care is extremely necessary.

    2. Dry skin

    • This type of skin looks dry, dull due to under-secretion of sebum(skin’s natural oil) from the sebaceous glands.
    • The lack of moisture causes the skin to become dehydrated.
    • Mostly fine lines occur around the eyes and mouth.
    • The skin is rough and flaky around nose and cheeks.
    • Skin looses elasticity slowly with age.

    CARE

    • Glycerine is your new best friend.
    • CTM twice a day is must for this skin type too.

    (TIP: You can use milk for cleansing, rose water as toner and coconut oil as moisturiser)

    • In winters use oil base moisturiser before makeup.
    • Ocassionally, use papaya juice with few drops of raw milk for cleansing.
    • Air makes dry skin get more dryer so always moisturise your skin.
    • Avoid excessive drinking of tea or coffee as it dries out the skin.
    • Drinking 8-9 glasses of water a day is extremely important for you skin.
    • Drink juices and eat lots of green vegetables to make your skin healthy.

    WHAT TO AVOID

    • Alcohol and sulfate based products.
    • Avoid extremely hot water for bathing/showering.
    • Avoid being in hot climatic conditions.

    3. Oily Skin

    • This type of skin is sticky and thick so has tendency to develop open pores, pimples, blackheads, etc.
    • Skin becomes shiny due to excessive production of sebum(natural oil of skin) which prevents the pores from closing.
    • Blemishes occur mainly around nose and chin.

    CARE

    • Can use medicated cleanser without oil base on neck, forehead, & nose.
    • Clean your face atleast 2-3 times a day.
    • Drinking lots of water is must.
    • Always apply skin lotion on T-Zone(nose, chin, forehead) before makeup.
    • Daily drink warm water with lemon juice first thing in morning.
    • Use light-weight moisturiser.

    WHAT TO AVOID

    • Avoid spicy and junk-food.
    • Also avoid tea, cofee and sweets.
    • Avoid harsh cleansers.
    • Try staying away from thick, heavy cosmetics that clogs the pores.
    • Avoid alcohol based products.

    4.Combination Skin

    • This type of skin is very common and not easy to treat.
    • You have oily T-Zone with open pores and slight oilness in theses areas.
    • Mostly prone to spots, blackheads and clogged pores.
    • The throat, cheeks and eye areas are very dry.
    • Avoid spices, junk-food.

    CARE

    • Choose skin care carefully.
    • Use different products for T-Zone which is oily and other for face area which is dry.
    • Having oily T-zone use lemon and for dry skin use glycerine.
    • Keep your skin clean on regular basis.
    • Maintaining skin’s balance is utmost important.
    • Never forget to follow CTM routine.

    (TIP: For T-Zone which is oily use lemon mixed with honey & cleanse that area and for face area which is dry use papaya juice to cleanse it).

    WHAT TO AVOID

    • Avoid alcohol based products.

    5.Allergic Skin or Sensitive Skin

    • This skin is very sensitive to cold, heat and wind.
    • This skin has broken capillaries on sides of nose and cheek.
    • It shows great tendency of rashes after any treatment.

    CARE

    • Always apply sunscreen to avoid sunburns.
    • Drink lots of water.
    • Try using gentle skincare products.
    • Best to stick to natural ingredients as much as possible.
    • A 24-hour patch test is must before applying an new thing on your skin.
    • Always follow CTM routine

    (TIP: Use coconut oil as moisturiser)

    WHAT TO AVOID

    • Avoid using new products very frequently.
    • Avoid products with lots of synthetic fragrances, harsh chemicals.

    Now, when you have figured out your skin type. So, guys start taking the extra care required to get that healthy and vibrant skin you always desired for. Surely, from now onwards you will start loving your unique skin and yourself. Also, you will not forget to religiously follow CTM(Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing) technique according to your skin types to ‘GET NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL‘.

    Understanding your Skin

    Hey friend’s!! Today, i am excited to help you identify your skin type and figure out some of the best possible ways to care for your fabulous skin!

    As we know when it comes to beauty and skincare, you should be using products formulated for your skin type only. Skincare is not one-size-fit for all of us. So, it’s important to know what type of skin we are blessed with as to get the most out of your skincare routine. It is extremely important to understand ‘What is our skin made up of?’ to better understand our skin type.

    SKIN

    Skin is the most important part of our body. Its major job is protecting the body, so it is tough and stretchy. The Healthy skin which we all desire for is soft, flexible, acidic, slightly moist and free from any blemish and disease.

    There are mainly three layers of skin:

    a) Epidermis

    b) Dermis

    c) Hypodermis or Subcutaneous layer

    a) Epidermis

    • It is the uppermost layer of our skin, the part of skin we see.
    • It varies in thickness in different areas, eg. thickest on palms of hand and soles of feet, but thin and delicate on eyelids.
    • Most diseases of skin are highlighted on this layer eg. pimples.
    • This layer is incharge of making new skin cells.
    • Giving skin it’s color.
    • Protecting our body.

    b) Dermis

    • It is inner layer of our skin. A lot happens in this layer.
    • It is thinner layer of our skin.
    • Also known as, “True Skin”.
    • It is flexible, elastic and tough.
    • Cells that die in this layer are reflected on epidermis (the visible skin) making face looking dull.
    • That’s why, our skin needs to be cleaned thoroughly atleast once a month.

    (TIP: Add a pinch of table salt, gram floor in raw papaya and apply on the skin. Keep it for 15-20 minutes and rinse is off with warm water. You will see the visible results).

    • Nerve endings in the dermis send signals to your brain, so you know how something feels if it hurts.
    • Actual hair growth takes places in this layer.
    • Dermis has two types of Glands:
    1. Sweat producing Glands : There are little pockets called sweat glands in the dermis. They help normalize our body temperature.
    2. Oil producing Glands: Another type of little pockets makes oil. This oil keeps your skin soft, smooth and waterproof by spreading oil over the surface. Area which lacks oil becomes dry. Sometimes the glands make too much oil forming bacteria resulting in you pimples.

    c) Subcutaneous Layer:

    • The bottom layer of skin.
    • This layer has a special connecting tissue that attaches the dermis to your muscles and bones.
    • It provides contour and smoothness to the body.
    • It acts as insulating layer.
    • The outer layer is cushioned by it.
    • Hair follicles are rooted in this layer.

    So, now when you know the different layers and its uses. Start loving your skin girls. And always keep this in mind that ‘How important it is to take care of yourself and your skin to GET NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL’.

    Will bring more such helpful content. Till then don’t forget to religiously follow the natural CTM(Cleansing, Toning & Moisturizing) technique shared earlier. 

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    Natural Cleanser, Toner and Moisturizer for every skin type!

    Having a beautiful, clean & glowing skin is every women’s dream, but studies have revealed that this is Rosedifficult to achieve in today’s busy lives where one has minimal time and even products which are available in market are full of chemicals such as parabens, sulphates and are priced heavily. But what if, i tell you that you still have a solution which is easy to use, natural, affordable and works wonder for your skin. Here we get our own CTM(Cleanser, Toner and Moisturizer) made out of some daily used ingredients from our kitchen cabinets. So, go ahead and grab these natural ingredients to GET NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL.

    Cleansing

    Skin is the largest organ of your body, its cleanliness is the first step to achieve glowing skin. It helps to clean durt, oil or any type of impurties from your skin. Below are some homemade cleansers that are affordable and work wonder on skin:

    1. Milk

    Milk is the best natural cleanser available. It is full of lactic acid that helps to clean the dead skin cells also, milk protein and fat present in it softens the skin. Take small amount of milk in a bowl and dip a cotton ball into it. Now, dab the cotton ball into your skin gently. You will get clean, soft and supple skin.

    2. Honey

    Raw honey is amazing for cleansing your skin naturally and hydrating it too. Mix half a tablespoon of honey and water to thin it and apply it on your face, after 15 minutes clean it with warm water. This will reduce oil secretion and result in smooth skin.

    3.Oatmeal

    Oatmeal is not only great for breakfast but also, best natural cleanser for your skin. It acts as a natural exfoliater. Simply grind 1/4 cup whole oats and keep it in an air tight cointainer. To use it mix a little amount of oats powder with water or oil and massage it into your skin. After few minutes wash with warm water and pat dry with towel.

    Toning

    is the second step to get beautiful skin. It removes the excess oil and tightens the pores by shrinking them. You simply have to apply it on skin, leave it for few minutes and rinse it off.

    1. Rose Water
    Rose is not only great for its mesmerizing fragrance, it is also used as astringent. Rose water is best toner to use with camphor. Camphor is an amazing natural ingredient that has been used for decades for skin and hair care. Add a camphor to rose water and keep it in a bottle. Take a cotton ball and dab the solution directly on your skin. It will keep your face oil free, smooth and glowing. The best part, it needs not to be rinsed off.

    2. Cucumber

    Cucumber is full of mild, cooling and moisturizing properties. Using cucumber juice or its pulp makes your skin supple. It is effective for all skin types including senstive, dry or even acne prone skin by transforming it into healthy and glowing skin. Simply cut thin slices of refrigerated cucumber and gently apply on the skin. Keep it for 15-20 minutes. Wash your face with warm water followed by cold water to feel that vibrant glow.

    3. Mint leaves

    Take a few strands of mint leaves. Put them in hot water. Let the mixture to cool down and then take a cotton swab and wipe your face. It will refresh your face.

    Moisturizer

    The third and most important step is to moisturizer the skin. Moisturizing helps to seal the natural oils of the skin and acts as a barrier between the skin and the environment. Note atleast 1 minute gap is necessary between toner and moisturizer as this will let toner to penetrate in the skin.

    1. Aloe Vera Gel

    Aloe vera plant is store house of water with 99.9% water and 0.5 % combination of mucopolysaccharides, chlorine and chlorine salicylate which shields skin by creating thin, protective film and has anti-inflammatory properties. Extract aloe vera gel by spliting aloe leaf vertically witba sharp knife, scrape the translucent gel carefully and store it in a sealed jar to avoid oxidation. Use this gel directly on your face and get a smooth glowing skin.

    2. Glycerine

    Glycerine is the best moisturiser as it helps your skin absorb the moisture from air. That is why it is present in almost every skin care product. It is simple mess-free moisturiser. Simply apply it on you face.

    3. Avocados

    This friut has many nutrients, vitamins and minerals. To apply it take the inside of an avocado peel and massage it into your face. Leave it for 15-20 minutes and rinse it off with warm water and pat dry with towel.

    So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and flaunt your smooth and spot-less skin. As, now you have your own home made CTM natural products use them my lovely reader’s and enjoy the fruits. But make sure you have patience to extract the benifits as these natural ingredients will not only refreshen your skin from outside but, nurishes at the grass root level of skin also.

    Hope you love this post. Waiting to hear, what worked best for you!!

    A New Beginning

    Hey everyone,

    I am shipra khajuria,

    I am a fashion blogger who loves to explore different ways to care for oneself by using the treasure of mother nature which is full of gifts and still being 100% natural and without any side effects,the best part is it takes less than a minute. So, friends let’s get started in this exciting journey to ‘GET NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL’.