Skin Series: Current Skincare & New Changes

Advice to my 16 year old self – Your skin will get better, take a deep breath.

Like I said before, my skin was really problematic and I had a tough time getting through the day with all the acne on my face. Especially when I was 16 years old or so, my skin was a complete wreck and people of that age never wore makeup in India – neither did I. I went to school looking like that everyday and it really took a toll on my confidence.

It was only during my 2nd year of college that I started understanding how to take care of my skin. I’ve learned a lot from then and I’ve come up with a routine that my skin likes. So, here’s what I do:

I first wash my hands with soap and water before even touching my face. I then splash some warm water on my skin so loosen all the grim and dirt. Then I take a tiny portion of my Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective White Skin Brightening Exfoliator and exfoliate my face in circular motions. Then I follow up with The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash (I usually exfoliate only at night – in the morning, I only use the face wash).

I PAT my skin dry. Then use toner on my face with a cotton ball. After this, I take my Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective White Deep Moisture Clarifying Cream or Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate and pat this on my skin. I don’t rub the moisturzer – I just spread it on my hands and pat in on my face.

Lastly, I use Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1. When it comes to face masks, I use the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque atleast 3 times a week.

I know that for a person who believes in holistic approaches, I use a lot of chemical products on my skin, but I’m working towards how I want to treat my skin using all natural products. This has been my skin care routine for the past 8 months. It has really helped keep my skin calm.

Please note that these did NOT clear up my skin. The Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing System is what actually worked to clear my skin. The products mentioned above only helped keep my skin calm and not bring back the acne, along with getting rid of my scars. 

HOWEVER,

honeyI’m still not completely satisfied with this routine. I want to take another go at natural skincare. I’m going to gradually try and move into it this time.
So, first I’m going to ditch my face wash and go for Raw Honey instead. I’m going to do this for the next 3 months and see how it works. Meanwhile, I still will review the products in my current routine along with updates on going natural!

A few things that really gave a boost to healing my skin were:

1. Drinking green tea.
2. Using clean sheets, pillow cases, comforters and towels. I change my sheets and pillow cases, once every 3 days. I change towels on alternate days.
3. Cleaning the containers of all the products I use. I take a tablespoon of Dettol Antiseptic Liquid and mix it in a glass of water. I use this water with a tissue paper to clean my moisturiser container, face wash bottle and every other skincare product container I use.
4. I refrain from touching my face after using moisturiser. I also keep my phone away from my skin
5. If I ever do have to touch my face, I was my hands before I doing it.

I know all this sounds quite obsessive, but if you have problematic skin, you all can understand how much we don’t want to go back there, I don’t want any bacteria touching my face and infecting clogged pores (this is why pimples are caused – in one sentence). If you can suggest a routine that keeps the skin sane, please do so in the comments. It would really be great to know what worked for your guys. Stay Beautiful!

– M.

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“Slap her”: children’s reactions. Was this good or bad?

First, I need everyone to watch this.

Now, I just went like, ‘Awh’ and put my hand over my heart in content. But then, I read this:

http://rebeccahains.com/2015/01/06/slap-her-fanpage-it-video-objectifies-girls-exploits-boys-and-trivializes-domestic-violence/

I do understand where Rebecca is coming from, but I have a few things to say before I agree with her.

1. These are little boys aged below 11. The focus here is on showing their reaction to the thought of slapping the girl.

2. This is a video which has been shot, cut, edited and put together (leading to point 3) to get across a beautiful message.

3. Martina, beautiful Martina, might have already been informed that the boys are going to touch her and maybe even slap her. They wouldn’t just get a girl on the street and throw her on frame. She’s probably only there because she’s okay with all of this.

4. The boys were also obviously informed to listen to the voice behind the camera and answer his questions and do as he says. Again, they weren’t dragged from the street, obviously.

5. Besides saying that ‘real men don’t do it’, which I support – just like I support that ‘ladies don’t raise their hands on anybody’… some boys also said ‘because jesus doesn’t want us to hit others‘, ‘because I don’t want to hurt her‘, etc.

Rebecca Hains, says that the boys were asked to point out what they like about her and they only pointed out physical attributes. They’re 11, so they’re just going say what they liked when they saw her. We can’t expect little children to say ‘I like what a beautiful soul she has and how her heart understands the difference between easy and right.’ Also, there could’ve been a female homeless person in Martina’s place, a completely different looking girl, a big woman, a tiny girl baby, a tough looking girl, a goth girl, a mannequin of a woman… whatever, the boys still wouldn’t hurt her.

Martina not being highlighted here is hardly an issue. And these boys will learn, at the right age, that you caress a women out of affection that she has reciprocated in some way. These boys also will NOT run around caressing random women without consent. They were asked to follow the voice, they didn’t come up with these things themselves. We all know how these video-things work, right?

I love how they say ‘because jesus doesn’t want us to hit others‘, ‘because I don’t want to hurt her‘, etc. These are signs of true men who will grow up and say ‘I’m not going to hurt OTHERS because it is wrong.’, ‘I’m against violence with any sex, period.’ (he doesn’t say I’m against violence with women) and I’m not going to hurt her… not only by not slapping her but also in any other way. These are the boys that know violence hurts, and is wrong, and is not what faith wants us to do – even if a voice tells us to do it.

Lastly, her real men argument? Here is what I have to say. The men who hit will learn nothing from this video. But this is for a parent to show their sons, that they should grow up with the same thoughts as these boys. This is for a boyfriend may understand that he was once the boy who would’ve reacted the exact same way.

The men who think being abusive is power..? This video is not going to cure them even if they knew more about Martina, or even if the boy didn’t say ‘because I am a real man.’ Expecting that this is for abusive men is foolishness.

And Rebecca Hains shouldn’t ridicule Fanpage.it for using this video to attract views. There are a million other sites, that take really demeaning images or videos (Sam Pepper WTH?!) that deserve critiques like you.

Maybe try and ban porn or something? Or tell AXE deodorants that women don’t come running for their scent. Or use your time to target this issue in a way you think is right. Tell ‘real men’ why they shouldn’t abuse. What are you going to get by criticising this video? Nothing but negativity. Stop telling Fanpage.it not to make such videos. Please Rebecca Hains, you can do better than shunning a sweet marketing attempt.

I don’t know what Fanpage.it was thinking when they shot this. But they certainly weren’t thinking, lets ‘objectify a girl, exploit some boys and trivialise domestic violence.’ So I don’t find them sick or pathetic. I think they’re perfectly okay. And those boys are beautiful and blessed, I do not feel sorry for them one bit.

– M.

Also, here are a few more sweet ‘marketing attempts’ that other companies have tried, and I like. Enjoy 🙂

Skin Series: How’s that skin doing?

As much as would love my skin to adapt itself to the holistic treatments I’ve been pushing on it, everything doesn’t really go my way. When it comes to skincare, I do try natural products now and again, just to see if my skin is ready. I’ve yet to discover if I’m doing it right or if I’m being too impatient and when I do, I will go all natural with my skin. I still believe that your skin should take as less chemicals as possible, but I also want to keep my skin sane.

Skincare 2For now, I’ll have to try what works. I’ve experimented with a horrendous variety of products on my skin before I found something that didn’t make me go cray! Today, I’m going to list out all the products that work for my skin and do a review of each of these over the next few weeks.

If you know of any products that, you think, will work for my skin type, do comment below and let me know – I will purchase them and do a review.

Before I get into this, you should all know a little about my skin type. I have combination-oily, sensitive, acne prone, skin – My acne leaves highly-visible scars very easily on my skin, probably because my skin tone is very fair. If I do not moisturise well, the area around my mouth and forehead look dry and flaky and the rest of my skin looks super oily/shiny. That sums it all up, now lets get into the products.

Products I use:

Face Washes: Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective White Skin Brightening Exfoliator, The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash.

Moisturisers: Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective White Deep Moisture Clarifying Cream.

Face Masks: Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque.

Lip Balms: Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1.

I know, most of these products are from Kiehl’s, but this post is NOT sponsored. I wish Kiehl’s had really sent me all these products to try, but they didn’t do that. I bought them all with my money only.

My acne drastically came down even before I started using these products. That is because of the Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing System. This really helped clear up my skin and I’m grateful to these products. The reason I stopped using this system was because it really dried up my skin – causing it to produce more oil to compensate. But I only stopped using it after my acne was controlled.

Once my acne was under control (I only broke out during my cycle), I switched to try the Kiehl’s products to heal my dry patches and keep the oiliness at bay. It took almost 5 months for my skin to look normal. My only concern at present is my acne scars and I use products that combat those. Otherwise, I’m happy that my skin is good now.

Oh! I also use a toner – Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar + Water in a 1:2 ratio.

I still do not have perfect skin, but I’ve come from full coverage to minimal makeup and that is quite an achievement for me. These products have worked for me, but everyone has different skin. I do recommend using the above products, but I do not guarantee any results. 

I will do more detailed reviews on the products and my skin journey in the next few weeks. Stay Beautiful!

– M.

The Elegance in White.

I’ve constantly been obsessed with white home decor. I think there is an untold elegance that the color adds to our homes. I know it is a little hard to maintain, but I’m extra careful with beautiful things. I believe that your home is a place that you should love to go back to or love to stay back in. It should be a extension of what you want to feel. To me, feeling peaceful is calm is very important – so that is what my house reflects. Here are a few pictures I was inspired by when I was decorating my house.

White 5

White 2

White 10

White 4 White 8 White 6

Please note that these aren’t pictures of my home. These only helped my decorate my home the way I like it. A beautiful home changes a lot in your life. Little things like flower vases or scented candles can instantly change your mood. Promote peace, try a little white.

– M.

Liquid Gold – Apple Cider Vinegar

I’m just going to get straight to it and say my scalp had some serious issue with dandruff. For those of you who think dandruff is caused by a dry scalp – wrong! Dandruff is caused by a type of fungus called Malassezia globosa. Gross, I know.

My grandma’s miracle hair oil did keep my hair safe and away from dandruff for quite a long time. But this winter, my scalp got too dry, I was travelling and my hair went ballistic. My hair was greasy in less than 24 hours after a wash (which made me feel like washing it everyday) and my dandruff was really visible (which was just next level embarrassing).

Braggs ACVAfter I came back from vacation, I had to quickly get rid of this problem because a New Year party was just around the corner and I was NOT wearing my LBD with that much dandruff (it was really bad!). I had exactly 4 days to kill this issue. So I added a tea spoon of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar to my miracle oil and used it every other day, followed by a hair rinse. And my dandruff was gone. Poof!

Process:

1. Mix ACV in your hair oil and use it on your scalp. Let the hair oil sit for about 2-4 hours before you wash it off using a gentle shampoo. Be sure to really clean you hair without leaving any trace of the oil behind. Rinse the shampoo.

2. Take about 1 litre of water and mix 2 cups of Apple Cider Vinegar in it. Then rinse your freshly washed scalp and hair with this water. Be sure to close your eyes because it will sting if this gets into your eyes. Do not wash your hair with water or shampoo after the rinse. Let your hair air dry – don’t worry, your hair will look extra silky-smooth and the smell of the ACV will fade.

Results after two washes – Huge reduction in dandruff. YAY! Your dandruff should be gone in about a month!

Remember to wash your hair every other day. Washing it every day will dry your scalp too much. After a month, use this treatment once every week and then reduce the frequency to once every two weeks. This will definitely keep any dandruff at bay. Do not use any heating tools/chemicals on your scalp while working on your dandruff. Your hair-dryer is your worst enemy at this point, let your hair air dry. If you are using a hair straightener, keep it far away from your scalp (at least 5 inches away). Also remember to use raw, organic apple cider vinegar for fastest/best results.

Want to say thank you? It has been my pleasure.

– M.