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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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.

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.

Unearthed from India – Mandāra (Hibiscus)

Mandāra, also known as the China Rose/Hibiscus was induced into the large bottle of hair oil my grandmother sent to us every year. The bottle was huge and it lasted us for every season of the year. Thrice every week, I use this hair oil and comb my hair with a wooden comb. Then I use a shampoo and dry my hair. That’s it, that has been my hair care routine for more than 20 years. I love my hair.

Now I have been blessed with naturally thick and black hair, but I didn’t be good for a few years. I used some fancy shampoo’s, I skipped oiling my hair and I used heating tools. Obviously, this took a bad toll on my hair, so did I learn a lesson? Not quite. I started going for ‘hair spa’ treatments and my hair was falling further.

After I ton of mistakes I realised, that with hair care, you can’t do better than going natural (for the most part at least). I went back to grandma’s hair oil and ditched the heating tools. I felt like Rapunzel again. So the next time grandma came to town, I asked her to narrate her recipe while oiling my hair.

Ingredients:

  • 4 teaspoons each of – coconut oil, castor oil, olive oil.
  • 2 tablespoons of Fenugreek seeds.
  • 1-2 Mandāra flowers.
  • Pestle/Grinder

HibiscusRoast the fenugreek seeds in a frying pan till they turn a darker brown in color. Grind them using a pestle/grinder. You don’t need a powdery consistency, just make sure all the seeds are broken/cracked. Transfer these into a bowl and add the oils. Mix well.

Now throw away the stem of the Mandāra flowers add the rest of the flower into the bowl (break the petals while adding them). Boil this mixture well and wait for it to cool down a bit – you don’t want to burn your scalp. Strain the solids and transfer the oil into a bottle.

Applying this to your hair even once a week will do wonders to it. Leave it on for 1-2 hours before washing it off. Make sure your shampoo is not very harsh, while washing this off (I use The Body Shop Ginger Shampoo).

This is good to use in all seasons, especially winters. Make a huge bottle and store it in a cool dry place. Slightly warm it before every use (Do not boil it, just slightly warm it). This will not go bad so make as much as you wish. This will help with dry hair, promote hair growth, rid you of dandruff, roughness, dullness, hair fall – the list is endless.

Remember to let your hair air dry after washing, you can totally skip conditioner. This is the most inexpensive and simplest hair care routine you will need for amazing thick, long hair. This goes with all types of hair curly, straight, blonde or brunette. Thank my grandma later.

– M.

Unearthed from India – Jar of Turmeric

I want to be the first one to put my hand up and say, I have a problem with my body hair. My mom or aunt didn’t have it as bad as me, my grandmother didn’t have any at all and here I was, sitting like a chimp. I was such a terrible whiner when it came to my body hair, that my mom beamed at the idea that I try laser hair removal (More on that experience later).

Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved the effects – but it was awfully expensive. So I did what my mom should’ve done as soon as I was born. I went and asked my grandmother how she always had hair free skin. Her secret? A jar of turmeric in her bathroom.

So everyday, since she was 3, my grandmother used turmeric on her skin after soap. Yes, she made a paste with her water, put it all over her skin and washed it all off after a few minutes. Over the years, she lost any sign of body hair.

Since she started when she was 3, she was probably the only woman of that era who had skin like that at her wedding. Lucky her! Well I’m not that young, but I still started. It is almost the end of 2014, I do have slightly lesser body hair and glowing beautiful skin.

A few things to remember –

All you pale beauties out there, please make sure you wash off the turmeric properly. You don’t want it leaving a yellow tint. For those of you who have blonde body hair, this will work for you – give it a try! Turmeric is also has healing and anti-septic properties that will heal your skin and prevent most skin diseases.

Pro tip –

Try mixing milk and turmeric in your shower. The lactic acid in the milk acts as a gentle and natural exfoliant, further improving your skin.

Aryurvedic luxury should tickle your fancy. Give this a go beautiful.

– M.

New Beginnings

Unearthed Beauty is for every person out there who believes, that inside everybody, there is breathtaking beauty waiting to be found. I believe that beauty comes from the things around us and the purity within us.

This blog will cover everything from outer beauty like makeup or decor, to inner beauty, like meditation. I’m going to pour and blend every bit that has made my life healthier and happier. What I hope is to help you all.

– M.