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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What if there’s more?

Well I’d like to think I’m curious and imaginative, but you can go on and ignore this if my thoughts don’t amuse you. Every once in a while, I stumble upon the other side of YouTube. One side has Michelle Phan and Ellen DeGeneres, whilst the other side has scientific discoveries, possibilities, theories and rumours.

I think we’ve all lived long enough to know that nothing is impossible. All these days, I thought there may be another planet somewhere, where life like ours would exist. Where humans lived (completely differently maybe, but still lived all the same).

Today, I came across a fact that we’ve only explored 5% of the water bodies on planet earth. This got me thinking – What if there we more than fishes under water? What if there we people like us, living deep inside the ocean. What if sharks were to them, what lions are to us? Maybe they can’t survive under this pressure, just like we can’t take the ocean’s pressure.

Go on, you can say there are bigger problems and I’m a nut to waste my time. But I don’t mind letting my mind wander a little. This article does not translate to me wishing to throw myself into research on the deep sea. But I’d rather think of life under the sea, than war or religion. Gives me peace and satisfies my cray!

What do you think is waiting to be unearthed? Wander a little.

– 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.