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DIY vitamin c serum

Good bye Dull Skin!

Now one thing that will definitely work on a dull skin is VITAMIN C SERUM. I am a big fan of the same & trust me it has worked wonders for mine. Initially I was using Body Shop Vit C serum aka Vit C Facial Radiance Powder Mix . The bottle costed be Rs 1450 (23$ approx) and lasted only 10 days. Now if i have to buy it for a whole month then it means I have to shell out Rs 4350 or  $69 every month on a serum alone. Plus the amount of chemicals i was using on my face was huge.
So I decided to create my own Vit C serum which is great for skin, is natural and cost effective. If anyone of you have used the product above you will find that there is a tablet which needs to be dissolved in the liquid right before you start using the product. That tablet comprises of Vit C ingredients. They don’t do it in advance as Vit C loses its properties if kept for longer periods.  Hence, the product needs to be made in small batches for consumption for best use.

Now we all know that Vit C  can

  • Brighten & tighten the skin and hence is known as a potential ingredient for anti wrinkle & anti aging products
  • It increases collagen production in the skin & helps repair the skin too
  • It Reduces the effects of chlorine exposure and sun exposure

 

Just a word of caution

  • Do a patch test to see if you are not allergic or sensitive to acidic products. Since VitC is pretty acidic
  • Do not over use Vit C in the recipe

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tsp Vitamin C Powder
  • I tsp distilled water
  • 1 tsp 100% pure Vegetable glycerin
  • 1/8 tsp of Vitamin E oil
  • A dark colored Container to store since Vit C oxidizes very quickly.

Mix all of them together  until Vit C is completely dissolved and store it in the fridge. You can also do a PH test to see if the concentration is correct, the pH should be 3.5 approx. Don’t make batches for more than 5 days. I understand it gets too repetitive, but trust me its worth the effort. Start applying in the night and if you know Vit C suits you, you can apply the same twice, morning & evening.

Where to buy the ingredients from?

Radiant-Life-vitamin-C-tableVitamin C:   As we all know that most of the multivitamins available at the pharma are derived from genetically modified corn (GMO). So it becomes really important for us to select the right one. Also so called L ascorbic acid is only a part of the entire Vitamin C complex and it is also synthesised from corn Syrup. So we should ideally look for product which are 100% whole food based Vitamin C powder , which are free from additives. You can read more about the same here. Some brands that you can use are: Radiant Life, Nature’s Way, alive Vitamin C, Healthforce Natural Vitamin C Powder. Couldn’t find any brands with right ingredient in India. please leave a comment below in case you find one. ibhejo.com can arrange it for you though.

Vitamin E: It has to be chemically D-alpha tocopherol. Read more here. Brands you can purchase are Bio 3 Sg 268 mg – Capsule, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Limited,  Zenith Nutritious Vitamin-E, Health Aid Vitamin E 400iu (d-alpha Tocopherol), Nature’s Bounty E400Pure d-Alpha.

Vegetable Glycerin:  We should always look for a  non-GMO, USP grade, kosher certified, allergen free vegetable glycerin. Glycerin is produced from produced from plant oils, generally palm, soy, or coconut. It is highly hydrating & attracts moisture to skin. You can read more about it hereBrands you can look at are Now Vegetable Glycerin, this is outside product and hence it is so expensive in India. You can arrange the same from wholesale suppliers in India or write to me to help you find some…  as these are not getting sold at retail level here. Incase you find one such brand please let me know too.

Do let me know how did it work on your skin.

Love Loads! Shrads! XOXO!

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Diy Eye Cream

Hi Sweeties…

I love love love this recipe! Not just because of the fact that it is pretty simple to make but it is really effective. I am making this for the second time & simply love the way it works. So lets Start…

Ingredients

  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • Vitamin E Oil

Preparation, Instructions & Application

Mix both of them in equal quantities. If you are using capsule than puncture the same with a clean & sterilized needle or scissors. Just make small amounts and store it in a clean sterilized dark glass (30 ml) bottle. Apply it every morning & evening on a clean face while moisturizing. Use a clean Q-tip to apply it under the eyes & then the remaining part can be applied on the eye lid.

Where to buy  the Ingredients?

This is my favorite part, because I have to put a lot of effort in researching for these 100% organic items in India. you will find a lot of post but all of them from people outside the country, & then you keep wondering where to buy it from.

So all you need to do is go to a chemist shop and ask for Vitamin E Capsules

Please note that there are 2 kinds of vitamin E :  Capsule form or Pure Oil i.e. the good-for-your-skin type and the other is not-so-good-for-your-skin type (but decent enough to be absorbed by body). The ingredient in these capsules you need to look for is D-alpha tocopherol , this one is in its natural state & unchanged chemically. Don’t buy the one which says Dl alpha tocopherol because this is a synthetic form of vitamin E. Check this on the back of the capsules or  bottle where it lists the ingredients. Some brands you can buy are:  Bio 3 Sg 268 mg – Capsule, Health Aid Vitamin E 400iu (d-alpha Tocopherol), Nature’s Bounty E400Pure d-Alpha.

Coming to Primrose Evening Oil

The oil that you purchase should be raw, organic, unrefined & cold pressed. Now if you look at the brand -  Health Aid Evening Primrose you will find DI-alpha Vit E mixed with it, which is synthetically produced, So don’t by this. Where as Barlean’s Organic Oils Evening Primrose Oil , Soulflower Evening Primrose Oil 30 ml are good ones to prefer.

Benefits & Workings

  1.  Vitamin E – This is a life saver for not just one reason but many. It rescues us from dry & crusty skin, revitalizes wrinkled & old skin while nourishing young skin too.  Vitamin E is also a natural anti-oxidant that helps in revitalizing damaged collagen & skin discoloration, sun burn & fine lines.
  2. Evening Prim Rose Oil: This oil is rich in essential  gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) at 16%, contains Vitamin C in high amount and is Non comedogenic which means it does not clogs pores. Its acts as a powerful anti-aging agent that helps you keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay as it supports collagen and elastin structure.. It hydrates dry skin, repair skin cellular system and also helps in producing new skin cells. It helps in lightening dark circles under eyes and also has inflammatory properties due to presence of zinc content to reduce redness & treat rosacea, eczema etc. EPO also improves blood circulation and is perfect for pimples & blackheads problems.

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Green Tea diy Face wash

Hi Friends!!

Like you I have also  been using various face washes on my face, untill I got to know that all these ingredients used in our skin care products & cosmetics are really harmful. Find a list of them here.

So I decided to dump all these chemical based products & switch to my grand ma recipe of using gram flour(besan) which works better on my skin than any other face washes available in the market. I used to mix gram flour  with milk, cucumber juice, orange juice  etc or water to make it a lil liquidy & pasty before applying. And trust me it worked wonders every morning.

Then I came across OCM (Oil Cleansing Method) as one of the best methods based on the principle oil attracts oil. After doing a lot of research & reading recommendations from internet friends, I was ready to try the same. But still the thought of using oil directly on a dirty face makes me a little skeptical. So I decided to create a home made face wash before I use  OCM on my face to clean & hydrate at the same time. Plus guys don’t forget the fact that if you have to travel you cant carry gram flour all the time. On top of it What do you offer to your guest when they ask for a face wash. Embarrassing right! :)

So I decided to go for an organic facewash, which every second month created a hole in my pocket. And Every time i use to run over the ingredients of the same, i use to find loop holes like Base QS etc in forest essentials and other brands. So I decide to make my own recipe best suited for my combination & dull skin.

The recipe that I am going to create is based on green tea as a key ingredient. This will create lather & foam as your other face washes you have been using. But will be 100 times better for your skin. Green tea helps in reducing wrinkles & blemishes.

Ingredients

  • Cleansers
    • 1 tbsp. liquid castile soap
    • 2 tbsp. baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp. xantham gum or Guar gum (easily available in India)
    • 2 tbsp. witch hazel
  • Key Ingredient: 3/4 c. organic green(chamomile) loose tea steeped in distilled water
  • Base/Carrier Oil
    • 15 drops Rosehip oil
    • 1/4 tsp. vitamin E (or 1200 IU) or Sweet almond oil
  • Essential Oils
    • 6 drops peppermint essential oil
    • 8 drops lavender essential oil

    Or you can try the following depending on your skin type

    • Oily Skin: Antiseptic EO like tea tree, bergamot, geranium, or lemongrass.
    • Dry Skin: Mild EO like chamomile, sandalwood, lavender, or rose.
    • Mature Skin: lavender, neroli, jasmine, or geranium
  • Moisturizer : 2 tbsp. raw honey
  • Bottling: Any clean Pump or a squirt bottle

Preparation, Instructions & Application

Start with brewing a cup of chamomile(strong) tea  in distilled water and set cup aside to cool. Remember not to pour green tea while the water is boiling, rather add green tea after you have boiled distilled water. Mix the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl and add the brewed tea once it is completely cooled. Pour the mixture in a small squirt clean bottle or pump bottle.

Where to buy these ingredients?

Castile Soaps are not available in India, some site like Snapdeal & evitamins does import them, but you might have to pay a hefty amount of tax on them. So the best way is to ask any of you relative to get it from abroad. Some good brand are Dr Bronners, Kiss my face etc

Baking Soda: Use only Naturally mined sodium bicarbonate and the processed one. So Bob Millers or frontier are the options we should look at than Arm & Hammer. Read more about the difference here.

Xanthum gum: Bobs Red Mill provides Xanthum Gum, & here’s the best news. After a lot of research i found out that Gourmet India,  Zansaar, Healthyworld.in keeps them. While surfing if you don’t find them online you can request an order with them.

Gaur Gum: Buy it from any high end grocery store.

Carrier Oils & Essential Oils: You can buy all of them from either Kama, Forest Essential or Soulflower , Health 1st, Barleans Organic Oils

Honey: Various types of honey that you will find in the market with range from local, raw, 100% organic certified, flovaored etc. Now what does all these types of honey means and which one is the best for you, can be read here. But on a quicker note you need to buy 100% raw & organic honey. Some brands can be YS Eco Honey, 24 Letter Mantra – Organic Himalayan Multiflower Honey, Claridges Manuka HoneySociete Naturelle etc..

Benefits & Workings?

  • Castile soap is a luxuriant, gentle & extra liquid soap which is manufactured from certified organic materials & pure plant derivatives. It contain no harsh chemicals sudsing agents, additives, or colorants.
  • Baking Soda: It contains a lot of sodium and gets absorbed by skin, so if you are advised to reduce your sodium intake, please dont add this. Otherwise baking soda is known for its cleansing properties and has been used in the kitchen for ages. It is also known as a mild exfoliator for skin.
  • Gaur Gum: It is edible thickening agent extracted from guar beans. Because of it properties of forming gel in water it is widely used in cosmetic & food industry.
  • Xanthum Gum is an emulsifier or a thickener which helps ingredients like oil & water stay blended while waiting on shelf. It is obtained by fermenting corn sugar with a bacteria,Xanthomonas campestris.
  • Rest ingredient as we all know are moisturizing, cleansing, radical fighting etc… in case you need more details on them you can write to me

 

Let me know, if you tried it and how did it work for you. :) :) XOXO!

 

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Oil Cleansing Method

Hey friends!

I know you have been reading a lot about Oil Cleansing Methods & by now must have seen like 100s of Pins on pinterest about this. So let me help you demystify OCM for Indian Skin.

OCM is very effective for Indian Skin Too, however I personally prefer it doing in the night as my night care routine so that I don’t have to go in pollution even if some traces of oil are left on my skin. Plus I always prefer using a clean pillow cover every time I sleep.

Ingredients

It contains majorly three ingredients

  1. Base Oil: Your Base oil have-to have-to be Castor Oil. It is the most cleansing & highly antibacterial oil which is suitable for all skin types.
  2. Nourishing Oil (The second oil which you can use can completely depend on your skin type. these some of them you can try. please note if you are pregnant you might want to see which is the most suitable one for you.)
    • All Skin Types: Jojoba, Sweet Almond, Grapeseed, Sunflower, Tamanu
    • Oily Skin: Grapeseed, Jojoba, Hazelnut, Rice Bran
    • Dry Skin: Avacado, Apricot, Seasame, Wheat Germ,
    • Normal Skin: Apricot, Avacado, Sunflower, Camellia
    • Aging: Argan, Rosehip, Carrot, Emu
  3. Healing Essential Oil (these are optional & also depends on your skin type)
    • Oily Skin: Tea Tree, Lavender, Germanium, Rosewood, Neem
    • Dry Skin: Germanium, Lavender, Sandalwood

Don’t use Olive or Coconut Oil, because I have read maximum complaints about these ones only.

Preparation, Application & Instructions

The ratio in which the above oil needs to be mixed are:

  1. Oily Skin: 2/3 Castor Oil + 1/3 Carrier Oil +2-3 drops of Essential Oil
  2. Dry Skin: 1/3 Castor Oil + 2/3 Carrier Oil +2-3 drops of Essential Oil
  3. Normal Skin: 1/2 Castor Oil + 1/2 Carrier Oil +2-3 drops of Essential Oil

Once mixed together, Apply the same on your face, you dont need to clean dirt or makeup from face, but I prefer to clean the same with gramflour (besan) before applying it. Then gently massage the oil in circular motions all over the face for 2 mins. Let the oil sit on your face for 2 mins. Take a washcloth & dip the same in hot water for 10-15 sec. Squeeze the water out & then wipe your face with the same. Repeat cleaning 2-3 times.

Where to buy Ingredients?

In India You can buy all of them from either Kama, Forest Essential, Soulflower ,or Health 1st