Autumn Tips for Skin Care

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Autumn may signal the change of weather but it also signals another change we must do, a change in our skin care routine. The air is turning dry and sun no longer as harsh as it was. Follow these simple tips to ensure your skin is ready to face the weather coming round the corner.

Moisturize

If your skin starts to feel dry or de-hydrated, try using creamier moisturizers.  A richer night cream with Kokum or mango butter can help give your skin a soft texture. Depending on your skin type, go for a facial serum containing jojoba oil or sweet almond oil to rejuvenate the skin in these months

Exfoliate

Its important to exfoliate regularly to remove the dead skin cells and keep the skin healthy and fresh. Don’t use chemical laden exfoliants which also strip the skin of moisture. You can use home based scrubs like besan or ubtan or you can go for a scrub mask.

Watch the water temperature

While a nice long bath with warm water will look increasingly enticing, but it can strip away oil from your skin leaving it parched and dry. Apply a good bath oil like Coconut Oil or Til Oil to help keep the skin soft and supple.

Choose the right soap

Choose a soap which does not strip away all the oil from the skin. If your skin feels stretched or dry after bath, consider moving to a hand made soap which helps the skin retain moisture and oil balance.

Most conventional ‘soaps’ on the market are not really soap but are either made with detergents or blends of detergents and real soap.  Most small hand crafters make real soap.  Many (but not all) large companies remove glycerin from soaps (since they can make more money selling it as a raw ingredient).  Small hand crafters do not remove glycerin from their soaps.

Drink plenty of water

Just because the days are cooler does not mean you can let up on your water intake. Be sure to drink at least eight glasses of water to help keep your skin hydrated.

Enjoy the adrak chai  and coffee latte in the new weather.

Kaolin Clay for face mask

Hi Girls, You know Kaolin Clay is a very fine clay and is one of the most gentle clays. Since it does not draw too much oil, it is suitable for people with dry or sensitive skin. It is mildly exfoliating and makes the skin soft. Just getting my hands on this clay and will be using it to make face masks soon. So stay tuned 🙂
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Neem Haldi Tulsi Soap

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Hi Ladies,

Last week was really hectic so could not tell you all about this. Recently made this amazing, dark & handsome soap with freshly crushed Neem leaves, Cold Pressed Neem Oil and essential Oil of Basil or Tulsi. Perrrrfect for this humid monsoon season starting up. All these ingredients are considered good for the skin and have anti-bacterial properties.

And to top it all, it has crushed walnut powder to give the skin a mild scrub.

Now these soaps are cut and curing on my soap rack. Since I make only small batches, it happens that by the time the word goes out, the batch is close to finishing. So if you like it, pre-book it now. I will be shipping them starting 24th June.

Enjoy the rains.

Get Monsoon Ready Skin

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The monsoons are not far off and very soon the hot dry air will be replaced by …. (drum rolls) hot humid air.

High levels of humidity take a toll on our skin. Because of the heat, Skin works in overdrive to produce more sweat & cool the body but it also attracts more dust and grime. When the skin is wet and sweaty, it is very easy to suffer skin damage when we venture out in the sun. Humidity, dust and oily skin also mean a fertile ground for bacteria to flourish. This can lead to blocked pores, acne or rashes.

Skin care during the rainy season does not mean just sitting in air-conditioners and not stepping out. (I won’t mind it thoughJ) Rather, natural recipes to support the skin can make a world of difference and keep us looking and feeling fresh and glowing.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind during these monsoons.

  1. Keep the skin hydrated by drinking adequate amount of water. Instead of sugary/fizzy drinks, go for natural traditional drinks like sweet lime or shikanji, honey & lemon, freshly pressed fruit & vegetable juices, sweet lassi or masala chaas.
  2. Use a mild soap to keep the skin clean without affecting the sebum balance of the skin. Remember that sebum fights off the bacteria build-up on the skin and stripping it away with harsh soaps can be counterproductive.
  3. Go for minimal makeup. Always remove the makeup as soon as possible to let the skin breath.
  4. Applying light oil like sesame oil after bathing helps lock the moisture and also keeps the skin free from bacteria. It is an old and beneficial practice but many don’t do it thinking its not fashionable enough for them 😛

Here’s wishing a bountiful monsoon with lots of fun & frolic and glowing, radiant skin to match.

Stay natural, stay beautiful.

Exquisite Ingredients give excellent results

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The handmade soaps that I make have ingredients which have known benefits for skin and have been used for skin care since a long time. They are so good for the skin that you can directly use them as massage oils.

Coconut Oil keeps the skin nourished and soft. It also has anti-aging properties and protects the skin from harmful effects of the Sun. Have a look at how many ways you can use coconut oil here

Castor oil has been used for centuries for its anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties. It is one of the most widely used ingredients in cosmetics, soaps, massage oils etc. Castor oil is an excellent emollient for the facial skin

Olive Oil is loaded with antioxidants and nutrition. Olive oil can also help repair skin damage from sun exposure, cigarette smoke and pollutants.  Using it as a massage oil in winters can keep your skin soft and supple.

Commercial soaps contain so many chemicals; I don’t think any manufacturer will ever recommend putting the ingredients directly on skin 😉

Coffee Soap

Hi Girls,

Check out this unscented coffee soap batch that I just made. Now it is off to sleep for four weeks so that it turns into a mild soap which leaves the skin soft and naturally moisturized. Awesomeness of Castor Oil, Coconut Oil and Rice bran oil too in this cold process soap.

Leave the chemicals aside and let the natural beauty come out.
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Goodness in a bar

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Turn your bath into a Spa experience with this hand crafted bar of soap. This Soap bar is made from pure oils of Castor, Coconut, Rice Bran and with an exotic mix of essential oils of Basil, Lime and Orange.

Made using Cold Process method means this bar is very mild and amazing for the skin. It is aged for four weeks to ensure you get a great bar with richness and goodness of the oils locked in.

Castor oil is used to Super-fat this bar and makes the skin supple and soft.

The essential oils of Basil, Lime and Orange add a heady and exotic fragrance to the soap. It is uplifting and turns the bath into a spa experience.

Basil Essential Oil is an astringent and has a relaxing effect.

Lime Essential Oil is refreshing and Stimulating. It is great for the summer weather ahead and is anti-bacterial as well.

Orange Essential Oil uplifts the mood and is energizing.

Dont take my word for it, experience it yourself 🙂

 

Elixir for the skin

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Coconut oil is really good for the skin. There are so many ways in which one can use coconut oil besides the good old champi of the head.

  1. Use it as a Moisturizer during the dry winter months.
  2. Massage with coconut oil is great not only for relaxing but also gives great benefits to the skin.
  3. Soften your heels or elbow skin with a gentle rub of coconut oil just before retiring to bed and see its benefits in just a few days.
  4. Chapped lips, don’t worry, warm 1-2 drops of coconut oil on your palm and gently dab your lips. No need to reach for that petroleum based jelly which blocks the pores and does more harm than good.
  5. The champi or head massage with warm coconut oil will take you to heaven. Make your worries fly away with a head massage from a loved one.
  6. You can remove those layers of makeup by dabbing coconut oil with a cotton swab and rinsing with lukewarm water.
  7. Coconut oil makes your skin soft and supple. Use it under your eyes to help repair your skin naturally.

With so many benefits associated with coconut oil, no wonder many people consider it to be an elixir for your skin.

Make it part of your beauty regime, Stay natural, Stay beautiful.