for July, 2019
It’s always great to try and test new skincare methods without spending loads of money on products that may not even suit you or even work. Using natural items also decreases the chance of irritation and bad reactions. So how about using a banana peel that you’d usually throw away? Massaging your face with a banana peel might sound strange but here are some great all-natural tips on how banana peel really can help your acne!
Banana Peel for Acne
- Wash your face with a cleanser
- Pat your face dry
- Rub the inside of the banana peel all over your face for up to 10 minutes
- Wait for another 15-20 minutes and wash your face
Banana peels have tons of antioxidants including lutein, which helps protect the skin. The fatty acids and zinc content helps to combat acne.
Banana Peel and Lemon Juice
- Cut a banana peel into smaller pieces and blend together with lemon juice (half a lemon)
- Use a cotton pad to apply the smooth mixture on your face and acne. Leave it on for 15 mintutes
- Rinse your face with warm water and pat dry.
The acidity from the lemon kills bacteria on the skin, which helps to fight acne.
Banana Peel and Turmeric
- Cut a banana peel into smaller pieces and blend together with 1 tablespoon of turmeric and 1 tablespoon of almond/olive or coconut oil
- Apply this mixture on your face and massage it into the skin for 5 minutes
- Keep the mixture on for a further 10 minutes
- Wash off with warm water and pat dry
Turmeric is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory and when combined with the banana peel, it helps reduce the size of inflamed acne spots whilst also killing bacteria on the skin.
Banana Peel and Honey
- Cut a banana peel into smaller pieces and blend together with half a tablespoon of raw honey and 1 tablespoon of almond or coconut oil
- Apply the mixture to your skin for 15 minutes
- Wash your face with warm water and pat dry
Honey is not only anti-bacterial but also helps reduce scarring.
You can mix and match the different recipes mentioned above and do them 3-4 times a week. Let us know if you’ve ever used banana peel in your skincare routine!
Sometimes you might have periods of time when your skin is amazing and other times it can appear dull, tired, spotty and dry. Fortunately, there are great products and scrubs available to revive your skin in times of need. A good skincare routine, drinking enough water and a healthy diet plays a huge role in keeping your skin healthy.
Do these 5 steps to help revive your skin overnight.
It’s good to exfoliate to get rid of any dry skin, excess oil and dirt. Use your regular exfoliator or make a natural one yourself at home.
We recommend making a DIY coffee scrub. Coffee grounds are great for exfoliating and getting rid of dry skin cells, revealing fresh and energised skin. Caffeic acid found in many plants and coffee is an antioxidant that reportedly boosts collagen and helps with wrinkles too. Coffee scrubs can also help with acne by unclogging pores and getting rid of excess oil.
Recipe: Simply mix 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Scrub on your face for 30 seconds then wash off with warm water.
The next step would be to apply a face mask to soothe the skin. We recommend making a DIY turmeric face mask. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory so making a homemade turmeric mask can really help to fight any inflamed acne and help to keep the skin clear and radiant. It can also help eczema improve too.
- Get 1 tablespoon of yogurt
- Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
- Mix together and apply for 20 mins
- Wash with warm water and pat dry
If you don’t have the time to make a DIY face mask, you can use any other product you usually use. Some products we love are Estée Lauder – Perfectly Clean Multi-Action Creme Cleanser/Moisture Mask and Clarins SOS Hydra Refreshing Hydration Mask.
Apply a toner to tighten the skin and make pores smaller. A toner we love is Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner.
Using a night serum helps to repair the skin overnight, making skin look and feel clearer, smoother and more radiant. Apply your night serum once the above steps have been completed. We love using Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II.
And finally, apply your usual moisturiser once the night serum has soaked into the skin. All the above steps will really help to revive the skin overnight and you’ll wake up to much better skin!
Castor oil is made from pressing the seeds from a castor plant. There are various health benefits of using castor oil for your hair, skin and body. We’ve explored what the oil is fantastic for below.
Acne and Skin Ulcers
By applying castor oil to your skin, it can help clear up acne and get rid of skin ulcers as well as other skin diseases. The oil has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, which helps it treat skin issues effectively. It also helps with reducing blemishes and pigmentation.
Wounds and Burns
Castor oil is regularly used to treat wounds and burns from infection. It also helps with sunburn and stretch marks. Simply rub some oil into the skin until the wounds or burns appear to be better. You can apply a thin layer of castor oil or mix it with coconut or olive oil as castor oil alone is quite thick.
The anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties in castor oil protect the scalp from any infections. These infections are the main reason hair loss can occur and applying the oil regularly can promote better hair growth. Castor oil also leaves hair feeling smoother and looking shinier as the fatty acids nourish the hair.
Castor oil increases circulation in the body and keeps the lymphatic system healthy. It helps to promote good circulation from the heart to the rest of the body, which then helps the body to detoxify.
Aches and Pains
Castor oil has therapeutic properties that help backache, stiffness and other muscular and joint pains. When used in massage, castor oil can easily get through the skin and is even known to help slow down the progression of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Your hair can often look dull, lifeless and feel dry during the summer months or while your on holiday. Your hair can become straw-like in texture with more split ends and you may also get a flaky scalp due to sun exposure.
Here are some tips for keeping your hair super healthy all summer long.
The more often you trim your hair, the healthier it will look and grow, so it’s a good idea to get a trim at the beginning of summer or just before you go on holiday. You can get your next trim 3 months later.
Conditioner helps to lock in moisture so make sure you’re using this every time you wash your hair. It also helps if your hair is already slightly dry and damaged. It helps keep hair looking glossy and feeling smooth.
Avoid Applying Heat to the Hair
As you’re already exposed to the sun, you should use hair dryers and hair curlers/straighteners less. Adding further heat can really increase the chance of having dry and straw-like hair. Try letting your hair dry naturally or use the cool air button on your hairdryer.
Apply a Hair Mask
If you have coloured hair you need to make sure you’re using the correct products that are specially for coloured hair. Use purple shampoo if you have blonde highlights in your hair to stop the colour from becoming brassy. Wear a hat so you’re not always in direct sunlight.
The beauty of Asian weddings is how family and friends get together to celebrate a number of pre wedding rituals, ceremonies and celebrations. Every event is full of colour and gorgeous outfits. We’ve chosen some outfits and looks that are perfect for mendhi nights or pre party celebrations.
If you need some inspiration of what to wear on your mendhi night and how to do your hair and makeup, keep scrolling down to see some previous looks we’ve created. Some images are of real Anu Malhi brides.