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.
Traditionally Indian brides wear red on their wedding and whilst it is still the most popular choice, a lot of brides are opting to wear pastel colours instead. We love seeing the beautiful outfits all our brides get dressed up in and a lot of them have been pastel coloured recently.
We’ve rounded up some pastel outfit inspo if you’re thinking to do the same. Some images feature our real Anu Malhi brides.
We love creating looks for our brides on their registry weddings. Whether you’re after something a little subtle or something more glam, we’ve got you covered for your big day!
Here’s some gorgeous registry looks that we’ve created at Anu Malhi.
Think you only need to wear SPF on holiday? Think again! SPF should be used as part of your skincare routine all year round…Yes, even in England!
Here’s 5 reasons why wearing SPF everyday is so important.
Whenever there is sun exposure the body produces more melanin, which is what causes the skin to tan. Chronic sun exposure damages the skin by causing burns, small brown spots and DNA damage can be caused to the skin cells, which can lead to skin cancer. Making sure you’re wearing SPF will protect your skin against this damage by reflecting UV rays off your skin.
SPF protects the skin from harmful UV rays that are affecting the skin all year round even when it’s a cloudy day and seems like there’s no sunshine in sight. UV rays can cause wrinkles, uneven skin tone and dullness in skin. Using skincare products with added SPF has been proven to help these signs of ageing.
Darker skin types are more protected from sun exposure and UV rays than lighter skin types. It’s important to use the correct SPF based on your skin type. You can actually use weather apps that tell you if there is high UV ray exposure so you can avoid being in direct sunlight during those hours, especially when on holiday in a hot country.
A lot of people work indoors and think they only need to wear SPF when they’re outdoors or when the sun is shining. WRONG!
It’s UV rays that cause damage to the skin and they cannot be blocked out by windows so can still affect the skin.
It can often take a few trials of moisturisers before finding the perfect one for your skin. Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t need to waste money on the moisturiser’s that didn’t make the cut though?
Well, we’ve tried a lot of moisturiser’s at Anu Malhi and have made a list of our top 5 to try out.
The Ordinary – Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA
This is a natural skin hydrator that protects the outer layer of skin. It is made up of natural components that are found in the skin and is absorbed quickly. Over time the appearance of my skin had considerably improved and was no longer dry.
And the best part…THE PRICE! £6.75 is a fantastic price for the product, considering how expensive other brands are.
Image from Beauty Bay
Estee Lauder – DayWear
This moisturiser helps reduce the first signs of ageing such as dullness and fine lines. Your skin will stay hydrated all day and is great for dry and normal skin. If you have oily skin, I wouldn’t recommend this as it can leave the skin looking slightly shiny and feeling a bit greasy. Definitely recommend this for dry and normal skin though!
Image from Estee Lauder
Clarins – Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream SPF15
This silky cream leaves your skin feeling so smooth and hydrated. It’s great for normal to dry skin. I’d suggest waiting a few extra minutes once you’ve applied this moisturiser before applying any makeup as I noticed anything I put on too quickly would cause a flakey texture and products would crumble. So if you were experiencing this then just wait a little longer for the cream to completely absorb into the skin as it’s a really good moisturiser!
Image from Clarins
Dr. Hauschka – Rose Day Cream
This cream is perfect for normal, dry and sensitive skin. It’s also good if you’re prone to any redness or irritation on the skin. It’s also great as a primer before applying makeup and smells gorgeous too.
Image from Dr. Hauschka
Charlotte Tilbury – CHARLOTTE’S MAGIC CREAM
One of the more pricier moisturiser’s costing £70 for 50ml BUT we do love it! It creates a perfect base for makeup. It contains vitamins C and E that are essential to brighten up dull and tired looking skin. The aloe vera moisturises the skin and cools any irritation down.
Image from Charlotte Tilbury
Some brides can find choosing a hair and makeup artist a tough decision. Other brides know the exact look they want to go for and they’ve even had their eye on a hair and makeup artist for ages!
At Anu Malhi we make sure the bride is happy and comfortable with her completed look. We are happy to do trials where we will firstly discuss the look before trialling it. We won’t leave until we know our brides are 100% happy with everything and we love making them look and feel special for their big day!
Take a look below at some of our gorgeous recent brides