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A lot of you have been asking me about my skincare routine since I posted my new makeup video on YouTube. I’ve listed below all the products I use. If you have any questions just let me know.
I always remove my makeup with coconut oil. Simply let the coconut oil melt in your hands and rub this onto your dry skin. Pay more attention to the eye area if you’re wearing heavier eye makeup. Once your makeup has melted off with the oil, wash your face with warm water. You can repeat this on areas if you feel like you still have makeup left if you didn’t use enough of the coconut oil.
Simple Moisturising Facial Wash
I find that I’m quite sensitive to certain products so only use the moisturising face wash from Simple. I use this once I’ve taken my make up off with the coconut oil.
Rodial Vitamin C Booster Drops
Once I’ve used my face wash I use a few drops of Rodial’s Vitamin C Booster Drops. It helps to brighten and boost the skins radiance. It also helps with skin pigmentation and dark spots.
Viola Skin Anti Ageing Eye Serum
I then apply the anti ageing eye serum from Viola Skin. This helps to reduce puffy eyes, bags, wrinkles and fine lines. It boosts collagen and helps to have a brighter complexion.
Tamaar London Natural Skin Lightening & Moisturising Cream
And finally to end my PM skincare routine I use the Lighten cream from Tamaar London, which has really helped with my pigmentation. I’ve only been using this for 3 weeks and already my friends and family are commenting on the improvement of my skin! It’s formulated to target dark spots and pigmentation whilst moisturising the skin.
Sometimes you might find that your hair gets greasy way too quickly. You might wash it in the morning and by the evening it’s already greasy! Oil build up can occur on the scalp when your sebaceous glands are over active, which produce too much sebum. Build up can also occur when you have a flakey scalp.
Here are tips to break down the oily build up and help get rid of oily hair
Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Mask
Apple cider vinegar can balance the pH of the scalp, which helps to break down oily build up.
Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar with warm water and apply to your scalp and hair for 15 minutes.
Wash with your usual shampoo after.
Repeat this 2-3 times a week and you should notice a difference quickly.
Yogurt and Honey Hair Mask
Mix 1 cup of yogurt with 2 tablespoons of honey.
Apply this paste from your roots to tips for 30 minutes.
Wash your hair with your usual shampoo.
Repeat this 2-3 times a week.
Aloe Vera Hair Mask
Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel.
Apply this to the scalp. Keep the paste on your scalp for 40 minutes.
Wash your hair with your usual shampoo. Repeat this 2-3 times a week to notice a difference.
Are your nails forever breaking and becoming weak and brittle? These tips will really help to make your nails stronger. Just follow the tips below!
Take a break from gel and acrylic nails
If you like to get your nails done regularly and realise your nails have become really weak then take a break from gel and acrylic nails. Gel polish peels the nails causing them to become brittle and UV exposure is a risk factor that can lead to skin cancer.
Use a non-acetone nail varnish remover
Using a nail varnish remover that contains acetone can be extremely harsh and dehydrating on the nails. So choose a non-acetone remover that has added vitamin e for keeping nails hydrated.
When you remove your nail varnish make sure you cream your nails. It’s good to get into a habit of creaming your hands and nails whenever you’ve washed them too.
Take biotin supplements
If you have weak hair and nails it could be diet related. Make sure you’re getting enough biotin vitamins. They can be found in eggs and legumes but also taken as a supplement.
Make sure you stay hydrated as this is essential for the whole body. A sign of brittle nails can mean you’re not drinking enough water.
Avoid long exposure to water
Having nails soaked in water (especially warm and hot water) can cause them to become weak. Wear gloves when washing up dishes and take more showers instead of baths.
Chill Out Day
I know with asian weddings comes a week of celebrations and ceremonies but if you can keep the day before your wedding free – then do it! You’re most likely going to be up really early for hair and makeup and if your reception’s on the same day then you know your not sleeping till the AM! Party all week but you might just want to keep the day before free to have a chill out day. A late night will definitely effect the quality of your sleep.
You can be so prepared but sometimes things get forgotten about or a list just comes out of no where! If there’s still little jobs that need doing, make sure you DELEGATE! That’s what family and friends are for and I’m sure they would rather have you feeling calm and relaxed rather than running around doing last minute things. You’ll sleep a lot better knowing you’ve had a relaxed day where you haven’t had to deal with stress whilst knowing everything still got done.
Make sure your wedding outfit has been steamed (obv delegate this to someone responsible), have your jewellery, shoes, bag and everything else laid out so there’s no running around on the wedding day trying to find things.
Food & Drink
Make sure you eat properly and drink plenty of water for that all important glowing skin. Eating good means you’ll have a better sleep!
Watch a movie, go for a walk or just have a lazy day by yourself or with your friends – whatever you prefer for winding down! Take a bath, put on a relaxation YouTube vid. These will all help to clear your mind and help get the best night’s sleep.
Have an early night
Get in bed at a decent time to get your beauty sleep in. You want to be well rested for the most important day of your life!
Candles & Essential Oils
Light some candles to help you relax or put a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow to help you sleep.
By completing all the above steps, you’re more likely to have a great night’s sleep!
Remove your makeup
Always remove your makeup before bed. A lot of people think simply using a face wipe is enough, but you’ll be surprised how much dirt is still left on the skin. Use a cleanser and toner to make sure there is no makeup left. Sleeping with makeup on can block your pores and lead to blackheads and spots.
Firstly, you want to make sure you get rid of any dry skin. By exfoliating the dead skin away, it makes sure there is no skin build up that can lead to pores becoming blocked. Exfoliate twice a week as you don’t want to be too aggressive with your skin, which could lead to irritation and spots.
Sun exposure is damaging to the skin so make sure you protect it. Your skin can become pigmented and pores can become enlarged. Use SPF every day to stop this from happening.
Just like steam opens pores, ice closes pores. Once you have cleansed and exfoliated your skin you can apply ice all over your face for 5 minutes. This will also help pores appear smaller.
Make sure you moisturise day and night. If you leave your skin to become too dry, it will begin to create more oil that can result in a build up and clog pores. This will then lead to enlarged pores and other skin issues. Make sure you use a moisturiser that hydrates the skin well.
The oils found in avocados are great for nourishing, hydrating and softening the skin. They can help soothe the skin by fighting against stress and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. A DIY face mask is the perfect way to get the best benefits from the avocado.
- Mash a small ripe avocado or half a large ripe avocado
- Add a tablespoon or honey and mix
- Spread the mixture on clean skin
- After 15-20 minutes wash it off with warm water
Do this twice a week for clearer and smoother skin.
Avocados contain vitamins B and E which can help combat dry hair, hair loss and a flakey scalp. You can apply an avo hair mask every week to maintain gorgeous healthy hair.
- Mash a large ripe avocado
- Add a tablespoon of yogurt
- Mix these together and apply from the roots to the tips of hair
- Leave this mask on for 30 minutes
- Wash the mixture out and shampoo as usual
Avocados have loads of magnesium in them, which helps to naturally reduce stress. They also help to sleep better so it’s great to add them to your salad or on your toast next time you’re feeling stressed out!
When you eat avocados you end up feeling fuller for longer. This is because they have a lot of fibre in them compared to other fruits and fibre is great for cleaning out your digestive system. Signals are also sent to the brain to decrease cravings.
Your brain needs healthy fats to focus properly and avocados are the perfect source! Your blood sugar can stay well maintained, which helps to focus throughout the day.
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.