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3 DIY Anti-Inflammatory Face Masks

3 DIY Anti-Inflammatory Face Masks

Waking up to a glowing, blemish-free, and flawless face is the dream of many people. With the rise in the variety of beauty products today, everyone wants to splurge on buying skin care products to take care of their skin. Skincare is not just limited to chemical products. These days, many companies are switching to natural ingredients due to their countless benefits and decreased risks for the skin. These natural ingredients are readily available at minimal costs. You don't need to go to the spa to get a facial as you can make your DIY anti-inflammatory face masks to give your face the ultimate treatment. Why do People Need Anti-inflammatory Face Masks? DIY face masks complement the skincare routine by providing ease. You can easily go about doing chores or taking a relaxing bath while wearing a DIY face mask. Face masks don't need to be used repeatedly to get results, unlike other skincare products. They provide instant results within minutes, leaving your skin looking smooth, fresh, hydrated, and healthy. Anti-Inflammatory face masks prove to be a holy-grail solution for most skin issues. For people suffering from acne, psoriasis, or eczema, anti-inflammatory face masks actively heal the skin. Face masks cleanse out the skin by absorbing impurities and excess oil, leaving your skin nourished. Other than that, face masks also help in lightening pigmentation, removing wrinkles, and preventing dry skin. Revamp your skincare routine with natural ingredients that have numerous benefits that make your skin glow fresh and healthy. The natural ingredients are not just limited to homemade remedies or beauty DIYs. They can be incorporated into your skincare routine, guaranteeing results that will make you get instantly hooked. Some of the anti-inflammatory ingredients are: 1. Turmeric The most widely used DIY face mask ingredient is turmeric, and it has been in use for hundreds of years. Apart from being used in food, turmeric has also been used as a beauty ingredient due to its countless benefits. The main ingredient in turmeric is curcumin which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidizing properties. Some of the benefits of turmeric are: Prevents Hyperpigmentation: The anti-oxidants in turmeric help in stabilizing the free radicals and preventing them from destroying the healthy cells, which cause hyperpigmentation. Acne Removal: The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric act upon acne and clear the skin off breakouts. Toning: Turmeric is widely used to give luster to the face. It helps in moisturizing the face and providing a natural glow to the face. Treats Scabies: Turmeric, when combined with Neem (a plant found in India), helps in healing the skin and mitigating scabies infection. 2. Strawberry Strawberry is another miraculous berry that is used in the beauty industry due to its skincare properties. Strawberries contain alpha hydroxylic acid that helps in exfoliating the skin and removing excess dead cells. They also comprise vitamin C, salicylic acid, ellagic acid and have various anti-inflammatory properties, and anti-oxidants. Some of the benefits of strawberries are: Preventing Breakouts: The salicylic acid in strawberries helps with acne and prevents the breakouts. Reversing Aging: The ellagic acid in strawberries helps in preventing collagen destruction and the onset of wrinkle formation. Oil Control: Vitamin C helps in controlling oil levels by removing sebum and providing nourishment to the skin. Protection from UV Rays: The ellagic acid present in strawberries helps in deflecting ultraviolet rays of the sun and protects the skin from sunburn and redness. 3. Tomato Tomatoes are not only a vital fruit in salads; they also prove to be beneficial in skincare routines. Tomatoes contain compounds such as lycopene, lutein, and vitamins E and C that aid in skincare. Some of the benefits of tomatoes are: Healing Sunburn: The lycopene in tomatoes helps in healing sunburns as it has a photo-protective effect. Brightens Complexion: The vitamins in tomatoes are excellent for brightening up the skin, fading out the scars, and balancing the tone of the skin. Shrinks Pores: People having larger pores tend to get more breakouts than ones having normal-sized pores. Since large pores accumulate more dust, dirt, and bacteria, they often give rise to acne and pimples. Tomato works wonders by tightening the pores and smoothing the skin. Soothes Irritation: Using the wrong makeup products or expired creams can cause irritation and rash on the face. Tomato aids in relieving inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory properties and soothes the rashes. DIY Anti-inflammatory Face Masks for Your Skin Get instant results by applying the following top-notch natural ingredients-based masks to keep your skin hydrated and vibrant. Recipe 1: Turmeric + Orange Peel Face Mask Anti-Inflammatory ingredient: Turmeric Take about 1 tbsp. Orange Peel Powder, 1 tsp. Turmeric Powder, 1 tsp. Multani Mitti or Fuller's Earth, and Almond Oil as needed. Add all the dry ingredients first. Now add almond oil and make a thick paste. Apply on your face for 5-10 minutes. Rinse it well and follow the toner, serum, and moisturizer routine afterwards. You would see noticeable results within no time. Recipe 2: Strawberry Refreshing Face Mask Anti-Inflammatory ingredient: Strawberry For this face mask, you can use either frozen strawberry pulp or dehydrated strawberry powder. I like to use strawberry powder for this one. Take about 1 tbsp. Strawberry powder, 1 tbsp. Benotine Clay and water as needed. Add all the dry ingredients first. Then add ample water and make a thick paste. Apply on your face for 5-10 minutes. Rinse it well and follow the toner, serum, and moisturizer routine afterwards. Recipe 3: Tomato Rice Face Mask/Polish Anti-Inflammatory ingredient: Tomato In this face mask, we are using tomato juice. For tomato juice, first, grate the tomato and then filter the grated tomato to get juice. Take about 4 tbsp. Tomato Juice, 1 tbsp. Rice flour and water as needed. Add tomato juice to the rice flour. Eliminate all the lumps and make a smooth paste with the help of water. Apply on your face for 5-10 minutes. Rinse it well and follow the toner, serum, and moisturizer routine afterwards. References: https://www.healthline.com/health/turmeric-for-skin#may-treat-scabies https://bellatory.com/.amp/skin/Top-5-Benefits-of-Strawberry-for-Skin https://www.bebeautiful.in/all-things-skin/everyday/tomato-benefits-for-skin?amp https://www.india.com/lifestyle/benefits-of-strawberry-for-skin-how-to-make-a-diy-strawberry-face-pack-for-a-glowing-skin-4058713/amp/ https://www.byrdie.com/the-surprising-skincare-benefits-of-turmeric-2442900

How to Cleanse or Detox Your Skin Naturally?

How to Cleanse or Detox Your Skin Naturally?

Skincare has become the latest buzz of the twenty-first century as millions of people worldwide actively follow beauty routines and splurge on buying skincare products. When it comes to skincare, nothing should be compromised as the skin is the most vital part of the body, and taking immense care of it should be the first priority. Skincare is not just limited to chemical products. These days, many companies are switching to natural ingredients due to their countless benefits and decreased risks for the skin. That’s why at Glow & Green we want to give holistic overview when it comes to cleansing and detoxing your skin. Cleansing and detoxing is not only about We have came up with an excellent program which will help your skin cleanse inside out. We can start with our mornings! Let me guess your morning routine... Most likely you take shower, with costly shower gel, may be scrub your face with a foaming fresh cleanser, then toner, serum, moisturizer, and (hopefully)sunscreen. But do you know when you talk about all these, you are exposing 100s of unknown ingredients to your skin? One time, I counted I used two hundreds different, unknown ingredients on my skin. Don't you think, like we juice cleanse our tummies, we should cleanse and give little break to our skin? Don't you think your skin needs those natural, potent ingredients? If yes and yes then, this program is for you! So, now, how to cleanse/detox your skin? In this blogpost, I am more focused on cleansing but that's not the holistic cleanse or no. 1 detox approach. It is more geared towards cleansing face and body... So let's get started with how to cleanse your skin using simple kitchen ingredients. Cleansing regularly is an essential part of the skincare routine, but many people are unaware of the potential effects of using the wrong cleanser for their skin type. Using the wrong cleanser can do more harm than good therefore switching to natural ingredients can protect the skin and cleanse it effectively without any damage. Revamp your skincare routine by including natural ingredients that make your skin glow fresh and healthy. Get instant results by applying the following top-notch natural cleaning tips to keep your skin hydrated and vibrant. 1. Oatmeal Starting the list with the best natural cleanser for exfoliating and smoothing the skin, i.e. oatmeal. Oatmeal comprises compounds such as phenols, saponins, and vitamin E that nourish the skin and make it soft and smooth. Saponins in oats are emollient and create a foamy texture when mixed with water. Being natural cleansers, saponins break down dirt accumulate on the skin. Oats gently exfoliate the skin; therefore, they are suitable for sensitive skin. The best way to apply oats is to grind them to make a fine mixture to cover more surface area. For application, combine a minute amount of oatmeal with water or aloe vera gel and make a paste on your palm. Apply the mixture of oats and water on your face and massage in circles. Keep massaging for about a minute, then rinse it off with lukewarm water. You would notice a visible difference on your face, and the skin would feel smooth and firm. 2. Milk A widely available product of the pantry, milk not only strengthens the bones but proves to be an effective natural cleanser as well. Milk contains proteins, fat, and lactic acid that aid in removing dead skin cells and moisturizing the skin. For better results, opt for whole fat milk instead of skimmed milk. For application, take a small amount of milk on your palm and massage it gently on your face. You can also mix aloe vera gel if you have sensitive skin or egg yolk if you have dry skin. Keep massaging for about a minute and then wash away with cold water. 3. Lemon Lemons prove to be great cleansers as well as natural brighteners as they consist of antioxidants and vitamin C, which aids in brightening the dark spots or hyperpigmentation. Lemon is effective for those having oily skin as its acidic content cleanses the sebum and excess oil. Vitamin C also helps in removing wrinkles and fine lines, making the skin appear youthful. For application, squeeze out lemon juice in a bowl and dip a cotton ball into it. Apply the lemon juice onto your face with the help of the cotton ball. The lemon juice might sting a bit initially but later on leaves the skin looking fresh. If the stinging sensation increases, combine the juice with a little bit of water or yoghurt. Wash away the juice with cold water after a minute. 4. Sugar Sugar is probably the best natural exfoliator that strips away dead skin cells and deeply cleanses the facial skin. Grind the sugar to prevent abrasion. For application, combine two tablespoons of refined sugar with water or oil. Sugar can be combined with other liquids such as lemon juice and aloe vera gel for added benefit. Massage the mixture on your face for about two minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water. 5. Cucumbers Cucumbers relieve stressed skin, especially during summer, as the moisturizing tendency of cucumbers hydrate the skin and make it appear fresh and healthy. For application, cut slices of cucumber and rub them on the face. Afterwards, wash with cool water to get a cooling effect and plump skin. 6. Honey Honey is perfect for moisturizing your face and healing inflammation as it has healing properties to calm irritation or breakouts. For application, combine honey with castile soap and apply the mixture on your face and let it rest on the inflammation for a while before rinsing it off with cold water. This would leave your skin looking relaxed and nourished. Want to know more about natural cleansers? Then head on to the 7 Days Skin Cleanse Program covering natural DIY masks, skincare routines, and detoxifying drinks to make cleansing a fun process. Why Cleansing is a Must? Cleansing the skin aids in keeping skin free of dirt, grime, and oil that would otherwise irritate the skin and give birth to a multitude of skin issues. Avoiding cleaning can lead to clogged pores and dehydration of the skin, which results in itchiness, redness, and inflammation that would also make the skin appear dab and aged. The itchiness would make you scratch your skin constantly, which would further aggravate the inflammation. Therefore cleansing regularly should be an active part of the skincare routine. Benefits of cleansing naturally Cleansing daily or at least weekly is beneficial for the skin as it: 1. Eliminating Buildup The best benefit of cleansing is that it effectively removes buildup such as dirt, bacteria, dead skin cells, and other particles accumulated on the skin throughout the day. Cleansing makes the skin appear youthful and clean. 2. Hydrating the Skin Regular cleansing helps moisturize and hydrate the skin as the natural ingredients aid in balancing the skin's pH and locking in moisture. As a result, skin looks plump and fresh. 3. Reducing Acne Over time, the sebaceous glands present in the skin secrete sebum and oil that clog the pores when excreted excessively during summer. Cleansing helps in removing excess oil and unclogging the pores, which aid in eliminating acne.

10 Habits to Adopt Right Now for Seriously Healthy Hair

10 Habits to Adopt Right Now for Seriously Healthy Hair

The idea of having healthy and luscious hair is the dream of many people. The excessive use of heat styling and chemical-based products strip away the natural shine of hair. When it comes to hair care, the health of your hair should not be compromised; therefore, give your hair the ultimate makeover by adopting the following haircare habits to make your hair grow healthy and shiny. 1. Try Using Silk Pillow Cover Starting our list with the first habit, you should adopt to give your hair the ultimate protection, and that is by changing pillow covers every week. With time, pillow covers accumulate dust and debris, which makes the hair frizzy and dull. People sleeping with their hair open should wash and change their pillow covers weekly, if not at least dust the pillow covers. Apart from laundry, the other best thing to do for hair is to swap your cotton pillow covers with the silk ones especially if you are a wild sleeper. The friction between the cotton fabric of the pillow cover and the hair makes the hair appear frizzy and damaged. Try to place a silk sheet or scarf on the pillow if you don't have a silk pillow cover to prevent damage. 2. Avoid Washing Hair Daily Taking a hot relaxing bath after a long day at work might feel soothing for your body, but it might be dangerous for your hair. Since the chemicals present in the shampoo are meant to clean out the dirt, regularly shampooing might strip away the natural shine and oil of the hair, which will dry up the hair strands. This situation is even worse during winters since constantly washing hair in hot water dries out the hair color and damages the hair strands. If you like to take a shower daily, try wearing a shower cap to protect your hair, or you can use dry shampoo to preserve the luster of your hair. 3. Massage your Hair with Oil before Washing The best habit to adopt for hair care is to massage them with beneficial hair oils to promote hair growth and make them healthy. The widely available and the most popular hair oils are coconut and olive oils that not only nourish the scalp but protect hair strands from breaking off. Make a habit of massaging your hair with hair oils at least two hours before taking a bath. This will ensure healthy growth and make your hair appear lustrous and voluminous. 4. Apply a Deep Conditioning Mask Every Week Conditioner is the holy-grail solution for split ends and dull hair. Make a habit of applying a nourishing hair mask or deep conditioning your hair every week, primarily if you use heat styling tools frequently. The best way to apply a conditioner is to apply the conditioner on the bottom of the hair and then slowly working up the top and then on the scalp. Leave the conditioner on for at least two minutes to ensure deep conditioning and then wash away with cold or lukewarm water. By following this method, you would see a noticeable difference in the health and the outlook of the hair within a short time. 5. Use Your Hair Brush. Lots of people make the mistake of brushing their hair with others' hairbrushes, especially when they forget to bring their own to an event or an outing. This might seem like a quick fix, but it could have potential risks in the future. A hairbrush is home to many viruses and contaminants that can get transferred to the other. The biggest risk is lice, but other viruses such as Covid-19 can also spread to your scalp. Not only that, sharing hair brushes can even spread many diseases such as ringworm fungus, scabies, and even a staph infection. If you accidentally use a brush of a person having ringworm, you can develop a rash, irritation, experience hair loss, and have brittle hair. Using stranger's hairbrushes is mainly seen in hairdressing salons and barbershops. Therefore, it is recommended to bring your hairbrush or ask the staff to sanitize the hairbrush before using it in your hair to minimize the risks. 6. Use a Scalp Scrub on your scalp Twice a Month Scrubbing away the dead skin cells seems very satisfying apparently, but it has multiple benefits for the skin. For healthy and shiny hair, try scrubbing your scalp twice a month to strip away the debris of dead skin cells and ensure healthy growth. Avoiding exfoliating the scalp can leave hair follicles clogged with oil, leading to hair loss, and weakening of the hair strands. Exfoliating the scalp also stimulates blood circulation, which brings a stream of nutrients to the hair follicles. Scalp scrubbing is particularly beneficial for people suffering from dandruff issues as the scrub removes excess dandruff and protects the hair from weakening. 7. Trim your Hair Regularly The hair, when left alone, often grows out and becomes frizzy and broken, resulting in split ends. The hair specialists recommend getting a haircut or a trim every six to eight weeks to maintain healthy hair growth. If you can't get a haircut, then at least make a habit of trimming or slicing off the edges to remove split ends. Trimming the hair not only makes the hair appear fresh but also ensures the fast growth of hair. 8. Use the Hair Products according to the weather You might have a habit of sticking to one shampoo all year round, but it is advisable to change the hair products according to the weather outside. The shampoo used in summer might not be effective during winter. During summer, scorching heat and bright sunlight make the hair look rough, dry, and damaged. Therefore, a moisturizing shampoo is required to maintain the health of the hair. On the other hand, the dryness in winters dehydrates the scalp. It also statically charges up the hair which makes it frizzy. Therefore a smoothing shampoo along with a conditioner is required to protect the hair. 9. Avoid taking Extremely Hot Showers Extremely hot water is very damaging for hair as it rapidly dries out the hair, burns the hair strands, and makes them appear damaged. Try showering with lukewarm water to protect your hair from burning. 10. Minimize the Usage of Heat Styling Products People having curly or wavy hair love to heat style their hair with hot iron or straighteners but excessive use of these hot tools burns the hair incessantly. During winters, the usage of air dryers becomes excessive that abruptly damages the hair. Try switching to cool hair options to ensure safe drying of hair. If you are using a hot iron or a curler, try spraying your hair with a protective spray beforehand to prevent damage. References: https://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/hair/hair-care/habits-of-people-with-healthy-hair https://www.self.com/gallery/healthy-hair-habits-20s/amp https://aweganics.com/blogs/aweganics-life-awe-inspiring-hair-care-and-essential-oils-blog/10-habits-to-adopt-right-now-for-seriously-healthy-hair https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/beauty/hair/a28494129/healthy-hair/

9 Foods that Cause Acne and 3 Days Skin-Reset Challenge

9 Foods that Cause Acne and 3 Days Skin-Reset Challenge

Living a healthy life, eating right, and waking up to clear, smooth, and flawless skin is the dream of many people. But, unfortunately, this entire dream comes crashing down when an unsightly popper adorns your face when you wake up in the morning. Whether you are going out to meet your friends, heading to an important meeting, or planning to go on a vacation, pimples are the last the thing you want to see in the mirror. You might be splurging on skincare and taking adequate measures to keep your skin free of pimples but despite all the struggle, you still spot a zit on your face. The chances are that the food you are consuming is playing a significant role in the development of acne. Go through the following list of foods that trigger the development of acne: 1. Sugar Starting the list with the biggest culprit of acne, and that is sugar or refined sugar. Foods rich in sugar content such as candies, cookies, cakes, or sweetened beverages cause a spike in your insulin level as these foods tend to get absorbed rapidly in the bloodstream. As a result, the high insulin level pushes an excessive amount of sugar into the cells and increases the production of oils in the skin, which causes the pores or follicles present on the skin to clog and ultimately leading to acne. If you have a sweet tooth, then satiate your cravings by taking one or two bites of sugar processed foods. Try consuming dark chocolate since it is packed with multiple nutritional benefits such as antioxidants, fiber, and low sugar. 2. Refined Grains Refined grains such as bread, pasta, white rice, or noodles are high glycemic foods that trigger acne. These foods are rich in carbohydrates, and they break down quickly. This increases blood sugar and insulin levels. The high insulin level makes the androgen hormones active and triggers the production of excessive sebum that clogs the pores and results in the development of acne. Instead of white bread, try consuming brown bread and brown rice instead of white rice as these contain complex carbohydrates that have a low glycemic index which helps in diminishing the onset of acne. 3. Dairy Products Milk-based or dairy products are also found to cause acne especially skimmed milk, since it contains added proteins such as whey and casein to make it less watery. Due to this, bodybuilders are often spotted having acne since they rely on consuming protein drinks. Apart from skimmed milk, regular milk also triggers acne due to the presence of bovine growth hormones that don't get digested and get absorbed in the bloodstream. If you need milk daily, then consider getting almond or oat milk. Also, try to switch to probiotics as they help in boosting immunity, decreasing inflammation, helping with weight loss, and digestion. 4. Alcoholic Cocktails Alcohol and cocktails such as Margaritas or mojitos are a special drink to celebrate any significant event but consumed in excess, results in abrupt development of acne. These alcoholic cocktails are rich in sugar content that raise insulin levels and also dehydrates the skin, resulting in the development of acne. Alcohol also creates an imbalance in estrogen or testosterone levels which are a significant factor in the severity of breakouts. The best healthy drink to consume is green tea, as it contains polyphenols that help reduce inflammation and lower sebum production. It also reduces acne severity. 5. Trans Fats Oils such as hydrogenated vegetable oil present in cookies and chips contain trans fats that are known to cause acne. Consuming a considerable amount of trans fats increases the saturated fats in our sebum, making it thicker. As a result, this dense sebum gets clogged in the pores causing acne. Apart from acne, trans fats are also harmful to our heart since they lead to clogged arteries and blockage in the blood vessels of the heart. 6. Dried Fruits While fruits are a powerhouse of nutrients and vitamins, not all fruits are particularly good for your skin especially the dried fruits. These dried fruits contain concentrated sugar, which promotes oil production and a rise in insulin levels that causes inflammation. This results in the appearance of acne. If you love snacking on dried fruits, then consider eating Trail mix as it contains a blend of protein-rich nuts, heart-healthy fats and fiber along with some dried fruit for energy. 7. Too Much Meat Meat is also known to cause acne since some kinds of meat such as beef or chicken contain an amino acid known as leucine. Leucine triggers a chain reaction that stimulates sebum production and causes oil glands to produce oil excessively. The excess amount of oil clogs the pores and results in an acne breakout. Acne can be cleared up by switching to plant-based foods or giving up meat. These natural foods contain a significant number of antioxidants and fiber that detoxify the body and make the skin appear fresh, clean, and vibrant. 8. Fried Food Fried food is generally harmful to our health since it causes several health risks such as obesity or breakouts. Fried foods such as French fries, burgers, or chips contain a high amount of refined carbs and sugar that causes a spike in blood sugar and insulin levels that increases sebum production, ultimately leading to acne. If you have a knack for eating fried foods, then consider switching to baked foods as they are less risky in terms of acne. 9. Seaweed Fans of Japanese cuisine might like munching on seaweed but eaten in a high amount would be harmful to those suffering from breakouts. Seaweed is often consumed with sushi or salads and is rich in iodine which is good for normal functioning, but it triggers acne. Consider avoiding these foods if you have acne-prone skin. By switching to plant-based products, you would notice a considerable change in the appearance of your skin and a decrease in the intensity of the inflammation. (Photo Credit: all images in this blogpost is taken from unsplash) So definitely, food is big culprit of acne but there are other reasons as well. That's why here at Glow & Green we are launching a big "Skin Reset" challenge. It will be 3-days free skin reset challenge which will reduce your skin inflammation, acne, blemishes, and pigmentation. It won't fully recover but it will give some sort of breather to your skin. In this program we will teach you few simple steps to reset your skin clock! Sign up for free 3-days Skin Reset Challenge with us: References: 1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods-that-cause-acne#TOC_TITLE_HDR_10 2. https://y-ourskin.com/skin-care-101/2018/oct/4/5-foods-cause-acne-clear-skin-diet/ 3. https://amp.flo.health/menstrual-cycle/lifestyle/diet-and-nutrition/foods-that-cause-acne 4. https://skinkraft.com/blogs/articles/acne-diet-dos-and-donts 5. https://www.byrdie.com/foods-that-cause-acne-4845578 6. https://www.thedermspecs.com/blog/5-foods-that-cause-acne/

Summer Strategies for Your Beauty Routines

Summer Strategies for Your Beauty Routines

Summer has arrived in its entire glory, and now it is time to ditch leggings and replace moisturizers with sunscreens. The essence of summer with its sweet perks can only be enjoyed only if one does immense skincare and adjusts the beauty routine accordingly. The summer might be the best time to go on a vacation, but it brings many beauty challenges, too, such as oily skin, adamant acne, frizzy hair, and breakouts. The idea of soaking in bright sunlight after surviving winter blues might seem appealing but taking in too much sunlight is dangerous for your skin. Excessive exposure to the ultraviolet rays present in sunlight breaks down melanin present in the skin. This results in tanning and specific cases, skin cancer. Go through the following summer strategies for your beauty routine so that you can go out and have fun with complete confidence. Hair The idea of having healthy and luscious hair is the dream of many people. The intense summer heat can wreak havoc on your hair and make it appear dull and rough. Summer Hair Problem The summer activities such as swimming or basking under the sun might seem exciting, but they can harm hair through ultraviolet rays and chlorinated water. The humid climate and excessive sweating dampen the hair and strip away its shine. Showering and repeatedly shampooing due to sweating also damage the hair as it robs hair of hydration. Therefore, it is essential to adopt a summer hair care routine to make your hair stay healthy and shiny. Things to Avoid During Summer for Hair Care Avoid washing hair repeatedly: If you feel a need to shower every day, then make a habit of washing hair with dry shampoo as it does not harm the hair roots but gives texture and volume to the hair. The dry shampoo comes in spray and powder form, which you can apply to hair using your fingers. This will absorb grease, and clean hair like ordinary shampoos do. Avoid heat styling products: Artificial heating can further damage your hair. Place the hairdryer in the drawer and use a towel or air to dry your hair. Avoid using heat styling products excessively as they cause frizz and parched locks. Use live-in conditioners: Hot weather means frizzy hair and split ends. Make a habit of using live-in conditioners to deeply moisturize your scalp and nurture the healthy growth of hair. Protect your hair against sun: The burning sunlight can fade the color of your hair and make it look dull. Take out that hat you have always wanted to pair with the summer outfit. Avoid going out in broad sunlight without wearing anything to protect your hair. Spa like Treatment for your Hair Give your hair the ultimate hairdo by rinsing your hair in the apple cider vinegar mask. First, take half a glass of apple cider vinegar and dilute it in one and one and a half cups of water to create a solution. Then add about two to three drops of lavender essential oil to mask away from the strong smell of apple cider vinegar and give off a sweet floral scent. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and spritz the mixture onto your dry roots and massage it thoroughly into your scalp. Leave the mixture on for about five to ten minutes, and then rinse your hair with cold water. Body The skin is the most exposed and the largest organ of the body; therefore, it is essential to protect the body against the sun's harmful rays. Summer Body Problems The scorching heat and tempting temperature make one go splashing in the sea's cool waters, but staying submerged in water for a long time strips away a layer of bacterial flora, such as staph epidermis and Corynebacterium, which play a vital role in maintaining proper skin function. Things to Avoid During Summer for Body Care Try incorporating the following habits to take care of your body during summer: Take quick showers: A long and warm bath feels relaxing during winter but can become harmful during summer; therefore, trade-in your long showers for quick, lukewarm ones. Use antioxidant-based moisturizer: Free radicals on the skin can cause skin aging; therefore, use antioxidant-rich products to stabilize the impact of free radicals. Take care of hydration: Since the body is made up of water mainly, it is vital to drink at least six to eight glasses of water daily. Apart from water, consuming healthy fat and electrolytes is essential in keeping the body hydrated and supporting the skin barrier. Spa like Treatment for your Body Give your body a youthful look by exfoliating it with a body scrub or dry brushing it at least once a week. Make a body scrub by combining two to three cups of sugar with one cup of coconut oil. Then, mix the concoction thoroughly and apply it to your body before taking a bath. Scrub the mixture and exfoliate hour skin for five minutes. Then take a cool shower to strip away the mixture. Your skin will become soft and tender. Facial Skin The face is the epitome of skincare and requires tender care to look vibrant and glowing. Summer Facial Skin Problems Cleansing frequently can strip away natural moisture from the skin since repeated exfoliation robs the skin of natural oils, fats, and natural moisturizing factors that retain water from inside the body. These components are essential in keeping your skin hydrated. Lack of these components slows down the natural process of cell turnover and leaves the skin dry and coarse. Things to Avoid During Summer for your Facial Skin Make a face look fresh and smooth by avoiding the following beauty mistakes: Avoid sleeping with make-up on: Wearing layers of makeup clogs pores and makes the skin devoid of natural air. The clogged pores accumulate dust and dirt, which causes acne and leads to a breakout. Try wearing light makeup and wash your face with cool water. Afterward, apply a sunscreen with SPF over 15 and if the sunscreen doesn't suit you, then wear a moisturizer with SPF tendency to protect your face from the harsh sunlight. Incorporate vitamin C in your skincare routine: Vitamin C works wonders for your skin. It has many benefits, such as defusing free radicals and encouraging collagen production, which plays a vital role in keeping your skin intact. Vitamin C also protects against hyperpigmentation and in evening out skin tone. Spa like Treatment for your Facial Skin Facial masks play a massive role in making your face glow fresh and healthy. Make a natural face mask comprised of rice flour, Dahi, and rose petal powder. Take about one tablespoon of rice flour, one tablespoon of rose petal powder, and Dahi as required. Mix half a cup of each ingredient and apply it on the face evenly. Leave the mask on for about ten to fifteen minutes, then rinse it off with cold water. Keep repeating this procedure up to three times a week for quick results. This mask can also be used to calm overheated skin or red skin, sunburn, and heat rash.

Let’s talk green tea for skin benefits + 3 inside-out easy Beauty DIYs.

Let’s talk green tea for skin benefits + 3 inside-out easy Beauty DIYs.

Okay, call me green tea obsessed guys! Because I start my morning with a nice cup of green tea right after my cumin water and crave during midday matcha for a quick pick-me-up. But today, I am talking about applying this wholesome ingredient topically to our skin. This ingredient got attention as many beauty brands came up with multiple products. Even my “Green-Beauty Co” (Formerly known as Glow & Green Skincare) also carries a green tea mask in the collection. When it comes to Green tea, for me, it’s time to go back to basics. It is a well-known ingredient for centuries in Asian culture. So, let’s talk about green tea, its benefits, and make some changes to our skin regimen. What is Green Tea? Green tea is a botanical-derived dried particle coming from the leaves and buds of the tea plant called Camellia sinensis. Typically, green tea leaves used in tea and beauty products have not undergone the same withering and oxidation process as oolong teas and black teas.[1] Green tea originated in China, but its production and manufacture have spread to other East Asia countries. (Wikipedia) I called green tea a wonder ingredient because it contains polyphenols as an active ingredient. This substance in green tea helps in reducing inflammation, fight against free radicals, and reduces wrinkles. Green tea is excellent when it comes to gut health and detoxing your body. That’s why I just love green tea inside my body and outside as well. When it applies topically, green tea doesn’t get partial about any particular skin type. It’s suitable for all skin types. Unless your skin is hypersensitive, and you have a reaction to everything you put on your skin. Benefits of Green Tea for Skin When I was studying Formula Botanica, I researched green tea a lot. Initially, for the final exam, I wanted to make something anti-aging. I wanted to make something on even skin tone. Surprisingly, cosmetic chemists and research studies have studied green tea as a treatment for several skin conditions. That makes me realized that green tea is multifaceted in nature. Green tea as an Antioxidant: We all live in a polluted world. UV radiations, pollutions are the main culprits for free radicals’ damage to our skin. That’s why antioxidant like green tea gives protection against all of it. This ingredient can fight against DNA damage that happens inside the skin cells and repair it carefully. Green tea as an anti-aging agent: We all know, anti-aging treatment is necessary to overcome hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles. Sun Damage is another cause to see aging. Green tea can be a great problem solver when it comes to anti-aging treatment. Green tea to cure inflammation on the skin: Green tea soothes the skin’s texture. If you are dealing with redness, puffiness around the eyes, green tea can be helpful. To get all the benefits of green tea, I always make green tea shots or extracts for all my beauty products. In that way, green tea can be more effective. Those shots are easy to make, and you can quickly freeze those shots for later use. How to make Green Tea Shots? Shots are always associated with alcohol. But here, I am talking about water shots. It’s a mix of equal parts vinegar, water, and green tea that’s finished off with a splash of Vitamin E. The green tea shot feels like extract, which needs to be shaken well before every use it. This shot is used topically only. I wouldn’t recommend using it in your food. Recipe: 1/3 cup White Vinegar 1/3. Distilled Water 3 Green Tea Leaves bags Vitamin E (Optional) Method: First, dissolves 3 green tea leaves bags into hot distilled water. Make a strong tea. Make sure you squeeze all the juices from all green tea leaves bags. Add vinegar and add Vitamin E if you would like to make this green tea shot more moisturizing. Use this shot as a hair mist, facial toner, or making a lotion. Matcha Green Tea Recipe: 1 tsp. Green Tea Matcha Powder 1 tbsp. Warm Water Sugar as per test. ¾ cup any nut milk (I love cashew milk with this one) Method: First, add green tea matcha powder, sugar, and warm water into the cup. Now using a milk frother, forth it appropriately for 2 minutes. Now slowly, start adding nut milk from the side and keep frothing the tea. Get the desired consistency and enjoy the sip! Green Tea Toner 2-3 Green Tea Bags 1/3 cup Aloe Vera Juice 1 tbsp. Glycerine 2/3 cup Water 20 Drops of Tea Tree Oil First, make 2/3 cup of green tea using green tea bags and 2/3 cup of water. I used distilled water for a longer shelflife. Now, add 1/3 cup of Aloe Vera Juice inside the green tea toner. Add Glycerine and tea tree oil at the end. Glycerine will give much-needed hydration. Store this toner in the refrigerator. This toner will stay good for a week once it’s stored in the fridge. Green Tea Foot Salve Two-ingredient Moisturizer 3 tbsp. Green Tea Leaves 2 Oz. Unrefined and Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Add both ingredients inside a heat-protected cup. Now using Brain-Marie or double-boiler, infuse this mixture for 3-4 hours in slow heat. Filter all the green tea leaves. Once you see that it is now starting to get solid, whip it for 2-3 minutes using a milk frother. Put it inside the refrigerator for 10 minutes and enjoy this salve on cracked feet.

Facial Oil Serums for All Skin Types

Facial Oil Serums for All Skin Types

When it comes to oil on our skin, I have seen, we women always get worried that our skin might get breakouts if we use oils exclusively on our faces. And while it is a real possibility that you might get extreme acne and breakout if you don’t use the right kind of facial oil according to your skin health. So today’s blog post is all about creating facial oils for all skin types. I promise, with these recipes, your skin will glow. Face oils provide vital complement the natural oils contained while it also adds an extra layer of protection from free radicals As they’re able to deeply penetrate into the skin, they trap moisture inside. That's why I felt facial oils are great barrier product which keep toxins out by strengthening the skin barrier. Along with extra hydration, our skin needs fatty acids, and oils are the best source to get it. But now your question could be: which oil is suitable for my skin type? And, of course, we don’t want to smell oily, so I follow a specific process in oil selection. How to select face oil for your face? So, here are my criteria to select oils: AROMA Typically, We like face oils that are either odorless or have mild fruity, sweet aromas. The aromas all depend on which nut or seed they are retrieved. Plum Kernel Oil contains a charming fruity aroma, while fractionated coconut oil is odorless oil. Are derived. METHOD OF EXTRACTION: The ideal face Oil for use in natural products needs to be a Cold Pressed (Raw), Organic, Unrefined, Extra Virgin oil. So what is all about unrefined, filtered, and cold-press? That means those oils will have been filtered to eliminate dust or small particles without compromising the oil’s nutrients, vitamins, and fatty acids. That’s the main thing we need when we create our own facial oil. CONSISTENCY AND ABSORPTION Many of us have a bad vibe about facial oil because we don’t want to feel greasy after use; instead, we want to feel luxurious. That’s why it is essential to choose facial oil based on viscosity and finding out about your skin health/type. If you are dealing with oily skin, a high absorption rate will be an important factor, while rich oils are needed if you are dealing with dry skin. NATURAL FATTY ACIDS AND TOCOPHEROLS In general, facial oil serums contain natural, restorative fatty acids which provide nourishing and moisturizing properties. These are the substances that offer regenerative and stimulating properties to promote the look and feel of younger, fresher, and supple skin. Facial oils also contain tocopherols such as Vitamin E. Vitamin E restricts the oil from going rancid; some oils are self-preserving. SHELF LIFE Since we are doing DIYs, it is vital to find out facial oil’s shelf life. Some facial oils that are high in unsaturated fatty acid content it has a shorter shelf. To maintain an oil’s quality and maximize its shelf life, it should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. It shouldn’t be exposed to the sun. Facial Oils with natural antioxidant properties, such as those with high Vitamin E or Lauric Acid content, have longer shelf lives (i.e., coconut oil). These constituents either protect the oil against oxidation or slow down the process. How to Use Face Oil Serum Step 1: First Remove Makeup with Oil Cleanser or Cleansing Balm (DIY Cleansing Balm recipe here, or we got a great product in our Glow & Green Skincare product line! Stay tuned for more details). Step 2: Cleanse your face with a gel/foam cleanser (any soap-based cleaner will work, but I love castile soap). Step 3: use a facial toner to remove trace of cleanser and balances skin pH (here is the recipe for 3 facial toners here). Step 4: Apply a little bit of facial oil serum to the forehead, each cheek, and chin. Step 5: slowly massage in using soft upward storks. Use Kansa Wand massage. Store a facial oil serum bottle in a cool, dark place. THE BASICS of Facial Oils Face oils are typically made of three elements: carrier oil, essential oil, and an antioxidant. A carrier oil will be the body of your product, while the essential oil will give a pleasant, luxurious aroma. An antioxidant will help fat not to go rancid. How to mix: The general rule is for every 1 oz of carrier oil, you can use 1 drop of essential oil. Essential oils are very potent, and some of the essential oils can not apply topically. That’s why you can mix with a different carrier oil and get all the therapeutic qualities of essential oil. Now let’s get into face oil recipes: Facial Oil Serum for Dry Skin A rich DIY facial oil with olive squalene and fractionated coconut oil works wonders on dry and dehydrated skin. Prep Time: 2 mins Total Time: 4 mins Keyword: beauty, DIY, essential oils, facial oil Quantity: 1 Oz You need: · A 1-Oz dropper cap bottle Materials · ¾ Oz Olive Squalene · ¼ Oz Fractionated Coconut Oil · 2 Drops Vitamin E · Essential Oil of your choice Instructions 1. Combine ingredients one by one in a small dropper bottle. Shake gently to combine. 2. Apply a little bit of facial oil to the pad of your finger and massage it into your face and neck. You can also do face yoga right after this Facial Oil Serum for Normal Skin A rich DIY facial oil with Hemp oil will give much-needed and sufficient hydration. Prep Time: 2 mins Total Time: 4 mins Keyword: beauty, DIY, essential oils, facial oil Quantity: 1 Oz You need: · A 1-Oz dropper cap bottle Material: · 1/3 Oz Hemp Oil · 1/3 Oz Grapeseed Oil · 1/3 Oz Meadowfoam Oil · 2 Drops Vitamin E · Essential Oil of your choice Instructions 3. Combine ingredients in a small dropper bottle. Shake gently to combine. 4. Apply a little bit of facial oil to the pad of your finger and massage it into your face and neck. You can also do face yoga right after this. Facial Oil Serum for Anti-aging Skin Prep Time: 2 mins Total Time: 4 mins Keyword: beauty, DIY, essential oils, facial oil Quantity: 1 Oz You need: · A 1-Oz dropper cap bottle Material: · ½ Oz Marula Oil · ½ Oz Rosehip Oil · 2 Drops Vitamin E · Essential Oil of your choice Instructions 5. Combine ingredients in a small dropper bottle. Shake gently to combine. 6. Apply a little bit of facial oil to the pad of your finger and massage it into your face and neck. You can also do face yoga right after this. Facial Oil Serum for Oily Skin Prep Time: 2 mins Total Time: 4 mins Keyword: beauty, DIY, essential oils, facial oil Quantity: 1 Oz You need: · A 1-Oz dropper cap bottle Material: · ½ Oz Argan Oil · ½ Oz Evening Primrose Oil · 2 Drops Vitamin E · Essential Oil of your choice Instructions 7. Combine ingredients in a small dropper bottle. Shake gently to combine. 8. Apply a little bit of facial oil to the pad of your finger and massage it into your face and neck. You can also do face yoga right after this.

Top 10 1-Ingredient Natural Beauty Tips Using Kitchen Staples

Top 10 1-Ingredient Natural Beauty Tips Using Kitchen Staples

Who likes to do juice cleansing? I do! And if you are familiar with the juice cleanse, I want to talk about the same in terms of our skin and skin health. The first time, when I did a juice cleanse in 2014, and ever since then, I just became a big fan of detoxing my body with delicious green juices. But when it comes to skin detox, I couldn't find equivalent solutions in the beauty/wellness industry. I guess it's not yet commercialized the same way as the food industry. That's why I decided to deliberate efforts to do skin detox where I use the minimum amount of ingredients on my body. Generally, I like to do skin detox when seasons change or springtime, same as juice cleanse. My methodology is I go to my beauty cabinet and try to find what kind of harmful chemicals I am putting on my face, hair, and body. And right after that, I go into my kitchen pantry or refrigerator to grab something very quickly and apply it all over my skin, body, or hair. I genuinely believe that we all should treat our wellness and beauty products the same as skin food. When it comes to beauty, you have to become your beauty expert because no one else knows your skin, your diet, or your lifestyle better than you do. Your skin and hair conditions change every day. That's why the simple approach to beauty and personal care can go further away than applying synthetic or unknown ingredient products on your face. That's the exact reason I decided to go on a straightforward approach and find skin detox solutions in approachable and sustainable kitchen staples. So let's get started with simple, potent, and pure DIYs using 1-ingredient. It is going to take one ingredient to make a difference. That one ingredient we already had on hand, well, then that would be like striking gold! Lastly, I genuinely believe that the simpler the beauty recipe, the more likely we will make it and apply it. Sometimes we ignore our skin and hair because of daily routines, busy schedules, and the lack of time. So why not one time? Give it a try on "Skin Detox." Here are my top 10 1-ingredient Natural Beauty Tips Potato Peel Potato peel is perfect for skin problems. You can use them to eliminate dark circles, whitening your skin, treating acne, blackheads & whiteheads, and reducing excessive oil. So, you need to apply some potato juice with the help of a cotton ball over the affected area. Onion Believe it or not, onion is an excellent remedy to turn your grey hair into its original hair color. Just apply the onion juice to your scalp and after 1/2 hour, wash it off. Epsom Salt or Pink Himalayan Salt Add a palm of Epsom salt to a warm bath to relieve sore muscles, soften skin and help detoxify the body. Easy to find and easy to use! Apple Cider Vinegar Apple cider vinegar is my favorite one because of this kitchen staple. It not only improves your gut health but also makes your hair shiny when used as a hair rinse. Just use it as a hair rinse once a week gets no bad hair day. Green Tea We all are getting older none of us is going to be younger. So, green tea consumption is an excellent remedy for any anti-aging treatment. Just put cold green tea into a spray bottle and replay your facial mist. It will be a great addition to your skincare if you would like to use it as a facial rinse. Olive Oil Well, winter is around the corner, and I talked about winter skincare in my last episode. Still, frankly, if you have dry and dehydrated skin like me, olive oil can be an excellent moisturizer for your skin. Honey If you are not vegan, then Honey can be your sole ingredient for anti-cellulite treatment. Take Honey in your palm and rub it repeatedly on your body parts. This 5–10-minute massage will force the body to do blood circulation, which will help bring necessary nutrients and oxygen to those areas. You can also add coffee grounds or table salt and make it a scrub. Eggs Well, who doesn't like eggs in their breakfast? But how about your hair. Eggs are a great source of protein, biotins which help moisturize and repair your hair. It also provides nourishment to damaged hair and stimulates healthy hair growth. Eggs can improve the texture and reduces frizz. And eggs are the most inexpensive and readily available food in the market. So apply eggs once a week as a hair mask, and you will see the difference. Rice Flour Have you ever heard of allantoin (in the beauty marketing world), then rice flour could be your first choice? It contains allantoin, para-aminobenzoic acid, and ferulic acid. Allantoin in rice flour helps soothe skin and promotes cell generation. It also repairs skin cells. Para-aminobenzoic acid stimulates collagen production and hair growth. And I am sure you have heard Ferulic acid. Ferulic acid is a very effective antioxidant. It helps against free radicals on the surface of the skin and helps combat the effects of aging. Along with the anti-inflammatory effect of allantoin, this antioxidant property makes rice flour a natural sunscreen. Rice also contains skin-brightening properties. Apart from its anti-aging and skin-brightening properties, rice flour benefits for the skin include being an excellent exfoliator. The fine particles of ground rice help scrub dead skin cells without being harsh on the skin. Cocoa Powder Did you know that cocoa can uplift your mood and give you radiant skin without adding calories to it? Cocoa Powder Benefits Adds a glow to your face Moisturises your skin It is rich in antioxidants Helps fight aging Promotes collagen production for tighter skin Prevents blemishes and scars So, one spot removal treatment using cocoa powder is: use cocoa powder with cinnamon and Honey. Or you can use with water, apply it on the spot, your scars will start disappearing after 4-5 week of regular use. These are my few tips!!! I would love to hear your fav kitchen staples and one ingredient recipes.

Exfoliate + Moisturize With These Moringa-Coconut Sugar Scrub Bars

Exfoliate + Moisturize With These Moringa-Coconut Sugar Scrub Bars

Since summer is right around the corner, and we all know that we are going to wear flip flops and flowy light dresses in this season (thank god -considering pandmeic ending). That's why I always consider that this is the best time for me to exfoliate my covered skin and specially feet. But let me tell you one thing, I know that I am not alone in this situation, many of us ignore our skin so much in winter months because it's anyways going to be covered in tights, sweaters, or jeans. But now, we all are desperate to seek softer skin, that's why today I am making these awesome sugar scrub bars using indian skincare ingredients like Moringa and Coconut. Another reason, I just adore products like scrub bars because it serves two purposes. Since sustainability and low-waste is always the principle of Glow & Green, I always lean towards double-duty products. These scrub bar are great soap cum scrub plus in my opinion, this scrub bars are so easy apply vs sugar scrub can be runny and messy during the application. But before we go further, let's talk about two key ingredients in this bar: Moringa & Coconut Moringa: Growing up in India, my mother used to make drumstick curry during the monsoon season! We were all compelled to eat it because during monsoon season in India, your digestion is not at its best! This curry would help you with that! After starting Glow & Green, I heavily researched sustainable and ayurvedic Indian ingredients. And I discovered that the “drumstick tree,” aka the “moringa tree,” is a new miracle ingredient in the beauty world. NPR stated that it is a unique superfood (click here). That's why I would like to use a great Sustainable Beauty Product: moringa powder. It is a beauty superfood that comes from the leaves of the Moringa oleifera tree. It is a common species of the genus Moringa in the flowering plant family Moringaceae. This moringa tree is native to India and countries in the Himalayan region. Its truly anti-aging properties prevent the sagging of body muscles. The moringa plant also produces cytokinin hormones. This hormone promotes sebum production, and that’s why more cells can be generated by your skin once first layer is going to ripped off thanks to Sugar. Coconut: As per Ayurveda, Coconut contains rare medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA) that are quickly and easily absorbed, digested, metabolized, and utilized by the body. They don't clog arteries like longer chained fats or spike blood sugar levels. Coconut has a high smoking point, and it won't create cancer-causing free radicals when used for cooking or beauty. Coconut is considered to be the best massage oil for newborns and toddlers. It soothes diaper rash and dry skin in babies (new mom is speaking :P). Coconut contains vitamin E, proteins, lauric, capric, and caprylic acids (known for their anti-fungal properties). This is great for repairing your skin's natural barrier and locking in moisture. Plus, it's naturally antimicrobial, so it will kill off any surface bacteria you may have picked up during the day. In this recipe, we used coconut as a soap base. Homemade Sugar Scrub Bars INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup Coconut Melt and Pour Soap Base 3/4 cup Sugar 2 tsp. Moringa Powder 1 tsp. Grapeseed Oil Essential Oil Optional INSTRUCTIONS In a double boiler, melt your soap base. If you do not have a double boiler, microwave in 15-20 second intervals, stirring in between each burst until the soap base is melted. Mix in the grapeseed oil until well combined. Add the essential oil of your choice(I love lemongrass essential oil with moringa). Slowly add in the moringa powder, if using, and mix well until you get a uniform color. Mix in your sugar and stir until well combined. It will have a slushy like consistency. Pour into your molds and allow to dry for 5-6 hours before removing. If your sugar and soap mixture gets to thick, microwave on 10 second bursts until you are able to pour. Voila once you take out sugar bars from the soap mold, it's ready to use. To Use: Damp your skin with lukewarm water and rinse well. Rub a small amount of sugar scrub bar and use it over your wet skin, massaging in a circular motion as you go. Finally, rinse off well. Since it has soap inside, you don't want to use soap or body wash. This DIY was formulated by Ruchita, who is a skincare formulator who is graduate from Formula Botanica, a London based online school. She is the founder of Glow & Green. Check out her skincare and body care line here. Learn more about her here. As always, before applying this DIY and we recommend that you do patch test.

3 Natural, Homemade, and Hydrating Toners for All Skin Types

3 Natural, Homemade, and Hydrating Toners for All Skin Types

When I designed my first body care and skincare line (shop here), a few of my friends requested toner or mist in my line. When I mentioned that I plan to bring “rosy facial mist,” aka “rosy hibiscus toner,” they all got excited. And believe it or not, but that’s one of the most requested products in my collection. But let me tell you one thing, if you enjoy using toner, I am all for it. Still, I don’t spend money on water-based products just because someone in a salon or on the counter asked you to use it to remove the last trace of cleanser or open your pore. Frankly, toner doesn’t open pores or remove traces of the cleanser. There are some excellent reasons for you to use this water (or floral water). It is because you just loved them, or your skin is dehydrated (not dry - there is a difference in those two conditions). It is better to have this product in your beauty cabinet. While toner consists of 90% plus of water. And that’s why I think that it costs a lot (here is an affordable version- our rosy mist where we do not add water; instead, we use rose water). While making toner is really easy to make as per your skin health and skin needs. That’s why we came up with 3 colorful toners, which will give you much-needed hydration. In my opinion, other than hydration, toner also prepares the skin for the next steps in your regimen. These next steps could be adding night cream or vitamin c serum or any other skin treatment to absorb pretty well. But before we go further, here are few things we want to consider: Never make a massive amount of toner. Since we are making this product at home, we do not include any preservatives. Products without preservatives won’t last long. This product will not last more than 4-5 days at room temperature and 7 days in the refrigerator. Think your toner’s ingredients like food ingredients. Always include fresh and organic ingredients. · Keep your toner bottle away from sunlight in a cool dark space. · It is desirable to use a transparent glass bottle so that you can see the contamination. · Based on your skin types and health, customize your skin toner recipe. How do you make homemade natural face toner? Here is how you can decide: · First, decide on a theme of the face toner. Theme means – are you into floral toners? Or fruity one. Based on this, you will decide which ingredient with a fruity or floral scent will solve your skin problems, such as dehydration, anti-aging, or anything else. · Now gather all the necessary ingredients. If you scent with essential oil, then find out which kind of essential oil you want to use (learn more here essential oil 101). · Always measure ingredients in percentage. The percentage will provide you a perfect formula. Whether we make 2 oz or 1 oz, you will get the same kind of end product. · Have some tools ready such as measuring scale, glass mixing container, whisk, and glass bottle(get the spray bottle). · If you are planning to use essential oil, then make sure you shake well every time. In homemade face toner, we do not use solvent. The purpose of the solvent is to disperse the oil particle inside the water or hydrosol or floral water. That’s why it stays on the top. By including shaking, you are temporarily mixing them inside toner. So now, let’s roll up your sleeve and make these fantastic toners. We are using aloe water in every toner recipe here. The reason is: aloe vera is an excellent humectant. The role of humectant is to retain moisture from the skin. After oil or gel cleansing, it is vital to use an ingredient like vegetable glycerin, honey, or aloe vera so that your skin will feel moist. Hibiscus Rose Toner This toner is a replica of my product, but it’s more like a homemade version. This version of toner is more fun than regular toner. Rosewater provides rejuvenation, cooling feels to your facial skin. At the same time, hibiscus is a great source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is known to promote collagen formation for firm, young-looking skin. So, if you are looking for anti-aging skincare in this facial toner, give this toner a try. 20% = 20-gram Aloe Vera Juice 88% = 88-gram Rose Water 2% = 2-gram Hibiscus Dry Method: · First, mix dried hibiscus and rose water. Keep this mixture aside for 5 minutes. · Now add aloe vera juice inside the rosewater mixture. · Pour it in a glass spray bottle and use it during your AM and PM skin regimen right after using a cleanser. Butterfly Pea Lavender Toner When it comes to toners, I love making colorful toners. This version of toner brings great purplish-blue color, which will attract you to use it every day. The ingredients in this recipe will hydrate and refresh the skin. Lavender is known for its calming properties, while butterfly pea will support the skin collagen structure, reduce the redness and improve the skin barrier. This facial toner is suitable for all skin types. 20% = 20-gram Aloe Vera Juice 88% = 88-gram Lavender Water 2% = 2-gram Butterfly pea dried Method: · First, mix dried butterfly pea and lavender water. Keep this mixture aside for 5 minutes. · Now add aloe vera juice inside the lavender water mixture. · Pour it in a glass spray bottle and use it during your AM and PM skin regimen right after using a cleanser. Orange Toner This toner is one of my favorite ones, as yellow is my favorite color. Yellow gives vibrancy in life, so do this orange toner. In this toner, orange water/hydrosol makes a great facial spray for all skin types. It helps hydrate and tone the skin. This toner has a light astringent quality that balances skin sebum and promotes elasticity in the skin. 20% = 20-gram Aloe Vera Juice 88% = 88-gram Orange Water 2% = 2-gram Annatto Seeds · First, mix annatto seeds and orange water. Keep this mixture aside for 5 minutes. · Now add aloe vera juice inside the orange water mixture. · Pour it in a glass spray bottle and use it during your AM and PM skin regimen right after using a cleanser. These DIY toners were formulated by Ruchita, a skincare formulator who is a graduate of Formula Botanica, a London-based online school. She is the founder of Glow & Green skincare. Check out her skincare and body care line here. Learn more about her here. As always, before applying this DIY and we recommend that you do a patch test.

DIY Emulsifying Cleansing Balm and Makeup Remover

DIY Emulsifying Cleansing Balm and Makeup Remover

Glow & Green is all about sustainability and affordability. That’s why I would love to share my favorite DIYs, which are not just a one-stop-shop kind of product but is one multi-tasker. “DIY Emulsifying Cleansing Balm aka Moisturizing Agent aka Makeup Remover… I am surprised that why didn’t I share emulsifying cleansing balm recipes before. To be honest... Even though multiple products in your beauty counter work hard to have various benefits on your skin, cleansing balms are a one-stop shop. The function of the cleansing balm is not limited to just cleanse. Still, the cleansing balm is also about moisturizing, removing debris and makeup on your face from your day. If you are all reducing products from your beauty cabinet then, cleansing balms are the best low maintenance product. Now that I’m in my late 30s, I am more about add all the oil-to-my-face phase. I am all about oil boosters, oil serums, oil moisturizers, and oil cleansers. I love getting fatty acids from oil-based products. But when I started using the cleansing balm, I am totally convinced that waterless and oil-based products are the way to go. Especially when I am approaching 40(FYI, I have few years left in my 30s, lolz). This DIY emulsifying cleansing balm is inspired by my favorite brand, “Sunday Riley Blue Moon Clean-Rinse Cleansing Balm, which costs $50. In my opinion, even though cleansing balm serves multiple purposes, the amount of cleansing balm you get vs. it costs; that’s a lot for any budget. So that’s why I came up with a straightforward but luxurious recipe. How to Use: Emulsifying Cleansing Balm The purpose of the waterless and emulsified cleansing balm is to pull oil from the face using oil. You guys might have read many recipes of cleansing balm, consisting of simple oil and waxes, which works fine, but they tend to leave an oil film on your face after cleaning it with reusable wipes. If you decide not to follow gel or soap-based cleanser, using only oil and wax-based cleaner can cause oily residue or film. It can also cause pore blockage or other skin issues. That’s why I have seen that many people face problems with oil cleansing. In this cleansing balm, we are using emulsifying wax as an essential ingredient. This ingredient will help us create a little bit of lather. Due to this ingredient, we can skip the step of using a soap-based cleanser. To use your DIY Emulsifying Cleansing Balm, the first step is to wet your face and then massage a small amount of cleansing balm in your palms. The gently massaging in between palms will promote emulsifier and cleanse your face. You can follow cleansing with toner or do a 2-step cleansing process. DIY Emulsifying Cleansing Balm FAQs Why are oil-based products essential for anti-aging skincare? Growing age will cause less oil production in your skin layers which can cause wrinkles. The reason behind this is: our inner skin glands will take a longer time to generate new cells, oil production. This can lead to dehydrated, wrinkled skin. This happens due to hormonal shifts as well. So, we need to introduce oil-based products once we grow older. Can I use the cleansing balm as a moisturizer or an overnight facemask? Yes, cleansing Balm is an excellent product because you can use the cleansing balm as a moisturizer, overnight mask, cleanser, or pressed serum. What is the great anti-aging essential oil for a cleansing balm? Even though frankincense is not a sustainable option(due to its farming practices), that oil is a beautiful oil to include inside your balm. Sandalwood (again not so sustainable choice) or roman chamomile is the excellent choice for anti-aging cleansing oil. Sometimes I get the grainy consistency of the balm; what am I doing wrong? When you melt the butter and start adding oils, it is vital to continuously whisk the oil and wax mixture. I generally see the trace (aka start solidifying line in your wax and butter mixture. Recipe: DIY Emulsifying Cleansing Balm and Makeup Remover Prep Time: 20 minutes Setting Time: 12 hours Total Time: 12 hours 20 minutes Equipment: Brain-Marie, heat-protective containers, whisk, and jars to store Materials 30-gram Mango Butter +Cocoa Butter (I just used cocoa butter) 5-gram any vegan wax or beeswax 5-gram Emulsifying Wax 42-gram MCT Coconut Oil 1-gram Vitamin E 0.5-gram Blue Tansy How to Make: 1. Melt wax and butter in a double boiler over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the ingredients have melted. 2. Now, when you see the trace in the wax and butter mixture, it means once it starts solidifying and see the line on top, adds MCT coconut oil slowly. Make sure you keep whisking while you pour the oil. 3. Once you see the gel-like texture, add blue tansy oil and Vitamin E inside. Quickly pour the mixture into a glass jar. 4. Wait for 12 hours. Once balm solidify properly, start using. Keep this balm between 60-70 degrees F. This DIY was formulated by Ruchita, a skincare formulator who is a graduate of Formula Botanica, a London-based online school. She is the founder of Glow & Green. Check out her skincare and body care line here. Learn more about her here. As always, before applying this DIY and we recommend that you do a patch test.

How to Achieve a Flawless Complexion in Time for Valentine’s Day

How to Achieve a Flawless Complexion in Time for Valentine’s Day

Your skin is ready for Valentine’s day? In general, when it comes to Valentine’s Day, we envision nice LBD, candlelight dinner, a glass of champing and attractive looking flawless skin complexion. But this time around, we might be thinking to have let’s be real, we had tough last year, plus we can’t expect flawless skin complexion overnight especially due to quarantining, many of us became so lazy when it comes to regular facials, and AM/PM routine. So today, we want to share with you some skincare tips with our new product line for face as well as DIYs. We generally provide 2-3 days priority shipping, so you should be able to get all our new products right away. Without further due, we as women, need to do all these in this week. A Week before Valentine’s Day Address Skin Issues like: Blemishes, Pigmentation, Acne Since skin problem don’t disappear overnight, it’s best to be proactive and cure those issues ahead of time. Our skin’s outer layer takes almost 4 weeks to be completely replaced, so it is good to set our expectation that it won’t happen overnight. And especially when you are in 30s and older, the duration of the skin cell renewal process increases so definitely don’t expect any beauty product can do any sort of miracle. But it can certainly start by regularly cleansing our skin and implement double cleaning method in our night time routine. One DIY tip from us: pick your store-bought regular gel cleaner which is formulated with salicylic acid. If you are pregnant then it is better to add willow bark powder in your regular gel cleanser to remove any benzoyl peroxide to help remove pore-clogging dirt, impurities, dead skin cells and excess oil.

You can also show breakouts who’s boss with a powerful acne spot treatment. Apply a thin layer of our green tea face mask from the spa bundle every night, leading up to a date night to help reduce the appearance of inflamed zits. Apply a Face Mask once a week Other great way to target any skin issues is to give yourself an intensive treatment in the form of a face mask. When we started Glow & Green, our first few initial DIYs were face mask. natural remedy any. Last month, we engaged with you all in our Instagram about what exact concerns we all have! “Acne” or “Pigmentation”. And we came to know pigmentation is the most annoying concerns we all have. Here is our skin brightening face mask. Pamper Your Pout How about exfoliate your lips? With February snow storms, we all need to get ride of those dead skin and out of all our lips need to be ready to kiss!!! So, exfoliate your lips the night before a date night with a gentle lip scrub. Removing these dead skin cells will not only help target chapped lips, but will also improve the look and application of lipstick. While valentine’s day is week ahead, why not we hydrate our lips with our favorite lip balm, or salve. Our Founder Ruchita’s guide to Skincare Routine Before A week Hey Guys!!! Happy Galantine’s Day or Valentine’s Day. We are launching spa bundle a week before Valentine’s day which will help you to look flawless but here is my DIY guide. Along with our spa kit and my DIY tips you will love your skin by the time of Valentine’s Day! Step 1: Skincare routine: Cleanse When I say cleanse, I mean not cleaning your face with wipes or splashing water on your face. I genuinely mean, cleansing with oil, balm or cream as the first step. Also, separating facial cleansers by the facial organ is not a sustainable and effective way to tackle zero-waste beauty. That's why wasting money on eye make-up needs to be avoided. I am also not keen on facial washes since they rarely remove every trace of make-up, and I find it faint foundation grains on my towel. Although I am going to share a natural cleansing method in this blog if you are into the process of buying a new cleanser, Then I would avoid cleaners containing mineral oil. Cleansers containing mineral oil are the worst enemy for spot-prone skin. The last thing, use flannel cloth once you apply soap and water. Grab a piece of fabric from an old terry cotton t-shirt that you are already going to throw. Don't use those muslin clothes. Those are for cleaning your kitchen tables. So now we know all no-no; let's get down to the method of cleansing. Method: Message a giant blob of cleansing cream or balm into your face. Make sure you cover eye area, forehead, neck, and jawline. Don't be choosy, enjoy this process and massage it thoroughly in a circular motion. Soak a flannel cloth into hot water and kept the warm towel for 2 minutes. The hot water steam will help you with cleaning your pore and remove all the debris of make-up. Now slowly wrap it around your hand like a mitt and buff off the product. Starting with eyes, then more pressure in another part of your face. Rinse the clothe halfway and remove all the dirt. Frequency: Twice a day! Morning & Night. Generally, I do my morning cleanse before stepping in to shower while night-time washes, right before I get into my PJs. I used to get very sleepy and lazy for night time cleanse, so I decided to stick to this schedule. Whatever you do - stick to it. Your skin will show you the difference. Step 2: Skincare routine: Treat - Exfoliate - AHA & BHA This is a treatment; no one needs this treatment every single day. If you are doing this treatment every single day, then you are damaging your skin. Exfoliation of your skin can be done in two ways: 1) Alpha Hydroxy Acids 2) Beta Hydroxy Acids. AHA based exfoliation can be done a few times a week, while BHAs can be done in an effective way to cure spot-prone treatments. AHA unplug the bond between dead cells and skin. It works wonder in your upper skin while BHA goes deep down to your skin and cure the problem. The main function of the shedding is to take out dead upper cells and exposing virgin skin beneath. I appreciate that acid is the word that sounds blood scary about beauty products but doesn't afraid. Try to find natural and DIY alternatives for AHA (like glycolic acid, lactic or citric acid) & BHA (Salicylic acid). Follow us on Instagram, and we have shared a few natural alternatives on AHA & BHA Method: After cleansing, soak two cotton clothes in liquid exfoliate. Now apply on your entire face. The eye area can be very flaky, so do not apply this solution there. You will see a bit of redness, but it will go away. Frequency: Once a week at first, and if you do not see any adverse effect, follow two times a week schedule. Step 3: Skincare routine: Moisturize - Serum/Facial Oil/Day Cream Nowadays, most girls agree that moisturizer is necessary. Moisturizer is the product that will help your skin look fresh, comfortable, supple, brighter, and plumper. It is not to be avoided, whether your skin is oily, spot-prone, dry, or average. Every single woman or girl needs to moisturize. If you are working on steps to a skincare routine, then this is one vital step to follow. I keep a few facial oils in my beauty cabinets, and I almost always choose day & night moisturizers according to how they make my skin look. I always keep three types of facial oils: light, medium, and substantial body. Facial oils can act as a serum. Serums are a little bit tricky to me because mainly serum helps you treat the particular problem of the skin. Since facial oils are so versatile and a one-stop product, I use them as a part of my moisturizing process. Method: After exfoliation, apply your day cream or oil between your fingertips. Massage into the skin using deep, firmish movements. Don't rub back and forth. Especially if your day cream consists of SPF, it can often cause to disintegrate into little balls. Frequency: Every day Step 4: Skincare routine: Protect - Sunscreen There is so much confusion about sunscreen. More SPF is better, zinc-based, or not zinc-based! Etc. Etc. Many day creams also include SPF (from 15 to 30), I am broadly in favor of those, as it will help you to decrease one more product if you are like me - Zero-Waste & Sustainable junkie. But make sure those SPF contained moisturizer peel off in little balls when you try to apply make-up over them. If you are like me, there are many facial plant-based oils contains SPF as well. Here is the list of oil and its SPF level: · Almond oil: SPF around 5 · Coconut oil: SPF 4-6 · Red raspberry seed oil: SPF 25-50 · Carrot seed oil: SPF 35-40 All the above oil provides moderate coverage when it comes to UVA & UVB. But I strongly suggest using SPF as a separate product. (here is my suggestion). It is the protection of your skin, and you shouldn't be less careful about that. Method: Apply sunscreen right before you apply the foundation. Apply your sunscreen between two fingertips. Massage it into the firmish movement from neck to forehead. Frequency: Every Single day