In the picture (above): Sheetal Rawal. Scientist (human genetics) & founder of www.apsaraskincare.com
The holiday season is here and a brand new year is just round the corner. We all want to look our glowing, youthful best to ring in the new year and light up those much anticipated parties and festivities. A fair expectation I’d say. But isn’t flawless skin something we get over weeks and months, not days, you wonder. The answer is no. With the right ingredients and a natural daily skin care routine, you can get healthy, glowing and youthful skin in little time.
I absolutely insist that you refrain from spending huge amounts on skin care products that are filled with nasty chemicals. That is no way to get flawless and healthy skin. Such products are damaging and toxic, and can do far more damage than good. Go natural, feed your skin high quality ingredients; just as you would feed your body.
That being said, I am going to give you quick 10 natural recipes that will become your go-to home remedies to revive your skin and get it to look like a million bucks for this holiday season and beyond.
In addition I will give you a piece of advice that will stand to become your skin’s best friend forever. Figure out your skin type and then start a daily and weekly skin care routine composed of high quality natural products. Home remedies are wonderful, but as you can imagine they cannot take the place of daily care. Why? Because they do not remain on your skin for 24 hours everyday.
So let’s get started.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar for Firm & Spotless Skin
ACV is acidic in nature and that is why it is as beneficial as we know it to be. Our skin is slightly acidic in PH to remain protected from bacteria and atmospheric threats. When used properly apple cider vinegar maintains and encourages this balance. Its acidic nature also makes it an excellent astringent and pore tightener. But proper dilution is the key. Used undiluted, ACV can dry out the skin and irritate it.
Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 tsp
Rosewater, 5 tsp
Take the rosewater and ACV together in a bowl and mix them well. Use a cotton ball to dab it all over your face and neck. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Avoid this remedy if you have sensitive skin. Repeat it 1-2 times a week. Follow with your serum and lotion.
2. Aloe Vera Gel to Fade Blemishes
Aloe Vera gel is known for its ability to reduce scars and dark spots. Its regular use can also even out your skin tone, repair skin damage and also reduce appearance of wrinkles. All Apsara lotions contain aloe vere juice in them. This is chiefly because of the plant hormones in aloe that help the skin resurface quickly.
Aloe vera leaf or store bought high quality aloe gel
Methodinside the leaf. Use your fingertips to massage this gel on your face. Leave it on for 30 minutes before washing it off with warm water. Follow with toner, serum and lotion meant for your skin type.
3. Coconut Oil Deep Nourishment Mix
The antimicrobial skin nourishing and antioxidant benefits of coconut oil help in maintaining healthy, spotless skin that is nourished from within. Read this article about coconut oil and its many beauty benefits.
Organic coconut oil, 1 tsp
Warm Water, 1 tsp
Mix well. Clean your face and pat it dry with a soft washcloth. Massage in for 3-5 minutes and leave on for another 10 minutes. The water in this mix can help carry the coconut oil deeper into the skin. Wash with your PH balanced cleanser and follow with toner, serum and lotion.
4. Castor Oil to Nourish & Balance Skin Castor oil contains omega-3 fatty acids that work as an emollient and seal moisture in your skin. With regular use, you can also restore your skin’s natural sebum production. It also promotes collagen and elastin production, making your skin smooth.
Castor Oil, 2-3 drops
Warm towel to open pores
Place a warm towel (not hot) on your face for about 3 minutes to help the pores open up. Massage in the castor oil for at least 5 minutes. Wipe off any excess and then follow with your daily skin care routine.
Read this article for a wealth of information on how to use castor oil to get your skin to be flawless.
Watch this video in which I teach you how to use castor oil & turmeric to diminish acne and blackheads.
5. Rosehip Oil to Even Skin Tone & Fade Imperfections
This natural oil is a rich source of vitamins A, C, E and essential fatty acids that your skin loves. This oil therefore has anti-aging and dark spot fading properties. It evens out the skin tone and texture and encourages smoothness and vitality.
Rosehip oil, 3-4 drops
Fresh apple juice, 3 drops
Methodyour toner, serum and lotion. The malic acid in fresh apple juice is well known to help your skin resurface quickly and encourage clarity and glow.
6. Almond Oil for Skin Rejuvenation
Almond oil is a natural emollient that nourishes your skin and rejuvenates it from within. It is very well known in Ayurveda for its superior anti-aging properties. Yes! That is the reason it is present in abundance in Apsara's Sweet Almond and Wheatgerm Age Defense Serum.
Almond Oil, 10 drops
Massage the almond oil into your skin for 10 minutes. Be gentle but thorough. You can do this once every 10 days. Place a warm towel on your skin to help the almond oil penetrate deeper into your skin. Remove the towel when it cools off. Wash with lukewarm water and continue with your daily skin care routine.
7. Green Tea Bags Dipped in Coffee for Glowing & Firm Skincharm to tighten up sagging skin.
Green tea, 1 bag
1/2 cup brewed and cooled off instant coffee
Dip a bag of green tea in 1/2 cup boiling water. Add 1/2 tsp instant coffee and allow both to brew until cool. Wring out excess green tea back into the mix and with a cotton ball dab this mix on your skin. Wipe off after 15 minutes. Follow with your skin care routine.
8. Rosewater & Glycerin Face Lotion to Fade Lines & Wrinkles
By moisturizing your skin regularly, you can reduce fine lines and make your skin appear flawless. Rosewater contains antioxidants that can help restore your skin tissue and improve your complexion. All Apsara toners are made with high quality rosewater. Glycerin, on the other hand, is a humectant that can attract and lock moisture into your skin, giving it a plump and dewy appearance.
Rosewater, 1 tsp
Glycerine, 1/2 tsp
9. Homemade Vitamin C Face Mask to Fade Dark Marks & Hyperpigmentation
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is found in citrus fruits. It can fade imperfections and could also help rebuild collagen. This homemade Vitamin C mask is great to improve your skin’s elasticity and encourage a wrinkle-free, radiant complexion.
Aloe vera gel, 1 tbsp.
Rosewater, 1 tbsp.
Vitamin E oil, 5 drops
Fresh lemon juice 8 drops
Use this peanut, lemon & turmeric homemade mask to fade blemishes & hyper pigmentation of skin.
10. Natural Papaya & Banana Mask to Remove Dead Cells
Papain, the famous enzyme from papaya is filled with beauty enhancing magic. It removes dead cells and fades unevenness. Paired with banana, papaya is an awesome fruit to feed your skin. Banana contains many skin friendly vitamins and lutein: An antioxidant that makes banana your skin’s true friend.
Mashed banana, 1 tsp
Mashed papaya fruit, 1 tsp
Oat flour to make a thick paste
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