I know this isn’t a beauty blog and I by no means am a beauty blogger. But if I can help even one person, it will make this post worth it. I have, and by no means am I exaggerating, when I say I have helped change lives because of these all natural skin care regiments.
Hopefully someone out there in the universe in need of some skin repair reads this and receives any kind of benefit from it. Also, these aren’t my ideas, they are global skin care regiments that unfortunately North Americans aren’t familiar with since we are being sold harmful chemical cleansers, toners and masks.
SKIN EXFOLIATE, BRIGHTENER, CLEANER, TONER, ACNE REDUCER, ALL AROUND BENEFICIAL MASK: Mix 1 tablespoon gram flour with 1 tsp turmeric, a splash of rose water or lemon juice, and 1 tsp yogurt or milk, into a thick paste. If needed add water or milk to make it more runny if you want. Allow this mixture to dry onto your face and slowly rub off. This not only minimizes your pores, it brightens your complexion, the lemon juice helps fight acne along with the gram flour, and the rose water acts as a toner. The yogurt is brightening and a great bacteria fighter. Rubbing this mixture off is the best exfoliation you can get outside of a spa. Make sure to moisturize after with coconut oil or your favorite moisturizer.
SKIN EXFOLIATE, BRIGHTENER, ACNE REDUCER: Plain old yogurt. I usually get a good thick organic Greek yogurt with probiotic. If you dont have that, than any yogurt will do. I go ahead and apply it on the roots of my hair as well, especially my forehead where I see some hair loss. I wait for the yogurt to dry before I rub it off, my skin is 3 shades brighter (I dont do this for skin whitening but it naturally does that because of the acid) but my acne scars are lighter, my blackheads are cleaned, my dead skin gone and its already moisturized and I don’t need to moisturize after. My hair feels more softer and alive. This mask was a game changer for me and my friends, do it 2-3 times a week but even if you do it once a month you’re golden.
TONER, CLEANSER: Rice water face wash is amazing. You allow rice to steep in some water for around a half hour and using a cotton pad you wash your face removing any impurities and leaving your skin brighter and softer than ever. It fights acne and helps even out your skin tone and texture. I love this, feels like I have primer on when I don’t. You can use it for your hair as well. Google the benefits.
SKIN EXFOLIATE, ANTI BACTERIAL, PURIFYING MINERAL MASK: So my mom had these mud rocks at home which she would use to wash her skin and hair once in a while and she would rave about it working wonders for her (new mini hairs within the week). I began using it and I have never gone back. Pretty much its a dirt cheap glam and glow mask. But better since it’s all natural. Turns out after some research the mud rock was benzonite clay from Afghanistan. In its pure and natural form its like a rock, soaking it in some warm water you see the minerals activate and the rock begin deteriorating, after I place it in a blender with some water and it becomes a creamy rich mud mask. This mask is AMAZING. I put it on my hair and skin and it after it dries on my face it acts as a natural exfoliate clearing all my dead skin and leaving my complexion brighter and removing all impurities such as black heads and white heads. Its a no chemical mask that works better than chemicals. My hair feels silky and truly I feel like it cleanses my scalp so much so that it allows for new hairs to spring out easily. If you have an afghan friend ask them to bring you some “gil e sar shoy” back when they visit Afghanistan.
The last few things I do to ensure my skin care works the best it can for me is what you’ve been told again and again and I will repeat since its the truth and nothing but the truth. WATER: drink at least 2L a day. Its easy to drink that slowly throughout the day, not only is your mind fresh and alert, your skin hair and nails will thank you. PILLOWCASE: Change it. I change mines twice a week if not once. Your dead skin, saliva, sweat, dirt, and oil can be the cause of your clogged pores and nasty break outs. If you can prevent it with some new clean sheets, why not. Vegetables: Cut back on the sugars, including fruits and eat your greens. when you poop more, there’s less toxins roaming around aimlessly in your body. All your vitamins and nutrients you take in will no doubt have a great effect on your skin,hair and nails. My go to top 3 vegetables for skin are cucumbers, spinach and beetroot. Squeeze lemon and sprinkle mint for added benefit. Get your recommended fish in take in as well for luminous skin.