Monday, March 11, 2013

Basic Lip Care & a DIY Lip Scrub

Hey my beauties, I am sure all of you girls must have faced the dry, flaky lips issue at least once in your life. Well, for me, its kind of a routine issue which occurs every two months or so. However, I have found a cool tip which is very simple and effective.

However, first I will discuss a few things which you need to do to keep your lips hydrated:
  1. Drink lots of water - Simple!
  2. Always apply a thin layer of lip blam/petroleum jelly before going to bed.
  3. If you have VERY dry lips which often bleed, try this one simple tip. Put 2-3 drops of olive oil (or any oil will do) in your belly button. Lock with a cotton ball; and go to sleep. Your lips will be softy soft the next morning. You can repeat this everyday.
  4. Stop biting your lips.
There are many exfoliants and lip scrubs available in the market but I am always up for something which is less expensive and quicker than all of these things. I have tried a number of things but here I am going to share with you the simplest and the easiest thing which i found to be working the best.

Here are two simple things you will need for this easy recipe:
  1. Sugar - Yes, plain sugar ... Quantity depends on how flaky your lips are; but 1 tablespoon is more than enough. If you are a regular in applying this scrub then 1 tea spoon is sufficient for you.
  2. Petroleum jelly. I use Vaseline Petroleum jelly but any unscented petroleum jelly will do for you.

Now, here is what you have to do, remove any lipstick or lip gloss you have on your lips, dip your finger in the petroleum jelly and then dip it in sugar. Now your finger will have sugar crystals stuck to it. Rub these crystals gently on your lips in small circular motions. Dont be very harsh because if your lips are very dry, harsh rubbing can result in bleeding. Repeat it for about 3-5 minutes. You will feel your lips flake free and freshly colored (yes thats the color of your new skin which was hiding behind the flakes). After being done with it, wash your hands, dry your lips. You can also use soap on the lips to wash away the greasy and sticky feeling if you want. After cleaning and drying out your lips, apply plain petroleum jelly or any lip balm you like.

You can repeat the above scrub recipe every week. Its simple and quick. Share your comments after trying this out girls.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Review - Saeed Ghani's Aloe Vera Serum

I am a hugeeeeeeee fan of the herbal products and homemade diy's for the skincare and Aloe Vera is one of my favorite herbs for skin care. I even have an aloe vera plant at my home for quick skincare recipes.
Recently I came across aloe vera serum in Saeed Ghani's shop and I just HAD to try this out.
It is a small bottle and comes with a spray. The liquid is clear and almost odorless.
It is not too much high priced and I got it for PKR 90/- from Saeed Ghani's shop in Super Market Islamabad.
Now lets come to the results ... honestly I didnt expect it to do wonders overnight and was just using the first bottle I purchased as a regular regime before my moisturizer. After using it only for about 5 days regularly, I started seeing visible difference in my skin, my pores were never open or big but I felt the difference in my skin and refined pores after using this serum. My skin was more supple, and felt more firm. The complexion was even toned to quite a good extent. I also felt the really fine lines disappearing thus making my skin more young and fresh.
Initially I didnt understand what made my skin so vibrant in just 5 days but then I realized that it was the only new thing in those days that I had started using. All the other stuff that I applied on my skin was the same and nothing had changed. I was really impressed by the product's results and I am surely recommending it to all of you girls out there.
For your reference, I am also writing down the way I used this serum as this might be of some help for you people:
  1. My first step in the night was to cleanse my skin using a cleanser and cotton. The cleanser I have been using for almost 2-3 years is Garnier Skin Naturals Essentials Grape Water Makeup Remover Milk. Read Review here.
  2. After cleansing my skin thoroughly with the cleanser, when the cotton ball stops to pick anymore dirt and dust from your face. I applied plain rose water on my face with a cotton ball. Rose water is a natural, less expensive and great toner and I refrain from using any other toners with harsh chemicals in them.
  3. Now here is where the serum from Saeed Ghani jumps in. I apply it before applying my moisturizer. Just a few sprays either directly on my face or on my hands and then applying on my face did the trick.
  4. After applying the serum, I waited for a while till it dried and then applied my usual moisturizer. I normally use Clean & Clear Oil free moisturizer but during the winters I use Ponds Moisturizing Cold Cream. I massage the moisturizer softly on my face.
In the morning, my routine was the following:
  1. I washed my face with the usual face wash and dried it.
  2. Applied the Saeed Ghani Aloe Vera Serum on face.
  3. Applied my usual moisturizer the same way I did during the night regime.
Have any of you girls used this serum? Please share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you.
Also, I would also tell you in a future post that how can you make aloe vera serum yourself at your home. Isn't that GREAT.
Have fun all you ladies !!!

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