Recipe for tight skin and pores!

Avocado, yoghurt and olive oil mask for tight skin and pores 🙂

Well hello dear readers,

Hope this message finds you well. What I’m about to share is my old recipe I’ve been using for the last few years, but I’ve actually forgotten about it recently. But then When I saw my pores acting I knew it was time to mask up with some fresh avocado and yoghurt.

It’s a no-brainer that winter makes your skin wither- ehhmm it rhymes too 😊– I’m such a poet I even forgot about it 😊 and to avoid dry and flaky skin we exfoliate hard. Don’t get me wrong exfoliating your skin is necessary but too much of it will lead to dryness, acne and larger pores as well. The larger the pores the more prone your skin is to getting acne. The reason being, you’re stripping out your natural skin oil thereby making it dry, flaky and disobedient. Not very nice ha!

So, watch out how many times you exfoliate. I do mine once a week and according to my skin, that is enough.

For the mask you’ll need:

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2 teaspoons of ripe avocado

1 teaspoon of yoghurt

1 teaspoon of olive oil

P.S Please don’t waste a whole avocado. You will not be needing that much. 

Mix all the ingredients and apply it to your face and neck as well for 15-30 minutes, then wash off and enjoy a beautiful, healthy and glowing tight skin. Make sure you use a warm towel to wipe it off and tone your skin as you normally would.

 Applying yogurt will make your skin free from dead skin and it will also tighten your pores. However, it can sting if you have cuts or wounds on your skin so be mindful about this. I remember my sister once complain cos’ her skin was dry and the yoghurt stung her skin. Bless my little munchkin. Muahh!

Avocado is there to moisturize your supposedly dry skin, reduces acne flare-ups and protects the skin against the sun as well.  

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I don’t need to tell you anything about olive oil- it’s just majestic and versatile. My favourite oil of all time. You can just put it anywhere.

You can use it on your skin to moisturize and exfoliate, you can put it on your hair and scalp to condition it and protect your ends, you can use it on your body as a moisturizer, you can put on your salad AND- wait for it for it!  wait for it! – some people actually drink it when they’re constipated- I know right!!!. I’ve not gone thus far yet but I’m tempted “cheeky smile”. I Just think olive oil is the gangster of the oils.

olive oil

I mean what else do we want from this wonderful oil?  But make sure you get the extra virgin, unrefined cold pressed  oil. Trust me you’ll know the difference.

Today’s tip:  If you stayed out in the sun too long, apply avocado directly to sunburned skin to ease pain. This applies to those who are enjoying the sun and loving it but forget their skin is sunburned.

Today’s quote: Know the difference between those who stay to feed the soil and those who come to grab the fruit.

Always with love- Luminous Bee xoxo

5 ways I keep my teeth white and my gums healthy!

Well, hello dear folks, I’m coming to you today with these wonderful ways I keep my teeth white and my general oral health on point! I get asked a lot about it, so I thought I’d share and no I’ve never had them whitened. #smiles

 

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1: I do oil pulling once or twice a week minimum. This is the best way to keep your teeth white and your gums healthy as well. It involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes. This practice draws out toxins in your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your overall health.

 

coconut man

 

I usually do it with coconut oil but I also do it with sesame seed oil which is also good for our teeth and gums health. Plague/ tooth tartar is fat soluble which is why oil pulling works as it makes it softer.

sesame seed oil

 

P.s.  Sesame seed oil has a nutty taste to it, so you might not like it.

If you want to know more about it and find out about my experiences, click at the link below.

oil pulling- teeth whitening at home!  

2: I make a tooth paste using baking soda and coconut oil which is absolutely the bomb! Baking soda has whitening properties and is normally added to a commercial toothpaste.

Here’s how:

  • Mix 4 teaspoons of banking soda powder ( not banking powder) and
  • 2 teaspoons of raw & unrefined coconut oil

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  • Mix them well until they give you a paste, which will look like this:

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I use this paste twice a day either on it’s own and/or mixed with a normal toothpaste. It has a salty taste to it, so you might be better off mixing it with a normal toothpaste.

If you want you can also add activated charcoal to your baking soda and coconut toothpaste. This works but it also stains the sink. You can do it for the first 7 days and then carry on with your oil pulling and the other methods. You don’t necessarily need this. But if you insist, GO AHEAD!

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3: I make a mouth wash with black pepper, cinnamon and Himalayan salt ( even sea salt is ok to use). Mix all of the ingredients with warm water and it’s ready to use.

mouthwash

 I love love love this mouthwash. It’s all natural, chemical free and no alcohol but it works better than Listerine. Guaranteed! plus your pocket will thank you.

Learn how to make this here: That Homemade mouthwash for healthy gums!

 

4: I floss at least once a week: This can be a daunting experience but it needs to be done. There just isn’t any other way! 😦 

If your teeth bleed a lot when you brush, you simply need to floss like there is no tomorrow. I’m not gonna lie, sometimes I do forget and they used to bleed but since I started oil pulling and using the electric tooth brush, using my mouth wash they are in a much better condition. Make sure you use the mouth wash during flossing though.

5: I use electric tooth brush. Now I know what you’re going to say, ” but, Bersi it’s too expensive” and I’ll say; Come on now,  if you see it as a long term investment, then you’re still winning mate.

Trust me! I used to say that to myself too and I have used Oral B Pulsar forever ( cos’ I used to get them on sale all the time and they were cheap, until they were not anymore); but it was  and still is battery operated and I got tired of buying them over and over again. The only solution was electric tooth brush and trust me,  I never regretted it.

My first experience: At first I bought the Superdrug brand cos’ I wanted to see if I was going to like it first. I thought it was good until I used Oral B Pro 600. #bestdiscoveryEver

LET ME TELL YOU!!! it is the best thing ever. It’s just the BOMB and I think everyone should have it. I bought mine on sale for £24.99 from Superdrug.

 toothbrush- oral b

Please Note: Do not brush too harshly and avoid pressing it too hard. Just place it on your teeth and let it slide gently. you’re just there to guide it through and lead it where you want it to go.  #NotaRocketScience

Teeth. Soooo needy! 🙂

Hope these tips will inspire you and make you smile 🙂

As always with Love- Bee xoxo

 

That head wrap look!

I just can’t get enough of the head wraps. There’s something about them that oozes elegance- to me, they just feel home 🙂  don’t you think so? You can buy them from any African or Indian shops. It’s just the little things in life…

Express yourself #Freedom!

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This was taken in Ireland. The Shirt is from H & M; and the head wrap is from an Indian scarves shop.

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The vest and the blazer are also from H &M; and the boots are from Aldo; one of my favourite shoe shops in London. The scarf is from a local market. Ahh you gotta love markets! I personally think the the scarf makes this outfit complete. #Happy days

scarf me

 

This was taken in Southern France, Ramatuelle, One of my favourite places of all times. You can also wear your head wrap/scarf when travelling. It goes perfectly well with jeans and a top.

 

 

me too

This was taken in Spain, Las Palmas; another favourite place of mine! Don’t you love the green 🙂 aoww and the hair too! will share some photos of this wonderful place soon 🙂

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This was in Holland, the tulip garden…I love love this place. It was heavenly- didn’t know a place like this existed on earth 🙂 if you go to Holland, check this place out!

 

Quote of the day:

True confidence is when you don’t compare yourself with anyone, you just arrive! #Queen things

 

Rice water toner for shrinking pores, moisturising and cleansing skin!

No rose water? No problem! We can now use rice water as a face toner/cleanser!

That’s right you heard me right! Rice water is a great substitute for your regular toner and helps in reducing the size of the pores on your skin. It made my skin so clean and super smooth, my skin glows after I use it; and it definitely helped my pores shrink too. I love eating rice and I guess my skin loves it too. Happy days 🙂

There are 3 different methods to make it:   boiling, fermenting and no-boil quick method. I use the no boil quick method and I sometimes use the boiling method as well when I want to add in extra flavours or things- in this case orange peel.

You’ll need:

A cup of any rice and 2 cups of water. I use brown rice and the beauty of it is that you get to choose the type of rice you want to use. *wink* *Wink*

Instructions:

No boil quick method: First rinse the rice with about a cup of water to remove any dirt or impurities. But don’t over clean it- just rinsing it once is enough. If you wash it out properly, you’re going to lose all the goodness we’re after. STOP IT! Once you rinse it, place the rice in a bowl and cover with a cup of water. Let the rice soak for about 45 minutes. Swirl it around every 5 minutes until the water turns cloudy. Done!

The boiling method: You can also boil the rice to extract rice water. All you need to do is boil the rice using more water than you would normally do. Once it starts boiling take out the excess water, let it cool and use. This rice water will be very concentrated, so make sure to dilute it with plain water until it is just slightly cloudy.

Fermenting method: this is where you get to leave the rice soaking overnight. I tried fermenting it and boy is it a long process or what. FORGET IT!

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Mine has that yellow-ish look as I put orange peel in it. I boiled the orange peel with the rice for 5 minutes and this is what gives it that orange color.

How to use it:

Dip in a cotton pad into the rice water and gently massage your skin with it for a minute. Use this every day- morning and evening after you wash your face. You can also use it to cleanse your skin after you use a mask. Don’t worry if you skip a day. I do it too.

Storage: you can store it in a fridge for up to a week and make sure you shake it well before using it. I keep mine for 7 days maximum. Please bin it after day 7, it starts to smell funky and I don’t trust it.

Benefits:

Rice water also has moisturising, antioxidant, and healing properties that help to improve circulation, prevents or fade age related spots, and ease inflammation to give you healthy, better moisturised and clear skin. As long as it’s left on the skin, rice water is even believed to offer mild protection from the sun.

Orange peel:

The abundant vitamin C and anti-oxidants in orange peels prevent your skin from getting too oily or dry. When applied to skin, they also work as a toner, removing dead cells and dirt and tightening pores.

Warning!

Although it’s generally okay to eat the skins of fruits, I advise only doing so with organically farmed fruit. Why? Most farms spray insecticides to keep pests away. These insecticides remain on the fruit skin and may even penetrate deep into the flesh of the fruit. When consumed, the effects can be ugly, especially for children. Organic fruits have a lower risk, though you should still make sure to thoroughly wash them before consuming.

After you’re done with the rice, you can still make a good dish out of it. Don’t throw it away.

Quote of the day!

Abundance is not the absence of scarcity; it is the presence of abundant mentality.”
Debasish Mridha

oil pulling- teeth whitening at home!

  How to whiten your teeth at home- oil pulling

When a very good friend of mine, Miru told me about oil pulling, at first I was a bit sceptical but then when she mentioned it again, I thought maybe this’s meant to be. She’s about to be a qualified dentist (so proud of her!) and if she says it’s good, who am I to argue with that right? So I decided to give it a go.

Oil pulling involves placing a tablespoon of coconut oil, sesame or olive oil  into your mouth and then swishing it around for up to 20 minutes, minimum 10 minutes (pulling it between your teeth), before spitting it out. But since I had coconut oil at home and I know it helps whiten your teeth, I decided to go with coconut oil. For best results do it in the morning before you eat anything. I remember when I first came to London I met a guy who seemed to think my teeth were white and said “give it few more years and they’ll be yellow”. HAH! mate, if you’re reading this the joke is on you.

Initially I had few reservations and my concerns were, how will I manage 20 minutes (especially when I have a busy morning before going to work), what about excess saliva, what if it’s oily… etc. But it all turned out to be no problem at all, and it didn’t feel greasy either; and you have a lovely “Bounty-like” taste the whole time. (I don’t even like Bounty, but I still managed to do it). So, for the bounty lovers this is going to be an easy ride.

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I do it while I’m preparing my lunch for the day and ironing my shirt for work (A queen of multi-tasking right! I know!). One thing though, the oil will double in size which is a sign that it’s pulling out all the toxins; so don’t be put off by that.

Now – I have been doing this for longer than a month and I noticed my teeth were getting whiter after a week, and the overall health of my mouth improved a lot. My teeth are generally healthy and fairly white, but oil pulling made it even whiter.

If I were you, I would get on it right away! if it wasn’t good I wouldn’t endorse it.

Note: people always have commented on my teeth and I’m happy to share my secret: Change your toothpaste! Just like you change your shampoo for your hair. common sense!

Instructions:

  • First choose your oil, and then swish it around for 20min for best results- if not 10min will do.
  • Be gentle- no need to be aggressive. Remember you are doing it for 20 minutes and you don’t want to get stiff jaws.
  • Do not swallow it! As you’ll be taking all the bacteria and toxins into your body (after all, we are trying to get rid of them).
  • After you finish swishing don’t spit the oil out on your sink as it will block your pipes- spit it out in any empty jar that you’re not going to use or even your bin
  • Then, wash your mouth with salt and warm water
  • Don’t forget to brush your teeth after. Oil pulling is not a replacement for brushing your teeth.
  • Use a different tooth brush for it and rinse your brush with hot water after you finish

My experiences

  • Noticed my teeth became whiter and cleaner than they normally are.
  • My gums used to bleed sometimes and this has stopped completely after day 12. Not even a tear of blood which means the gums are a lot healthier now.
  • My teeth were sensitive and oil pulling helped reduce this. I actually started eating oranges now. Happy days!
  • It became easier for my teeth to be clean when bushing and there are no dental plagues anymore building up.
  • However, on my first day of doing it, I got a headache but that stopped the next day.
  • Funny enough, it also helps with a hangover. Amazables! I haven’t had a hangover in a long time. How about that!!!

quote of the day- “The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn but to unlearn”- Gloria Steinem

Hair mask!

We all know hair primarily constitutes of proteins and since eggs contain proteins that promotes hair growth and nourishes hair, I decided to go back to my old ways. Eggs make the hair strong, prevent breakage and what’s more they are super cheap. Now- I stopped using eggs only because I had issues with the smell. Oh! Does it bring back memories of my college days?! But I mix them with other ingredients and there is no smell at all. “ woop woop”! Happy days!

The other ingredients I use are avocados, yogurt, olive oil and Jamaican castor oil. The mask will make your hair soft, nourished and shiny. But if you have a soft hair already and you want that extra volume and texture you can add coffee to it. Instant coffee!

Avocado is rich in vitamin E which also protects and strengths hair and it’s an effective natural remedy for treating hair loss and it’s good for the scalp too.

hair mask- ing

Tip: if your avocado is not soft and ready to be used, put it in your freezer. I do that all the time, and when I need it I simply take it out at least 2 hours before I want to use it. For instance, if I know I’m gonna make a mask tomorrow, I will buy an avocado today and leave it in the freezer over night and take it out in the morning. The skin will literally peel its self off. The above picture is an evidence.

Method:

  • you need one avocado
  • 5-6 tablespoons of yogurt ( depending on how long and voluminous your hair is)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of Jamaican black castor oil
  • You will also need a mixer which will make your life easier to mix all the ingredients together

This is what you’ll get in the end:

hair mask- end result

Keep it on for 3 hours if you have time, if not 2 is just fine. I do mine on Saturday mornings when I’m doing laundry or cleaning my flat. Use this treatment twice a week. Make sure to massage your scalp with the goodness and put on a shower cap or a plastic bag to retain heat. Rinse it out with water first and then wash your hair with organic shampoo. I will show you how to make a chemical free shampoo at home later. but for now peace and harmony!

quote of the day- “The ship that you’re waiting for to come in, may very well be the ship that you need to build– Eddie Harris Jr.

face mask for anti-ageing!

A lot of people ask me what I use on my face, so I have decided to share it with you. This is one of the recipes I use to make a face mask at home to help reduce wrinkles and keep the skin young and vibrant. This mask will also give you a fresh look, the caffeine in the coffee will wake up your skin. Raw cacao bean is one of the richest sources of antioxidants of any food on the planet. This i the reason why dark chocolate is good for you as it has more cacao in it. I also put it in my smoothies in the morning as it’s packed with endless health benefits. Now, let’s sit back and enjoy the mask. This will last you for about 4/5 applications.

The ingredients are mostly what we have at home so don’t fret.

 

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  • 1 tablespoon of coffee
  • 1 tablespoon of cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of rose water
  • a pinch of turmeric powder; and
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil/almond oil ( if you have both olive oil and almond oil, you can put 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of almond oil)

Method:

First, put the coffee with the rose water and mix them up until the coffee dissolves. Then put the rest of the ingredients together and mix them all up until you get a paste like this:

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You don’t want it too runny as you will find it hard for it to stay on your face. You don’t want it too thick either as you’ll find it hard to apply to your skin. If you feel like its not the right texture yet add a drop of rose water.

Keep it for 30 min or more if you have time.

don’t forget to apply it on your neck as well.

don’t smile or laugh as you might crack your skin which is not what we want.

remove gently using a small towel or a piece of cloth using warm water.

Note: before applying the mask, wet your face as it will make it easier to apply the mask and the chances of all the goodness to get observed into your skin are higher.

You can get rose water from an Indian/African beauty shops or amazon if you prefer. You can also get cacao powder from the health shops but I get mine from amazon.

Note: the mask can last for days, the more its kept the better it gets. Don’t put it in the fridge. Make sure you keep the lid closed as it might get dry. But if it does get dry, just add a bit of olive oil/ a drop of rose water or even water is enough. You can use this mask twice a week.

“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames!- Rumi

Keep smiling, keep bowling and keep your skin glowing :)- Bersi