DIY Vitamin C Serum + Review

I know this sounds so complex and you’re probably wondering how the hell can one make a vitamin c serum?!But it’s actually super simple and easy! 😉 

I’ve been making and using my own Vitamin C serum for the past couple of months, I don’t know why I took so long to actually post about it coz I freakin’ love this stuff!

 

DIY vitamin c serum and review
 
You only really need 2 ingredients but you can customize it for your skin by adding some other stuff.

Before I go into the DIY, lemme share my review.

So as I mentioned I’ve been using it for a few months now, on and off.
But I can say I’ve used it long enough to give a full review.

I’ve just recently got into it again and seriously thought to myself “why did I ever stop??”

It’s THAT good!

The biggest and most noticeable difference or improvement I saw in my skin is lightening of my acne scarring, evening out my skin tone and the texture of my skin is smoother and more refined.

Overall my skin looks healthier, clearer and has a glow to it, which is what vitamin C is known to do for the skin!

All ingredients are non-comedogenic so I haven’t experienced any clogged pores from using it, that’s always good.

Vitamin C also stimulates collagen which is great for mature skins or if you just want to slow down the aging process, not forgetting, it’s also a fantastic antioxidant.

The best part about this? It’s super cheap and absolutely pure, there’s no fillers or artificial ingredients in it (unless you decide to add it in yourself 😜)

Now moving on to the DIY. 

You will need: 

Ascorbic Acid / L-Ascorbic Acid powder

Distilled Water

Optional – Glycerine, Witch Hazel, Aloe Vera gel
There are different strengths/ratios and they go as 5% 10% 15% and the highest is 20%

Making these different strengths will usually require some math skills so be warned!

The easiest way to figure it all out is to work with 100ml batches.
So for example, a 5% solution would require 5ml of ascorbic acid and 95ml of base solution (meaning water and if you opt for glycerin/witch hazel/aloe, all these need to equal 95%)
Keep in mind that ascorbic acid is a very unstable ingredient and goes rancid quite quickly, you will need to make a fresh batch at least every 2 weeks for best results.

You will know if your solution is going bad and needs to be thrown out if it starts turning yellow, you always want a clear solution.

It’s best to keep your serum in a tinted/opaque glass or plastic container such as those amber glass bottles essential oils usually come in, and you wanna keep it stored in a cool dark place, out of light, ideally in the fridge, which will extend it longevity.

Also, when making your solution, use only glass or plastic utensils, stay away from metal as it could react with the ascorbic acid, and make it less effective.

Another note, this serum will most likely tingle your skin when you first start using it, it is completely normal, you know it’s working. But, if it’s unbearable and your skin starts getting red and itchy, it’s probably not agreeing with you or it’s too strong so lower the strength of the solution, simply add some more water to dilute it. If it’s still having that effect on your skin then it’s a good idea to stop all together coz it’s not suitable for your skin.
Ideally you should start off with a 5% solution and every week or 2, yourself up to the next strength.
I recommend going from 5% to 7.5% instead of jumping straight to 10% coz it’s more gentle.

And it’s actually quite easy, just make a small batch of 5% and a small batch of 10% and mix the 2 together to give you 7.5%!
Tip: I also add some MSM powder to my serum and I love the results, the 2 ingredients actually go hand in hand and work incredibly well to build collagen and keep skin plump, hydrated and glowing!
I always add a teaspoon or 2 of glycerine, sometimes I add in some witch hazel.

Glycerine is a humectant and amazing if you have dry skin but you might wanna keep it at a minimum or cut it out completely if you have oily skin.

What’s nice about adding it to your serum is that it gives it that slip and tackiness that serums usually have. Again, if you don’t like the effect it has on your skin or you find it too oily then leave it out.

I’d say 5% of glycerine is more than enough for all skin types.

Now, because the solution is very liquidy, it’s basically like water, you have to be careful when applying, I usually apply small amounts at a time and sort of layer it on to portions of my face at a time, sometimes I use it as a toner on a cotton pad.

Ascorbic acid, MSM, distilled water and witch hazel can be found at Dischem or any health store.

Everything is really affordable, and by the amount of serums you’ll end up making with just a small amount of ingredients, it works out extremely cheap!

PS: I got my amber dropper bottles from a place called Dalgen , they were quite cheap as well, I just had to pay for courier and that was quite expensive.

Overall I highly recommend trying this out, it really works!

If you decide to give this a try, leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.
Much love 

-F 💋

DIY Skin Clearing Toner

Wow! I honestly can’t believe that half of Ramadhaan is already over. Oh and Happy July!

I did a series of posts in the past where I broke down each step in a skincare routine and explained the need for it and how it helps your skin etc etc, if yòu wanna read more about that, here’s the links:
Setp 1: Cleansing
Step 2: Toner
Step 3: Exfoliation and Masks
Step 4: Serum and Moisturiser

I thought I’d do a little DIY post coz this has been working amazingly on my skin.
You only need 3 ingredients! 
• Colloidal silver or Distilled water
• Tea Tree oil 
• Glycerin

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If you follow our blog or read our posts regularly, I’m sure you would have picked up that I’m really into the natural approach when it comes to skincare.
At 1 point I had only used 100% natural products but have since incorporated some other products which are not 100% natural but lean more towards natural than artificial/chemical.

You might have also picked up on my skin type. Incase you forgot or don’t know, let me share that with you again.
I suffer from something called “comedones”
Basically they are clogged pores. Dirt and oil get trapped in my pores, creating little bumps all over my skin and the only way to remove them is to extract.
But, sadly, they do return,  it’s a vicious cycle!
I’ve noticed that when I was using more chemical types of skincare products my skin was at its worst. 
I’d have loads of comedones and they’d come back faster than I anticipated. 

Thankfully they aren’t that noticeable, unless you be all up in my face Lol

So I had stopped using all other harsh toners and settled for straight up Colloidal silver. 
This is basically water charged with silver, making it high in minerals and giving it anti-bacterial and antimicrobial properties. 
I used to just spritz this over my face after cleansing. 
I noticed it helped significantly at keeping breakouts at bay.
On 2 occasions,  I ran out and only managed to pick up some more after a few days, and both times broke out.
After using it again, no problems. Just clear skin

So since the cold has come in, naturally, everyones skin does tend to dry out. Most acne fighting products are your enemies coz then you’re left with dry, red and irritated skin.

Tea Tree oil is known to be the natural alternative to Benzoyl Peroxide. It has the same effect on the skin, just in natural form and tends to work at a slower rate.

I once used BP for my skin condition and hated it. It bleached everything 
and dried out my skin so badly. I couldn’t stand using it for longer than a week.

On the other hand, tea tree has been a wonderful addition to my skincare routine. It has made such a big difference. We will do an entire post/ review on that soon though.

The combination of the water/colloidal silver,  tea tree oil and glycerin help to removed excess oil or residue, provide your skin with its amazing properties, killing bacteria and the glycerin really helps to retain moisture.
You only need a few drops each of tea tree and glycerin. 
Play around with it and see what works for you.
I’ve used both distilled water and colloidal silver and both work great, however with colloidal silver, you will need to make fresh batches each week just so that the colloidal silver doesn’t lose it’s properties. 
Whereas with the distilled water, it will last you longer.

I can honestly say that this has really worked for me and keeps my skin comedone free because I have never seen my skin so smooth and clear. 

You can either put some on a cotton pad and swipe it all over your face or put it in a spray bottle and spritz it directly on to your face giving it a minute to absorb before applying your serums or creams.

It feels absolutely refreshing and I’d say would make an excellent facial mist for the summer.

Have any of you tried tea tree oil? What are your thoughts on it and how did you incorporate it into your skincare routine?

Let us know 🙂 drop a comment,  we’d love to know what other essential oils you use to keep your skin clear and healthy 😉

XOXO Makeup a Storm

DIY Lemon Toner

Hey guys

Just realised that it’s been a while since doing a DIY post.
And I thought it would be nice to do 1 now.

So for the past 2 weeks or so I’ve been experimenting with a lemon toner, which I made myself.

Knowing and experiencing the excellent benefits of lemon for skin, I was keen to try this out and I am pleased, to say the least.
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So in the past I’ve used undiluted lemon juice on my face as a sort of mask. Basically just applied it and washed off after a little while.

Now, I was running low on toner and needed a new 1. I wanted to try something new but nothing on the shelves quite caught my eye.
After remembering how well lemon worked for me in the past and the amazing benefits, I decided to create my own toner.

As mentioned, I’ve been using it for about 2 weeks now.
I haven’t experienced any breakouts since starting.
My skin looks and feels smoother and clearer.
And overall I have a healthy complexion.
And I give thanks to this little gem

Incase you don’t already know, here are some benefits of lemons for skin and how it works:
• Contains citric acid, which gently exfoliates skin, removing dead skin cells, revealing smoother skin.
• Lightens scarring and pigmentation
• Balances skins PH
• Prevents breakouts and dries up/heals existing ones faster
• Gives a clearer and more radiant, even complexion

Go ahead! Give it a try!

So all I did was squeeze a lemon and strain. Add some purified or boiled water and shook it up.
Depending on how sensitive your skin is, start off with a solution with more water and then gradually make it stronger by increasing the amount of lemon juice.

Use as you would a toner, with a cotton pad/ball and swipe over your entire face after cleansing, morning and evening.
Follow with eye cream, serums and moisturiser.

This should be kept for a maximum of 2 weeks, so it’s best to make small quantities at a time.
It can also be stored in the fridge for a more cooling and refreshing toner.

PS. It’s normal to experience a slight tingle for a few seconds after using this but If your skin burns for a long time or starts to turn red, rinse off with cold water and rather abstain from using it.

Also, this can dry out your skin a little so be sure to use a good moisturiser afterwards.

Let us know if you’ve tried this before or if you do decide to, we’d love it if you shared your experiences and thoughts. We love feedback!  🙂

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Much love,
Fatima xxx ♡

Glowing Skin In Just 4 Weeks!?

Hey guys..

I recently came across a video on YouTube…’How to get glowing skin in just 4 weeks without foundation’, which was very appealing to me, as im always on a mission to get my skin healthy and problem free. I was surprised at how easy this sounded and whats more its completely safe and inexpensive too. 

All you need is something we all have in our kitchens (well if you’re indian atleast, lol) its known in india as the “Queen of spices”??? Yes, its Tumeric powder/Arad. This spice has countless health benefits..to mention just a few: 
• Anti inflammatory
• Natural Antioxidant
• Anti fungal
• Can help prevent and treat certain cancers as well as Alzheimers disease
•Helps with depression
•A natural liver detoxifier
• Speeds up wound healing and helps repair damaged skin.

Amazing right? And i figured, because of its anti inflammatory and healing properties, this detox would be great for those who suffer with any skin problems such as acne or psoriasis. 

So heres what you do: Every morning before breakfast, just have about 3/4 of a tsp of Turmeric powder with a glass of warm water and then again Before you go to bed. 

You can mix it into the water , but what I do is just put the turmeric into my mouth and then drink the water to wash it down.. pretty brave huh? Lol 

If you dont like the way it tastes, you can add some honey. And if you’d like to lose a few pounds you can add some lemon juice to this as well.

I started this 2 days ago… i’m not sure as to how soon you will be able to see any results but this stuff does make you go to the loo more often. So be prepared :p

If you’re not so keen on drinking this, you can make a face mask using Turmeric powder, lemon juice and yogurt and apply this to your skin every day for a few weeks. This will help lighten pigmentation and dark spots. 

I will be posting again at the end of my 4 week turmeric detox to let you guys know if I see any results in my skin 😀

If any of you decide.to try this out, please be sure to let us know your experience and if it worked. 

Since it is the month of fasting, why not detox your body and soul at the same time 🙂

Thank you for reading!

-M

 

Skincare Routine Step 2: Toner

Greetings
Hope you are all in good health.
Ramadhaan Mubaarak to all my Muslim readers 🙂 Please do remember me and my family in your du’aas (prayers)

Ok so we move onto step 2 in our skincare routine.
A lot of women don’t use toner, some don’t don’t think it’s necessary whilst others don’t even know it’s purpose.

So, 1stly, what is the purpose of a toner and how does it work?
Different toners have different benefits for our skins, just depending on the ingredients.
However, most toners are used to remove any dirt or makeup or even some cleanser that wasn’t properly washed off.
Toners also restore your skins PH balance which might have changed after cleansing, due to the cleanser you are using.
Some even claim toners allow better penetration of serums and creams.
And its astringent properties close and tighten pores to prevent any dirt or bacteria to get trapped in again.

2ndly, is a toner THAT important and should you be using one?

In my opinion, yes.
I find it to be an added step in cleansing.
Sometimes you’d be surprised to see makeup on the cotton pad even after you’ve just washed your face!
Also, I do find that I have less congestion (clogged pores) since using a toner.

It’s also very refreshing if you use it as a spritzer.

However, avoid toners that contain alcohol, it will dry out you skin.
Witch hazel is a natural astringent that has many benefits for your skin, especially for acne sufferers.
Rose water as well, works very well for dry and irritated skin. Its very cooling and soothing to the skin.
There are actually many brands that make Witch hazel and Rose water toners.

**This is just my opinion, I am not a skincare expert but I have a great interest in it, I love reading and I’ve learned a lot along the way**

Hope you enjoy reading, feel free to share your thoughts 🙂
That’s all for this week.
New post up on Monday, and that will be step 3, treatments.

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Lots of love
F xxx