Is it just me or does everyone come across situations, where they are put under extreme scrutiny by the ladies at the beauty parlor?. They always say nasty things (maybe it’s true but umm, not so nice to hear it, particularly in front of other customers), like “Your skin is so dry!” or “Are you not drinking enough of water?. There are fine lines on your face” or “You have too many blackheads/whiteheads on your nose”.. Hmmphh!.. The list could go on…
So imagine my surprise when I went for a facial a week back (I haven’t gone for one in the last 6-7 months, which is a LONG time, according to me), and the lady there said I have good skin and actually asked me, my skincare routine!!!
I was SO pleased with myself, that I couldn’t help but smile. This has NEVER occurred to me ever!.
So anyways, back to the title of this post. Anti-oxidants are extremely helpful in fighting off ageing. In our skin, oxidation occurs on a regular basis. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that produces free radicals, that are capable of attacking the healthy cells of the body. This may lead to damage and death of cells. Cell damage caused by free radicals appears to be a major contributor to aging and decline in immune system among many other disorders.
Anti-oxidants fight against free radicals and therefore have become a major ingredient in skincare products, these days.
Here is a fantastic (and easy peasy) DIY anti-oxidant rich facial, which will guaranteed make your skin look brighter and feel softer.
1 pomegranate (medium) – It is choke full of anti-oxidants. By the way, I like using the ones from Turkey rather than the one from India.
2 tbsp honey – It helps in making your skin softer and is also a source of anti-oxidants. Also honey has an ability to absorb and retain moisture. It absorbs impurities from the pores on your skin and helps in getting refreshed, supple looking skin.
I didn’t realize it was so dark when I clicked it 🙁
First, get all the seeds from the pomegranate, get as much white rind (the whitish things encasing the red seeds), off. You don’t want the white rind in your mixture. Then wash the seeds well and drain it.
Add it to a grinder/blender
Add 2 tbsp honey to this.
Blend it until it looks like this (probably a few secs only). wash the blender immediately so that there are no stains from the pomegranate.
Then transfer into a container and store it away in the fridge for upto 3 weeks. I just now finished my first batch which lasted me about 20 days. I made my second batch yesterday and am continuing to do it.
If you feel it’s too runny for your liking, go ahead and add one more tbsp of honey. But I was totally fine with this consistency.
How to use it
1) First wash your face with a face wash and pat dry. Well whatever facials you do, you have to start on a clean face.
2) Apply this mixture on your face and neck, using the pulpy parts to gently scrub your face. Do it in your bathroom, otherwise you will end up having a mess on the floor. Also pomegranate can stain your clothes, so tuck in a towel around the neckline of your dress.
3) Wait for 30 mins. You can feel the skin has a slightly sticky feel.
4) Wash off with lukewarm or tap water with room temperature, using circular motions.
That’s it guys!!
PLEASE DO TRY IT!. You will LOVE it for sure.
NOTE (Updated) : Michelle Phan felt this is a DIY mask definitely worth trying out and featured it on her blog in a Member Spotlight post!. Check it out by clicking here.