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Sinfully refreshing drink for the Summer!

Hey all!

Summer has officially hit UAE with such a force!. The temperatures are up to 41 degrees Celsius. The heat is unbearable. For working people out there, it’s really so sad!. Here is a refreshing drink with easily available products.

You will need the following to make about 500ml of this refreshing drink:

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1 can of soda – A carbonated kick to your drink. I usually use the brand Canada Dry (300ml).

1 Laban Up (200 ml) – A nice tasting and powerful thirst quencher that acts as a base to make the drink.

1 lemon – It has a refreshing taste that picks you up immediately. It also helps balance your body’s ph levels and aids in digestion.

Salt to taste – Believe it or not, our body requires salt. When you are tired after working a lot, your body loses salt and this drink helps it put that back in to your system. Salt helps in retaining hydration in our body. That is why energy drinks have salt in them.[Trivia: You know that our body is made up mostly of water. However, did you know that it’s actually not just any water but salty water??]

A cup to mix in

Method (follow the same order):

1) First, add about 3/4 tbsp of salt (not heap) into the cup. Add more (but definitely not less for this mix) if you wish.

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2) Slice the lemon and de-seed it. You don’t want seeds in the drink when you are gulping it down!. Also, use freshly squeezed lemon juice. Not the store bought one because that one contains preservatives and the benefits are not there anymore.

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3) Add that to the salt. Give it a stir with a spoon.

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4) Add the Laban Up. Stir well.

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5) Add the soda and fill the cup in such a way that there is about an inch or more of space left in the cup.

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This is because the whole level rises up with a lot of effervescence. Once the bubbles go down a bit, add the rest of the soda. Stir in between so that the bubbles go down bit faster.

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6) Serve with a bit of bubbles on top. If you hadn’t placed your soda and Laban Up in the fridge before, add ice cubes,  as this drink is best served cold.

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This salty, citrusy, carbonated drink is a hit during summer in my family. Every one loves it. If you want to double the quantity and make more, I would suggest adding more Laban Up and skip adding any more soda. It still tastes great.

Now, why did I say “sinful” in the title??. Soda is a carbonated fizzy drink. It’s loaded with calories. I wouldn’t suggest taking it always but occasional use of it in drinks like this is OK. Soda is not a good friend of a person on any kind of diet.

Several alterations you can make to this drink are listed below. I am sure atleast one of them will suit you great 🙂

1) Laban Up and salt: Laban Up is a thirst quencher by itself. That is why it comes in a handy tetra pack like that. But add a bit of salt into it, mix well and you have a better drink.

2) Lemon, salt and water: This is the ultimate common drink served in most houses when you visit them in India. I don’t know about other parts of the world. This is a very nice but simple refreshing drink. Some people do add sugar instead of salt in this mixture and I cant stress on how stupid that is. Salt helps bring back the hydration that you lost while working. Sugar gives you a boost of energy and picks you up to a new height and then quickly drops you down from there!. Then you will go back for more, because you body asks for more. This is why sweets are addicting. Your body gets addicted to the short burst of energy. Kinda digressed from my drink itself but my request: PLEASE skip on the sugar and add salt instead, to this drink.

3) Laban up, salt and water : This version is like version 1 but instead of adding a full Laban up to the glass, adding half glass Laban Up and the other half with cold water will give you a not-so-rich and light drink.

4) Laban up, salt, water and lemon : This is the same drink that I discussed mainly but minus the soda. There is no kick to this version but it really does quench the thirst. This version is actually good if you are used to avoiding soda like the plague 🙂

5) Soda, lemon, salt and water : No Laban up here. It has more kick to it as half the glass is soda and the rich taste of Laban up is missing.

6) Soda, lemon and salt: This one is freaking powerful. You cant drink it down in one go as the carbonated drink leaves a burning sensation in your throat. I personally don’t like this version.

So guys, that’s it. If you try any version of the drink, lemme know. Those are real easily available ingredients. So, what’s stopping you??.

Love,

Naz 🙂

How to: DIY ACV face toner!

Hello guys!

It seems like I haven’t done a DIY in a while. So here is one, for a toner which I have been using for 7-8 months!

Before I go ahead with the DIY itself, let me first discuss what a toner does. A surprising number of people don’t know what a toner is or what it does. So info first!

A toner is an astringent liquid used on skin to clean away dirt and oil, tighten the pores and achieve fresh looking skin. It is usually applied after a cleanser. Cleanser opens the pores and cleans the dirt. When you follow that step with a toner, which cleans the skin further and closes the pores, you are good to go. You can then follow it with a moisturizer. Cleanse-Tone-Moisturize (CTM) is the motto you gotta hold in your heart and practice every day, for better and beautiful skin!

Usually the toners available in the market contains alcohol which can be really drying on the skin. So a DIY toner is perfect, according to me 🙂

Now onto the DIY and will discuss more info later:

You will need:

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1) Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) – Our skin is acidic. All the times that we wash our face, put products on it, go outside etc, the acidic mantle is disturbed and our skin becomes alkaline. When it’s acidic (normally) our skin can battle against those nasty bacteria in the atmosphere, protect it from infections and shed dead skin cells, thus revealing a new layer of skin. However, when it leans towards the alkaline side, skin becomes dull and prone to infection thus leading to breaking out (Who doesn’t hate acne yeah?). ACV is acidic, anti bacterial, antiseptic and full of antioxidants. Using ACV to make this toner, helps not only in sloughing off the dead skin cells on our skin but also in restoring the ph levels of our skin.

I use the brand American Garden. I believe it’s AED7 for a 946ml bottle.

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2) Water (Drinking water/distilled water. Not tap water!) – It helps dilute ACV, because it cannot be applied on it’s own.

3) Measuring cup

4) A spray bottle – I use this small spray bottle from The Face Shop. It’s AED12. I have seen such handy bottles also at Daiso (for AED7) and Sephora (AED30 for such a bottle plus other small handy containers, in a pack). The one I am using for this tutorial, can contain 40ml.

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Method

1) It is very important to dilute ACV before applying it to the skin. The first time I used this toner, I made it in a 1:2 ratio (one part of ACV and 2 parts of water). But now that my skin is used to it, I am going to move to a 1:1 ratio. If you have sensitive skin, try a 1:4 ratio and also do a patch test probably on the crook of your elbow. If you have normal skin, you can start with a 1:2 ratio and then move to a 1:1 ratio.

I filled 20ml of water into the bottle:

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2) Fill the rest of the 20ml with ACV.

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3) Here is the final mix!. This mixture has a really pungent smell but it goes away within minutes and anyways you will get used to the smell, as a toner is something that is to be used daily. This teeny amount can last you upto 7-8 months.

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How to apply

1) Take a cotton pad. Spray it (like 5 times) until the cotton pad gets enough product to get soaked.

2) Apply to your face and skin in upward sweeping motion. Avoid the eye area.

3) Don’t wash away your toner. Let it dry for a few seconds and follow with a moisturizer.

Please note that though I have told you guys that I use the normal ACV from the brand American Garden, I suggest you use, an ACV with the ‘mother’. This might sound real funny!. But by saying “with the mother” it means that, that ACV is in the purest organic form and contains good bacteria. Here is an example of one that I found in store:

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I certainly would have bought this in the first place but I couldn’t find it when I was looking for it and now I have a 946ml bottle to finish first. So I didn’t buy this when I found it later on. Once my current bottle is over, I will purchase this one, for sure. This one is more costly than the other. 473 ml costs AED11.95.

HUGE NOTE: This ACV toner is perfect for anyone with normal – combination – acne prone skin. Also, ACV is different from your normal vinegar. So don’t get confused.

If you try it, let me know.

Love always,

Naz 🙂