DIY Indian Skin Care Mask- For Fresh Glowing Skin!

Sometimes you just want to keep you skincare simple and not splash out loads of money on complicated products to sort out your issues. So I’ve decided to share one of my go to DIY skin care masks- which is this Indian recipe my mom taught me when I was a teenager. This mask is perfect for drawing out impurities, exfoliating and hydrating the skin. It will leave you with a beautiful glow!

Dhai Besan Indian Face Mask

This mask is called dhai-besan in Hindi and basically translates to yoghurt and chickpea mask in English. It’s a super common and easy to do recipe that has been in staple in Indian skincare, passed down from mom’s to daughters for generations! My mama was quite strict about what I was allowed and not allowed to put on my skin when I was younger (and I think I have inherited my love of minimalist skin care and makeup from her) and this mask was an exciting exception to my skin care routine that I was allowed to use as often as I liked- as it cleansed, exfoliated, brightened and hydrated my skin in one fell swoop. The best part is that it’s all totally natural and safe for almost all skin types (unless you have allergies to any of the ingredients).

Ingredients

Pure plain ground up chickpeas in flour form!

Pure plain ground up chickpeas in flour form!

1.) Besan, which is chickpea flour- you can find this at most health food or Indian/Middle Eastern grocers. The fine texture of this blends into the yoghurt super easily and once its dries on the skin and you buff it off, acts as an awesome, gentle exfoliant.

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2.) Plain, flavour free yoghurt- the lactic acid in yoghurt acts as a natural exfoliant and skin tightener (if you have oily skin you can use a fat free yoghurt as it’s less rich on the skin)

Indian Honey

3.) Good old honey- a natural antibacterial that also treats inflammation and is super hydrating

Dabur Rose Water

4.) Rose Water- a natural toner that bonus! Also acts as an astringent.

Optional Ingredients

Lemon- for added brightening power

Turmeric- another magic ingredient for inflamed skin as well as a brightening agent (careful if you have very pale skin though as you could go slightly yellow toned with this!)

The final mix!

The final mix!

And voila- that’s it! Mix the ingredients together, apply on a clean, dry face and wait about 20-30 mins till it’s dry before you start to buff off. The proof that it works is in the video below!!

Let me know how you go in the comments section, ciao for now! x 

MyGlamm Cosmetics Review- Taking the Indian Beauty World by Storm!

When I moved to Mumbai early last year, I was keen to start learning who the hottest new beauty brands taking over India were. And none stood out to me more than MyGlamm Cosmetics. A completely home grown brand, MyGlamm has formulas that are made in Europe, but caters to Indian skin tones. I was intrigued and wanted to learn how the range operated.

Cut to: me sitting in their head office in downtown Mumbai, signing up to be one of their digital faces. After a whirlwind meeting in which I learned all about the range, the multi tasking nature of the products and formulas and the plans moving forward, I was so ready to represent the range and shades that MyGlamm has to offer. I especially love how this Indian brand isn’t white washing Indian skin tones and only catering to the light skinned market (as if it’s some kind of beauty ideal), instead they are leading the path to a more inclusive beauty standard with darker shade choices and even makeup for all genders! I’ve been thrilled to be included in this movement in India.

Jazba And Teena Singh MyGlamm Launch in Mumbai


Becoming a Brand Ambassador

After some training on product knowledge and the opportunity to play with colours and textures of their existing range, I was excited to get into their studio and start shooting. I was lucky enough to usher in the launch of a brand new liquid matte lipstick range called Butterlicious- which, as the name suggest, fuses pigment with nourishing shea butter. I also got to be the face of their Jet Set eye liner collection and Perfect Curves nude lipstick range. Have a look below!

Butterlicious Shea Butter Creamy Matte Lipsticks by MyGlamm

These babies slick on super smooth and hydrating, but dry down to a beautiful matte finish as you can see here!

Jet Set Kajal Eyeliner by MyGlamm

This eyeliner is pigmented, easy to use and comes in black, brown and navy!

Perfect Curves Nude Lipstick Collection by MyGlamm

The new nudes in the Perfect Curves Collection are just perfect for Indian skin tones!

Makeup Tutorials by Jazba Singh

Beyond product tutorials, I got the chance to play around with colours and do fun tutorials ranging from a Priyanka Chopra inspired makeup look, to Halloween costume makeup to leading educational tutorials on makeup basics and trends. I even got to live videos and Q&A sessions, so have a look below for the full show!




















Skin Care Basics- An Easy Routine for Beginners

Makeup free, filter free, feeling free!

Makeup free, filter free, feeling free!

I have been asked about my skin care routine a lot recently- I think because I have been posting a lot more photos of natural makeup looks and people think that my skin looks like that. Ha! Thanks, but that’s so not the case! I want to be transparent right off the top and say even when I’m sporting a “natural” and minimal makeup look… that’s still makeup. My skin isn’t naturally flawless at all- I have pigmentation and little bumps and dry skin issues just as much as the next person. I do however, have some tricks up my sleeve that I employ as someone with a background in skincare (and of course makeup) that help me keep my skin in check.  And it’s a pretty simple routine that anyone else can easily do, so I thought I would share.

Working with Skin Type

So in order to make this a useful guide for you, I’ll break down my skin type for you. Firstly, I would say I’m pretty luckily to have resilient skin- meaning it fairs well no matter what products I’m sticking on it. It’s not a sensitive skin type, but I would say it’s recently become a bit sensitised due to environmental factors like stress and pollution. So not sensitive, but kind of reactionary to lifestyle (duh, like everyone’s skin)! I have a feeling anyone who regularly changes up their skin care routine and chucks new products on their skin all the time can relate to this kind of sensitised but resilient type of skin combo.

My skin was always on the dry side- like it would feel taut after washing it if I didn’t moisturise. So that’s what I do religiously, moisturise it while it was still a bit damp out of the shower or after washing.

Loving this gel formula for oily skin

Loving this gel formula for oily skin

But recently, since I’m in a hot, humid country, my skin has definitely taken on elements of being combo/oily. I’ve had to switch out my usual moisturiser for dry skin, to a gel based moisturiser for oily skin. I have been using Biotherm’s Aquasource Gel. But I still moisturise daily, day and night- that’s key.

Finally, I would say my skin has never really been acne prone, but it has in more recent years been prone to these little bumps under the surface of the skin- which I think are from product build up and a perhaps a poor diet. Totally my own fault! Your skin is a reflection of what’s going on inside your body, and my lack of nutritious eating and not drinking enough water definitely shows up on the surface.

So in short, my skin kind of has elements of a few different types of skin and if any of these types relate to you I’ll break down what I do for those particular issues.

Morning Skin Care Routine

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  • Splash plain old water to rinse off any night cream and then moisturise with a very simple SPF loaded cream. At the moment I am using Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 15. Finish with an eye cream and lip balm.

  • I don’t wash with a cleanser in the morning because I think it’s just too much- why strip my skin of natural oils and protection layers like the acid mantle in the morning when I have nothing (no makeup) on it? Let it do its thing if your skin is dry like mine.

  • Go on with my makeup routine as usual.  

Night time Skincare Routine

My fave balm cleanser of the moment

My fave balm cleanser of the moment

  • Remove makeup with a balm cleanser: I have recently been using the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3 in 1 Melting Balm that just dissolves onto the skin and takes off every last stitch of makeup, including eye makeup.

  • When I’m not being lazy, I try and get a muslin cloth or soft terry cloth involved for wiping off the cleanser with water- because it also helps exfoliate the skin at the same time.

  • A recent addition to my routine has been wiping my skin down with a toner after cleansing. I never used to do this because I really believe the less ingredients going on the face the better. But I started to notice a toner would pick up trace amounts of makeup that might still be there, and also prep the skin for my night time moisturiser.

  • For when I notice more of those little bumps under the surface: I use a glycolic or AHA/BHA based toner. To be brief, these acids basically help to break down gummed together bits of skin that aren’t shedding naturally. You can use any brand you like if bumps are an issue for you.

  • And then finally I moisturise, eye cream and lip balm it up again.

Once a Week (Or if I’m Honest Every 2 Weeks When I’m Lazy)

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  • Exfoliate: I think sloughing off dead skins manually this way is really important to getting rid of build up, both on dry and oily skin.

  • At the moment I’m using Goldfaden MD- Microderm Exfoliator with Ruby Crystals. Microdermbrasion exfoliants like this have super small crystals so they can actually grab all sorts of micro dead skin and slough it off. I don’t think thick beaded exfoliants do anything to the skin.

Once a Month Skin Care

  • I make a DIY facemask from ingredients from my kitchen to hydrate the skin. These usually involve yoghurt, honey and something with grit to exfoliate. I look up recipes online or do ones that my grandmother passed on to my mom. If you’re interested to hear more I’ll write a future post- just leave me a comment!

  • Or if I’m having a specific skin issue like congestion or build up, I’ll reach for a detoxing mask like Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque from Kiehls or the Wonder Mud Mask from Biotherm (see my one week review video here):

That’s it. Wow when I write it out like this it looks like a lot. But the fact is my daily routine is fast. Wash, tone and moisturise. Sometimes exfoliate and mask. I just wanted to give you all the specific details in case it might help.

I recently read an article about what Angelina Jolie’s facialist has done for her skin the past 30 years and it’s essentially a really simple routine like this. Clean and exfoliate to get rid of dead skin. Moisturise very regularly, and don’t skip eyes and lips. And for keeping things super smooth and unbumpy get an AHA, BHA and glycolic acid involved to melt away texture.

The final thing I’ll say about skin is that it is our body’s largest organ. And like all our other internal organs, it needs to be treated well and kept nourished and hydrated internally if you want it to be healthy. So eating well and drinking lots of water are key for your skin’s health. I know I need to do better on both those things. But beyond that, keeping stress to a minimum really helps our bodies inside and out and that extends to our skin. That doesn’t mean I am somehow able to keep myself out of stressful situations and my skin is amazing as a result. It just means I am trying to make a conscious effort to react in a less stressed out manner to tricky situations. I try and meditate and exercise and indulge in my passions to keep my body, mind and yes skin, feeling good. It seems to have worked thus far so that’s a good little tip I can share with you!

Let me know what you think of these steps by leaving me a comment down below! 

xx

Beauty Nomad