Anti-Stress+Acne+Redness+Dullness Face Mask

 

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I have been struggling with dull skin for too many weeks on end and decided to re-vamp my face care routine because in the process of trying to reinvigorate the natural blush in my cheeks, with not-so-good-for-you but easily accessible face masks (not to mention easier to apply, and contained in super cute packaging – I am guilty of being a fanatic of Korean Beauty Products), I was actually irritating my skin (redness) and likely enabling some of the acne that I have been suffering from as well.

I decided to scale back to the basics and called my mom so that she could remind me of a face mask remedy I swore by in my teens and early 20s. While I wont share the entire details of my face care regimen (in this post), I will share this beauty secret with you. Most of you have probably come across posts on the internet flaunting the benefits of turmeric face masks, so as a token of my appreciation 🙂 I have decided to share, in the first Wellness post since my return, a not-so-well-known concoction for a face mask that soothes skin as it nourishes and protects.

I had to experiment, for about an hour last night, in an attempt to develop a recipe for the perfect consistency as my mother’s instructions, as well as various internet-based variations, resulted in massive gobs of permanently-staining turmeric dripping off my face and onto and all over my washroom and house!

This mask can be used up to 3 times a week and should be applied to a clean face (sans moisturizer) and left on for about 20 minutes (or until you cant move your face anymore!). You can prepare two face masks at a time by doubling up on the recipe (although this is not recommended as the mask will slightly lose its potency) and refrigerating the unused portion for up to 2 days  (according to my own personal experience). Do not skip any ingredients as each plays an integral role.

Besan (Chickpea Flour)- Reduces oiliness, fights acne

Honey – Treats and prevents acne (antibacterial), slows down the signs of aging (antioxidant), moisturizes, soothes irritated skin, adds glow to skin

Cinnamon – Treats acne , adds glow to skin

Yogurt – Naturally reduces fine lines and wrinkles, lactic acid dissolves dead skin and tightens pores

Turmeric – Clears acne scars and inflammation, reduces oiliness

Enjoy and please feel free to post your experiences using this mask 🙂

Recipe

2 TBSP Besan (chickpea flour)

1 TSP Honey

0.5 TSP Ground Cinnamon

1.5 TBSP Natural Yogurt (strain as much water with a strong paper towel before adding to mixture)

1 TSP Ground Turmeric

Mix dry ingredients together well before adding yogurt and then honey. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes to thicken before applying on clean (unmoisturized) face.

 

we’re Baaaaccckkk!!!

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After a LONG overdue hiatus, this blog is finally back up, and hopefully will be running again in no time with all of your support. I will address this hiatus in upcoming posts, as it truly was a part of my Journey of and to Wellbeing, but for now I’ll just wholeheartedly THANK all those who sent emails wondering about why the blog came to a screeching halt, just as it was picking up momentum, and encouraged me to reconsider starting back up. If it wasn’t for those emails, as well as friends and family who have come to me, asking for a forum to explore their own Journeys to Wellbeing, I would not have found the time and more importantly, the courage, to come back to this project. That said, this Act of Return is super intentional, super meaningful and I invite you all to join along again, on this Journey to Personal Wellbeing!

Raw Vegan-friendly Lunch of the Day (LOD): BLAT (Bacon Lettuce Avocado Tomato) with Lemon-Basil Vegenaise

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I came across this recipe late last night and decided that I had to have it for lunch today. I picked up the items at Whole Foods and it took less than 5 minutes to prep & put this together just now. I took one bite already and I am in heaven! However, my sandwich did not turn out as pretty as the one one the blog I got this recipe from (Cheeky Kitchen) so I borrowed the pic above from there! The recipe is below. Make sure to check out Cheeky Kitchen for amazingly creative recipes, including many vegan ones!

Ingredients:

1/3 cup Vegenaise (or mayonnaise)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/2 lemon, zested
Fresh ground pepper
4 slices good bread, toasted
1 super ripe tomato, sliced thin
1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and sliced thin
8 slices vegan bacon, cooked until crisp
1/2 cup broccoli sprouts

Directions

Stir together the Vegenaise, basil, lemon, and pepper.

Pile tomatoes, avocado slices, bacon, and broccoli on top of each sandwich.

Top with an absurd amount of the basil-spiked Vegenaise.

Serve immediately and enjoy!