Envy Face Mask

5 Benefits Of Feeding Your Skin Some Ginger

gingerYou may relate the root to an all-round throat relief, but ginger is way more than just that. It has a number of properties to qualify as a beauty agent as well. And the best part? The ingredient is one that is almost at all times sitting at the bottom of your vegetable basket. So no running around digging up plants for this one! Here are 5 reasons why you skin should be getting more of ginger.

 

  1. Clears Acne

Ginger is an effective antiseptic and rich in cleansing properties as well, which make it your knight in shining armor if your skin in acne-prone. Make a face mask using ginger, lemon and honey and use regularly for flawless unblemished skin.ACNE-ROSACEA

 

  1. Anti-Ageing

The anti-oxidant rich plant root helps in increasing blood circulation and cutting down on toxins, in turn keeping dull skin and fine lines at bay. Mix together some ginger, glycerin and honey and apply over your face and neck. The pack not only keeps your skin younger but also moisturizes it for a fresher face.worried-about-wrinkles

 

  1. Tones Skin

The root’s antioxidant and toning properties can help give you a lighter and more radiant complexion. Apply the ginger, honey and lemon face mask for about 30 minutes before rinsing off with cool water to reveal softer and brighter skin.skin-brightening-face-packs

 

  1. Treats Scars

A sliver of ginger is all you need to ward off hypo-pigmented scars, which occur when the skin loses its pigmentation. These scars are usually white or lighter than the actual skin color. Simply dab a sliver of ginger on the scar everyday to see visible results within a fortnight.ginger-hypopigmented-scars-1

 

  1. Soothes Burnt Skin

Ginger juice acts as an excellent soothing agent for burnt skin. Applying the extract eases the pain while healing burnt skin to its normal state in about 6-12 weeks. Even a fresh ginger slice can do the trick by simply rubbing it on the affected area 2-3 times daily.ginger_zps023496d1

 

Who’s your favorite Spice Girl now? 😛

5 Ways To Make The Best Of Lemon

diy envy box lemonLemons are the most common food in every household. But did you know that this yellow ball of citrus is as good a beauty ingredient as any? Turns out there is more to it than just being vodka shot redeemer. Here are 5 ways in which you can up your beauty game with lemons.

 

  1. Anti-Aging Mask

Lemon mixed with green tea and a dash of turmeric powder can turn back your skin’s clock. The lime juice tightens large pores, fights free radicals that cause premature aging and boosts cell regeneration. Green tea on the other hand is rich in antioxidants and keeps wrinkles at bay while the turmeric protects the skin from inflammation and aging.

 

  1. Lemon Water

Enriched with ample amounts of Vitamin C, antioxidants and antibacterial properties, lemon makes for a great body cleanser and immunity booster. Guzzling down lemon infused water not only keeps your insides healthy but also reflects on the outside.

 

  1. Deodorant

Remember that floating slice of lemon in your finger bowl? Yeah, there’s a reason for it. The antibacterial properties of the fruit drives away foul odor and is also a great natural way to brighten your underarms.

 

  1. Tan Removal

Mix together one tablespoon each of fresh lemon juice and tomato juice and a teaspoon of honey (organic honey gives best results). Apply the mask for 20 minutes before washing off with cold water. On regular usage the concoction rids your skin of sun tan, black head and unwanted acne scars.

 

  1. Hair Repair

Lemons are a rich source of Vitamin B, Folic Acid, Magnesium, Calcium and a whole list of other names from the periodic table that make it ideal for hair care and repair. Applying a mix of lime juice and water to your roots before shower can fight dandruff while simply applying lime juice can rid your hair of excess oils. Other benefits of this wondrous fruit include longer and thicker hair, healing split ends, soothing an itchy scalp and reducing hair loss.lemon

 

Now you know what to do when life gives you lemons!

7 Organic Hacks To Get Rid Of That Stubborn Acne

ACNE FEATUREWhat’s your first reaction when you see a sore red spot on your face that holds the potential to take all of people’s attention away from the rest of you? Pop it, right? Here’s a fact, that’s the worst option. Quick but horrible. Not only is it utterly painful and messy, it can ruin your skin in the long run.

So instead of popping try out these few simply tricks to shoo away that pimple and keep acne at bay.

 

  1. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera shoots down three problems with just one fire. The plant gel in addition to reducing redness and inflammation also cools down your skin and reduces oiliness. Look for a good gel in the market or simply scrape some off a plant, mix it with a little water and apply.Aloe Vera

 

  1. Honey & Cinnamon

A tad sticky, yes but it works wonders. Infact the stickiness comes in handy as it takes away with all the oil and dirt from your skin. Apply a mask made of two tablespoons of honey with a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing off.

 

  1. Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil is rich in anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties making it ideal for acne removal and treatment. Just apply the oil over the affected area using a Q-tip or wool ball.tea tree

 

  1. Basil

Grab some fresh basil leaves – even a bottle of dried basil will do – and soak it in 2-3 tablespoons of warm water. Apply the paste on your face for about 10 minutes, 4-5 times a week and you’ll see a marked difference!basil

 

  1. Lemon & Honey

Lemon and honey are the Batman & Robin of acne treatment. Stir in a tablespoon of honey with a tablespoon of lemon juice and apply on affected area and over acne marks. Do this for 5-6 times a week and there will be visible reduction in your acne woes. Although be careful and refrain from applying over aggravated pimples as it may result in a burning sensation.

 

  1. Cucumber & Lemon

Cool as a cucumber is for a reason such a famous metaphor. The vegetable turns down the redness and heals cools the inflamed area. Make a paste of grated cucumber and three teaspoons of lemon juice. Apply it to your skin and rinse off with cool water after 10-15 minutes.

 

  1. Mint

Goes without saying that mint is an excellent cooling agent. The leaves not only calm down the skin but also work as an astringent. A paste made of overnight soaked mint leaves will combat the angry redness of the pimple and reduce its size as well. If used regularly, this ayurvedic treatment rids your skin of stubborn acne marks as well.mint

Other natural treatments include easily accessible ingredients like garlic, cloves, raw papaya, neem, nutmeg and lots more. There’s nothing Mama Nature cannot solve! 🙂

 

 

5 Mud Masks You Need To Try Right Now!

mud packThe benefits of mud therapy are manifold. For starters, did you know that the simple application of mud can help in treating acne, skin afflictions like eczema and also calms down and relaxes your skin? And this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg. Here are 5 mud packs that you need to add to your skin care regime right away!

 

  1. H20+ Plus Sea Mineral Mud Mask

Enhanced with rich sea minerals and the goodness of natural mud, this mask is a boon for oily skin. The potion rejuvenates the skin by balancing and purifying the oily pores to give a smooth and clean finish.276484_250x0

 

  1. Richfeel Mud Pack

Suitable for all skin types, Richfeel’s mud pack is fortified with nourishing sea minerals that protect and nurture the skin by tightening the pores, removing dead cells and toning the skin.Screen Shot 2016-03-05 at 3.33.51 AM

 

  1. Forest Essentials Facial Ubtan Multani Mitti

Fortified with natural ingredients like turmeric, fenugreek and neem along with multani mitti, this ubtan rids your top layer of blemishes and cares for it from within. The pack gives you a radiant glow and helps decrease pigmentation as well.1245063_250x0

 

  1. Biotique Bio Mud

Revitalize your skin with the power of magnesium, calcium and iodine mineral salts, and essential oils of basil, geranium, lavender and peppermint that uplift and tighten your skin for a firmer and younger look.biotique-bio-mud-ageless-firming-revitalizing-face-pack-235g-medium_6cc33ab0c8c90fc8d40c2cb9b2e12985

 

  1. Fabindia Haldi Chandan Mud Pack

This mud pack is enhanced with the goodness of turmeric and sandalwood to give your skin thrice the benefits. The mix clears the skin and regular usage leaves it a few tones lighter.Screen Shot 2016-03-05 at 3.33.41 AM

 

So which one’s your pick?

 

5 Amazing Benefits Of Treating Your Skin With Turmeric

ayurveda ingredients turmericTurmeric or haldi is a multi-tasking Ayurvedic Indian spice. It is widely used for culinary purposes across the Indian sub-continent as well as in innumerable ways to nurture the skin and hair. The ingredient is rich in a number of antioxidants and hence makes for an excellent skincare component.

Here are 5 major benefits of using this wonder spice on your skin.

 

  1. Skin Firming

Turmeric promotes cell regeneration and growth, keeping the skin’s elasticity intact. This property also prevents the skin from sagging and wrinkling.

Kama Ayurveds Muscle Tone Firming Treatment Oilkama ayurveda turmeric firming oil

 

  1. Anti-Bacterial Agent

Turmeric works wonders on cuts and burns on the skin and speeds up the healing process. The spice can either be applied externally as a thick paste made with honey, or can be ingested as a tablet or mixed with milk. Apart, from its healing properties, haldi also heals skin disorders like eczema, acne, etc.

Pure Earth Turmeric & Saffron Face & Body Barpure earth turmeric face body bar

 

  1. Reduces Pigmentation

This Ayurvedic element is great at evening out the skin’s complexion. Not only does regular use polish the skin and brighten it, regular usage also rids your skin of tan and improves skin texture.

Forest Essentials Facial Ubtan Multani Mittiforest essentials mulltani mitti

 

  1. Anti-Aging

Owing to its high anti-oxidant contents, turmeric reverses your skin’s clock as well. The spice reduces wrinkles and brings back the youthful radiance of your skin, leaving it healthy and young.

Suganda Turmeric Sandalwood Soapsuganda turmeric

 

  1. Controls Oily Skin

Haldi is a boon for people with oily skin. Masks made with sandalwood, turmeric and orange zest visibly reduces the face’s oiliness and softens up rough patches.

Pure Earth Turmeric Exfoliating Face Sandpure earth turmeric face sand

SkinYoga Fresh Orange Body Scrubskinyoga turmeric

 

5 Ayurvedic Face Packs With Love From India

 

FACE MASKS FEATThe Indian subcontinent is known for a number of things spicy, erotic (ahem) and healthy. Ayurveda (or life knowledge) is one that falls in the last category, which has taken the health and beauty industry by storm. And for good reason. It boasts of beauty and health secrets with all things natural, and who doesn’t love a wholesome dose of that?

Here are five organic face packs that you can concoct at home for flawlessly healthy and glowing skin.

  1. Pumpkin & Fig Face Pack

 

myenvybox_diy_ayruveda1

What:

2 figs

2 pumpkin slices

1 tsp almond oil

How:

Make a smooth paste of all the ingredients and apply it evenly on clean skin and rinse off after 10-15 minutes. Don’t cringe, because the fig and pumpkin mix is going to leave your skin hydrated, cleansed and bright like never before.

  1. Sandalwood Mask

sandalwood_rose_diy_myenvybox

What:

2 tbsp sandalwood powder

2-3 tsp rose water (or water)

How:

Make a smooth paste of the sandalwood powder and rose water and spread it evenly over your face. Let it stay until dry, about 10 minutes, and wash off with cold water. The treatment will leave you with a visible glow.

  1. Rice Scrub

rice_myenvybox

What:

1 tbsp fine rice

1 tbsp sandalwood powder

½ tbsp. raw milk

1 tbsp besan (gram flour)

2-3 tsp rose water

½ tbsp. conch shell powder (optional)

How:

Mix all the ingredients well and apply it over washed skin. The au naturale scrub cleanses the pores while hydrating and brightening the skin. The added conch shell powder acts as a wonderful weapon against acne. For best results, use the scrub atleast once a week.

  1. Honey & Lemon Mask

miel_myenvybox

What:

1 tbsp organic honey

1 tsp lime juice

How:

Wash your face clean and apply the mix on your face (avoiding areas around the eyes). Rinse off with cold water after 10-15 minutes. This natural – and tad sticky – pack is an excellent antioxidant and moisturizes your skin for a lighter face and clean pores.

  1. Marigold Face Pack

marigold_myenvybox

What:

A handful of marigold flowers (genda)

2-3 tbsp raw milk

1 tbsp organic honey

How:

Making a pack out of decoration may sound a tad off, but it works. Mix the flower petals with the honey and milk and make a paste (it’s okay to have bits of petals). Apply this paste to your face and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before you wash it with lukewarm water. Apart from a mesmerizing aroma, the pack also has amazing antibacterial and antiseptic properties that battle away stubborn acne.

6 DIY Facial Scrubs To Exfoliate Your Skin

Face washes, packs, facials, creams and peel-offs are all good but what your pores really yearn for is a good scrub every once in a while. And what’s better than a chemical-free au naturale exfoliator? Use these methods to whip up a rehydrating face exfoliator at home. Trust us, the clogged pores will thank you for this!

 

  1. Coffee Coconut

Take 1 tablespoon of coffee grounds (not powder) and mix it with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Apply it on the desired area and rinse off. The coffee coconut scrub brightens up and refreshes your skin by doing away with dead skin, leaving it softer. Also, the coffee ground can help melt away unwanted cellulite!coconut-coffee-scrub

 

  1. Chocolate Sugar

Mix a quarter cup of brown sugar, an eight of a cup of olive oil, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder and a quarter o a teaspoon of vanilla extract in a bowl. Spread the mix evenly over your face in circular motions and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with war water. This cocoa enriched scrub cleanses and exfoliates the skin and also helps reduce fine lines.DIY-Chocolate-Scrub-Recipe

 

  1. Almond

Place a handful of raw almonds (not salted or roasted) in a blender and pulse it to get a fine-grained powder. Add half a cup of almond oil to the powder along with a few drops of essential oil. Apply the mix over your face and remove using a wet cloth and a splash of cold water. The natural oils of the almond and added oils moisturize your skin, bringing it to life like never before!Honey-Almond-Meal-Face-Scrub-420

 

  1. Blueberry Honey

Pulp half a cup of fresh blueberries, 2 tablespoons of raw honey and a tablespoon of sugar in a blender. Apply a generous layer of the mix on to clean skin and leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. Honey acts as a natural antiseptic and wipes off any visible inflammations or blemishes, while the blueberries light up your face with their high antioxidant and vitamin C content.blueberry_honey_face_scrub_ch

 

  1. Rice

Break about 2-3 tablespoons of rice into smaller granules and add enough honey to make a thick paste. Cut a lemon into half, dip it in the rice-honey mix and use it to apply the scrub on your face. Rinse off with water and pat dry. Rice not only helps revive dry and dull skin but also brightens it up.rice scrub

 

  1. Oatmeal Honey

Mix together a quarter of a cup of uncooked oats, an eight of a cup of honey and olive oil. Apply over dry areas and leave on for 10 minutes. Wash of with warm water and follow up with some moisturizer if necessary. The mix is excellent to bring back dead skin to life.Honey-oatmeal-2blog

5 Beauty Treatments That’ll Cost You An Arm & A Leg

We’ve seen how high people can go on the crazy scale to achieve a desirable look but what about treatments that come at an exorbitant price? How much is too much when it comes to paying for beauty? Apparently a lot, and these 5 most expensive beauty regimes of the world stand proof to it.

  1. L. Raphael Oxy Star Anti-Pigmentation Facial

Price: $1,590 (~INR 1,06,000)

A super luxurious treatment offered only at the Palace Spa in Gstaad, Switzerland, it involves almost an hour-long process. The procedure involves treating body and skin with L. Raphael products rich in oxygen like the L. Raphael Oxy Peel Perfection Elixir.Ligne-Beyond-Spa-L.RAPHAEL

  1. Evian Bath

Price: $5,000 (~INR 3,30,000)

A majority of us simpletons will think thrice even before buying it for quenching our thirst. But as it turns out, Hotel Victor in Miami offers a full-fledged bath to selected guests in 1,000 liters of this expensive spring water. The package, which costs USD 5,000, also includes a bottle of champagne (because you have to be drunk to shed that amount on a bath!), spa treatments and a dessert.ID4_visuel_gamme_501ce4

  1. Diamond & Ruby Peel

Price: $ 7,000 (~INR 4,63,000)

This ridiculously expensive treatment involves having your face scrubbed with a mix of crushed diamonds and rubies. The scrubbing is followed up with a layer of lactic acid to reveal fresh and glowing skin.dM-440x267

  1. Bee Venom Facial

Price: $ 55,200 (~INR 36,50,000)

Before you cringe and run away, let us tell you that the treatment involves a formula that has very little amount of the venom to make the procedure less painful. The extravagant mask comprises shea butter, lavender oil and manuka honey that give you young and radiant skin.BEE-VENOM_BLACK1

  1. Cellupulse Wave Therapy

Price: $75,000 (~INR 50,00,000)

This one’s actually a machine. It’s a Cellupulse anti-cellulite acoustic wave therapy machine, which is used by celebrities like Madonna to keep their body free from any visible cellulite. This in turn results in a body that might be 50 but won’t look a day over 30!madonna-feat-songs

5 Beauty Treatments That Spell Out Crazy

Tell a woman that a treatment can knock a decade off her skin and she’ll climb mountains for it. These facial treatments stand proof to it. Now with all due respect to salons, therapists, beauticians and the lot, we have nothing against beauty. Hell we can’t go a fortnight with our routine trip to the parlor. But you know people have started taking beauty a tad to seriously when placenta facial, snail slime moisturizer, vampire facial and the likes hit the market.

Here are some of the wackiest – but apparently super efficient – facials and treatments that even Cleopatra would raise eyebrows at!

  1. Bird Poop Geisha Facial

Few facts state that Geishas used to apply powdered nightingale droppings to take off their make up and restore their cheeks; natural shine. As of today, a similar regime is followed for beautification. Just that the poop is “sanitized” with UV rays before application. What is sanitized poop? Food?308f5de5920f426ea88ebda29b0da26b_answer_5_xlarge

  1. Sheep Placenta Facial

Ok we’ll give your goose bumps a moment to settle down. So after a sheep goves birth, a serum id made from the “ish” around the lamb chop and smothered on to one’s face to reverse signs of ageing. Umm, ew?sheep-redorbit

  1. Kitty Litter Face Mask

What’s with all the animal excreta (and related stuff)?! Turns out the stuff your kitty has been using to cover up its litter is rich in benotine clay which happens to be an excellent element to remove unwanted toxins from your face.

  1. Vampire Facial

Yes Einstein, this treatment involved blood. So the blood is drawn from your body and reinjected into your face to instigate production of elastin and collagen in order to give a youthful radiance. A certain Kardashian sister happens to be a huge fan of this treatment.54a75eae3a2ab_-_elle-kim-k-vampire-facial-h-lgn

  1. Sperm Facial

Ok, the last time these two words were placed together, I had my Incognito window open. But jokes aside, sperm facials do exist. Apparently a certain element called spermine that exists in sperm is superb for eliminating acne issues and making you look younger. Use an acne-clearing gel then! Paying someone to slather you-know-what all over your face is not the only solution!Sperm-Facial

MOISTURE MONDAYS: MY ENVY BOX TOP 5 HYDRATING FACE MASKS

MOISTURE-MONDAYS

The one aspect that unites all skin types — whether combination, oily or dry — is the need for hydration. And for people who have oily T-zones, hydration doesn’t automatically translate into more oil. It just means plumper skin that’s healthier, more resilient and less prone to wrinkles. Skin that’s not hydrated means it loses its elasticity, which makes it less supple. We definitely don’t want that. So, why not start a regime today, at the start of the week, to focus on this very important facet of skincare? Make a commitment to putting on a hydrating face mask every week so your skin stays on top form. Whatever age you are, this will extremely super beneficial for you. Let’s break down the top 5 face masks we have in store for you, to get you started. We have already!

Eminence Organics: Chocolate Mousse Hydration Masque eminence

A particularly delicious sounding mask, this product is bursting forth with deeply nourishing and hydrating cocoa (it’s also a super antioxidant). Add macadamia, almond and jojoba oils to the mix and you’ve got yourself an all-star. Emulsify a small amount of the mask with lukewarm water and leave it on for 10 minutes and you’re set. You can get this mask on MY ENVY BOX here.

Thalgo: Moisture Quenching Mask

Thalgo

The name says it all, doesn’t it? This is called a “skin bath” because it not only nourishes and hydrates (it’s got a lot of barley milk in it, as well as their patent Seve Marine ingredient), but also visibly brightens the face. You simply have to apply it, as an even layer, to your thoroughly cleansed face and neck, leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, and then blot away excess with a tissue, as opposed to washing it off. You can get this mask on MY ENVY BOX here.

Natio: Ageless Hydrating Mask

Natio

Rosehip and sesame oil, papaya and aloe are what truly pack a punch in this goodie from Natio. It’s a deep conditioning face mask that can be employed as a quick skin pick-me-up, just by applying it for 10 minutes weekly, or bi-weekly, whatever your needs may be. You can get this mask on MY ENVY BOX here.

H2O Plus: Hydrating Marine Moisture Mask H20

This intense moisture mask is infused with marine botanicals, including red marine algae, oxygen-rich sea plankton, and wakame, sea fennel and sea lettuce which together combine to saturate the skin with nutrients. Apply a generous amount, weekly, to your face and neck for 10 minutes at a go, and watch yourself glow. You can get this mask on MY ENVY BOX here.

Maskeraide: Detox Hydrating Tissue Face Mask MaskerAide

We thought we’d also give you a sheet mask option — we LOVE sheet masks. This one from Maskeraide packs quite a punch. It’s formulated with natural geranium oil, seaweed, green tea leaf, Chinese plum, strawberry and lemon extracts … as well as Argan oil and honey. Sounds good? It is! Leave it on for 20 minutes and since it’s so full of natural ingredients, you can use it daily. You can get this mask on MY ENVY BOX here.