Hydration-Glow Serum

Hi everyone!

Today I’m going to share my recipe to make a skin glow-hydration serum. It’s very easy to make and pretty cheap unlike store bought ones. I truly believe that it’s imperative to keep your skin nourished and hydrated to restore skin elasticity and firmness. And facial serums provide lasting hydration with just a teeny-weeny dollop. They are super concentrated and surely are very important step in skincare. 

This serum that I’m going to share with you all will help in restoring skin elasticity, repair and rejuvenate the skin leaving it soft, smooth and supple. It will further enhance the skin’s natural ability to hydrate and nourish itself and glow. Gradually it will improve skin tone and texture and tend to eliminate skin imperfections such as wrinkles, fine lines and age spots and discoloration.

Try out this concoction and you’ll see what tough competition it is to store bought expensive serums.

Let’s start with the serum now!

 

List of Ingredients:

  • Vegetable Glycerin – 1 tb
  • Rose water – 2 tbs
  • Aloe vera gel – 2 tbs
  • Sweet almond oil – 3/4th – 1 tbs

You can use any oil or a combination of oils of your choice depending on what suits your skin and weather conditions.

  • Vit. E capsule – 1

Take a glass/ plastic bowl and mix all of the ingredients together for a minute or two. It will look cloudy white once mixed properly. And you’re done! Secure it in any clean plastic/glass container or in a pump bottle.

Apply this overnight for skin nourishment, hydration and glow in your skin. You can also apply this during day time and before makeup.

I have a dry-normal skin. Hence, I have used a combination of oils ( argan oil, evening primrose oil, castor oil, avocado oil ) that goes with my skin type. I will advise you to make serum in small batches and use. This way you will be able to do your own little experiment with different oils every time and figure out which face oil is right for you, starting slowly with few drops at a time. Also, you can play with the ingredients’ measurement little here and there. No big deal! You can start with what I’ve shared and once you get the feeler, you can customize as per your wishes. 🙂

Here’s brief information on the oils that I’ve mentioned in this blog for the serum.

Argan Oil

Argan oil has high concentration of vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. It’s more stable in sunlight than other antioxidants – so it’s perfect to wear during the day. It is roughly comprised of 80% fatty acids which work wonders to hydrate skin, make healthy membranes, reduce inflammation, and promote healthy collagen. It restores elasticity, and fade fine lines and wrinkles making this another excellent carrier oil for anti-aging serums.

Avocado Oil

Avocado oil has a very thick consistency. However, it is one of the healthiest carrier oils for skin. It is rich with vitamins A and E, and is collagen-boosting. It is best to use this oil in combination with other carrier oil. It is ideal for those with dry, itchy/irritated, sensitive or aging skin.

Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet Almond oil contains large amounts of vitamins E and K. It also is a natural UV blocker, making it ideal for people who are largely exposed in the sun. It also helps skin to regenerate and maintain elasticity, and promote better circulation. 

Castor Oil

I have used castor oil exclusively for a brief time, and less is more when we talk about this oil. It’s very thick in consistency but it pretty much dries out your skin. The best way to bring out its wonderful properties is to mix a small amount of castor oil with other thinner oil. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, making it ideal for breakout-prone skin. It is high in unsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, proteins, and minerals, and can help heal discoloration and scars from acne.

Evening primrose oil

Evening primrose oil is quite effective in reducing hyper-pigmentation, redness on the skin due to any skin condition and lightens the skin naturally. If you are looking for a good moisturizer with a low comedogenic rating, evening primrose oil is a great choice. It nourishes the skin with essential fatty acids leaving a supple, smooth and youthful skin. It does prevent premature aging as it has strong antioxidant properties that help prevent free radical damage on the skin, which in turn helps prevent the formation of wrinkles and fine lines.

Try it out once and see for yourself how greatly it benefits you! See you guys soon 🙂

Xoxo

Tripti

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Homemade Yummy Hummus

Hummus is one irresistible dip from the Middle East. Healthy, simple, yummy – all in one. Its popularity has extended all over the world now. Made with just seven ingredients, it requires no cooking and is loved by kids too.

I made it for the first time because my daughter loves it, and it was super yummy.. so I have documented the recipe for you to try 🙂

This recipe doesn’t require you to buy tahini from the market. We’ll make our own  :)(similar taste)

Ingredients:

  • Chickpeas: 1.5 cups – soaked overnight
  • Garlic – 2 cloves
  • Sesame seeds – 2.5 Tbsp
  • Olive Oil – 4 Tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Lemon – 2 Tbsp
  • Black Pepper – 1 Tsp
  • Piri Piri seasoning powder (Optional) – To Sprinkle

Method:

Soak the chickpeas over night, so they take less time to boil the next day.

Boil it the next morning, would roughly take about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, slightly dry roast 2.5 tbsp sesame seeds. Roasting them would give a yummy nutty flavor to tahini. Roast till they are slightly golden or light brown. Let them cool.

Hummus 3

Grind the seeds with about 1.5 tbsp of oil (add little more if it seems dry). I could not make a creamy texture since the quantity of seeds was too less.

Strain the chickpeas now, and keep some water aside. Peel the chickpeas for a creamy hummus, else it might give a grainy texture to the hummus, which isn’t bad either. Just your preference. It just takes 10 minutes and a little patience 😉

Hummus 1

Boiled Chickpeas

Hummus 2

Peeled Chickpeas

Add the chickpeas to the tahini along with all the other ingredients, save a few chickpeas for garnishing 🙂 Grind it for a good amount of time – about 4-5 minutes, or until it is perfectly buttery 🙂

Hummus 5

Take it out in a bowl, and garnish it with boiled chickpeas, piri piri seasoning. You can also use rosemary or parsley for garnishing it and adding a slight flavor to it 🙂 Enjoy it with pita bread!

Hummus 6

Enjoy and stay tuned for homemade pita recipe!

Happy cooking 🙂

Love,

Soumya