Monday, March 31, 2014

Add this to your skin routine: Facial steaming

This isn't a new concept. Everyone has heard of it. Many use it. For those who don't, well, this is why you should.

I had a cold this week. And you know the kind of thing that goes with it. blocked nose, headache, then running nose, sometimes both blocked and running nose... I decided to use steam to help me with it. It was evening time and I had come back from college. I looked worn out and tired. On top of that I was sick. I cleansed my skin and then used a facial steamer. After a minute of breathing in steam, I felt a lot better with my blocked nose but I also saw a difference in my skin radiance. It was glowing as though I spent the day relaxing at home or in a spa.

After a little research, I saw that this method is widely used and has many other benefits.

  1. Makes the skin glow, by increasing the blood circulation
  2. Helps in removing dust and other particles because of the water vapor action . And this helping with acne. 
  3. Steaming has anti aging benefits simply because it helps loosen the top layer of the skin which becomes stiff as a person grows older.  
  4. Removal of blackheads and whiteheads. It helps loosen the skin and aids in removal of blackheads and whiteheads.
How to prepare a steam bath:

There are two ways to go about.

Simple one. Buy a steamer. Add water and switch it on. 

If you are not interested in buying a facial steamer, you can use a large metal bowl.
  1. Pour a few cups of water and boil it till steam is very visible.
  2. Place the bowl on a flat surface. 
  3. Take a towel to create an enclosure for your face and bowl. Make sure to maintain good distance with the bowl to avoid burns.
  4. Breathe in and out for a minute or until it starts to feel too hot.
  5. Wipe off.
It is advisable to use a cleanser before facial steaming because it helps prep the skin.

While this is a brilliant procedure it is important to remember to not overuse it. So once in a week is the limit you should use this.

Hope this was good information.

Thanks for reading,
XO Ayesha

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Random bits of Ayesha

When you write a post like this, you think of your positive and negative self. You think of your strengths and weaknesses. Its just a way of self realization too. Since this post isn't to highlight my strength or weakness as such, I'm putting down 7 funny/silly things about me that I feel like sharing with you.

1. I am a typical Aries girl. And by that mean I pick up qualities from the books.
You name it, self-confident, restless, ambitious, spirited, spontaneous, demanding, self-centered, passionate. I possess all these qualities to an extent.

2. If I am close to a person, I am bound to have crazy expectations from that person. I don't always express them and it takes time for me to get to that stage. But when I do get there, they need to face my music.

3. I keep my laptop on an Oxford dictionary while using it on the bed. Well, this isn't to offend the bibliophiles but you will always find the fat Oxford dictionary on my head board, only to be used to keep underneath my laptop to avoid over heating.

4. I like dancing to Bollywood tunes. I dance like a lunatic and call it "exercise" at times. The songs may be slow, but that doesn't stopped me! Try dancing to this-

PS: If I'm really happy, I sing the song. :P

5. I don't like soft drinks. But I love lemonade and other fruit juices. I drink green tea but coffee is the best thing ever!!!

6. I've been using a white dupatta for the last two months to cover myself and to protect from harsh sun rays.  I used to use a baseball hat until last year. This year, thats not enough.

7. I love mirrors. I have 5 in my room(not including the hand and foldable mirrors).

Hope you enjoyed reading my post. If you would like to know anything more about me, you may comment below or send me a mail :)

Thanks for reading,
XO Ayesha

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Declutter your life- Step 3: Take time to enjoy the fun stuff

Hello All!

Here I am with the third post of the series, declutter your life.
(More here and here.)

While it is important to improve productivity and put in enough work time, it is well known that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Solution? Play a little! Get outside. Breathe a little! Take a walk. Cut school, watch a movie. Life is too short for killing yourself over to-do lists (pun intended). Take time out for things that make you happy. "Me" time is important whether you are a student, fresh into work place, mother, or CEO of a company.
Today I woke up 10 minutes before my alarm rang. I was a little annoyed by that. But then I stepped into my balcony. My balcony is west facing so I couldn't really see the sun. But pinkish-orangish morning sky looked beautiful. And the air felt cold and fresh. I filled my lungs with that air because I knew that this might be the only time of the day when the air is like that. There is a tree in front of my balcony that has pretty flowers. Spending 5 minutes outside at that time felt relaxing. I guess what felt great was that I stood with my mind uncluttered and that I wasn't running out of the door to the bus stand( I obviously did, like 40 minutes later)

Glorification of busy has become a thing now. Everyone is busy. Well, I'm not saying they aren't. I know how crazy my life is. But taking 10-15 minutes a day, 2-3 hours a week(I take more than that :P) is just as important as being that busy.

What's your "me" time activity? Do tell me!

Thanks for reading,
XO Ayesha

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Declutter your life- Step 2: Create a to-do list

So, continuing from last time, the next step is... the To-Do list!
time management
to do list: Flickr

Have you heard of the saying "failing to plan is planning to fail" ?
 I think no explanations are required for this saying. Always plan! They may not go accordingly always but important thing is that at least part of your list is taken care of which is better than not having a list. Its best to be able to complete most of the list if not all. Few tips for that -->

* Create the list in the morning. For some weird reason, the list that I make at night get lost or forgotten by the time its morning. Who wants that? Also, in the morning you will vaguely know what you will be doing the rest of the day.

* Don't keep the timings crunched up. That can get super stressing. Keep enough time to breathe between the tasks.

* Don't just keep hard things to do. Keeping a few simple ones and watching them crossed off provides a great deal of motivation. Say talking to a friend. Adding things like this will help you stay connected and motivated.

* For the harder things, have reasonable rewards. However do not associate junk food or food as reward. It doesn't end well. In India, most teenagers gain weight at the time of their board exams (10th and 12th grade). What you can do is watching an episode of your favorite television soap, etc.

* Goes without saying that enough time should be given to sleep and exercise. 

*** This I feel is very very important! Put up this list wherever you are bound to see at all times. I have been using my cork board and white board. Out of sight always means out of mind. Many a times I have made lists and forgotten to see them at the right time. You can only imagine how frustrating that might have been.

 These I have learned from personal experiences and so I wanted to share them with you. Hope these tips help you.

Thanks for reading,
XO Ayesha

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Declutter your life- Step 1: Organize your desk

What screams louder than disorganized life?

Yes, very evidently from my title, a disorganized desk.
If you are anything thing like me then a cluttered desk adds to your stress, makes you want to avoid work and watch TV. Does that sound familiar? I hope not!

A nicely organized desk is the first step to de-cluttering your life. If what you see is pretty and welcoming then it becomes easier to stay around. Along the same lines, if its easier to find the things you need then it will be that much easier to use the same things. Once that is done, you can read this tidy tip and keep it looking that way!

Before and after pictures:

The key to make use of what's available. Rubber bands to tie pens or wires together, envelope for flash cards and book marks , paper clips, board pins etc.

Throw out the pens, highlighters that you have finished using. If you haven't bought refills yet, chances are you are not going to, ever!

Put the books where they belong. You don't need everything outside at the same time!

You can look at the before and after pictures and decide which you like better :)

Thanks for reading
XO Ayesha