9 Homemade Substitutes for Beauty Products You Use Daily

I am sure that most of us have an extremely busy schedule everyday. Given this scenario, we often tend to ignore our beauty problems or rely on market-bought products as a quick fix. The ugly truth is that these products may contain a lot of chemicals that can have damaging side-effects on your skin, hair and overall health. We’ve got some help for you. Here are 9 natural substitutes for your common beauty products that can be easily made at home. You may have not known but some simple kitchen ingredients can work wonders.

9 Homemade Substitutes for Beauty Products You Use Daily

1. Natural Dry Shampoo for Oily Hair

Do you feel the need to wash your hair every other day? Or do you have an oily scalp? Here’s what you can do instead of using shampoo too often.

Ingredients:

2 and a 1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch (preferably organic)
3-4 drops of essential oil (lavender or rose)

Procedure:

Mix both ingredients and lightly dust it on your scalp. Wait for 5 minutes and remove the excess powder with a brush. Cornstarch will soak in almost all the oil and dirt leaving your hair feeling clean and fresh.

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2. Natural Blackhead Remover

Baking powder is great to exfoliate and loosen up dead skin and remove blackheads, and dirt lurking underneath the surface.

Ingredients:  

1 tablespoon baking soda
Water (preferably mineral)

Procedure:

Mix the two ingredients to obtain a slightly wet paste-like consistency. Apply it on your nose and let it dry completely. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse.

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3. Natural Face Pack for Glowing Skin

This is one of my grandmother’s secrets for bright and glowing skin

. Gram flour is great for improving uneven skin tone and milk has a very soothing effect on the skin.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons gram flour (besan)
1 tablespoon milk (raw)

Procedure:

Mix all ingredients to make a paste and apply the mixture evenly on your face. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then rinse your face with lukewarm water.

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4. Natural Teeth Whitener

Baking soda is a humble kitchen ingredient that can be used to solve many beauty problems. It is great to remove any kind of stains from your teeth.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon baking soda
1/2 tablespoon lime juice

Procedure:

Mix the ingredients to form a paste and apply the mixture on your teeth. Let it rest for 1-2 minutes and rinse it off. You should do this daily to get cleaner, whiter teeth.

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5. Natural Skin Toner

A toner is required to clean the skin. A good toner is one that hydrates, clears and energizes your skin and there’s nothing like fresh aloe vera gel to do all these three things. Cut open the leaf and scoop all the gel out. Massage the gel on your face and neck and let it dry for 15 minutes. Rinse your face with lukewarm water and pat it dry.

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6. Natural Makeup Remover

You don’t need anything else to remove makeup other than a dab of coconut oil. Coconut oil is also an excellent moisturizer and doesn’t make your skin dry like some store-bought make-up removers can. Massage it gently on your face and leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing.

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7. Natural Perfume

Who doesn’t want to feel fresh and fragrant in this hot weather? Here’s a way to make your very own natural mist.

Ingredients:

8-10 drops of essential oil (rose, lavender etc)
4-5 tablespoons of filtered water
1 tablespoon glycerin

Procedure:

Mix all ingredients well, and put it in an empty spray bottle. Use it whenever you step out for long-lasting fragrance.

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8. Natural Eye Lash and Eye Brow Enhancer

Fake eye lashes can give a fuller look and even a mascara can help define your lashes but when you can do it naturally then why rely on these products? Apply castor oil on your lashes and brows regularly. Castor oil facilitates hair growth and can make your eye lashes and brows look fuller.

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9. Natural Wax for Facial Hair

Bleaching is a harsh way to hide facial hair. Instead, we suggest you make this quick and natural wax at home to get rid of facial hair.

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
1/2 cup of lemon juice (without the seeds)
2 cups of water

Procedure:

Mix all the ingredients together and heat the mixture for 8-10 minutes till it becomes golden-brown in colour. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool down. It will become sticky like wax. Store in the fridge and apple some whenever needed. Spread the mixture with your fingertips on your face and pull gently against the direction of hair growth.

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Now that you’ve found the perfect substitutes for the most common beauty products used, give your skin some natural treatment.

9 Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Mumbai

Vegetarianism has become the new mantra for a healthy lifestyle. With the changing dynamics, our palates have evolved and we’ve always looking out for something interesting and unique. Chefs are now experimenting and using their creativity to woo their vegetarian customers. So, if you have ever thought that there are very few vegetarian options on the menu, you’ll be surprised. Aamchi Mumbai has a treasure trove of vegetarian restaurants that serve international and regional dishes using a variety of cooking styles and exotic ingredients. Here’s a list of the 10 best vegetarian restaurants in Mumbai.

9 Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Mumbai

1. Burma Burma

 

This restaurant calls out to all Burmese food lovers. Burma Burma is known for its authentic vegetarian food from the region that’s to die for. They’ll often use ingredients that you may have never had before. Don’t leave without trying their Khau Suey, Red Chilli Noodles, Manadalay Meeshay and Chocolate Hazelnut Dome.

 

Where: Kothari House, Allana Centre Lane, MG Road, Behind Mumbai University, Fort, Mumbai
Cost for Two: INR 1500 (approximately)
Contact: 022 61054592

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2. Tuskers

 

If you want a fine dining experience, Tuskers is your perfect bet. Serving authentic Gujarati and Rajasthani dishes, this restaurant is bound to make you fall in love. The menu has an array of regional dishes ranging from Gatte ki Sabzi, Dal Ka Halwa to desserts like Paan Kulfi along with a lavish Gujarati Thali.

 

Where: Sofitel Hotel, C 57, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
Cost for Two: INR 3000 (approximately)
Contact: 022 61175000

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3. Soam

 

If you want to have the most authentic Gujarati food in Mumbai, Soam is the best deal. A simple and not-so-fancy restaurant, Soam boasts of its regional specialities that include Moong Dal Khichu, Farsan Platter, Jowar Pita Pockets, special Gujarati thali and desserts like Malpua. If you haven’t been here already, it’s time you visit it now.

 

Where: Ground Floor, Sadguru Sadan, Opposite Babulnath Temple, Chowpatty, Mumbai
Cost for Two: INR 700 (approximately)
Contact: 022 23698080

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4. Revival

 

Revival’s simple yet aesthetic ambience is bound to make you fall in love with the place. The food served here only adds to the fun. It boasts of a menu full of North Indian food, especially Rajasthani delicacies served with a twist like Bhindi Rajasthani, Paneeralay, Makai Malai Seekh and Barabanki Kofta.

 

Where: 39-B, Chowpatty Seaface, Chowpatty, Mumbai
Cost for Two: INR 900 (approximately)
Contact: 022 2369699

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5. Shri Thaker Bhojnalay

 

As the name suggests, Shri Thaker Bhojnalay is an authentic Gujarati restaurant that serves the best dishes from the state. You shouldn’t miss out on their refreshing Aamras, tangy Mango Kadhi, delicious Puran Poli and the wholesome Gujarati Thali.

 

Where: 31, Dadisheth Agyari Lane, Off Kalbadevi Road, Kalbadevi, Mumbai
Cost for Two: INR 1000 (approximately)
Contact: 022 22069916

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6. Aaswad

 

If you are looking for a typical Maharashtrian experience, then Aaswad does the job for you. Although it also serves South Indian and street food, but it is majorly known for Maharashtrian delicacies. It serves some of the best varieties of Misal Pav, Kothimbir Vadi, Thalipeeth, Sabudana Khichdi, and Patal Bhaji.

 

Where: LJ Road, Shivaji Park, Gadkari Chowk, Dadar Shivaji Park, Mumbai
Cost for Two: INR 200 (approximately)
Contact: 022 24451871

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7. Gonguura

 

If you are a South Indian food lover, Gonguura is the place to be. It serves the best Andhra dishes. This quaint little restaurant has some amazing Pesarattu Dosas, Onion Uttapams, Andhra Meals, Gonguura Pickles and Mirapakaya Bajjis.

 

Where: 5/6, Juhu Ekta Co-operative Housing Society, Juhu Versova Link Road, Juhu, Mumbai
Cost for Two: INR 700 (approximately)
Contact: 8828070480

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8. SpiceKlub

 

SpiceKlub is known for presenting famous North Indian dishes in a unique way with a touch of molecular gastronomy like the Pav Bhaji Fondue, Paneer Cigar Roll and the Cheesy Garlic Naan.

 

Where: 8A, Janta Industrial Estate, Opposite Phoenix Mills, Senapati Bapat Road, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Cost for Two: INR 1500 (approximately)
Contact: 022 46104610

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9. Ovenfresh

 

Ovenfresh serves a mix of Italian, Mexican and Mediterranean dishes that are definitely worth a try. The menu boasts of an interesting mix of Minestrone Soup, Broccoli Soup, Mushroom Risotto, Corn and Cheese Enchiladas, English Cheddar Quesadillas and an irresistible variety of desserts including freshly baked waffles and creamy pannacottas.

 

Where: Kiran Building, Ranade Road, Dadar Shivaji Park, Mumbai
Cost for Two: INR 1200 (approximately)
Contact: 022 67600000

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The amazing food that these restaurants offer will compel you to visit them whether or not you are a vegetarian.

 

9 Interesting Food Festivals You Can Attend This Monsoon in Delhi-NCR

The best way to enjoy the lovely weather during monsoons is to indulge in some good food. So, here’s a list of some of the upcoming food festivals offering interesting, exciting and unique experience for all the foodies out there. Whether you feel like learning a new skill or trying a new cuisine, there’s a lot on offer.

9 Interesting Food Festivals You Can Attend This Monsoon in Delhi-NCR

1. Paint and Vineyard

 

Feel artistic? Then, spend your Sunday afternoon recreating some of the masterpieces at Dirty Apron (The Piano Man). Spread over 3 hours, this event can be enjoyed with friends, family or can be a way to meet new people while learning a new skill. Enjoy your afternoon painting along with some great wine, sangria and delicious pizzas.

 

When: 16th July’17 – Pablo Picasso Collage and Acrylic on Canvas Board, 23rd July’17 – Georgia O’Keeffe with Acrylic on Canvas Board, 30th July’17 – Van Gogh with Acrylic on Canvas Board with Palette Knife Technique

 

Where: B-6 Commercial Complex, Safdarjung Enclave, Opposite Deer Park, Hauz Khas, Delhi

 

Time: 3 P.M. to 6 P.M.

 

Cost: INR 3000 per head: Pizza, Sangria, Beer and all the painting supplies, INR 200 per head: Pizza and all the painting supplies, INR 1800 per head: Painting supplies (All-inclusive of taxes)

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2. Great India Beer Festival

What’s better than a beer festival to celebrate the seasonal downpour? Get ready to try beer in all its forms and brews as The Great Indian Beer festival brings hundreds of real ales, craft beers and ciders from renowned microbreweries in Delhi-NCR under one roof. The event will also be some great cafes and street food joints to pair your brews with. While enjoying live music, you can also test your skill on a variety of traditional Beer games.

 

When: 19-20 August

 

Where: Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-03

 

Time: 2pm – 11pm

 

Cost: 1 Day entry: INR 700, 2 Day entry: INR 1,000. Prices may vary.

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3. Rajasthani Food Festival

If you craving some spicy food, the New Town Cafe at Park Plaza is where you should head this monsoon. They are all set to take you through a royal culinary journey of Rajasthan. They have an array of quintessential favorites like Gatte ki Subzi, Dal Bati Churma, Ker Sangari, Bajrey ki roti and much more.

 

When: 13 to 23 july

 

Where: Hotel Park Plaza, Gurugram

 

Time: Lunch: 12:30P.M to 3P.M, Dinner: 9 P.M to 10:30P.M

 

Cost: INR 999 per head (plus all applicable taxes), INR 1099 per head (plus all applicable taxes)

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4. Organic Food Festival

This month-long event is to let people explore different cuisines and dishes all made with organic ingredients. The organic menu by Chef Noah is globally inspired including Indian fusion dishes. He will ensure that the food served is 100% chemical-free, preservative-free, and pesticide-free. Dive into a roasted beetroot tartare with mint and a salted jaggery drizzle, followed by chimichurri chicken skewers with roasted red peppers and cumin hummus. For main course, you can choose from infused roasted eggplant with sliced potato stacks or bok choy zucchini and squash with organic soy, peanut, ginger, and sesame.

 

When: Starts from 15th July

 

Where: The hungry Monkey. B 6/6 DDA Market, Safdarjung Enclave, Opp. Deer Park New Delhi, India

 

Time: 12 P.M to 1 A.M.

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5. Feast of the Seven Kingdoms

Many of you have been part of the Game of Thrones family for six seasons, experiencing the stunning visuals and being engulfed in the storm of heartbreak and revenge. To welcome the seventh season, Science and Cooking is organizing a feast that takes you on a culinary journey through the halls of King’s Landing to the warm comfort foods of the north and to the rich sumptuous treats of the east. It’ll be a hands-on cooking workshop where you can learn the secrets of the kitchens of the seven kingdoms, create your own bloody sauces, carve our own meats or prepare our own rustic feast and recreate this magical world for yourselves!

 

When: 22 Jul 2017 6:00 PM

 

Where: Science and Cooking, Gurugram

 

Time: 6 P.M.

 

Cost: INR 2000 (inclusive of taxes)

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6. Street Food Festival

 

During the monsoon season, it is tough to resist the urge to dig into the tempting street food and you don’t have to! Enjoy some amazing street food delights from around the country under one roof. You will find the glorious Aloo Tikki from Lucknow, Tawa Aloo Chaat from Old Delhi, the tangy and chatpata Moong Dal Pakodi from Uttar Pradesh, along with Akki Roti from Karnataka, the famous Bhel Puri from the by-lanes of Mumbai and the authentic spicy Lakhanpur de Bhalle from Jammu Kashmir.

 

When: 1st August to 31st August 2017

 

Where: Plaza Premium Lounge, Domestic Departures, Delhi,

 

Cost: Lounge access starts at INR 1200 plus taxes

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7. Masaledar Monsoon

To satisfy your monsoon cravings, indulge in masaledaar delicacies and chatpata thirst quencher. Drool over delectable dishes including Biryani Pakodas, Poatleez, Tundla Station Cutlets, Raincoat Chicken, and Barsati Mutton Pepper Fry along with refreshing drinks like Kaala Khatta, Hi with Chai, Setting Chai, Mad Over Mango and many more.

 

When: Till 30th July 2017

 

Where: Kopper Kadai, J2/6B, 1st & 2nd Floor, B.K. Dutta Market, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi

 

Time: 12 noon to 11pm

 

Cost: INR 1400 (Meal for two)

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8. Thai Street Affair

‘Siam Jan Deaw’ at Thai Pavilion is an interesting Thai street food festival where the menu incorporates an exclusive array of one-bowl delicacies from the vibrant streets of Siam. Here’s a chance to savour popular delicacies from the streets of Thailand from their curated menu and enjoy some authentic Thai flavours this monsoon.

 

When: 14 to 23 July, 2017

 

Where: Thai Pavilion at Vivanta by Taj ,Gurugram

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9. The Burger Fest

It’s time to celebrate the most favorite food of all time. Yes, burgers! Café Yell has organized a burger festival to satisfy all your burger cravings. They’re definitely going to be some of the most exciting burgers around town all under one roof.

 

When: 13th to 25th July 2017

 

Where: CafeYell, 35,Defence colony mkt New Delhi India 110024

 

Time: 8 am onwards

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Yoga May Prevent Memory Loss in Elderly Women,These 9 Memory Boosting Foods May Help Too

Adding to the long tailing benefits of practicing yoga is the new study published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, which suggests, that those who have been practicing Yoga for a long time may have an edge as far as cognitive development in old age is concerned.

 

According to the study, that long term yoga could change the structure of your brain and protect cognitive decline and memory loss in old age, especially amongst female yoga practitioners-Yoginis. The researchers found that the elderly “yoginis” have greater cortical thickness in the left prefrontal cortex, in brain areas associated with cerebral functions like attention and memory.

 

The structure and functionality of the brain alters as we grow old which often leads to cognitive decline, including impaired memory and attention. One such change in the brain is largely attributed the cerebral cortex becoming thinner, which scientists have shown is correlated with cognitive decline

 

Elisa Kozasa of Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in Sao Paulo, Brazil, involved in the study, explained just as our muscles, the brain develops through training.

 

She said, “Like any contemplative practice, yoga has a cognitive component in which attention and concentration are important,”

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The researchers wanted to examine if elderly long-term yoga practitioners had any differences in terms of brain structure compared with healthy elderly people who had never practiced yoga.For the study,they recruited a small group of female yoga practitioners or yoginis who had practiced yoga at least twice a week for a minimum of eight years, although the group had an average of nearly 15 years of yoga practice.

 

The researchers then compared the yoginis with another group of healthy women who had never practiced yoga, contemplative or meditative practices, but hared same levels of physical activity, belonging to the same age group. (around 60)

 

The team scanned the participants’ brains using magnetic resonance imaging to see if there were any differences in brain structure. “We found greater thickness in the left prefrontal cortex in the yoginis, in brain regions associated with cognitive functions such as attention and memory,” Rui Afonso from Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in Sao Paulo added.

 

Dip in memory in old age is natural while physical activity and contemplative practices like yoga can help Memory superfoods such as antioxidant-rich, colorful fruits, green leafy vegetables and whole grains which protect your brain from harmful free radicals, can help immensely in memory retention. Here are some food which can work wonders for memory and cognitive development as a whole.

  • Vitamin C and B: Vitamin C, found in citrus fruits, is associated with mental agility, whereas Vitamin B is known to guard against age-related brain shrinkage and cognitive impairment. Load up on blackcurrants, fish, green leafy vegetables, mushrooms, peanuts, sesame seeds and eggs to rev up your brain power.
  • Nuts and Seeds: A handful of seeds and nuts may help improve your memory power significantly. Pumpkin seeds are loaded with zinc that play a great role in sharpening your memory. Brain-shaped walnuts are a good source of omega-3 and other essential nutrients crucial for brain functioning and memory skills. Sunflower seeds are good sources of Vitamin E. Even peanuts are packed with vitamin E, a potent antioxidant. Almonds and hazelnuts also help boost memory.
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  •  Berries: Blueberries are the top source of substances called anthocyanins which are brain-boosting antioxidants. Eating blueberries daily can help combat against the onset of short term memory loss. Even strawberries, when consumed regularly can help delay age-related memory decline.
  • Green Vegetables: Broccoli, kale, collard greens, spinach – all green vegetables are full of iron, Vitamin E, K and B9 (folate), and phytonutrients like vitamin C which are extremely important for brain cell development. Vitamin K is known to be helpful in cognitive enhancement and increasing mental alertness.
  • Avocados: Enriched with Vitamin E, avocados are loaded with antioxidants which help in keeping the brain healthy and alert. Creamy avocados are also associated with lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s.
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  • Tomatoes: Tomatoes are a good source of lycopene which acts against brain cell degeneration and aids in the maintenance and production of new brain cells.
  •  Whole Grains: Whole grains are considered to be the powerhouse of energy and help you focus better. On consuming fiber-rich whole grains, energy is released in the body in the form of sugar which assists the brain in functioning properly, keeping us alert.
  • Fish: Omega-3 fatty acids as well as DHA and EPA are essential for healthy brain functioning as well as for healthy brain neurons. Include salmon, mackerel, tuna and other fish in your diet. Vegetarian? You can substitute with soybean oil and flaxseed oil.
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  • Ashwagandha: a go-to choice in Ayurvedic medicine, is known for promoting memory since it helps prevent nerve cell damage. Dr Ashutosh Gautam, Clinical Operations and Coordination Manager at Baidyanath says, “Ashwagandha can be taken in the form of powder or tablet. It also improves the brain’s memory functions like attention and concentration, hence helping with the symptoms of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases

9 Healthy Morning Rituals Models Do No Matter How Busy They Are

It’s basically a career requirement for supermodels to always look and feel their best before photo shoots (how else are they supposed to look good in front of a camera?). Knowing this, it’s no surprise models partake in a few healthy habits in order to keep their bodies fit, their skin clear and their energy levels up. Here, we scoped out the simple morning rituals that four models do every single morning to look and feel their best, no matter how busy they are.

Lindsay Ellingson, supermodel and cofounder/creative director of Wander Beauty

“I drink a large glass of warm water with lime to keep my body alkaline,” says Ellingson. “To increase circulation and exfoliate my skin, I dry brush my body, which wakes me up right away. I also challenge myself to meditate for 10 minutes every morning using my Headspace app, and I take a raw food multivitamin, which helps to fight free-radical attacks and keeps my skin looking youthful.”

Olivia Culpo, model and former Miss USA

“Every morning, I always take my vitamins,” explains Culpo. “I like to start off the day drinking hot water with lemon. It’s so soothing and it makes me feel like I can take on the whole day without having to load my body with caffeine. It’s a really comforting ritual. I also meditate in the morning.”

Hunter McGrady, Sports Illustrated model

“I always make sure I drink at least 16 ounces of water while I get ready before I head out for the day and make sure I eat a good breakfast,” exclaims McGrady. “This is a must! My go-to is avocado toast and a hard-boiled egg. I have no energy on set without it!”

Miranda Kerr, supermodel and founder of Kora Organics

“I make a cup of warm water with lemon and listen to a meditation to help clear my mind, center myself set my intention for the day,” says Kerr. “Drinking warm water with lemon helps kickstart the digestion process and cleanse your system. Every other day I also like to apply my KORA Organics Hydrating Mask ($34) while I’m listening to my meditation—it helps refine pores, remove dead skin cells and promotes healthy tissue rejuvenation leaving the skin feeling replenished and rejuvenated.”