Turkish Hijabs

As-Salamu Alaykum!

Is there anything more elegant than a silky, stylish, Turkish hijab? The luxurious square scarves are ordinarily wrapped tightly around the neck, and are often worn with an under-scarf for complete coverage. I especially love the way the hijab looks when worn with a jacket or blazer. But I'll let the pictures do all the talking....here are a few that really stood out for me...

Warm Colours

Cold Colours


And my two absolute faves!

*All the above pictures were retrieved from HijabPlanet and Modefa

Which is your fave? 
Pick a number! :-)

Honey Face Wash

As-Salamu Alaykum!

I've always had a fascination with women lucky enough to have flawless skin. I'm not talking about heavily made-up women, or magazine pictures of excessively Photoshopped models. I'm talking about women with naturally beautiful skin. No blackheads, no blemishes, no visible pores. I can't think of a more desirable beauty blessing.

In my quest for flawless skin, I initially took to the stores. We've all been there....buying product after product, each one promising more results than the last, and then ending up being more disappointing than its predecessors. Sigh. When will we ever learn?

Then, a few months ago, I grew more interested in organic products. I started doing some research online, and as luck would have it, I discovered that more and more people were going in the same direction. There was a new beauty trend...organic products; products you can find in your kitchen. I say 'new' beauty trend, but truth be told, these beauty practices have been around for centuries. Multinational beauty companies will have you believe that before Clarins and L'Oreal [etc] were founded, women walked around with train-wrecked faces. But of course, we all know that is not true.

There are so many forgotten beauty secrets gifted to us by nature... by Allah (SWT). And one of my all-time favourites is honey. Raw, Organic, Unpasteurized Honey. Yes, on your face....as a daily face wash. Don't believe me? Ask Vogue... they know!

So, why honey? Well, firstly (and most importantly), it is completely organic. It contains nothing but goodness...no harsh chemicals that can seep into your bloodstream, as is the case with most store-bought beauty products. As a regular person, you certainly don't want an excess of harmful chemicals floating around your bloodstream without your knowledge. As a Muslim, this is even more imperative - we are to look after our bodies, to protect ourselves from harm, and therefore provide ourselves with a better opportunity to worship. [Since we may not be able to cut out harsh chemicals completely...e.g we still use make-up...we might as well try to minimize it by using organic products where possible].

Honey is also  gentle on the skin, and leaves the face feeling super duper soft. It is extremely moisturizing due to its humectant nature (which means that it helps to attract and retain moisture). And of course, it is a natural antibacterial, allowing it to tackle any acne caused by bacteria, and to reduce the size of acne scars and blemishes. In the long run, it helps to even out the skin tone too!

And now, the how! It's all a very simple process. First, you'll need to buy some honey. The raw, unpasteurized kind is the best, because it still has all its natural goodness intact. Once you have your honey, you're good to go...

  • Tie your hair back.
  • Wet your face with warm water.
      •  Helps to open up your pores. 
      • The water makes it easier to apply the honey to your face (less sticky).
  • Scoop some honey into your hands and wash your face with it, like you would with soap.
  • Rinse your face thoroughly with cool water.*
      • This closes up your pores. 
  • Pat your face dry, then apply your toner and moisturizer as normal. 

* You can rinse immediately after washing, or let it sit on your face for a few minutes.

It really is wonderful for the skin, and it is also alot cheaper than many store-bought beauty products. I've been washing my face with honey for about two months now, and I honestly love how great my face feels. I still have a few blemishes, but with time, I imagine that they'll fade away...all without having to use any harsh chemicals on my already-sensitive face. Win-Win? I think so ;-)
Has anyone else tried honey as a face wash?
How did it work out for you?