Spring Time Detox: 8 Amazing Natural Ingredients for Beautiful Skin

Spring Time Detox: 8 Amazing Natural Ingredients for Beautiful Skin

With spring setting in, there are changes not just in the environment surrounding you, but also within your body. This is the time when your body is adapting itself to the changing temperatures, gearing up for the summer. As such, what you eat and how you take care of your skin and hair play an important role for your overall well-being. It is commonly advised by experts to follow a light diet during this time, include immunity boosting foods as well as those that will help you detoxify your system. Spring time also makes people more susceptible to allergies since the process of pollination is in full swing, and pollen grains are everywhere in the air.

To maintain good, healthy skin, you must remember that ‘pH level’ has a crucial role to play. “Your skin has a thin protective layer called the acid mantle, which is made up of amino and lactic acids that mix easily with fatty acids (oils) from the sebaceous glands. These glands secrete oil that protects your skin. The pH level of the acid mantle on our skin is about 5.5, which is slightly acidic. When you wash your face with soap, you wash away not only the dirt that’s clogging your pores but also the oil that protects it, leaving it dry and vulnerable to problems,” says Bubbles Singh, Founder, Just B Au Naturel.

 

This is why a regular routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising is important, apart from maintaining a balanced diet. And there’s nothing better than going the natural route to take care of your skin. Pollution, pollens, dirt and grime are inevitable during the spring season. So if you are looking for ways to detox your skin naturally, we have just the right ingredients listed out for you –

 

1. Tomatoes

 

An important component in tomatoes is lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant that can work wonders to bring back life to your skin. The most efficient way to get healthy skin nutrient is tomato paste made from organic tomatoes. All you need to do is slice the tomatoes and make a paste, or just apply the slices on your face and then wash it with cold water.

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2. Jojoba Oil

 

Jojoba oil helps retain moisture in the skin thereby keeping the skin hydrated and looking fresh. It acts as a moisturiser, without clogging the pores, allowing for a healthy skin type. In addition, it also prevents the buildup of bacteria in the pores of the face, which tend to cause blackheads and acne,” says Shiv Singh Mann, Founder, Desert Splendour.

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3. Sugar and Lemon Scrub

 

Looking for a natural scrub to get rid of dirt from your skin? Try sugar! Sugar is a commendable source of glycolic acid, which penetrates the skin cells and leaves you looking fresh and rejuvenated. It is a great exfoliator and prevents dryness. Make a scrub using 2 tablespoons of sugar and juice of 4 limes and massage it into your skin until the sugar dissolves. Wash your face with cold water and wipe clean.

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4. Dahi or Yoghurt

 

“Yogurt is excellent when you have oily to combination skin. Just 2 teaspoon can be massaged daily at the end of the day and washed off. This will clean as well as prevent your skin from damage,” says renowned beauty expert, Suparna Trikha.

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5. Ripe Banana

 

Often referred to as the common man’s moisturiser and nourisher, banana works like magic in treating dry skin. All you need to do is mash a ripe banana and massage it onto the skin for 5 minutes before washing off with cold water. Even the driest of skins will thank you for it.

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6. Papaya

 

This nutrition-packed fruit is a great skin cleanser. Beauty experts often suggest using slices of papaya as a natural skin cleanser because the active enzymes work wonders to remove impurities.

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7. Besan or Gram Flour

 

“Besan is an extremely neutral ingredient that is great for cleansing skin,” says Dr. Indu Ballani, Delhi-based Dermatologist. It can be used for all sorts of skin to reduce dryness, acnes, sun tan, dead skin, wrinkles, blemishes, oil and dirt.

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8. Aloe Vera

 

Saving the best for the last, there’s nothing quite like aloe vera when it comes to taking care of your skin. This magical plant is loaded with compounds that can bring back life to undernourished skin. Scrape out the gel from the leaf, mash it and massage onto the skin. Let it sit there for 10 minutes and wash the skin with cold water and pat dry.

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10 Summer Skincare Tips To Follow This Season

10 Summer Skincare Tips To Follow This Season

It’s that time of the year when chai becomes a little less favoured and nimbu-soda is available almost everywhere. Very soon, anything synthetic will be a no-no and cotton will be your go-to fabric. Umbrellas come out to give your sunscreen company, suede shoes get packed away. Yes, summer time is here. And with it, a whole host of skin care issues too. Oily skin gets oilier, and dry skin gets patchy. There are breakouts and pimples, rashes and roughness, and that acne just wouldn’t go away! Just a few simple changes in your everyday skincare regimen can ensure that you are all set to glow through this season too. We spoke to Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj, leading dermatologist and founder of Skin and Hair Clinics for expert advice on tackling the heat.

What does summer do to our skin?

According to Dr. Deepali, warmer temperatures mean it is time to change your skin care routine. The sunny Indian summer can be pretty harsh on your skin if you don’t take care of your. So, just like your wardrobe, your skin care too definitely needs a seasonal change.

Too much sun is bad for your skin. Not only can you get tanned (which is not always a bad thing) but over exposure to sun rays can cause premature ageing of skin too. Our skin contains a pigment called melanin and too much exposure to sun causes more melanin to be produced. This is why a prolonged stay under the direct sun can cause a change in your skin colour or even tanning. This is also why sunscreens are recommended irrespective of your skin-type.

Here’s a holistic list of summer skincare tips that would help all skin types.

1. Face care

Your face is your identity to the world, so you should look after it 365 days of the year. Summer months though, warrant a special skin care regimen – one that hydrates and keeps it clean and grime-free. Make sure you keep your face clean of dust and sweatthrough these hot months. A lot of people encounter break-outs and pimples in these months. If you are one of them, make sure you splash your face with water at least 3-4 times every day. No need to use a face wash every time, clean water would do just fine.

Dermatologist Dr Deepali also suggests exfoliation as a method to keep your face clean, “Using a scrub once or twice a week in summers for all skin types is important but, which scrub depends on your skin type. Acne prone skin needs multani mitti (fullers earth), chandan, rose water and basil whereas if you have dry and matured skin you should use egg white, lemon, chandan and curd with a pinch of turmeric and besan too”.

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2. Use weather appropriate products

The thick creams you were using through the winter months won’t do you any good now. Pack them away or use them for very dry areas of your body like the feet. Summer months need products that let your skin breathe naturally. Go for lighter lotions and serums. Products that block pores can cause more problems.

“Water-based moisturizers work best for normal skin types. For oily skin, gel-based moisturizers are preferred. For extra oily and acne prone skin, stick to facial sprays with minerals good for your skin’, says Dr. Deepali. “Natural moisturizers like glycerin and rose water added to the bathing water helps a lot and applying plain curd for 10-15 minutes on all dry areas of the body before bathing works wonders too,” she adds.

3. Stick to the basics

You may think your skin cannot get dry during summers but that’s a myth. Moving in and out of air-conditioned areas alone can cause your skin to dry out. This is applicable not just to facial skin but the entire body. Make sure you follow the age old principle of cleaning, toning and moisturizing at night before sleeping. Sweating can cause our skin pores to open up. You need to use a toner (after making sure the skin is clean) to help close these pores. Sticking to the basics during summers is even more important given the UV rays of the sun that could result in premature ageing and wrinkles.

4. Importance of sunscreen

Don’t forget to wear sunscreen! UV rays can be harmful for your skin any time of the year, but more so in the summer months when our exposure levels are higher. Pick a sunscreen that gels into your skin and gets absorbed. A minimum SPF of 30 is recommended and must be applied 20-30 minutes before you head out into the sun. If you are going to be swimming, then keep re-applying as and when it gets washed out. Sunscreen application can go a long way in minimizing sun related spots and could even help delay the onset of fine lines and wrinkles.

Dr. Deepali suggests changing the brand you use every 6 months. And yes, people with oily skin must apply sunscreens too. “For oily skin, gel-based sunscreen is preferred, while combination and dry skin should use a sunscreen moisturizer with a matte finish if putting make up on it. Alternatively, use a cream based one which gets absorbed well without leaving a residual layer,” she says.

5. Natural remedies

Never underestimate what your grandma said! There are ingredients in your kitchen which can help soothe the skin during summer. Lemon and tomato are very good for keeping your skin fresh. A quick way to use tomato is to juice tomatoes (don’t add water) and freeze the juice using your regular ice-trays. Use this as a gentle scrub every alternate day and let the juice dry on the skin before washing it off. The lycopene in tomato does wonders for the facial skin.

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6. Don’t forget the eyes and lips

The sun’s rays are the harshest between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. during summer months. Avoid stepping out around these times. If you do step out, make sure your eyes are covered with sunglasses and lips protected with a balm. We often forget that the skin around the eyes is very delicate and needs extra attention. If too much heat is making your eyes burn, then wash them with clean and cold water. A couple of cold cotton pads dipped in potato juice can be soothing too. If the problem persists, do consult a doctor.

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7. Maintain hygiene  

Overall hygiene can go a long way in tackling the heat. Having a bath twice a day will not only keep your skin fresh, it will also help combat summer lethargy. If you are prone to prickly heat – a bucket-bath with neem leaves can help. People who suffer from body odour can also benefit from regular bathing. Chlorine water can speed up the process of tanning, that is the reason why we tan more in the pool than ordinarily. Make sure you bathe after a swim to get the chlorine off your body.
“Soaking hands and feet in water enriched with a pinch of salt will help boost blood circulation and after that applying a cream rich in urea and Vitamin C should help too,” adds Dr Deepali.

8. Eat cooling foods

What we eat has a lot to do with how we look and feel. Eating heavy food is bound to make you sluggish in a weather like this. Additionally, it can make your skin oily and susceptible to breakouts. Go for seasonal fruits and vegetables

. Stay away from sugary drinks

that are full of calories. Make sure your intake of water is an optimum 8-10 glasses at least. Try vegetable juices and natural alternatives like nariyal pani to hydrate yourself and feel fresh.

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9. Wear breathable fabrics

Cotton and lighter fabrics are a must to tackle the heat. Tight clothes can cause irritation and make sweaty parts of the body itch more. Prolonged conditions lead to rashes and sometimes even serious skin infections.

10. Don’t fear the sun

Lastly, don’t be afraid of the sun as it is a mood enhancer. Sunlight helps us produce more seratonin – a mood boosting hormone. That’s exactly why days of no sun during winters can make you feel low. Just make sure you balance the outdoor travel with a good skin care regimen and protect yourself from the harmful impact of sun rays.

Have a happy summer!

Cucumber Slices for the Eyes: 5 Ways it Can Help You

Cucumber Slices for the Eyes: 5 Ways it Can Help You

Cucumber comprises many essential vitamins and minerals, enough to give you your daily dose of goodness. It contains Thiamine, riboflavin, Vitamin B6 and minerals like calcium and magnesium, which are responsible for various body functions, including healthy vision. It is considered as one of the most effective beauty ingredient for taking care of the eyes. Cucumber has an anti-inflammatory effect that helps in reducing puffiness. The high water content helps in hydrating the skin and the cool temperature decreases the flow of blood to the space around your eyes. Together they can soothe the skin around your eyes and alleviate swelling.

You must have heard and seen many people putting cucumber slices on their eyes. It is a very common practice but a great one to instantly rejuvenate yourself and bring relief to tired eyes.

 

Here are some benefits of using cucumber on the eyes:

 

1. Controls Puffiness

 

Cucumber has ascorbic and caffeic acid, which helps bring down the water retention rate, diminishing the swelling and puffiness around the eyes. Cut cucumber slices and refrigerate it for a while. It will help you relax and hydrate your eyes.

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2. Fights Cellulite

 

Cucumber juice contains phytochemicals that aid in the production of collagen. Collagen is a fiber like protein responsible for skin elasticity and removes cellulite.

 

3. Reduces Dark Circles

 

The presence of antioxidants and silica in cucumber can help slow down dark circles. Though it is not a permanent solution to dark circles, it helps in lightening the skin around the eyes. The skin around our eyes is often discoloured. Cucumber helps in treating this and brings back the lost beauty on our faces.

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4. Reduces Eye Wrinkles

 

Cucumber plays the role of a natural moisturiser. The skin around the eyes is the thinnest in our body. Placing cucumber slices on the eyes helps in hydrating your eyes and the skin around. This in turn helps in reducing lines and wrinkles. Cucumber can indeed be called an eye moisturiser.

 

5. Reduces Under Eye Bags

 

Cucumber also helps in toning down under eye bags. Take some cold cucumber and grind it to make a paste. Add either lavender oil or chamomile oil to it along with some honey. Blend it well in order to make a fine paste. Apply it under your eyes using your fingers lightly. Leave this for 10-15 minutes and wipe it later with a damp cloth. This will aid in reducing under eye bags.

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12 Incredible Benefits of Buttermilk for Hair and Skin: Adding Chaas to Your Beauty Regime

12 Incredible Benefits of Buttermilk for Hair and Skin: Adding Chaas to Your Beauty Regime

It’s a shame that buttermilk doesn’t get much attention in most other culinary traditions. However, we in India, have devised innumerable ways to make this cooling beverage

a dedicated part of our diet. One of the most loved summer drinks of India, buttermilkis an outcome of the separation of butter from milk. It is extremely nutritious, light on the stomach and palate appeasing. While many like savouring a tall glass of chaas on a hot summer afternoon, others don’t budge from experimenting and adding a dash of buttermilk into a range of curries

and other delicacies. It is easy to use and so versatile, and its cooling properties are not only good for you from within, you can also try applying it externally to benefit from its healing properties.

Buttermilk for Skin

 

1. Buttermilk is excellent as a bleaching agent.

 

2. It is enriched with lactic acid, ideal for solving a host of skin-related issues.

 

3. It can help solve skin woes like discolouration, spots, blemishes, etc.

 

4. It can also help lighten age spots and tighten skin.

 

5. It helps check sun damage, tanning and sunburn.

 

6. It is great way to cleanse skin and make it softer.

 

7. Mix it with a range of ingredients to exfoliate your skin.

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How to Use Buttermilk for Skin Care?

 

Buttermilk can be teamed with a range of ingredients to benefit various skin types. You can mix it with masoor dalbesan, rose water, fuller’s earth (multani mitti), orange peel powder, bananas, etc. A combination of dry orange peel powder and buttermilk works magic on those stubborn marks and blemishes. Mix it with mashed papaya or tomatoes, apply on your skin, wash off when dry – this is an excellent way to reduce sunburn and sun damage.

 

“Buttermilk has curd as the base which has cleaning enzymes. It helps cleanse and nourish the skin, especially combination skin types. Those suffering from sunburn and tanning are the ones to benefit the most from buttermilk,” says Suparna Trikha, a well-renowned beauty expert.

Mix buttermilk with haldimultani mitti and crushed walnut powder. Apply, scrub and wash it off with normal water. Use this as a face wash for summers. This is ideal for oily to combination to normal skin. Those with dry skin can try teaming buttermilk with a pinch of haldi and sandalwood powder and use it as a daily face wash,” says Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj.

 

Buttermilk for Hair

 

1. Buttermilk can bring a significant change in the texture of your hair.

 

2. It can help cleanse your scalp leaving it feeling clean and fresh.

 

3. Adding buttermilk to your regular haircare regime will help fight dandruff and dryness.

 

4. It can help fortify your hair.

 

5. The protein in buttermilk will help nourish your hair and replenish all essential nutrients.

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How to Use Buttermilk for Hair Care

 

You can add buttermilk with a range of ingredients to make hair masks and packs. Mix a few tablespoons of buttermilk with an egg, few tablespoons of olive oil, a mashed banana and two tablespoons of raw honey. Blend well, apply on your hair, and cover with a shower cap. Leave for at least 20 minutes and wash off with an herbal shampoo.

 

You can also apply buttermilk directly on your scalp as well as in combination with lemon juice. Massage onto your scalp, leave for 15 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. This will help get rid of itchy scalp as well as dandruff. You can also use buttermilk along with white vinegar and lemon juice to treat dandruff.

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“Buttermilk contains a type of protein that is easily absorbed when applied topically on the skin. It therefore serves as an excellent agent to be included in your beauty regime,” says Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj, a leading Delhi-based dermatologist and beauty expert.

 

Buttermilk is an all-rounder in all sense. It is a holistic ingredient that can benefit you from inside-out. It is great for digestion and helps check indigestion and gastric issues. It is low in fat and high on energy, and is an ideal energy drink for those who are trying to lose weight.

 

Note: It is advisable for you to get in touch with your dermatologist to determine your skin type and device ways to incorporate buttermilk in your beauty regime in the best possible way.

How to Make Oil For Hair At Home

How to Make Oil For Hair At Home

Has pollution and increased chemical exposure taken a toll on your long lustrous locks? You’ve tried many shampoos and hair care products, but they are not being able to repair the damage and the number of visits to the salon are proving to be tight on the pocket. Well then, it is time to go back to the golden advice your mothers and grandmothers gave you and you’ve been avoiding all along – ‘Oil you hair and oil them regularly!’.

Yes, what you think is beyond repair, may just need a good oil massage. Some of the store-bought oils may be blended with mineral oils, and chemical preservatives which may end up doing more harm than good. Try making these hair oils at home with all natural ingredients for common hair problems, like damaged hair, hair fall or gray hair.

1. Amla Hair Oil

Using amla for beautiful hair is our traditional ancient secret. Abundantly rich in Vitamin C, amla oil conditions your hair, minimizes hair loss and graying. To make it at home, mix 120 grams of amla powder, 1 litre water and 250 ml of coconut oil or sesame oil.

amlaRich in Vitamin C, amla oil can prevent hair fall

How to make the oil:

Take  a pan and combine about 100 grams of amla powder with water. Bring it to boil and simmer until half the liquid is evaporated. Strain this amla concentrate in a container. Keep it aside. Now, take another pan, and put coconut oil and the remaining amla powder (20 grams), and the amla concentrate that you have kept aside. Bring it to boil, reduce the flame and let the mixture simmer very slowly until all the water evaporates. After this is done, you will see the oil will appear yellow and transparent. Once it’s done, strain the residual oil immediately and store in a container or bottle away from direct sunlight.

2. Bhringraj Oil

Here’s another significant Ayurvedic remedy to rescue your hair. Known as the ‘King of herbs’, Bhringraj packs many hair benefits. Dermatologist Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj explains that bhringraj oil has a high specific gravity which makes it dense. This simply means that it can easily penetrate the scalp and helps in treating dry scalp. For dry hair and dandruff problems, regular massaging, helps in deeper absorption and in activating the sebaceous glands. In his book, ‘Ayurvedic Home Remedies’, Dr. Vasant Lad suggests that bhringraj oil can help in treating baldness. Massaging the oil on your scalp at bedtime helps in improving the blood circulation at the root of the hair bringing more nutrients to support hair growth. To make this oil, you would need a handful of bhringraj leaves or 3 teaspoons of bhringraj powder, one cup of coconut oil and a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds.

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How to make the oil:

Chop the leaves. Heat a cup of coconut oil, and add the chopped leaves or the powder into the oil. Heat the mixture for about five minutes. Add the fenugreek seeds. Turn off the heat and allow it to cool. Strain the mixture and store it in the container. Apply the oil and massage gently for a nourished scalp.

3. Curry Leaves and Coconut Oil

If gray hair is your problem, then curry leaves are great for you. Curry leaves help restore melanin, the pigment that gives your hair its natural black colour. Rich in vitamin B, curry leaves also boost hair growth. Coconut oil, on the other hand, makes your hair strong. For this you need, a handful of curry leaves and about 3 to 4 tablespoons of coconut oil (preferably cold pressed).

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How to make the oil:

Place the curry leaves and coconut oil in a saucepan and heat (do not heat the oil past 350 degrees Fahrenheit), until a black residue is formed. Then, turn off the flame. Let the oil cool. Apply this cool oil on your hair and scalp and massage gently. Leave the oil for about an hour, and then rinse it off with your regular shampoo and cold water. For best results, apply the oil at least twice a week.

4. Mustard Oil and Castor Oil

Castor oil contains ricinoleic acid and omega- 6 essential fatty acids which help in boosting blood circulation to the scalp and thus, increasing the hair growth. It also nourishes the scalp and strengthens the roots due to its high protein content. Mustardoil, on the other hand, is replete with zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, and selenium. These minerals help keeping your scalp nourished. You would need 1 tablespoon of castor oil and 2 tablespoons of mustard oil.

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How to make the oil:

Make the oil blend by taking the oils in a saucepan, and heat them for a few seconds. Apply this warm concoction to your scalp and hair evenly. Massage gently for ten minutes and let the oil sit for about an hour. Wash off your hair with your regular shampoo and water, and then condition. Make sure you don’t overheat the oil, this would not only burn the oil, but also make you lose out on the essential nutrients.

5. Black Seed and Olive Oil 

Olive is not just good for your health but also for your hair. Black seed oil is an exceptional remedy for hair loss. This oil blend not only nourishes your scalp but also gives you smooth and strong locks. You will need one tablespoon of olive oil and one tablespoon of black seed oil.

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How to make the oil

: Mix both the oils in a bowl and apply the blend on your hair and scalp and massage gently. Leave it on for an hour and rinse with water and shampoo.

6. Tulsi Hair Oil

Tulsi can work wonders for your damaged scalp, and dandruff issues. Tulsi helps stimulate blood circulation to your scalp and keeps your scalp cool while reducing itchiness and dandruff. You would need 2 to 3 bunches of Tulsi leaves to make a paste (you can also use Tulsi powder instead), half a cup of coconut oil and 3 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds.

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How to make the oil:

Grind the tulsi leaves into a thick paste. Transfer this paste to a saucepan and add coconut oil to the paste. Heat the mixture on low heat. Add fenugreek seeds. Turn off the heat after 5 minutes. Let the mixture cool, strain the oil and store in a container. Apply this warm oil to your scalp and hair. Leave it on for about half an hour and then rinse. Oil your hair at least twice a week to get rid of dandruff and dry hair.

Oil your hair regularly with these natural homemade oil and flaunt you locks in style.

7 Natural Face Packs Our Grandmothers Used for Beautiful Skin

7 Natural Face Packs Our Grandmothers Used for Beautiful Skin

You may have always wondered the magic behind your grandmother’s healthy and glowing skin. Well, as they say, old is gold, especially when it comes to taking care of your skin and hair, purane nuskhe

from our grandmothers were the best and the most effective. Whether it is to cure suntan, acne, dry skin or oily skin, she had the perfect solutions to all your beauty problems using natural homemade face packs. Let’s go back to them as healthier alternatives to our beauty regime.

1. Coriander leaves and turmeric powder face pack for blackheads

 

A face pack of coriander leaves and turmeric powder makes a great solution for excessive blackheads on your face especially on the nose. The pack helps in shrinking large pores. Coriander acts as a caustic to clean dirt, blocking the pores of your skin. Turmeric helps in pulling out excess oil in your skin pores.

 

How to make?

 

Blend coriander leaves with two teaspoons of turmeric powder to make a fine paste. Apply this paste on your face and keep it overnight. Wash it off the next morning with cold water. Follow this routine at least twice a week to get rid of blackheads easily.

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2. Curd and gram flour face pack for dry skin

 

The curd and besan face pack makes for an amazing way to nourish dry skin and remove dead cells. Besan acts as a cleansing agent for the skin and curd has a moisturizing effect.

 

How to make?

 

All you need to do is to mix two tablespoons of besan, one tablespoon of curd, one teaspoon of honey and a dash of turmeric to make a smooth paste. Apply evenly on you face and leave it for about five minutes and wash it off with cold water. Try repeating this regime regularly. Curd is a natural moisturizer, honey cleanses your skin and turmeric works as an antiseptic that maintains the pH levels of your skin. All these ingredients put together will heal your dry skin naturally.

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3. Multani mitti with lemon juice face pack for pimple scars

 

Multani mitti is known for its healing properties against acne and blemishes. Rich in magnesium chloride, it helps in reducing acne scars and keeps the skin clean. Turmeric is an antiseptic to maintain the pH levels of your skin and the acidic content in lemonextracts the dirt and keeps the skin germ free.

 

How to make?

 

Mix together two teaspoons of multani mitti (fuller’s earth) with a dash of turmeric powder and half a teaspoon of sandalwood powder. Make a smooth paste with lemon juice (add milk depending upon the skin type). Apply this face pack on your face and keep it until it dries off. Wash with cold water.

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4. Saffron face pack for improving skin tone

 

Saffron is known for many healing properties. It is a rich source of iron, potassium, calcium, selenium, zinc and copper and vitamins including vitamin A, folic acid, niacin and Vitamin C. Saffron helps improving your skin tone and clears dull skin. It helps remove dark circles and fine lines. The face pack below with saffron will help increase circulation of blood bringing a perfect glow.

 

How to make?

 

To make a brilliant saffron face pack take about three to four strands of saffron and soak them in two teaspoons of water overnight (the color of the water turns golden yellowish). Now add one teaspoon of milk, dash of sugar and a few drops of coconut oil to the saffron infused water. Immerse a piece of bread in this mixture and apply this mixture on your face with this piece of bread. Keep this pack for about fifteen minutes before washing it off with cold water. Pat dry your face and repeat this at least two to three times a week to get the best result.

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5. Fenugreek (methi) face pack to cool the skin

 

Fenugreek or methi is known for its cooling properties and to cure inflammation and discomfort caused by pimples. The antiseptic and antibiotic properties of methi seeds heal skin infections too keeping your skin hydrated and clean.

 

How to make?

 

There are two way to make a simple methi seed face pack- one is to boil a few methi seeds in one cup of water and when the seeds start to get softer, allow the water to cool down. Use this water all over the face by patting it with a cotton ball and leave it on for one to two hours. It will immediately give you a cooling effect and help redness on your face.

 

The other way is to soak two to three teaspoons of methi seeds overnight and grind them into a paste. Rub the paste on your face and allow it to dry before washing it off. You can store this face pack in the refrigerator for about a week.

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6. Aloe vera face pack to remove sun tan and black spots

 

Aloe vera has always been known to be used in cosmetics and beauty concoctions since the times of Pharaohs in ancient Egypt. It was used as a treatment for various skin conditions and many internal disorders. The leaves have amazing compounds like mannans, lectins and polysaccharides among others. It is best used for removing sun tan and dark spots caused by the sun.

 

How to make?

 

Squeeze the aloe vera gel out of the leaves into a bowl. Add a few drops of lemon in the gel. Use your fingers to mix both the ingredients and apply it on your face. Keep it for around 20 minutes before washing it off with cold water. Do not apply any moisturizer post the application of this face mask as aloe vera itself is a great moisturizer.

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7. Lemon and honey face pack or oily skin

 

Lemon is an excellent source for cleaning the skin, eliminating dead skin cells and reducing oil secretion. Honey has various antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help reduce oil secretion further avoiding pimples and acne from coming back.

 

How to make?

 

Mix lemon juice extracts and honey together in a bowl. Apply this mixture on your face and let it dry for about 15-20 minutes before washing it off. This will relieve you from excessive oily skin and make the skin supple and moisturized.

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We absolutely love these face packs. Do let us know which one tops your list and if you would like to share any secrets from your grandmother’s treasure.

 

6 Effective Natural Skin Toners You Should Definitely Give a Try!

6 Effective Natural Skin Toners You Should Definitely Give a Try!

Exposure to excess heat and pollution daily roughens and makes your skin dull and patchy, therefore, it becomes imperative to exfoliate, cleanse and tone your skin. Considering this dire need to replenish the skin, many companies have started producing toners from natural ingredients. But why use commercial products when you can DIY at home without having to burn a hole in your pocket? And, anyway natural is way better and more effective. Here are six super effective natural skin toners that are not only easily available at your home, but also prove to be excellent source of a healthy skin.

 

6 natural DIY skin toners

 

1. Camphor and rose water toner

 

Known for its therapeutic and medicinal properties, camphor has been used to cure skin problems, since time immemorial. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, camphor is used to soothe the skin and make it less susceptible to acne and pimple. Rose water on the other hand is another cooling agent that has anti-bacterial and hydrating properties that are suitable for all skin types. Mixtures of these two components make an excellent toner that help soothe your skin after a rough day. The mixture open your skin pores and reduces the secretion sebum and excess oil from the skin.

 

How to apply?

 

Add a dash of camphor in a bowl of rose water and blend it well. Use this mixture to dab it on your face with a cotton ball and wipe it clean once applied well. This will help reduce your redness and open the pores of your skin and cool it from exposure in the scorching heat. You can store this mixture for about 3-4 weeks in the refrigerator.

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Camphor has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the skin

2. Chamomile tea toner

 

This golden colored herbal tea is not only tasty and healthy, but it is great for curing your skin ailments. This natural moisturizer and bleach helps in tightening your skin pores and lightens your skin complexion. This is best for treating those with dry skin, which causes itching and irritation leaving it all patchy. This traditional medicinal component also helps in protecting you from sunburns. You could use the chamomiletea leaves or flowers as both of them are equally beneficial for your skin.

 

How to apply?

 

Boil about 100 milliliter of water and add one chamomile tea bag in the boiling water and let it extract the color of the tea for at least five minutes. Let it cool down and then apply this tea soaked water on your face and neck with a cotton ball and let it soak into the skin pore for about 20 minutes and wash it off with tap water. You can add this to your daily regime to get the best results.

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Chamomile tea toner is a natural moisturizer

3. Milk, honey and egg toner

 

These three ingredients are great when blended together as milk is a great nourisher and supplies essential nutrients to the aging skin, honey has antibacterial and humectant properties that trap moisture in the skin to smoothen it and egg white is the best to remove the fine lines on your skin and give you a youthful look and also help in curing dry skin leaving skin supple and smooth. This mixture will help tighten your skin pores and replenish the skin.

 

How to apply?

 

Take one tablespoon of honey, one tablespoon of milk and one egg white (remove the yolk) in a bowl and blend the ingredients to make a thick pack. Apply the mixture evenly on your face and leave it to dry for at least 15 minutes before washing it off with cold water.

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The three ingredients are great nourishers for the skin

4. Cucumber and curd toner

 

Cucumber is known to provide hydration and a cooling effect to the body as well as skin in this heat. It reduces swelling and redness caused by excessive sunburn. Due to the presence of antioxidants and silica, cucumber makes an excellent source of curing dark circles. It tightens open pores and improves the skin complexion. Curd is known to lighten your skin tone and ward off fine lines and wrinkles on the face.

 

How to apply?

 

Beat two to three tablespoons of unflavored sour curd in a bowl and keep aside. Peel one fresh cucumber and dab it with the curd to apply it on your face and neck. Ensure that you apply the toner in anti-clock wise circles to give it a better effect. Once you are done applying, wait for at least 10 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water.

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Cucumber provides hydration and cooling effect to the skin

5. Apple cider vinegar toner

 

Apple cider vinegar is a wonderful ingredient when it comes to supplying multiple benefits to the skin. Apple cider helps restore and balance the natural pH level of the skin, enhancing the overall complexion. It removes dead skin cells, suntan and shrink skin pores. The vinegar is loaded with lots of vitamins, acetic acid, malic acid, and citric acid, making it a natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent.

 

How to apply?

 

Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with four tablespoons of distilled water. Blend it and store it in a bottle. Dab the mixture on your face and neck with a cotton ball and use it regularly for best effects.

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Apple cider vinegar helps in lightening your skin complexion

6. Ginger mint toner

 

Mint or pudina is an aromatic herb used for medicinal purposes especially for the skin. It is packed with numerous vitamins that are essential for maintaining a healthy skin. Mint contains menthol, which is an active ingredient that exhibits anti-bacterial and cooling properties healthy for skin. On the other hand, ginger has toning properties and contains abundant antioxidants that can reduce the hypo-pigmented scars.

 

How to apply?

 

Grind some ginger and a few mint lives and add some water to make it semi-thick paste. Apply it on the face and neck every day to get a cooling effect and heal various skin problems.

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Mint has menthol that helps in cooling your skin and body

If you want a natural glow on your face, these skin toners are a perfect bet. Do let us know which toner will you swear on!

Milk Bath, the Centuries-Old Beauty Ritual for Gorgeous Skin

We have all heard that the Egyptian queen Cleopatra was known for her beauty across various kingdoms. Her beauty rituals were said to have been an elaborate affair with exotic scrubs, face packs, hair masks and what not, and one of the most famous rituals from the lot being the milk bath. Having a milk bath can be one of the most wonderful, invigorating, sensuous and rejuvenating experiences of your life. Not only does it make you feel good with all the pampering, but nourish and detan your skin, leaving you feeling feather soft and silky all over. Milk is touted to contain a host of beauty benefits, being an excellent ingredient for the skin.

Milk is a common household ingredient, and if you can get hold of full cream milk, it’s all the more better. Here’s my version of the ultimate milk bath experience and I promise you that once you start bathing like this at least once a month, you’ll look forward to it every time. It is important to pamper yourself once in a while to nourish your body and also feel good from within.

Milk Bath, the Centuries-Old Beauty Ritual for Gorgeous Skin

Anything that is luxurious also needs to be well planned so that it is picture perfect. You should gear up in advance as it’s not just the ingredients that go into this bath that make it special to me (as it will to you too) but also the things one can very easily put together to make it the ultimate bathing experience.

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What You Need to Equip Yourself With

5 litres full cream milk
100 gm rose petals or mogra flowers
10ml essential oil of rose/sandalwood/lavender
A good quality sea salt scrub
Almond oil
Some bubble bath, preferably a herbal one
A back brush or loofah
2 large bath towels
Some aromatic candles
Soothing music
Maybe a glass of wine or champagne

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How to Go About

 

1. First things first; switch off your phone and keep it far away. Trust me, you don’t want any distraction.

 

2. Now run your hot water in a tub and add warm milk to it. Then add the bubble bath, essential oil of your choice and the flower petals.

 

3. Clean your face with almond oil and massage your face gently. Once you are in your steamy tub, this will soak into the skin and give it a natural shine.

 

4. Switch on the music, light the candles and soak yourself in pure luxury! Sip on the wine, relax and listen to the music and enjoy the luxuriating silkiness of milk on your skin. Once you have soaked yourself for a good 20 to 30 minutes, you will feel relaxed, the stress melting away.

 

5. Take some sea salt and scrub gently into the skin all over your body. This will help draw out toxins, dislodge dead skin and make you super soft all over.

 

6. Rinse your body well and avoid using any synthetic soaps. In fact the best time to have a bath is in the evening as after this invigorating bath you will sleep sounder and better.

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If you are one of those people, like me, who want to block out the world even if it is just for a while, believe me the bathroom is the best place to do so. This haven of peace and tranquillity is a super spa experience that you can create at home. The best part is that it can be done any time with some careful planning and your own innovations. Try it as soon as possible and I promise you there will be no looking back!

 

6 Easy Homemade Body Scrubs For All Skin Types

What comes to your mind when you think of pampering your skin which suffers due to the harsh sun’s rays or to get rid of the dullness caused by the dust particles blocking your skin pores or the heavy pollution that steals the glow away from your face? Beauty experts will tell you that exfoliation is the best way to remove dead cells, rejuvenate your skin and bring back your natural glow.

Another piece of good news is that you can do it easily by using homemade body scrubs made with natural ingredients. Due to the abrasive nature of the scrub, which is vigorously massaged onto your skin, all the impurities get drained out leaving it clear, polished and refreshed. A body scrub can also help in improving your blood circulation and is believed to fight cellulite.

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It is very important to keep two things in mind while choosing the right kind of body scrub for yourself:

First, know your skin type and secondly, choose the right ingredients that will suit it. To make this easy for you, we have put together six homemade body scrubs that cater to almost all skin types and needs. You can choose the one suitable for you and enjoy a spa day at home.

 

1. Brown Sugar Body Scrub (Sensitive Skin Type)

 

Ingredients:

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil (solidified but soft)
5-6 drops of any essential oil (rose, lavender, jasmine will gel perfectly)
1/2 tea spoon of Vitamin E (optional)

Procedure and application:

 

Take a bowl, mix all the ingredients together till you obtain a wet sand consistency and store it in a jar. Massage it on your skin properly or use an exfoliating brush and move in circular motions on your skin. Wash it with lukewarm water, dab your skin with a warm towel and don’t forget to moisturize your skin after you are done.

 

Benefits:

 

Brown sugar is less abrasive then raw sugar which makes it suitable for sensitive skin types. It facilitates relaxation, removes dead skin and even white heads.

2. Coconut Rose Sea Salt Scrub (Dry Skin Type)

 

body scrubCoconut Rose Sea Salt Scrub; Photo Credit: Pinterest

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Himalayan sea salt (you can use sea salt, Himalayan sea salt is just pink in colour)
1/2 cup of coconut oil (solidified but soft)
1/2 cup of dried crushed rose petals
5-6 drops of rose essential oil

Procedure and application:

Mix all ingredients together and apply all over your skin. Wash with lukewarm water.

 

Benefits:

 

It gives you a fresh glow, exfoliates your skin, facilitates blood circulation due the abrasive nature of salt and induces relaxation.

3. Coffee Body Scrub (Antioxidant Value and Fights Cellulite)

Ingredients:

1 cup ground coffee
1 cup raw sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil
5-6 drops of essential any essential oil (optional)

Procedure and application:

Mix all ingredients together and apply all over your skin. Rub in a circular motion for deep absorption of the nutrients and cleansing. Wash with lukewarm water.

 

Benefits:

 

The aroma of coffee incorporated with vanilla or other scented oils creates a very relaxed and a soothing experience and exfoliates your skin as well. Antioxidants in coffee can help in preventing premature ageing and are believed to fight cellulite.

 

4. Green Tea Body Scrub (Oily Skin Type)

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Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
1/8 cup olive oil
1/4 cup of brewed green tea
1 1/2 bag of green tea (not brewed)

Procedure and application:

Take a bowl, mix all the ingredients together till you obtain a thick paste like consistency. If your mixture is too watery, add more sugar to balance the excess water. You can even add vanilla for a sweet scent. Massage it on your skin properly. Wash it off with lukewarm water.

 

Benefits:

 

Green tea works wonders for oily skin. It exfoliates and removes dead skin, unclogs skin pores and induces freshness. Olive oil leaves the skin moisturized.

 

5. Tomato Sugar Body Scrub (Tan Removal)

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Ingredients:

3 tomatoes
1 cup sugar

Procedure and application:

 

Puree the tomatoes in a blender and then in a bowl mix it with sugar.  Massage this mixture on your skin properly or use an exfoliating brush and move in circular motions. Wash with lukewarm water.

 

Benefits:

 

Tomatoes are rich in Vitamins A and C and replenish your skin with these nutrients. This homemade scrub can help in preventing acne, it lightens your complexion, removes tan, and makes your skin look fresh and smooth.

 

6. Lemon Sea Salt Scrub (Improves Skin Tone)

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Ingredients:

1 cup sea salt or epsom salt
5 spoons olive oil
1 whole lemon’s juice
1 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest

Procedure and application:

 

Mix all ingredients and apply. Wash with lukewarm water. It can also be stored in a jar for later use.

 

Benefits:

 

Lemon brightens and lightens your skin tone, exfoliates the skin while olive oil moisturizes it leaving the skin feeling smooth and polished.

Top Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide for Skin, Teeth, Hair and Ears

Hydrogen peroxide has a long standing reputation of being the only germicidal agent composed of oxygen and water, which has innumerable uses and benefits. It acts as a cleansing agent and a disinfectant, and is easily available for cleaning purposes. It also makes a brilliant substitute for bleach. Considered as one of the safest and effective natural sanitisers, the type of hydrogen peroxide that is available in grocery stores is usually a three percent concentration, while the remaining percentage is water. But did you know it is also used for various beauty regimes including hair, skin,teeth and ears? We are to tell you some of its amazing uses for various beautyregimes that you might want to consider some time soon.

Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide:

Top Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide for Skin, Teeth, Hair and Ears

1. Hydrogen Peroxide for Skin

Depending on your skin, dry or oily, you can see if it suits your type, otherwise it may cause unnecessary irritation and sting. Hydrogen peroxide is majorly used for skin lightening and acne. It also acts as a disinfectant and antiseptic for the skin to prevent any infection caused by minor cuts, bruises or burns. It works by releasing oxygen on the affected area. The release of oxygen causes foaming that helps to remove the dead skin cells and clean the area, hence clearing acne scars. According to beauty expert Shantanu Jha, CEO, Zooty Beauty App, hydrogen peroxide eliminates skin discoloration, age spots, blemishes and scars. If used with necessary precautions, the chemical can prove to be wonderful, especially in procuring a lighter skin tone.

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2. Hydrogen Peroxide for Hair

It is generally used for hair lightening as it consists of bleaching agents. Shantanu says, “Hydrogen peroxide will take care of any free radicals or germs in your hair, but not without taking your hair’s natural oils with them. Therefore, it is advisable to use it every six weeks and after use, ensure to take deep conditioning treatments to retain the natural shine of your hair. A mix of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide should lift the colour of your strands and the mixture will also dilute the harmful effects of hydrogen peroxide.

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3. Hydrogen Peroxide for Teeth

Hydrogen peroxide improves your oral health and helps maintain oral hygiene. and bring about teeth whitening. Rinse your mouth with diluted form of H2O2 and make sure you do not ingest it as it may cause harm. H2O2, being highly reactive in nature, can pass through your tooth’s enamel and react with the dentin (tissue layer of the enamel) and the pulp part of your teeth as a result of its overuse.

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4. Hydrogen Peroxide for Ears

Hydrogen peroxide is used for removing earwax. Earwax is the outer part of the ear that prevents dust or any other particle from entering the ear, further preventing severe infections. However, excess wax accumulation can lead to discomfort and itching in the ear. Hydrogen peroxide is the best way to remove earwax. Do not use this treatment in case of any perforation in the internal parts of the ear.

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5. Hydrogen Peroxide for Nails

As per Shantanu, H2O2 is known to lighten yellow nails and bring them back to their natural, healthy state. Simply rub a soaked cotton ball over your nails and see the difference. It also helps in preventing any formation of nail fungus. Hydrogen peroxide uses the oxidative therapy, destroying the fungus formed on the nails by increasing the oxygen levels.

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6. Hydrogen Peroxide for Feet

As you soak your feet in hydrogen peroxide with water, it helps in softening calluses and cracked heels. If you have any foot fungus, H2O2 can easily help in getting rid of it. Do remember, not to use the solution while you have an open wound as it may cause burning sensation and irritation on the skin.

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Cautions

Hydrogen peroxide is a strong oxidiser and is used abundantly. However, it shouldn’t be ingested by any means. It can be a skin and eye irritant if you are allergic to it. Overuse of anything is bad for your health; similarly, excess usage of hydrogen peroxide is bad and may put your health at risk. According to Shantanu, regular usage can result in killing your skin cells, making it dry, rough and flaky. Therefore, it is recommended to first refer to your beauty expert or skin specialist before applying it anywhere to avoid side effects.