Winter Skin Care

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• Drink lots of water. This is one tip that we should follow not for a particular season, but throughout the year. Water helps moisturize the skin from within. Add hot soups, herbal tea, etc., to your daily diet.

• Apply moisturizer after bath as well as before going sleep. There are many moisturizers available in the market. Choose the one that suits you the best. It is always better to choose a moisturizer that is oil based rather than water based. Oil-based moisturizers form a protective layer on the skin and hence give better protection.

• The end of summer doesn’t mean that you can get away from sunscreen. Apply sunscreen before leaving house and re-apply if necessary. Also, you can use moisturizers that combine sun protection.

• Exfoliate your skin once a week. It will help you get rid of the old dead cells and your skin will become fresh. You can use scrubs available in the market or use homemade ones.

• Add seasonal fruits and vegetables to your diet. Green leafy vegetables like methi are good options during winters. Also, have seasonal fruits like oranges.

• Also add a few drops of your favorite oil to the water you use to bath. It will nourish your skin and help retain the moisture.

Dry Hair: Olive Oil Hair Mask

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For those complaining about dry hair, nothing can be more nourishing than olive oil.

  • Combine two egg yolks with two tablespoons of olive oil, and mix well to form a hair mask that is perfect for dry hair.
  • You need to keep this mask on for fifteen minutes before rinsing it off.

Filled with essential fatty acids, vitamins, proteins and antioxidants, eggs will make your hair softer and healthier. While olive oil will strengthen and soften your dry hair.

Alternatively, you could also apply a mask of honey and olive oil for extra moisturisation.

5 Beauty Benefits Of Besan For All Skin Types

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A multitasking ingredient, besan (gram flour) can not only satisfy your taste buds through yummypakoras, but can also keep all your skin problems at bay. From treating pimples and removing tan to lightening complexion, besanhas the ability to do it all. And, the best part about this natural product is that it is suitable for all skin types. But, make sure that you use freshly prepared gram flour as a stale one can cause rashes. So, say goodbye to your parlour facials and make your own besan face packs to get a beautiful and glowing skin.

#1. For dry skin

Not only for oily skin, besan works wonders for dry skin as well. For this, add malai or milk, honey and pinch of turmeric in besan to form a paste. Apply this pack on the face and keep it for at least 15 minutes. Wash it off once it dries. This pack is ideal for people with dry skin. It cleans the skin thoroughly and helps in maintaining the moisture level of the skin.

#2. For oily skin

besan pack is very effective for oily skin as it absorbs all the excess oil from the skin, making it soft and supple. All you have to do is simply mix a few drops of rose water with besan and apply it on the face and neck. Once the pack dries, wash it off with lukewarm water. You can also make a pack by adding curd or milk to it.

#3. For acne-prone skin

Pimples and acne tend to leave marks on the skin. Such a skin type becomes a little sensitive, and thus requires special care. So, to tackle acne problems, mix besan with honey and apply it on the face. Ensure you apply this pack on a regular basis, as the antimicrobial properties of honey will curb all your pimple problems. Alternatively, you can blend sandalwood powder, turmeric, rose water in it to form another concoction.

#4. For blemished skin

Blemishes give an uneven tone to the skin, while open pores attract dirt and dust leading to pimple formation. Hence, it is important to treat them to get a flawless complexion. For this, apply a paste of besan and cucumber juice on your face and leave it for a few minutes till it dries. Wash it off with lukewarm water. Use this pack regularly, as it will help in removing blemishes. It will also help in tightening of the pores.

#5. For tanned skin

This is one pack which can be used on all skin types. Just blend besan, lime juice and turmeric with rose water to make a paste. Apply the pack, and wash it off after it dries. A regular application of it will not only give a lighter complexion, but will also make your skin smooth and glowing.

Natural products can treat your skin in the best possible way. But, do not expect any overnight miracles. Only a regular usage can give your skin a youthful glow. 

5 Ways To Get Straight Hair Naturally

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Are you tired of the waves in your hair? Do you wish to get that straight silky hair that you have just seen in your favourite shampoo ad? A few home therapies can definitely make your hair relatively straighter than before. These ways to straighten hair naturally will not just help to achieve desirable straight hair, but also protect hair from harsh chemicals as well. Just try and follow these easy homely tips to straighten your hair naturally!

#1 Coconut and Lemon

Add a few drops of lemon juice to freshly prepared coconut milk and mix well. Keep the glass of coconut milk and lemon juice into refrigerator for a few hours. A thick foamy layer will appear over the glass, which needs to be applied on the scalp and entire length of the hair right away. Steam your hair for 15-20 minutes after this and follow it up with a wash. Repeat this process regularly to get straighter hair.

#2 Celery leaves

Crush a few fresh celery leaves and mix them with a little water. Squeeze it to extract the juice and store it in bottle. The bottle has to be left unused for at least a day, so as to allow the juice to develop properties and effectiveness for straightening. Using them regularly, preferably in the morning, before bath will help in straightening hair. Massage it well on the scalp and leave it for 15-30 minutes, prior to washing it off with a shampoo.

#3 The Milky Way

Milk is known to have moisturizing properties, which are suitable in straightening the hair. Take half cup of milk, preferably boiled and cooled. Then mix it with half cup of water. Store it in a spray bottle and spray over the hair. Allow it to stand for half an hour, before shampooing the hair. This mixture will help in straightening as well as adding substantial amount of moisture to add smoothness to the hair.

#4 Cast a Spell with Castor

Castor oil is known to have hair growth and hair straightening properties. Massage the oil on the scalp, along your hair strands and then comb your hair properly. As you comb, blow dry your hair, which has been separated into sections, on high heat. The hair should feel dry and not oily after being blow dried. When done, wrap it with a chilled towel and leave for half an hour. It will soothe the hair from excessive heat and will restore the straightness.

#5 Hair Dryer and Hair Brush

This combination is something that people have seen in salons and spas. This can be done at home too! Get a hair dryer and a good hair brush, which will stretch and hold your hair firmly in place. Comb your wet hair and while it is still wet, use hair brush to stretch a section of hair by rolling it in end and then blow dry it. Repeat the process for other sections of wet hair till dry.

You Should Try Washing Your Hair With Apple Cider Vinegar. Here’s Why

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Using apple cider vinegar in your hair is an excellent treatment for a variety of different hair and scalp issues. Apple Cider Vinegar  contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to it, but doesn’t destroy the natural balance of your hair the way chemical-laden shampoos and conditioners do. This leaves your hair healthier and with more luster to it.

Some of the benefits of using Apple Cider Vinegar  in your hair include:

  • Removing dead skin cells and promoting healthy growth.
  • Leaving your hair grease-free and shiny.
  • Neutralizing the pH of your hair and scalp.
  • Removing dandruff and relieving itchiness.
  • Removes grease and buildup from your hair.

You can use Apple Cider Vinegar  straight in your hair, but I like to water it down some. Usually make a mix that’s 2 parts Apple Cider Vinegar  and 1 part water. It works just as well and helps your vinegar last longer. This is important too if you have chemically treated hair.

Magical Ayurvedic Herbs To Prevent Hair fall

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• Ayurveda herb called ‘Bhringraj’ is generally prescribed both for the ailments of hair-fall as well as premature graying of the hair. This herb is advised to be taken orally in the form of a powder and also to be applied externally onto the scalp in the form of medicated oil.

 

• The powder of the herb ‘Aamla’ or the Indian Gooseberry is also quite beneficial in treating the malady. Approximately one teaspoon is to be taken twice a day on an empty stomach.

 

• Trifla is another Ayurveda herb formulation that aids in combating hair-fall. Use it externally as hair wash and also take it internally as cleansing medicine.

 

• Gentle massage of the scalp with medicated herb oil or sesame seeds oil, mustard oil or coconut oil is a must preferably half to one hour prior to head wash is recommended at least twice a week.

 

• In case dandruff reasons hair-fall, an herbal home remedy is to mix a piece of Camphor in hair oil and massage it into the scalp on alternate days or twice a week.

 

• Some Ayurvedic formulations like Navayas lauh, Swarn Makshik, Trifla etc have proved valuable for curing the malady of hair fall.

 

• ‘Bhram Rasayan’ is another Ayurveda Formulation that generates a calming and soothing effect of the brain nerves and as well tends to uproot the basic cause of the ailment of hair-fall.

DIY Tinted Lip – How To Make Your Own At Home

Give your lips a perfect flush of colour with this natural tinted lip balm. The process it’s quite simple, scoop out some vaseline into a metal spoon and add a small chunk of your old or broken lipstick. You can variate the amount of your lipstick depending on how intense you want your lip balm to be. Then add 2-3 drops of honey to keep your lips nourished all through out the day.

CUTE EVERYDAY HAIRSTYLE

In this, step-by-step, hair tutorial video, learn how to create 6 quick & easy everyday hairstyles for short, medium, or long hair lengths, whether your hair is straight, curly, or kinky.

All of the hairstyles in this tutorial will take you less than 5 minutes to do, great for when you’re running late for school or work. Be sure to favorite this video for back-to-school hairstyles.

DIY Milk Ice Cubes For Glowing Skin

If you ask us about a home remedy to get glowing skin, we say milk ice cubes for the win! With Diwali around the corner this DIY give your skin that instant glow.
Start off by simply pouring cold milk in an ice tray and allow it to freeze. Take an ice cube, rub it on your skin for 3-4 minute. Then gently massage your face, do this just before you sleep to wake up to a brighter and fresher face.

The next time you find your skin looking dull, this is all you need to do!