Archive for June, 2016

Use Kitchen Ingredients for Crack-Free Feet

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

 

The basic thing  is to drink water to keep the body hydrated as dry feet are more susceptible to cracks.

The other way to keep dryness away is to moisturise feet after taking bath. Vaseline and coconut oil are common ways to do it. Try out a few more home remedies.

Use banana to give back moisture to feet.

Take the pulp of a banana and apply it on your feet. Leave the pulp for 15 minutes and then rinse off.

Using Lemon

Regularly soak your feet in lukewarm water with a few drops of lemon and jojoba oil. Then you can lightly scrub off the dead skin. Lemon is slightly acidic which helps take off the dead skin. Now massage your feet generously with glycerin and wear light socks.

Using kitchen ingredients.

Mix two tablespoons of avocado paste with half a cup of mayonnaise, and two tablespoons of oatmeal. Apply this foot mask for half an hour. Wash it off with cold water and pat dry.

Drive Away Monsoon Skin Woes With Chocolate, Strawberry facials

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

 

 

1. For Dry Skin:

During monsoon, people experience skin dryness mainly because of dehydration caused by lack of skin repairing vitamins.

Follow these four steps:

Cleanse and tone your skin: You can make your own toner by mixing a few drops of honey and two tablespoons of milk. It not only tones but also hydrates the skin.

Natural remedies: 
Pomegranate seeds are loaded with anti-ageing compounds like antioxidants and vitamin C and nourish dry skin. Blend two tablespoons of pomegranate seeds and one cup uncooked oatmeal. Pour in a bowl and add two tablespoons of honey and buttermilk. Apply on your face for a few minutes, then rinse. It helps remove dead skin cells.

Recommended facial: Chocolate facial

Tip: Never leave home without applying sunscreen.

2. For Oily skin: 

Monsoon increases skin problems for those who have oily skin. It makes the sebaceous glands, which are responsible for oil secretion, hyperactive. The oil secretion and sweat are deposited on the skin and trap dirt and bacteria. This gives rise to blackheads, whiteheads, breakouts and sometimes painful pimples.

Follow these four steps:

Natural remedies: Take two tablespoons of papaya pulp, one tablespoon of curd and an ounce of aloe vera gel. Mix it well. Add a few drops of lavender oil. Papaya works as a great de-tanner, the curd clears blemishes, the aloe vera soothes the skin and the lavender boosts rejuvenation.

Recommended facial: Aloe vera facial.

3. For Combination skin: 

This skin type is a mix of oily and dry skin. Cheeks usually become dry and other parts of the face, specially the nose, get oily because of the excessive humidity during monsoon.

Follow these four steps:

Cleanse and tone your skin: For toning, add two drops of lemon juice to cold water and wash your face with it. Lemon is not only refreshing but also works as a cleanser.

Natural remedies: A strawberry face pack is perfect for this skin type. Blend half a cup of frozen or fresh strawberries with one cup of yogurt and one-and-a-half tablespoons of honey. Apply it on your face for a soft and smooth skin.

Recommended facial: Fruit facial with milk.

4. For Normal skin

Natural remedies: Mash an apple, add one tablespoon of sugar and four cups of milk to it. Blend it well. Add a few drops of chamomile oil. Apply it on your face for at least 15 minutes. It hydrates as well as deeply nourishes the skin and gives back lost sheen and radiance.

Recommended facial: AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) facial.

Honey – The SKin Saviour

Monday, June 27th, 2016

 

Honey is seen as an ideal natural ingredient to do away with skin dryness and there is more to this sweet kitchen ingredient.

Make honey part of your beauty regime to get natural glow, reports huffingtonpost.com.

Usage of honey:

Facial scrub: Women with sensitive skin can prepare a face mask made of honey, brown sugar, olive oil and lemon juice. It’s less abrasive, yet removes dead skin cells to reveal a smoother and more vibrant complexion.

Hair removal: Mix honey and lemon juice and pour into a sugaring wax that’s safe to use on your body. This will remove hair and also make your skin soft.

Scars: To make the scars leave your side, apply raw honey on the affected areas before bed and cover with a bandage. In the morning, remove the cover-up and cleanse the skin.

Bath treatment: Take bath with milk and honey. The alpha hydroxy acids in milk breaks down dry and flaky skin, while the enzymes in honey softens skin.

Sunburn:
 Honey helps to soothe sunburns. You just need to dab on a little honey on skin.

Chapped lips: Mix honey, brown sugar and olive oil, and apply on your lips. This mixture will moisturise chappy lips.

5 Home Remedies to Straighten Your Hair Naturally

Monday, June 27th, 2016

 

1. Lemon juice and coconut milk paste: Lemon juice and coconut milk are the best ingredients for straightening your hair naturally. When both are mixed together, they make a great cream conditioner. Apply the paste and wash your hair with lukewarm water. You will notice a clear difference if done twice a week.

2. Mix of bananas, yogurt, honey and olive oil: Mash two bananas with two tablespoons of honey, yogurt and olive oil. Mix nicely and refrigerate it for about 30 minutes. Apply the paste on your hair and cover it with a towel or a shower cap. After an hour, rinse it with cold water.

3. Soyabean oil: Mix one tablespoon of soyabean oil and two tablespoons of castor oil. Heat the mix and then slightly cool it. Once the mixture is cooled, apply the mix on your scalp and hair and massage it for sometime. Leave it for 30 minutes and later wash off the mix with a mild shampoo.

4. Eggs and olive oil: Take two eggs and mix it with olive oil nicely. Massage your scalp with the paste and keep it for about an hour. This will not only straighten your hair but also soften and condition it.

5. Vinegar: After rinsing your hair, mix few drops of vinegar with a full mug of water and rinse your strands with the mix. Finally rinse it with clean water. This will not only help in straightening but will also help in shining.

Few Tips on How to Make the Most of Facials

Friday, June 24th, 2016

1. Let your skin breathe after a facial treatment.

2. Never start to apply make-up after a facial. Your pores have just been cleaned and require oxygen, so do not clog them.

3. Try and take a nap after a facial and avoid rushing back to work or taking up stressful activities. The facial tissues have been relaxed so let them be that way for sometime.

4. Try and drink some green tea or warm lime water and honey as the pressure points have been activated on the skin. They will help improve metabolism, relax the body as well as detoxify it.

5. Avoid having a bath with too cold or too hot water. Luke warm water bath is recommended after a facial.

6. Never visit a crowded or high pollution area after your skin pampering.

7. Above all be kind to yourself, you deserve it.

The Easiest Remedies to Control Dandruff & Hairfall

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

 

1. Curd and lemon: This combination helps you to reduce hair fall and acts as a natural conditioner during the winter season. It cures dryness of the scalp and reduces dandruff. Squeeze a few drops of lemon in curd and apply on your hair as a mask. Let it dry and then rinse.

2. Hot oil massage: To regain strength and shine of your hair, massage your scalp with hot oil. It nourishes the hair skin and helps your scalp against winter winds.

3. Oil and camphor: To keep your head and hair cool, mix small amount of camphor and oil and apply it on your scalp. It reduces dandruff and the itchiness on the scalp.

4. Steam: This helps you regain the moisture content and strengthens your hair. It opens the follicles of hair so that they can absorb more nutrients. Above all, steam helps in healthy hair growth, reduces hair fall and makes them shine.

5. Neem and coconut oil: It acts as anti-fungal oil against the fungus that affects scalp, which makes it red and extremely itchy. Neem and coconut oil together becomes an antiseptic against dandruff and scalp irritation.

6. Neem paste and curd: A mix of neem leaf paste with curd, when applied on the scalp reduces hair fall, prevents the greying and boosts up hair growth.

8 Expert Skin Care tips for People in Their 30′s

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

30s are supposed to be that time of your life when you’re in complete control over your relationships, you’re on track when it comes to work, have a sizable bank balance and are attune to a truly happy and enjoyable life. But then life plays a cruel joke and throws a real beauty bouncer. In simpler words, 30 is often the age when you start to see your skin, body and looks change. And in some cases this change is not for the better, unless you start being extra cautious.

Skin Troubles in your 30s:

Those first deep wrinkles begin to emerge, turning faint lines around the eyes into full blown crow’s feet (also known as laugh lines or character lines). In some unfortunate cases, acne decide to make a comeback after teen years or it may also appear for the very first time. This phenomenon is called ‘adult acne’ and is usually hormonal in women.

How to look fabulous in your 30s:

To stay gorgeous through your 30s and after, follow these 8 simple steps:

1. Cleansing - Cleanse your skin each morning and make sure to remove all makeup and cleanse again before bedtime. This allows the skin to perform its essential protective and renewal functions well. Always use products suggested by your dermatologist as there are many products available in the market and picking the right can be confusing.

2. Exfoliate - Exfoliate at night rather than in the day. Overnight skin is in renewal mode and removing dead skin skin prior to bedtime enhances the skin’s function. Exfoliate gently, just to remove dead skin and if your skin is oily or you’ve got acne then exfoliating twice a week should be sufficient.

3. Protect - Protect your skin during the day by combining an antioxidant serum or Vitamin C serum with sun screen as they enhance each other. Be sure to apply the sunscreen first.

4. Stay hydrated - Make sure that the skin is not dehydrated. Don’t spend more than 5 minutes in the shower and use lukewarm water. Use a moisturizing body wash as acts as a protective moisture barrier for the skin.

Here’s a golden nugget of advice for working professionals: Add 4-5 drops of essential body oils or if nothing then almond oil/vitamin e oil/sesame oil in 2 mugs of water and splash it on the body to form a moisturizing coat.

5. Sunscreen - Wear a sunscreen with broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection every single day of the year, including raining days and on overcast winter days. UVA rays are “slow agers” which remain constant throughout the year.

6.  Moisturize - Rub in rich intense moisturizing body lotion or apricot oil daily after bathing on slightly damp body for a healthy, hydrated skin.

7. Drink water -  Drink plenty of Water to also stay hydrated internally. Add lemon or lime juice for an extra boost. Eat a healthy and high-fiber diet and workout for atleast 15-20 daily.

8. Stay stress free - Of course that’s easier said than done but indulging in a hobby of ones choice works wonders for the skin.

How to Do a Face Clean Up at Home: 6 Steps You Need to Follow

Monday, June 20th, 2016

1. Cleansing
Wash your face thoroughly with a facial cleanser or face wash, and pat the skin dry with a soft towel. “Avoid hot water as it dries out the skin.Next, dab some cleansing milk on a cotton pad and wipe your face with it in order to unclog your pores and remove any leftover dirt.

2. Steaming
Optional: Steam for as long as your skin can sustain (approximately 5 minutes) and then gently wipe the face with a facial tissue. This step works wonders for oily skin. Massage your face using an ice cube (in circular motions), thereafter, to tighten the pores and bring back the skin temperature to normal.

3. Scrubbing
Proceed by applying a face scrub for a few minutes since it helps eliminate dead skin cells, which make your skin look dull. You can also skip the store-bought variety, and instead apply a mix of sugar and honey in equal parts to exfoliate your skin naturally. Scrub your face for 5 minutes, and then leave it on for another 3 minutes or so, before you wash it off.

4. Face Pack
No matter what your skin type is, the application of a moisturising face pack makes your skin soft and also improves your skin tone. If you have normal to dry skin and wish to goau naturel, mix sandalwood powder with rosewater and apply the paste on your face till it dries up.“Bananas, tomato and papaya are also known to have a cleansing and tightening effect on the skin”.

5. Toning
Apply a home-made toner on your face, such as cucumber juice and rose water, which helps maintain the pH balance.

6. Moisturisation
Finally, apply a nourishing cream on your face and neck. “Don’t forget to moisturise your face before going to bed. For dry skin, use milder cleansers that are free from alcohol.

5 Effective Home Remedies for Cracked Heels

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

1. For Soft Heels

You can make this wonderful concoction to soak your feet in daily for soft heels.

1 tub of warm soapy water
100 ml seed oil
A handful of marbles
500 ml full fat milk
A handful of rose petals
A handful of fresh margosa/neem leaves
5 drops geranium oil
5 drops sandalwood oil
2 tsp wheatgerm oil

Mix everything together and soak your feet in this water for about 20 minutes and pat dry. Use a pumice stone to dislodge dead skin on the heels.

2. Sea Salt and Oatmeal Scrub

Make the following scrub and use it daily while bathing.

1 cup oatmeal
100 ml almond oil
100 gms sea salt
100 gms honey
100 gms rice powder
10 drops juniper oil
10 drops peppermint oil

Mix all the ingredients well and store in an air tight jar. Use a loofah and scrub daily on our feet. Not only will it help dislodge dirt and grime but also soften dead skin and start to make the skin smoother and crack free.

3. Oil Your Feet at Night 

I treated a client with a very simple formula of natural goodness and I am going to share it with you.

Oil you feet at night with a mixture of the following-

2 tsp castor oil
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp almond oil

Massage these oils on your feet (this should be done at night). Smear Vaseline into the cracks of your feet, see that it is absorbed into them very well. Melt a candle in a saucepan on a gentle flame. Use a flat brush and carefully apply to the skin. Let this cool and dry. Wear cotton socks and cover.
Leave overnight. Next day in the morning peel off from the skin and rub any remaining residue into the skin.

4. Quick Remedy: Lime + Sugar

A daily 5-minute routine that you can do is to take lemon halves and 3 tsp of sugar. Dip the lemon halves into the sugar and scrub on the heels daily until all the granules have melted into the skin. Let it dry and wash off with water and pat dry.

5. Home pedicure

Most people do not realize that a home pedicure will also work miracles for cracked heels. Gear yourself with the following-

Two large towels
Nail brush
Pumice stone
Loofah
Nail file
Buffer
Sponge
Essential oil of ylang ylang- 5drops
Warm soapy water
500ml full fat warm milk
20ml olive oil
Nourishing cream

File the nails and soak your feet into a tub of warm water and milk and add essential oil along with olive oil. Brush nails and clean them well. Using a pumice stone scrub heels until soft and smooth. With a sponge apply nourishing tub water to the legs upto the knees and on the top and soles of the feet.

Pat dry and massage with a nourishing cream and wipe dry. Buff the nails until smooth and shiny and your feet will be ready to dance! Spending five minutes daily to take care of your feet can go a long way.

Summer Baths: Soak in Honey, Lemon, Rose, Sea Salts

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

1. Honey and Vinegar Bath

To a bucket of water, add a cup of vinegar and a teaspoon of honey. This is very effective and reduces irritation as well as retrieves tiredness. This special summer bath will leave the skin feeling smooth as well as treat sunburn.

2. Rose Oil and Honey Bath

The summer months with strong UV rays often make the skin dry and patchy. To lessen the effect, fill your bucket or tub of water with the following ingredients:
3 tsp olive oil
2 tsp rose oil
2 tsp honey
2 tsp of your favourite perfume or eau-de-cologne

3. Mogra – Arabian Jasmine FLOWERS

Mogras are easily available during the summer months and they provide a wonderful cooling and sensuous effect on the skin if added to your bath water.

4. Body Scrubs and Cleansing Grains

The discovery of body scrubs and cleansing grains has not been made by the so called new entrants of the beauty business in the past fifty years or so, but has been known to be used by ancient queens, princesses, our ancestors as well as our grandmas the world over. A simple, easily available natural exfoliator like grains of sand was used centuries ago in parts of the African sub-continent to cleanse and smoothen the feet as well as remove dead skin.One can keep a jar of ready-made cleansing grains in the bathroom and reach out for a handful of natural scrub by mixing the following ingredients which will help you remove summer tan as well as keep your skin silky soft:
2 cups dried powdered green peas
1 cup gram flour
1 cup dried orange peel powder
1 cup dried lemon peel powder
1 cup powdered almonds

Method: Mix all the ingredients and scrub all over the body, especially the knees, elbows, back, neck and thighs. Your skin will not only feel clean but also glow, as this natural body scrub helps stimulate blood circulation.

4 Natural Home Remedies for Prickly Heat

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

1. Yoghurt - Yoghurt has been known to have both, a cooling and soothing effect on the skin. Apply cold yoghurt to the affected areas and leave it on for 15minutes. Wash with cold water and pat dry. Never rub the irritated skin.

2. Rose Water - Make a concoction using the following ingredient: 200ml rose water, 4 Tbsp honey and 200ml pure water. Mix together and freeze in an ice tray. Take these ice cubes, four to five at a time, and wrap them in a soft muslin cloth. Press the bundle gently on the prickly heat affected areas.

3. Sandalwood - This is a time teste remedy for prickly heat and I would recommend that you mix it with full fat, cold milk, and apply it as a pack on the skin and let it dry. Wash off with cold water.

4. Fuller’s Earth - Also known as multani mitti, it has cooling effects on the skin. I have tried this recipe on my young teenager when she returns from school and it is not only very effective but helps soothe and cool her skin instantly.Take 2 tsp mint paste, 3 Tbsp fuller’s earth and enough cold milk to make a smooth paste. Apply this on the skin and let it dry. It is preferable that you sit under a fan whenever you are doing these treatments and always pat dry the skin with a very soft towel.

How to Prevent Prickly Heat

Monday, June 13th, 2016

1. Air Yourself

Firstly, the golden rule is to keep the body cool and well aired. If you can, uncover the skin where you are experiencing prickly heat and expose it to cool air. Doing so will help bring relief to the skin. For babies, avoid making them wear diapers and air the affected areas.

2. Say No to Synthetic

Summer is the time when you should wear light coloured and loose clothes so that there is air circulation and your body stays cool. Wear cotton clothing and avoid synthetic tight clothes at all cost.

3. Drink Up Those Summer Coolers

Because the hot temperature can drain energy out of you, it is important to consistently hydrate yourself to stay cool. Drink cool natural drinks like chaach, lemon water andcoconut water, and avoid alcohol and aerated drinks. You can also add flavoured water to your diet, where you can make the most of seasonal fruits and herbs.

4. Eat Healthy Foods

Beat the heat and stay cool by eating healthy. Include lots of fresh raw foods like saladsand fruits and avoid heavy greasy dishes, fried foods and sweets.

5. Keep Your Skin Dry

Never leave the skin damp during this hot season. In fact after bathing, always pat yourself dry with a towel to avoid bacteria from building up. Powder yourself and ensure that your skin stays cool.

Sand Fly Bites

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

The Sand Fly

Sand flies are about 1/8 of an inch long, and have hairy, brownish-gray wings, which they hold above their bodies in a “V” shape. In the U.S., they are found primarily in the southern states. They breed in places with a lot of moisture, such as decaying plants, moss, and mud. The larvae look like worms. They are most active between dusk and dawn. Sand flies eat nectar and sap, but females also feed on the blood of animals and humans. They live mainly in tropical and subtropical climates.

Sand Fly Bites

Sand flies are tiny and quiet, so you may not notice them before they bite. The bite can be painful and may cause red bumps and blisters. Sand flies transmit diseases to animals and humans, including a parasitic disease called leishmaniasis.

Fleabites bite

Friday, June 10th, 2016

What do fleabites look like?

Fleabites are pretty distinctive. They remain small, unlike mosquito bites. If a flea bites you, you may see one or more of the following:

  • bites that appear as small, red bumps
  • a red “halo” around the bite center
  • bites in groups of three or four, or in a straight line
  • bites that appear around the ankles or legs

Fleabites are also common around the waist, armpits, breasts, groin, or in the folds of the elbows and knees.

What are the symptoms of a fleabite?

Fleabites exhibit several common symptoms. They are very itchy, and the skin around each bite may become sore or painful. And you may experience hives or develop a rash near the site of a bite.

Additionally, excessive scratching can further damage the skin and a secondary bacterial infection can develop.

Avoid scratching if you can, and monitor your bite areas for signs of an infection, including white-topped blisters or a rash.

Can fleabites cause other problems?

For humans, the risk of contracting another disease from the flea is very, very small. That’s not true for your pets, however.

It’s important to take them to a vet if they have fleas.

How are fleabites treated?

Fleabites will go away without treatment. However, in order to stop being bitten you have to stop the fleas.

Your pet and your home will need to be treated with pesticides to kill the fleas. Professional pest control experts should administer these treatments.

In most cases, you will need to leave your home for several hours after the treatment has been deployed.

Do-it-yourself home treatments are available for fleas, but if they do not work, you may need to seek professional help.

To relieve the symptoms of fleabites, try over-the-counter anti-itch creams and antihistamine medications.

Avoid scratching the area. If you notice signs of an infection at the bite site, such as a white pocket or rash, make an appointment to see your doctor.

Tips When Going on a Crash Diet

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Make sure you are healthy.

Make sure to take a multivitamin every day.

If you feel dizzy or sick, stop immediately.

Consume enough nutrient-rich foods, and do not consume unhealthy foods for an extended period of time.

Drink plenty of water.

Avoid overeating after the crash diet

Do weights.

 

Potential Risks of Crash Diets

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
  • Slowing down of the metabolism
  • Loss of muscle, leading to further decline of metabolism
  • Weight gain after the crash diet,sometimes gaining more weight than was lost due to slower metabolism
  • Weakening of the bones potentially leading to osteoporosis
  • Deprivation of essential nutrients
  • Weakening of your immune system
  • Cardiac stress
  • Heart palpitations

The 14 Crash Diets That Work

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

1. Juice Fast Crash Diet – Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

2. Cabbage Soup Diet

3. 3-day Diet

4. The Master Cleanse

5. Xtreme Fat Loss Diet

6. Grapefruit Diet

7. Hollywood Diet

8. 7 day all you can eat diet

9. Clean Program

10. 4-day Diet

11. Chicken Soup Diet

12. Fat Loss 4 Idiots (Idiot Proof Diet)

13. Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s 7-Day Crash Diet (Approved by Dr. Oz)

14. Kellogg’s Special K Diet

 

Do Crash Diets Work?

Monday, June 6th, 2016

It depends what your goal is. If you goal is to lose a specific amount of weight by a certain target date, crash DIETS can be very effective. They are not easy to implement, as most of them are very monotone and severely restrict the calorie intake. Also depriving your body of so many calories and valuable nutrition puts a lot of stress on your body.

If your goal is long term WEIGHT LOSS, crash DIETS are less effective. It is the dreaded yo-yo effect. Since you restrict the calorie intake so much your body will go into survival mode, and reduce the calories it burns during normal daily activity. When eventually you start eating normally, it is very easy to now add the pounds back on, since your body is now (at least for a time) burning less calories than it used to, prior to the crash diet.

But, people are successful, short term and long term with crash diets. Just keep in mind that crash diets put stress on your body, are not comfortable to implement (you can’t eat much), and you need to be careful to not gain it all back once you start eating normal

Benefits of Almond Oil

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Some of the most noticeable benefits are stated below:

- Almond oil is excellent for treating dandruff and hair damage.

- It also checks scalp infections and inflammation.

- It is enriched with Vitamins E and A, which are good for both skin and health care.

- It can be used to treat acute skin infections like  eczema.

- It acts as a skin nourisher facilitating skin lightening and  tan removal.

- Its topical application can prove to be the best natural remedy for chapped lips, wrinkles, cracked heels, dry feet and hands.

- Sweet almond oil can also be used in cooking.

- Almond oil can also be used to massage the body and facilitate muscle relaxation.