New Initiative Shows Path To Better Diabetes Control

July 14th, 2016

A low-cost healthcare model involving non-physician workers using computer tools can help diabetes patients double their likelihood of controlling the disease.

According to a study conducted by researchers at AIIMS, Public Health Foundation of India, and the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University in Atlanta, the model can help patients to improve their blood sugar levels and manage the disease on their own.

A trial conducted at ten clinical centres across India and Pakistan compared the diabetes-focused quality improvement (QI) strategy versus the usual care alternatives for heart patients with poorly controlled diabetes.

The results suggested that patients in the QI strategy group were twice as likely to achieve combined diabetes care goals and larger reductions for each risk factor compared to traditional care, said Nikhil Mr Tandon, Professor and Head, Department of Endocrinology, AIIMS.

“This intervention doesn’t require new or expensive drugs, but instead it enhances a patient’s likelihood of managing their disease on their own by providing individualised support and enhancing the physician’s likelihood of being responsive,” he said.

The study was published in the July 12th edition of Annals of Internal Medicine.

Mr Tandon, the senior author of the study, said the team compared the effects of multicomponent diabetes strategy (combining a non-physician care coordinator and decision-support electronic health record software) versus traditional care in South Asia, where resources are limited and diabetes is prevalent.

“Approximately 1,150 patients with diabetes and poor cardiometabolic profiles were randomly assigned to a multicomponent QI strategy or usual care for two and a half years. Results suggested that patients in the QI strategy group were twice as likely to achieve combined diabetes care goals and larger reductions for each risk factor compared with usual care.

“This was the first trial of comprehensive diabetes management in a low and middle-income country setting,” Tandon said.

Findings from the trial also showed that the new intervention yielded sizeable improvements in the blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol profiles of participants. Benefits were similar in public and private diabetes clinics, indicating that with structured care, health inequalities can possibly be reduced.

source: http://www.ndtv.com/

How to Get Flawless Skin: Natural Ways to Treat Blackheads and Open Pores

July 11th, 2016

Whiteheads

Whiteheads are tiny little nodules of trapped oil just below the skin’s surface. They give an uneven and bumpy look to the skin. Try to go to a well-known and good acoustician to get rid of them. Or you could make this natural mix at home and use it daily to clean your face –

2 tsp orange peel
2 tsp rice powder
2 tsp dry pea powder

Mix all the ingredients along with rose water to make a thick paste. Apply it generously on the skin and allow it to dry. Wash your face with cold water and pat dry.

Blackheads

Blackheads are hardened sebum, which blackens with exposure to air, and are embedded deep into the pores. These, if not taken care of could lead to pimples and acne. Deep pore cleansing is a must and one could do this after a slight massage using a gentle face scrub, such as 2 tsp of orange juice and 2 tsp of honey mixed with a pinch of camphor. The combination of orange juice, which is slightly acidic, and honey are good for oily skins.

If you have very deep blackheads and have not bothered to clean them or do not want to fiddle with them yourself, seek professional help. In fact, if you have many blackheads, there’s a possibility that the first few times the skin will not look completely clean but with regular treatment, the skin will begin to clear up. If you want to steam your face do so with herbs like lavender, lemon peel and mint leaves added to the water and let the skin soak up their natural goodness. Reduce the oiliness of the skin and blackheads will reduce too.

It is also important that you drink at least 10-12 glasses of water a day and maintain a well- balanced diet. This can be easily done at home. All you need to do is use a little imagination to toss up salads and fruits in delicious dressings so that you don’t get bored of them. Eat whole wheat chappatis and take lots of green vegetables like spinach,cabbage, beans, etc.

To avoid blackheads and whiteheads you have to follow the golden rule of keeping your skin clean and this has to be done as a habit. You need to spend just 5-10 minutes a day cleaning and exfoliating the skin and you will notice the difference in a few days.

Open pores

Open pores or as in a layman’s language ‘holes’ in the skin are very common especially in those with oily skin. Open pores are actually enlarged pores due to excessive oil secretion and lack of using tightening masks that clean and absorb excess moisture.

Using an antiseptic face wash or tonic, which has been refrigerated, will help reduce oiliness. You can mash one banana and apply the pulp on the face for 20 minutes and then wash off or you can rub tomato halves on the face and let the skin soak up its juice. Another effective face pack can be made by mashing 4-5 pieces of refrigerated papaya and applying them for 15 minutes and then washing the face. Bananas, tomato and papaya are also known to have a cleansing and tightening effect on the skin.

Keep one ice tray filled with rose water and use these fabulous rose water ice cubes to keep your skin toned and tightened. Natural clay packs of 4 tsp fuller’s earth and the juice of one lemon are also excellent for women who suffer from this particular problem.

16 Home Remedies for Pimples, Glowing Skin and Dryness

July 8th, 2016

1. Pimples Due to Dryness

For those of you who sprout pimples in the middle of the cold season and have the driest of skins, stop thinking there’s something wrong with you and blaming your luck. Pimples can happen even due to dryness of skin. So make this wonderful nourishing oil and massage two drops into wet skin for good results -

50 gm neemhoney

50ml olive oil

50ml sesame seed oil

10 drops geranium oil

Method: Mix all the ingredients and massage two drops of it into wet skin.

2. Stabilising Mask for Premature Wrinkles and Acne in Sensitive Skin

If you feel that you are beginning to see those fine lines around the lips and eyes, stop them right away with this super stabilising natural pack that you can conjure up in minutes. This recipe is ideal for people who have extremely sensitive skin.

2 Tbsp gram flour

1 tsp fresh cream

2 tsp water

A pinch of salt

Method: Mix all the ingredients well together and apply on the skin for 10 minutes and wash off with tepid water.

3. Patchy Pigmentation Problem

This annoying discolouration of skin is basically an internal problem which can cause havoc with your appearance. Fret not, this wonderful exfoliator will help reduce dark patchy pigmentation, thus clarifying the skin. You can easily use it daily as part of your skin care routine -

3 tsp oatmeal

3 tsp almond powder

2 tsp honey

The juice of half a lemon

Milk to make a smooth paste

Method: Mix all the ingredients well together and apply on the skin for 5 minutes, dab with milk when semi dry and wash off with water.

4. Forehead Frown Lines

The forehead has nerve endings that make it vulnerable to tension and damage. Worry, stress and tension leads to regular frowning and ultimately causes frown lines. Besides boosting your vitamin intake by including fresh fruits and vegetables in your daily diet, try and consciously relax the forehead muscles by pinching them gently with your fingertips. Also apply the following mask to soothe out lines from this area

2 tsp neem honey

A pinch of turmeric

A pinch of camphor

Method: Mix well all the ingredients and apply on the skin for about 10 minutes. Wash off with cold water.

5. Moisturiser for Very Dry Skin

The skin can often feel leathery and parched and requires nourishment and hydration. Make this wonderful natural moisturiser and be free of all dryness issues.This super skin food promises to make your skin soft in minutes.

3 tsp aloe vera gel

3 tsp rice bran oil

1 tsp ghee

2 tsp rose water

Method: Whip all the ingredients well together and massage a small quantity of it well into the skin.

6. Burning of Hands and Feet

Many of us experience a burning sensation in our hands and feet, especially with the change of weather. If you are one of those who suffer from this issue, here’s a simple natural way to ease your suffering in minutes -

2 tsp rose petal paste

1 tsp sandalwood powder

1 tsp aloe vera gel

Method: Mix all these ingredients and apply on the red irritable areas for 5-7minutes and wash off and pat dry.

Body Polishing at Home: Get a Natural Glow

July 8th, 2016

Body Polish for Improving Blood Circulation

1 cup rice powder

1 cup pounded fresh mint leaves

1 tsp camphor powder

1 cup oatmeal

10 drops of peppermint oil

Mix all the ingredients well and stir in some cool rose water to make a smooth paste. Apply it all over body and when it is semi-dry scrub off by patting a bit of cold milk onto the skin. Rinse with cold water and you will feel a cool tingling sensation all over.

Body Polish for Detoxing

1 cup sea salt

1 cup olive oil

10 drops of geranium oil

4 drops bergamot oil

Mix well together in a bowl and scrub this all over the body. Wash gently with water. Not only will your body feel silky soft but the sea salt will also help draw out toxins from the body.
Body Polish for Nourishing
1 cup almond powder

1 cup barley flour

4 tsp rice powder

2 tsp sandalwood powder

Mix together with milk and a drop or two of almond oil to make a smooth paste. Scrub all over the body and wash off with water. This will give a super soft feel and leave the skin nourished.

Body Polish for Dislodging Blackheads and Whiteheads

A lot of times the inner thighs, buttocks and upper arms are not scrubbed enough leading to a build up of sebum in the pores which results in whiteheads and blackheads. The following body polish will help dislodge them and smoothen the skin.

1 cup daliya powder

1 cup rice powder

Half a cup red masoor lentil, ground

Half a cup of wholewheat flour

Mix well together and stir in rose water to make a smooth paste and apply all over the body.
Scrub when semi-dry especially in the problematic areas.

Onions for Hair Fall: An Inexpensive Way to Promote Hair Growth

July 7th, 2016

 

Here are some tips

1. A mouthful of amla and aloe vera juice first thing in the morning

.2. Two teaspoon flaxseeds everyday.

3. Hair wash at least thrice a week   including oiling (once a week), followed by a hair pack/wrap, shampooing, conditioning and applying serum).

4. At least two litres of water everyday.

5. Combing properly, only wooden comb.

6. Including green tea, nuts, dry fruits and green leafy vegetables in my regular diet; less of caffeine.

7. Ditching hair styling products completely, also hair colouring, ironing, etc.

8. Using only mild, herbal products; no cosmetics.

Onion for Hair-loss

Onion belongs to the Allium family and is very rich in sulfur-containing compounds that are responsible for its pungent odour and health-promoting properties. Polyphenols are one of the largest categories of phytonutrients in food and the highest content of it is found in onions! A wide variety of allyl sulfides are found in onion, including the four major diallyl sulfides.

Methylsulfonylmethane is a highly absorbable source of sulfur, found abundantly in onions especially in its outer layers. It facilitates the formation of keratin for hair, resulting in hair growth. It also helps a great deal in autoimmune conditions of hair loss like Alopecia Aereata.

Onion juice can be mixed with crushed methi seed powder and kept overnight with honey. Apply it on dry scalp, or mixed with olive oil for normal scalp. It can also be applied for focal hair loss patches.

Body Spa at Home: Pamper Yourself with Natural Ingredients

July 6th, 2016

 

Start the pampering session with an amorous body massage using some aphrodisiac massage oils you can create on your own.

Here’s how: take 50ml almond oil, 50ml olive oil, 4 drops sandalwood oil, and 4 drops rose essential oil, and mix well. Use this to massage gently but firmly easing out every tension in the body.

You can create a delicious sugar scrub with the following ingredients:

1 cup granulated white sugar

50 ml of rice bran oi

lA handful of rose petals

3 drops each of the following-Essential oil of jasmine,Essential oil of sandalwood,Essential oil of tuberose,

Mix all the ingredients well together and store in a glass container. After a languorous body massage, you could use the exfoliating grains and gently scrub yourself. Not only will the gentle scrubbing in rotating movements increase blood circulation but the skin will become baby soft and glowing in no time.

Once the scrubbing and kneading come to an end, what better way to end the session than soaking in a tub or jacuzzi filled with aromatic oils and flowers.Once again  essential oils of juniper, rose, sandalwood and jasmine have an erotic fragrance that soothes and heightens the senses. Use mogra, marigold petals and roses to fill up the tub, and enjoy the experience sipping bubbly and munching on strawberries and chocolates.

5 Easy Anti Aging Tips: It’s More than Just Wrinkles

July 5th, 2016

 

1. Skin Care Regime

Ask yourself, do you have a skin regime? Do you cleanse, exfoliate, message and moisturise? Experts suggest that a standard skin care regime is of the utmost importance to prevent accelerated ageing.Opt for natural and herbal ingredients. Identify your skin and choose products accordingly. Application matters the most. Apply products with thin consistency followed by the creamier ones.

How to handle your face has a great impact on the creation of fine lines on your face. Always dab your face; never rub with hands, tissue, cotton or towel. Do not sleep on your stomach with your face down, it damages your skin and results sleep creases. Keep a check on dry skin. Do not neglect your hands, feet and neck. Always remove your makeup before going to bed. Yes, that kajal too!

2. Hydrate

Water, water, water! How many times will you turn away from the fact that drinking – at least – 2-3 litres of water is a must for healthy functioning of your body. It is great for skin as well. Just as your skin requires external moisturization and hydration, our body needs enough water to work properly. If drinking plain water bores you, opt for other fluids like coconut water, fresh fruit juices, buttermilk, sherbets, etc.

3. Learn to Say No

Say no to excessive smoking and drinking, prolonged sitting, late working hours, processed foods, excess of caffeine, stress, sedentary lifestyle and obesity.
4. You Are What You Eat

Yellow and purple coloured fruits and veggies especially. These are great for your skin.Avoid red meat and fattening foods, instead, have fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts, whole grains, seeds and dairy products on a daily basis. Olive oil can safely be added to your daily diet. Sweets, eggs, poultry and fish should be eaten in intervals during the week. All these should always be teamed with at least 30 minutes of physical exercise.Foods to avoid:- High glycemic load carbohydrates – anything made of refined sugar- Refined starch – maida-based breads and pastas- Refined grains – white rice- High starch – potatoes- Commercially processed vegetable oils, fruit juices, beverages and packaged food material

5. Compromise anything but sleepNeedless to say, eight hours of sound sleep is essential for everybody and should never be compromised.

How to Prevent Body Odour: 8 Tips That Will Help Keep You Fresh

July 4th, 2016

 

1. Watch What You Eat
Firstly, you need to watch what you eat. Avoid strong smelling garlic and onion-based foods. You will be surprised but such foods do affect your body in many ways. Start to drink cooling drinks besides plain water. Take plenty of chaas, coconut water, lime water, rhododendron water, etc. Include plenty of salads and fruits in your daily diet. Green vegetables are a natural deodorizer and green salads will not only keep your skin fresh but clear it of impurities.

2. Shower Time
In summer, showering twice a day is a must, even if it’s for just five minutes. Most people cringe at the thought of having a bath, as it may take too much of their time. But it is necessary. Add fragrance and a handful of alum to your bath water, which acts as a powerful anti-bacterial and antiseptic, and will keep a check on body odour.

3. Natural Deo
You can make some wonderful herb-based deodorants at home, as several herbs are helpful in combating body odour. Through centuries, the herbs that have been commonly used for various beauty treatments are sage, rosemary, leaves of chrysanthemum, lovage, celery and parsley. All can be made into a tea, which can then be used as a wash. Celery, parsely, sage, rosemary and lovage should also be included frequently in the diet.

4. Nothing Like Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is also an excellent deodorizer. You can make a strong lavender tea using 250 grams of the herb to 250ml of boiling water, and then adding a few drops of the oil before applying on yourself.

5. Drink Camphor Tea
For those of you who have a chronic problem with body odour, here’s an old fashioned drink which is worth trying. Take -1 rind of lemon250ml milk3 drops of camphor oilMethod: Gently warm the milk and soak the lemon rind in it for 10minutes. Add the camphor oil and drink the milk just before going to bed.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV makes an excellent wash for dispelling body odour and keeping the acid mantle of the skin. Dilute 1tsp apple cider vinegar in 250ml water and use frequently as a wash. Don’t be put off by the smell of vinegar, it evaporates quickly, in about 10 minutes.

7. Say No to Alcohol and Smoking
Alcohol and smoking not only result in bad mouth odour, but also body odour as it builds up toxins in the body. When you smoke, the smell tends to adhere onto your clothes and body for a long time.

8. Wear Light Clothe
Another golden rule and especially for hot climates is to wear cotton, jute, khadi and all other natural fibers. Avoid synthetic clothes that do not allow the skin to breathe and avoid tight fitting clothes. Wear loose airy clothes that allow air circulation, thereby keeping you cool.

8 Amazing Peanut Butter Benefits

July 2nd, 2016

1. Weight Loss
With 180 to 210 calories per serving, calling peanut butter a diet food may seem counter-intuitive. But truth be told, eating peanut butter actually suppresses hunger which leads to weight loss. It has the enviable combination of fiber (2.6 g per serving) and protein (7-8 g per serving) that keeps you feeling full for longer, so you end up eating less overall. And since there’s nothing more indulgent than licking peanut butter off a spoon, once you do – you try to stay on track after.

2. Heart Healthy
Peanut butter contains a substance called p-coumaric acid which helps in offsetting the damage done to cells associated with cardiovascular diseases. Also, peanut butter contains more unsaturated fat than saturated fat making it a fat friendly food which lowers the risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease.

3. Lowers Risk of Cancer
Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja, Sukhda Hospital, says, “Research shows that eating a vitamin E–rich diet lowers the risk of stomach, colon, lung, liver, and other cancers” and you guessed it – peanut butter is packed with cancer-fighting vitamin E.

4. Protects Against Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases
Peanuts are one of the foods highest in niacin, and people who eat foods rich in niacin i.e. Vitamin B3 are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease or other memory disorders. The niacin contained within peanut butter helps in the recovery of cell damage of the brain, which provides protection against this disease. Also, the p-coumaric acid content in peanut butter helps fight the oxidative stress on the cells of the body associated with neurodegenerative diseases.

5. Prevents Gallstones
Studies have shown that consuming peanut butter in moderation can actually reduce the risk of gallstones by 25%. This is because a large percentage of gallstones are cholesterol stones, which are linked to high levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol. Peanuts have the ability of lowering LDL (bad cholesterol) and increasing ‘good’ cholesterol i.e. HDL, thereby reducing the possibility of developing gallstones.

6. Lowers Risk of Diabetes
Peanuts and peanut butter have been shown to positively affect blood sugar control and help decrease the risk of diabetes. According to a study published in the Journal of The American Medical Association, “Eating about 2 tablespoons of peanut butter at least 5 days a week can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by almost 30%, particularly Type 2 Diabetes”.

7. Promotes Strong Bones
Iron and calcium are found in abundance in peanut butter which are important for transporting oxygen in the blood and promoting healthy, strong bones. According to The Orthopedic Group, P.C, “Including healthy protein in your daily diet like peanut butter is a good option to maintain strong bones.”

8. Bodybuilders Rejoice!
Each 2-tablespoon serving of peanut butter contains more than 8 g of protein, 2 g of dietary fiber, 208 milligrams of potassium, more than half a gram of iron, 24 micromilligrams of folate, 188 calories and 3 grams of sugars. It fits a bodybuilder’s nutrition needs perfectly by supporting intense weightlifting. All you have to do is keep a jar of peanut butter at your office or in your gym bag, providing quick protein directly following a workout. You can also slather it on a few slices of apple – a quick fix for energy and calories.

Little Bit of Butter May Be Harmless For Your Heart

July 1st, 2016

Consuming butter in limited quantities may not increase the risk of heart disease or stroke — and it might actually be slightly protective against diabetes, finds a new study.The findings showed that patients suffering from heart problems or any related chronic diseases have no cause to worry as the increase in risk due to butter consumption was extremely small.

Butter has been found as a healthier choice in comparison to sugar and starch-enriched food like white bread or potatoes. However, butter when spread on unhealthy foods like white bread may increase the risk of diabetes as well as cardiovascular diseases.

On the other hand, consuming margarine and cooking oils rich in healthy fats such as soybean, canola, flaxseed and extra virgin olive oils are likely to lower the risks compared to butter or refined grains.

Use Kitchen Ingredients for Crack-Free Feet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.