Wednesday, September 24, 2014

5 Easy Homemade Face Masks for Glowing Skin

Juggling things at work or home and at times both, leaves us with very little time to take care of our skin. Getting a professional treatment every week at the salon is not only expensive, but also exposes our skin to harmful chemicals. Low cost home-made facial remedies are best bets to keep your skin glowing and younger looking.
Facial rejuvenates your skin and makes you feel younger. Prepare your facial depending on skin requirement and age. Amongst various home made facial recipes, here are five of the best ones. 

Best suited for all skin types, the naturally moisturising honey mask helps lighten skin shade naturally and cleans the pores leaving you glowing.

Preparation and Application: Rinse face with lukewarm water and apply honey all over for twenty minutes. Remove it with a wet towel or sponge soaked in warm water. Then wash with cold water as it helps close open pores of skin. A tablespoon of lemon juice or one part of cinnamon powder to three parts of honey, or even egg yolk of an egg with two tablespoons of milk can be used to obtain even better results.

Oatmeal Face Mask

Oatmeal mask has drying effect on skin and absorbs extra oil from the pores and also cures itchiness on skin and several other skin problems.

Preparation and Application: Blend oatmeal and add hot water to it, the paste thickens in a few minutes. Add a teaspoon of honey, a tablespoon of lemon juice and two teaspoons of yoghurt. Apply this paste evenly on your face, when the facial mask completely dries and tightens around your skin, rinse it with lukewarm water.

Avocado Face Mask

Rich in potassium, avocado face mask nourishes the skin and helps maintain its glow and health.

Preparation and Application: Mix mashed ripe avocado with a teaspoon of yoghurt and few drops of lemon juice. Apply the mixture all over face and wash with cold water after twenty minutes. This face mask can be stored in air tight jar if made in quantity.

Turmeric and Sandalwood Face Mask

An easy and fast way to get long-lasting and instant glow, this face mask helps to cure pimples and acne.

Preparation and Application: Mix 1 tablespoon sandalwood powder with 1 tablespoon turmeric powder and 3 tablespoons rose water, wash after twenty minutes of application.

Strawberry Face Pack

This multi-beneficial facial reduces puffiness and dark circle under the eye. Large content of salicylic acid in it removes dead cells from skin and makes the skin smooth and soft as that of a new born baby.

Preparation and Application: Mash ripe strawberries completely to get smooth paste. Add a tablespoon of olive-oil and two tablespoons of honey. Apply it on clean face and wash it once it dries.

Customise your home made facial according to your skin. Pamper yourself without worrying about the money in your purse and look gorgeous and glowing as never before.

Monday, September 22, 2014

5 ways to update your winter skincare

Banish Dry Winter Skin with These Tried and Trusted Products. It's not just your wardrobe that needs reconsidering when the cold weather kicks in - your skincare does too.
Introduce a few staple products into your winter skin care regime to keep your complexion looking healthy and hydrated.

Our skin needs change throughout the seasons so it's important to adapt your products too. From clever little oils to serums that tackle dullness, we've rounded up 5 ways to winter-proof your skin.

1. Switch moisturiser

If you're still slapping on the same old moisturiser that you were using in the summer, it probably isn't working hard enough to tackle your winter dry skin needs. Harsh winds and indoor heating strip the skin leaving it dull and lifeless. Switch to a richer product for more hydration. Apply immediately after cleansing to seal in extra moisture. I like Weleda's Skin Food, it has a waxy consistency which helps to boost the skin's natural protective barrier.

2. Add a serum

A serum may seem like an extra unnecessary step but if you really want to tackle your skin care concerns, it's worth taking a minute to apply it in the mornings. Think of a serum as another layer of hydration with added targeted skincare benefits. For dull, lacklustre skin look for a serum that brightens and firms, like Champney's Collagen Intensive Repair Serum. Apply before your moisturiser morning and night.

3. Try facial oil

Switch the night cream for a facial oil for an intensive overnight treatment. Rosehip oil is a firm favourite amongst stars like Miranda Kerr thanks to its numerous beauty benefits. I love A'kin rosehip oil which deeply moisturises without leaving a greasy sheen on the skin. Rosehip oil works with all skin types and can improve skin tone and pigmentation issues. Apply a couple of drops to the face and neck before bed for softer, glowing skin when you wake.

4. Use bath and body oil

It can be tempting to hide your scaly skin under a snuggie until summer but we suggest nourishing your body with a luxe-feeling bath oil instead. Oils can soothe winter itchy skin and offer more hydration than a regular bubble bath. Try a purse-friendly multifunctional product like The Body Shop's Beautifying oil which can be used on hair, face and body for an instant boost of moisture.

5. Remember hands and lips

Dry hands and chapped lips are often one of the most bothersome beauty problems during the winter. Resist the urge to keep licking your lips throughout the day (it'll only make things worse) and reach for an intensive lip product instead. I adore Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment which repairs and protects.

Don't neglect your hand working hands by not giving them the TLC they deserve. Keep hands feeling comfortable and smooth by applying a rich hand product throughout the day. L'Occitane 20 per cent Shea Butter Vanilla Hand Cream is my winter staple. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Top Beauty Trends You Must Follow on Summer

Beauty trends for summer call for a radiant skin with a dash of colours. While we must swear by 'less is more', it cannot stop us from roving our radars to tap the coolest trends that will rule the beauty box office this season. After all just fresh face and perfect summer outfit is not enough; you need to be on top of the beauty trends as well to put your best face forward.
So, allow us to unveil some hottest beauty trends for summer that all girls must follow.

Get the natural look

Before we give you all the updates on colours and styles, here is a gentle reminder on how to don a perfectly natural look throughout summer. Here are three steps to ace the flawless natural look:

  • Glowing skin
  • Soft eyes
  • Rosy cheeks and lips

Glowing Skin

Cleansing, exfoliating and toning become extremely crucial at this time of the year. Moisturise to keep your skin soft and supple. Do clean your face and remove your makeup before going to bed at night.

Quick tip: Apply a tinted mousse for oily skin and a tinted moisturiser for dry skin.

Rosy cheeks and lips

Choose from baby peach or rose pink powders to dust on the apple of your cheeks like Head and Shoulders brand endorser Kareena Kapoor. Slather on a matte lipstick that is free of shine. To maintain a dewy and radiant day look, warm tones in blush and lip gloss works best.

Quick tip: For selecting colours for lip and cheeks, keep this in mind, pink or peach complement fair skin, dusky women can opt for plum, burgundy or mauve.

Soft Eyes

A natural look begs for simple eyes. Simply apply a nude eyeshadow on your upper lids, mixing it well into your skin, and also dab a little on the lower lids.

Quick tip: A generous dose of mascara and kohl will give the much needed definition to the eyes.

Trending lip colours

Nail the oxblood lip trend with élan. In case you feel it is grabbing too much attention to the extent of making you uncomfortable, then dab on a citrusy orange or a cranberry pink. Bold and luscious lips are in this season, so learn to ace them.

Make sure you steer away from colourless and boring lips. Go in for whimsical and fun colour on the lips, and balance the look by not popping out the eyes. Keep the eyes simple by lining them with a kohl pencil, mascara and a neutral eye shadow.

Pop Eyes

For a wild evening date, play up the eyes by colouring the lids in a fun colour. A soft and mesmerising day look requires you to pick on coloured eyeliner to define the eyes properly.

While winged eyeliner in a shade of blue complementing strawberry lips will look amazing on a movie or lunch date, you must don a black winged eyeliner with lips drenched in coral or crimson for the cocktail hour.

Brave Brows

Fill your brows with an eyebrow pencil in matching colour to your hair to enhance them further. Strong brows have been a hit on the runways and are here to stay.

When you decide to pay all the attention to the brows, apply a nude eye shadow and a pale peach lipstick.

Perfect Plait

No better way to manage your hair than tying them well in a classic or edgy braid. Nourish your hair well so it is easy to tie them into a slightly different braid than the usual ones.

Pick from a variety of fancy accessories to finish out the look perfectly. Opt for soft chignons if you like!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Top 8 Refreshing Face Masks to Pamper Your Tired Skin

There is one thing that is common for all women, regardless of age, race or complexion- distress over tired and damaged skin. If you have been working late or sleeping less, everyone can make out from the tell-tale signs that are visible on your face. Yes, your stressful life will leave its ugly footprints on your skin, sooner or later. What's more? Tired skin doesn’t work well, no matter how fashionable your clothes are! If this is what you are going through, then you are in the right place.
This weekend pamper you face with some natural facials that can reveal refreshed and brightened skin, instantaneously.

Coconut milk and saffron

Saffron is the age-old secret recipe for glowing skin, and coconut milk is known for moisturisation. 

Make a face pack by boiling a pinch of saffron in a cup of coconut milk for about five minutes, and allow it to cool and thicken. Apply this on your face, to leave your skin feeling refreshed and glowing.

Banana and honey

While the vitamin A-rich banana is good for maintaining water balance in the skin, the antioxidant-rich honey is great for sagging skin.

Make a paste by blending half a banana with about 2 spoonful of honey, to provide instant brightness and refreshment to your tired skin.

Potato juice, lemon and curd

The starch in potato juice is great for removing blemishes, and the juice is supposed to be rejuvenating for your skin. And, the citrus element in lemon will provide instant fairness while curd helps to moisturise your skin.

Mix one spoonful of freshly squeezed potato juice with a lemon juice, and stir this into a spoonful of curd. Apply this thick paste on your face and wash after 15 minutes to remove all signs of tiredness.

Avocado, carrots and cream

The high content of vitamin E in avocado improves skin texture while rehydrating the skin. Carrots are rich in antioxidants and cream has tons of proteins in it. All these three together will give you a soothing and refreshing face mask.

First steam a carrot in boiling water for 15 minutes, and then mash it. Mix one mashed avocado and the mashed carrot, with half a cup of heavy cream and a beaten egg. Add three spoonful of honey to the paste to increase moisturising property. Apply the mix for 15-20 minutes and wash off.

Coffee face masks are a great way to inject life into dull and lifeless skin. Combine this with olive oil and honey, and you get a great mask to rejuvenate your skin with necessary antioxidants and hydration. 

Apply a paste of one tablespoon of honey, five teaspoon of coffee and one teaspoon of olive oil on your face and neck. After 30 minutes of keeping this facial mask on, when you wash off, then it will reveal glowing and refreshed skin. Do this twice a week for effective results.

Mango

The fruit of the season is great on its own, thanks to its high content of antioxidants.

Apply the puree of a mango on your face, and wash off after 10 minutes with warm water. It will leave your skin moisturised and smooth.

Green tea facial

Green tea again is another great ingredient packed with antioxidants that help to sooth irritated and damaged skin. It also helps to keep the natural oil balance of the skin intact.

Just make some tea using a bag or two of green tea. Now, soak a cotton ball in this tea and apply it on your face and neck. After 10-15 minutes, wash it off to give you skin a refreshing treat.

Strawberry and rose skin mask

Here is something for your dull, distressed skin, especially if it is sensitive to sun.

Just dry a handful of rose petals and grind them into a powder. Then, mash a couple of strawberries and add the rose petal powder in it. Now, apply this pack generously on your face and neck, and let it dry before rinsing it off. Instead of rose petal powder, you can also add rose water to the strawberry pulp.

So, what are you waiting for? Don't let your tired skin overshadow your beauty and looks. Pamper your skin with these refreshing and soothing homemade face masks.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Top 10 Skincare tips for the summer

As the summer rages on, protect your skin so you don’t have to suffer from the season’s skin problems.

It’s the (hopefully) end of summer and while the monsoon should be here soon, for now the heat continues unabated. Fortunately, your skin needn’t take the brunt of the heat this season. We have for you, some tips that’ll help keep your skin fresh and dewy, even as the mercury continues to stay high.

Top 10 – Skincare tips for the summer

1. Stay hydrated

Your body tends to lose a lot of moisture in the summer, so it’s important to regularly replenish the H2O. Drink a lot of water and liquids and your skin will stay soft and moisturised as well.

2. Sun protection

If you can, try and stay indoors between 11am and 3pm. That’s when the sun’s rays are the strongest and can have an adverse effect on your skin. Also, don’t forget to apply that all-important sunscreen 30 minutes before you step out. If you’ve been out in the sun for a few hours, touch it up again so you’re well protected.


3. Use a toner 

It’s important to keep your pores closed and skin cool by using a toner. Look for a brand that suits you or try rose water. Its natural cooling properties make it an excellent toner for the hot season.

4. Go for a water-based moisturiser

Don’t make the mistake of skipping the moisturising routine altogether as its essential for your skin to remain hydrated. However, if you find your regular moisturiser too oily, go for a water-based one.

5. Ditch those aerated drinks

Most people have the tendency to reach out for an ice cold aerated drink to quench their thirst on a really hot day. However, it’s important to remember that these drinks are full of sugar that is not good for your skin or your figure. Instead drink some water, fresh lime, fresh fruit juices, aam panna (green mango drink) or coconut water to stay hydrated. It’s also best to minimise the intake of diuretics like alcohol and caffeine as they reduce the water from your system.

6. Cleanse your face twice a day

At least! This is important to do even if you’ve been home all day and feel like your skin is clean. Cleansing and moisturising your skin before sleeping is an absolute must.

7. Exfoliate

More than the rest of the year, it’s really important to exfoliate your skin in the summer to remove dead skin and improve blood circulation to the face. Choose from any of the cosmetic scrubs available in the market or make one at home. Try this simple one using 4 to 5 tbsps of gram flour, a pinch of turmeric, 5 – 6 drops of rose water and milk or yoghurt. Mix it into a paste and use it to exfoliate your face. Follow it up with a facemask and moisturiser.

8. Don’t like your tan?

Gram flour can also be used as a facemask to get rid of an uneven tan. Mix it with yoghurt and a few drops of lemon and apply and leave it on your face till it’s dry. The citrus properties of the lemon are very effective in removing the tan.

9. Get that warm, summer glow

Papaya is full of natural goodness and you can even use it as a homemade pack. Just mash 2 tbsp of papaya with a tsp of honey and 1 egg white. Leave the mixture on your face for about 15 minutes and enjoy the glow you get afterwards.

10. Cool your skin

Blending half a cucumber and 1 tbsp of yoghurt in the mixer can make another simple and effective homemade face pack. Apply this to your face for 15 minutes and feel completely pampered.

Bonus tip. Eat healthy, exercise and sleep well! The holy trinity of good health and glowing skin holds true for the whole year. So along with all the tips above, don’t forget to eat a balanced diet, work out for at least 45 minutes everyday and get 7 to 8 hours of sleep. Enjoy the summer!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Top 12 Unique Uses of Vaseline

The name “Vaseline” instantly reminds us of a thick, white jelly. Though the petroleum jelly has been around since the eighteenth century, it is popularly known only for its moisturising properties. However, Vaseline has more to it. Very few people know of its benefits in other areas.

It is often regarded as a quick-fix remedy for many household worries and homemakers swear by it. Vaseline is a miraculous jelly which can help say farewell to a number of household problems.

Here are some of the unique yet very useful uses of Vaseline. Read on to find more about Vaseline:

Household uses

Applying the petroleum jelly on the insides of a light bulb socket is often a convenient way of getting the bulb easily in and out of the socket.

Now say bye to those freaky expressions on your face after looking at a stuck chewing gum on the underside of your table. Squeeze some Vaseline on the gum, rub it till it starts to disintegrate then remove. The gum will vanish.
     
Leftover food, spillages, water ring marks on the expensive piece of furniture- causes lot of irritation. Vaseline can easily remove the marks from your furniture. Smear a coat of the jelly and allow it to stand overnight. Wipe it with a clean cloth and see them gone. It’s even an effective way to polish your furniture as well.
     
A generous coat of the jelly on the insides of the candelabras will also help in taking off those candle wax drippings easily.
     
Lipstick marks on those cloth napkins can also be easily removed with the petroleum jelly. Dab the spots with Vaseline and wash it. The stains will be miraculously gone in not time.
     
Having a hard time unscrewing that lid of nail polish bottle? Next time apply a little Vaseline around the rim of its lid and seal. You will never experience the trouble.
     
Apply a coat of the jelly on the hinges of you doors, cabinets, anywhere where the hinge won’t stay quiet. This will eliminate the noise and ease the movement by acting as an effective lubricant.
     
Brighten those dull pair of leather shoes with an easy swipe of Vaseline. Rub it with a clean cloth and see it as good as new.
     
Expensive bags can also be saved by rubbing them with a little Vaseline. The jelly will protect it from dullness, cracks and water damage.
     
Save your intricate piece of wood work with Vaseline. Just coat petroleum jelly on the places where you don’t want the paint to sneak in. You can later use a paper towel to clean it.
     
Men can also now keep a jar of Vaseline in their car. A coat of the jelly on your car batteries will keep those white metallic buildups at bay.
     
Vaseline can be smeared over the CD’s and DVD’s to keep them scratch free. Use a cotton swab with the jelly to fill in the scratches on discs.

Vaseline is a miraculous jelly it is also effective in curing health ailments. It is a therapy for toe nail fungus, to treat moles, heals scars and lend a more adorable looking you – Vaseline does it all! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Use Leftover Fruits for Clearer Skin

Skin specialists and environmental enthusiasts have come-up with an amazing way of making your skin look clearer and radiant by using leftover fruits! Leftovers from fruits in the form of squeezed pulp or skins are usually wasted. A limited application of these items from a recycling perspective is their use in making compost, i.e. a green, chemical-free fertilizer. Now, it has been established that leftovers from fruits are rich in enzymes that provide a host of skin-related benefits.
Using Leftover Bananas for Radiant Skin

Leftover skins of bananas might look ugly with their rotten appearance but these are great for increasing your skin’s radiance. Banana skins contain an appreciable amount of vitamin A, B & E—most vital among skin vitamins. Vitamin E is crucial for keeping the skin moisturized and taut. Just put the fruit skins in a blender, grinding them to a paste. This can be applied to the face and then rinsed-off after 20 minutes.

Using Leftover Lemon for Softer, Moisturized Skin

Lemon contains one of the purest forms of vitamin C. Its citrus properties make it an excellent aid for reducing skin dryness. If lemon skin/pulp is applied to the hair, it helps to keep the scalp dandruff-free. Lemon enzymes tend to gnaw upon flaky dandruff apart from reducing secretions found among greasy, oily scalps. Lemon leftover is also rich in vitamins A & B.

Using Leftover Papaya for Rejuvenated Skin

Papaya extracts are commonly found in skin scrubbers. This underlines the use of papaya for improving the skin’s texture. Papaya provides an effective cleansing action. It contains a typical kind of enzyme called Papain which is used in cosmetic skin treatments. This enzyme feeds upon the outermost, blemished and pigmented part of the skin. A few, regular applications of papaya leftovers is perhaps the most affordable solution to erase blemishes sustained from acne apart from rejuvenating the skin, rendering it an unmistakable glow.

Storing fruit leftovers that have been smashed to a pulp is rather easy. You can pour them in small containers and place them in the fridge. You can add some orange and garlic leftovers for raising their longevity.

Why fruity leftovers work wonder for your skin?

Enzymes are the main biological units in our cells, responsible for catalysing many cellular activities. Their action regulates how older cells are discarded and new ones are regenerated and how tissues nourish themselves. This is why doctors recommend eating more fruits as they work towards improving our overall health.

When applied directly to skin, action of these enzymes is more concentrated on the outermost part of the skin, helping it to discard the hardened cells and allowing the underlying, fresher-looking layer of skin to emerge. Many skin treatments (like Dermabrasion) have a similar effect but they are associated with some side-effects. However, natural enzymatic activity of fruits is absolutely safe!

The biggest advantages of these natural facial skin remedies include their easy availability, greater affordability as compared to artificial treatments and the promise of safety. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Get Rid of Puffy Eyes Naturally

Waking up with puffy eyes is an annoyance for anyone. Puffy eyes are caused due to the accumulation of fluids around your eyes. Lack of sleep, crying, activities of previous day including intake of salty food or even keeping your head down for too long could cause puffiness of eyes.
Most of us try to cover up their puffy eyes behind sunglasses or by using concealer. However, you can also ditch your puffy eyes with some tried and tested home remedies.

Home Remedies 

Tea bags work very well for puffy eyes. You need to soak the bags in hot water for 3-5 minutes and set them out to cool a bit before you use them on your eyes. You can also moisten teabags in cold water and patch them on your puffy eyes.

You can also cool or soothe your eyes with potato or cucumber slices. These are especially helpful if you have puffy eyes because you have stayed awake the whole night and notice bags under your eyes.

Using egg whites also helps reduce puffiness.

You can even soak cotton balls in ice water and use it on your eyes or splash some cold water on your face.

You may choose from cold circles of strawberries, chilled spoons, ice cubes wrapped in a towel, or even just a cool washcloth to lessen the swelling or puffiness.
Papaya and curd mixed together also soothe and lighten the under eye area.
Whatever you choose to do, avoid rubbing your eyes as it aggravates the puffiness.

Stay Hydrated and Sleep Well

Your eyes require sufficient rest from all the stress they endure during the hours you are awake. If you suffer from puffy eyes a lot, maybe your eyes are not getting proper rest. You should sleep for 7-8 hours every night. Also you must check your sleeping position. Sleep with your head raised; propping your head up keeps fluids from accumulating under your eyes thus reducing puffiness.

It is also important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids but ensure that you don’t drink too much water or fluids before you go to bed. Drinking too much alcohol also causes puffy eyes so control your consumption and try to drink healthy drinks such as fresh fruit juices. If you use your computer extensively for work, rest your eyes frequently.

Treat Allergic Reactions

If you have tried all these home remedies and nothing seems to work, it is likely that you are suffering from an allergic reaction and puffy eyes are the primary symptom. Speak with a doctor to find out more.  

Friday, September 5, 2014

Basic Skincare Routine for All

Does your skin have a mind of it’s own? Does it behave well one day and look dull on another? Maybe you’re not following the basics steps of skin care. Read on to learn what you should be doing.

Who doesn’t want healthy, glowing skin? While some people are blessed with flawless skin, most of us go to great lengths to try and get that natural glow. But before you go running to try some expensive new cream or revolutionary procedure, have you considered your basic skincare routine?

The most basic skincare routine

Ask any skincare expert and they’ll stress on first getting the basics right. So simple as it may sound, we thought we’d give you a step-by-step breakdown of what your basic skincare routine should be.

Cleansing 

The most basic of the basic skincare routine – cleansing! The biggest mistake most of us make in this step is that we either under-cleanse or over-cleanse. Experts suggest that for those with normal skin, cleansing your face twice a day is optimum – once in the morning and once at night, before going to bed. The latter is especially important, as you want to get rid of the day’s grime and any make up or lotions that you may have had on.

Remember to find a good soap-free cleanser for your skin and avoid very cold or very hot water to wash your face.

Exfoliating 

Exfoliation refers to the removal of dead skin cells from the top of the skin. While some skin experts believe that too much exfoliation is bad for the skin, as it can strip away essential oils, most believe that exfoliating once a week is a good practice.

Find a scrub that suits your skin and use just a little bit once a week to clear dead cells and hidden impurities. If you prefer to go natural, you could even try making some home made scrubs and gently exfoliate for natural, glowing skin.

Toning 

A toner is a liquid that helps to close the pores on your skin, to avoid attracting dirt and to give your skin a tighter, firmer look. Many women swear by this step and almost every major cosmetic brand makes a toner.

However, there are experts who believe that toners should be strictly optional. Try using a toner for a few days and decide for yourself if you want to add it to your skincare routine or not.

Moisturising

No ambiguity here – moisturising your skin is an absolutely essential step of your skincare regimen. Depending on your skin type – dry, normal or oily – find a moisturiser that works for you. Typically, people with very dry skin should go in for a creamy mosturiser and those with oily skin could get a water-based one. For your day needs, get a moisturiser with an SPF or Sun Protection Factor, as that can double up as a sunscreen as well.

Also remember to moisturise at night, after you’ve thoroughly cleansed your face. Skip the sunscreen at night though, and just allow your skin to breathe.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Expert Tips to Get Coloured Smokey Eyes in 5 Minutes

You say a lot by just one look, and that is why guys love to look into your eyes. It is their way of not just expressing their love, but also grasping your thoughts. So, won’t it be great if you could disarm your man with just one look, and make him a captivate him forever? And, what can be better than smokey eyes to hold him captive forever? We know that many of you are at a loss when we talk about smokey eyes, for some it might be too messy to get into while for others it might be done-to-death.
Well, no matter which category you belong to, let us unravel the enigma of this eternal beauty trend called the "smokey eyes" look, and tell you how you can pull off the look effortlessly and with a twist too.

Besides the standard charcoal smokey eyes, today there are the bronzy, burgundy, shimmery gold variations that look equally stunning and super sensuous. This colourful transformation has widened the world of this look further. Now, it can be carried for both night and day outings.

Whether you are going for a day date or an evening soiree, smokey eyes are perfect to give you a diva makeover in minutes. Here are the steps that will make this so easy for you that you will fall in love with it.

1. Blend well 

Start with gently sweeping the eyelids with copper, silver, grey, blue or green eyeshadow. Now, with the help of an eyeshadow brush, apply black eyeshadow on the outer crease of the eyes, and smudge well with a smudge brush. Blend well for a smokey finish, which is long-lasting.

2. Black is bold

Run a deep black eyeliner over your lash line. A gel liner works perfect for this look as it smudges easily and beautifully, giving you the desired look.

3. Go intense

Open up your eyes with two generous coats of mascara. Whether you a pick soft or bold smokey eyes look, mascara is an indispensable part of this look. It not just makes your lashes look thick and smouldering, but also gives them a sensuous feel.

4. High definition

One thing that flatters the Indian eyes most gracefully is kohl. The sultry smokey eyes are incomplete without a sharp and defining line of kohl on your lower lash line. It makes them look big and beautiful, in no time.

Hot Tip: To make small eyes look larger, apply a white eye pencil along the inner rim of your lash line.

Now, this is not too complicated or boring, is it? So, use this very simple, do-it-yourself (at home) smokey eyes trick, as you get ready for that special outing this weekend. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Besan Face Packs for All Skin Types

A multitasking ingredient, besan (gram flour) can not only satisfy your taste buds through yummy pakoras, but can also keep all your skin problems at bay. From treating pimples and removing tan to lightening complexion, besan has 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.
For oily skin

A 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.

For dry skin

Not only for oily skin, besan works wonders for dry skin as well. For this, add malai/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 dry.This pack is ideal for people with dry skin. It cleans the skin thoroughly and helps in maintaining the moisture level of the skin. 
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.

For a skin with blemishes and open pores

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 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.

For a 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.  

Friday, August 29, 2014

8 Amazing Reasons to Add Honey to Your Beauty Kit

Though usually associated with Winnie the Pooh and weight loss, raw honey is a very good treatment for skin. Considered to be safe even for sensitive skin, honey is the perfect natural remedy for every bride's complete skincare. When the D-day looms nearer, most brides are faced with anxiety that reflects on their faces. With the use of honey, any girl can look her best with the glowing and radiant skin normally associated with brides.
1. Radiant skin

It is necessary that a newlywed bride does not develop freckles or sunburn just before the wedding day. Applying a mixutre of of honey and rose water can have instant brightening effect on the skin. Wash this off with cold water to see a fairer glow on your face. You can also prepare a face mask by mixing honey with multani mitti and lemon juice. Apply this on your face, and leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing it off. The antioxidant property of honey makes it a wonderful natural sunscreen.

2. Skin nourishment

Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin, applying honey can bring lustre to even the most dull and lifeless skin. This is why, it is exactly what a bride needs to add to her skin care regime. Honey also helps to keep your skin smooth and supple. Just add a few drops of honey to your regular face mask to benefit from its goodness.

3. Anti-ageing remedy

Talking about keeping the skin soft and supple brings us to the anti-ageing properties of this wonderful natural ingredient. Being rich in amazing antioxidants, honey helps to keep signs of ageing at bay, and it also boosts the production of collagen that makes skin look younger.

4. Natural moisturiser

Another property of honey, to act as a humectant, makes it draw moisture to the skin, keeping it hydrated for a longer time. The bride can look fresh even after a tiring day, if her skin is properly hydrated. If you want to naturally moisturise your skin instantly, rub generous amount of honey for 5 minutes on your face, before gently rinsing it off with warm water. To experience its brightening effect, mix it with milk cream, and massage it on your face for some time.

5. Natural cleanser

Brides can have instant glowing and soft skin, sans blemishes, by using honey as a face wash, twice a week. Applying a paste of honey and tomatoes can yield clear skin, as both have astringent and antioxidant properties. Honey also helps to exfoliate your skin and remove dead skin cells. Mixing honey with lemon juice and sugar will give you a great skin exfoliator, which can work wonders for your skin.

6. Fight acne and scars

Apart from cleansing the skin, honey is a great remedy for acne marks and scars. The antimicrobial property of honey makes it ideal as a natural solution for brides with a tendency for skin breakouts, or who have scars on their face. An overnight honey face mask can de-stress the skin. Applying honey directly to the affected area can help to lighten blemishes and scars.

7. Body bath

During the winters, harsh weather can leave your skin dry and dehydrated. A 15-minute soak in a honey bath, made up of two cups honey and one cup baking soda added to the bath water, can exfoliate the dead skin. This warm bath will not only pamper your skin, but also bless it with moisture, nourishment, and a natural glow.

8. Lip care

Honey can also help you take care of dry and chapped lips. Prepare a natural lip scrub by mixing honey with equal quantity of brown sugar, and rub that on your lips for five minutes before rinsing it off. You can also apply honey regularly on your lips to get pink and kissable lips.

Now that you know all the amazing beauty benefits of honey, add this to your beauty kit.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

8 Amazing Reasons to Add Avocados in Your Bridal Beauty Kit

Daily beauty treatments for hair and skin are of utmost importance for all brides. But, resorting to salon visits and over-the-counter products will not only burn a hole in your pocket, but might also adversely affect your looks. Well, here we have for you a solution that is natural, cheaper, and much more easily available than the parlour routines.
Avocado is one fruit that can go a long way in helping you look your best. Read further to know about the exciting beauty benefits of avocados. This would also tell you why you should add it to your beauty regime.

Glowing and Healthy Skin

Dear to-be brides, now you can ensure that your skin remains glowing and healthy by simply drinking avocado juice. Being rich in vitamin A and E, this drink will leave you with a naturally radiant skin. Also, the antioxidants in this fruit protect your skin against the damage caused by sun and pollution.

Natural Skin Cleanser

Avocados are natural skin cleansers that help to remove dead skin cells, as they is rich in vitamin A. The amino acids present in avocados also protect and cleanse your skin against harsh environmental conditions. All you need to do is add this amazing fruit to your daily diet.

Protection Against Wrinkles

The fight against wrinkles is best started early to prevent premature skin ageing, as the antioxidants present in them fight harmful free radicals. You can either add this to your diet, or apply it as a facial mask. To make a mask, mash an avocado into a pulp, and apply it on your face. Leave it on for at least 15 minute, before rinsing it off.

Skin Nourishment

The pressures of daily life can often take a toll on your skin; and avocado oil, which is easily absorbable, can easily seep into your skin pores leaving your skin nourished, healthy, and stress free. It also makes your skin smooth and supple. Avocado oil helps to replenish the lost nutrients of the skin, and improves blood circulation.

Natural Moisturiser (for dry skin)

Avocado oil is a natural skin moisturiser that can help to keep your skin sufficiently hydrated through any kind of weather. It is essentially a blessing for those who have dry skin. Just mash two avocados and add a few drops of your favourite essential oil in it. Now, keep this on your skin for 20 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water.

Natural Sunscreen

The routine of a newlywed bride can often be hectic, whether it is shopping or overlooking wedding preparations, thus leaving her skin exposed for long hours to the harmful UV rays of the sun. Avocado oil also acts as a natural and effective sunscreen. Not only this, it is also a great way to treat sunburns.

Rejuvenates Scalp

Using avocado oil for daily hair treatments can help rejuvenate the scalp and promote healthy hair growth. Massage avocado oil on your hair to rejuvenate dull and damaged hair. Being a rich source of proteins, healthy fats, etc., avocado helps to promote hair growth. To prepare an avocado hair pack- mix one mashed avocado with olive oil, yoghurt, and an egg yolk. Apply this on your scalp, and rinse it off after 20 minutes.

Eye Care

Endless hours of stress, planning woes, shopping trips, and all night talks with your would-be, can leave your eyes dry and dehydrated, leading to irritation. Avocado is great for your eyes too. You can either consume it, or apply it as an eye cream. To make an eye cream- just mash a ripe avocado and add some aloe vera gel in it.

Apart from these beauty benefits, avocados are loaded with numerous health benefits as well. So do explore the goodness of this amazing fruit for yourself, and add it to your grocery list, right now!

Monday, August 25, 2014

7 ways coconut oil is the perfect beauty multi-tasker

Use this mix in the shower as a gentle scrub the sugar/salt exfoliates, while lauric acid acts as a natural anti-inflammatory agent. "Swishing a mouthful of cold-pressed organic coconut oil absorbs toxins from your mouth, teeth and gums. It promotes overall heath because of its intense antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties," explains Dr KP Sreekumari Amma, a practising Thiruvananthapuram-based Ayurvedic, who calls the practice by its Ayurvedic name, Gandusha. The oil's low molecular weight allows it to penetrate the hair shaft, while the fatty acids bind the protein in the hair, protecting it.
    
Exfoliator

Mix brown sugar and sea salt with coconut oil till it forms a thick paste. Use this mix in the shower as a gentle scrub -- the sugar/salt exfoliates, while lauric acid acts as a natural anti-inflammatory agent. Add used coffee grounds to this mix to combat cellulite.

Oil pulling

"Swishing a mouthful of cold-pressed organic coconut oil absorbs toxins from your mouth, teeth and gums. It promotes overall heath because of its intense antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties," explains Dr KP Sreekumari Amma, a practising Thiruvananthapuram-based Ayurvedic, who calls the practice by its Ayurvedic name, Gandusha. Oil pulling takes some getting used to, and beginners might not be able to swish for 20 minutes. Build the time up by a few minutes every day. Do this in the morning and on an empty stomach. Just don't swallow the oil.

Hair nourisher

The oil's low molecular weight allows it to penetrate the hair shaft, while the fatty acids bind the protein in the hair, protecting it. Try this: beat two eggs with a quarter cup of warm coconut oil and massage into your scalp. Leave on for 30 minutes and rinse with cold water. The oil's lauric acid, Vitamin E and capric nourish the hair, while the eggs' protein strengthens it.

Epilator

Swap your shaving cream for coconut oil, which supports the skin's pH balance and reduces inflammation, making it ideal for sensitive skin. Using coconut oil in the place of a foaming cream results in a silky shave sans the razor burns or bumps. Plus, the fatty acids eliminate that dry sensation you get post-shave, leaving your skin feeling luxurious.

Cleanser

The high levels of Vitamin E in the coconut oil protect the skin from free radicals and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Arnett recommends using it to cleanse and remove make-up. "Use coconut oil to gently loosen make-up and it will slide right off," adds Arnett. The high levels (92 per cent) of fatty acids in it break down the make-up so it slips right off, while antioxidants protect, nourish and allay signs of ageing.

Nutrition

Once perceived as unhealthy fat, new studies prove that it's really good for you. "Coconut oil is a good source of MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides), a fat that require less energy and enzymes to be digested," says Kerry Bajaj, health coach at the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center founded by Dr Frank Lipman, an integrative and functional medicine expert. "Unlike other dietary fats, MCTs don't get stored as fat in the body; they get burned for energy, leading to an increase in metabolism," she says. Cook with it or add to your diet -- in your smoothie or salad.

Moisturiser

Coconut oil's tiny molecules allow it to melt into your skin and high levels of Vitamin E nourish from within. Simran Lal, CEO, Goodearth, suggests applying after a shower to create a moisture-locking seal. Kristen Arnett, an eco and sustainable beauty believer, is also a fan. "Most commercial moisturisers have a mineral oil or petroleum base, which can block pores and cause breakouts. Coconut oil has none of these side-effects." To avoid smelling like a Bounty bar, apply it after dry brushing and pre-shower.

Vogue tip

Choose the organic cold-pressed variety. Lal explains, "Regular coconut oil is extracted from dried coconut (copra) and chemically processed, resulting in a loss of vitamins and minerals. Virgin coconut oil is naturally extracted from fresh coconut. It retains a light aroma of coconut and its vital nutrients." We love the ones by Forest Essentials and Amritam (Goodearth).

Saturday, August 23, 2014

7 Best Natural Makeup Removers You can Find in Your Kitchen

Just came back home from a wedding function or a dinner date with your fiancé or a party with your friends, what is the first thing you want to do? We are sure most of you would say, change and hit the bed. But, here is what you should be doing- remove the makeup from your face, before you go off to sleep. All dermatologists and beauty experts often send out this piece of advice to the girls.
Well, gone are the days when you have to spend time rubbing that stubborn mascara off your eyes, or buying a separate remover for normal makeup and eye makeup. Forget the red puffy eyes due to the harsh chemicals in the remover, or rashes on your cheeks caused by a certain chemical in some XYZ remover. Let us ease the process towards flawless and clear skin, and tell you about a few amazing homemade makeup removers. These are effective, cheap as well as very safe. So, go ahead and try these out!

1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one ingredient that serves as remover, moisturiser, lip balm, and much more. You can apply it directly as a natural cleansing oil, but just remember to wash your face once after you are done removing the makeup. Now, apply on the eyes or face to remove makeup quickly and effectively. This magical ingredient can take care of even the most resistant waterproof makeups, like mascara, quite easily.

2. Olive Oil

Technically it is two ingredient recipe, since it includes mixing 2 portions of olive oil with some water. Mix them well. Using it is very easy and safe too. But it is still better to do a skin patch test, before trying it. You can also simply soak a cotton ball in the oil, and massage that on your face to remove the makeup and dirt, but make sure that you use a tissue or a clean towel to get rid of the excess oil before going to bed. Olive oil will not only handle tough makeup products with ease, but will also calm down your irritated skin. Plus, this ingredient has anti-ageing properties in it.

3. Cucumbers

Yes, this healthy fruit can be a great makeup remover too. Just mash one cucumber into a paste, and use that to cleanse your face. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, cucumbers are well known to soothe irritated and acne-prone skin. If the makeup is tough then you can add some milk or olive oil to it.

4. Yoghurt

Another ingredient that you will find in almost every kitchen is yoghurt. It moisturises your skin and cleanses it as well. Just dip a clean cotton ball in some plain yoghurt and rub that on your face in circular motions. After that, rinse it off with some cold water.Recommended Read: Top 6 Weight Loss Exercises to Do at Home

5. Jojoba and Vitamin E oil

The jojoba oil is very similar to sebum produced by human body, while vitamin E has antioxidants necessary for protecting the skin from cosmetic damage. Both these ingredients provide a soothing and moisturising effect on the skin. Mix one capsule of vitamin E with 60ml of jojoba oil. Store this mix in a dark glass bottle, and use when required. It works best on those stubborn waterproof mascaras, liquid eyeliners, and blushes.

6. Almond Oil and Whole Milk

Milk is an amazing ingredient for your skin. It not only hydrates and moisturises your skin, but also replenishes the essential nutrients required by it. So, to a tablespoon of milk, add a few drops of almond oil, and dab onto your face with cotton balls. Remove it off with fresh cotton balls; making sure that no traces of milk is left. This is a quick remover recipe that can be assembled in short time. It will also leave you face refreshed.

7. Coconut/ Olive Oil and Baby Shampoo

One of the most effective makeup removers that can remove the toughest waterproof makeup, just needs- one cup of water with an eighth teaspoon of olive/coconut oil and one and a half tablespoon of baby shampoo (tear-free). Mix them and shake them well, and use as required.

So, leave behind those expensive makeup removers, and go for these natural ones for the sake of your skin, to get everlasting beauty!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Life changing beauty tips

A small to-do or product can work miracles for your skin and hair. Mohini Mehrotra gets 10 experts to share their tried and tested beauty tips for a new, revamped you
Indulge Yourself

There are several quick cosmecutical treatments today to give your skin instant glow, hydration and plumpness. My tried-tested favourite is the Infusion Treatment that reduces the appearance of fine lines and blemishes, and hydrates and brightens the skin instantly. It does not require any injections or fillers but is a salon-like budget treatment, that takes only 45 minutes. This treatment is done using special products - which are made with a synergistic combination of oxygen under pressure ( Topical Hyperbaric Oxygen), hydration factors ( Hyaluronic Acid), and ingredients such as vitamins, antioxidants and amino peptides, which show visible changes in your skin after just one treatment. However, if short on time, here's a quick homemade remedy that can help remove tan and brighten up your skin in minutes: Mix yogurt with lemon juice and honey. Apply it all over your face and body. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then shower off with warm water.

Drink Up

A recently acquired beauty trick I swear by - warm herbal juice. First thing in the morning, I drink a concoction of aloevera, wheat grass and amla juice mixed in warm water. It cleanses the system and makes me look and feel good all day long. I top this up with lots of laughter and physical activity.

Tress Talk

Shine On: Product buildup can leave your hair looking dull and lifeless. Quick fix for this is the "beer treatment"; alcohol removes products that accumulate on the cuticles and hair shaft. Here's how you can do it: Shampoo your hair. Gently towel dry it. Apply a cupful of beer to the strands. Cover with a shower cap for five minutes and rinse thoroughly with cool water. Your hair will immediately look shiny. This works especially well in the summer months. 

Exotic Deep Conditioning: Mix avocado (available at gourmet food stores) with 1tbsp of a quality hair serum. Post-shampooing, smooth it onto hair from mid-length to the end of the strands, like a conditioner (applying it on the roots can leave a hard-to-clean oily residue; also tends to make hair look limp). Rinse off with water. It's guaranteed to give you lustrous hair. 

Natural Highlights: Squeeze out the juice of a whole lemon into a shallow dish. Get a new nail polish brush, dip it in the juice, and "comb" through your hair. Sit in the sun for 10 minutes. Then wash off. Do this once a week for salon-like natural highlights.

Double Impact

When it's hot and humid, sunscreen can double up as a moisturiser and a sun protector; one with a silicone base could also act as a primer for your makeup.

Organic & Real

Don't cover your skin with heavy makeup. Enhance your natural skin tone by applying a light-tinted moisturiser. Add a soft blush and nude lip colour for the perfect summer look.

Creative Use

a) Petroleum jelly works well as an eye makeup remover. It gets rid of every bit of mascara without burning the eyes.
b) I apply coconut oil on my lips every night. It makes my lips soft and smooth, and over time, removes dark patches, if any.
c) If your lips are extra-dry, apply a lip balm just before putting on the lipstick. Dab off with tissue paper, then apply the lip colour.

Age, Just A Number

A great anti-ageing solution is a supplement known as Glorious. It's a Japanese product with a natural ingredient called glucosamine, which beautifies the skin. Take one capsule orally every day. Besides this, apply a vitamin C-based serum during the daytime and a retino-based cream at bedtime. This makes for a complete anti-ageing routine.

Go Bold

When it comes to making a statement, nothing beats a red lipstick. It represents femininity and power; makeup must-have for all seasons.

Back to the roots

I believe in everything natural. A trusted tool for those looking for beautiful skin is the ancient Ayurvedic treatment - ubtan. It helps slough off dead skin, leaving it soft and radiant. Here's my must-try homemade recipe:

Ingredients

Chickpea flour (kabuli chana powder), turmeric (haldi), milk, rosewater, a few drops almond oil, pinch of saffron (kesar) and a few mint leaves.

 Method

l. Make a paste of the chickpea flour, turmeric and milk. Put aside for 10 minutes, then mix in rose water and saffron. 
2. Apply the paste in circular motions on moist skin (all over the body). 
3. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. 
4. Scrub off with lukewarm water. 
5. Apply a nourishing moisturiser immediately after drying up. 
6. Do this at least once in 15 days for skin that's firm, soft and fresh-looking all-year-round

Know Your Skin

Every one has a unique skin type, so take time to understand it and buy products that suit you, and not what someone else is using. Look for ingredients such as vitamins C and E, as they help reduce spots, even out the skin tone, and also brighten it up.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Five habits people with lucky skin share

Are women with naturally beautiful skin just plain lucky? We spill the beans. 
Five habits people with good skin share

1: They never go to bed with makeup on

After a long, tiring night, it may be the last thing you’d want to do – wash your face. But by now we all know that leaving makeup on can be disastrous for your skin. It clogs your skin’s pores, trapping the oil, leading to dead cell accumulation and even breakouts. Worse, leaving eye makeup on can result in you waking up with itchy, red eyes. So no matter how tired you are, walk up to the sink and wash it off.

We suggest you pour some baby oil onto a cotton ball and remove eye-makeup and then just wash your face with a good face-wash. This is less cumbersome in comparison to using a cleansing lotion. Do this only on nights that you are very tired. Otherwise go the elaborate way, as it removes any trace of leftover makeup.

2: They wear sunscreen everyday

The sun’s harmful rays are known to be a major cause for skin damage; even causing early ageing. So this is definitely one thing you mustn’t skip before heading out during the day. Experts recommend using a sunscreen with SPF 30 at least in combination with a moisturiser. Even oily skin needs external moisture application. But choose one that isn’t too heavy.

3: They keep their hands off their faces

Many people can’t seem to keep their hands off their faces. This is one nasty habit. By doing this, you’re transferring all the bacteria from your dirty hands — that have touched all things under the sun — onto your face. And now we know why your skin has been breaking out.

Keep your hands strictly off your face. Don’t touch it unnecessarily, when you have to use clean hands.

4: They get their beauty sleep

When one doesn’t get adequate zzzz time, it shows on the skin. All those lucky women who have glowing, radiant skin never skimp on their sleep. Sleep time is when your skin repairs itself, if you take that away from it – your skin is likely to look haggard.

So get at least 8 hours of sleep a day. Unless you’re doing that you are missing out on the last burst of growth hormone that is released during the last stage of sleep. This growth hormone is known to play a key role in carrying blood to the skin’s surface, which oxygenates the skin and improves its overall appearance.

5: They don’t overdo it

This one is of utmost import. The best skincare regimes are those that are done in balance. By this we mean, not overdoing them in your hunt for perfect skin. Over cleansing, over moisturising and over medicating the skin upsets the balance. For example, you’re having breakouts, and so you try using a host of products that control oil secretion. When you do this, you end up over-drying your skin, and this puts the sebaceous glands in your skin on alert, and they begin to produce more oil, resulting in more breakouts.

So wash your face two times a day. Moisturise it and apply sunscreen in the morning. At night, make sure you remove all makeup and apply a night cream that suits you. Get facials once a month or perhaps every 15 days if you think your skin needs one. But don not over do any skincare regime.

These beauty tips will make sure that you are ready for any outing during the hot and sweaty summer months, whether it is a daytime outing or an evening event.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Homemade Facial Scrubs

Are you suffering from a dull face caused by flaky skin? It’s time to exfoliate your skin to get rid of those lustreless dead cells.

Our skin is in a continuous process of replacing old cells with new ones. Sometimes, the old, dead cells do not fall away and tend to clog up the top layer. They need to be removed in order to bring forth brighter, more youthful layer.

Most skin experts suggest a simple regimen that can be followed for clean, healthy and glowing skin. Cleansing, exfoliating, toning and moisturising are the four cardinal steps that guarantee you beautiful skin.

Exfoliation helps in removing those dull and dead cells that conceal your beautiful underlying skin. So, scrub to a youthful vibrant skin.
Some Natural Homemade Exfoliating Scrubs:

Facial scrubs should be used twice or thrice a week to shed off dead cells. They rejuvenate the skin and increase blood circulation. And you don’t necessarily have to spend exorbitant sums on buying them. Here are some highly effective and easy-to-make scrubs that can be prepared at home without spending much.
Honey scrub: Honey is known to be good in imparting radiance. Honey scrub is ideal for dull skin as it gives you a shine and youthful look. Mix 1 tablespoon of honey with 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice in a bowl. Rinse your face with fresh water and use the mixture as scrub for 5 minutes. Wash and dry with a clean towel.

Olive oil and sea salt scrub: Mix 1 teaspoon of olive oil with ½ teaspoon of sea salt in a small dish. Scrub your face for 5 minutes and then wash with clean water. The results will be remarkable. You will see a visible glow and shine on your face. Olive oil will also nourish your skin.

Cucumber facial scrub: Blend a medium sized cucumber with 1 teaspoon of honey until a fine paste is prepared. Add 1 teaspoon of almond oil and 1 teaspoon of wheat germ. Use it as a scrub for 5 minutes. Wash with water and pat dry. You will notice a shine and radiance that this scrub gives your face. Cucumber scrub is also effective in removing dark spots and freckles that act as beauty stoppers. 

Papaya Scrub: Add ½ teaspoon of brown sugar to a piece of papaya and blend smoothly. Scrub on your face for few minutes. Rinse well. Your skin will glow and you will experience a fresh feeling.

A word of caution:

In case you have acne, consult a dermatologist before scrubbing your face, as it might exacerbate the situation.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

7 Benefits of Turmeric for a Flawless Skin

Turmeric or 'haldi', is one of India’s most widely used spices. Not only it is used to add colour and taste to our food but also as a cosmetic. It has also become a part of our rituals. One of the most important ceremonies of Indian weddings is the 'haldi' ceremony where a paste made of turmeric is applied to the bride and the groom’s body as part of their marriage preparations.
Turmeric has been used as beauty product over the centuries. Here are some properties of turmeric that you can use to cure seven common problems and get a flawless skin.  

Signs of Ageing

Turmeric is an excellent exfoliating agent and can help you defeat the signs of ageing. Take besan (gram flour) and turmeric powder in equal proportions and prepare a paste by adding water. You may alternately prepare this paste in raw milk or even yoghurt. Apply it evenly on your body and leave it till it dries off. Wash it off with lukewarm water and scrub your face gently in circular motion. 

Wrinkles

You can use turmeric in combination with other ingredients to manage your wrinkle woes.

Add raw milk and tomato juice to rice powder and turmeric powder. Apply the paste and let it stay until it dries. Lactic acid present in milk will help peel off the dead skin cells.
You can add turmeric powder in buttermilk and sugarcane juice. This will work the best for dark circles and wrinkles.
Turmeric-honey paste can be applied on the face and neck to help exfoliate skin and keep a check on pores. 

Acne

Not only does turmeric take care of the scars and inflammation but also reduce oil secretion by sebaceous glands.

To prepare turmeric scrub, add a few drops of water and lemon juice to turmeric powder. Apply the paste on the acne affected area and leave it for about 15 minutes. Gently scrub it off your face with plain water.
You can also use turmeric and sandalwood mixture as an acne face pack and wash it off in approximately 10 minutes.

For acne scars, dab a mixture of turmeric and plain water and leave it on the marks for 15 minutes.
To control oil secretion, prepare a paste of sandalwood powder and ground turmeric with orange juice. Leave the paste on your face for 10 minutes and rinse it with lukewarm water. 

Stretch marks

Mixture of besan (gram flour) and turmeric in yoghurt/raw milk/water can help women lighten the stretch marks. 

Burns

In case you accidently burn your skin you can turn to turmeric for quick relief owing to its antiseptic properties. Prepare a mixture of turmeric and aloe vera gel. Apply it on the burn and notice how it heals the wound in no time. 

Facial hair

Chickpea flour (sattu) or gram flour added to kasturi turmeric can be used as a facial scrub to inhibit hair growth. Be sure to apply this paste for about a month to notice results. Home remedies usually show results over a period of time upon consistent use. 

Cracked heels

Apply a mixture of coconut oil/castor oil and turmeric powder on cracked heels preferably 15 minutes before you head to take a bath.

These were some of the many skin benefits of turmeric that can give you a flawless skin naturally.