Hot in Market: What are BB Creams, Are They Any Good?

Hot in Market: What are BB Creams, Are They Any Good?

Gone are those days when looking good relied heavily on eating right and following a healthy lifestyle. Today, it is all about accentuating your beauty with the help of makeup. Dab a bit of concealer, even it out with face powder, apply some mascara, kohl, liner and a bright lipstick, and you’re good to go – flawless and bound to impress. As much as we know that there’s nothing like natural beauty, for many of us, wearing makeup everyday has become almost like a ritual. Blame it on the times we live in with growing pollution levels and stress that they take a toll on our skin, making cosmetic and dermatological care imperative. Even if you are blessed with a good skin that is well hydrated, sometimes it is not enough. When it comes to attending important events or your best friend’s wedding, most of us like to resort to makeup artists to look our best by all means possible.

The basic make-up kit of most women contains multiple cosmetic products like primer, foundation, concealer, eye liner, eye shadow, blush, lipsticks, lip gloss, etc. Aren’t these our best friends? And let’s not forget the moisturizer and sun-protection cream, which are must-haves and recommended by dermatologists too. But, what if there was a magic product that was enough, and we didn’t have to source multiple beauty products? Doesn’t it sound like every woman’s dream come true? Well, introducing BB cream. This beauty product is deemed to be that magic potion by cosmetic companies.

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What is a BB cream?

 

Also known as Beauty Balm and Blemish Balm, BB cream was first formulated in 1960s by a dermatologist named Dr. Christine Schrammek in Germany. It aims at providing your skin with a one-time absolute beauty-cum-cosmetic treatment. It is a multipurpose beauty product that has properties of a moisturizer, sunblock and can also cover up for foundation, primer and concealer. Many variants also claim to reduce acne-spots and blemishes on a temporary basis as well as having anti-pigmentation and anti-ageing properties.

 

“The idea of a well-formulated BB cream is that it’s the only product you’ll need after you wash your face,” says Ni’Kita Wilson, a cosmetic chemist at Englewood Lab in New Jersey, as quoted in an article on WebMD

 

The Efficacy: Expert Speak

 

According to Roopali Agarwal, a Delhi-based makeup artist, BB creams can be a viable, casual everyday option for most women. However one should always be watchful of how one uses it. “If you are in hurry and rushing to work or a small get-together, BB cream can be your rescuer. Always keep in mind that you must let the cream settle down. Apply and wait for at least 20 minutes before you go out.”

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According to Jessica Wu, MD, a California-based dermatologist and author of Feed Your Face: Younger, Smoother Skin and a Beautiful Body in 28 Delicious Days, “The average woman in Asia goes through seven different steps taking care of her skin. When I was in Hong Kong, every woman I spoke to was using a BB cream to shorten that regimen,” she was quoted on WebMD.

 

“BB creams are a higher version of tinted moisturizer, of course these can be used on a daily basis but can’t replace the efficacy of the regime of moisturizing, sun-blocking or a complete makeup,” adds Roopali.

 

When I tried one of the most popular BB creams in the market, I instantly felt an artificial coating on my face. I could smell a mix of foundation and sunscreen and also noticed my skin tone turning a bit darker. “What do you expect when you mix so many products in one? A moisturizer is supposed to nourish your skin, hydrate it, and seep deep into your skin. A sunscreen is supposed to be a protective coating on your skin. In the case of BB creams, you have multiple products seeping in to your skin, when most of them shouldn’t,” explains Roopali.

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What Else to Keep in Mind?

 

– BB cream is a “convenient product” and excellent “time savers”.

 

– It contains multiple ingredients that can often react with your skin, in hot environment or when exposed to sun or strong light, making your skin look grey and dull.

 

– You should always give your cosmetics time to rest. Always remember that you are applying your product in a cooler environment and just before you head out of the home, make sure the product has set-in properly.

 

– United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) doesn’t allow cosmetic products to combine certain ingredients in a single product, for example mixing anti-acne ingredient with sunblock.

 

“BB creams can be used, after all these were especially and primarily formulated for the Asian market but in my opinion nothing can replace a well-rounded beauty regime. Moisturize your skin right after taking shower, wait for 15 minutes and apply sunblock after which you can dab a bit of foundation, some blush and a basic lipstick. I feel a good foundation and a nice lipstick is all you need along with proper skin care and sun protection. For those who don’t have the time and patience of the same, BB cream is certainly a viable option,” concludes Roopali.

 

However, “If you have skin care issues that you’re addressing with a targeted treatment product, you can’t expect to get the same results by replacing that with a BB cream,” noted Ni’Kita Wilson.

9 Homemade Substitutes for Beauty Products You Use Daily

I am sure that most of us have an extremely busy schedule everyday. Given this scenario, we often tend to ignore our beauty problems or rely on market-bought products as a quick fix. The ugly truth is that these products may contain a lot of chemicals that can have damaging side-effects on your skin, hair and overall health. We’ve got some help for you. Here are 9 natural substitutes for your common beauty products that can be easily made at home. You may have not known but some simple kitchen ingredients can work wonders.

9 Homemade Substitutes for Beauty Products You Use Daily

1. Natural Dry Shampoo for Oily Hair

Do you feel the need to wash your hair every other day? Or do you have an oily scalp? Here’s what you can do instead of using shampoo too often.

Ingredients:

2 and a 1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch (preferably organic)
3-4 drops of essential oil (lavender or rose)

Procedure:

Mix both ingredients and lightly dust it on your scalp. Wait for 5 minutes and remove the excess powder with a brush. Cornstarch will soak in almost all the oil and dirt leaving your hair feeling clean and fresh.

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2. Natural Blackhead Remover

Baking powder is great to exfoliate and loosen up dead skin and remove blackheads, and dirt lurking underneath the surface.

Ingredients:  

1 tablespoon baking soda
Water (preferably mineral)

Procedure:

Mix the two ingredients to obtain a slightly wet paste-like consistency. Apply it on your nose and let it dry completely. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse.

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3. Natural Face Pack for Glowing Skin

This is one of my grandmother’s secrets for bright and glowing skin

. Gram flour is great for improving uneven skin tone and milk has a very soothing effect on the skin.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons gram flour (besan)
1 tablespoon milk (raw)

Procedure:

Mix all ingredients to make a paste and apply the mixture evenly on your face. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then rinse your face with lukewarm water.

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4. Natural Teeth Whitener

Baking soda is a humble kitchen ingredient that can be used to solve many beauty problems. It is great to remove any kind of stains from your teeth.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon baking soda
1/2 tablespoon lime juice

Procedure:

Mix the ingredients to form a paste and apply the mixture on your teeth. Let it rest for 1-2 minutes and rinse it off. You should do this daily to get cleaner, whiter teeth.

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5. Natural Skin Toner

A toner is required to clean the skin. A good toner is one that hydrates, clears and energizes your skin and there’s nothing like fresh aloe vera gel to do all these three things. Cut open the leaf and scoop all the gel out. Massage the gel on your face and neck and let it dry for 15 minutes. Rinse your face with lukewarm water and pat it dry.

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6. Natural Makeup Remover

You don’t need anything else to remove makeup other than a dab of coconut oil. Coconut oil is also an excellent moisturizer and doesn’t make your skin dry like some store-bought make-up removers can. Massage it gently on your face and leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing.

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7. Natural Perfume

Who doesn’t want to feel fresh and fragrant in this hot weather? Here’s a way to make your very own natural mist.

Ingredients:

8-10 drops of essential oil (rose, lavender etc)
4-5 tablespoons of filtered water
1 tablespoon glycerin

Procedure:

Mix all ingredients well, and put it in an empty spray bottle. Use it whenever you step out for long-lasting fragrance.

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8. Natural Eye Lash and Eye Brow Enhancer

Fake eye lashes can give a fuller look and even a mascara can help define your lashes but when you can do it naturally then why rely on these products? Apply castor oil on your lashes and brows regularly. Castor oil facilitates hair growth and can make your eye lashes and brows look fuller.

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9. Natural Wax for Facial Hair

Bleaching is a harsh way to hide facial hair. Instead, we suggest you make this quick and natural wax at home to get rid of facial hair.

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
1/2 cup of lemon juice (without the seeds)
2 cups of water

Procedure:

Mix all the ingredients together and heat the mixture for 8-10 minutes till it becomes golden-brown in colour. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool down. It will become sticky like wax. Store in the fridge and apple some whenever needed. Spread the mixture with your fingertips on your face and pull gently against the direction of hair growth.

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Now that you’ve found the perfect substitutes for the most common beauty products used, give your skin some natural treatment.

Glow, shine and go all natural with organic beauty products

Most of the Indians are striving to live a healthier lifestyle by consuming nutrient-rich food, exercising regularly or by using organic products for their good skin and health. Just the way our body needs good amount of vitamins to feel and look fit, the same way our skin needs to be feed with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and fatty acids to look young and fresh. We all need to restore our skin’s natural PH balance for an ideal looking skin.

The concept of organic beauty products started from Edwardian Era, where the Edwardian ladies were pressurised to look beautiful and wanted keep wrinkles at bay. Just like the women today, even Edwardian ladies used to go for natural remedies for their skin such as concoctions and creams with Cocoa Butter, Almond Oil, Witch Hazel and Lanolin. The organic products somewhere washed off when big brands came up with beauty and skin care products with chemicals in it which was harassing the skin and also giving wrinkles to women at a very young age.

Guardian 20 spoke to Dr Blossom Kochhar, Chairperson, Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies and she said, “Everyone is shifting more to natural and organic products because the consumer is becoming more aware of the bad effects of chemicals on themselves and the environment.”

Indian women are known for make-up and using skin care products unlike western women. Organic products are now emerging in India at a large scale and many of the brands and Indian women are shifting from chemical based products to organic or natural products. The main reason being of the shift is that chemical based beauty products have a bad effect on the skin. When these chemical products are applied on the skin, they go through the bloodstream and the cells of the skin, which reacts and give rashes or pimples to the skin. A dermatologist and even beauty and skin care industry have always suggested going natural and organic for a better skin life. Hence, the industry also opted for going for herbal and organic products which will be light on the skin and also organic products are so natural that it goes with every skin type.

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Ragini Mehra, Founder, Beauty Source talks about the uprising of organic products in the Indian market. “The trend is not surprising; in fact, the demand for natural and organic beauty products in India is growing by the day, as much as internationally. In a market like India where herbal and ayurvedic hair and skin care has a legacy of usage, awareness and benefits of organic ingredients is quite high. The steady growth that the organic beauty products market is witnessing in recent years comes from the increasing consumer concerns regarding personal health and hygiene. Organic products renew the texture and health of your skin and hair without the use of any toxic chemicals, so no dangerous substances,” she said.

In the recent years, the organic industry has also dominated over chemical based skin care products, which is also a very major reason why the brands with chemical skin care products also shifted to organic beauty products. Now we have, organic creams, organic lip care products, organic haircolour, all because we all want to go mild on our skin and hair. Also, we Indians are so influenced by organic or herbal products that we want our food or festival colours also to be absolutely natural.

Guardian 20 spoke to Vishal Bhandari, Founder, SoulTree spoke about why organic products are better for the skin. “Whatever we apply on our bodies goes in our bodies and into our bloodstream. It’s a bit scary to think of all of the unlisted highly toxic skin care ingredients out there, but this is why you must choose something real and from nature. Quite simply, if something has been made using organic, natural produce you are guaranteed that it has the environment and sustainable practice at heart,” he said.

Indian beauty and skin care market is urging to use these natural products because now consumers are getting aware of the ingredients and natural method of making these products. As of now, organic beauty products are not popular in the Indian market. One of the main reasons is that organic products are on the expensive side and there are very few Indians who would prefer to spend thousands on beauty and skin care products. One of the main reasons of it being expensive is that its ingredients are organically farmed which include ingredients like Sodium chloride which is just sea salt, citric acid which is a compound found in lemons and other citrus fruits.

“Whatever we apply on our bodies goes in our bodies and into our bloodstream. It’s a bit scary to think of all of the unlisted highly toxic skin care ingredients out there, but this is why you must choose something real and from nature.”

Vishal Bhandari further said, “I think customers are becoming increasingly aware of the ingredients used in the products. Once they are assured of safe ingredients and ethical practices, and that they are getting the absolute best quality products for the most reasonable price, organic products will be even more popular.”

Dr Naresh Arora, Founder, Chase Aromatherapy Cosmetics reflects on about how organic products are very natural. “A number of cosmetics and skincare products available in India have been claimed to be organic in nature. However merely been natural does not categories their products as organic. Being a new concept, it requires minimum ten years of harvesting and producing the crop without the use of fertilisers and pesticides with the water quality & soil having no residual presence of chemical, heavy chemical & degrading bacteria. The organic crops have been tried and being produced at small pilot plant basic on mass scale basis, organic products with due standards, have not been possible to produce or claim,” he said.

Indian women do need natural or herbal products for their skin especially because of the tropical climate that the country goes through and also because of the many pollutants in the air.

Guardian 20 spoke to Shiv Singh Mann, Founder, Desert Splendour about why do Indian women need of organic products and she said, “Natural healing properties that you get from natural and organic products are the perfect gifts for yourself and your loved ones. Natural products repair and hydrate your skin cells. The quality organic products are the natural alternative to harsh chemical products that are prevalent in the market and a must have for anyone looking for soft & glowing skin and hair. The customers today are increasingly getting to know the goodness of going down the green path, and so, the demand for organic and natural products are rising by the day.”

This Website Is Selling All Its Beauty Products For $3

If you love to whip out your Urban Decay Naked Palette and Glossier Boy Brow on the subway for strangers to gawk at, this beauty brand is not for you. But if you couldn’t give a shit about what your products look like — as long as they work and stay within your budget — we’ve got some good news. Enter: Brandless.

Brandless is a website that exclusively sells its own manufactured products in all categories for $3 — no more, no less. The private label sells everything from food to home goods, but there’s also a solid beauty section we can’t ignore.
On the site you can find facial lotion, lip balm, hand cream, body lotion, hand soap, cotton rounds, and cotton balls all for the same low, low price of $3. Sure, the variety is lacking, but rumor has it the website is only getting started, so the range is only going to get more expansive. Even better, most of the products — including food — are organic, gluten free, GMO-free, and rid of every harsh chemical in the book (see ya sulfates and phthalates).
Sounds too good to be true, right? We don’t disagree. The cheap price comes with some suspicion. Since it’s a private label, online-only brand it’s able to forego what the brand calls a BrandTax. Brandless explains this as “the hidden costs you pay for a national brand. We’ve been trained to believe these costs increase quality, but they rarely do.” And while the answer is a bit vague and raises even more questions (how can safe, simple products be made at such an absurdly low price?) we’re eager to find out more.
We’ve reached out to the brand for more information and will update this story as soon as we find out more. And we’ll be testing the products in the coming weeks to give you our unfiltered opinion on them.

10 Best Beauty Products to Get You Glowing This Summer!

Got all the summer beauty products that will keep you looking all dewy and delicious?

As soon as the summer months arrive, you best believe that the celebs already know about the best in beauty that’s going to keep up with their summer plans! The summer’s relaxed less-is-more approach has us highlighting, keeping lips neutral, and eyes smoky but not too dark for when the sun does go down.

But if you want to take a break from your usual makeup routine, make this summer all about a dewy, glowy complexion. No matter what summer look you prefer, we’ve gathered the best Amazon products to get your summer glow on and sizzling for a last-minute cruise to the French Riviera (aka your bff’s backyard barbecue if you don’t want to sound extra) or a fancy weekend in the Hamptons. We got you.

Prime Day 2017_L&S NARS Blush, Orgasm 0.16 oz. Prime Day 2017_L&S NARS BLush Orgasm 0.16oz.

Sure, you might already have a nice base of color from the first of many sun-filled days on the beach, but a little extra pop of color on your cheeks will have you looking sunkissed and hard to resist. We’re big fans of the NARS Blush in Orgasm for its scandalous name and the fact that it looks amazing on all skin tones. Truly.

 

And what’s a summer season without a neutral lip? Forget all the bright colors for a second and exude a sultry, pouty Kylie-like lip with the Kardashian’s very own Kylie Cosmetics Koko K Lip Kit in a pale, pinky nude shade. It comes complete with lip pencil and matte liquid lipstick for a pout that’s sure to stick around until you want it to.

Prime Day 2017_L&S Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick - Bronze Shimmer, .4 oz

Give us all the shimmer and glimmer! If you want a highlight done right, consult the cosmetic expert herself: Bobbi Brown. The Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze Shimmer gives you an instant glow when you sweep your brush across five shimmery shades of varying bronzy hues.

Prime Day 2017_L&S Marc jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon

When your eyes are ready to take center stage, line them with a rich, shimmery brown color for a nice departure from a sooty black pencil. We like Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Crayon in Cocoa that works like a gel pot of liner in the form of a pencil — genius!

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No look is complete without mascara, even if you’re going awe-naturale. Give the tried-and-true L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara in Blackest Black a shot this summer to keep your lashes looking long and strong with up to 5X more volume.

Prime Day 2017_L&S Supergoop! Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C SPF 30

As much as we love the sun, exposing ourselves to harmful UV rays is no bueno, ever. Mist on an even layer of Supergoop! Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C SPF 30 for an added dose of sun protection and vitamin C action!

Prime Day 2017_L&S Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

Even though we like to keep the heavier bases for the fall and winter months, we could always use a little coverage. Reach for the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20, it’s oil-free, sheer, and still adds a hint of dewiness for a natural finish.

Prime Day 2017_L&SLip Balm La Lune Naturals

One can never have enough lip balm! Especially when you’ve thrown most of them into your beach bag only to discover a gloopy, melted mess sans cap. Do yourself a favor and buy a 4-pack of La Lune Naturals USDA Certified Organic Lip Balm in yummy flavors including Vanilla Bean, Raspberry, Asian Pear, and Peppermint.

Prime Day 2017_L&S Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 54 Ounce

There’s nothing better (or cheaper!) than slathering our skin in coconut oil! Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil rejuvenates our skin and hair — and even comes in handy when we need to add a healthy dose of saturated fats to our smoothies.

Prime Day 2017_L&S Alaffia - EveryDay Shea - Pure Fair Trade Shea Butter, Tangerine Citrus, 11 Ounces

Another topical savior is the Alaffia Everyday Shea Pure Fair Trade Shea Butter in Tangerine Citrus. The natural scent eases our minds and its protective ingredients keep our skin soft and smooth.

This edible wine-flavoured nail polish can leave you tipsy but without a hangover

If you are a foodie, you probably know by now that starting from tea, chocolates to lip balms, Prosecco is everywhere. Looks like the madness is going to continue as this Italian sparkling wine that we love has a new variant and it comes in the form of a nail polish!

In the official video, the product is touted as a zero-calorie sparkling varnish which apparently smells and tastes like the real deal, letting consumers recreate the crisp feeling of the favourite fizz. According to Gloucestershire Live, a spokesperson of the company said, “With a delicate gold lustre, this lick-able polish looks exquisite, giving you the fun of the flavour without a sore head the next day.”

The wine-flavoured nail polish which is designed to be licked off your fingertips should be applied on top of other nail polishes, as a thin layer and should be allowed to dry for 15 minutes. Only then it’s advisable to have a lick and enjoy the taste – more layers can be added afterwards. However, despite the temptation, the product’s print strongly advises against drinking the polish straight from the bottle.

 

According to Daily Mail, Jon Wilson, MD at Groupon UK, said, “We know how popular prosecco and manicures are with our customers. Manicures in particular are a popular activity for mum and daughters to do together, so creating something that combined both of these things ahead of Mother’s Day seemed like a brilliant and novel idea.”

But before you get too excited, let’s tell you that you can’t get your hands on it just yet. You can only win it as a prize if you enter a contest on Groupon’s website.

10 Amazing Coconut Milk Benefits for Hair, Face and Skin

10 Amazing Coconut Milk Benefits for Hair, Face and Skin

With its creamy texture and natural sweetness, coconut milk tastes like it should be bad for you. And yet, it’s anything but that. Coconut milk, also known as nariyal ka doodh in Hindi, is often considered a ‘miracle liquid’ as “it may help protect the body from infections,” says Dr. Rahul Nagar, Dermatologist, Max Hospitals. And did you know: Coconut milk isn’t actually “milk” at all? It is a liquid that is naturally found inside mature coconuts, stored within the coconut ‘meat’. When you crack open a fresh coconut, the liquid that leaks out is coconut water. But when you blend the coconut ‘meat’ and strain it, the result is a thicker coconut ‘milk’. So, what’s the difference? As a coconut matures, more of the water inside is replaced with coconut meat. So mature coconuts tend to be better producers of coconut milk, while younger coconuts are the best producers of coconut water. Coconut water is higher in sugar and certain electrolytes, while “coconut milk is higher in healthy saturated fatty acids”, says Dr. Mukta Vasishta, H.O.D. Nutrition and Dietetics, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. It can be consumed as is or as a substitute formilk. Dr. Mukta adds, “Coconut milk is highly recommended for patients who are lactose intolerant. And contrary to popular belief, coconut milk helps increase HDL levels (good cholesterol) and decrease LDL levels (bad cholesterol). It also improves blood pressure, and helps prevent cardiac arrhythmia due to its potassium content.

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Coconut milk is packed with vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, and B6 as well as iron, selenium,sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Dr. Rahul Nagar, Max Hospitals says, “Coconut milk contains good concentration of lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid (MCFA) which gets converted to monolaurin in the body, a compound with antiviral andantibacterial properties”.

“Lauric acid is also found in mother’s milk and is known to promote brain development, bone health and immunity”, says Dr. Mukta Vasishta. Just like Dick Gregory rightly put, “Coconut milk is the only thing on this planet that comes identically to mother’s milk”.

We’ve listed 10 amazing coconut milk benefits for hair, face and skin.

Coconut Milk for Hair

1. Restores Dry, Damaged Hair
Dr. Rahul Nagar, says, “Because of its excellent moisturising properties, coconut milk can be used as a scalp tonic for dry, itchy and irritated scalp. A gentle massage for 5 minutes with home-made coconut milk followed by a hot towel can have a good nourishing effect”. This is particularly beneficial for restoring dry, damaged and brittle hair, as well as split ends.

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2. Promotes Hair Growth
Coconut milk contains all the essential nutrients required for healthy hair, boosting your hair follicles and promoting hair growth. Apply coconut milk on your hair and massage for 3 to 5 minutes. Shampoo as usual, after 20 minutes.

3. Conditions Hair
You can either wash your hair with equal amounts of coconut milk and shampoo, or use coconut milk as a leave-in conditioner. This adds volume to your hair, makes it less greasy and promotes longer, thicker hair (with that shine you’ve always wanted).

Coconut Milk for Face

4. Makeup Remover
To remove your makeup, add 2 parts of olive oil to 1 part coconut milk on a cotton pad. This not only cleanses your face, but nourishes your skin deeply at the same time as well. Note: Rub gently.

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5. Prevents Acne
Dr. Rahul Nagar, Max Hospitals  says, “For people with oily and acne prone skin, coconut milk can be used as a cleanser due to its antibacterial properties. The fats in coconut milk do not clog pores, thereby preventing acne”.

6. Facial Scrub
“Coconut milk can also be used as a face scrub for gentle exfoliation. All you need to do is soak oats in coconut milk for 10 minutes”, adds Dr. Rahul.

7. Prevents Premature Ageing
Coconut milk has high levels of Vitamin C which helps maintain elasticity and flexibility of skin. It is also rich in copper, and prevents wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots. You can soak 6-7 almonds overnight, and peel their skins off in the morning, grind into a smooth paste and add 5-6 drops of coconut milk. Mix well and apply this paste on your face for 15 minutes, and wash it off with cold water.

Coconut Milk for Skin

8. Treats Sunburns
According to Dr. Rahul, “Application of coconut milk over sunburnt skin aids in rapid healing because of its anti-inflammatory properties. It helps by cooling the skin and reducing pain, swelling and redness”.

9. Moisturises The Skin
We’ve all heard of taking a milk bath, right? Well, it’s time to use coconut milk instead. It is a great moisturiser due its soothing properties. You can rub coconut milk on your skin directly for 20-30 minutes to combat dryness and promote healthy glowing skin. You can even add 1 cup of rose petals, ½ cup of rose water and 1 cup of coconut milk to lukewarm water in a tub. Soaking in this bath for about 15 minutes will help restore moisture in dry skin. Also, you can grind 1/2 cup of old fashioned oatmeal and mix it with 1-2 cups of coconut milk and 1 tablespoon of honey. It works wonders!

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10. Treats Skin Ailments
“Gentle application of coconut milk provides an excellent moisturizing effect in dry skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis”, says Dr. Rahul. The natural fatty acids in coconut milk help treat dry and irritated skin and remove harmful bacteria.

Home Remedies for Skin-Care in Monsoon

Home Remedies for Skin-Care in Monsoon

Monsoons have finally hit us with Mumbai witnessing heavy rainfall and Delhi preparing to welcome the rains. The temperatures usually take a dip with the onset of monsoon, but this time around the mercury levels have been on the higher side. After a long spell of the heat wave, we look forward to the relief of the much-awaited monsoons, the intoxicating fragrance of rain on the parched earth, the lush green freshly bathed trees and, of course, the coolness of the breeze. However, like every other season, monsoon has its share ofskin problems.

The monsoon spells high humidity levels and that can definitely lead to nightmares, especially for those of you who suffer from intensively oily and acne prone skin. Keep the skin oil free and squeaky-clean with this antiseptic tonic –

A cup of fuller’s earth
Mixed with enough rose water to make a smooth paste
1 tsp of powdered camphor

Keep this paste in the fridge in an air-tight jar and use a teaspoon of this mixture on the face several times a day. This will reduce oiliness and give your skin a clean feel.

I am quite confident that all those of you with excessively dry skin may feel slightly better as humidity hydrates the skin and gives it a natural glow. However, to keep that skin glowing, make a mixture of –

A glass of rain water
Mix a tsp of honey 

Mix both together and apply on your skin. This honey water let the skin absorb and soak up all its goodness. Wash the skin with cold water after 30 minutes.

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If your skin breaks out into pimples every now and then, especially during the rains, make the following paste and apply only on the pimples –

2 tsp fuller’s earth
2 drops clove oil
1 tsp sandalwood powder
1 tsp finely ground neem paste

Mix to a thick paste and apply on the pimples. Let it dry completely. This can be used daily. Besides this, the easiest trick is to drink lots of water, at least 10 glasses daily. This will help flush out your toxins and lend a natural radiance to the skin.

For a cleansing face wash for particularly oily skin make the following –

2 tsp fuller’s earth
2 tsp sandalwood powder
10 ground basil leaves
Rose water

Mix to a paste and wash your face with this. Not only will your skin feel cleaner but it’ll also glow.

Glowing skin

Acne is common problem during the monsoon and can be very irritating. To get rid of pimple problems make the following pack –

2 tsp fuller’s earth
A pinch of camphor
2 drops of clove oil

Mix this with rose water and apply on the pimples. Let dry and wash off with fridge cold water. Be careful when using clove oil as even a little extra quantity will tend to burn the skin.

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As the weather shifts from hot and sweaty to becoming humid, you need to make small changes in your beauty routine to take care of your skin. Keep these home-remedies handy and you will be able to enjoy beautiful looking skin throughout the season.

About the Author:Suparna Trikha is a beauty expert based in New Delhi. She also teaches meditation through aromatherapy and organises corporate workshops for distressing. She has her own range of 40 beauty products and proposes to launch them very soon in the Indian market as well as abroad. With this crusade of moving back to nature, Suparna believes in making people healthier and more beautiful the natural way.

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It Just Became a Lot Easier to Get This Crazy-Effective Acne Drug

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Differin, ye olde acne drug of your teens and 20s is now available over the counter. The FDA approved the clear gel for over-the-counter use today. This marks the first time that a retinoid will be available without a doctor’s prescription.

Originally approved by the FDA for prescription use in 1996, Differin uses a specific synthetic retinoid known as adapalene that’s formulated to target acne. Not to be confused with over-the-counter retinols that are wimpy and bumbling failures in comparison, Differin both exfoliates and reduces inflammation to shrink and ultimately eliminate mild to moderate forms of breakouts.

The new FDA ruling goes into effect immediately, but like any retinoid,  after consistent use you’ll still need to wait at least a month to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Taylor Hill Is Lancôme’s Newest Face

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Taylor Hill is Lancome’s youngest face yet.Photo: D Dipasupil/FilmMagic/Getty

Taylor Hill just landed one of the most coveted gigs for a model: The long-awaited beauty contract. The 20-year-old and her expressive brows announced her new role as Lancôme ambassadress on Instagram. In a press release, Françoise Lehmann, Lancôme’s international general manager said, “[Hill] is a very inspiring young woman for her generation: she is immensely curious, open-minded and has a positive outlook on life.”

Hill is also one of the youngestVictoria’s Secret Angels, and has walked the runway for Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Balmain, Givenchy and more. She joins the existing Lancôme family of faces with Daria Werbowy, Isabella Rossellini, Julia Roberts, Lupita Nyong’o, and Penélope Cruz. And with 4.1 million Instagram followers, she has more followers than them all combined(although to be fair, Cruz and Roberts don’t have Instagram accounts.)