Milk Bath, the Centuries-Old Beauty Ritual for Gorgeous Skin

We have all heard that the Egyptian queen Cleopatra was known for her beauty across various kingdoms. Her beauty rituals were said to have been an elaborate affair with exotic scrubs, face packs, hair masks and what not, and one of the most famous rituals from the lot being the milk bath. Having a milk bath can be one of the most wonderful, invigorating, sensuous and rejuvenating experiences of your life. Not only does it make you feel good with all the pampering, but nourish and detan your skin, leaving you feeling feather soft and silky all over. Milk is touted to contain a host of beauty benefits, being an excellent ingredient for the skin.

Milk is a common household ingredient, and if you can get hold of full cream milk, it’s all the more better. Here’s my version of the ultimate milk bath experience and I promise you that once you start bathing like this at least once a month, you’ll look forward to it every time. It is important to pamper yourself once in a while to nourish your body and also feel good from within.

Milk Bath, the Centuries-Old Beauty Ritual for Gorgeous Skin

Anything that is luxurious also needs to be well planned so that it is picture perfect. You should gear up in advance as it’s not just the ingredients that go into this bath that make it special to me (as it will to you too) but also the things one can very easily put together to make it the ultimate bathing experience.

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What You Need to Equip Yourself With

5 litres full cream milk
100 gm rose petals or mogra flowers
10ml essential oil of rose/sandalwood/lavender
A good quality sea salt scrub
Almond oil
Some bubble bath, preferably a herbal one
A back brush or loofah
2 large bath towels
Some aromatic candles
Soothing music
Maybe a glass of wine or champagne

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How to Go About

 

1. First things first; switch off your phone and keep it far away. Trust me, you don’t want any distraction.

 

2. Now run your hot water in a tub and add warm milk to it. Then add the bubble bath, essential oil of your choice and the flower petals.

 

3. Clean your face with almond oil and massage your face gently. Once you are in your steamy tub, this will soak into the skin and give it a natural shine.

 

4. Switch on the music, light the candles and soak yourself in pure luxury! Sip on the wine, relax and listen to the music and enjoy the luxuriating silkiness of milk on your skin. Once you have soaked yourself for a good 20 to 30 minutes, you will feel relaxed, the stress melting away.

 

5. Take some sea salt and scrub gently into the skin all over your body. This will help draw out toxins, dislodge dead skin and make you super soft all over.

 

6. Rinse your body well and avoid using any synthetic soaps. In fact the best time to have a bath is in the evening as after this invigorating bath you will sleep sounder and better.

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If you are one of those people, like me, who want to block out the world even if it is just for a while, believe me the bathroom is the best place to do so. This haven of peace and tranquillity is a super spa experience that you can create at home. The best part is that it can be done any time with some careful planning and your own innovations. Try it as soon as possible and I promise you there will be no looking back!

 

6 Easy Homemade Body Scrubs For All Skin Types

What comes to your mind when you think of pampering your skin which suffers due to the harsh sun’s rays or to get rid of the dullness caused by the dust particles blocking your skin pores or the heavy pollution that steals the glow away from your face? Beauty experts will tell you that exfoliation is the best way to remove dead cells, rejuvenate your skin and bring back your natural glow.

Another piece of good news is that you can do it easily by using homemade body scrubs made with natural ingredients. Due to the abrasive nature of the scrub, which is vigorously massaged onto your skin, all the impurities get drained out leaving it clear, polished and refreshed. A body scrub can also help in improving your blood circulation and is believed to fight cellulite.

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It is very important to keep two things in mind while choosing the right kind of body scrub for yourself:

First, know your skin type and secondly, choose the right ingredients that will suit it. To make this easy for you, we have put together six homemade body scrubs that cater to almost all skin types and needs. You can choose the one suitable for you and enjoy a spa day at home.

 

1. Brown Sugar Body Scrub (Sensitive Skin Type)

 

Ingredients:

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil (solidified but soft)
5-6 drops of any essential oil (rose, lavender, jasmine will gel perfectly)
1/2 tea spoon of Vitamin E (optional)

Procedure and application:

 

Take a bowl, mix all the ingredients together till you obtain a wet sand consistency and store it in a jar. Massage it on your skin properly or use an exfoliating brush and move in circular motions on your skin. Wash it with lukewarm water, dab your skin with a warm towel and don’t forget to moisturize your skin after you are done.

 

Benefits:

 

Brown sugar is less abrasive then raw sugar which makes it suitable for sensitive skin types. It facilitates relaxation, removes dead skin and even white heads.

2. Coconut Rose Sea Salt Scrub (Dry Skin Type)

 

body scrubCoconut Rose Sea Salt Scrub; Photo Credit: Pinterest

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Himalayan sea salt (you can use sea salt, Himalayan sea salt is just pink in colour)
1/2 cup of coconut oil (solidified but soft)
1/2 cup of dried crushed rose petals
5-6 drops of rose essential oil

Procedure and application:

Mix all ingredients together and apply all over your skin. Wash with lukewarm water.

 

Benefits:

 

It gives you a fresh glow, exfoliates your skin, facilitates blood circulation due the abrasive nature of salt and induces relaxation.

3. Coffee Body Scrub (Antioxidant Value and Fights Cellulite)

Ingredients:

1 cup ground coffee
1 cup raw sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil
5-6 drops of essential any essential oil (optional)

Procedure and application:

Mix all ingredients together and apply all over your skin. Rub in a circular motion for deep absorption of the nutrients and cleansing. Wash with lukewarm water.

 

Benefits:

 

The aroma of coffee incorporated with vanilla or other scented oils creates a very relaxed and a soothing experience and exfoliates your skin as well. Antioxidants in coffee can help in preventing premature ageing and are believed to fight cellulite.

 

4. Green Tea Body Scrub (Oily Skin Type)

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Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
1/8 cup olive oil
1/4 cup of brewed green tea
1 1/2 bag of green tea (not brewed)

Procedure and application:

Take a bowl, mix all the ingredients together till you obtain a thick paste like consistency. If your mixture is too watery, add more sugar to balance the excess water. You can even add vanilla for a sweet scent. Massage it on your skin properly. Wash it off with lukewarm water.

 

Benefits:

 

Green tea works wonders for oily skin. It exfoliates and removes dead skin, unclogs skin pores and induces freshness. Olive oil leaves the skin moisturized.

 

5. Tomato Sugar Body Scrub (Tan Removal)

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Ingredients:

3 tomatoes
1 cup sugar

Procedure and application:

 

Puree the tomatoes in a blender and then in a bowl mix it with sugar.  Massage this mixture on your skin properly or use an exfoliating brush and move in circular motions. Wash with lukewarm water.

 

Benefits:

 

Tomatoes are rich in Vitamins A and C and replenish your skin with these nutrients. This homemade scrub can help in preventing acne, it lightens your complexion, removes tan, and makes your skin look fresh and smooth.

 

6. Lemon Sea Salt Scrub (Improves Skin Tone)

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Ingredients:

1 cup sea salt or epsom salt
5 spoons olive oil
1 whole lemon’s juice
1 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest

Procedure and application:

 

Mix all ingredients and apply. Wash with lukewarm water. It can also be stored in a jar for later use.

 

Benefits:

 

Lemon brightens and lightens your skin tone, exfoliates the skin while olive oil moisturizes it leaving the skin feeling smooth and polished.

4 Natural Ways to Make Your Hair Grow Thick

One of the most fun things about our body is our hair. We can experiment with it however we want to.
I, personally, mark the end of a phase, be it a bad phase or a good one, by changing my look, in which my hair plays a huge part, obviously. So, how can we be alright with our hair not being the way we want it to be which is smooth, silky, and thick? We don’t want our prized tassels to be scraggly and dull, but then, with all the playing and experimenting, these things are bound to happen.

What causes hair thinning?

 4 Natural Ways to Make Your Hair Grow Thick
1. Excessive physical or mental stress: Physical stress due to a surgery or engaging in tiring activities, or even flu can cause temporary hair loss. This can trigger a type of hair loss called telogen effluvium. Stressful events can disturb the hair cycle pushing more hair than usual into the shedding phase.

2. Lack of protein: When our mothers ask us to eat a lot of green vegetables and eggs, they have a reason behind it. In addition to a lot of other things, protein deficiency also causes hair loss. This is because our body tries to make up for the deficiency by rationing protein by stopping hair growth.

3. Heredity: If you have a family history of hair thinning or baldness, you may be prone to it.

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4. Hormonal changes in females: 

Just as pregnancy causes hair loss due to excessive stress and hormonal changes, so can switching between or going off birth control pills. This is because these things cause a lot of hormonal imbalance in the body.

5. Anaemia: Iron deficiency, which is something majority of women suffer from, can also lead to a lot of hair loss which is one of the most common symptoms of anaemia,

6. Over-styling:

Styling your hair too much can also cause hair loss because its is being put through too much stress. Exposing your hair to too much heat and chemicals can also make it weaker, as it affects the roots.

The good news is that just a little bit of nourishment and a little bit of care can make them all glossy and thick like you’ve always wanted them to be. There are so many natural remedies to stimulate hair growth and increase the volume of your hair. Here’s how to make your hair thick by using simple home remedies.

1. Eggs

Since protein deficiency is one of the main reasons for hair thinning, it shouldn’t be a surprise that eggs, a great source of protein, will help you undo the damage. Protein is the best nutrient to give your hair the strength to grow in volume and in length. To use egg on your hair, beat two eggs so that they are properly whisked together. Apply this mixture on dry hair and let it stay for about half an hour. Not only will this help in the long run, but it will also make your hair soft and silky instantly.

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2. Coconut Oil

Our grandmothers and mothers have been pestering us to apply coconut oil on our hair at least once weekly, and that can’t be because of no reason, right? Coconut oil is the best product to maintain the texture and shine of your hair. Coconut oil also has the necessary proteins to keep the hair strong. To use coconut oil for getting thicker hair naturally, massage a bit of warm coconut oil into the scalp and hair and cover it with a hot towel for 10 to 15 minutes. This will ensure that the oil stays heated while penetrating the hair shaft.

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3. Olive Oil

Olive oil has everything that our hair needs to stay healthy and thick. This is because of the omega-3 fatty acids

it contains which make it easier for the hair to become thicker and more voluminous. To use olive oil, simply apply the oil to your hair and massage it over your scalp. Leave it on for thirty minutes and then rinse with a light shampoo.

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4. Castor oil

Castor oil has high amounts of Vitamin E and fatty acids which promote hair growth, and due to its high viscosity, it coats the hair thoroughly. Apply castor oil on your hair just as you would apply coconut oil for best results.

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In addition to these natural remedies, there are various ways in which you can protect your hair from losing its health. For instance, don’t over-wash. Washing them too often can dry out your hair. The less you wash, the more hydrated your hair will be, and more hydration means better health. And, if it is necessary for you to wash your hair often, then consider using sulfate-free products as they have lesser harsh chemicals which affect the roots of the hair.

Top Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide for Skin, Teeth, Hair and Ears

Hydrogen peroxide has a long standing reputation of being the only germicidal agent composed of oxygen and water, which has innumerable uses and benefits. It acts as a cleansing agent and a disinfectant, and is easily available for cleaning purposes. It also makes a brilliant substitute for bleach. Considered as one of the safest and effective natural sanitisers, the type of hydrogen peroxide that is available in grocery stores is usually a three percent concentration, while the remaining percentage is water. But did you know it is also used for various beauty regimes including hair, skin,teeth and ears? We are to tell you some of its amazing uses for various beautyregimes that you might want to consider some time soon.

Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide:

Top Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide for Skin, Teeth, Hair and Ears

1. Hydrogen Peroxide for Skin

Depending on your skin, dry or oily, you can see if it suits your type, otherwise it may cause unnecessary irritation and sting. Hydrogen peroxide is majorly used for skin lightening and acne. It also acts as a disinfectant and antiseptic for the skin to prevent any infection caused by minor cuts, bruises or burns. It works by releasing oxygen on the affected area. The release of oxygen causes foaming that helps to remove the dead skin cells and clean the area, hence clearing acne scars. According to beauty expert Shantanu Jha, CEO, Zooty Beauty App, hydrogen peroxide eliminates skin discoloration, age spots, blemishes and scars. If used with necessary precautions, the chemical can prove to be wonderful, especially in procuring a lighter skin tone.

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2. Hydrogen Peroxide for Hair

It is generally used for hair lightening as it consists of bleaching agents. Shantanu says, “Hydrogen peroxide will take care of any free radicals or germs in your hair, but not without taking your hair’s natural oils with them. Therefore, it is advisable to use it every six weeks and after use, ensure to take deep conditioning treatments to retain the natural shine of your hair. A mix of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide should lift the colour of your strands and the mixture will also dilute the harmful effects of hydrogen peroxide.

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3. Hydrogen Peroxide for Teeth

Hydrogen peroxide improves your oral health and helps maintain oral hygiene. and bring about teeth whitening. Rinse your mouth with diluted form of H2O2 and make sure you do not ingest it as it may cause harm. H2O2, being highly reactive in nature, can pass through your tooth’s enamel and react with the dentin (tissue layer of the enamel) and the pulp part of your teeth as a result of its overuse.

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4. Hydrogen Peroxide for Ears

Hydrogen peroxide is used for removing earwax. Earwax is the outer part of the ear that prevents dust or any other particle from entering the ear, further preventing severe infections. However, excess wax accumulation can lead to discomfort and itching in the ear. Hydrogen peroxide is the best way to remove earwax. Do not use this treatment in case of any perforation in the internal parts of the ear.

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5. Hydrogen Peroxide for Nails

As per Shantanu, H2O2 is known to lighten yellow nails and bring them back to their natural, healthy state. Simply rub a soaked cotton ball over your nails and see the difference. It also helps in preventing any formation of nail fungus. Hydrogen peroxide uses the oxidative therapy, destroying the fungus formed on the nails by increasing the oxygen levels.

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6. Hydrogen Peroxide for Feet

As you soak your feet in hydrogen peroxide with water, it helps in softening calluses and cracked heels. If you have any foot fungus, H2O2 can easily help in getting rid of it. Do remember, not to use the solution while you have an open wound as it may cause burning sensation and irritation on the skin.

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Cautions

Hydrogen peroxide is a strong oxidiser and is used abundantly. However, it shouldn’t be ingested by any means. It can be a skin and eye irritant if you are allergic to it. Overuse of anything is bad for your health; similarly, excess usage of hydrogen peroxide is bad and may put your health at risk. According to Shantanu, regular usage can result in killing your skin cells, making it dry, rough and flaky. Therefore, it is recommended to first refer to your beauty expert or skin specialist before applying it anywhere to avoid side effects.

How to Use Honey for Hair: The Nutrient Packed Ingredient to Treat Dullness

In today’s fast pace, in order to be at the top of the ladder, we often tend to ignore our health and wellness. Pollution levels are only getting worse every year, especially in metropolitan cities like Delhi, where we recently experienced one of the densest smogs(fog combined with smoke) ever! Our hair needs moisture and the right nutrients in order to remain long, strong and shiny but the dryness and pollutants make it dull and weak, which causes severe hair loss and hair thinness. Pollution isn’t the only cause of weak hair, we follow every new hair trend that pops up on our feed and get swayed away by it without actually considering whether that trend is suitable for us or is it just another temporary fad that will fade soon.

How to Use Honey for Hair: The Nutrient Packed Ingredient to Treat Dullness

We subject our hair to harsh procedures like rebonding, smoothening and colouring, which induce very strong chemicals into our hair. In fact, regular hair blowing and straightening damage our hair in many ways. Even shampoos are not suitable to regain those lustrous tresses back because most shampoos contain sulphate, which weakens the hair more.

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So What Should You Use?

 

Natural remedies are most apt for your hair as they infuse natural nutrients needed by the hair and also come with no side effects. We have come across a lot of ‘nani ke nuske’ (grandma’s age-old tips and tricks) wherein we are told to use yoghurt, eggs and so on to get beautiful hair. One such ingredient that is known to help your hair is honey.

 

Yes, honey does not just suffice that sweet tooth or bloated tummy, but also works wonders for your hair. Honey is an emollient, which basically means that it does not allow the moisture to fade away from your hair. Instead it retains moisture to give that soft and a smooth texture to the hair whilst making it look shiny and healthy. Honey is also rich in antioxidant properties, which enables it to reduce hair breakage, hair loss and keeps your hair strong and healthy. It also contains anti-bacterial properties, which prevents scalp infections that can leave the scalp feeling itchy, red and swollen, and effect hair growth.

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All these properties present in honey make it a must-have ingredient in all our masks and hair spa procedures. So ditch the chemicals and resort to natural treatments like honey, which provides so many benefits while being gentle on the hair and scalp.

 

How Do We Use Honey on Our Hair?

 

 DIYs (do it yourself) masks are an easy and doable option. You need not invest in shampoos with honey instead you can make home-made honey masks in a jiffy that will deliver the same outcome. Let’s look at two very easy honey masks –

 

1. Honey Yoghurt Hair Mask

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Yoghurt nourishes hair with a very essential nutrient that is protein, while honey gives your hair that shiny and soft texture. This works well for dry and dull hair and is believed to reduce hair loss.

 

Ingredients:

 

2 Tbsp honey

 

4 Tbsp yoghurt

 

Method:

 

Mix honey and yoghurt well, then use an applicator brush or your hands and massage it well on the scalp and make sure to cover every possible area, even the hair tips. Cover your hair with a towel and leave this mask on for about 30 minutes, then just simply rinse your hair properly. Let your hair air dry, avoid using blow dryers or any other heated hair styling tool.

 

2. Honey Egg Hair Mask

honey hair maskHoney Oil and Egg Hair Mask; Photo credit: facebook/ Lisa’s Kiss My Legs

Egg is rich in proteins and vitamins that are essential for the hair. This is the reason why egg is regarded as one of the best hair masks, while honey helps in softening the hair and giving it shine.

 

Ingredients:

 

2 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil or olive oil

 

3 Tbsp honey (preferably organic)

 

2 eggs

 

Method:

 

Beat the eggs and the oil together, then slowly add honey and mix well. Keep your hair covered with a towel or a shower cap for about 60 minutes and then rinse your hair with any shampoo that will get rid of the egg smell or any excess oil from your hair, leaving you with extremely soft, shiny and strong tresses.

 

Go ahead, give yourself a day off and pamper yourself to a relaxing spa at home to help your hair regain all the lost shine and moisture.

Skincare Tips for Men: How to Get Rid of Oily Skin, Acne and Pimples

I don’t know many men who are consciously worried about their skin, but I do know that earlier their mothers worried for them (more for their hair than skin) and now their girlfriends or wives. Most men don’t realise (and I do wish they did) that they need to look after themselves and groom well too. It’s not just women’s ‘thing to do’. I am appalled when I see men not worried about acne on their face or having oily skin. It’s worse if they suffer from bad body odour or dandruff and yet do very less to address the issue at hand.

Oily skin is a common problem which is faced by millions of men all across the globe. I see them wanting answers but not finding enough. So for those of you who suffer from this problem, here are some great oil free recipes to get clean skin, reduce oiliness and pimples if you have them, and even look after pimple scars! Be assured that there’s always a solution for most problems.
Skincare Tips for Men: How to Get Rid of Oily Skin, Acne and Pimples

Here are some wonderful natural solutions, all you have to do is follow them diligently –

1. To Reduce Excess Oil

Ingredients:

200ml of rose water
2tsp of powdered camphor

Method: Mix well and store in an air tight bottle and keep in the fridge. This can be used to wipe the skin 3-4 times a day. Not only does it reduce oiliness and bacterial build up on the skin, it also helps reduce chances of skin infections, itchiness and tones the skin making the skin less prone to pimples.

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2. Acne Pack for Men

For those young men who have an irritating habit of pinching and squeezing pimples keep your fingers away and make the following mask instead –

Ingredients:

4 Tbsp fuller’s earth
1/2 tsp camphor
2 tsp mint paste
2 cloves (laung), ground
Rose water to mix
1 tsp sandalwood powder

Method:Mix all the ingredients to a smooth consistency and apply the required amount onto the skin. Let it dry completely and wash off with water and pat dry. This pack should be used daily and can be kept in an air tight jar in the fridge up to 10 days.

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3. Exfoliator for Oily Skin to Dislodge Blackheads and Whiteheads

Many of us don’t clean our skin properly and as a result, we give way to blackheads and whiteheads. This leads to acne and pimples and can be an absolute disaster for all you good looking men who dream of clean and clear skin. The key point is to keep your skin clean and I know not all of you want to smell of roses and sandalwood, so here’s fabulous scrub for clarifying the skin –

Ingredients:

4 Tbsp orange peel powder
4 Tbsp lemon peel powder
50gm china clay
A handful of dried neem leaf powder
5 Tbsp rice powder

Method: Mix all the dry ingredients and store in a jar. Take a teaspoon at a time and mix with mint water and apply all over the skin .When it is semi dry, dab with water and scrub. This will help dislodge blackheads and whiteheads and make your skin super clean and oil free.

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4. Basic Skincare Rules to Follow

Above all, basic rules to a clean and good looking skin are as follows-

  • Water: Have 10-12 glasses of water daily, it’s a must! Reduce alcohol intake. If you thought beer is cooling, it’s only so for the mouth.
  • Watch Your Diet: Eating fresh salads and fruits should be on the top of your list. Cool drinks like baelchaach, lime water and coconut water should be part of your daily intake. Avoid heavy gravy and fried foods, as well as aerated drinks and soda.
  • Clothing: Wear loose naturalfibres like cotton, mul, jute, etc. These are the best summer clothing as they are airy and light.
  • Exercise: If you are prone to oily skin, increase your blood circulation and detox by exercising. Do remember to shower at least twice a day.
  • Metabolism: Many of you may not know this but skin and acne are directly related to the stomach. If you suffer from a sluggish metabolism and have constipation then you will most probably suffer from acne and pimples. Eat green vegetables and lots of fruits to clear out your system.
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Also if you have dandruff, many times you will also suffer from acne. Therefore it is important to treat the dandruff first and then look at clearing the skin.

So now that you have the basics all worked out and natural recipes that are sure to work like magic, I think the next time you are going out with that special lady in your life she’s bound to be impressed. More importantly, looking good will also make you feel good and confident.

Natural Lip Scrubs: 7 Amazing Beauty Recipes to Take Care of Chapped Lips

Chapped or dry lips is something we all dread because not only does it look dreadful, it is painful as well. A common problem that occurs during winters due to the cold climate, it is a result of dryness. As such it becomes a compulsion to religiously apply lip balms to keep it moisturised and prevent the problem. However, most commercial lip balms hardly live up to their promise of bringing instant relief, providing only short-lived solutions. Even the lip balms we carry in our hand bags give us a very temporary relief. But more than lip balms what can help you even more are lip scrubs. They work effectively in removing chapped skin and giving you smooth lips. So why not go for natural lip scrubs and get rid of this problem permanently? They will not only save you from buying extravagant products but also leave your lips beautiful. Here’s our list of favourites –

Natural Lip Scrubs: 7 Amazing Beauty Recipes to Take Care of Chapped Lips

1. Sugar Lip Scrub

 

It is one of the easiest things that can be made at home as it comprises only three ingredients: coconut oil, honey and brown sugar. The sugar acts as an exfoliating agent while the honey moisturises after the sugar scrub removes the dead skin. It is a very efficient therapy for sore or chapped lips.

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2. Coffee Scrub

 

The caffeine content in the coffee rejuvenates the lips making them flush with colour and life. Though it might not leave a very nice after taste, it gives a intriguing effect. You can use a sweet balm for follow up. Mix a tablespoon of ground coffee and olive oil and gently apply on your lips. Leave it for five minutes and rinse it with water thereafter followed to make your lips softer.

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3. Mint Lip Scrub

 

In case you don’t like the fragrance or the taste of coffee you can go for the mint lip scrub, which also helps in reviving the lips. The addition of peppermint does wonders to dry and chapped lips. Your lips will feel soft and plump.

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4. Coco Lip Scrub

 

This scrub adds moisture to the lips and comes very expensive at the stores. But you can make it at your home using only two ingredients. You need one teaspoon of coconut oil and sea salt. Mix them together and rub it on your lips in circular motion. Do it daily to get better pouts and red lips.

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5. Lemonade Lip Scrub

 

Since there is lemon in the scrub, it turns out to be very refreshing as well as effective especially in the summers. The Vitamin C presence in the scrub performs its wonders. The lemon juice acts as cleanser and kills the bacteria on the lips.

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6. Honey, Lemon and Sugar Lip Scrub

 

This combination gives benefits of three supreme ingredients for healthy lips. Honey is a powerhouse of antioxidants and lemon provides the necessary vitamins. Besides exfoliating, this scrub also acts as a moisturiser for the lips.

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7. Honey Lip Scrub

 

This scrub is a combination of honey, baking soda and olive oil. The sweetness of honey takes care of the icky flavor the baking soda and exfoliates the lips beautifully. Rub the mixture of baking soda, honey and few drops of olive oil gently on your lips and further rinse with warm water. It will help in removing the dead cells.

Coconut Oil for Stretch Marks: 5 Beauty Remedies That Work Wonders

In today’s day and age, everyone wants to be perfect with the ideal body structure, sharp features and flawless skin. Nothing much can be done about the first two as they depend on one’s genes, but the latter can be worked towards. Stretch marks

, also known as striae distensae, are long, depressed bands on the skin that appear as either red, purple or silvery white, depending on skin colour. They are dermal scars or disfiguring lesions that tend to occur near the hips, buttocks, thighs, armpits, stomach, chest, etc. They can be found in both men and women, but more commonly affect women, almost up to 40-90% of women.

According to Dr. Jangid, a senior dermatologist at SkinQure, New Delhi, “Stretch marks are formed due to the incapability of the lower skin (dermis) to stretch as much as the upper skin. During pregnancy or bodybuilding, the skin is stretched as the body grows. But after pregnancy or when an individual stops working out, the body regains its previous size. The skin isn’t able to go back to its original size and leaves stretch marks behind. It doesn’t just affect the superficial skin, but also the deeper dermis. To get rid of the scars, both the layers of the skin need to be treated.”

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Causes of Stretch Marks

Stretch marks appear due to large amounts of cortisone present in the skin. The elastic fibres in the dermis are weakened by cortisone. Due to the constant stretching of the skin, the layer tears which causes a mark to form in the middle layer of the skin. There are a number of reasons for the stretching of the skin like pregnancy, dramatic weight loss

or gain, having a family history

of stretch marks, using corticosteroid medication, etc. During adolescence, teenagers undergo a growth spurt which may cause the marks. Genetic disorders

like Cushing’s Syndrome or Marfan Syndrome increase the likelihood of developing stretch marks.

Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj, a trained dermatologist and laser surgeon, states, “Stretch marks are formed due to the breaking of collagen fibres ,which happens when the body suddenly bloats with fat or with a child inside. Even steroids can be a cause for stretch marks; athletes and fitness freaks may misuse them and cause the formation of scars due to the sudden bulk up of muscles.”

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How to Prevent Stretch Marks

In recent times, several methods have been introduced to help fade away or completely remove these marks like medical procedures and prescriptions. But home remedies

are the safest and most effective. “The application of essential fatty acid oils and coconut oils

can be effective if they are applied at the time of the formation of the marks. Initially they are pink, then red, soon they become yellow and finally white. The trick is to catch them young, when they are pink or red, and prevent them for damaging the skin any further,” says Dr. Bhardwaj.

Coconut oil is used to dull the scars and has proven to be quite useful. It has great moisturising properties and improves the overall health of the skin. It’s anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory

, anti-viral and anti-microbial qualities get absorbed by the skin and heal it. The irritation caused during pregnancy can be reduced by the application of the oil. It nourishes the damaged skin and strengthens its cell walls. Coconut oil contains vitamins like Vitamin E, which heals the dermis, and Vitamin K that removes the damaged and dead cells.

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Coconut Oil for Stretch Marks

Coconut oil can be used in the following ways:

1. Plain Coconut Oil

•    Take a few drops of coconut oil and massage it on the affected area.
•    Wait for a while for it to be assimilated by the skin.
•    Apply daily.

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2. Coconut Oil with Castor Oil

•    Take and blend equal amounts of coconut oil and castor oil.
•    Rub it on the affected area.
•    Wait for a while for it to be absorbed.
•    Apply daily.

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3. Coconut Oil with Turmeric

•    Take 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and blend it with 1 teaspoon of turmeric oil.
•    Rub the blend on top of the scars.
•    Wash it with water after 15 minutes.
•    Apply daily.
•    Add an extra teaspoon of lemon juice for additional benefits.

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4. Coconut Oil with Salt and Sugar

•    Take half a cup of coconut oil and blend it with one cup of salt and sugar each.
•    Rub the paste on the marks for 5 minutes and wait for 10 minutes for it to settle.
•    Wash it and dry it off soon after.
•    Apply daily.

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5. Coconut Oil with Olive Oil

•    Blend a few drops of coconut oil and olive oil together.
•    Carefully rub it onto the affected area.
•    Wait for a little while until the skin absorbs it in.
•    Apply daily.

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Turmeric Mask for Skin: One Ingredient, Many Miraculous Benefits

Has your skin become lifeless? Has your natural glow vanished by the pollution, which has settled on your face? Do you want to prevent pre-mature ageing and avoid wrinkles on your face? What if I tell you there is only one solution to all these problems and to top it all off it is something that is easily available in most of the Indian households, is easy on the pocket and hands down one of the most effective natural remedy

of all time? Okay, keeping all speculations aside, let me break the name to you, it is turmeric or haldi. Turmeric has long been considered as the ultimate home remedy for various kinds of health problems.

Haldi Doodh is every Indian mother’s go to health drink for their children. I personally remember how i used to dread every single night at the sight of my Maa’s bringing me my glass of Haldi Doodh (turmeric infused milk). Turmeric has so many benefits attached to it that I was never aware of back then but now I know exactly why my mother emphasised so much on consuming it.

Has your skin become lifeless? Has your natural glow vanished by the pollution, which has settled on your face? Do you want to prevent pre-mature ageing and avoid wrinkles on your face? What if I tell you there is only one solution to all these problems and to top it all off it is something that is easily available in most of the Indian households, is easy on the pocket and hands down one of the most effective natural remedy

of all time? Okay, keeping all speculations aside, let me break the name to you, it is turmeric or haldi. Turmeric has long been considered as the ultimate home remedy for various kinds of health problems.

Haldi Doodh is every Indian mother’s go to health drink for their children. I personally remember how i used to dread every single night at the sight of my Maa’s bringing me my glass of Haldi Doodh (turmeric infused milk). Turmeric has so many benefits attached to it that I was never aware of back then but now I know exactly why my mother emphasised so much on consuming it.

What Does It Do? 

Turmeric provides flavour and colour to many cuisines but it doesn’t just cater to food it also has medicinal properties. Some other benefits attached to it is that it can be used as an excellent skin care ingredient. It helps in treating acne, lessens signs of ageing (wrinkles), helps reduce stretch stretch marks and also to remove pigmentation and tanning.Turmeric can also be used in face masks when combined with the right ingredients. It is suitable for both oily and dry skin type.

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How To Make Turmeric Face Packs At Home? 

Do not burn a hole in your pocket by investing in highend face packs with turmeric being one of their ingredients when you can make very affordable turmeric packs at home. So we have compiled face packs for different skin types and purposes. Select the one that is suitable for you –

1. Rose Milk and Turmeric Face Pack (Dry Skin)

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 tablespoon fresh cream

2-3 drops of essential oil rose

1/2 table spoon rose water

Procedure: Mix all ingredients in a bowl well, make sure to get rid of any lumps. The mixture should be smooth, after preparing the pack take a brush and apply generous amounts of it on your face and neck. Let it sit for atleast 25 minutes, wash your face with lukewarm water and gently pat your face dry with a fresh towel.

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2. Chickpea Yoghurt and Turmeric Face pack (Oily Skin)

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon chickpea flour

1 tablespoon yoghurt

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1/2 tablespoon water (to mix easily)

Procedure: Mix all ingredients together, if the mixture is too dry add more water accordingly. Smooth out the mixture and use a brush to apply evenly throughout your face and neck, wait for atleast 20 minutes for it to dry. Wash your face with lukewarm water and gently pat your face dry.

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3. Lemon Honey and Turmeric Face Pack (Skin Brightening) 

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon fresh lime juice (make sure to remove any seed)

Procedure: Mix all ingredients together and apply the mixture well on your face and neck using a brush. Let it dry for 20-30 minutes, wash it off with lukewarm water and gently pat your face dry.

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4. Coconut and Turmeric Face Pack ( Acne Prone Skin) 

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

1/4 tablespoon of turmeric power

Procedure: Mix all ingredients well, apply it on your face and neck and wash it off with lukewarm water after 20 minutes.

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5. Tomato and Turmeric Face pack ( Tan Removal)

Ingredients:

2 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 tablespoon tomato puree

1/2 tablespoon yoghurt

ProcedureMix all ingredients, after obtaining a paste like consistency apply it on your affected areas (wherever there is tanning) and let it rest for 20 minutes then wash it off with lukewarm water.  

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6. Turmeric and Honey Pack For Dark Circles

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon turmeric

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 tablespoon yoghurt

Procedure:Mix all ingredients well, take a brush and use gentle strokes to apply it on your dark circles then let it rest for 15-20 minutes and wash it away with lukewarm water.

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7. Egg White and Turmeric Face Pack (Skin Tightening)

Ingredients:

1 egg white

1 tablespoon turmeric

1/2 tablespoon olive oil

Procedure:Mix all ingredients well, apply it on your face and neck and let it dry for 25 minutes then wash it off with lukewarm water.

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What Does It Do? 

Turmeric provides flavour and colour to many cuisines but it doesn’t just cater to food it also has medicinal properties. Some other benefits attached to it is that it can be used as an excellent skin care ingredient. It helps in treating acne, lessens signs of ageing (wrinkles), helps reduce stretch stretch marks and also to remove pigmentation and tanning.Turmeric can also be used in face masks when combined with the right ingredients. It is suitable for both oily and dry skin type.

turmeric

How To Make Turmeric Face Packs At Home? 

Do not burn a hole in your pocket by investing in highend face packs with turmeric being one of their ingredients when you can make very affordable turmeric packs at home. So we have compiled face packs for different skin types and purposes. Select the one that is suitable for you –

1. Rose Milk and Turmeric Face Pack (Dry Skin)

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 tablespoon fresh cream

2-3 drops of essential oil rose

1/2 table spoon rose water

Procedure: Mix all ingredients in a bowl well, make sure to get rid of any lumps. The mixture should be smooth, after preparing the pack take a brush and apply generous amounts of it on your face and neck. Let it sit for atleast 25 minutes, wash your face with lukewarm water and gently pat your face dry with a fresh towel.

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2. Chickpea Yoghurt and Turmeric Face pack (Oily Skin)

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon chickpea flour

1 tablespoon yoghurt

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1/2 tablespoon water (to mix easily)

Procedure: Mix all ingredients together, if the mixture is too dry add more water accordingly. Smooth out the mixture and use a brush to apply evenly throughout your face and neck, wait for atleast 20 minutes for it to dry. Wash your face with lukewarm water and gently pat your face dry.

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3. Lemon Honey and Turmeric Face Pack (Skin Brightening) 

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon fresh lime juice (make sure to remove any seed)

Procedure: Mix all ingredients together and apply the mixture well on your face and neck using a brush. Let it dry for 20-30 minutes, wash it off with lukewarm water and gently pat your face dry.

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4. Coconut and Turmeric Face Pack ( Acne Prone Skin) 

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

1/4 tablespoon of turmeric power

Procedure: Mix all ingredients well, apply it on your face and neck and wash it off with lukewarm water after 20 minutes.

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5. Tomato and Turmeric Face pack ( Tan Removal)

Ingredients:

2 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 tablespoon tomato puree

1/2 tablespoon yoghurt

ProcedureMix all ingredients, after obtaining a paste like consistency apply it on your affected areas (wherever there is tanning) and let it rest for 20 minutes then wash it off with lukewarm water.  

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6. Turmeric and Honey Pack For Dark Circles

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon turmeric

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 tablespoon yoghurt

Procedure:Mix all ingredients well, take a brush and use gentle strokes to apply it on your dark circles then let it rest for 15-20 minutes and wash it away with lukewarm water.

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7. Egg White and Turmeric Face Pack (Skin Tightening)

Ingredients:

1 egg white

1 tablespoon turmeric

1/2 tablespoon olive oil

Procedure:Mix all ingredients well, apply it on your face and neck and let it dry for 25 minutes then wash it off with lukewarm water.

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8 Ways to Use Red Sandalwood for Glowing, Acne-Free & Beautiful Skin

Your skin goes through a rough time facing dirt and pollution daily. No matter how lucrative some beauty products may sound, natural ingredients and a home-made pack are still the best solutions. Ingredients like saffron, lemon, milk and sandalwood are known to be great for your skin. Although sandalwood (chandan) is popular as a beauty remedy, very few people know about the red sandalwood. Rakta Chandana or the red sandalwood is one of the finest ingredients for your skin.

The red sandalwood tree can be found mostly in the southern Eastern Ghats mountain range of South India. The tree is prized for the rich red color of its wood. Just like regular chandan, red sandalwood is also sold in powdered form but it is a bit more coarse. It is primarily used for skin care and beauty purposes. It is very effective in reducing blemishes and treating acne. It also helps in the removal of sun tan and dullness because of its cooling properties. Here are eight ways to use red sandalwood for beautiful and glowing skin.

8 Ways to Use Red Sandalwood for Glowing, Acne-Free & Beautiful Skin

1.  Add few drops of coconut oil to red sandalwood powder and make a paste with it. This can be applied on dry areas for moisturizing them. Wash off after 10-15 minutes. Red sandalwood powder is known to provide nourishment to the skin cells.

2.  Mix red sandalwood powder with lemon juice to prepare a mask for oily skin. Apply this paste all over your face and let it dry out. Once it does, wash it off with lukewarm water. It helps in regulating the secretion of sebum and makes the pores tight.

 

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Red sandalwood is great for oily skin. Photo credit: Istock

3. Acne and pimples happen to be common skin problems faced by most people. A rose water and red sandalwood face pack helps in the reduction of acne and acne scars and also the irritation caused by acne due to its cooling properties. You can even add a teaspoon of honey and a pinch of turmeric to the pack for better results.

4.  A pack made with 1 tablespoon of red sandalwood and 2 tablespoons of mashed ripe papaya can help in exfoliation (removal of dead skin). This face pack helps you shed the dead skin and leaves your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

 

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Red sandalwood also helps in exfoliation. Photo credit: Istock

5. Use red sandalwood powder along with curd and milk to improve uneven skin tone. Mix 1 tablespoon of red sandalwood powder, half tablespoon of turmeric, 2 tablespoon of curd and milk each to make a face pack. Apply this all over and let it dry. Later wash it off with lukewarm water and enjoy radiant complexion.

6.  It helps in removal of dark spots and reduces pigmentation. Prepare a simple pack with 2 tablespoons of red sandalwood and 2 tablespoon of milk and apply it everyday.

7.  A pack with cucumber juice or curd with red sandalwood powder helps in removing sun tan. Mix 2 tablespoon of curd or cucumber juice with an equal amount of red sandalwood powder and apply it on the affected area. Let it dry and then wash off. You will see instant results.

8.  Prepare a mask with 2 teaspoons of almond oil, 4 teaspoons of coconut oil and 4 teaspoons of red sandalwood powder. Use this regularly for soft and glowing skin.

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Red sandalwood has many uses in your skin care routine, give it a permanent spot in your beauty cabinet. You’ll find the best quality of red sandalwood in Kerala, so if you happen to visit it, you must buy it for yourself.