5 Superb Beauty Remedies for the Wedding Season

5 Superb Beauty Remedies for the Wedding Season

Weddings mean festivity, and festivity means celebration. So the great Indian wedding is all about celebration and the madness that comes along with it. In all this chaos, one has to stay focused, balanced and multi task with everything and everyone – friends, relatives, colleagues and guests.

Most Indian weddings start September onward. In fact, it’s almost as if we have an additional season to our annual cycle and that is the wedding season. A hectic flurry of activities never seem to end from venue selection, decorations, outfits, jewellery, grooming, gifts, catering, guest lists, pandits, themes, mehendi… and the list goes on. Stress levels are at its prime too, in anticipation of that perfect Indian wedding.

 

I believe that if you are about to get married, you need to plan in advance and work towards tying up everything well before time. This way you’ll be able to enjoy your wedding too.

Simple Tips to Keep in Mind

 

To look good and get that natural glow, you need to eat healthy and keep your skin well looked after at least six weeks before “D day”. Yes, your diet plays a crucial role and you mustn’t neglect it. Here are a few tips –

 

– Be conscientious about your liquid intake. Avoid alcohol and increase natural drinks like water, chaachlassi, fresh fruit juices and nimbu pani.

– Add at least five pieces of fruits daily to your diet and that does not mean a bit of each but a whole piece – 1 full apple, 1 full orange, 1 bowl of pomegranate, 1 bowl of papaya, etc.

 

– Lots of salads and freshly made soups are highly recommended.

– I commonly find to-be-brides and grooms suffering from dark circles. It is inevitable due to stress, chaotic lifestyle, hectic schedules and late nights. But it is a must to relax and sleep on time (it is not without reason that we call it ‘beauty sleep’), as well as take out “me time” for a little pampering.

 

– Exercise regularly to help improve blood circulation, tone up the body, get rid of those extra kilos and prevent a sluggish looking skin.

 

– I would even suggest practicing meditation to calm the nerves and relax the wound up mind which very often buzzes with a million thoughts at this time. You can start with just 5 minutes a day and you will see the difference.

Recipes for Super Skin and Hair

 

Here are time tested recipes for super skin –

 

1. For Dry Skin 

 

Take 1 tsp oatmeal, add 1 tsp of honey, milk and the paste of 5 almonds. Mix well and apply on to the skin. Leave on for 10 minutes and scrub off patting with just a wee bit of milk. Wash face with cold water.

 

2. For Combination Skin

 

Take 4 ground green olives, 1 tsp fresh aloe vera gel, 2 tsp orange peel powder and 2 tsp yoghurt. Mix well and apply to skin and leave on for 10 minutes. Pat with rose water and scrub off.

 

It should be done only 3 times a week.

3. For the Body – Ubtan

 

I have tried this wonderful recipe – Ubtan – on several brides and grooms and it has had fabulous results for clean, exfoliated and super soft skin ridding the skin of all dead skin accumulation.

 

Mix 1 cup oatmeal, 50gm almond powder and 50gm rice powder. Take 4-5 tsp of it and mix it with 2 tsp honey and full cream milk to make a thick pakora-like consistency. Apply all over body and leave it on till semi dry. Dab with milk and scrub in a rotating manner, especially on the neglected areas like elbows, knees, buttocks, back, etc. Wash off with water.

 

4. For Gorgeous Hair

 

Do have regular oil massages followed by steaming, preferably with a good quality Mahabhringraj oil (the king of hair herbs) or Brahmi oil.

 

Another incredible hair paste that can be used once every ten days is –

 

1 mashed avocado mixed with a little milk and 1 tsp pure desi ghee. Apply all over hair and cover with a shower cap for an hour. Shampoo with a mild herbal shampoo.

5. Scrubs

 

Body massages and body scrubs are not mere pampering before a wedding, but an essential part of grooming. Have one every 10 days at least 2 months before the wedding date.

 

With simple, planned out grooming schedules you’ll be able to reduce your stress and look your best for that special day which comes once in a lifetime. So all the best!

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!

 

8 Amazing Beauty Remedies for Split Ends, Without Getting a Haircut!

It is a dreaded sight to see our hair with split ends. How much do we hate to see our hair tearing apart making it look extremely brittle and weak! Because we don’t have a lot of options, so we head to the salon to give those beautiful tresses a haircut. Heart-breaking isn’t it? Our hair has to combat with so many problems every single day including sun damage, heat, dust, pollution, chemicals and what not. Split ends are one of the most common problems that we face. They are the result of fraying of hair due to the above mentioned reasons. But what if we do not have to get a hair cut to get rid of split ends? Well then, take notes as we jot down some amazing home remedies to prevent split ends and the good news is you can find them easily available at home.

8 Amazing Beauty Remedies for Split Ends, Without Getting a Haircut!

Causes of Split End

  • Exposure of hair to excessive heat, dust and pollution
  • Over-washing your tresses
  • Excessive use of hair-styling products like straighteners, curlers and chemical products like serums, sprays and dry shampoos
  • Irregular oiling of hair
  • Washing your hair with hot water
  • Not getting your hair trimmed regularly
  • Chemical treatments including perming and hair coloring
  • Exposure to hard water including chlorinated swimming pools

 

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The causes of split ends can include excessive usage of hair-styling products that damage your hair

 

Beauty Remedies for Split Ends​

1. Egg Yolk

 

Using egg as a hair mask is one of the best and most effective remedies of all time. Eggs help cure your frizzy hair and give them a healthier shine. The egg yolk is the protagonist here. It has an adequate amount of protein that strengthens the strands of your hair and prevents any split ends. Egg also works as a moisturiser and conditioner for your hair.

 

How to Apply?

 

It is always better to team up the egg yolk with other ingredients to get remarkable results. One of the remedies is to mix egg yolk with two tablespoon each of olive oil, almond oil and honey. Apply this egg mask and keep it for about 30-45 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water.

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Eggs are full of protein that help in strengthening your hair

2. Beer

 

Applying beer is as good as drinking it. It supplies sugar and protein to your damaged hair follicles, thereby controlling split ends. It also helps in adding volume to your hair, apart from working as an amazing conditioner.

 

How to Apply?

 

Make sure you use flat beer on your hair. Beer with fizz may damage your hair. After shampooing your hair, just wash your hair with beer and keep it for 2-3 minutes before washing it off.

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Beer supplies sugar and protein to your hair

3. Honey

 

Honey has always been a healer, working wonders for maintaining a healthy body, hair or skin. Honey has humectant, which prevents loss of moisture, thus rescuing you from getting a dry scalp. Consequently, it will also prevent split ends as it strengthens the hair follicles. It also helps in keep your hair scalp clean due to its anti-bacterial properties.

 

How to Apply?

 

Using only honey and water can make your hair sticky and messy. A better way is to prepare a hair mask consisting of honey mixed with curd, olive oil and egg yolk (optional). Apply this mixture on your hair, including the scalp, and keep it for around 20-25 minutes before washing it off.

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Honey has humectant which prevents loss of moisture in your hair

4. Chamomile

 

Chamomile is a brilliant ingredient for curing dry and frizzy hair. Its antiseptic properties remove the dead cells to let your hair grow properly. Regular use of chamomile helps to prevent split ends as it keeps the hair scalp and hair clean.

 

How to Apply?

 

Giving your hair a nice rinse with chamomile tea can result in beautiful hair. All you need to do is soak two chamomile tea bags in boiling water and let it cool. Once the water has extracted its elements, rinse your hair using this water. You can use chamomile oil for massage too.

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Chamomile is a brilliant component for curing dry and frizzy hair

5. Black Lentils (Dal)

 

Surprised, aren’t you? Yes, black lentils are a wonderful source of proteins, iron, folic acid, phosphorus and fiber, among others. Folic acid is responsible for transporting oxygen from the blood to your hair follicles, thus improving the quality of your hair. You can apply and off course include a lot of it in your diet.

 

How to Apply?

 

Make a coarse powder of half a cup of black lentils and one tablespoon of fenugreek seeds and blend it with half a cup of curd. Apply this thick paste on your hair and keep it for at least an hour before washing it off with a mild shampoo.

 

6. Ripe Papaya

 

Papaya also consists of folic acid. Folic acid helps in improving the blood circulation in your scalp and hair. It also has vitamin A that enhances the production of sebum, which is natural oil present in the body. Papaya helps in keep your scalp and hair follicles moisturised, promoting hair growth and preventing spit ends and frizzy hair.

 

How to Apply?

 

All you need is to blend a raw papaya and yoghurt to make a thick paste. Apply it on your hair and wait for 30-45 minutes. Finally, wash it off using cold water.

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Papaya consists of folic acid that helps in improving your blood circulation

7. Coconut Oil

 

This is the most common, age-old recipe to prevent split ends. It helps in smoothening your hair and remove the dirt present on the scalp. It clearly combats all hair problems including split ends, dullness and hair fall.

 

How to Apply?

 

Without any additions, you just need to massage your hair and hair scalp with warm coconut oil and keep it for about 1-2 hours and wash it with tap water.

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Coconut hair oil helps in removing dirt from your hair

8. Aloe Vera

 

Aloe Vera has always proved to be an excellent cure for damaged hair and split ends. It consists of proteolytic enzymes that dig out dead cells on the scalp, further letting your hair grow. It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that keep your scalp cool and away from dirt, further promoting a healthy hair growth.

 

How to Apply?

 

All you need to do is to extract the gel out of 2-3 aloe vera leaves and apply it on your hair. It may be sticky and messy but worth it. Keep the gel for about 30-40 minutes and rinse it off. You can apply a mild shampoo after the application of gel.

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Aloe Vera is an excellent source for curing damaged hair 

So now you don’t have to worry about getting a haircut due to dreaded split ends. Trust these beauty remedies to be amazing and with regular use, you can easily get rid of your hair woes.

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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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!

Loreal Voluminous Mascara_Amazon Prime

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.