10 Home Remedies for Glowing Skin

10 Home Remedies for Glowing Skin

Come autumn and most people I know start to stock up their creams, moisturisers and other skin nourishing products. During this time of the year, the skin starts to feel stretched and leathery, especially for those people who have dry skin. And for others who have been neglecting a proper skin care regime also notice patchy and discoloured, dull looking skin. Coming to people with oily and combination skin types, the skin starts to look better, more porcelain and glowing, but remember even these skin types will feel a tightening and stretching of the skin and will require not just moisturising but nourishing too.

 

So what’s the difference between moisturising and nourishing you’d ask? The simplest way to explain it to you would be comparing a dehydrated powdered soup available in packets as against a fresh, wholesome, home-made soup. You can never replace the goodness of pure fresh ingredients and products whether it is on your skin and hair or something you take internally.

 

So what are these winter skin nourishers that give you the goodness of natural ingredients? Do they just moisturise the skin or do they nourish and pamper it too? Most certainly the answer is in the affirmative. Let’s have a look at some of nature’s wonderful skin nourishers and see how you can use them to improve, soften, nourish and pamper your skin.

 

Natural Skin Nourishers

 

1. Honey

 

Honey when taken internally and externally is excellent for the skin. For combination to dry skin types, take one teaspoon of honey and massage on the skin daily. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and then wash. Pat dry and you will see that not only is your skin softer but also glowing.

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2. Figs

It is one of my all-time favourites. Take two figs (anjeer) and mash them. Mix in with a little milk and gentle rub on the face for one to two minutes. Wash the face with water and pat dry.

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3. Milk

I personally love this ingredient. Not only does it softens and nourishes the skin but also makes it sensuous and helps in de-tanning. Wipe your skin with full fat milk twice a day or just splash a small bowlful of cold milk on your skin and pat dry.

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4. Avocado

The healthy fruit with aphrodisiac properties works wonders for dry skin. Mash an avocado and apply it onto a clean skin, slowly massaging it. Leave it on for a minimum of 15 minutes before you wash off with milk and then water.

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5. Banana

A common man’s moisturiser and nourisher, never underestimate this fruit. Mash a ripe banana and massage the skin with the pulp. Even the driest of skins will thank you for it.

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6. Almond

Whether you are using pure almond oil or almond paste, both are excellent sources of Vitamin E, providing nourishment for your skin externally. For dehydrated and dry skin, first massage the face with one teaspoon almond oil and then make a paste of 10 almonds mixed with a little milk and scrub it gently onto the skin. Wash the face with milk and then water. Not only will this help patchy skin but will give the skin an youthful texture, something we are all in constant search of.

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7. Olives

Olive is an excellent source of vitamins. Take three to four mashed olives and apply it onto the skin and let it dry. Wash off with cold water and pat dry. It will help restore the skin’s natural pH.

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8. Papaya

I am amazed at the goodness of this humble fruit and have used it time and time again on my skin in various treatments, and they have all given positive results. Take mashed papaya and massage it onto the skin for five minutes. Wash the skin with milk and then water and see how clarified and soft your skin feels in minutes.

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9. Sugar

Sugar is an excellent skin softener. For best results, mix the grains with either curd or fresh cream to bring back life to the driest of all skins. Take one teaspoon of shakkar and mix with one teaspoon of malai and gently massage onto the skin. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then wash with cold water.

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10. Aloe vera

This modest plant can be grown practically everywhere – gardens, pots, terraces, etc – and is an excellent rejuvenator for undernourished skin. Scrape out the gel from the leaf, mash it and massage onto the skin. Let it sit there for 10 minutes and wash the skin with cold water and pat dry. Your skin will be rejuvenated naturally.

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Now that you have these precious natural nourishers, all you need to do is start using them and see how your skin comes back to life and becomes super soft in minutes.

Until next time, make your skin happy naturally.

16 Home Remedies for Pimples, Glowing Skin and Dryness

16 Home Remedies for Pimples, Glowing Skin and Dryness

Every year we instigate new set of resolutions to follow diligently till the end. While many fail in their attempt, there are a selective few who do succeed. It’s all about dedication after all, and the determination to meet the goal. These resolutions could be anything, which serve you the sense of achievement, bringing about your well-being. But as always, we forget to pay heed to beauty, and the importance of nurturing yourself.

So let this year be about starting your wellness journey. And if you are worried about the extent of effort you may have to put in, then you will be amazed with our quick beauty recipes. Yes, these beauty recipes take only about five minutes of your time, and uses natural ingredients which are readily available at our homes.

Here are 16 five-minute recipes for all kinds of skin related problems –

 

1. Pimples Due to Dryness

 

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

 

50 gm neemhoney

 

50ml olive oil

 

50ml sesame seed oil

 

10 drops geranium oil

 

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

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

 

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

 

2 Tbsp gram flour

 

1 tsp fresh cream

 

2 tsp water

 

A pinch of salt

 

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

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3. Patchy Pigmentation Problem

 

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

 

3 tsp oatmeal

 

3 tsp almond powder

 

2 tsp honey

 

The juice of half a lemon

 

Milk to make a smooth paste

 

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

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4. Forehead Frown Lines

 

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

 

2 tsp neem honey

 

A pinch of turmeric

 

A pinch of camphor

 

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

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5. Moisturiser for Very Dry Skin

 

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

 

3 tsp aloe vera gel

 

3 tsp rice bran oil

 

1 tsp ghee

 

2 tsp rose water

 

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

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6. Burning of Hands and Feet

 

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

 

2 tsp rose petal paste

 

1 tsp sandalwood powder

 

1 tsp aloe vera gel

 

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

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7. Fairness Mask

 

Fairness and skin whiteningis ever so much in demand, however, I personally feel that the quality of skin is more important than the colour. But, if you are one of those who crave for a fairer skin then this mask will definitely help you –

 

Half a potato, grated

 

The juice of half a lemon

 

1 tsp cucumber, grated

 

1 tsp neem paste

 

1 tsp rose petal paste

 

2 tsp sandalwood powder

 

Method: Mix the ingredients well together and apply onto the skin for about

 

10minutes. Wash off with water. You can very safely use this on alternate days.

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8. Bleeding Gums

 

Bleeding gums can be painful and embarrassing. Follow this simple recipe and get quick relief –

 

1 tsp rock salt

 

1 tsp triphala powder

 

1 tsp neem powder

 

Method: Mix well and use a pinch at a time to massage the gums. Rinse with water.

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9. Dead Skin Accumulation

 

If you have skin anywhere in the body that looks lifeless then this five-minute recipe will heal and clear your skin –

 

3 Tbsp gram flour

 

2 tsp sesame oil

 

2 tsp lemon peel powder

 

The juice of half a lemon

 

Milk to make a smooth paste

 

Method: Mix well and apply to the skin, scrubbing gently in a rotating manner. Wash off with water.

 

10. Nail ridges

 

Many a times you cannot apply nail polish due to the unevenness in your nails, which are known as ridges. To smoothen these out, use the following –

 

2 lemon halves

 

1 tsp olive oil

 

A rough hand towel

 

Method: Dip the lemon halves into the oil and rub on the nails, massaging gently while doing so. Now take the towel and rub your nails vigorously. This should be done 2-3 minutes daily for a week.  It will even out the nails and make them shiny and smooth.

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11. Painful Cuticles

 

Painful cuticles can cause havoc and I suggest that if you do regular manicures and pedicures, avoid getting them cut and use a cuticle pusher instead.

 

3-4 tsp mashed papaya

 

2 tsp mashed pineapple

 

Method: Mix the ingredients and dip your nails into it. Massage gently for 5 minutes. Wash off and dab dry. Not only will your cuticles feel softer but painless too.

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12. Dark Lips

 

Smoking, drinking and inadequate water intake can lead to dark lips, besides the fact that they can be due to internal issues or hereditary problems as well. Make the following lip mask and use it daily for 5 minutes to nourish and lighten the lip area.

 

1 tsp almond powder

 

1 tsp fresh cream

 

1 tsp raw grated potato

 

Method: Mix well and apply.

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13. Scanty Eyebrows

 

A lot of women suffer from this problem. Here’s a quick recipe with the most amazing result –

 

Method: Use 2 drops of castor oil and massaged into the eyebrows daily for 2-3weeks.

 

14. Dark Circles

 

Dark circles can make you look older, ill and haggard. A quick recipe to reduce dark circles is to massage almond oil and papaya mash around the eyes and apply the following mask –

 

2 tsp almond paste

 

1 tsp grated cucumber

 

A few drops of lemon

 

Method: Put a thin bandage gauge on the eye area and put this mask on while lying down to relax. Leave on for 10 minutes and wash off.

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15. Instant Face Lift

 

If you have to go out for a party and need your skin to look rejuvenated in minutes, use this tried and tested recipe –

 

1tsp vodka

 

1egg white, whipped until it forms peaks, then freeze

 

The juice of half a lemon

 

Method: Once the frozen egg white is out of the freezer, mix the rest of the

 

ingredients. Brush over the skin and let it dry. Avoid talking. Wash your face with ice cold water and pat dry.

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16. Open Pores

 

This problem plagues many and the best solution for this is –

 

Method: Freeze raw tomato halves and rub them on clean skin daily. When done for a week, you will see a remarkable change in the way your open pores shrink and the skin looks porcelain.

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.

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.