4 Kitchen Ingredients You Can Use to Protect Your Feet During Monsoons

The monsoon season brings with it beautiful weather, cool breeze and a joyful mood. But the change in weather can may not be too kind to your skin and can cause several beauty problems. Some monsoon woes that most of us may face are hair fall, oily skin, allergies and fungal infections. While you would do everything you can to protect your face and hair, your feet that bare the brunt of the places you take them are often neglected. If you don’t give them attention, it may lead to cracked heels, brittle nails and tired feet. Use these easily available kitchen ingredients to pamper your feet at home and save a trip to the salon.

4 Kitchen Ingredients You Can Use to Protect Your Feet During Monsoons


1. Lemon for exfoliation

Lemon slices act as a great natural scrub that can help in exfoliating and getting rid of dry skin. You can even mix of lime juice with honey and olive oil and apply over worn-out feet for a moisturizing effect. A lemon foot soak is a great remedy for smelly feet. Squeeze some lime juice in a tub of lukewarm water and soak your feet in it for 10-15 minutes.

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A lemon foot soak is a great remedy for smelly feet

2. Yogurt for tanning

The good-old cooling curd works like magic for removing sun tan. Apply it every alternate day on your feet and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before you wash off. You see a difference in two-three applications.

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Yogurt helps in removing sun tan

3. Milk and baking soda for DIY pedicure

Why head to a salon when you can do your own pedicure at home with natural ingredients? All you need is two-three cups of milk mixed with three tablespoons of baking soda. Warm the milk and then add the baking soda to it. Dip your feet in this mixture and let it soak for at least 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water later. This works really well for dry and scaly feet.

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Milk and baking soda are great for DIY pedicure

4. Coconut oil for cracked heels

Cracked heels can be painful. Treat them by rubbing some coconut oil gently over the affected area and leave it on overnight. Coconut oil moisturizes your skin and makes your heels smooth. You can cover with socks to allow the skin to totally absorb the oil.

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Try these natural home remedies and say goodbye to all your beauty problems this monsoon season.


Crisp Tofu Buns recipe: This summer try out this exciting Burmese dish in your kitchen

Burmese food, which is still contending for a permanent spot on the Indian food map is a beautiful medley of cultural mix. Influenced by rich flavours from countries such as India, China, and Thailand, the south-east Asian cuisine has its own unique qualities – it is richer than authentic Chinese food but less spicy than Indian and Thai cuisine.

If you love experimenting with new cuisines in your kitchen then this is the right place to be. This delicious recipe by chef Ansab Khan from Burma Burma, Gurgaon will leave you craving for more.

Tofu Bun recipes, Easy recipes

For buns:
500g – Self rising flour
20g – Fresh yeast
250ml – Milk
1 tsp – Sugar
1 tsp – Salt
2 tbsp – Oil
½ tsp – Baking powder

For tofu patty:
200g – Tofu
½ – Onion chopped
2 – Green chilly chopped
1 tbsp – Brown onion
1 tbsp – Spring onion green
Salt to taste
½ tbsp – Black bean paste
1 tbsp – Sunflower seeds
1 cup – Refined flour
Panko crumbs (as required)
Oil for frying
Lettuce (as required)
Coconut mayo or regular mayo

* Dissolve the yeast in milk along with the sugar. Prepare a medium soft dough using all the ingredient mentioned for the bun. Cover the dough with a wet cloth and leave it to rise until it doubles in volume.

* Tip the dough out onto a clean work surface and punch it down. Flatten the dough with your hands, portion out the dough in 30g and make round-shaped buns by rolling it between your palms.

* Place on a perforated tray and allow to rise again for around 30 mins or till its light.

* Place in a steamer and steam for 10 mins till it’s puffed up.

* Mash the tofu and add in all the ingredients, then add in 2 tbsp of refined flour and make round patties.

* Make a medium-thick batter of refined flour with water and salt, dip the tofu patty in it and then coat it with panko crumbs.

* Refrigerate it for 2 hours, and then fry them as required.

* For assembling, steam the buns and cut it in half. Place lettuce at the bottom followed by the patty, sliced onion and cherry tomato. Top it with coconut mayo.

5 Kitchen Ingredients You Can Use to Make Your Skin Glow in Summers

Summers are known to be not-so-good for our skin. The blazing sun often leaves our skin tanned and may even cause dullness. You can try and hide from the sun but you can’t totally shun it. The good news is that you can get your glow back with the use of few simple kitchen ingredients. These can not only hydrate, rejuvenate and protect your skin but can also help in dealing with summer woes like sun tan, acne and redness. Try these five all-natural solutions for a change.

1. Cucumbers

Cucumber is great to retain your summer glow. It acts as a natural toner for your skin due to its cooling properties. It can help to improve dull and greasy complexion. Cucumber is also great for dry skin due to its hydrating properties. Just rub few chilled slices of cucumber over your face gently and let your skin soak in the juice before you wash it off. Do this as often as you can to keep your skin protected against the heat.

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Cucumber acts as a natural toner for your skin

2. Tomatoes 

Not only can eating tomatoes give you an attractive glow (thanks to ts antioxidants), but applying it also can help in improving your skin tone and treating sun tan. You can apply them as it or blend some with fuller’s earth (multani mitti) to make a face pack. Multani mitti lends it cooling properties along with the nourishment of tomatoes.


Tomatoes can help in improving your skin tone

3. Lemon

Lemons are full of Vitamin C which is a wonder nutrient to gives a natural glow to your skin. Being acidic in nature, lemon is also great for exfoliation. It can help in removing all the dirt and dead skin cells that accumulate on the surface of the skin. You can make a quick lemon scrub at home. Cut the lime into half and dip it into a bowl of brown sugar. Now, rub this lime all over your face, neck and cheeks gently like a scrub. Later, wash off and apply some aloe vera to soothe your skin. Lemon will brighten your skin naturally.


Lemon is great for exfoliation

4. Turmeric

This wonder spice is great for your skin. You may have often seen your grandmothers adding a pinch of turmeric to her homemade face packs. This golden spice is very effective against acne and redness due to its anti-bacterial properties. It also helps in improving uneven skin tone. Mix one teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of milk and 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric to make a quick face pack for glowing skin.

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Turmeric is very effective against acne

5. Green Tea 

You may have not known this but the secret to glowing skin lies in your green tea. You can use green tea leaves as a facial steamer. Boil few leaves in water and then pour it out in a large bowl. Keep a towel over your head and bring your face close to the bowl to let your skin absorb the steam. Do this for 10 minutes and then wash off. You can also make a quick face pack with green tea leaves, 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Mix all together and apply over your face. Rub gently in circular motion for few minutes and then wash off. This is great for exfoliation.

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The secret to glowing skin lies in your green tea

Apart from these, rose water is great for your skin during summers. Just fill some up in a mist bottle and spray it all over your skin through the day to keep it refreshed and glowing.