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.

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)

 

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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.

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.

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.

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.  

turmeric packPhoto Credit: Pinterest

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.

Jojoba Oil Benefits: 7 Incredible Ways to Use it For Beautiful Skin and Hair

Jojoba oil is a great beauty ingredient. It is a natural oil extracted from the seed of the jojoba plant is is closest to the oil produced by the human skin called ‘sebum’ that helps protect and heal the skin from external toxins. It is the first defense barrier for the skin. Jojoba oil being the closest in construction to the human sebum is a natural replacement for it. When the body is unable to produce enough sebum to protect against harsh external elements, jojoba oil can be the perfect skincare solution.

Jojoba Oil Benefits: 7 Incredible Ways to Use it For Beautiful Skin and Hair

Jojoba oil contains essential vitamins for the skin such as Vitamin B, E and key minerals such as zinc, copper. In adulthood, your skin tends to produce lesser sebum hence making the skin dry and dull looking. Jojoba is a natural supplement that can be used for your regular skin care routine. Here are seven benefits of Jojoba oil which you probably didn’t know.

1. Retains moisture:

Jojoba oil helps retain moisture in the skin

thereby keeping the skin hydrated and looking fresh. Jojoba oil helps moisturize the skin, without clogging the pores, allowing for a healthy skin type. In addition, it also prevents the buildup of bacteria in the pores of the face, which tend to cause blackheads and breakout of acne.

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2. For soft lips:

For fresh and soft lips, jojoba oil can be gently massaged on the lips to ensure no dryness and cracks.

3. Reduces wrinkles:

The essential vitamins present in Jojoba oil help greatly reduce wrinkles and the visible effects of ageing

. Since jojoba contains no harmful chemicals it can be used as part of one’s daily grooming routine.

4. A natural sunscreen:

Jojoba oil is also applied on the full body, which makes it a good natural alternative to harsh sun screen creams

.

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5. Treats skin burns:

Jojoba soothes any burnt skin by going deeper into the tissues and healing them, this helps the pain after a sunburn or tan. With its natural healing properties Jojoba oil is helpful in reducing skin burns during shaving.

6. Good for your hair:

Jojoba oil helps strengthen hair follicles on the scalp causing hair to grow stronger and healthier. The presence of Vitamin E & B conditions the hair shaft making the hair shinier, adding volume and density. The stronger hair shaft prevents hair breakage due to drying wet hair every day. Head massages with jojoba oil help to also condition the scalp which removes scalp dryness. Thus avoiding dandruff and itching.

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7. Great make-up remover

: In addition to all its amazing all round applications jojoba oil can be used as an effective and natural makeup remover.

All you need to do is take a few drops of the oil on a cotton sob and simply glide it to remove stubborn eye shadow and kohl.

4 Ways to Use Coriander for Beautiful Skin

Did you ever think that the green leaves you sprinkle on your biryani as a garnish could be the secret to your glowing skin? Coriander, also known as ‘hara dhaniya’, is a member of the Apiaceae family. Other members of the same family include celery and parsley. Traditionally, it was an essential ingredient in oils and perfumes too. It is a herb with a pungent smell. The fresh aroma can make you feel instantly rejuvenated. Its anti-septic and carminative properties make it unique.

4 Ways to Use Coriander for Beautiful Skin

What is coriander good for?

Coriander is extremely rich in folate, antioxidants, vitamin C and beta-carotene. Your skin feel soft, supple and radiates glow when your cells are protected from oxidative stress. They can be armored against stress and degeneration with the help of antioxidants. These antioxidants prevent the movement of free radicals in the body, thus slowing down the ageing process. It allows the skin to retain its elasticity.

It is a powerhouse of iron which leads to an increase in the hemoglobin levels in the body and prevents anemia that can cause dull skin. It is a well-known fact that your skinis a reflection of your internal health. Whether your skin is too oily or too dry or even a combination of the two, chewing fresh coriander leaves every morning on an empty stomach is a great healthy practice.

Be it acne or pigmentation, oily or dry skin, pimples or blackheads, coriander juice works like magic. Coriander’s anti-fungal and anti-microbial elements are even known to treat eczema. It is a detoxifier, a disinfectant and even treats dark lips!

According to Dermatologist Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj, “Coriander helps relieve acidity. Due to acid formation, redness, bumps and zits are a common feature. Eating coriander can reduce acidity and thus, help you get rid of various skin eruptions.” She also explains while applying coriander on your face, it is most effective when combined with rose water and oatmeal or sandalwood in the form of face packs. This helps in avoiding any sort of allergies and dryness as a result.

5 ways to use coriander for skin

1. Coriander with aloe vera:

Freshly ground coriander in combination with aloe-vera

can be applied on the skin. This helps to get rid of wrinkles.

2. Coriander with lemon juice:

A combination of ground coriander with some lemon juice when applied on the effected area can do wonders for acne and blackheads. Coriander enables the dead cells to be removed and leads to a rejuvenated skin.

3.Coriander face pack: 

Grind the coriander, add milk, add honey and lemon juice and apply on the face. This face pack will leave you with glowing skin.

4. Coriander with rice and yoghurt:

A combination of ground rice and yogurt relaxes facial muscles and cells and leaves you refreshed. Make a mixture of it and apply it like a mask.

When your skin fails to show a positive response, we know how frustrating it can get. The least you can do is seek comfort in the confines of your kitchen and grab a handful of coriander! You’ll thank us later.