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Nothing gives more happiness than being able to make our own beauty products from ingredients available in the kitchen. Due to our busy schedule, going to the spa or beauty parlour every fortnight seems impossible, moreover it is not economical, so the best option is to give ourselves a spa treatment at home. Prepare your own natural homemade scrub and body oil and make your skin look and feel younger. Today we will see how to make homemade body oil using easily available ingredients.
Pure Coconut oil – 500 ml
Vasambu (Sweet flag in English)- 3-4 pieces (2 inch pieces as seen in the picture)
Fenugreek seeds -1 tbsp
Whole black pepper -1/2 tsp
In a pan, heat coconut oil, when it is about to boil, add fenugreek seeds, whole black pepper, vasambu and switch off the flame.
After it cools, transfer it into a bottle or container and use it when required. Let the ingredients remain soaked in oil.
How to use this homemade coconut body oil-
Once in a fortnight, massage your whole body gently with lukewarm oil before taking bath. Leave it for 10-15 minutes. Then wash your body with warm water using homemade scrub. Avoid the use of harsh soaps or cleansers on that day. Your skin will feel wonderfully soft and radiant. It also prevents dryness of skin. Believe me, I speak from experience.
You can also use this oil on a daily basis for your hands and legs. You do not have to warm it.
Facial and body hair in women is considered unfeminine and is quite embarrassing for many women. The good thing is there are many methods to get rid of unwanted hair. We will discuss some common methods here.
Bleaching is a method in which facial bleaching cream is used to lighten the color of the hair, thereby making it less noticeable. Ready made facial bleaching creams are available in the market or beauty supply shops. First do a patch test as instructed on the cover, if you experience redness or irritation, do not use the cream otherwise you can go ahead. Bleaching helps to conceal only fine hair and is not suitable for thick hair. Persons with sensitive skin should avoid bleaching.
Shaving is the quickest and the easiest method to get rid of unwanted hair. But women should avoid this method for facial hair.This is best suited for underarms and hair on the legs and hands. Never dry shave. Apply lot of moisturizer on the area to be shaved and use long upward stokes. Shave in the direction your hair grows. Also use a sharp blade as this helps to avoid razor rashes. The disadvantage in this method is that the hair grows back within a few days and one has to shave frequently.
According to Wikipedia, threading is an ancient method of hair removal originating in the Eastern world. In more recent times it has gained popularity in western countries. It involves using a simple cotton thread to grasp and pull unwanted facial hair. It should be done by a beautician or professional expert. Side effect can include skin reddening or puffiness, and changes in skin pigment.
Tweezing helps to remove a few stray hairs, but is not useful for removing a large area of hair. In tweezing single hairs are pulled out one at a time with a help of tweezers available in the market for this purpose. It can be done on the eyebrows and upper lips. Tweezing is very painful and repeated tweezing can leave small scars. One can rub ice cubes on the area before and after tweezing as it helps to reduce pain. One should not pluck hair from moles and warts.
Ready made wax is available in the market for this purpose. Wash and clean area to be waxed. Apply wax evenly in the direction of hair growth using the applicator given along with the pack. Place and press a strip of cotton cloth on top of it and smooth it out. Pull the strip of cloth quickly in opposite direction of hair growth. Waxing is more painful, but will come out smoother and last longer than shaving. You can make use of ready made wax strips available in the market. The strips are easier to apply and they also contain moisturizer as well. If you have sensitive skin waxing can result in bumps and swelling.
Depilatory creams contain chemicals which dissolve the keratin present in the hair. Always do a patch test before using the cream. Wash the area to be depilated. Dry it well with a towel. Apply the cream with the spatula given along with the pack and follow the instructions given on the packet. Wipe off the cream using a wet cloth to remove hair. Wash area well with water and pat it dry. People with sensitive skin are strongly advised against using these creams. This is suitable for underarms, legs and hands.
Natural remedies/Home tips for Unwanted Facial Hair:
1.Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent. Mix gram pulse flour (besan), wheat flour, milk cream, a few drops of fresh lemon juice, mustard oil and water together. Rub this paste in circular movements and wash it off. Do it regularly. Start this treatment from an early age as hair is soft and fine at that time.
2.Mix sugar, water and lemon juice to a thick paste. Apply it and wash it off when it dries. Do this once a week to prevent hair growth.
3.Mix 2 tsp of barley powder with little milk, few drops of fresh lemon juice and make a paste. Apply it on your face, remain for 15 minutes and wash it off with warm water. If done regularly, you can get of fine facial hair.
4.Take equal quantities of moong dal powder, neem leaves powder, kasturi manjal powder and few kuppai meni leaves. Grind it to a paste with very less water. Apply on skin and leave it to dry. After 15-20 minutes, scrub your face gently in the direction of hair growth to remove unwanted fine hair.
These natural remedies, if followed regularly, discourage hair growth over a period of time. It also helps to get rid of very fine facial hair on upper lips and chin.
Electrolysis and laser treatment are also effective ways to remove hair and reduce hair growth but should be done by licensed professionals in that field.