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Homemade Beauty Recipes

One does not have to spend a fortune on creams and beauty treatments to look beautiful. Our kitchen is packed with beauty products which are cheap, harmless and effective if followed regularly.  These simple homemade beauty recipes are very effective, easy to prepare which you could include in your basic beauty care. Get started and pamper yourself at home!

1.Apricot:

Apricot anti aging pack:
Massaging face with apricot kernel oil moisturizes the skin and slows down the aging process.

Mashed apricot applied on the face brightens the skin.

Apricot Hair Conditioner:
Apricot kernel oil is a good hair conditioner. Warm apricot kernel oil and massage into your scalp for healthy and shining hair.

2.Banana:

Banana anti-wrinkle pack:
Mash banana well and apply to the face. Rinse off after 15 minutes. It is an excellent anti-wrinkle pack.

Banana pack for glowing skin:
Mash banana until creamy, mix 3-4 drops of fresh lemon juice and 1/2 tsp of honey and apply to the face.

Banana mask for blemishes
Mash banana well, add 2 tsp of plain yoghurt to it and mix it well. Apply it on your face and rinse off after 15 minutes. This home made pack is very effective to get rid of blemishes.

3.Potato:

Potato for dark circles:
Dark circles around the eyes can be reduced by applying raw potato juice.

Potato as skin toner:
Potato is an skin excellent toner. Apply potato juice on the skin, leave it and wash it off after it dries.

Potato cleansing mask:
Mix potato juice, lemon juice, oatmeal and fuller’s earth well. Then apply this mixture on the face. It is an excellent cleansing mask. It also tightens the skin and reduces pores.

4.Oatmeal:

Oatmeal cleansing mask:
It is an excellent cleanser. It removes the dirt and softens the skin. Mix it with raw milk and a few drops of honey and use it as a pack.

Oatmeal anti-wrinkle pack:
Mix oatmeal with a little curd, honey, egg white and almond paste. Use it as a face pack to prevent wrinkles.

Mix together 1 tbsp of oatmeal and little milk. Cook on low flames till it becomes a soft paste. Add a tsp of rose water and apply it on the skin. Wash it off after 20 minutes. This mask is effective for aging skin.

Oatmeal exfoliating mask:
Mix oatmeal with a little warm water and make it into a paste. Apply it on the face and wash it after it dries with warm water.

5.Cucumber:

Cucumber Toning Pack:
Cucumber is a natural toner that lightens the skin and has cooling properties. Cucumber juice is used as an astringent to cleanse the skin. Grade cucumber, strain the juice using a cheese cloth. Apply that juice all over the face and neck to prevents pimples, blackheads and dryness.

Cucumber anti-tan pack:
Mix cucumber paste with fuller’s earth, few drops of fresh lemon juice and apply to the skin. It is a wonderful soother, lightens freckles and an excellent anti-tan pack.

6.Honey

Honey face mask for dry skin:
Honey is a wonderful moisturizer and is especially great for dry skin. Mix honey with raw milk and apply it to the face and wash it off after it dries.

Honey Mask for oily skin:
For oily skin, mix a tsp of honey with an egg white and apply on the face and neck, wash it off after 10 minutes.

So what are you waiting for? Head to the kitchen and try these home made beauty recipes and pamper yourself at home.

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Food for Glowing skin

Everyone wishes to live a healthy and happy life, but very few really take efforts. Only when one is ill, does he knows the value of good health. Nature has provided us with a variety of food, which we can include in our diet in its natural form. Make sure your diet is rich in  fiber, has fruits,vegetables and “good fat” such as nuts and seeds.( sesame seeds, flaxseeds etc) A balanced diet is not only good for overall health but also gives a glow to your skin and rejuvenates the body. They help flush out unwanted toxins. Find a list of few fruits and vegetables below which can give you a healthy and glowing skin.

Oranges are rich source of Vitamin C. They work as cleansers and improve the skin and supports the immune system. Orange peel powder mixed with rose water is said to be effective in curing pimples and acne.

Carrots are rich source of vitamin A and are good for the eyes and the skin. They are one of the richest source of beta carotene. Carrot juice if taken in the morning on an empty stomach is very beneficial. It develops immunity, prevents premature aging and has anti-cancer properties. They help to keep the skin soft.

Beetroot purifies the blood and is rejuvenating. It is considered to be helpful for anemic persons. It does wonders to your skin.

Grapes help to  prevents dryness of skin and it purifies the blood. Its juice can be applied to get rid of wrinkles under the eyes.

Tomatoes contain iron and is rich in vitamin A. The lycopene found in tomatoes  protect your skin from sun damage. It combats cancer as it has a high amount of antioxidants.

Watermelon cools our body and are excellent cleansers. They are rich in water content and keep the skin hydrated.

Cucumber cools our body, work as astringents, cooling and brightening agents of the skin. Its juice can be used in natural face packs also. Regular application of cucumber juice on the face prevents pimples, blackheads and dryness of the skin.

Lemons protect your heart, control your blood pressure and is excellent for the skin and hair. It works as a bleach for the skin. Lemon juice mixed with warm water and honey can be taken daily the first thing in the morning to have a clear complexion. It can be taken for weight reduction also. Rubbing fresh lemon juice helps to cure blemishes on skin.

Apples relieve constipation and reduces cholesterol and removes toxins. Apple pulp can be used as a face pack.

Bananas contain vitamins, minerals, fiber and carbohydrates. They are rich in potassium. They make an excellent face pack especially for dry skin. Add a few drops of olive oil or honey to banana pulp and use as a face pack to prevent wrinkles.

Sweet Potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant. Including it in our diet helps to keep skin soft and healthy.

Papaya is good for the skin. It gives relief in case of constipation and it combats cancer. Papaya cleanses the body completely. It delays aging of skin. Raw papaya juice if applied externally helps to cure pimples and also reduces wrinkles.

Gooseberry is rich in vitamin C. It increases the body’s resistance against diseases. It has medicinal properties and is excellent for the skin and hair. It rejuvenates our body. One or two gooseberries (fruit preserved in honey) can be taken daily as it is beneficial in preventing aging. Any food with vitamin C is good for the skin.

Garlic is a very powerful antiseptic. It helps to delay aging and restores tissue. It reduces high blood pressure and is good for the blood and heart. It has many other medicinal uses also. Include garlic (raw or steamed) in your diet as it has antibacterial properties and helps to improve the health of the skin.

Dry Fruits & Nuts :

Dates are rich in iron and is good for the blood.

Almonds are rich in vitamin E and does wonders to your skin.

Figs are very nutritious. They are easily digestible and they eliminate impurities from blood. They are useful in case of fatigue and weakness.

Dried Apricots are rich source of iron and beta carotene. Take an apricot a day for radiant looking skin.

 

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Tips for Glowing skin

Natural Skin Care Tips 

The skin is a protective wrapper and also a major organ of excretion. So taking care of the skin helps you to have a soft and glowing skin. Very few of us are gifted with a perfect skin, but with right care, one can do a lot to improve the general condition of the skin. The old saying goes like this “Prevention is better than cure“. So it is better to take care of your skin rather than treating it after a problem occurs. All you have to do is to lead a healthy lifestyle which will definitely reflect on your skin. Keep your skin clean as a clean skin is a healthy skin. Here are some natural and practical tips, which you can follow on a daily basis to have a glowing skin and also to improve the general health of the skin.

Diet

A healthy glowing skin needs the right food. What you feed yourself inside will definitely reflect on your skin. So make it a point to have a healthy diet which should include lot of fresh fruits and vegetables in the form of salads and fresh juices.  Vitamin C does wonders to your skin. Some natural sources of vitamin C are lemon, oranges, cabbage, papaya, guava, strawberries, green peppers etc.

Avoid eating junk food which is not only bad for your skin but also for your health. Try to avoid eating  fried and greasy food. Avoid maida (all purpose flour) and white bread instead include brown bread, whole grains and oat bran in your diet. Substitute white rice with brown rice, sugar with honey or molasses or dates, tea or coffee with green tea or buttermilk.

Treat constipation 

Drink 2-3 glasses of warm water the first thing in the morning which will prevent constipation and therefore will have an effect on your skin or you can have a glass of warm lemon juice with a tsp of honey.

Soak 4-5 raisins in half a cup of water overnight and drink that water in the morning. It prevents constipation and gives a natural glowing skin.

Treat dandruff  

Keep your hair clean from dandruff as dandruff can cause skin problems like acne and pimples

Follow the 4 golden rules of skin care 

Use natural or mild products for your skin.

1.Cleansing-You have to keep the skin clean for it to be healthy. Invest in a good cleanser suited for your skin. Gently  massage the cleanser and clean the pores with a moist cotton. It removes excess oil and dust. Before going to bed, see to it that you remove all traces of make-up. Do not apply anything, let your skin breathe.

2.Toning-Toning stimulates blood circulation and helps to tighten the pores.

3.Nourishing-Nourishing helps to rejuvenate the skin. Yoghurt, milk, almonds, honey, eggs, apricot are natural ingredients which are valuable in providing nourishment to the skin. Nourishing lotion or cream lubricates the skin and keeps it soft retaining the natural moisture present in the skin and prevents dryness of skin. Oily skin which produces excess oil does not need a rich nourishing cream.

4.Moisturizing is an integral part of skin care. It helps to keep the skin soft, smooth and healthy. As we grow old, our skin needs more moisturizing.

Protect your skin from pollution and strong sunlight

Wash your face whenever you go out and come back, to remove the dirt accumulated on your skin due to pollution. Also cleanse your face at least twice a day after you wake up in the morning and before going to bed. Instead of using soap frequently, you can use  green gram flour or besan (bengal gram flour) to wash your face. Mix it with a little water to form a paste and use it to cleanse your face.

Use an umbrella (preferably a colored one), wear sunglasses while going out in the sun. It protects your skin from the harmful effects of the sun.

Keep your skin hydrated and cool

Have bath twice a day to keep your skin clean, cool and refreshed.

Drink enough water (at least 7-8 glasses per day) to keep your skin hydrated. Also drinking water helps to prevent a whole lot of skin problems and allergies.

Always bath in cool water or lukewarm water as hot water draws out natural oil from the skin and will dry your skin.

Good sleep 

One should have adequate sleep to have a healthy and glowing skin. A good night’s sleep does wonders to your skin.

Regular Exercise 

Do some form of exercise which you love, at least four days a week to improve blood circulation and to avoid stress. 

I am sure that if you follow at least some of these natural skin care tips, you will have a soft and glowing skin. 

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Natural remedies for Dry skin-Dry skin care

Let us see how identify dry skin before going to the natural methods to treat it. Dry Skin feels tight and taut after washing. It can look scaly and lined. In some cases it might cause itching. It is more common in winter than in summer. The causes of dry skin can be attributed to many factors like poor diet, age, environment factors such as exposure to cold, sun, use of chemical products or harsh soap etc.

Dry skin usually lacks moisture as the oil glands do not supply enough lubrication to the skin. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water daily helps to keep the skin hydrated and moisturized.

Apply moisturizer to slightly damp skin after shower. Thick, creamy moisturizers works great for dry skin.

Massage your skin with olive oil or coconut oil before bath. Bath in cool or lukewarm water as hot water draws out natural oil and will dry your skin further. Oil massage is very effective in case of dry skin. 

Applying Vaseline helps to prevent dryness in legs and hands.

Adding a few drops of oil to your bath water helps to retain moisture and prevents dryness of skin.

Avoid over exposure to the sun as it dries the skin further. Consult your dermatologist and choose the right sunscreen lotion for you.

Avoid excessive use of chemicals products, harsh soaps as it dries the skin and does more harm to your skin. 

Natural face packs for dry skin

Some natural ingredients which provide nourishment and lubrication to dry skin are milk, milk cream, eggs, almonds, apricot, honey and curd.

Mix milk cream with a pinch of turmeric powder and apply it on the face daily. Do not use soap often instead use besan or green gram flour or a cleansing gel. If you cannot avoid the use of soap, then go for a moisturizing soap.

Soak 4 or 5 almonds overnight, in the morning peel the skin and grind it nicely, mix it with raw milk and apply it on the face and wash it off after 15 minutes to prevent dryness of skin. Almonds also nourishes your skin from within. Try to include a few blanched almonds in your diet regularly.

Mix a little of egg yolk, milk cream and rose water and apply it on the face. Wash it off after sometime in warm water followed by cold water. This is a natural mask for dry skin.

Carrot mask is good for sensitive and dry skin. Boil a carrot in a little water. After it cools, grind it to a paste and apply to the face.

For flaky skin, dip cotton in cold raw milk to which a few drops of olive oil or sunflower oil is added and cleanse the skin with it. Wash with cold water.

Honey is an excellent moisturizer. Apply honey on the face and wash it off with warm water after 15 minutes. This natural remedy for dry skin works well.

Application of aloe Vera gel also prevents dryness of skin.

Use of mild or natural products, sparing a few minutes to your skin daily and taking a nutritious diet can go a long way toward improving the health of your skin. Good luck!