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How to do a Facial at Home-Basic Home Facial-5 Steps to Facial at Home

It is very easy to do a facial at home following the simple steps given below. A facial once in 15 days helps to improve complexion, increases blood circulation, rejuvenates the skin and relieves tension. Your skin will feel refreshed and more alive naturally. Before doing a facial, keep all the ingredients ready, tie your hair back and then start.

Step #1 –Cleansing       

The first step in facial is cleansing. Remove all traces of makeup using facial cleansers suited for your skin type. You can use raw milk to cleanse your face. Dip cotton in milk and wipe your face to remove all makeup and dirt from your face. Use circular upward movements. Rinse thoroughly with plenty of water. If using store bought products, make sure that you use an oil free cleanser for oily skin and a milky or creamy cleanser for dry skin types.

Step#2  Exfoliating

The second step is to exfoliate. Exfoliation helps to remove dry skin cells on the surface. Use any natural homemade exfoliating scrub. Apply scrub to damp skin and massage gently focusing on forehead, chin and nose. Avoid skin around the eyes as they are very soft and sensitive. Exfoliation helps to remove dead cells and improve skin textures. It also helps to reduce large pores. Regular exfoliation reduces fine lines and wrinkles and keeps your skin much softer and younger.

Step#3 Steaming

The third step is facial steaming. Steaming opens the pores and helps to release  toxins and impurities built up on the skin. Bring water to boil in a big vessel. Remove from heat. With a towel forming a tent over your head, lower/lean your face over the vessel and capture the steam. Take care not to go too close as it might scald your skin.  You can add a tbsp of rose petals or lavender or thyme or rosemary to the water to get a stimulating cleanse. Steam for 10-15 minutes leaving a gap in between. Finish off by splashing cool water on your face. If you have problematic skin or have sensitive skin, consult  your skin specialist  prior to facial steaming.

Step#4 Facial Mask

The next step is to apply Facial Mask. Choose mask/packs according to your skin type. For oily skin, use mud/clay mask as it helps to absorb excess oil. For dry skin, use hydrating mask or creamy mask and  for sensitive skin use a light gel mask. Combination skin needs more than one mask to spot treat different areas. Place cotton soaked in rosewater or place cucumber slices on each eye and relax for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, wash with plenty of water.

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Step #5 Moisturizing

The last step is moisturizing the skin. All skin types need moisturizing. Choose moisturizer suited for your skin type. For oily skin choose a light moisturizer or water based  product. For dry skin use a heavier, oil-based moisturizer. For sensitive skin, avoid  moisturizer containing fragrances or acids. Moisturizer helps to protect your skin and maintain the texture.

Get Started !! Give yourself a good and inexpensive facial at home with these 5 easy steps listed above.

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Tips to get rid of Unwanted hair-Natural tips to remove Facial hair

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.

1.Bleaching

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.

2. Shaving

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.

3.Threading

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.

4.Tweezing

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.

 5.Waxing

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.

6.Depilatories    

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.

Resources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Threading
http://hairremoval.ygoy.com

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Homemade Herbal Shampoo Recipes-How to make herbal shampoo at home

Most shampoos available in the market has chemicals in it especially sodium lauryl sulfate. It  is a detergent which causes dryness of hair, hair loss and even allergic reaction in some people.You can make your own herbal shampoo at home without any synthetic chemicals using natural ingredients. It is not only very cheap but also cleanses  and conditions your hair effectively and wonderfully.

1.Herbal Shampoo using shikkakai

Ingredients needed

Sikkakai -1 kg
Dried Lemon peels – 10-15
Curry leaves (dried) -1 cup
Hibiscus flowers (ordinary red flower alone)- 1 cup
Fenugreek -250 grams
Green gram – 250 grams
Soap nuts (deseed it, dry it ) – 100 grams

Dry everything in the sun and give it for grinding to the flour mill or you can buy all these powder (pure) separately from the market, mix it and use it.

Neem Leaves

We have never had any dandruff problem or lice problem or any scalp problem. Do you want to know the secret behind it? The secret is-my mother grinds a handful of dried neem leaves and tulsi leaves along with shikkakai.Since neem has powerful antiseptic properties,we have never had any problems related to hair.

You can grind henna leaves and gooseberries also along with shikkakai  to prevent your hair from premature graying.

Method to use -Take 2-3 tbsp of Sikkakai powder, mix it with a little water and cook on low flame till it starts thickening.  Switch off and let it cool. We do this to prevent the sikkakai from sticking to our scalp.

2.Herbal shampoo using Bengal gram or green gram flour :

Mix green gram flour (payatha  mavu) or Bengal gram flour (kadalai mavu) with buttermilk and use it to wash your hair. The hair becomes very soft, clean and shining. This works wonders for persons with dry hair.

3.Fenugreek shampoo

Soak fenugreek seeds overnight, grind it to a paste. Mix it with one portion of shikakai and 1/2 portion of green gram flour and use it as a shampoo.

4.Hibiscus shampoo

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Take 15 hibiscus leaves and 5-6 hibiscus flowers (use only ordinary red variety) and boil them in a cup of water for 5 minutes. After it cools, grind it to a paste.

Mix this with 1/4 cup of gram flour or as required and wash your hair with it.

Alternatively, you can dry hibiscus leaves and flower in the sun, powder it, mix it with gram flour (kadalai mavu) and use it like a shampoo to wash your hair. It does not lather like the shampoos you get in the market but will cleanse your hair well.

5. Egg shampoo for people with hair fall and dandruff problems.

Take egg white alone, mix it with a little sour curd and apply well on the scalp. Wash with warm water and bengal gram flour after 20 minutes of application.

6.Arisi Kanji/Rice kanji for washing hair

Mix  rice kanji (the excess water drained after cooking rice) with  gram flour and use it to wash your hair. It cleans and  conditions your hair naturally.

 Tips – As far as possible avoid washing your hair with chlorinated water or salt water. Always rinse your hair well 2-3 times in fresh water.

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Home Remedies for Dark Underarms-Natural Tips to whiten Dark Armpits

Dark underarms is a cause of concern for many people. Many feel very self conscious about it and cannot wear sleeveless tops or dresses with short sleeves. Some of the causes of dark armpits are frequent shaving, allergic to deodorants, spraying perfume directly on the skin there, friction caused between tight clothing and underarms, improper washing resulting in dead skin build up, excessive use of hair removing creams, anti-perspirants etc. Find few natural tips to get rid of dark underarms below –

According to beauty experts, waxing is a better option to remove underarms hair than shaving or using depilatory creams. Most hair removing creams contains chemical which might cause darkening of underarms to some people. The only problem about waxing is that, you have to wait for a certain period of time before you wax again. Waxing not only helps to lighten your underarms but also removes dead skin. If you cannot avoid shaving, use a moisturizing shaving cream and a new blade. Also moisturize your skin well after shaving. 

Keep your underarms clean by washing them well. Have bath regularly. Wear cotton clothing and try to avoid synthetic clothing. Deodorants contain metallic salts that result in darkening of skin tone for some people. So try to avoid using it often.

Rinse your underarms with fresh diluted lemon juice to reduce odor caused by excessive sweating.

Exfoliate your armpits with sugar and olive oil gently once a week.

The safest way to whiten armpits is to go for natural skin bleaches like curd, lemon juice, cucumber juice etc.  Find some home remedies to get rid of dark armpits below-

Scrubbing will help in getting rid of the dead skin cells. Mix chickpeas flour with few drops of  lemon juice, a pinch of turmeric and make a paste. Rub on that area gently and leave it to dry. Wash it off after that. Follow this home treatment for a month to get rid of dark armpits.

Mix pure sandalwood paste with a few drops of lemon juice and cucumber juice to form a fine paste. Then apply on your armpits. Wash it off after it dries. This natural treatment also helps.

Apply sandalwood paste mixed with rose water and a few drop of lemon juice. Apply it on the area and wash it off after 15-20 minutes.

Mix curd with besan or gram flour, a pinch of turmeric powder and apply it on that area. Curd has natural bleaching properties and will help to lighten the skin tone. Do not use too much turmeric powder at they will leave an ugly yellow stain on the skin.

Mix olive oil with a pinch of turmeric powder and a few drops of lemon juice. Apply it on the dark armpits 20 minutes before bath.

Hope these home remedies will help you to get rid of dark underarms, if problem persist, consult a dermatologist who will help you.


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Natural Home Remedies to prevent Hair Fall

There are many reasons for hair loss. It is absolutely normal to loose 80-90 hair per day as it is usually replaced with new hair.There are many reasons for hair fall or hair loss like
Hereditary
Stress
Hormonal imbalance
Illness
Fungal infection of the scalp
Poor diet and nutrition
Child birth
Side effects of some drugs etc

Some forms of hair loss can be prevented with natural home remedies and a healthy lifestyle. But if one observes sudden increased loss of hair, it is advisable to consult a dermatologist or a trichologist.

Do’s and Don’ts

Certain practices like tying your hair tightly, combing the hair back, drying the hair vigorously with a terry towel, treating your hair with chemicals, combing vigorously causes the hair to break and results in hair fall. Try to avoid such practices as it will affect the overall health of the hair.

Include a diet rich in iron, protein, zinc and other nutrients.

Water is vital to proper hydration and also flushes out toxins from the body. It is necessary in order, for all nutrients to be utilized properly by the body, proper functioning of every cell in the body including hair follicles.

Keep yourself free of stress as stress is one of the reasons for hair fall.

Natural Home Remedies to prevent Hair Fall

Grind grated coconut with a little water and squeeze out thick milk. Massage this milk into the hair roots 3 times a week to prevent hair loss naturally.

Apply paste of gooseberry powder to prevent hair graying and falling. You can add gooseberry powder to henna paste also. Include amla or gooseberry in your diet as it is a rich source of vitamin C. (Few gooseberry recipes – Gooseberry raita, gooseberry rice etc)

Grind fenugreek seeds soaked in water overnight and apply the paste on the scalp and wash it off after half an hour. This is an age old natural remedy for hair fall.

Apply Egg white on the scalp and wash it off after 15-20 minutes. It controls hair fall and also nourishes the hair because of the protein in the eggs.

Fenugreek tea is not only good for the health but also nourishes and promotes hair growth if taken regularly.

Dandruff  hinders hair growth and leads to hair fall. So take necessary step to get rid of dandruff.

Amla Oil (gooseberry oil) prevents greying and also stops hair fall. It nourishes and promotes hair growth. Check out  homemade hair oil recipes to prevent hair fall and promote hair growth.

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Natural Hair care tips

These home remedies will help to stop mild hair fall, if your problem is severe, kindly seek medical help.

 

Curd

Curd for Hair and Skin

Curd or yogurt has a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals. It is also a rich source of calcium. It is easily digestible and is not only good for our health but is also a wonderful beauty aid. Find few beauty recipes using curd to enhance the beauty of your skin and hair below.

Curd for hair 

Curd hair conditioning mask:
Curd is a good hair conditioner. Apply curd to your scalp and wash it off after 20 minutes with besan or green gram flour. You can even use a mild shampoo to wash your hair.

Curd Anti dandruff mask:
Mix sour curd with juice of half a lemon and apply it on the scalp. Wash it off after 20 minutes.It is a natural treatment to get rid of dandruff.

Curd for Dry hair
Soak a tbsp of fenugreek seeds overnight, grind it to a paste and mix it with curd. Apply this to your scalp, leave it for an hours and then wash it off with warm water and besan.This natural treatment helps  persons with dry and frizzy hair.

Curd For face 

Curd refreshing face mask:
Take curd and apply it on the face and massage in upward direction. Dip a towel in hot water, squeeze out the excess water, and wipe your face. Then clean your face with cotton soaked in chilled rose water.

Home made skin cleanser
Curd or Yogurt (plain & natural) is a wonderful natural homemade skin cleanser. It can be used to massage and cleanse all skin types.

Curd for sunburn

Mix a tsp of besan (kadalai mavu) with a little curd and apply it on the face.Wash with cool water after 15-20 minutes. It helps in treating sunburn.

Anti tan mask 

Apply curd mixed with a few drops of fresh lime juice on your face to remove tan instantly.

Go ahead and pamper your skin and hair with these natural treatments using curd.