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Beauty Benefits of Coconut Oil-Coconut Oil Uses

Beauty Benefits of Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is considered a super food now a days. It has a unique combination of fatty acids with powerful medicinal properties. According the the website webmd.com – Coconut oil is a blend of fatty acids. Coconut oil contains an unusual blend of short and medium chain fatty acids, primarily lauric (44%) and myristic (16.8%) acids. It is this unusual composition that may offer some health benefits.Coconuts contain high concentrations of  lauric acid which  helps fight off a number of infections. Extra Virgin cold pressed coconut oil is known to be rich in natural lauric acid, vitamins and minerals found in mother’s milk which helps to boost the immune system.

I am a great fan of coconut oil and use it regularly in my day to day life. Let us see some Health and Beauty Benefits of Coconut Oil. Make sure the coconut oil you buy is extra virgin organic coconut oil with no additives or preservatives.

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Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer for all skin types, especially dry skin. It helps nourish dry parched skin. Apply it on your skin 20 minutes before bath and wash it off with green gram flour. Avoid using soap as it removes all the moisture from the skin.

Body Massage Oil -It is an excellent massage oil for the skin. Massage your skin with virgin coconut oil, remain for 20 minutes and then wash it off with homemade lentil scrub. It will leave your skin soft and supple.

Cold pressed virgin coconut oil can be used as a massage oil for babies also.

Mix coconut oil with oatmeal and use it as a gently facial scrub.

Adding coconut oil to your bath water helps to  moisturize dry itchy skin.

Coconut oil helps to soothe rashes, sun burnt skin. It helps to reduce diaper rashes also.

Coconut oil is not only an excellent moisturizer but can be used as a shaving lotion also.

Fine lines under the eyes can be reduced by regular application of coconut oil.

Coconut oil does wonders to your lips. Apply a little coconut oil to heal dry cracked lips.

Coconut oil can be used as a make up remover. It can also be used as an eye make up remover.

Regular application of virgin coconut oil prevents premature aging and keeps wrinkles at bay.

Coconut oil is an excellent  natural conditioner for dry hair and also protects hair damage. Apply it on your scalp, leave it for 30 minutes and wash it off with a shampoo or homemade hair wash powder.

Applying a few drops of coconut oil helps to tame frizzy hair.

Massaging a small amount of coconut oil on your cuticles helps strengthen it.  Massage your finger nails and toe nails to improve blood circulation and to keep it healthy.

Massaging coconut oil helps to prevent cracked heels. It helps keep your legs soft.

You can use it to do oil pulling every morning for 10 minute, (swishing oil around in your mouth first thing in the morning before you eat or drink anything, then spit the oil and brush your teeth). It help to keep your skin clear and promotes oral hygiene.

Massaging your scalp regularly with coconut oil helps to prevent dandruff.

Coconut oil can be added to your diet

Coconut oil is suitable for cooking at high heat. If you are going to prepare dishes that need high temperature for cooking, you can consider using coconut oil.

Pure extra virgin organic cold pressed coconut oil can be added to salad dressings, porridge, smoothies, green teas etc.  I love to add a tbsp of coconut oil  to my breakfast porridge as it helps keep my skin soft and supple. You can try many delicious desserts with coconut oil. You can use it in place of butter or other cooking oils and for baking and frying.

These are some of the many beauty and health benefits of coconut oil. Virgin cold pressed coconut oil is available online and in most of the health stores.

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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.

Cucumber

Beauty Benefits of Cucumber for eyes,hair and skin

Cucumber is a widely cultivated plant and also the oldest cultivated crops. It  belongs to the same botanical family as melons and squashes. It is very low in calories and rich in fiber,so makes a perfect diet food. According to World Health Food “Cucumbers are a valuable source of conventional antioxidant nutrients including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese.” It also has a high amount of vitamin K. Cucumber peels are rich in dietary fiber that helps reduce constipation. We would have enjoyed cucumbers in fruit and vegetables salads, but do you know that it has lot of beauty benefits for eyes, hair and skin and is also a popular ingredient in many skincare products.

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1.Cucumber in your diet– Beauty begins from inside. Cucumbers are 95%water, is a natural coolant and  helps in keeping the body hydrated. Because of the high water content, they help in cleansing the system of toxins. So it is good to include them in our diet in the form of salads, cucumber buttermilk, cucumber raita etc.

2.Cucumber is a natural toner, has cooling properties and helps to improve a dull greasy complexion.  It is used as an astringent to cleanse the skin. Grade or puree cucumber in a blender,sieve and extract the juice. Apply the juice all over your face and neck, leave it for 30 minutes and rinse well with cold water. It also helps in cleansing the pores.

3.Cucumber is a great ingredient for lightening the skin. It is a natural bleach. Mix 3 parts of cucumber juice with one part of lemon juice and apply this mixture all over the face and neck leaving the eyes and lips. Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash off with cold water. Use this face pack  regularly for best results.

4.Cucumber Yogurt Hydrating mask for dry skin-Cucumber juice mixed with equal quantity of  natural yogurt heals sunburn and also hydrates dry skin. It prevents blackheads and dryness.

5.Cucumber juice mixed with equal quantity of raw milk  helps in soothing sun burnt skin.

6.Cucumber for glowing skin – Make a face pack with cucumber juice, few drops of lemon juice, pure sandalwood powder and fuller’s earth powder. Apply it on your face and neck. Rinse it off after 15 minutes for a  youthful and glowing complexion. This pack helps oily skin and also lightens freckles.

7.If you suffer from oily skin, rubbing cucumber slices on the face helps remove extra oil from the skin.

8.Cucumber anti tan mask – Mix  2 tbsp of powdered oats with  2 tsp of  plain yogurt and 2 tsp of  cucumber juice . Apply it on your face and rinse it off after 15 minutes.  It not only helps remove tan but also improves the texture of the skin.

9.A pack make of  equal quantity of cucumber juice, lemon juice and mint juice can help to reduce pimple marks or scars. Application of fresh cucumber juice can reduce freckles.

10.Cucumber anti wrinkle mask– Mix together 2 tbsp of  cucumber juice, little egg white and a tsp of lemon juice, apply all over your face and rinse it off after 15-20 minutes to keep wrinkles at bay.

Cucumber for eyes

11.If you are suffering from puffy eyes,  place cucumber slice on closed eyes and relax for 15 minutes. It helps reduce water retention and puffiness of eyes.

12.Applying cucumber juice helps to get rid of dark circles around the eyes.

Cucumber for hair

13.The high silicon and sulphur content in cucumber juice promotes hair growth. Apply cucumber juice to your scalp, leave it for 15-20 minutes and wash it off with a good shampoo or shikkai.

When you make your own beauty packs at home, you can be sure that you have used only all natural ingredients and they are cost effective. Go ahead and use this humble vegetable in your beauty regime!!!

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Homemade Facial Scrub-Natural Scrub Recipes

Exfoliation is an integral part of skincare regime. It helps to get rid of dead cells from the surface of the skin, improves blood circulation, leaving your skin clean and bright. Natural face scrubs are cheaper and more important they are free of chemicals. You have to keep certain things in mind before using any exfoliating mask. The scrub you choose should be gently and should not damage your skin. Never use scrub on infected or inflamed skin. After exfoliation, it is important to moisturize your skin as exfoliation tends to dry your skin. People with oily skin can exfoliate once in a week, while people with dry skin can exfoliate once or twice a month. Choose scrub according to your skin type, what suits one person may not suit another person. Over exfoliating your skin can cause skin irritation or damage your skin. So do take care of these small things before using face scrub.

How to apply facial scrub

Wash  your face well and apply scrub on clean damp skin. Avoid area around the eyes.

Let the scrub  dry a little. Wet your hands and exfoliate using gentle circular upward movements.

Scrub lightly as vigorous movements will damage the skin.

Make your own Facial Scrub

Do you know that you can make your own facial scrub at home with ingredients available in your kitchen. Here are a few Natural Facial Scrub Recipes which are easy to prepare at home.

1. Orange peel yogurt facial scrub

Orange peel powder is readily available in the market which you can buy and use. If you cannot get orange peel powder, you can dry orange peels in the sun, powder it finely and store it in an air tight container. Take a tbsp of orange peel powder, mix it with a tsp of plain fat free yogurt and make a paste. Add water if needed to adjust the consistency. Use it as a face scrub.

2. Lentil facial scrub

Dry moong dal (pasi paruppu) well in the sun, grind it to a fine powder and store it in a container. Take 2 tsp of the dal powder, mix it with required milk to get a smooth consistency. Apply it on face and when it is half dry, gently rub in circular upward movement and then rinse off with warm water. Pat dry and apply your favorite moisturizer.

3. Apple Face scrub

Peel the skin of apple, remove the seeds and blend it to a fine paste, add a tsp of honey, 2 tbsp of powdered oats and little water if needed. It is perfect to exfoliate the face.

4. Rice Flour Yogurt Scrub

Mix rice flour with plain fat free yoghurt and scrub your face gently in upward circular movements.

5.Sandalwood gram flour scrub

Mix equal quantities of gram flour (kadalai mavu/besan) and pure sandalwood powder with little raw milk to a paste. Do not buy scented sandalwood powder. Effective for persons with normal and oily skin.

6.Chickpea Exfoliating Scrub

Take equal quantity of sandalwood powder and chickpea powder, mix it with needed water to make a paste. Apply to the face, leave it for 5 minutes and then gently scrub in circular movements using your finger tips. This scrub works great for oily skin.

7.Plain Oatmeal scrub

Take a tbsp of oats and cook with half cup of water. Allow it to cool. Add a tsp of fresh lemon juice to it.  You can use just the cooked oats alone as a scrub. It also works great.

8.Yogurt oatmeal scrub

Cook 2 tbsp of oats till soft. Let it cool. Mix it with a tsp of yogurt and honey and use it as a scrub. This is great for persons with dry skin.

9.Cornmeal scrub

Mix a tbsp of Cornmeal flour with water and gently scrub your skin in circular movements.

10.Almond scrub

Almond flour with a tbsp of milk makes a good scrub. Alternatively you can soak 5-6 almonds for 4-5 hours, remove the skin and grind it to a fine paste with milk. After scrubbing for 5-6 minutes, leave it on the face to dry, then rinse off with warm water. Persons with oily skin can replace milk with rose water.

11.Honey Almonds Scrub with milk

Mix almond flour with ½ tsp of honey, needed milk and mix it to a paste.

Home made body scrub

1.Wheat husk Body Scrub

Wheat husk + milk makes an excellent body scrub.

2.Sugar scrub

Sugar especially brown sugar is a great scrub.  Mix 1-2 tsp of sugar with 1/3 cup of olive oil and use it to exfoliate your hands and legs. Apply the mixture to wet skin, scrub gently and then wash off using your regular body wash or mild bath soap or bengal gram flour.

These homemade scrubs or natural exfoliating mask will help exfoliate and leaves your skin soft, smooth and refreshing. Get started and pamper yourself at home.

If you have problem or infected skin or if in doubt, consult your dermatologist.

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.

 

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Oily Hair Care-Oily Hair Home Remedies

Oily hair or greasy hair looks lifeless. In this type of hair the oily glands (sebaceous) are over active. But the good thing it can be controlled with simple tips and home remedies.

Oily hair needs frequent washing, so avoid using harsh shampoos. Go for mild shampoo or a baby shampoo to wash your greasy hair. Lemon based shampoo works great for oily hair.

Rinse your hair with cool water as this will help slow down sebum production and retards oiliness of hair and scalp.

Though gently brushing is good for hair, avoid over brushing as it stimulates the already over active oil glands.

Avoid creamy conditioners and gels. If you need to condition your hair, choose a light conditioner and apply it to your mid lengths and ends of hair. Use  products or shampoos meant for oily hair.

Keep your combs and hair brushes clean by regularly washing them. Clean them every time after washing your hair.

Avoid fried food in your diet and include lot fresh fruits, vegetables, sprouted cereals and pulses. Also drink enough water.

Home Remedies for Oily hair

Squeeze juice of 1 lemon in a mug of water and use it as a the final rinse for oily hair.

Dilute 3 tbsp of beer in a mug of water and use it for the final rinse to give your hair a healthy shine.

Boil used tea leaves in sufficient water, allow it to cool, then use that liquid as the last rinse.

Hibiscus flowers and leaves are good natural conditioners for the hair. You can grind 2-3 leaves or flowers and use its juice along with your herbal shampoo.

Grind leaves of hibiscus plant, apply the paste to your hair and wash off after 15 minutes. It is a wonderful homemade conditioner for oily hair.

Boil soap nuts skin (reetha or boondi kottai in tamil) in water, cool it and use that liquid as the last rinse for silky hair.

Dry lemon peels in the sun and powder it. Use it along with shikakai to wash your hair.

Soak fenugreek seeds in water overnight, grind it to a paste and apply to your hair. Wash it after 20 minutes. This is an effective home treatmentnot only for oily hair but also for dandruff.

Mix Besan+ sour curd  to form a paste, use it to wash your hair. It helps to get rid of oily hair.

With these natural tips and treatments, one can effectively manage oily hair.

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