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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.

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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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Home Remedies for Wrinkles

How to get rid of wrinkles

As we grow older, the skin starts loosing its elasticity and wrinkles start appearing on our skin, which is a cause of concern for many.There is no need to panic. These simple natural home remedies can help one to tackle or at least reduce the wrinkles to some extent.

Stick to  mild skin care products or home made products as the chemicals does more damage to the skin.

Protect your skin from excessive exposure to the sun as it causes wrinkles. It is better to avoid going out in the afternoons when the sun is very strong from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Protect yourself by wearing sunglasses or a wide brimmed hat, if you cannot avoid going out at that time.

Natural remedies to prevent wrinkles

Massage your skin with olive oil or pure coconut oil regularly to prevent wrinkles. Do not use soap that day, instead use bengal gram flour (besan) to wash your body.

Massaging pure sesame seed oil mixed with equal quantities of almond oil also prevents wrinkles .

Massaging face with apricot kernel oil moisturizes the skin and slows down the aging process.

Mix milk cream with a few drops of lemon juice and apply to your skin, 20 minutes before bath.Then have bath in luke warm water. If done regularly for a month, you will notice positive changes in your skin. Dry skin are more prone to wrinkles, so keep your skin moisturized and hydrated. Try to avoid  using soap often.

Eggs and wrinkles

Apply egg white to the wrinkled skin and wash it off after it dries with warm water. This home remedy is very effective for fine lines under the eye. Within a few days of following this remedy, you will find the lines reducing.

Mix egg white, rose water and glycerin and use it as a face pack once or twice a week .

Ginger in reducing wrinkles

Take half a tsp of ginger paste in the morning with a tsp of honey as it is an effective home remedy for wrinkles.

Alternate method of including ginger –

Wash ginger well, wipe it dry, peel the skin and cut it into round slices. Dry it in the shade. After that, soak it in honey and bottle it. Take 2 pieces daily in the morning to have a youthful look. Make this preparation every week as it tends to get spoiled soon.

Diet and exercise

Include green tea, almonds, olive oil, fenugreek in your diet as they are rich in antioxidants and slows down the aging process. Exercise regularly to improve blood circulation. 

Utter the words ‘E’ (smile widely) and ‘O’ (pretend to whistle) to prevent wrinkles. Do this 10 to 15 times, two or three times a day.

Avoid alcohol and smoking.

Lastly to summarize, take a balanced & healthy diet, stay away from strong sunlight, have a good sleep and be happy to keep wrinkles at bay.