5 reasons to use rose in skincare

Rose in skincare

Pick up roses when you find them. This is not just to smell their fragrance but as a perfect skin food. So next time don’t just buy roses for you vase. Be it a cleanser,toner, soap, face scrub, face mask, body butter or rose water the ingredient just works wonders on skin.

Why should you include rose in skincare routine?



POWERHOUSE OF ANTIOXIDANTS: We all know that anti oxidants are great for skin. In terms of protecting against sun damage, neutralizing free radicals and skin regeneration. They also work great to delay premature ageing .



HYDRATION AND HEALING: When it comes to dry skin, the skin lacks moisture and also develops cracks. Roses help in providing moisture and helps in preventing moisture loss and keeps the moisture barrier at check. For other skin types, roses help in providing necessary hydration to skin.


REDUCE OILINESS: Roses help in balancing moisture which would also mean that it regulates excess oil secretion. The natural pH of the skin is maintained due to the astringent properties of roses which help in eliminating dirt and oil from skin. As mentioned above by increasing hydration roses also help keeping the oils at bay.



CALMING EFFECT: Roses have anti inflammatory properties in abundance that they can help in soothing skin from redness and irritation. Skin conditions such as eczema could also result in irritated skin which is eased by using roses because of it containing fatty acids and antioxidant combination.


WRINKLE FREE: We already know that antioxidants are in abundance when it comes to roses but it also contains vitamins A and C which are great for anti-ageing properties. So rose does not only help in reducing wrinkles but also dark spots and age spots. They’re a vital source of retinol and also aid in collagen production.


I recently loved incorporating two rose products from Deyga organics into my skincare routine. I always choose products after going through the ingredients and the process from which they are derived; which also means strictly no harsh chemicals.

Products from deyga organics

ROSE & GERANIUM BODY BUTTER:

Rose and geranium body butter



Body butters are generally helpful to provide more moisture to skin. Especially if you have dry skin, body butters are prepared than body lotions because of the hydration and their heaviness. The rose and geranium body butter helps keep dryness away by providing good amount of moisture. The butter spreads easily and keeps skin supple for longer duration. Since roses help in anti-ageing the butter helps in keeping skin free from spots and wrinkles.Best results when used post bath and night time before hitting the beauty sleep.

INGREDIENTS: Shea butter, almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, geranium oil and rose oil.
PRICE: Rs. 550 for 100gms

ROSE SCRUB

Rose scrub

The ultimate goal of using a scrub is exfoliation which involves removing dead skin cells, dirt and help in regeneration of new skin cells. It helps in polishing the skin and also makes it smooth by drawing out impurities. This one form Deyga has semolina and rice flour which helps in exfoliation whereas rose, aloe vera help in hydration post exfoliation. Beetroot extract provides a rosy glow. Scrubs are mechanical exfoliation so needs ingredients which help soothe skin for which we have the rose. I mixed it with milk for usage and loved how it worked on my combination skin. Best results when used twice a week.
INGREDIENTS: Rose petal, lotus petal, semolina, rice flour, aloe vera powder and beetroot extract.
PRICE: Rs. 570 for 100gms



ABOUT DEYGA:


A brand where purity meets wisdom. This is proven as all products are handmade, organic and gentle on skin. Each product is carefully chosen by hand, formulated and crafted to suit skin types by craftsmen.

Z’s which help in skincare

Z’s which help in skincare

The final alphabet, the final post for this season and the last of ingredients from this series of mine.
This was the most difficult alphabet for me to find ingredients, try out the DIYs and then put them out here.

So here they are, the Z’s which help in skincare.

Zucchini



Zucchini is a type of summer squash. This dark green vegetable also is rich in nutrients which help in maintaining good skin.



Zucchini is rich is water content and thereby it helps in maintaining great skin health.



Zucchini is rich in riboflavin which helps in maturing of collagen.


Synthesis of collagen is very essential for good skin health, hence the vitamin C in the squash that is present in abundance helps in collagen synthesis.



Collagen and elastin is very essential for radiant healthy looking skin. The production of latter is boosted by vitamin C which also helps in reducing cellular damage.



Collagen also helps in keeping skin firm and wrinkle free. So the vitamin from zucchini is very much essential.



Zucchini helps deal with summer heat and helps in hydration which is the reason it is known as summer squash.



The lutein in zucchini helps in dealing with inflammation. Thereby when inflammations are reduced, skin tends to be healthy. The damage to the skin from sun is minimized thereby the moisture barrier is left untouched. Which is the main reason to mention that zucchini helps in hydration.



The water content in zucchini is 95%, which makes it great for consumption as well. So in way you are contributing to the hydration through food so it also helps the skin.



The antioxidants help in protecting against free radical damage.

DIYS:



Blend zucchini peels with overnight soaked masoor dal. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.


Blend two tablespoons of zucchini paste with a teaspoon of oatmeal. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes. This is for oily skin.


Blend two tablespoons of zucchini paste with one teaspoon of olive oil and oats powder and a egg yolk.Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes. This is for dry skin.


Slice zucchini and place them over the eyes and face. This is for reducing dark circles and also providing natural glow.

ZINC:


Zinc is a very essential mineral to be included for a healthy body and is also great for skincare, especially in fighting against acne.



When we term it essential it means the body cannot prepare or produce zinc and it needs to be included in daily diet.



It’s known as trace mineral because it is needed only in minute quantities on a day to day basis



Zinc helps fight against viruses and bacteria. Zinc also has anti inflammatory properties which help in healing the redness and sensitivity caused by acne.



It could also help in making the scars disappear.



Zinc protects skin from sun damage and is a common ingredient in the topically applied sunscreens.





Zinc works as an antioxidant but not technically. It helps fight against free radical formation and protecting the cells which helps in formation of collagen.

How can you include zinc in diet?



By including below in your daily food

Beans, nuts, whole grains, poultry and dairy products.

On another note, the body finds it easier to absorb zinc from animal based food than plant based because the latter has phytates which inhibits the absorption of zinc. So in that case you could consult a doctor to take a supplement.

As one of the DIY I’m sharing a smoothie that is rich in zinc.


ZINC SMOOTHIE

Blend the below ingredients

Nut milk two cups

One tablespoon of hemp hearts, coconut oil and vanilla essence

Mixed nuts 1/3 cup

One frozen banana

2 dates deseeded

Protein powder two scoops

3 teaspoon cocoa

You could add in stevia in case you do not prefer bitterness.


This post is written as part of Blogchatter’s A2Z challenge.

X’s which help in skincare

X’s which help in skincare

Today we talk about X’s which help in skincare. I chose to write about the two main processes which help in keeping skin clear and healthy. Of course , yes I’d also include ingredients at home that can be used in these processes.

DETOX

Skin detox


In the fast paced world we expose skin to dirt, pollution, makeup and chemical exposure. This in a way is a reason for clogged pores. We usually mention the term “DETOX” only for the body, but it’s time that the skin also needs to be included. Because the skin is your largest organ and needs to have a detox as well.



The skin helps protect against infection, excess water loss, production of vitamin D and helping in regulating the temperature of the body.


Swelling, itching, breakouts and redness are results of skin erupting because of not doing a detox. But on the other hand if detox is being done religiously and on a regular basis, you could reverse the adverse effects and in fact help in boosting skin health.

FACTORS:



STRESS: Stress often brings out its effects in the form of acne and inflammation.

SUGAR: If in take of sugar is more, it could result in breakouts and pimples.

LIFESTYLE: improper sleep cycle, inadequate hydration , drinking and smoking also have adverse effects on skin.

SIGNS THAT YOU BADLY NEED A DETOX:

  • Dry and dull skin.
  • Patches and blemishes
  • Wrinkles and sagging
  • Oily skin
  • Sensitive and dry skin

WAYS TO DETOX:



WORKOUT: Exercising indirectly contributes to skin detox. When you exercise you sweat it out and that helps in flushing out toxins.



FACIAL OR SPA: Taking up a facial at home or at a parlour or going for a spa actually helps in skin detox.



HYDRATE SKIN INSIDE OUT:
Hydration from inside involves drinking adequate water.
Hydration from outside is applying moisturizer or a serum that suits your skin type. Make sure to do it twice.
Also when you use a serum it not only helps in hydrating the skin but in a way it also helps in better absorption of other skincare products.



CLEANSING:
Cleansing is a great way to remove off dirt and make up form skin. Ensure to do a double cleansing and make it part of your daily skincare routine.



TONER:
Toners help in eliminate any residue oil from the cleanser, It prepares the skin for the products that follow. It helps in maintaining the pH of the skin. Also helps to shrink the pores.



EXFOLIATION:
Exfoliation is done to remove the dead skin cells and dirt. This is one of the secrets to glowing skin.



MAKE LIFESTYLE CHANGES
Give up on alcohol and smoking. Smoking causes the fastening of the ageing process.
Alcohol promotes dehydration . So both are a no-no if you want clear skin.



CUTTING DOWN ON SUGAR:

Sugar consumption in excess is one of the major reasons for breakouts and acne. Cutting down on sugar helps in a great way to maintain good skin. Fruits and dark chocolates would be great alternates for your sugar craving.

STEAM:

Going in for a hot steam helps to open pores and release the dirt and other residue.



BALANCED DIET: Eat a well balanced diet that include more of fruits and vegetables. Limit intake of carbohydrates, sugar loaded food and fried food.



PROPER SLEEP CYCLE:

Skin needs its repair time just like the body. Dark circles would first pop out indicating that the skin doesn’t have enough repair time and needs a detox badly.


DETOX BATHS:

You could also go in for detox baths like adding epsom salt, ACV, sea salt or coffee grounds to warm bath water and enjoy a relaxed bath.



SWITCH FROM CAFFEINE : Make a switch to eliminate caffeine and to include green tea. You will start noticing wonders.

DETOX DRINKS:


VITAMIN C: Squeeze in some lemon juice in two liters of water. Add in some pineapple, kiwi amnd let it infuse. Drink it the whole of the day.

ACV water: Mix two tablespoons of water to 2 liters of water. Not more than two tablespoons of ACV a day , keep that in mind.

TURMERIC WATER: Add 3-5 fresh turmeric slices in two cups of water and boil. Add some honey before drinking if needed.

EXFOLIATION:

Skin exfoliation


Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the external skin. It helps in brightening the skin by removing the dirt, boosting blood circulation and improving the appearance of the skin.



Types of exfoliation


MECHANICAL: Mechanical exfoliation involves removing the dead skin cells using a scrub, brush or a sponge.

CHEMICAL : This involves using acids like AHAs and BHAs.



More details on exfoliation here.

DIY Scrubs:

  • Blend a cup of strawberries, two drops of ACV, half a cup of yogurt and half a cup of almond powder. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.
  • Mix in half a teaspoon of lemon juice and water. Add one tablespoon of salt. Apply on to face and gently scrub and wash off.
  • Blend one kiwi, two tablespoons of brown sugar and add in a teaspoon of olive oil. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.
  • Mix three tablespoons of coffee grounds to a cup of yogurt. Add in some honey and apply on to face. Gently scrub and wash off after 15 minutes.
  • Mix in two teaspoons of tomato pulp, yogurt and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.

This post is written as part of Blogchatter’s A2Z challenge.

W’s which help in skincare

W’s which help in skincare

We’re almost at the final leg. Today’s post is on W. The same time last year, I went into labour last year as I was typing my post for W. Brings back nostalgic memories.



Today lets look at the ingredients in W that help maintaining great skin. For a bonus I’m also giving you all winter skincare DIYs from ingredients at home. Thank me later.

WATERMELON

Watermelon



High water content in watermelon can help in hydrating skin from within and make it smooth and supple. It’s a boon for people with dry and flaky skin.



Watermelon is a natural toner that can help in shrinking of body tissues.



The presence of antioxidants like lycopene , vitamin A and C help in fighting against free radical damage. Hence watermelon has great benefits for anti ageing.



Watermelon also encourages boosting production of collagen and elastin which help in making skin look young and firm.


Vitamin A in watermelon helps in shrinking pore size thereby reducing the oil storing capabilities. Hence this results in reduction of acne.



The lycopene and beta carotene help in protecting against sunburns.

DIYS:



ACNE PRONE SKIN: Mix a tablespoon of watermelon juice to one mashed banana. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.



OILY SKIN:Blend half a cup of watermelon with a tablespoon of honey. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.



DRY SKIN:
Blend a teaspoon of yogurt with 4-5 slices of watermelon. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.



ANTI AGEING:
Mix in a tablespoon of watermelon juice to half a mashed avocado. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.



BRIGHTENING PACK: Blend two tablespoons of curd with 4-5 slices of watermelon. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.


GLOW MASK: Mix in a tablespoon of watermelon juice and raw milk. Dab a cotton pad in this mixture and apply on to face. Wash off after 15 minutes.

WATER



Adequate amount of water consumption is essential to maintain well hydrated healthy skin.


Only if enough water is consumed the essential nutrients get circulated around the body.


It will also help in improving skin elasticity and make it supple so you do not age prematurely.


Water helps in flushing out toxins and keep skin clear from any infection.Helps in keeping acne and breakouts at bay.



Drinking enough water helps in tightening the skin and therefore makes skin look more firm.



Water helps in maintaining the natural pH of the skin.


Water helps in reducing dehydration therefore makes eyes look sparkly and also reduce the puffiness around the eyes.


Intake of adequate water helps in maintaining healthy gut and thereby aids good digestion.

HOW TO INCLUDE WATER?



LEMON:You could squeeze in lemon juice on your salads or even infuse lemon in drinking water.



GINGER: Adding ginger to tea concoction can aid in digestion and reducing inflammation.


CINNAMON: Infuse cinnamon sticks in water. Helps cut down on sugar craving and also regulate blood sugar levels.



HONEY OR ACV: Adding few drops of honey or ACV will help in clearing out acne.



MINT: Mint aids digestion and is great for detox. Infuse few mint leaves in water overnight for a refreshing day ahead.


What kind of water for skin? It is always best to use lukewarm water on skin.

WINTER SKIN DIYS

Winter skincare




Winter is known to be harsh over the skin. And if you already have dry skin then winter is definitely a season that you don’t wish for.

DIYs

MILK AND ALMOND: Mix in 3 teaspoon of almond powder to two tablespoons of milk. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.


YOGURT AND HONEY: Mix in a tablespoon of honey to half a cup of yogurt. Apply on to face and wash off after 10 minutes.


COCONUT OIL: Coconut oil is a great moisturizer. Apply a light layer to see smooth skin.


STRAWBERRY: Blend 2-4 strawberries with two teaspoon of fresh cream and a teaspoon of honey. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.


BANANA AND MILK: Add in a tablespoon of milk to mashed banana. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.


ALOE VERA AND SESAME OIL: Mix in a tablespoon of aloe vera gel to a teaspoon of sesame oil. Apply on to face and wash off after 10 minutes.


CARROT AND HONEY: Mix in a tablespoon of honey to one pureed carrot. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.

This post is written as part of Blogchatter’s A2Z challenge.

V’s which help in skincare

V’s which help in skincare

I’ve already written a lot about ingredients be it spice, fruits or even condiments. So for V I decided to write about two of my favourite vegetables that help in maintaining good skin. Given that I’ve already stated benefits of tomato and cucumber let’s see what potato and carrot give us. There is also one surprise ingredient for which you will have to read till the end.

POTATO

Potatoes



Potatoes help in brightening and even out the skin. The catacholase enzyme in potato help in lightening the skin.



The above said is the very reason that potatoes help in reducing dark circles.



Potatoes also are beneficial to provide anti ageing effects.



Potatoes help in reducing inflammation.



Potatoes help fight against free radical damage.



Potato when made as juice is a hydrating ingredient for skincare and is best when used by people who have dry skin.

DIYS:



BRIGHTENING: Take two teaspoons of potato juice and mix with a teaspoon of honey. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.



BUGBITE: Take a slice of potato and apply on affected area. After 3-5 minutes remove the slice. Repeat if needed. This would help in lessening itching.



REDUCE PUFFY EYES: Refrigerate potato slices. Apply on the eyes and take off after 10-15 minutes.


FOR ACNE: Mix a tablespoon of potato pulp, tomato pulp and honey. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.



FOR PIGMENTATION: Mix in a teaspoon of potato juice, rice flour, honey and lemon juice. Apply on to face and leave to dry. Gently scrub and wash off.



ANTI AGEING: 1. Blend one potato and two strawberries along with half a teaspoon of honey. Apply on to face and wash off in 15 minutes.
Mix 2/3 grated potato with yogurt. Adjust consistency and apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.



SKIN TIGHTENING: Mix one eggs white with juice of half a potato. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.



REDUCE SPOTS: Mix one tablespoon of multani mitti to two tablespoons of potato juice. Adjust consistency and apply on to face. Wash off after 15 minutes.

CARROT

Carrots



Carrots prove greatly beneficial to skin health. Vitamin C and beta carotene are the best of anti oxidants that can fight ageing skin.


Vitamin C helps protect against free radical damage. Beta carotene helps fight against harmful UV radiation.


Carrots are great for flushing out toxins from body when consumed. Carrots also have abundance of Vitamin A which help in flushing the free radicals.


Beta carotene in carrots also helps in healing scars and blemishes.


Including carrots in diet can help form a protective barrier against harmful UV rays and also help in hydrating dry skin.



Vitamin A in carrots is responsible for firmer and healthy skin. The beta carotene is converted to vitamin A in the body.



The vitamin A that carrot offers helps in dealing with oily skin from inside out.

DIYS:



EXFOLIATION: Mix in equal quantities of carrot juice, egg white and yogurt. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.



MOISTURE PACK: Mix in a teaspoon of milk cream, honey to two teaspoons of grated carrot and few drops of olive oil. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.



FACE MIST: Mix in some orange juice to rose water which is the base. Fill in to spray bottle and use when you need to refresh skin.


OILY SKIN: Mix in a cup of orange juice and a tablespoon of curd, besan and lemon juice. Apply on to face and wash off after 30 minutes.



DRY SKIN: Mix two tablespoons of grated carrot to a teaspoon of honey and milk. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.



Mix equal parts of carrot juice to aloe vera gel. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.

VODKA

Vodka



This was the secret ingredient I was talking about. Vodka is generally prepared from potatoes, cereals and grapes upon fermentation. Contains 40% methanol and preferred more by women in social gatherings.

WHY VODKA?



Vodka is a great anti ageing serum that helps in skin tightening and reduces wrinkles.



Vodka works as an anti septic. Helps in reducing the acne spots and also reduce dark circles.


Vodka helps in reducing pores due to its astringent properties.


Vodka is a great ingredient to remove odour from feet.



Vodka makes it easy to remove blackheads and whiteheads.



Vodka as a cleansing agent is great for removing makeup.

DIYS

TONER: Mix in two to three teaspoons of vodka to two cups of water. Add lavendar or orange essential oil if needed two to three drops. Transfer to spray bottle.



CLEAR SKIN: Add in a teaspoon of vodka to freshly brewed green tea one cup. Apply this solution with a cotton pad and leave in for 5-10 minutes. Wash off.



MAKEUP REMOVER: Mix in a teaspoon of vodka to two teaspoons of water. Dab a cotton pad in this solution and apply on face. Wash off.


SMOOTH SHAVE: Immersing your razor in vodka helps to keep it rust free and keeps skin smooth after shave.

This post is written as part of Blogchatter’s A2Z challenge.

U which helps in skincare

U’s which help in skincare

Almost all of us dream of flawless,clear and healthy skin. Taking care of skin in best possible manner is what we need to do to achieve. You needn’t shell out extra money from your expenses for it.

Knowing which ingredients works how is of utmost importance. Also you need to check if the ingredient suits your skin. Just because there is a home remedy available you cannot go try everything on your skin.

Your skin is not a laboratory to conduct experiments. Make sure you do patch tests before applying anything over the face.

Let’s take a look at the U ingredients.

Urad dhall

Urad dhall

The humble urad dhall not only helps in making fluffy idlis or crispy vadais, it also has benefits for skin.

Urad dhall helps in exfoliation. Helps to remove dirt, impurities and dead skin cells from the outer layer of skin.

The naturally present antiseptic properties helps urad dhall to fight against acne causing bacteria. It helps in controlling excess oil secretion and thereby reduces acne occurrence.

The nutrients help maintaining your skin. It is also a natural bleaching agent that upon continuous usage will yield radiant skin.

Urad dhall has cooling properties that helps in healing sunburn. It also helps in DETAN.

Urad dhall helps in skin regeneration and is a good ingredient for youthful skin. The anti ageing properties present in urad dhall helps in reducing age spots and fine lines.

DIYs

To reduce age spots and fine lines : Grind 1/4 cup overnight soaked urad dhall and mix in 1/2 rice flour and some lemon juice. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.

Glow pack : Grind 1/4 cup overnight soaked urad dhall and 6-7 soaked almonds. Apply the paste on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.

Exfoliate : Grind 1/4 cup overnight soaked urad dhall . Add in two teaspoons each of milk and ghee. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.

Remove tan : Grind 1/4 cup overnight soaked urad dhall . Add in two teaspoons of yogurt. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.

For acne prone skin : Grind 1/4 cup overnight soaked urad dhall. Mix in two teaspoons of rose water and almond oil. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.

Ubtan for skin

Ubtan

An ancient skincare secret passed down generations and is now being incorporated by skincare brands to their products.

Each family has their own secret recipe. The ubtan is an ancient Ayurvedic mixture of ingredients that help the skin heal, exfoliate, detox and stay clear.

Benefits

Ubtan helps in bringing out the natural glow of skin from within.

It discourages growth of facial hair and ingrown hair.

Ubtan gives you youthful skin. It makes you look younger thanks to the presence of turmeric in ubtan which helps fight signs of ageing.

Ubtan helps in cleansing the skin deeply.

How to use

Oily skin : mix the powder with lemon juice and curd. This helps in controlling excess oil secretion.

Dry skin : mix the powder with milk to cream. This helps in moisturizing and hydrating the skin.

Ubtan recipes

Face: Mix one tablespoon each of sandal powder oats, half a tablespoon of fennel powder neem powder, three tablespoon of besan , a pinch of TURMERIC. Add overnight soaked and peeled grounded almond. Use rose water to make paste for oily skin and milk or cream for dry skin.

Body : mix in overnight soaked and peeled grounded almond powder to a teaspoon of neem powder , half a teaspoon of fennel powder, a cup of besan and half a cup of oats and a pinch of TURMERIC.

Ubtan is easy to make at home and ingredient are readily available doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket. You could add more or reduce ingredients as per your convenience.

This post is written as part of Blogchatter’s A2Z challenge.

T’s which help in skincare

T’s which help in skincare

Did you know that over usage of chemicals could be harsh on your skin? Do you do patch tests before you try out new products. Be it a product that uses extracts from natural ingredients it is always advisable to do a patch test.
If you have been following my posts or you are someone new reading this, I’d suggest you to do a patch test before you try any of the DIYs. Because what works for me might not work the same way for everyone, because every skin is different and every body is different.

Let’s take a look at the ingredients T which help in skincare.

TOMATO:

Tomato


Tomatoes cannot be claimed to be sunscreen replacements, but could offer sun protection due to the presence lycopene.


Tomato balances skin pH and also helps fight against acne causing bacteria.

Tomato helps in controlling excessive oil secretion which is a majorly concern for acne occurrence.


Enzymes present in tomatoes help in mild cleansing and exfoliation thereby removing the dirt from skin.
The vitamin B present in tomatoes helps fight signs of ageing.


The anti-inflammatory properties of tomatoes help in soothing skin from irritation and helps in providing cooling effect to skin.


The high potassium and vitamin C content in tomato helps in transforming dull skin to glowing skin.


Tomato helps in tightening the pores and gives skin a firm uplift.


Tomato helps in regulating excessive sebum secretion and helps combat formation of blackheads and whiteheads.


The lycopene in tomatoes help fight against free radical damage.


Tomato is a natural astringent that helps in preventing surface buildup of oils.


Tomatoes are great for detan. It also helps to combat dryness caused by sun tan.


Tomatoes help in collagen stimulation thereby enhancing the texture of the skin and also the elasticity.

DIYS:


TOMATO TONER: Blend one cucumber and tomato. Strain the juice to a spray bottle. Spray on to face when skin feels tired and lifeless.


ACNE SKIN: Mix one tablespoon of multani mutti to puree of one tomato. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.


DETAN : Grate one potato and strain the juice. Mix with puree of one tomato. Make sure both these are of equal quantities. Apply on to face. Let it dry. Continue to apply about 3-4 times. Remove with wet cloth.

Mix in a teaspoon of honey to the pulp of one tomato. Apply on to face and wash off after 10 minutes.



GLOWING SKIN: Mix in a tablespoon of honey to puree of one tomato. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.



DARK CIRCLE: Mix in a tablespoon of aloe vera gel to puree of one tomato. Blend well and apply over under eye area and wash off after 10 minutes.



OILY SKIN: Mix strained juice 1/2 tomato to 1/4 grated cucumber. Apply on to face and wash off in 15 minutes.



DRY SKIN: Mix a teaspoon of olive oil to puree of one tomato. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.



PORE REDUCTION: Mix in two teaspoons of lemon juice to puree of one tomato. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.


ANTI AGEING: Mix in pulp of one tomato with 1/3 of mashed avocado.Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.

Rub half a tomato directly on to skin to fight cellular damage and promote cell regeneration.



YOUTHFUL SKIN: Mix in a tablespoon of yogurt to pulp of one mashed tomato. Apply on to face and wash of 15 minutes.



SKIN RADIANCE: To the juice of one tomato mix in a teaspoon of turmeric and sandalwood powder. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.



TOMATO SCRUB: Blend two tomatoes, mint leaves and two lemons including the peels. Add about three tablespoons of sugar and mix well. This scrub works well in terms of exfoliate, rejuvenate, detan and moisturize. Use this only for your body.


REDUCE SUNBURN IRRITATION: Mix in little buttermilk to tomato juice and apply on affected areas.
Wash off post 5 minutes.

TURMERIC

Turmeric




The orange yellow tint stick mostly available as powder for ease of use mainly has anti-inflammatory properties. Passed down by generations as secret to flawless beauty and is easily available for procurement.



The antioxidant properties that it possesses helps in giving the skin, the natural glow.



Turmeric helps in clearing out acne scars and prevent further acne formation.

DIYs:


DETAN: Mix in a tablespoon of lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric and two tablespoons of raw milk. Apply on to face and wash of after 15 minutes.



ANTI ACNE: Mix in two tablespoon of sandal powder to pinch of turmeric and milk. Adjust consistency. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.


EXFOLIATION: Mix in a tablespoon of oats ,1/2 teaspoon of turmeric , one tablespoon of powdered masoor dal. Mix either with milk or rose water. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.



STRETCH MARKS: Mix in a tablespoon of lime juice to a pinch of turmeric and soaked saffron water. Apply on the marks and notice them getting lighter upon each usage.



DRY SKIN: Mix in a tablespoon of coconut oil and a pinch of turmeric. Apply on to affected area. Wash off after 15 minutes.



UNDER EYE BAG: Mix in a tablespoon of curd to two teaspoons of turmeric and some drops of lemon juice. Apply on affected area and remove with wet cloth.


This post is written as part of Blogchatter’s A2Z challenge.

S’s which help in skincare

S’s which help in skincare

Its always believed that smallest things have bigger worth. This is true in case of the ingredients that are being discussed today.

Saffron

Saffron


Saffron, the tiny red spice originated in Greece but now known worldwide for its benefits in enhancing food flavors, reducing pain and also in cosmetics.
Most expensive ingredient even though small in size has innumerable benefits for skin , health and food flavor enhancing.


Saffron is beneficial for all skin types but in particular has more benefits for sensitive skin.



Since it has to be handpicked and also available for harvest for only two weeks in the entire year, this is the reason that the spice is priced real high.



Saffron is rich in antioxidants like the vitamin C and also possesses anti inflammatory and anti bacterial properties due to which it can help in protecting against the harmful UV radiation and free radical damage.



Saffron helps in making the skin tone even. It helps in reducing the production of melanin thereby reducing the darkness and enhancing the radiant glow.


Saffron is enriched with minerals and carotenoids that help in fighting the oxidative stress.



Since it has anti inflammatory properties it helps in calming down skin irritations and works great for sensitive skin.



Due to its healing capabilities it increases cell production that is responsible to heal wounds and cuts.


Because it is rich in antioxidants it also plays a vital role in delaying premature ageing and yes can be confidently mentioned as ingredient that possesses anti ageing properties.

DIYS:


SAFFRON FACE MASK:
Crush three strands of saffron in pestle and mortar. Add in a tablespoon of honey. Mix and apply on to face. Wash off after 10 minutes.of after 15 minutes.


Mix in a tablespoon of sandalwood powder, 2-3 strands of crushed saffron and milk to make a paste. Apply on to face and wash .


Soak saffron strands say 3-4 in milk for about two hours. Dip cotton ball in this milk and dab over face. Let the milk get absorbed. Wash off after 10 minutes to discover glowing skin.



SAFFRON GEL: Crush three strands of saffron in pestle and mortar. Add in a tablespoon of aloe vera gel and a teaspoon of rose water. Apply on to skin and massage until it gets absorbed.



SAFFRON TONER: Add 3-4 strands of crushed saffron to rose water in spray bottle. Let it infuse for a while. Start spraying in place of regular toner .



ANTI ACNE MASK: Blend 3-4 soaked saffron strands with 5-6 basil leaves. Apply the paste on to face and wash off after 15 minutes. Basil helps eliminate acne causing bacteria.


SAFFRON EXFOLIATE MASK: Soak saffron strands overnight in water. To this add milk and coconut or olive oil. Dip a bread in this mixture and apply on to face. Wash off after 15 minutes.

SUNFLOWER OIL

Sunflower oil


Sunflower oil is rich in linoleic acid which is an essential fatty acid that is very much essential to protect the skin barrier.



Its anti inflammatory properties help in making it best suited for sensitive skin.



Epidermal water loss is the main reason for skin drying out and sunflower oil helps in forming a protective barrier thereby reducing the chances for moisture loss.



The vitamin E present in the oil also helps in trapping moisture for the same moisture lock benefit.


Rich in Vitamin A, D, C and E it helps fight acne by helping prevent acne causing bacteria entry. It helps in cell regeneration as well.



Beta carotene that can be converted to vitamin A is present in abundance and helps in maintaining overall appearance of the skin.



The antioxidant vitamin E also helps fight against sun damage and provides protection against harmful UV radiation.



Collagen and elastin in skin are protected by the vitamin E in sunflower oil when applied topically and thereby help in reducing the appearance of ageing signs like dark spots, wrinkles and fine lines.



The anti inflammatory properties helps in healing irritated skin and also provides ability to regenerate new cells.



It has a therapeutic effect on eczema when applied topically on the skin.



The oil is non comedogenic and does not clog the pores when applied topically. It also helps in exfoliation by removing dead skin cells and creates a rejuvenated appearance.

DIY:



ANTI AGEING MASK:Mix in a tablespoon of sunflower oil to three tablespoons of yogurt and few drops of lemon juice. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.


UNDER EYE TREATMENT: Its light texture and being less potent makes it a great ingredient to treat under eye pigments and eye bags. Dab a cotton ball into the oil and massage gently.


TONER: Sunflower oil can be used as a toner by dabbing a cotton ball in the oil and applying gently all over the face.


MOISTURIZER FOR ACNE PRONE SKIN: Sunflower oil helps in soothing acne prone skin and helps in preventing further acne formation by fighting against acne causing bacteria. Simply dab a cotton ball with oil and massage gently like a moisturizer .

This post is written as part of Blogchatter’s A2Z challenge.

R’s which help in skincare

R’s which help in skincare

Infused water is really good for skin and is also easily available. Water in general is really helpful in maintaining good skin. It helps to keep you hydrated and flush out toxins so that makes your skin clear and supple.


Rose water and rice water are two easily available or easy to make infused water recipes at home. Trust me they work wonders .

RICE WATER:



Fermented rice water or commonly known as rice wine helps in protecting skin against sun damage. It also helps in collagen build up and helps in preventing wrinkles due to ageing.


It helps to keep the skin supple and also is a good sunscreen.



Rice water works great for dry skin. It helps in soothing irritation caused by using products that contain SLS.
Rice water when applied topically helps in clearing out blemishes and heal irritation caused when having eczema.



Most ancient beauty rituals clearly involve usage of rice water. K-beauty products also predominantly use rice water for its ability to give you flawless skin.



Its an extremely easy DIY at home and brims with skin nutrients though the name looks very humble.


Rice water that is starchy helps in toning and tightening the pores on oily skin.



The starch found in rice water helps in improving and repairing the natural barrier of the skin.Because when this barrier is compromised skin is exposed to various infections.

HOW TO MAKE RICE WATER?


SOAKED RICE WATER:
Take a handful of rice. Rinse in water for about 3-4 times until water runs clear. Soak the rice in water that is of 3 times the quantity of rice. After 30 minutes. Drain the rice and store the water in refrigerator. Use this up to two weeks.


BOILED RICE WATER:
Take a handful of rice. Rinse in water for about 3-4 times until water runs clear. Soak the rice in water that is of 3 times the quantity of rice. Boil the content. Once rice is cooked, collect only the water and store in refrigerator.Use up to two weeks.


FERMENTED RICE WATER:
Take a handful of rice. Rinse in water for about 3-4 times until water runs clear. Soak the rice in water that is of 3 times the quantity of rice. Close and leave it in room temperature for about two days. Drain and collect the water and refrigerate. Use up to two weeks.



HOW TO USE?



Rice water can be used as a cleanser, toner , foot soak and can also be mixed in bath water.

ROSE WATER


Rose water is obtained by steam distilling rose petals. It has anti inflammatory properties that help in soothing skin that is irritated by eczema.
The anti bacterial property helps in reducing acne and the redness caused by it.


It has powerful antioxidants that help in protection of cells from free radical damage.

Rose water has anti ageing properties that help in reducing wrinkles.


Using rose water as toner helps in keeping skin free from extra oil and also prevents acne, blackheads and white heads.
Rose water helps to hydrate and moisturize skin. Since it is mild it can help in reducing puffiness around the eyes.


Rose water when used in combination with natural oil helps remove make up in a gentle way. You could either use coconut oil or almond oil.


Rose water gives a burst of moisture to skin. It can be applied directly or applied when using a face mask.
You could also mix in two drops of rose water to regular moisturizer to get the hydrated effect.



DIYS



OILY SKIN:Mix in a tablespoon of bentonite clay to two tablespoons of cucumber extract and two tablespoons of rose water. Apply on to face and wash off after 10 minutes.



NORMAL SKIN: Mix in a tablespoon of besan to a tablespoon of yogurt and two tablespoons of rose water. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.



DRY SKIN:Mix in a tablespoon of aloe vera gel and honey. Add two tablespoons of rose water to the mixture. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.

MOISTURIZER: Mix two tablespoons of honey to four tablespoons of rose water. Apply on to face and wash off in 10 minutes.


CLEANSER: Rose water helps remove dirt and impurities which are missed by cleansers. Mix in two tablespoon of water to a tablespoon of multani mutti. Apply on to face and rinse off after 3 minutes.



MAKEUP REMOVER: Mix in a tablespoon of rose water to a teaspoon of coconut or olive oil. Dip a cotton pad in this mixture to wipe off make up.

This post is written as part of Blogchatter’s A2Z challenge.

Q’s which help in skincare

Q’s which help in skincare

Ageing gracefully is what most of dream about. So maintaining glowing skin is one of the keys to achieve this. But we are under the impression that it can be achieved only with cosmetic tubes, pumps and tubs. Highly priced spa treatments, cosmetic formulations with DHA, Sodium borate make skin dry and irritated and lead to side effects as well. Why undergo all this instead of taking the easier way to glowing skin. Right nutrition also aids good benefits to skin.



Antioxidants, essential fatty acids and vitamins are key players which help in improving skin texture and appearance.

Quail eggs:

Quail eggs


Quail eggs are rich source of omega 3 fatty acids which help in retaining moisture through generation of healthy skin membranes. This makes skin look plump , firm and young. Vitamin B is essential to release energy from food to give you smoother and soft skin that is nourished and well hydrated. Quail eggs are rich sources of vitamin B.



High iron content in quail eggs help in boosting skin pigment.The antioxidants and vitamin E from quail eggs provide moisture which helps in protecting against free radical damage.



Quail eggs not only protect against free radical damage but also help in neutralizing the skin pH.


The eggs are rich in collagen boosting proteins that are vital to maintain skin’s elasticity.



Quail eggs can also be used as cleanser as they remove impurities and help in keeping pores clog free.

Quail eggs helps soothe and provide cooling effect to acne and irritated skin.

Quail eggs help in regulating excess oil secretion from glands and helps keeping acne at bay.


Chinese and Japanese face masks contain quail eggs as one of the ingredients cause of its ability to provide glowing clear skin , tighten and skin lifting abilities. It helps in clearing scars left behind by acne.

Regular consumption and topical help in moisturization of skin.

DIY:


NOURISHING SKIN:Beat one quail egg with two drops of lemon juice. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.


SKIN TIGHTENING: Separate the yolk and white from quail egg. Beat the white and apply on to face. Wash off after 15 minutes.


SOOTH SKINBURN: Apply beaten quail egg on to affected area. Wash off once dry.


COMBINATION SKIN & OILY SKIN: Mix in one beaten quail egg, one teaspoon of lemon juice and honey, 2-3 drops of almond or olive oil. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.


DRY SKIN: Use the same mask as above except eliminating lemon juice.
For sensitive skin, eliminate honey from the ingredients and use the same mask.

QUINOA

Quinoa



Quinoa is a superfood and is an excellent storehouse of proteins.
Dating back to the Mayan period, quinoa was considered to be sacred and known as ‘mother of all grains’ due to its health benefits above all the grains.
Did you know that NASA even regarded Quinoa as the best food for astronauts.



Quinoa is rich in Vitamin B which helps in treatment of pigmentation an dark spots which cause ageing.



Quinoa is rich in vitamin B12 which helps in reducing production of melanin, thereby improving complexion.


The vitamin B3 also known as niacinamide helps in effective treatment of acne. It helps in treating acne breakouts by providing relief to irritated and red skin. It is also an antidepressant and hence keeps your skin and you happy.


Vitamin B2 known as riboflavin helps in improving skin elasticity and also regulates production of sebum.

DIY:


SKIN NOURISHING:Cook 1/4 cup of quinoa in soy milk and cool. Add in three teaspoons of yogurt , yolks of two eggs and two drops of lemon or orange essential oil. Blend and apply on to face. Wash off after 15 minutes.


QUINOA EXFOLIATOR: Mix cooked quinoa with one or two drops of almond or olive oil to achieve desired consistency. Apply on face and gently massage. Wash off after 5-10 minutes.

This post is written as part of Blogchatter’s A2Z challenge.