L’s which help in skincare

Every ingredient out there has some benefit be it for the body, skin or hair. In some cases the ingredient or even it’s kin or residue is considered to be of great usage. Lemon juice, orange juice, lemon or orange peel coffee grounds are some examples.

Let’s take a look at the L’s which help in skincare.

L’s which help in skincare

Lemons

Lemon

Lemons are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C as we know is an antioxidant which helps protect skin against damage and delay premature aging.

Lemon is known for its astringent properties hence it can be used to reduce pores.

The vitamin C in lemon help in boosting collagen and helps repair sun damage and rejuvenate the skin.

Lemon has very high pH level and hence it helps in controlling production of sebum.

Lemon can naturally lighten age and dark spots upon continuous usage.

But make sure you do not apply it directly on to skin because it could sometimes burn the skin.

DIYs

  • Face mask : Mix in one egg white, one teaspoon of lemon juice and 1/2 tablespoon of honey. Apply on to face and wash off after 30 minutes. The mask absorbs excess oil and tightens pores .
  • Anti acne mask: Mix in one teaspoon of lemon juice, honey and baking soda. Apply on face and wash off in 15 minutes.
  • Mask for reduction of inflammation and redness : mix in two tablespoons of honey to one tablespoon of lemon and cinnamon powder. Apply on to face and wash off in 15 minutes.
  • Mask for hyperpigmentation: mix in one teaspoon of lemon juice, one tablespoon of honey , yogurt and turmeric powder. Apply on to face and wash off in 15 minutes.
  • Moisturizer : mix in few drops of coconut water to few drops of lemon juice. Mix and apply. Leave on for ten minutes and wash off.
  • Lip scrub: Mix in few drops of lemon juice to one tablespoon of brown sugar. Apply over lips and mildly scrub. Wash off after 5 minutes.
  • Anti aging mask : Mix in one teaspoon of lemon juice to one tablespoon of green tea and a pinch of turmeric. Apply on.to face and wash off after 15 minutes.
  • Exfoliating mask ; mix in two tablespoons of besan to one tablespoon of lemon juice. Apply on to face and wash off after a gentle scrub post 10 minutes.

Licorice

One main problem that makes it hard for you to make the dream come true of flawless skin is dark spots. It could be due to acne or hormonal but it’s just making it difficult to get the spotless skin. I’m not preaching that you should aim for spotless skin that’s when you are beautiful. If you read carefully I’m just giving out tips that could make your skin feel better. Not expensive tubs or tubes or chemical treatments just simple ingredients at home that could make it work for you.

Coming back to the point doctors suggest hydroquinone to treat dark spots, which is said to be highly potent. But if something at home can give you the same result why would you want to use hydroquinone.

Licorice is the magic ingredient that has the ability to fade of dark spots. Licorice reduces or inhibits production of melanin and removes it of it is in excess. Licorice also helps treat inflammation due to its antiinflammatory properties.

But if you’re using retinol or hydroquinone do not use licorice simultaneously.

It’s a potent antioxidant that helps in preventing aging and discoloration.

DIYs

  • Mix two tablespoons of mulethi or licorice powder to one tablespoon of honey. Mix in a teaspoon of lemon juice and apply on face. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes. Repeat twice a week for best results.
  • Mix one tablespoon of licorice powder to half a tablespoon of honey and sandalwood powder. Add in two tablespoons of yoghurt. Mix and apply on to face and wash off in 15 minutes.

The above two packs have the same benefits with respect to lightening and evens out skin tone. But if you use sandalwood it gives a cooling effect.

Licorice gives a tingling sensation when applied, do a patch test before applying to see if it does not cause any reaction.

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

K’s which help in skincare

K’s which help in skincare

Taking in good food that is rich in nutrients,vitamins and minerals is not only good for a healthy body. Eating a healthy meal also is good to maintain skin and keep it free from skin problems. It is not that chemical compounds in sleek tubes, shiny tubs can get you clear skin that you dream of. The steel containers, ceramic jars in kitchen and also the fruit basket on your dining table can help you achieve the same.
Let’s take a look at K’s which help in skincare.

KIWIS

Kiwis



The fuzzy hairy brown outer skin might not seem appealing but the bright green pulp and black seeds sure do have a lot of skincare miracles hiding inside.



Vitamin C is one of the richest sources of antioxidants that helps fight against sun damage and free radical damage. Kiwi is rich in vitamin C and can help heal skin by revitalizing it. Kiwi can give expensive cosmetic range a run. Kiwi can be used as an astringent when applied topically on the skin and helps lighten the skin.


Vitamin C helps in skin hydration. That said kiwi can help increase lipid barriers which protect against moisture loss and gives a dewy skin which gives a youthful appearance.


Vitamin E is also present in kiwi which is helps in providing nourishment to skin. The combination of vitamin E and vitamin C is more beneficial than vitamin C alone.



Oxidative stress causes dark patches and dark spots as signs of ageing. The phytonutrients in kiwi help in shielding the DNA from this kind of damage.
Kiwi has the ability to influence the age cells because of presence of Vitamin C , vitamin E and phytonutrients which help in boosting collagen production. Kiwi has the healing capability to cure cuts, saggy skin, dark patches and spots and bruises.



Lutein present in kiwi helps protecting skin from ultraviolet radiation. It also has anitinflammatory properties that help in lessening rashes, allergy and swelling.


The antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of kiwi help in fighting against acne causing bacteria and thereby reduces chances for acne occurrence. Kiwi also helps in lightening dark spots left behind by acne.


Kiwi has AHAs naturally present which help in boosting skin radiance and skin cell turnover. This helps remove impurities which stand as hindrance to achieve even tone. Now this can be achieved from comfort of home just by rubbing kiwi slices on to skin.


Healthy blood vessels and oxygen circulation is essential to prevent eye bags or dark circles. Kiwi helps in improving blood circulation to achieve the same.


Potassium is necessary to keep skin firm and prevent sagging. It also helps against dryness. Kiwi contains potassium which helps keep skin firm and free from wrinkles and sagging.

DIYS:

  • Brightening mask: Just peel the skin of one kiwi. Blend the pulp and apply on to face. Wash off after 15 minutes.
  • Glow mask: Peel skin and blend the pulp and a cup of yogurt. Apply paste on to face and wash off after 30 minutes to discover glowing skin.
  • Hyperpigmentation and blemish mask: Peel skin and blend pulp . Add few drops of lemon juice. Apply on to face and wash off when it dries.
  • Mask for dry and dehydrated skin: Make a paste of one ripe banana. Mix in blended pulp of one kiwi and yogurt. Mix all the ingredients. Apply on to face and wash off after half an hour.
  • Beauty mask: Peel skin and blend pulp of one kiwi. Add one tablespoon of besan and ground almond powder. Mix all and apply on to skin. Wash off after 30 minutes.
  • Exfoliation mask : Blend one kiwi pulp, half a cucumber and five strawberries. Apply on to face and wash off after 30 minutes post gentle massage.
  • Acne prevention mask: Mix in one tablespoon of sandalwood powder to one kiwi’s pulp. Apply on to face and wash off after 30 minutes.
  • Radiant, skin rejuvenation mask: Mix in pulp of avocado and kiwi one tablespoon of each. Make a uniform paste and apply on to face. Wash off after 30 minutes.
  • Healthy skin mask: Mix in one tablespoon on olive oil to one tablespoon of kiwi juice. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.
  • Glow mask 2: Blend one egg yolk, 10 drops of olive oil and pulp of one peeled kiwi. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes.

Kalonji(Nigella seeds)

Nigella seeds/ kalonji



Kalonji or nigella seeds oil is antibacterial and helps fight against acne causing bacteria.



Popularly known as black seed oil it is rich in antioxidant. It helps fight against free radicals in body. Helps improve the quality of skin and acts well to heal inflammation.


Kalonji seeds can be a good remedy to cure cracked heals. You could simply apply the black seed oil to heal the cracks or mix in lemon juice with oil to massage the feet.



Black seed oil on regular usage helps lighten dark spots and patches.

It is a great remedy to combat eczema.

DIYS

  • Anti acne mask: Mix one teaspoon of kalonji powder, a teaspoon of lemon peel powder and half a teaspoon of ACV. Mix well and apply on affected areas. This also helps balance skin pH.
  • Skin detox mask: Mix in a tablespoon of kalonji powder, a teaspoon of aloe vera gel and a teaspoon of skimmed milk. Mix all and apply on to face. Wash off when it dries.
  • Basic mask: Mix a teaspoon of kalonji powder and a teaspoon of milk. Apply on to face and wash off after 15 minutes Evens skin tone and removes impurities.
  • Brightening mask:Mix in one teaspoon of oats powder, kalonji powder,half a teaspoon of honey and almond oil. Mix in some milk cream. Apply on to face and wash off when it dries post a gentle massage.
  • Detan mask: Mix in a spoon of kalonji powder. A teaspoon of rice flour and sesame oil. Add milk to adjust consistency. Apply on to face and wash off wen it dries. Heals sunburn and prevents tan.
  • Glow juice and mask: Mix in half a teaspoon of kalonji oil to one glass of orange juice. Drink in empty stomach to flush out toxins.
  • To remove tan this mixture can be applied on affected areas and washed off after 10 minutes.

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

J’s which help in skincare

J’s which help in skincare


Essential oils are great to use for skincare. But you need to know how to use them. They cannot be used directly but can be used in combination with carrier oils. Right from curing ailments , relaxing your mind to healing skin issues essential oils have varied benefits.



Now lets see how we could used jojoba oil and its benefits for skin.

JOJOBA OIL

Jojoba oil



Jojoba oil was long ago used by native Americans for its cosmetic and healing properties. They ground the seed with pestle to use the buttery residue that has many benefits.



Jojoba oil is a humectant. It helps to seal moisture and also act as a barrier preventing bacterial infection and acne.



Jojoba oil is rich in antioxidants and contains vitamin E. The antioxidants help protect against pollution effects on skin. Since antioxidants also help in collagen production it helps skin look younger and firm.



Jojoba oil is said to be noncomedogenic. Its similar to sebum secretion in skin.When applied on skin, it helps in less building up of sebum and thereby does not clog pores which eventually is the primary reason for acne or breakouts. This is because when applied the body is signaled that there is similar substance already present and does not need anything in addition to be secreted.



Jojoba oil is a hypoallergenic and does not cause an allergy when used on skin. It is easily absorbed because of its waxy texture.



Jojoba oil is a good ingredient to be used as cleanser. Soaps or face wash could be avoided and the oil can be used to remove dirt and impurities. Its an excellent makeup remover and makes it easier to remove it with ease.



Jojoba oil is a common ingredient in many sunscreen due to its healing abilities. It helps heal sunburns.


Jojoba oil helps in healing because of its anti inflammatory properties. Skin issues like dry skin, eczema, psoriasis ,acne and scarring can be healed. Topical application over skin can help in relieving itching, dryness and flaking.



Because of its oily consistency and texture it is suitable for treating dry and chapped lips.



USES:

  • Jojoba oil can be mixed with peppermint oil to ease pain.
  • Jojoba oil can be mixed with eucalyptus oil for stress relief.
  • Jojoba oil can be used to massage dry lips. This can be followed by using your regular lip balm. Visible difference on continuous usage.
  • Massage jojoba oil on skin around nails to moisturize the cuticles and to prevent infections in nails.
  • On prolonged usage it helps in lash growth.

DIYS


LIP SCRUB: Mix 1 tablespoon sugar, 2 tablespoon jojoba oil, few drops of peppermint oil, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon of honey to make your own lip scrub. Store in an airtight glass jar.


FACE MASK: Blend 1/2 cup oats to powder, mix in 1.5 tablespoons of coconut oil, honey and greek yogurt to it. Mix in few drops of jojoba oil and vitamin E oil. Oats helps in exfoliation and jojoba oil helps in moisturizing.


BODY SCRUB: Mix 1/2 cup brown sugar with one teaspoon each of jojoba and sweet almond oil. Mix in one tablespoon of honey and two tablespoons of lemon juice for your very own body scrub.

JUICES :

Juices


Juices are perfect to be taken in for glowing skin. After all a healthy body shows in the glowing skin. So your skin condition also depends on what you consume in.


Let me list down some juices that also guarantee glowing skin.

  • Beetroot juice: Beetroot is best to cure blemishes and dark spots. It also helps in purifying blood. Best time to consume would be in between meals.
  • Carrot juice:Helps ward off sun damage, acne and pigmentation. It also helps even out skin tone. Best time to consume would be early morning.
  • Tomato juice: Rich in antioxidants helps achieve younger looking skin. Also helps reduce dis-colouration and large pores. Best time to consume would be early morning.
  • Spinach juice: Helps lightening the tone and enhancing complexion. Best to be consumed as a meal replacement.
  • Orange juice: Prevents skin from getting dry and flaked. Boosts collagen and reduce premature ageing. Best time to consume is early morning or before meals.
  • Lemon juice: Cleanse the body and flush out toxins. Best time to consume is early morning with honey.
  • Aloe vera juice: Helps in skin healing and maintain natural glow. Best time to consume is early morning before meal.
  • Gooseberry or amla juice: Boost collagen production and delays ageing thereby reducing wrinkles , fine lines and dark spots. Best time to consume would be early morning or before meals.
  • Cucumber juice: Helps keep skin nourished and hydrated. Also helps in flushing out toxins. Best time to consume would be early morning in empty stomach.
  • Sweet lime juice: Helps purify blood and heals dry skin. Best time to be consumed is early in the morning.
  • Pomegranate juice: Slows down ageing, purifies blood, keeps skin hydrated and renews skin cells. Best time to consume is early in the morning.
  • Apple juice: Helps keep skin firm by boosting collagen and has antioxidants which delay signs of ageing. Best time to consume is early morning in empty stomach

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

I’s which help in skincare

I’s which help in skincare

Talking about skincare ingredients that can be sourced right from a hands reach today let’s get to know the ingredients in I that give you the perfect skin.

Ice

Ice

Most skincare experts when sought for skincare issues advice on drinking up enough water. Now why would that be a common advice? Drinking enough water helps flush out toxins from the body which is the major cause of many issues.

Frozen water or ice has multiple benefits to skincare. Surprised ?? It helps boost blood circulation and also aid skincare products used to show better results. Now let’s take a look at how this wonder ingredient in your freezer makes your skin glow. You could use this magic ingredient once a day on face and neck and notice the change.

Keeps acne in check
Acne could lead to redness and itching. Sometimes it could lead to inflammation that causes pain. Ice cubes help in making the pain subside. On continuous usage it could show good improvement on skin.

Reduce eyebags and puffy eyes
Wrap ice cubes in a cloth and then apply under the eyes. This is similar to how ice alleviates swelling. The under eye skin is delicate so take care not to have prolonged massage with ice cubes.

Ease waxing pains and discomfort
Ice cubes helps in easing the pains and discomfort post waxing or threading. The area usually appears red and sensitive. An ice cubes massage definitely helps in healing it.

Reduce pores
Post cleansing ice cubes can be wrapped in a cloth and used for massaging the skin on face. This helps in reducing the pore size and also sweating. Doing this massage also adds glow to skin.

Keeping foundation intact
Post cleansing and toning with an astringent, massage your face with a wrap cloth that has ice cubes. This will make your foundation last longer. You can thank me later for long lasting make up.

Reduce signs of ageing
Regular usage of applying ice cubes on face also helps in reducing signs of ageing. This is because the ice cubes help in boosting blood circulation which help the anti aging products to work better on skin.Since it also reduces pore size it helps prevent fine lines as well.

Remove facial hair

Applying ice and then using a facial scrub to remove facial hair could work when done over a longer period of time but could guarantee permanent results.

You could also use variety of ingredients in your ice cube to improve the benefits.

Aloe vera– for dry and dehydrated skin.

Rose water – for healing inflammation and rashes
Green tea – for antioxidant boost
Milk cubes– for firm cheekbones and contouring effect.

Ice apple

The summer fruit known as ice apple, tadgola is rich in vitamin, iron, minerals and calcium.

It’s an excellent coolant and great for cooling down the body heat naturally.

It is loaded with calcium, phosphorus and has antiinflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is great to heal rashes in summer.

Applying the flesh of ice apple.over rashes and prickly heat helps in soothing the area and relieves itching.

It slows down the process of ageing and due to the presence of photochemical which possess antioxidant properties.

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

H’s which help in skincare

Let’s take a look at ingredients in H which help in getting you flawless skin.

H’s which help in skincare

Himalayan pink salt

Himalayan pink salt

The Himalayan pink salt has been lauded and also applauded more in the recent years as the purest salt available on the planet. But what does it got to do with skincare. If you still haven’t incorporated this in your skincare routine, you could think of including it after reading the benefits.

This salt is rich in sodium but also contains traces of potassium, calcium, chloride and magnesium.

Balance skin pH
Himalayan pink salt helps in balancing skin pH, pore tightening and eliminates impurities. The salt helps in balancing the pH which is conducive in skin repairing.

Clear skin
The salt helps in reducing sebum production and helps in clearing out skin from problems like acne and blemishes.

Eliminates body odour

This miracle ingredient is very helpful to remove body odour.

Skin detox
The salt helps in eliminating toxins and helps in rejuvenation making it one of the best detoxifiers.

EXFOLIATION
The salt not only removes the dead skin cells but also makes it soft and supple.

Deep cleansing

The salt helps in absorbing dirt and impurities on top of the skin. With antibacterial properties it helps keep the skin clean.

DIY s

1.body scrub : fine grain Himalayan pink salt could be mixed with coconut oil to make it a body scrub. This help in removing dead cells cure irritation and help in regeneration of new cells. This would be the perfect solution to areas of flaky skin.

2. face mist : a teaspoon of pink salt with half a cup of water can be your go to face mist and hair spray. Dry skin: To this add some aloe Vera gel and coconut oil. Oily skin: the above concoction can be sued as is.

This spray also when used on hair gives you perfect beach waves.

3. Face mask : mix two teaspoons of salt to four teaspoons of honey. Apply the paste on face and neck. Wash off after 15 minutes with warm water. Gently do a scrub before washing.

4. Face toner : mix half teaspoon of salt to one teaspoon of coconut oil, few drops of lemon or orange oil and half a cup of water. Transfer to a bottle.

Honey

Honey

One of nature’s best gift as food, medicine and skincare product , honey is widely used in many products.

It’s antibacterial and antiseptic nature makes it one of the best ingredients for oily and acne prone skin.

Honey is by nature a humectant, which draws moisture without making skin dry.

Skin moisturizer : The components in honey enable it to get absorbed easily and softening skin from deep within.

DIY : Apply a tablespoon of honey on clear dry skin. Gently massage and leave on for 15 minutes. Wash off with cold water.

Cleanser : Honey can be used as cleanser to remove impurities from pores and remove blackheads. The dirt in the pores being removed help prevent blackheads. This is due to antibacterial property of honey.

DIY : mix one teaspoon honey with two teaspoons of coconut oil. Massage this paste onto clean dry skin. Massage in circular motion. Wash off with cold water.

Exfoliator : Honey is a natural exfoliator which helps removing dead skin cells without damaging skin unlike chemical exfoliator. Honey also helps in making skin radiant.

DIY : Mix one spoon baking soda with two spoons of honey. Wet face and massage this paste in circular motion.wash off in cold water.

Anti aging and reduces fine lines : The antioxidant present in honey helps in reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It helps improve elasticity of skin and keeps your skin glowing and youthful.

DIY : Mix honey with milk or curd. Apply onto face. Wash off with warm water post 15 minutes.

Reduce dark spots and blemishes

Honey help in lightening dark spots and blemishes.

DIY : Mix honey to one tomato’s juice. Apply on face and rinse with water after 15 minutes. This helps lightening dark spots and pigmentation.

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

G’s which help in skincare

G’s which help in skincare

Let’s take a look at the G’s which help in getting you wonderful skin.

Green gram

Green gram

An age old ingredient that has been passed down generations for maintaining good skin. Being used as the green gram or moong this little ingredient definitely guarantees flawless radiant skin when used on regular basis.
Enriched with vitamin C and A this ingredient can give your skin natural glow.


SKIN HYDRATION: Green gram helps in boosting hydration in dry skin. The cell rejuvenating enzymes and vitamins present in green gram help in moisture lock.



DIY:
Soak 2 teaspoons of green gram in 3 teaspoons of raw milk overnight.
Grind them to a fine paste in the morning and apply on face and neck.
Wash off after 20 minutes.
Can be used weekly thrice.


REMOVAL OF FACIAL HAIR
No more threading or shaving . This pack sure does reduce fine facial hair growth and guarantees result.


DIY: Soak 4 teaspoons of moong overnight. Grind I 2 teaspoons in the morning with 2 teaspoons sandalwood powder and 2 teaspoons orange peel powder. You could add milk to adjust consistency.
Apply on face and gently scrub in circular motion.


REDUCING SUN TAN EFFECT
Green moong helps in healing sun tan and restoring skin to its original form.



DIY:
Soak 4 teaspoon of moong overnight. Grind to a paste and mix in yogurt. Apply on face and neck. Wash off after 15 minutes.


PREVENT ACNE:
Popping out pimples or taking ITC medication is not going to reduce occurrence of pimples.


DIY:
Soak 4 teaspoons of moong overnight. Grind to a paste, add two teaspoon of ghee and massage skin. Wash off after massage. When using this pack on regular basis you could see visibly acne free skin.



SKIN BRIGHTENING:
Green moong is an excellent ingredient for exfoliation. Regular exfoliation when properly done does give you radiant glowing skin. The dead cells and dirt when taken out during exfoliation make skin glow from within.


DIY:
Soak two teaspoons of moong overnight. Grind to a paste and add 1-2 two drops of almond oil and a teaspoon of honey. Apply this pack on face and wash off after 15 minutes. Repeat twice a week.



BATH POWDER/FACE WASH:
Dry green moong powder can be used daily on a regular basis. You could mix it with turmeric or besan and use it as cleanser or a face wash.

Green tea

Green tea

Widely wanted drink next to water on this planet. Starting your mornings with this wonder drink has innumerable health benefits to offer. But if you have not applied this ingredient topically your skincare routine needs to be revisited.


Green tea when consumed has a lot of health benefits and also helps flush out toxins thereby aiding clear skin. But this wonder ingredient has now found its way into almost all skincare product range by almost every brand.


Right from a face wash, moisturizer, toner, face mask,scrub and sleeping mask ; you name it and green tea is surely listed as one of the ingredients.

Why green tea?


Fights against premature ageing : The antioxidants present in green tea helps in rejuvenate skin cells. Green tea combats signs of ageing and helps make skin look healthier by repairing them and protecting them. Vitamin B2 in green tea helps boost collagen production thus makes skin look more firm.


Reduce irritation: Polyphenols in green tea have anti-inflammatory properties which help in reducing swelling or redness. For dermatitis and psoriasis green tea can help in soothing and reducing the itch feel.


Moisturize skin: Vitamin E in green tea helps in nourishment of the skin cells. On continuous application you can visibly notice reduced roughness and enough hydration in skin.



Protects against skin cancer: The antioxidants present in green tea help fight against free radical . Free radicals could be harmful to the body and green tea helps in repairing the DNA due to damage caused by exposure to harmful UV rays.


Helps in acne treatment: The polyphenols have anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties which help in treating acne breakouts effectively.
The polyphenols also help in regulating the production of sebum which are main cause of acne.
Green tea also helps fight against bacteria which cause acne.


Helps maintain skin pH: Some blends of green tea have natural oils which help nourish the skin and maintain their pH.


Helps tone the skin:
The astringent nature of green tea helps in shrinking the pores making it free from grease and dirt. Hence skin transforms having even tone.


Remedy for chapped lips: Green tea has excellent hydration properties which make it a great option to treat chapped lips. Use a brewed green tea bag over chapped lips. Remember not to scrub the lips.


Reduce puffiness and dark circles:The presence of tannin and antioxidants in green tea help shrink blood vessels under the eyes and hence make the skin tone lighter and reduce puffiness of the eyes. Regular usage will lighten the dark circles.

DIYs




For natural glow and moisture: Brew 1 tablespoon of green tea in water and mix honey(1 tbsp). Apply this onto face and let this sit for about 20 minutes. Wash off in cold water. Repeat twice a week.



For soft and supple skin: Mix two egg yolks, a tablespoon of oats, 3 green tea bag contents, one spoon sugar and half a spoon honey. Apply onto face and wash off after 20 minutes in cold water. Repeat once a week.



For oily skin: Mix content of one green tea bag, a teaspoon of rice flour, half a teaspoon honey and drops of lemon juice. Apply onto face and wash off after 15 minutes. Repeat once a week.


For sensitive skin:Mix content of one green tea bag, a teaspoon of yogurt and honey and few drops of lemon juice. Apply onto face and wash off after 15 minutes. Can be applied daily.



For oily skin: Mix half mashed banana, one teaspoon of yogurt and honey and content of one green tea bag. Apply on to face and wash off after 5 minutes post massaging.

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

F’s which help in skincare

F’s which help in skincare

Nature doesn’t fail to surprise be it with fruits or vegetables and the innumerable benefits they have to offer. And now since we are in F, lets see what ingredients in F help in skincare.

FIG

Fig



Fig or anjeer is loaded with antioxidants. When we say antioxidants we know that the major role is to combat skin ageing. FIg helps in rejuvenating skin, evenning the complexion, prevents wrinkles and cures boils and warts. Fig was cleopatra’s favourite fruit.



Prevents wrinkles

The antioxidant property help reduce the depth of the wrinkles. Figs help to decrease melanin production , water loss and sebum production.As a result it helps in increased hydration. Its effective in treating pigmentation, acne and wrinkles.



Rejuvenate skin
Figs help in rejuvenation. The benefit can be attained when you consume or apply them on skin.

DIY
Take fig cut in half, scoop of fresh and mash it up with yogurt or honey. Apply and wash of after 15 minutes. This mask offers instant freshness to skin.


Soft and supple skin
Loaded with vitamin C figs also contain a lot of anti oxidants which help in making the skin tone even.

DIYs
Blend figs with milk and oats and also add half a teaspoon fof dry ginger powder. Apply on to skin and wash off after 15 minutes to discover smooth skin.
Soak and blend figs. Add in 2-3 drops of almond oil. Apply on face and wash off after it dries.


Heal boils and warts
The anti inflammatory property in figs makes them beneficial in healing boils and warts. Figs can be cut and directly used on affected area to gain maximum benefit of reduced inflammation.

FLAX SEEDS

Flax seed


Omega 3 fatty acids have innumerable benefits majorly for health. But sadly vegetarian sources are very limited. But a small seed that gives you what you missed is something great. Flax seeds are enriched with omega 3 fatty acids which play major role in heart, skin and hair health.



When flax seeds are used in topical application, the oil in them helps in providing nourishment to skin, improve skin barrier,regulate sebum production and provide nutrients which are wiped off when skin is exposed to harsh chemicals in the name of exfoliation. The seeds help in replenishing vitamins and minerals there by giving you glowing skin.


Glowing skin: The omega 3 fatty acids in flax seeds help keep the skin hydrated and prevent drying as a result your skin glows.


Anti-ageing: The antioxidants in flax seed help in fighting against ageing thereby reducing fine lines, wrinkles and help in skin tightening and lessening of sagging skin.



Acne prevention: Flax seeds help in balanced production of estrogen thereby reducing chances of breakouts. Flax seeds also help regulate sebum production.



Skin rejuvenation: Flax seed when grounded and made powder can be incorporated into face packs due to its quality of being an excellent agent for exfoliation.



Soothes skin irritation: The anti inflammatory property in the seeds help provide a healing effect to the redness and irritation caused by UV rays and free radicals.


When consumed , flax seeds help in repairing skin from the inside. They help in curbing inflammation, balancing estrogen production and strengthening the skin cells from within thereby helping you achieve flawless and healthy glowing skin.


Consuming two spoons of flax seed each day helps in solving most of your skin care problems. It’s water retention abilities help the skin retain moisture so that your skin never gets dried.



Flax seeds are best absorbed when in grounded form. Always make them freshly ground and add them to smoothies or salads.

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

E’s which help in skincare

E’s which help in skincare

Eggs

E for ‘egg’ stays right . So lets start with benefits of using egg in skincare. Eggs provide a good dose of nourishment to skin since they are protein packed. It is not wrong to call them as super foods. Hydration and elasticity to skin is provided by eggs since they are rich in lutin. They also play a big role in repairing skin tissues and making skin firm since they are protein rich.



Eggs help in improving the texture be it dry or oily skin. The protein rich yolk aids in moisturizing whereas the white that is rich in albumin helps in reducing open pores.



Eggs help in regulating oil production thereby also removing dead skin cells so they’re good ingredients for exfoliation.



1.DIY to reduce open pores
Take two egg whites, beat and mix with one tablespoon of lemon juice. Apply on to areas where pores are visible. Once it dries wash off with lukewarm water.

2.DIY for glowing skin
Take two eggs, add yogurt and beat. Apply this mask on to face and neck.
Wash off after it dries for discover glowing skin.


3.DIY for dry skin
Take one egg and mix in half a tablespoon of honey. Apply on to face and neck.
Wash off after it dries for discover hydrated skin.



4.DIY to reduce eye bags
Egg whites are known to bring in firmness to skin. Take two beaten egg whites and apply the paste beneath the eyes. Wash off after ten minutes.



5 DIY for skin lightening
Take one egg white mix with one teaspoon of orange juice and half a teaspoon of turmeric. Apply onto face and neck. Wash off once it dries.



6.DIY for sensitive skin
Take one egg white, mix with a teaspoon of honey, yogurt and cucumber juice. Apply on to face and neck. Wash with lukewarm water.



7. DIY anti ageing eye mask
Mix one egg white with grated carrot and a teaspoon of aloe vera gel. Apply under the eyes and around. Do not apply on to eyelids.



8.DIY to remove black heads
Apply beaten egg white on to nose. Take a strip of paper towel and place over the area. Apply one more layer of egg white. Leave it to dry for about 30 minutes. Peel off.



When using masks containing egg whites make sure you do not put them into eyes and mouth. Eggs have salmonella which could cause an infection.

Eucalyptus


Originally native to australia eucalyptus is now grown all over the world. The eucalyptus oil is derived from the tree’s oval shaped leaves.


An ingredient that cannot be directly applied on to skkin but can be found in many of personal care products. It’s uses in skincare would mostly include healing of skin.


Soothes insect bites
A natural anti septic ingredient, eucalyptus helps in healing of bug bites,cuts and burns. The additional anti microbial property helps in prevention of new germ infestation. Makes an easy application too. Just dab a cotton ball in 2-3 drops of oil and apply on the affected area.



Heals cuts and scrapes
Eucalyptus oil helps make an easy anti-septic spray. Be it a cut or a burn you can now make your very own anti-septic spray at the comfort of your home. Combine 10-12 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to two cups of water and store in a spray bottle. Tada!! so easy isn’t it.



Heals sunburns

Sunburns are really painful and irritating. A refreshing spray that helps heal the burns and also makes your skin fresh is what everyone needs. The pain relieving properties and anti inflammatory properties help in healing sunburns. Combine two ounces of water, a teaspoon of aloe vera gel and 2-3 drops of eucalyptus oil and your spray to heal sunburns and to deal with a hot day is ready.


Eucalyptus is usually diluted with a carrier oil when making lotions, moisturizers. Eucalyptus also finds its place in soaps, shower gels and handwashes because of its ability to soothe the skin and heal.



DIY SHOWER SPRAY

Mix 15-20 drops of eucalytus oil( 2 caps) to 4 ounces of distilled water and store in spray bottle. This makes a great rejuvenating shower spray. Make sure you store this only in glass bottles since eucalyptus is known to break plastics. This shower sure does calm down the muscles and gives a relaxed effect to the whole body and mind.

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

B’s which help in skincare #blogchatterA2Z


Let’s take a look at the B’s which help in skincare today.

BEESWAX:


Prominent ingredient in lip balms but did you know that this ingredient has innumerable benefits to skin as well. One of the best ingredients that people with dry skin would be thankful for, since it helps soothe dry skin.


A humectant in itself which means that it helps retain the skin’s moisture. Which is why beeswax is a prominent ingredient in moisture lock skincare products like lotions and body butters.


Unlike petroleum jelly that’s most commonly used, beeswax doesn’t suffocate your skin but still provides the protective barrier and helps seal moisture.


The vitamin A in beeswax helps improve hydration and also regeneration of skin. Which is why now you know that this marvel ingredient is present in many skincare products.


Beeswax also help in attracting water molecules, hence it also aids in your skin getting the extra moisture it needs.


Beeswax has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which help keep the skin away from bacterial, fungal infections and also inflammations. As a result the skin is clean and clear of impurities.


Makeup products which contain beeswax stay on your skin for longer duration naturally in place of pore blocking primers which have silicone in them.


Beeswax helps in the thickening of many homemade skincare products. If you are someone who makes your own lotions, lip balms or body butters you know that this magical ingredient helps in blending the other ingredients and maintains consistency of the end product.

Especially if you use ingredients like coconut oil, beeswax helps in keeping the thickness since coconut oil has low melting point.


Since it forms a protective barrier on the skin, it does not let sweat stains on the clothes so makes a great ingredient for homemade deodorant .


HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE DEODORANT
Take equal parts of arrow root, baking soda and mix with coconut oil ,essential oil , beeswax, Mix well so that they blend with each other. Freeze.
If you would want a variant you could also add shea butter to half the quantity of coconut oil.

BANANAS


B is for banana can not only be taught to kids but also for skincare enthusiasts.

The nutrient rich fruit is not only a energy powerhouse for the body but also a powerhouse of magical benefits for the skin.


Anti-ageing– Bananas are known as nature’s botox since they contains antioxidants which help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
DIY: Mash a small banana, one tablespoon of orange juice and a tablespoon of yoghurt. Apply and rinse of after ten minutes in cold water.


Anti-acne – Acne causing bacteria and resultant blemishes would vanish off if you massage with a banana peel since they are loaded with Vitamin A , zinc and manganese.
DIY: Mash with a fork a small ripe banana, half a spoon of baking soda and half a spoon of turmeric. Apply and wash off after ten minutes in cold water.


Oil control: Bananas are boon for people with oily skin. They act as excellent exfoliator to remove the excess oil(sebum) from the skin.

DIY: Mash one ripe banana with a spoon of honey and half a spoon of lemon for an oil control face mask. Wash off after 10 minutes with cold water.


Moisturizer:
Bananas act as good moisturizers to skin, by keeping them well nourished and hydrated. They also add nourishment to dry skin. Vitamin A present helps even out skin texture of flaky skin and nourishes skin by restoring moisture.


Lessen dark spots: Whether its pigmentation or spots post acne, bananas help in lessening the dark spots. Applying mashed banana as a face mask twice a week indeed helps in this aspect.

DIY: Mash a banana with one tablespoon of honey and one table spoon of lemon juice. Apply and rinse after ten minutes with cold water.


RELIEF FROM CRACKED HEELS:
If you’re someone who has cracked feet, a banana foot mask is all you need to get it fixed. Soak foot in warm lemon water for about 2-3 minutes. Mash bananas into paste and apply on to the feet. Leave the mask on for about 10 minutes and wash off. The banana pulp gives you a soft supple crack free feet by penetrating into the skin and cracked heels.


RELIEF FROM PUFFED EYES:
The blood vessels under the eyes need to be calmed in order to not puff up the eyes. The nutrients in bananas help in this case. The potassium present in banana also helps in drawing out excess fluid and helps relieve tired eyes. A banana mask made of mashed bananas that’s generously applied helps relieve from puffed eyes. You could alternatively use the peel as well for the same benefits.


BASED ON SKIN TYPE:
OILY: Mash banana with honey and lemon juice. Apply and rinse after ten minutes.
DRY: Mash banana with one tablespoon of olive oil and one tablespoon avocado puree.

BESAN:


Besan or gram flour is an ancestral magic ingredient that has been handed down to generations as the secret to healthy glowing skin. An easily available ingredient in every household has a place in major DIY face packs.


EXFOLIATE SKIN: Besan works great as a scrub for the face and body. Mix besan, oats and corn starch in the ratio 3:2:1 with rose water or milk. Apply and then scrub off to remove excess oil, dead skin and impurities.


DECREASE OILNESS IN SKIN: Besan with raw milk mask helps in cleansing the skin and reducing oiliness.


FACIAL HAIR REMOVAL: Those tiny fine facial hairs are always a concern. No worries when you have besan at home.

DIY: Mix equal quantities of besan and methi powder/ fenugreek powder with water. Apply the paste and wash off when it dries. You will see a gradual decrease in facial hair.



ANTI -ACNE: Besan helps in preventing acne. The zinc present in besan helps fight against acne causing bacteria. The fibre present helps stabilize the sugar levels in our body. The skin experiences breakouts and acne when the sugar levels are not well balanced leading to stressed hormones.
DIY: Mix a spoon each of besan, lemon juice, honey and turmeric powder. Apply on face and neck, wash off after ten minutes.


TAN REMOVAL: Besan is good ingredient to remove tan and impurities from skin. Mix a tablespoon of besan, yoghurt and lemon juice. Apply and rinse after ten minutes. This can be done on a daily basis before taking a bath for better results.



So I hope you will start using these B’s into your skincare regimen. Do let me know your feed-backs.

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

Skin exfoliation – How to and how not to. #myfriendalexa

Exfoliation

What is exfoliation ?

Our skin sheds dead skin cells on a periodic basis, removal of the dead skin cells from the topmost layer is called exfoliation. This removal is done by using granular products or chemicals. Each one of these has its own effects.

Benefits of exfoliation

Exfoliating the skin by removing the dead skin cells results in clearer and brighter skin. Skin exfoliation helps to unclog pores and remove the dry flaky skin that is caused when skin doesn’t shed completely. There is no use of applying skincare products on skin that is not exfoliated. Only when the dead cells are removed, it paves way for good absorption of skincare products.

Breakouts can be minimised when you do not have any clogged pores due to regular exfoliation.

Reduction of fine lines, sagging are what we want to keep skin healthy and for anti-ageing. Collagen is the key for the spotless and younger looking healthy skin. This protein helps in skin elasticity. If you need glowing skin, collagen is the secret ingredient behind it. Long term exfoliation, helps in increasing collagen production the natural way.

How often to exfoliate ?

If you are person with normal skin, you should do this thrice a week.

But if you have acne-prone skin, it is best to do it everyday. This should be done before using your cleanser since that will not completely remove the accumulation.

If you have sensitive skin, stick to exfoliating once a week.

When to exfoliate?

The ideal time would be morning, since at nights the skin goes to the repair and rejuvenate mode. This can soak up all the benefits. Make sure to use a good moisturizer post exfoliation.

Types of exfoliator

Manual exfoliators which can be the scrubs available OTC or DIYs at home. They can be abrasive so you must be careful while choosing them.

Chemical exfoliators are those with AHAs, BHAs and salicylic acid. They’re chemicals with acid which react with skin to remove the dead skin accumulation. They give you a uniform exfoliated look compared to the manual one’s.

Don’ts of exfoliation

1. Exfoliate very often if you have normal skin. Twice or thrice a week should be fine.

2. Exfoliate broken or irritated skin. Especially if you have shaved or waxed.

3. Use random exfoliators that you get.

4. Rub the skin or use rough motions to exfoliate.

5. Use body scrubs for face. They are harsher and apt only for body. The facial skin is delicate and requires specific product.

Do’s of exfoliation

1. Pick the right exfoliator that suits your skin.

2. Apply moisturizer generously post exfoliation.

3. Exfoliate in the morning and stick to the time. Not alternating day and night.

4. Invest in a good gentle scrub if you place to do it daily.

5. Wash off with cold water and pat dry.

DIY scrubs at home

  • Salt scrub – One tbsp of salt, half a tbsp of almond, coconut or sesame oil and 2 drops of essential oil.
  • Sugar scrub – One tbsp of salt, half a tbsp of almond, coconut or sesame oil and 2 drops of essential oil.
  • Oatmeal scrub – Two tbsp of oats, two tbsp of sugar, one tbsp of oil and 2 drops of essential oil.
  • Coffee scrub – Two tbsp of coffee powder, two tbsp of sugar, one tbsp of oil and 2 drops of essential oil.

These are readily available ingredients at home that can help you with exfoliation and also ones with which you can alternate. If you find any irritation or redness post exfoliation discontinue using it.

It is widely said that chemical exfoliators are better since they are less abrasive. The acids react with the skin and peel of the dry and flaky skin. But these exfoliators need to sit on the skin for a longer duration for the reaction to happen. However in a physical exfoliator do not rub and perform circular motion for more than three minutes.

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