Reasons to include fenugreek in diet

Fenugreek or methi is an ingredient commonly found in the Indian household. Found to taste bitter these tiny golden seeds are a storehouse of various benefits.

Fenugreek finds its way into alternate and Chinese medicine for a longer period of time. Because of it’s property to help in thickening, it is also used in gravies though it adds a bitter taste.

Fenugreek also finds itself in the list of ingredients in making soap and shampoo.

The leaves from methi are rich in fibre and used to make numerous dishes to add flavour. Did you know its so very easy to grow fenugreek even in your balcony/kitchen garden?

REASONS TO INCLUDE FENUGREEK

Because of the soluble fibers present in it, fenugreek helps in lowering LDL, reducing blood sugar levels and weight loss. It also helps in fighting against colon cancer and also treat acid re flux and heart burns.

Fenugreek herbal tea helps boost breastmilk production. Hence a lot of new mothers instead of taking over the counter medicines to boost milk supply could resort to home remedies like these to help in boosting their breastmilk production.

Fenugreek when consumed regularly by men helps in boosting testosterone and therefore as a beneficial effect show increased libido.

Fenugreek helps in lowering blood sugar levels. Fenugreek plays a major role in improvising insulin levels and the high fibre content helps in maintaining the sugar levels.

Appetite control and weight loss- Fenugreek helps in appetite control aiding less intake of fat and overall reduction in appetite. Hence consumption of fenugreek on regular basis aids weight loss.

Fenugreek helps in reduction of frequent heart burn symptoms thereby reducing the intake of antacid medication. It strengthens the digestive tract and helps keep a check on gastritis and bloating.

Fenugreek since it is rich in fibre and also amounts of antioxidants helps in flushing out harmful toxins from the body.

Fenugreek is a great addition for intake for people whose body is dominated by kapha. The seeds helps in generating heat in the body, because these people are weakly immune and mostly prone to flu, cold and cough. The heat generation helps in immunity boosting.

Fenugreek leaves are great for skin health. The rich amounts of antioxidants and vitamins helps in tackling skin problems.

Fenugreek helps in reduction of hair fall and boost hair growth. It can be taken in powder form mixed with buttermilk to reap this benefit. You can also apply soaked fenugreek paste or fenugreek infused coconut oil on your hair to tackle hair fall and boost hair growth.

Fenugreek helps in treatment of fever and sore throat when consumed in combination with lemon and honey.

Fenugreek helps in treating uterine problems like menstrual cramps, period pains and hot flushes. Fenugreek water helps in easing the pain during the time of menstruation.

It is said that fenugreek empowers the mammary glands and hence encourages development of breast tissues. This helps in increase breast size.

Fenugreek helps in destroying free radicals in body and fights against skin problems like dark circles, wrinkles and age spots.

Fenugreek seeds benefit pregnant women by stimulating the labour and uterine contractions, they are also said to decrease in pain. However if taken in excess it leads to miscarriage and preterm labour.

The compound galactomannan present in fenugreek helps in tackling cardiovascular diseases.

HOW TO INCLUDE FENUGREEK?

  • Fenugreek can be soaked overnight and seeds can be consumed in empty stomach in the morning.
  • Fenugreek can be soaked overnight and the infused water can be consumed on empty stomach.
  • Fenugreek herbal tea can be consumed by adding two teaspoons of fenugreek to a glass of water. Boil and reduce to half and consumed.
  • Fenugreek can be roasted and made into powder. This can be taken with buttermilk, water or even added in curries or gravies.
  • Fenugreek can be sprouted and made into sabzi.
  • Fenugreek leaves can be included in diet to make rotis, dal or gravies.

FENUGREEK FOR HAIR

OIL : Roast about 3 teaspoons of fenugreek . Mix in about 100 ml of coconut oil. Let it infuse for a week and it can be used for hot oil massages for the hair.

MASK: Fenugreek can be soaked overnight , ground with water or curd and applied as a hair mask. Wait it out for about 30 minutes and shower with regular shampoo and conditioner.

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This post is part of blogchatters half marathon.

All about Simple nail care

As much as we do the skincare and hair care, when it comes to hands and nails , they always take the back seat.
Most people opt for manicures or pedicures only at the salon. Not sure if it because of the lack of time, or not willing to invest in the products. I do not comment on it, but getting it done is what matters.


Life came to a standstill with the pandemic, salons closing and a major setback for people because their now at their own risks for hair cut, spas, pedicure and manicure. With that said, taking care of yourself in terms of skin, hair and nails isn’t a big deal if you are willing to spend some time for it.

When it comes to nail care, we commonly find two sets of people. People who can do manicure with closed eyes and people who do not know the difference between the cuticle and the half-moons. No matter whichever category you belong to, here are tips that make nail care easy.

DO NOT BITE NAILS
Though most people do it out of stress or being tensed, biting nails just as we learnt in primary school isn’t a great habit. We are either directly feeding on the germs from the nails and spoiling the nails which already had a good manicure. In short to avoid it, you could maybe cut it out immediately once it grows big, have a peer signal you when you are about to bite. Nails do not taste great anyway.

MOISTURISE

Dish washing, sanitizing, using hand washes frequently wipe of the natural oils from nails. It makes the nails brittle, crack and split. The best way to moisture is to use baby cream or vaseline. Just massage the nails until the cream is absorbed.

LENGTH RECONSIDERATION

Nails that chip along edges or are stripping of at the tips need to be reconsidered for length. If you are someone who does daily chores like dish washing , peeling I hate to break it, it is difficult to manage with long nails. You could maybe reconsider the length to a level just above the finger that can be manageable.

NO CUTICLE REMOVAL

Cuticles signify the nail health, so do not break the barrier, It can easily lead to inflammation. Cuticles protect your nails from infection and removing them can cause nail infection for a longer duration. You can invest in a cuticle oil to take care of your nails.

WEAR GLOVES

In case you use harsh soaps for cleaning, be it the house or vessels, make sure you wear gloves when you touch the detergent. Harsh chemicals might prove bad for nail health. Also make sure to wear gloves so that your nails do not chip when your either cleaning or gardening.

EAT WELL

A well balanced diet is very much necessary for overall body maintenance including your nails. A healthy diet can guarantee you healthy nails which are supple. Vegetables, whole grains, seeds, legumes and nuts when included in diet regularly help in producing nutrient rich blood which help in boosting mail health.

DO NAIL FILING IN ONE DIRECTION

People naturally tend to file nails in back and forth motion. What actually needs to be done is doing it in a one direction motion. Doing it in back and forth makes the edges rough.

DO NOT PEEL GEL NAILS
When you want to remove gel nail polish from nails, do not peel them off. They will strip the nail off and also the natural oils. They might even lead to brittle nails. Make sure you soak them with acetone and a cotton ball to remove the polish.

LEAVE THEM POLISH FREE

Once a while leave the nails polish free cause they need their breathing space. If nails turn yellow or are being very brittle, the nails signal you to give them some polish free time.
So go polish free for about a week or two, give the nails a good massage. Once they turn healthy you can resume to applying nail polishes.

SIMPLE NAIL CARE ROUTINE

  • Remove nail polish with remover.
  • File the nails.
  • Push the cuticles back
  • Cleanse the nails.Wash the hands thoroughly. Pat dry. Use acetone to remove any moisture.
  • Apply base coat.
  • Apply two coats of nail polish.
  • Clean the area around nails
  • Apply the top coat.
  • Apply hand cream

I hope the above tips and routine might make it easier to manage nails in our busy lives.

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This post is a part of Blogchatter ‘Half Marathon.’ 

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.

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.

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.

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.