Archive for May, 2012

May 22, 2012

Banish those darkshadows-Undereye circles forever…….


What’s our no 1 worry?????According to a recent  survey of 13,000 women, under-eye circles (and puffiness) are the demons to beat!!
The skin under our eyes is very thin. As we get exposed to sun rays, the  skin under the eyes gets damaged and becomes more thin and wrinkled. The veins below this thin skin start looking prominent. Thus the wrinkles and prominent veins form dark circles. Some times pigmentation also causes dark circles.

Common causes of  under-eye circles.

  •  Allergies -Eczema-atopic dermatitis
  • Lack of sleep:. Scrimping on your beauty rest not only causes blood vessels to become more visible; it also cause swelling, which can accentuate dark circles.
  • Heredity — dark under-eye circles can run in families
  • Lifestyle factors: physical or emotional stress, smoking, or chronic alcohol use can take a toll on your appearance
  • Nasal Congestion (which can dilate and darken the veins that drain from your eyes to your nose)
  • Pigmentation irregularities — these are a particular concern for people of color, especially blacks and Asians
  • Rubbing or scratching your eyes
  • Sun exposure : Prompts your body to produce more melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color
  • Ageing :Thinning skin and loss of fat and collagen — common as you age — can make the reddish-blue blood vessels under your eyes more obvious
Thus Dark circles under your eyes can strike men, women and children alike and are very difficult to get rid off.
However Facial exercises &Natural remedies can help reduce the appearance of dark circles or bags under your eyes as they tone your facial muscles.

Facial Tapping

Tapping your face can help improve the circulation of blood underneath your eyes. Make sure your hands are clean, then use the pad of your little  finger to tap the skin under the eye area. By tapping lightly and quickly, you can help boost circulation in your face

Ear Massages

Did you know that massaging your ears can help make your face glow, which can in turn reduce the appearance of dark eye circles :)…. Use your index finger and thumb to lightly massage and tug at the rims of your ears.

Bed Exercise

This exercise can help promote the circulation of blood throughout your face, including around your eyes. Lie flat on your bed on your back. Your head should be hanging off the edge of your bed. Slowly lift your head up and bring it as close to your chest as possible. Hold this position for a count of 10 seconds. Relax and repeat five times.

Eyebrow Lifts

This exercise can help eliminate the appearance of dark circles under your eyes. Sit up straight and close your eyes. Relax for a minute or two. While opening your eyes wide, lift your eyebrows up as high as you possibly can. Hold this position for a count of two seconds. Relax for two seconds and repeat. Complete this exercise 10 times.

Look Up and Down

Rapid eye movements can help reduce the appearance of bags under your eyes. Sit down with your back straight and your eyes facing forward. Close your eyes and look down. Keep your eyes closed and look up. Complete this exercise as rapidly as possible. Repeat 10 times. Remember to avoid opening your eyes.

 

Natural Remedies

  • Eight hours of sleep is a must for all of us, especially for people having dark circles under their eyes.
  • Diet: Eat a whole-foods, plant-based diet, drink plenty of water (eight 8-ounce glasses daily), and avoid alcohol, coffee, tea and caffeinated soft drinks. These go a long way in preventing bags, circles and wrinkles. Supplement your diet with antioxidants,multivitamins and greens and drink freshly squeezed vegetable juices.
  • Rosemary  or chamomile Tea Treatment: Try applying a cold compress of  rosemary tea /chamomile tea  to increase circulation, which helps reduce swelling around the eyes. Make tea by bringing a half-cup of fresh rosemary and a quart of water to a boil. Steep for 20 minutes, then strain and chill. Soak a  soft cloth in the tea, ring out extra liquid anal place over eyes for 15 to 20 minutes, once a day, as needed.
    Green Teabag Treatment:
    Refrigerate used green tea bags overnight,and use them as eye pads to reduce undereye circles&puffiness around the eyes…..Green tea contains tannins and antioxidants which improve the circulation in the area and reduce dark circles.
    Lie down &put the cold tea bags over your eyes, making certain that they are covering the area around the eye . Let them stay for 10 to 15 minutes before removing them from your eyes. Repeat this procedure over several days & you will see a reduction in dark circles.
  • Acupressure: Another circulation-boosting treatment is acupressure. This is an easy exercise that you can also do every day. Close your eyes and gently press your ring finger underneath one eye, moving from the inside corner to the outside corner. Do this 10 to 15 times. Then repeat on the other eye.
  • Cold compress: Close your eyes and cover them with a cold washcloth or chilled cucumber slices for about five minutes. Repeat several times throughout the day. That will help constrict your blood vessels, minimizing darkness, and it may help minimize tissue swelling and eliminate some of the darkness.
  • Moisturise with aloevera : To minimize the appearance of bags, plump up skin with light non greasy moisturizers  like aloevera  or cucumber based gels that protects skin cells from damage and supports collagen production,and improve circulation
  • Spread on the sunscreen. Use a sunscreen especially made for the face with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, but preferably 20, “all day every day,” to keep the sun’s rays from darkening the skin under your eyes,
  • Freeze some parsley in ice cubes. Use the parsley cubes instead of eye creams to diminish dark circles and puffiness. Parsley is packed with chlorophyll which helps fade darkness, while the ice cubes reduce the swelling.
  • Potato/Cucumber combinations are helpful.

    • Close your eyes and cover eyelids with slices of raw potato or cucumber for 15-20 minutes. Wash with warm water and apply a cream.
    • Grate a cucumber, squeeze to take out its juice and refrigerate. Make a mixture of lemon juice, lanolin cream and cucumber juice and apply around the eye for 10-15 minutes.
    • Dip some cotton in a 1:1 mixture of potato and cucumber juices. Put the cotton on your eyelids and keep for 20 minutes. Wash your eyes with cold water.
  • Lemon/Tomato combinations are helpful.
    • Apply a mixture of lemon and tomato juice (equal parts) on the black circles 2 times a day.
    • Make a paste out of the following:
      • 1 tsp. tomato juice,
      • 1/2 tsp. lemon juice,
      • a pinch of turmeric powder, and
      • 1 tsp. of flour.

      Apply around eyes. Leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing.

  • Massage with almond oil under and around eyes at bed time daily for 2 weeks and see the improvement. Almond helps to remove dark circles, and is an excellent “skin food”.
  • Vitamin E  Rub: Gently massage the area with a powdered Vitamin E capsule and wipe off with a mixture of honey and egg white.
  • Put hot and cold cloths alternatively under eyes for 10 minutes. Then apply some almond oil on the dark surface before going to bed.Eye exercises alone cannot eliminate the appearance of dark circles under your eyes. It is important to get plenty of sleep and practice good skin care. You should also avoid the consumption of alcohol and tobacco products. Remember that as you age, dark circles often appear naturally. While they cannot be prevented, these simple natural remedies & facial exercises  in tandem with a  healthy diet and lifestyle will help chase these demons away forever 🙂 Do give them a shot ,though with a lot of patience &keep me posted about the results……………….
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May 17, 2012

Spritz away dryness of skin and hair at work!!



Did you know that long hours at your desk in a closed dehumidified airconditioned environment all day long takes a toll not only on your mind,but your skin and hair as well…!!!!Are you fed up with your dry lifeless skin and hair????
Some very handy tips to safeguard your skin at work and keep dryness away……
1.Moisturise:Keep a moisturizer in the desk drawer or top shelf at work and use it regularly during the day.

2.Spritz dryness away!!
Spritz your skin and hair with water or a solution of aloevera gel at regular intervals throughout the day

 3.A simple make at home aloevera gel   spritz  solution:

1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup aloe vera gel, 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil or vegetable glycerin, 3-5 drops of an essential oil.Mix well in  a blender or in a spray bottle.Spritz over skin and hair at regular intervals,and the magical moisturising powers of aloevera will keep dryness away.

4. Use water as a humidifier.
Filling a bowl with water and leaving it on your desk or in a tucked-away corner.
5.Hydrate yourself all through the day:
Drink water regularly throughout the day. Avoid having too many caffeinated drinks, preferring water for most of your hydration.
6.Take regular Breaks:
Whenever  possible, schedule regular breaks to stretch and exercise. Maintaining your body weight is an important step to keeping healthy skin.
7.Take Computer Breaks :
If your skin is red, blotchy and puffy, it may be as a result of sitting for too long and being faced with the computer visuals and radiation.
8.Cover that screen:Take regular breaks and use screen covers on your monitor to prevent exposure to radiation.
9. Have the air-conditioning or heating inspected.
If the artificial air feels uncomfortable for any reason, e.g., too hot, too cold or blowing too hard etc., have the system inspected.
10. Open windows and doors where possible. If you work in an environment that does have windows that can be opened, open them!

So do try out these simple handy tips and bring life back to your dry hair&skin…they deserve a bit of TLC ,don’t they!!:)
Information courtesy wikihow

May 2, 2012

CONTEST WINNER OF THE STRAWBERRY HEALTHY ORIGINAL RECIPE CONTEST!!!


CONTEST WINNER OF THE STRAWBERRY  ORIGINAL RECIPE CONTEST:STRAWBERRY YOGHURT MOUSSE PIE BY AKSHATA BHANDIWAD!!!

Luscious strawberries are not only a  perfect snack by themselves or in salads but are also a great ingredient to use in face masks, since they’re bursting with vitamin C and alpha-hydroxy acids(AHA) which help exfoliate the skin.So we ran a contest to discover new unique ways of enjoying the yummy strawberries…..Enjoy them when you can…..:)
Entry From Akshata Bhandiwad:
Yummy entry from Akshata Bhandiwad:Strawberry yoghurt mousse pie

Makes just 1 pie:
For the crust
Digestive biscuits crushed -10
Powdered sugar- 2 tsps
Melted butter-3 tsps

For the filling
Fresh cream- 1/3 cup
China grass- 5 gms, cut in pieces , tightly packed
Thick curds-1/2 cup
Strawberry crushed- 4 tsps
Castor sugar-1/2 cup

To garnish
Strawberrys -4
Fresh cream-1/4 cup

For the crust
Mix biscuits, sugar and butter, press this mixture into a evenly bottom tin n put it to chill

Now for the filling
Whip the creams keep it refrigerated. Add china grass to 3/4 cup of water n hear in a low flame till it dissolves, then strain it n keep it warm. In a bowl mix together the yoghurt , strawberries and sugar. Add china grass to this n mix well, now add fresh cream

Further,
Pour the filling over the set crust, chill till it firms n serve garnished with strawberries n whipped cream

Enjoy!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 and do let us know how they turned out as well