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July 11, 2018

Homemade Scrub for Removing Dead Skin Cells


Homemade Scrub for Removing Dead Skin Cells

It’s a universal fact that with age, the natural skin replacement cycle slows down where we experience aging of the skin. This is nothing but the accumulation of dead cells on the topmost skin layer. We cannot hold back aging, but lately, we can see even the young generation having concerns about their skin appearing dull and lifeless, full of blemishes and fine lines.

I am sure you all have tried all the possible remedies available in the cosmetic shops. But, is it effective? According to a  survey, it has been found that even the most expensive anti-aging synthetic skin care products with AHA’s have huge side effects and in the long run, they will actually make the skin duller and age faster.

Let’s take a break from chemical solutions and switch to herbal tricks instead! I assure you, you won’t have any side effects. All you need to sneak into your kitchen and put in a little bit of effort.

As we know, our body follows a certain cycle where old cells are replaced by new cells all the time. This process helps in keeping the skin healthier, smoother and radiant during our lifespan.

You can make a homemade scrub for removing dead cells and freshening up the skin. Being herbal, the natural elements of the scrub penetrate more deeply into the skin and improve blood circulation. As a result, new skin production is stimulated and it replaces the old dead skin.
Trust me! These herbal scrubs can do wonders for your skin.

Oatmeal Scrub:

Oatmeal Scrub

Oatmeal has been used since the olden days for scrubbing and exfoliating the skin. The grainy texture of this ingredient works wonders for the skin irrespective of its type, by removing dead cells, excess sebum, blackheads, whiteheads, and other impurities.

Sugar and Olive Oil Scrub:

Sugar and Olive Oil Scrub

The combination of sugar and olive oil is one of the most effective scrubs for all skin types. This solution not only removes the dead skin cells but also moisturizes your skin from within.

Coffee Scrub:

Coffee Scrub

In the list of good exfoliators, coffee holds a place of its own. Crushed coffee grounds eliminate dead skin cells and promote the production of new skin cells. In the meanwhile, the flavonol present in coffee stimulates circulation, helps improve the skin texture, repairs damaged skin and makes your skin glow.

Orange Peel Scrub:

Orange Peel Scrub

Even the peel of orange can contribute a lot in maintaining the health of your skin. Instead of throwing the orange peel, just dry it in direct sunlight and then grind it into a fine powder. Use the powder to scrub the dead cells out of your skin.

These simple homemade elements can help you maintain healthy glowing skin without any side effects in your day-to-day life. Make the most of them and stay young and beautiful!!

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April 3, 2018

Use of Aloe Vera in Ayurveda


Aloe VeraAloe Vera – one of the most important herbs utilized in the age-old ayurvedic medication system. The medicinal aspects of Aloe Vera were introduced centuries ago to mankind by Indians, Chinese, Greeks and Romans.

Aloe Vera is called as “ghrita kumara” in Sanskrit. The herb contains a transparent gel full of 96% water and 4% of almost 75 other elements like Vitamins A, B, C, and E, calcium, amino acids, enzymes, etc.

 

Aloe Vera Benefits for Skin

Use of Aloe Vera in Ayurveda

Aloe Vera is mainly used to soothe many skin ailments such as mild cuts, insect stings, bruises and eczema. The antibacterial and antifungal properties of Aloe Vera act on the injured area immediately thereby speeding up the healing process. Additionally, aloe vera gel also stimulates fibroblasts, the skin cells which are responsible for healing the wound. It is a natural anti-ageing wonder as it also manufactures collagen, the protein that controls the skin’s ageing process. It helps the pores of the skin to open up and receive all the nutrients and moisture from the Aloe Vera gel applied thus rendering it very effective for solving skin problems. Aloe Vera is also a natural sunscreen and is commonly used to protect your skin from sunburn. It can also be mixed with turmeric and honey which is then applied on the face overnight to treat pimples and acne problems.

 

Aloe Vera is easily available for external application in gel form and as juice for internal consumption to treat acidity, diabetes etc.

Aloe Vera Benefits for Hair

The magical Aloe Vera plant not only helps sort out skin problems but also works wonders on hair. Being a natural humectant and moisturiser, it smoothens and softens hair gently while also making it stronger and reducing hair fall by providing valuable nourishment straight to the roots. Use of Aloe Vera during a hair wash restores the Ph balance of the hair thereby making it healthy and strong. It can be mixed with various other natural hair fall remedies due to its easy blending nature.
This amazing spongy water packed plant has the ability to destroy scalp germs, remove dandruff, reduce itching of the scalp, add nourishment to the hair root, and ultimately give you long, thick, smooth and silky hair.

March 5, 2018

Useful Tips for Holi 2018


Useful Tips for Holi 2018

Holi Hai!” The moment we hear this, the only thing we imagine is the multiple types of colors floating in the air. Well, Holi is one of the biggest festivals in India and it goes on for 3 to 4 days where everybody expresses their love and joy by applying colors to each other. In the earlier days, the color called “Gulal” was made by crushing marigold flowers and rose petals which was very soothing and healthy. But, as the world changed, we have now landed up with artificial colors mixed with harsh chemicals. Such colors tend to damage the hair and skin as well as health.
Well here are some useful Tips to make your Holi celebrations joyful and not painful:

herbal Holi colors

  1. Always prepare your own herbal Holi colors by using flowers, leaves, edible components like turmeric powder, fruits like pomegranate, beverages like tea, coffee powder etc.
  2. Try playing with water colors as the water particles will keep your skin and hair hydrated in sunlight, though it is mixed with colors.
  3. Choose full sleeved clothes so that the harmful chemicals mixed in Holi colours won’t reach your skin directly.
  4. Apply lots of oils like coconut, almond, mustard or amla oil on the entire body and hair before and after Holi celebration.
  5. Wear a bandana or scarf on your hair so that it will cover maximum area of the hair thereby protecting it from artificial colors.
  6. Also apply thick nail paint on your nails as the strong grease and chemical colors can affect them for days.
  7. Once the Holi celebrations are over, have a quick and thorough shower with Luke warm water in order to take off the maximum color from your body. Once it gets dry, it becomes very difficult to get rid of colors from your skin and hair.

Hair Care After Holi:

Apply oil to your hair and shampoo your hair with a mild herbal shampoo. Try to remove the excess color from the hair and scalp. Apply a lot of conditioner regularly for at least 4 to 5 hair washes after Holi. Make hair oil your best friend as it will help your hair to overcome the damage done by harmful colors in Holi celebration. The application of homemade hair mask made of honey, curd, Aloe Vera, etc. will help you retain the original health of your hair quickly.

Skin Care After Holi:

It is very hard to keep yourself away from colors during Holi. That means, how much ever you try, there is a huge chance of skin damage and roughness due to harmful chemicals mixed with the colors. Never mind, you can still get back your healthy skin. Make sure you do not rub your face or other parts of your body vigorously in order to get rid of colors. This may lead to skin rashes and burning sensations. Instead, apply an herbal cleansing cream or Gram Flour (Besan) gently on your skin. Do not use harsh soap or shower gel as it may further damage your skin. Massage your body with natural oil on a daily basis before your bath & apply body lotions after your bath as it will moisturize the rough skin and heal the skin. Herbal beauty pack or “uptans” are the best remedy for the face as it will not only remove the colors but also nourish the skin and make it glow naturally.

December 21, 2017

Natural Tips For Healthy Glowing Skin


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today the entire world is turning towards Ayurveda and people have finally realised the advantages of natural remedies over the chemical modernised ones.  Hence most ladies today have switched to natural contents in terms of skin health. Well, in homemade skin care recipes, the ingredients added have a very special aspect that helps retaining the skin health naturally and give a young-looking complexion.

Here are some of the handpicked natural tips for healthy glowing skin.

Green tea

A natural extract of green tea used since decades, that contains EGCG (antioxidants) which helps in boosting the flow of blood and oxygen to the skin. This results in delivering the key nutrients that keep your complexion healthy and glowing.

Walnuts

This tropical fruit is widely used by Indians as well as in other parts of the world for preparing sweets, dishes, scrubs, and so on. Walnut contains a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which is very important for vegans or those who do not intake fish. It helps in maintaining the Ph balance of the skin and gives the complexion a natural and healthy appearance.

Pumpkin

Ripe pumpkin is one of the top sources of beta-carotene which gets metabolised into vitamin A after entering the human body. It is very essential for producing new skin cells which in turn helps keep the skin smooth and wrinkle-free.

Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate is basically rich in cocoa flavanols, and contains antioxidant properties that help improve blood circulation in the body cells thereby keeping your skin healthy and acne free.

Nature has given us tremendous beauty enhancement herbs and plant extracts. All we need to do is use them wisely to keep our skin healthy and glowing.

March 31, 2017

5 Effective Homemade Remedies for Removing Suntan


5 Effective Homemade Remedies for Removing Suntan

It’s Summer time! Explore the bright sunny day with lots of fun which you missed out in Winter. But wait! What if the skin gets sunburnt and tanned? Well, you need not worry about that as there are a number of homemade recipes which will help in removing the skin tan naturally.

These are the 5 Effective Homemade Remedies for Removing Suntan in Summer.

 1. Lemon Juice

  • Slice the lemon into medium thick pieces and rub it on your tanned skin.
  • Leave it on for 2 to 3 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water.

Do this once or twice daily to see effective results.

2. Lemon Juice, Cucumber, And Rose Water

  • Mix juice of half a Lemon, paste of Cucumber slices, and enough amount of Rose Water to make a thick paste
  • Apply this mixture to the tanned sunburnt skin area and massage gently.
  • Keep the paste for 10 to 12 minutes before wash.

You can apply this pack every day for instant results.

3: Aloe Vera, Masoor Dal & Tomato Pack

  • Make a fine scrub by mixing red lentil powder (masoor dal) with ample tomato and aloe vera juice.
  • Apply the paste on your face and scrub gently. let it stay for half an hour before you wash it off with cold water.

Use this pack on alternate days for at least a week or two to see a visible difference.

4: Honey and Papaya Pack

  • Mash a fully ripe papaya and add sufficient honey to it.
  • Blend the ingredients properly to make a fine papaya pack.
  • Now, apply it on your face completely and keep it for half an hour.
  • Finally, wash off with lukewarm water for best results.

Apply this at least twice or thrice a week.

5: Sandalwood pack

  • Add rose water to the sandalwood powder and blend to get a smooth paste.
  • Apply the paste on the tanned face or skin areas.
  • Keep it on until it dries up completely and then rinses it using water.

Do this every alternate night before going to bed.

So, hope you find the recipes for 5 Effective Homemade remedies for removing suntan valuable in fighting sunburn. Stay tan free and enjoy this summer season 2017 to the fullest

March 11, 2017

7 Natural Ways of Making Natural Colors This Holi


Holi, the festival of colors is one of the much-loved festivals in India. Like every festival, Holi is also celebrated with lots of love, joy, and fun which people show by showering colorful powders(Gulal) and rang on each other.
However, the colors which we buy from the retail stores may have various chemical ingredients which are harmful to our skin and hair. When we have been gifted with pure and natural color alternatives by mother earth, why not make the best of it and prepare our natural safe Holi colors this time:

Red: Mix ample amount of red sandalwood powder with refined wheat flour. Sandalwood is a magical gift for skincare and even adds an aroma in your Holi colors. Wheat flour is equally safe to use as it is a basic edible ingredient used in every Indian kitchen.

Yellow: Who knows the beauty of turmeric better than us? You can mix turmeric powder and gram flour to make a bright yellow powder for Holi which will also improve your skin tone.

Orange: Dried and crushed forest (Tesu) flowers can be used for preparing orange powder. Tesu flowers are used in various ayurvedic medicines, hence, it is beneficial to our body in all ways.

Green: Finely crushed and powdered fenugreek (methi) / mint (pudina) leaves can be the best ingredient for preparing green color. Fenugreek has been found to do wonders in haircare and mint keeps your scalp and skin cool in the hot summer.

Pink: Grated beetroot or Pomegranate seeds can be soaked in water to get a bright pink color. Pomegranate and beetroot have so many natural compounds which beautify –It will not only give you a pinkish color but will also keep your skin healthy throughout Holi.

Brown: This Holi, instead of drinking tea or coffee, just shower it on your friends. Boil tea leaves or coffee in water and cool them to prepare a rich brown liquid as a Holi special.

Purple: It’s so simple! Grind Black grapes or jambul (jamun) and dilute with ample water to get a natural purple liquid to play with at Holi this year.

Hope these natural color extracts will help you enjoy an eco-friendly Holi this year body and soul. Happy Holi!!

February 16, 2017

8 Ways to Use Rosewater to Beautify Your Skin


8 ways to use Rose water to beautify your skin

Rosewater – A mild pure extract of rose petals has been found to be used widely in every Indian household and at auspicious occasions. But why??  It’s because Rose water is certainly a versatile magic potion that goes with every beauty and skincare or hair care recipe. It works well with all type of skin texture and is a cherished beauty secret. Here are the 10 most effective benefits of Rosewater:

  1. Maintains pH balance:

Rosewater imbibes the purest form of herbal properties that helps to maintain the skin’s pH balance and hence controls the excess oil on the skin surface. It’s mild and soothing aroma keeps you fresh throughout the day.

  1. Reduces Acne and Irritation:

Rose water is very rich in anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the red patches and skin irritation, heal the acne, exfoliates the dry skin and makes your skin healthy. Moreover, it acts as a deep cleanser that helps in removing oil and dirt accumulated in the clogged skin pores.

  1. Revitalize the Skin:

Pure distilled rose water hydrates, revitalizes and moisturizes the skin to the core thereby giving it a glowing tone.

  1. Healing Agent:

Rose water contains strong anti-bacterial properties which help in healing the scars, cuts, and wounds. The best part is, it totally reduces the scars and does not leave any marks behind.

  1. Regenerate Skin Tissues:

The antioxidant assets of rose water help strengthen the skin cells and regenerate the skin tissues giving you a younger look and fresher feel.Application of Rose water

  1. Skin Toner:

Application of Rosewater as a toner is the best way to clean the pores and tone up the skin. Using rose water on the skin after steaming will tighten the capillaries and hence reduces the red patches.

  1. Enhance the Quality of Hair:

The beneficial herbal properties of rose water enhance the quality and volume of hair. It is also used to treat mild scalp issues including dandruff.

  1. Anti-Aging Formula:

Distilled rose water has always been used as an anti-aging formula, thereby keeping the fine lines and skin wrinkles at bay.
So, make the most of this beauty secret which has been used by renowned beauties like Cleopatra!!

December 29, 2016

Win A Skin Care Gift Hamper Worth Rs. 600!!


Win A Skin Care Gift Hamper Worth Rs. 600 !!

Grab the Chance to #Win A Skin Care Gift #Hamper Worth Rs. 600 in the New Year 2017!!
Post a unique easy to use winter skincare tip and win a Prakriti Skin Care gift hamper…..

Instructions To Participate In The Contest:

1: Post your skin care tip with details of herbal ingredients with quantities, in the comment box below the contest post with your name and contact details OR
You can also email us the skin care tip with details of herbal ingredients with pictures at enquiry@prakritiherbals.in with your name and contact details

2: You can post only 1 entry for the contest

3: The contest will be judged on the basis of the uniqueness, ease of preparation and use of skin care tip

4: The tip should not have appeared on the Prakriti Herbals Blog – https://prakritiherbals.wordpress.com/ or the Prakriti Herbals FB page or in the Prakriti Herbals tips WhatsApp group

5: Last date of receiving the registration and contest entries: 31st December (Midnight)

6: The contest winner will be announced on our facebook page by 1st week of Jan 2017

November 30, 2016

5 Ways to Use Saffron for Glowing Skin This Winter


5 Ways to Use Saffron for Glowing Skin This Winter

Saffron is considered to be one of the oldest beauty ingredients which were highly preferred by the royal families in India centuries ago. It has got marvelous purifying properties which make the skin soft and glowing. Its anti-bacterial values give protection against skin diseases and make your skin flawless. Hence, we bring you 5 Ways to Use Saffron for Glowing Skin This Winter.

 

1: Saffron with Milk:

Saffron with Milk

Soak a few strands of saffron in milk for half an hour until the milk changes color. After that, add a teaspoon of sandalwood powder and make a thick pack. Now, apply it on your face and skin and keep it for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash it off with plain water. Do it on alternative days to get fresh glowing skin.

2: Saffron & Honey:

As the skin starts getting dull and dry in the winter season, it is important to take real care of it. A pack made up of saffron and honey is very effective in restoring the moisture of your face and skin. Take 1 teaspoon of honey and add a few strands of Saffron in it. Mix it well and apply on your face gently. Get your natural skin glow back with just a few applications of this pack.

 

Saffron

3: Saffron with Rose Water:

Saffron can even be used as a skin toner in Winter. All you have to do is soak a few saffron strands in rose water for 5 to 10 minutes. When the water turns yellow, apply it on your skin.

4: Plain Saffron Water:

Plain Saffron Water

Saffron is rich in healing properties that cure wounds and removes scars/spots naturally. Hence, it is very effective against pimples, scars, marks and many other skin issues. So this winter, get a flawless scar free skin tone at home with saffron.

5: Saffron with Oil:

Mix 2 to 3 strands of saffron with olive, almond or coconut oil and massage your skin with it on a daily basis. It helps   your skin texture get lighter and softer in Winter season.

Be sure to get good quality Saffron and do try out these  homemade skin care remedies  this Winter -do let us know if they helped you get beautiful glowing skin!!

February 21, 2016

DIY Aloe vera Cucumber gel- Glowing skin & for hair growth


 

DIY Aloe vera Cucumber gel- Glowing skin & for hair growth

Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel :
Aloe is famous for its inherent quality of getting totally absorbed by the skin and crossing all the layers of the skin. The aloe vera gel is a natural purifier and assists healing of the skin , which is why it has been used  from time immemorial as a natural antiseptic . It soothes dermatitis, skin rashes and allergies of the skin as well as itchy conditions of the scalp as it calms the cells down .
Aloevera also promotes cell growth of the hair follicles and thus helps in hair growth . It also balances the ph of the scalp

Benefits of Cucumber :
The natural skin lightening properties of cucumber helps reduce dark circles under the eyes. Cucumber has several antioxidants which help in anti ageing as they counter free radicals responsible for ageing. It contains ascorbic acid that helps decrease the presence of bags and puffiness around the eyes and silica which strengthens the connective tissue and leaves the skin feeling silky smooth. Of course cucumber is also well known for its cooling properties and an eye pack of chilled cucumber slice feels like heaven on tired eyes.

DIY Aloe Vera Cucumber Gel As a Facepack :
DIY Aloe vera Cucumber gel- Glowing skin & for hair growth

You will need:
1 tbsp of aloe vera gel
1 tbsp of cucumber pulp – roughly chopped (remove seeds)
1 tbsp of boiled normal water

1. Blend all the ingredients in a mixer or with an electrical blender till you get a smooth paste .
2. Apply on a cleaned face and keep for half an hour .
3. Wash it off with warm water and pat dry

This rejuvenating aloevera cucumber gel can be an instant facepack before a party , for that fresh glowing look

As a Hair pack for an Itchy Scalp &for promoting hair growth:
You will need:
2 tbsp of aloe vera gel
2 tbsp of cucumber pulp – roughly chopped (remove seeds)
2 tbsp of olive oil

1. Blend all the ingredients in a mixer or with an electrical blender till you get a smooth paste .
2. Apply on the scalp and keep for half an hour .
3. Wash it off with warm water and a herbal shampoo.

Get free from that itchy irritating scalp with this soothing aloevera cucumber gel hair pack and get smooth silky hair as well !! For more info visit http://www.prakritiherbals.in/.