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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!!

October 30, 2016

Do You Want Flawless Skin This Diwali?


Do You Want Flawless Skin This Diwali?

When looking for healthy organic recipes for anti-aging skin care, berries always star first in the list. Not only do they offer a punch of flavours, but berries arealso rich in nutrition, that makes them extremely valuable in diets for anti-aging skin care. Hence, Enjoy Flawless Skin This Diwali With Berries of various types…

Blackberries:

blackberries

We are all conscious about our skin as it plays a vital role in our personality and appearance. Our skin ultimately reflects whatever we eat in our daily routine. Hence, daily supply of proper nutrients is mandatory for glowing and healthy skin. Blackberries, the most nutritious organic fruit that are rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C along with high level of antioxidants. These properties of Blackberries help in hydrating the skin and keep it protected from any type of acne or pigmentation.

Key Benefits:

  • Fights Against Free Radicals
  • Hydrates the Skin
  • Rejuvenates the Skin
  • Act as Cleanser for Oily Skin

Strawberries:

strawberry

Strawberries are rich in alpha-hydroxy acid which helps eliminate the dead skin cells and cleanses the skin in the process.The fruit also contains salicylic acid and ellagic acid that reduce hyperpigmentation and dark spots therefore tightening the skin pores to prevent further acne breakouts. As the Strawberries are excellent source of vitamin C, it cleanses the skin and keeps it healthy.

Blueberries

blue berries

After strawberries, blueberries are the second most popular berry to be considered. The wild blueberries contain more antioxidant properties than any of the other berries. What about anti-aging skin care? Of course, it helps with that, too. We cannot deny the fact that blueberries save skin from radical damage and due to 85% water content in it, the fruit even helps to keep the skin hydrated from within.

Goji Berries

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These small red berries are one of the best herbs for health which reflects a positive effect regarding anti-aging skin care. Goji berries or wolfberries are rich in antioxidant content and has good source of protein, vitamin C,etc. that is very much essential for healthy skin. So, start having such rejuvenating fruits and make your skin flawless this Diwali festive season.

Cranberries

cranberries

Cranberries, very well known as a natural remedy for treating and preventing any type of infection can even be used for anti-aging skin care. You won’t believe that just one bowl of organic cranberries offer 18% of daily recommended vitamin C along with phenolic acids, anthocyanins, flavonoids, proanthocyanidins, and triterpenoids. Hence, the more intake of cranberries, the freer radical damage is eliminatedgiving you healthier skin naturally.
Finally, you can eat the berries, smash and apply on your face as well as skin and even have a drink out of it to have glowing and acne free skin.

Have a happy and prosperous Diwali this year.

October 15, 2016

10 Special Fruits for Hair Care and Skin Care


10 Special Fruits for Hair Care and Skin Care

Fruits are delicious extracts bursting with vitamins offered by nature!!
We have fruits in our day to day life along with our standard meals. We all know that the fruits contain vitamins, minerals, proteins and many other major aspects. But, what does that have to do with the skin and hair?? Let’s find out:

We have selected 10 Special Fruits for Hair Care and Skin Care which are available commonly in any fruit shop. Each fruit has got its own unique specification that keeps your skin and hair healthy, glossy and gorgeous. It actually works on your skin and hair naturally and keeps them in excellent condition and slows down ageing.
Here are a listed few selected fruits that are mostly used as skin care and hair care ingredients.

Amla: Amla is the key ingredient in most hair oils since the age of ayurveda for nourishing the hair and curing all scalp and hair loss issues

Apple: Rich in citric acid, apple juice or paste acts as the perfect cleanser for face and skin especially if the skin is oily.

Lemon: With the maximum vitamin C content, lemon acts as the magical remedy for dandruff and pimple marks. It is highly suitable for oily scalp and skin. Crush it, squeeze it and apply it – that’s all you need to do.

Strawberry: It can be used as a perfect homemade scrub that exfoliates the skin pores and cleanses them with natural glow effect. Just crush it and scrub on your skin on alternative days.

Walnut: The oldest natural facial scrub ever was made out of walnut. It has balanced vitamins and proteins which not only clean up the pores but also rejuvenate the skin naturally. It is a little difficult to make at home but not impossible either .

Orange: Juicy orange extracts and its outer cover are highly effective for skin marks, pimples, under-eye circles and many other skin concerns. Just apply the fluid on the skin and see the magic instantly.

Kiwi: It is one of the glamorous fruits which has immense nutritional values and gives a glow to your skin. It is suitable for all skin type and has no side effects.

Coconut: Coconut imbibes the goodness of nature that helps in hydrating and nourishing the skin. Coconut oil can be used for both hair and skin to make them smooth and healthy.

Avocado: Avocado, also known as butter fruit has got special medicinal values that helps treating scratchy scalps as well as skin full of acne. It gives 100% positive effects that too in a very short time span.

Pomegranate: A colorful fruit rich in vitamin content – it is also a skin care remedy which helps the skin to glow and reduce all signs of aging. It can be used as a natural cleanser as well as a scrub for any skin type.

So, just don’t eat fruits but also apply it on your skin and hair simultaneously. Trust me, these 10 Special Fruits for Hair Care and Skin Care can really makes a transparent difference- check it out for yourself and glow the natural way!!

August 17, 2014

Brighten up your skin this monsoon naturally!!


 

Portrait of woman enjoying the rainKeep the monsoon blues away with natural skincare tips!!

 

cucumber and rose water

For starters always wash your face several times with plain water to get over the sweating normally associated with humidity. Use  fruit based or strawberry based  facewash twice a day to reduce excess oiliness .Freshen up the skin even more with a natural toner like chilled rose water or cucumber juice. Wipe your face with cotton balls dipped in either one of these refreshing toners –  they will not only freshen up your skin , but also close the pores and reduce excessive oiliness.

 

Goes without saying that oily heavy creams are a no-no in this sultry weather. Use light aloevera gel or rose water based moisturisers to hydrate the skin naturally without making them oily.People with oily skin  must be noticing how the skin gets even more oilier &duller in humid weather, and get more outbreaks of clogged pores and blackheads. Regular scrubbing twice and deep pore cleansing twice a week helps unclog the pores  and reduce oiliness & acne.

An orange almond honey facepack to brighten up your skin:orange-peel-opt

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons orange peel powder
1 teaspoon of ground almond powder
1 teaspoon organic honey
1 teaspoon thick plain yoghurt


Apply it in circular motions on the face and rub gently on the skin, in circular motion.
Then, rinse off with plain water.
Orange peels are a powerhouse of antioxidants like VIT C which protects skin from free radical damage. It also helps keep  acne at bay and makes the skin glow.It also contains mineral nutrients like calcium , magnesium and potassium which are necessary for healthy soft skin.
orange peel powder

Make Orange Peel Powder At Home:

Keep aside orange peels from the orange fruits that you eat, remove the white fibous parts on the inside of the peel and wash them in warm distilled water.Spread the orange peels on  a tray and dry them in the sun  for a day or two.Now crush and powder your peels into a fine powder using a food processor or blender, without adding any water.Store it in an air tight jar.

More tips here

 

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Facepack for very  oily skin: If your skin is very oily, mix  a pack with papaya pulp,multani mitti and rose water . Apply on the face for 15 mins and wash off once it dries. Papaya has papain which helps exfoliate and reduce the pore sizes and multani mitti helps close the pores.

 

 

With a little bit of care, you can look your best & make the most of the lovely romantic rains this monsoon!!:)

July 15, 2012

Refreshing Luscious Watermelon Kulfi Candies


Can’t get fresher than this one!!!A refreshing delicious dessert to beat the summer heat,bursting with the goodness of luscious watermelons!!This queen of fruits,the red juicy watermelon  is truly a powerhouse of antioxidants  like Lycopene&Vit C truly making it a beauty food which makes you glow!!


Watermelon Kulfi-Recipe Courtesy Nayana Shetty
Ingredients:

2 cups- Watermelon Deseeded Chunks

1 Cup- Thick Set Yogurt

4 Tbspn- Sugar

Method:

1.Blend the listed ingredients and pour it in the candy or kulfi  moulds.

2.Freeze it for at least 6 to 8 hrs.

3.To add a yummylicious twist,you could add pieces of crushed strawberry as well into the mixture before freezing into moulds

4.Remove from freezer,Unmould and Serve with a smile 🙂

Enjoy this refreshing treat  and pamper not only your taste buds ,but your skin as well!!!!:)

June 20, 2012

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April 13, 2012

Glow food for the skin-Yummy Strawberries!!!



“Doubtless God could have made a better berry (than the tempting luscious strawberry), but then looks like  God never ever did!!!” 😉 Honestly,if there was one inviting  fruit that said the loudest- “Eat-Me”………..it would be the luscious strawberry,wouldn’t it!!:) And the best part is that you would be none the worse for it,unlike most other tempting foods-thank goodness for that!!;)
For Strawberries are truly glow food for the skin,bursting with Vitamin C,antioxidants,AHA,flavanoids,minerals and fibre.Did you know that luscious strawberries are not only yummy to eat,but can drive acne and other skin ailments away as well??Let me tell you how…..

MAGICAL BENEFITS OF STRAWBERRIES FOR THE SKIN


1.Fabulous Skin Cleansers:

Strawberries have  been formulated into  fabulous skin cleansers,face washes ,refreshing bubble baths and rejuvenating facemasks  as they contain Vitamin C, salicylic acid, antioxidants and exfoliants. Salicylic acid sloughs dead skin cells from the face as it tightens pores and brightens skin. This luscious fruit contains ellagic acid which is an antioxidants helping combat skin damage to keep skin looking young and fresh. Strawberries also exfoliate the skin and remove impurities while keeping skin soft. They soothe skin bothered by allergies or other irritants,protect against  pollution and the elements, and also whiten the skin&teeth.

2.Excellent Rebuilding Blocks:

  • The vitamin C in strawberries helps the body grow and repair its tissues, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center . It also helps to make collagen, an important protein needed by the  skin and other parts of the body, and helps heal wounds more quickly.Vitamin C being water-soluble is not stored in the body,so it is essential to make it a part of your daily diet…and what better &more delicious way of doing it than eating yummy strawberries???;) According to the  World’s Healthiest Foods,just one cup of strawberries has over 100 percent of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for Vitamin C, 20 percent RDA for manganese and nearly 15 percent RDA for fiber…..so have as many as you can-they’re good for health 🙂

3.Protection From UV Light:

According to Science Daily, a 2009 study by Korean scientists showed that ellagic acid used topically helped to protect the skin against the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays, a main cause of aging skin.Raspberries, cranberries and pomegranates are also rich in ellagic acid.

4.Reduces Pigmentation:

Research has shown that the oral ingestion of pomegranate and strawberry extract, both rich in ellagic acid, helps to lighten slight hyper pigmentation caused by UV rays, by inhibiting the synthesis of melanin, the chemical that gives skin its color.

 5.Anti Aging

  • Strawberries are bursting with antioxidants &vitamin C which can prevent damage caused by free radicals to the skin&the  body.Free radicals occur when our bodies transform food into energy, according to UMMC. It has been suggested that a build-up of free radicals may be responsible for the aging process, and vitamin C and other antioxidants may block some of the damage caused by these free radicals.

    6.Anti Acne: 

Strawberries are rich in AHA’s,vitamin C,salicylic acid &flavanoids  which help clear acne and reduce oil,and are  the same key ingredient in many commercial acne products and moisturisers.Strawberries also reduce puffiness and circles beneath the eyes,and are antiaging as well because of their high antioxidant content.

Thus the scrumptious 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. .Strawberries also reduce puffiness and circles beneath the eyes,as they are astringent in nature.So fresh strawberry masks are great for people with dull, damaged or acne-prone skin…do check here for a grape n strawberry heavenly mask
So what are you waiting for-make the  yummy   luscious strawberries a part of your daily diet-&GLOW!!!!:)And do keep a look out for some fabulous facemasks coming your way on our blog soon…..do feel free to add your own berry tips as well 🙂

April 6, 2012

Go Fruity!!!Grapes and Strawberry Mask Reduces Acne,Dryness&Aging of skin



Just dive into your fruit basket this season&you’ll find a solution to all your skin ailments.
Try out this heavenly Grape n Strawberry Facemask to Reduce Dryness,Acne,Fine lines,Pigmentation &add a glow to your skin……….
Method: Mash 5-6 black  grapes &1-2 strawberries in a small bowl until they are smooth.Add 2 tbsp  honey. Wash your face gently and pat dry. Apply the face mask evenly to your face and neck and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse again with warm water and pat dry with a soft towel.
Strawberries are rich in AHA’s,vitamin C,salicylic acid &flavanoids  which help clear acne and reduce oil.Strawberries also reduce puffiness and circles beneath the eyes,and are antiaging as well because of their high antioxidant content.
Honey kills bacteria and reduces swelling , inflammation and fine lines giving the skin a taut, youthful appearance.
Black grapes are great natural cleansers,moisturisers and reduce acne as well.The fruit is antibacterial and anti inflammatory and contain phytochemicals known as flavonoids-powerful antioxidants that help to protect the body against damage caused by free radicals and aging.

You can alternatively also use just a grape mask as well:
Method:Simply split a few grapes into halves and rub gently across your face for several minutes, then rinse with cool water. Alternatively, you can also mash a few grapes and apply, allow to dry, then rinse off after 15 minutes.