Posts tagged ‘almond’

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

 

papaya 2

 

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!!:)

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……………….
January 14, 2012

Open Sesame!!Til Laddoos with a walnut twist to lower cholesterol……


 OPEN SESAME!!;)….Guess   Alibaba &the 40 thieves did have a point there when they chose it as their magical password! Sesame seeds do have magical properties-they lower cholesterol,have antioxidants which maintain  healthy skin and delay ageing,reduce hypertension,strengthen the bone &teeth,reduce anaemia,prevent and reduce fatigue and stress and  reduce dryness in winter….No wonder our ancestors made sure we ate sesame seeds &jaggery  which are energy rich foods suitable for winter,by making it  a part of the rituals and traditions. Mum’s Recipe Ingredients:
  • 2oogms white sesame seeds
  • 400gms  yellow roasted gram dal
  • 100gms Walnuts
  • 100gms Almonds
  • 100gms  peanuts
  • 500gms  soft jaggery
  • 1 tsp ghee METHOD:
  • Roast white sesame seeds(Til) till a popping sound is heard&you get the aroma
  • Roast peanuts separately.
  • Let it cool
  • Coarsely grind walnuts,almonds, and roasted fried gram dal or hurikadale
  • Crush peanuts coarsely
  • Mash jaggery till soft.
  • Put in a large heavy pan with 2 tbsp of water and heat on medium flame.
  • Add ghee and heat, till it melts and starts bubbling.
  • Add a drop of the heated jaggery into a bowl of water.It should remain as a drop and not dissolve completely
  • Add coarsely ground walnuts,almonds,peanuts,roasted gram dal  and sesame seeds,mix for  a minute& take off fire.
  • Mix well till well blended.
  • While still hot, shape into small  ladoos, with moist hands (apply ghee on your hands).
  • Allow to cool completely, before storing in airtight container. Sesame seeds are a rich source of  mono-unsaturated fatty acid oleic acid, which comprise up to 50% fatty acids in them. Oleic acid helps to lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increase HDL or “good cholesterol” in the blood.Sesame seeds are also rich in minerals like copper zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, manganese, selenium and sodium. Vitamins like vitamin A, E and B6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, betaine and tocopherol are found in abundance in sesame seeds&they have been found to reduce cholesterol.Walnuts have high contents of Omega3 fatty acids and when eaten along with meals high in saturated fat have been found to limit the ability of the harmful fat to damage arteries.Sesame seeds,almonds&Walnuts are also an excellent source of natural  iron &vitamin E and help to keep the skin&hair well protected from dryness. So go on and enjoy these delicious sweets totally guilt free,while at the same time improve your skin &lowering your cholesterol….Now if that’s not magic,what is???:)
October 12, 2011

Unveil Nature’s Beauty Secrets…….



Have you ever  wondered why the women of yore had much better hair and skin than we do today??Did you ever hear of our elders using or needing chemical  hair conditioners,sunscreens,astringents,toners,peel off masks,anti aging creams or worrying about acne,falling hair,dandruff,frizz and premature greying???Not likely at all!!!

Well,it’s time we shared their secret with you…..They actually had a secret valuable friend to help them out;)Guess who!!!!…She was none other than Mother Nature-“Prakriti“…..Truly Nature has proven herself not only to be  an ace cosmeticologist,but also a healing doctor and an expert chemist . From the ancient times,natural ingredients in plants that were used for skin and hair care had amazing curative,protective and preventive properties and being natural were harmfree and totally free of any side effects.The ancient natural skin and haircare recipes which are integral parts of our  Indian herbal heritage have been handed down for generations &have truly stood the test of time .

Applying turmeric to a young bride-to-be is an essential  part of traditional Indian weddings even today,and has its roots in the natural beautifying and antiseptic properties of  Turmeric.There are countless  myriad  examples of  natural cleansers like lemon and shikakai,moisturisers like aloevera,astringents like lemon,humectants like  honey,sunscreens like sandalwood and aloevera,haircolourants like henna,nourishers like almond,jojoba  and wheatgerm oil,exfoliators like papaya and walnut,and antiseptics like neem and tulsi……and these are just a few of the countless gifts of nature available to us.
Products created from natural ingredients available at home have essential vitamins, minerals, nutrients and healing properties that work with your body to heal and protect the skin naturally.………So why look elsewhere when we can make simple beauty remedies from  ingredients found in our kitchen or home gardens ??

Just remember these  basic rules for home made beauty care :
Use simple at home recipes with fresh ingredients .
Use clean equipment and containers.
Make small batches of the product that you would use each day.
Do a patch test before trying out any home made beauty recipes to avoid any side effects.

 Nature’s treasure trove  of  natural cosmetics is truly endless which is precisely the reason we thought it was about time we unveiled all  the bounties Mother Nature has had in store for us…………………….:)