Posts tagged ‘antioxidants’

October 23, 2015

DIY Marigold Turmeric Lemon Facepack for glowing skin !!


                                        DIY Marigold Turmeric Lemon Facepack for Glowing Skin !!
The humble Marigold (calendula officinalis) flowers or (genda phool as it is called in Hindi ) are not only considered auspicious and a part of every pooja but are actually natural healing agents as they have awesome benefits for the skin, due to their high anti oxidant content carotenoids and antimicrobial properties
Marigolds contain numerous antioxidant carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin, often paired together, and lycopene that not only give the petals their bright orange and yellow colors but protect us and the skin from damage due to free radicals and environmental pollution .

DIY Marigold Turmeric Lemon Facepack for Glowing Skin !!Medicinal Uses of the Marigold Flower:

  • In aroma therapy
  • For skin treatments
  • To  reduce cracking of  heels
  • To reduce dryness of palms
  • To make natural yellow dyes for cosmetics& foods
  • As  mosquito repellents
  • Wound healing
  • AcneMarigold turmeric lemon facepack for glowing skin:DIY Marigold Turmeric Lemon Facepack for Glowing Skin !!
    Take the petals of 2-3 marigold flowers and crush them with some raw milk. Then add a pinch of turmeric powder ,a tsp of lemon juice and crushed oatmeal or maida to form a paste . Apply on the face for 30 mins and wash off with warm water for soft glowing skin -The antimicrobial and antioxidant properties of the marigold flower, lemon& turmeric also help reduce dark spots& marks.
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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

Beat the heat with a Refreshing Summer drink from black grapes……Enjoy!!!:)


Summer’s here and what better way to beat the heat, than with this  lovely summer drink made from luscious  black grapes………………These black beauties are simply a powerhouse of antioxidants,flavanoids,vitamins&minerals-fabulous for the skin&for all round health as well.
Black grapes are not only great natural cleansers,moisturisers and reduce acne,fine lines&dryness-They can be made into fabulous skin pampering facemasks as well which add a glow to your skin…Check here for more details .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.So here’s the recipe for black grape juice courtesy Nayana Shetty

REFRESHING GRAPE JUICE
– Recipe from my superchef of an aunt  Nayana Shetty….:)
Ingredients:Fresh black grapes———1/2 kg Seedless
Sugar optional
Ice cubes—few
Soaked sabja seeds or falooda seeds——–1/4tsp
Chat masala optional——–pinchMethod:1.Soak the grapes and little salt&1 tsp vinegar in cold water filled bowl for 2 minutes.
2. Wash and rinse well
3.Put the grapes in to blender along with ice cubes and blend to a smooth paste.
4.Strain with strainer using little cold water.
5 .Add soaked sabja seeds, chat masala(optional) serve chilled.
 Relax with  this refreshing summer drink&pamper your skin&soul…….Enjoy&do let us know if you liked it too !!!!:)