Posts tagged ‘beauty’

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/.

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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.
October 16, 2015

Stop Premature Greying of Hair and Hairfall Naturally with Curry Leaves!


Stop Premature Greying of Hair and Hairfall Naturally with Curry Leaves!
Premature greying of hair is the bane of every youngster today ….well look no further than your kitchen for the  solution!! Age old recipes which have used the humble curry leaf to nourish the hair and prevent greying – any wonder that our grand moms still have such black silky hair while we are all ready to pull out what is left of ours!!;)

Hair loss & premature greying can occur due to stress, improper diet, lack of proteins and even improper combing techniques. Curry leaves are a rich source of beta-carotene and proteins, which can reduce hair loss and increase hair growth. They also contain amino acids and antioxidants which strengthen the hair follicles and moisturize the scalp. Curry leaves also help remove the dead hair follicles, which can be the reason behind dandruff.Curry leaves are a rich source of vitamin B, which help restore hair color by nourishing and strengthening the roots. So, Stop Premature Greying of Hair and Hairfall Naturally with Curry Leaves with pure natural curry leaf extracts.

  • Darkens hair and reduces greying : Adding curry leaves to one’s regular diet has proven to be beneficial in treating premature graying of hair, as the curry leaves add strength and vitality to hair and darkens it.
  • Nourishes hair: Curry leaves can also be boiled in coconut oil and applied regularly for healthy hair.Add curry leaves to your dietary intake- they are fabulous for hair and  general nutrition
  • Nourishes from inside out: Boil curry leaves in water, squeeze a lime and add sugar to it. Drink daily for about a week. This will increase hair growth, and make your hair shiny. It’s also great for digestion!
  •  Repairs  damaged hair:Curry leaves are very effective since it assists in the scalp restoration process, helping the hair follicles breathe and making them stronger. You can apply the paste directly on your scalp which helps repair the roots. Once your roots are strong, the hair will also grow faster!
    So do reach out for the humble curry leaf &see the magic it does for you !!
March 10, 2015

Offer for Women’s week- Celebrate the Woman in You!!


Offer for Women's week- Celebrate the Woman in You!!

Celebrate the woman in you!!
Happy women’s week to all you spirited, gutsy, inspiring,nurturing, beautiful inside out women out there!!
In your honour we are pleased to offer a 10% discount on all our natural skin care &hair care products this week on all orders placed on Facebook or directly with us at info@prakritiherbals.in from 8th March to 15th March.

Contact us for free consultations at 080-26486359 so that we can suggest customized products for your specific concerns.Order online at https://www.facebook.com/prakritiherbals/app_211901345516363 or email us at info@prakritiherbals.in

Pamper yourself – coz you totally deserve it !!

March 7, 2015

PRAKRITI HERBALS CRUELTY FREE NATURAL PRODUCTS ARE NOW PETA CERTIFIED!!


PRAKRITI HERBALS CRUELTY FREE NATURAL PRODUCTS ARE NOW PETA CERTIFIED!!Calling all animal lovers &lovers of humanity too- Have you checked for the bunny logo on your cosmetics which certifies it as cruelty free??
So proud that the Prakriti Herbals skincare& haircare natural products have been certified by PETA as cruelty free natural products which are not tested on animals !! We are now authorised to use the PETA bunny logo on all our product labels!We have never ever tested on animals &never ever will- why on earth should we test products for humans on innocent animals??

Check out the details of our range of the Prakriti Herbal natural skincare& haircare products which ae also available on Flipkart & Amazon here

 

Prakriti Herbals

 

 

Did you know that tear-less shampoos are tested on the eyes of innocent rabbits and they get severely damaged due to these inhuman tests!!

 

 

Rich Moisturising Jojoba Olive Body Lotion With Vit E

 

Are you aware that household products &synthetic cosmetics are tested on beagles after which their voice boxes are removed   or they are killed off…check more details here about Sasha a beagle who was rescued from an animal laboratory but sadly has now lost her voice due to this  inhuman treatment!!

 

Herbal Amla Brahmi Hibiscus Shampoo

 

Recognize any of these multinational brands that you may even find around you at home – they all test on animals !!

An investigation by CHOICE has uncovered that The Body Shop, which has built its brand on being a cruelty-free company, has entered the Chinese market and is selling products in duty-free shops in Beijing and Shanghai airports.
The Chinese government, in accordance with their law, can take cosmetics off the shelves at random and conduct animal testing. CHOICE believes that, because of this, The Body Shop can no longer guarantee that its products are cruelty-free.

Isn’t it time we stopped these inhuman practices of  animal testing immediately!! Do your bit by refusing to use any cosmetic or household product that has  been tested on animals…
The change begins from home !!

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!!:)

February 22, 2014

Reduce sun tan & pigmentation with a DIY papaya honey yoghurt facemask


papaya collage

HOW PAPAYA WORKS ITS MAGIC :Being a good source of Vitamin A and Papain, Papaya-the fruit of the angels as it was rightly called by Columbus  helps in removing dead skin cells while breaking down the inactive proteinsPapain exfoliates by breaking down surface dead skin cells and makes  it easier to remove them,revealing fresh skin&the moisture  underneath and reducing dryness as well. The papain also helps to break down the skin on top of the blemish,hence it is also used to treat pigmentation and blackheads by removing any blockage and helping to break down the dead cells inside the pore.When you remove dead tissue during exfoliation,you make your pores seem smaller as the keratinized skin around the edges of your pores is removed and makes them less visible.
Even the daily  application of mashed  ripe papaya pulp mixed with aloevera pulp on spots &blemishes  can help in removing the dark spots.
Lemon n Honey also helps in  reducing  Hyperpigmentation and suntan drastically.
The papaya honey yoghurt face mask when used weekly will reduce suntan, pigmentation and even  out the skin tone giving you a  glowing complexion.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup  of  mashed ripe papaya pulp
  • 1 tsp of lemon juice
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • 1/4 cup of yogurt

Method:

  • Blend  all the above ingredients well to avoid any lumps .Then apply a very thick layer on the face for 20 minutes. Wash off with warm water & pat dry.This mask not only  brightens the skin, but it also helps reduce dark spots, pigmentation and acne.
    Do remember to use this facemask in the evening or at night as lemon is photo sensitive when exposed to sunlight.
    For more DIY papaya face masks check here
January 10, 2014

Clear Acne overnight with a Honey, Aloe vera and Cinnamon Face Mask


honey cinnamon                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Honey, Aloevera and Cinnamon Anti acne Mask  : 

aloe-vera-gel-from-leafAn ancient ayurvedic remedy that has been handed down over generations,this has been proven to be manna for the skin & a sure antidote for acne.
Honey and aloevera  are antimicrobial agents  and prevent  the growth of bacteria and fungi. Honey and aloevera  are  anti-inflammatory in nature and  will reduce redness, while cinnamon  improves  blood circulation for faster healing. Regular use of this treatment as a mask (2-3 times a week) will help to reduce chronic acne and improves the overall skin tone. This can also be used as an overnight spot treatment when pimples threaten to rear their ugly heads.

Ingredients :  1 tsp honey (raw organic honey preferably),1  tsp of aloevera gel , and a pinch of  cinnamon powder.

How to use it: Cleanse and dry your face with a natural facewash .Mix the above ingredients well in  a bowl and apply the mask directly on the pimple . Leave it on over night. Rinse it off in the morning .You can also apply it as a facemask  regularly once a week to keep acne,blackheads and whiteheads  away.
Do try it &feel free to share your  tips to get rid of that pesky pimple overnight..am sure our readers would love to hear of them along with our natural remedies for acne-esp the teenagers!! 🙂
Pic courtesy http://www.ankarascene.com/

January 6, 2014

DIY Tips to identify and manage dry, curly, oily or damaged hair


 healthy hair

It has been rightly said that your hair is your crowning glory- any wonder that we all worry about it so much;) One of our foremost desires is to have thick, healthy, shiny , bouncy hair isn’t it… and we would do anything to get them looking absolutely fabulous!!

For that we need to know more about our hair type, its porosity and density so that we can choose hairstyles or products that are best suited to it and highlight its strengths . Find out more in detail about your roots and the detailed structure of the hair here.

Did you know that the angle at which the hair comes out of the follicle is related to its shape??The shape of the follicle determines the shape of the cortex, and the shape of the fiber is related to how straight or curly the hair is!!!Straight hair shoots straight out from the scalp and is round in cross section.Wavy hair is oval in shape and comes out of the scalp at an angle,whereas curly hair is flattened and comes out of the scalp at an extreme angle…so blame whatever hair you have on your genes;)

The thumb rule to distinguish between dry, oily and normal hair and scalp is to watch its behavior for 4 days post a hair wash with your regular shampoo and conditioner with a test called the DAY 1234 test courtesy Dr Aparna Santhanam- a leading hair& skin specialist -am a big fan of hers!!
Day 1. After a day, If both the scalp and hair feel greasy to touch- You have OILY HAIR/SCALP
Day 2. 2 days after a shampoo, if your hair needs a wash and your scalp is greasy-you have NORMAL HAIR/SCALP
Day 3. 3 days after a shampoo, if your scalp feels greasy and your hair is limp, you have NORMAL TO DRY HAIR/SCALP
Day 4. 4 days after a shampoo,if both your scalp and hair are still dry – then you have DRY HAIR/SCALP

 Few more pointers to distinguish the different hair types :
dry-hair
A. DRY HAIR/SCALP , FRIZZY HAIR

Dry,frizzy  hair is dull, lackluster and usually characterized by a feeling of dryness, split ends or hair that is brittle and breaks easily. This type of hair feels rough,and not smooth and silky and is generally indicated by frizziness, fly away hair  and a lack of shine .Dryness can be caused by insufficient oil production by the  sebaceous glands on the scalp or due to hormonal imbalances, diets deficient in proteins and vitamins or due to chemical treatments.

People with dry hair need to deliver moisture to the hair’s inner cortex while keeping the cuticle well lubricated and tight.
Dry hair needs protection in the form of emollients and lubricants like herbal hair oils which will lubricate the outside cuticle layer of hair,and create a shine as well. Humectants like aloevera are also needed to retain the moisture within this type of hair.

B.   Curly Hair
 :

curly hair Curly hair gets tangled easily is difficult to manage & is also often prone to becoming extremely dry. That’s because the curl keeps the hair away from your scalp and sebum which is the scalp’s natural moisturizers sebum does not reach the hair strands . Therefore  the trick is to  moisturise curly or frizzy hair  without weighing it down with heavy, damaging residues or making it oily and more likely to collect dirt. Light products like aloe vera based gels or light hibiscus or aloe vera based  shampoos suit curly frizzy hair better.
Tips for people with dry hair or curly frizzy hair:
1.Massage your hair with nourishing  oils like olive oil, coconut oil or almond oil or pamper your hair with a natural hairmask  of eggs,curds or  papaya   before a hairwash . Use  a pre -wash hydrating conditioner as far as possible
2. Wash your hair 2 times a week with a mild shampoo and products formulated  for dry hair containing natural moisturising conditioning agents like aloe vera, hibiscus etc.
3. Use a rinse off  or leave in conditioner based on natural oils like olive, jojoba oils
4. Have  a healthy diet fortified with proteins&vitamins  like eggs, sprouts etc &drink lots of water

C. Oily Hair and Scalp:

oily-hairOily Hair usually  goes hand in hand with an oily scalp.The sebaceous glands in this case work overtime& hair tends to take on a  limp,greasy look. A diet rich in oily and junk food can also lead to an oily scalp

Tips for Oily Hair/Scalp:
1.Wash your hair 3-4 times a week with a natural shampoo and products formulated  for oily hair with amla ,shikakai,reetha to cut down the grease and restore the bounce.
2. Apply light oils or gels before a shower or a paste of fenugreek , but avoid leave in conditioners which can make the hair very limp.
3. Add flaxseeds &  chia seeds  to your diet , and cut down on oily food and junk.

Normal Hair:

normal hair
Lucky are the ones who have normal hair!!! Normal hair is hair that is strong,resilient, moisturised and shiny and a normal scalp is one that is moist and pink without any flaking,irritation or bumps.The goal of people blessed with normal hair is simply to maintain it in the same balanced state.
Tips For Normal Hair:
1.Wash your hair 3-4 times a week with a natural shampoo formulated  for normal hair .
2. Apply  a pre wash conditioner or hair mask or lightly massage the scalp with coconut or olive oil to maintain the shine and bounce of your hair.
3. Condition with a mild conditioner
4. Add colored fruits, strawberries, peppers and asparagus to your diet

Colored,  Straightened or Permed Hair:

coloured hairIsn’t it ironical that   those with curly hair get it straightened and those who are bored with poker straight hair get it permed or curled…Well,the grass is always greener on the other side isn’t it’;) …..C’est la vie!!:D
However it is our poor hair than bears the brunt of all these chemical treatments which include colouring hair as well.

The hair’s outer cuticle is normally made up of a very tightly packed network of cells which do not allow moisture to escape and keep it moisturised and soft and is responsible for  shiny, healthy hair,. The alkalis used for Colouring ,perming or straightening  treatments  first cause swelling of the cells that form your hair’s outer cuticle.  The chemicals used in dyes  then    penetrate the swollen cuticle and move into the underlying cortex, and peroxide first  bleaches out the pigment that’s there in the first place,so that the pigments can then change the colour of your hair. The first one or two times,the cells may shrink back to its original tight mesh.But the problem arises when we repeatedly subject our hair to chemical treatments.The  more often you do this, the less likely it is that these cuticle cells will shrink back into the tight, smooth network and thus become dry and frizzy. There is no way to totally replace damaged cuticle on existing hair -the only solution is to wait for new hair to grow.
Use  a good conditioner like aloevera or jojoba oil will act by filling in the gaps formed between the damaged cells and replacing  the lost moisture,thus restoring some softness and shine to the hair.

Tips for people with coloured, straightened or permed hair:
1.Massage your hair with nourishing oils like olive oil, coconut oil or almond oil or pamper your hair with a natural hairmask  of eggs, curds or  papaya   before a hairwash . Use  a pre -wash hydrating conditioner as far as possible
2. Wash your hair 2  times a week with a mild shampoo formulated  for damaged hair containing natural moisturising conditioning agents like aloe vera, hibiscus  etc.
3. Use a moisturising rinse off conditioner or leave in conditioner based on natural oils like olive, jojoba oils
4. Have  a healthy diet fortified with proteins, chia seeds &vitamins.

Hope this helps you decide on the right products and regimen to suit you hair type. Will be updating soon on tips to also estimate the density and porosity of your hair with simple DIY tests…keep watching this space 🙂

December 31, 2013

2013 in review- Beauty Blog Crossed 1,00,000 hits!!!!! :)



Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 67,000 times in 2013 alone and crossed a milestone of 100000 views in 2013. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden,
it would take more than several sold-out performances for that many people to see it
….Any wonder  we are feeling just on top of the world!!:)


The busiest day of the year was June 25th with 392 views. The most popular 
post that day was   Fenugreek reduces hair fall,dryness and dandruff naturally!!

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TOP VIEWED POSTS IN 2013   Views
Fenugreek reduces hair fall,dryness and dandruff naturally!!   43,609
Home page / Archives   17,278
Banish those darkshadows-Undereye circles forever…….   9,201
Papaya Aloevera facepack reduces acne,pigmentation,dryness and adds a glow!!   5,054
Go Coco Nutty!!A coconut fenugreek hairmask to reduce hairfall,and dandruff…   4,596
Apple cider vinegar drives dandruff, hair loss and acne away……   3,848
Reduce Hair fall and dryness of hair with natural remedies!!   2,492
Beat the heat with a Refreshing Summer drink from black grapes……Enjoy!!!:)   2,405
Home made Nourishing Aloe Vera Papaya Hairmask to reduce dryness and frizziness of hair   2,235
Glow food for the skin-Yummy Strawberries!!!   1,742
Fenugreek-Nature’s Boon For All Round Health!!   1,344
UNVEILED………CLEOPATRA’S BEAUTY SECRETS!!!!   1,296

 We  had viewers from all over the world- 171 countries in all!!
Most of our visitors came from India ….however The United States & The United Kingdom were not far behind 🙂
India: 43027 views        USA: 23283 views     UK: 6372 views

We thank our fabulous viewers all over the world for helping us cross the  super milestone of 100000 views  and for your immense faith in us . 
We promise to make a new beginning from 2014 to bring forth a fresh bouquet of fabulous DIY skincare tips  and  haircare tips , using the best of what nature has to offer!!
Wishing you all a fresh beautiful and fabulous 2014 from the Prakriti Herbals team !!! 🙂 🙂