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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.
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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
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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 🙂

March 24, 2012

Papaya Aloevera facepack reduces acne,pigmentation,dryness and adds a glow!!


Papaya was rightly called the fruit of the angels by none other than Christopher Columbus himself !! It is truly a powerhouse bursting with natural nutrients ,not only for the skin and hair but also for overall health.Papaya  has a treasure trove of  restorative as well as preventive properties to rejuvenate skin&hair beautifully.

The fruit enzymes of this fruit-papain are widely known to heal acne and are great for skin exfoliation.Papaya is an extremely rich source of Vit C,Vit A ,anti oxidants,folate,panthothenic acid,potassium ,magnesium and most important of all beta carotene – which is why it is such a beneficial skin food.

HOW PAPAYA WORKS ITS MAGIC :Papain 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.

1.Papaya,Aloe vera &Honey Rejuvenating Mask:

This papaya,aloevera &honey mask is my all time favourite natural face mask to get back the glow instantly.
Method:Apply a mixture of 2 tbsp papaya pulp,1 tbsp aloevera gel&1 tbsp honey to the face.Optionally you can add 1 tbsp of milk cream to the blend.Wash off after half an hour.Pat dry.
The ripe papaya fruit contains the enzyme papain which is a potent anti inflammatory agent and hence is beneficial against acne.It is also a very good exfoliator,removing dead cells ,softening and smoothening the skin.Papaya contains Anti oxidants like beta  carotene are phyto nutrients essential for young-looking,glowing skin.
Aloevera reduces acne&dryness and pigmentation as well by helping in the regeneration of new cells.Any wonder we make use of all these wonderful benefits of Papaya&Aloevera  in our Rejuvenating Papaya Fruit Facepack  ,for those who are hard-pressed for time to make these natural packs at home.You can read a review on a happening beauty and fashion blog here 🙂

2.Papaya,orange and curds facemask


This lovely Papaya,orange and curds facemask is courtesy Shyma Rahul Monteiro,one of our fans on https://www.facebook.com/prakritiherbals  Have tried it out,and the papaya and the orange juice really tightens the skin &makes you glow-Thanks,Shyma…all tried and tested natural beauty tips are most welcome on our blog&our page as well  🙂
Method:
Take half a cup of ripe papaya pulp; add 1-2 tablespoons of  orange juice, 1-2  tablespoons of curds. Mix well and apply on your face and neck.Wash off after half an hour.Pat dry gently.
The luscious brightly coloured papaya is  a storehouse of beta carotene ,a very important anti oxidant .Oranges have astringent and toning properties and  improve the skin texture and color due to their high Vit C content. They also help in  skin firming and preventing early aging  by promoting the formation of collagen.

3.Raw Papaya Scrub for reducing acne&open pores:
Reduce acne and open skin pores by massaging with raw papaya.Raw papaya contains papain in higher concentrations than in ripe papaya. As you know raw papaya is used as a meat tenderizer,as it has the ability to break down skin cells.

Thus Papaya face packs are wonderful skin food, especially in summers as they help in removing the tan and give a glow that remains for a long long time…try it out for yourself and give us your feedback and any beauty tips of your own ..Let’s learn together:)