Posts tagged ‘dryness’

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/.

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 !!

September 11, 2014

Bouncy Silky Hair This Monsoon Naturally!!


Bouncy Silky Hair This Monsoon Naturally!!

The heavenly rains  not only bring with them lots of  fun n frolic , but also loads of humidity which truly messes with our tresses,don’t they!!
I’m sure you all have noticed how the all encompassing humidity  totally  frizzes up our hair  which tends to become so limp even after being shampooed and have less shine body&bounce.
Tips  to keep hair bouncy& healthy this monsoon!!

1. Give your hair a pampering hot oil massage  before shampooing and wash off with a mild shampoo.
2. Do not tie hair when wet
3. Avoid using chemical treatments or blow drying your hair too much.
4. Comb you hair when semi dry or completely dry with a wide tooth comb
5. Nourish your hair from inside out with  a diet rich in protein, vitamin E and C  & drink lots of water .
In the monsoons, hydrate your hair with  herbal  rinses which can be made at home with simple kitchen ingredients

TEA & LEMON RINSE :Tea and lemon

Tea and lemon rinses can work wonders on your hair during the monsoons, not only adding body & lustre but also cleansing it beautifully giving you shiny ,squeaky clean  hair .
Boil tea leaves in enough water. Strain , cool the liquid , add lemon juice and use it as a rinse after your shampoo.
Soak fenugreek seeds in water overnight and add Lemon juice – Use as a last rinse. Fenugreek – Lemon rinse helps reduce oiliness and maintains normal pH balance reducing dandruff and giving you shiny bouncy hair .
So throw out your  worries & have a fun filled  monsoon this year -naturally !!

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!!:)

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!!

fenugreek seeds and leaves.2

 

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 !!! 🙂 🙂

 

September 3, 2012

Refresh your skin with an Aloevera gel and Rose facemask


Refresh and moisturize your skin with a facepack made of Rose water and Aloevera gel – this lovely synergistic combo  helps reduce acne, dryness, psoriasis, undereye circles, sunspots, pigmentation , allergic skin conditions like dermographism & dermatitis  and even wrinkles.

Aloe Vera – the “Miracle Plant” is an excellent natural remedy for sensitive suntanned skin.  It acts as a natural moisturizer, soothing protectant and sunscreen-especially for dry scratchy skin.  It reduces and prevents acne, promotes collagen production giving a healthy glow to your skin& preventing ageing.

Aloe Vera Rose Face Mask For  Dry Skin:
You can make a  wonderful aloe Vera mask from simple ingredients available at home like rose water& aloevera gel .
Method:
Add three tablespoons of aloe Vera  gel and 1tsp of rose water in a cup. Mix these ingredients to make a paste. Apply this paste with a cotton ball all over your face and neck. You can also apply this paste to your hands or any other area that is exposed to sun. This face pack is particularly useful for suntanned and sunburnt  areas.Let this pack dry for 10-15 minutes and wash off  with lukewarm water. Pat dry your face gently. Use daily if possible for best results.

MAKING ROSE WATER AT HOME– Courtesy Nayana Shetty

Water— 1 litre
Rose Petals—- 200 grams
Wash the rose petals well before adding it in boiling water. Keep it for about 20 minutes on a  low fire. After cooling, strain the rose water and store it in bottle and refrigerate.

Rosewater which has been used from ancient times is an excellent soothing toner , cleanser and moisturises and hydrates the skin. It  stimulates cell regeneration and is anti ageing , also reducing     acne, dryness, dermatitis and even eczema.

Give yourself a refreshing face-lift & keep dry scratchy skin, acne and wrinkles  at bay with this refreshing aloevera gel rose facemask !

August 2, 2012

Mangolicious DIY Facials to make you glow !!



                                                                 Yummylicious Mangoes !!

My all time favourite fruits…sure they are yours as well!!:)
Bursting with the goodness of beta carotene which is a powerful anti oxidant and Vitamin C,both potent anti aging agents-as well as the enzyme mangiferin which opens up clogged pores &does wonders for the skin-Mangoes are truly God’s gift to us!!!
Truly  Mangoes are manna not only for the taste buds ,but for the skin as well…..
Thought it was time to  share a few time-tested but effective  natural mangolicious recipes to brighten up your skin&give it that golden glow!!!!
Benefits for the Skin:
1.Antiaging:
Promotes collagen formation,Moisturises skin&Regenerates new cells,thus helping in reducing wrinkles and fine  lines.
 2.Anti Acne:Heals pimples&closes pores
Vit A  is universally known for its anti aging ,rejuvenating properties and helps heal acne &pimples as well

3.Rich in Vitamin A : Vitamin A is the greatest friend to good skin and its deficiency can cause dull skin, open pores, acne, as well as horny eruptions on the arms, elbows and knees.
4.Rich in natural AHA’s :Exfoliates dead cells and helps in regeneration of new cells

5.Anti Tan &Eczema: Vitamin content and natural emollients in mango butter fight eczema&tanning by  uv rays

NOURISHING MANGO  FACIALS:
1.Mango pulp Mask:

Refresh your skin by massaging  the face with mango pulp from a ripe peeled mango and leave for 6-10 minutes. Rinse with cold water&feel the cooling effect and freshness.

2.Mango Oatmeal Honey  Exfoliating Scrub:

Mix  2 tbsp of mango pulp with 2 tsp of powdered oats,2 tsp of milk powder,and 1 tsp of honey.
Gently massage  this gentle exfoliating scrub  over your face in circular motions.Wash off with cold water&watch your skin brighten up !!

3.Mango &Curd Face mask  to remove Sun tan:


To remove sun tan, you can apply this facial  twice or  thrice in a week. Mash a ripe mango and add 1 tbsp of curd and lemon juice. Mix well and apply the paste on the face and neck. You can also apply on the arms and other exposed skin to remove sun tan. Leave this summer fruit facial for 15 minutes and then rinse with cold water.
Give your skin a treat with  these refreshing mangolicious facials &watch it simply Glow!!!!

July 27, 2012

Brighten up your skin with the divine king of fruits-the mango!!


Look like a queen with the help of the yummylicious mango -any wonder the Mango is called the king of fruits???
The lovely golden mango  is simply bursting with the goodness of vitamins ,minerals a nd antioxidants.It has large quantities of Beta carotene which gets converted to vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant.Isn’t it  great to know that we have a natural source like  mangoes at hand to fight the age old problems of acne&aging 🙂

Skincare and Haircare  Beauty Benefits of the Mango:


1.A treasure house of  Vitamin A  : Vit A  is universally known for its anti aging ,rejuvenating properties and helps heal acne &pimples as well. Vitamin A is the greatest friend to good skin and its deficiency can cause dull skin, open pores, acne, as well as horny eruptions on the arms, elbows and knees.
2.Antiaging: Promotes collagen formation,Moisturises  dry skin &Regenerates new cells,thus helping in reducing wrinkles and fine  lines.
3.High in Fibre&Iron ,low in calories: Rich in vitamin A , B and C as well as Potassium, Calcium and Iron..
4.Mangoes for Healthy skin and hair:
High content of  antioxidants,the enzyme mangiferin,&vitamins are very beneficial for healthy skin&hair
5.Rich in AHA:the skin of the fruit is rich in AHA which sometimes gives that tingling feeling

6.Protects against eczema&wrinkles: Even the mango kernel which would otherwise be thrown away ,yields valuable mango butter on cold pressing.Mango butter is a very  effective emollient,moisturizing the skin and protects the skin from dry skin conditions like eczema and  is very effective in reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

So, what are you waiting for? Include those ripe and juicy mangoes in your daily diet and begin leading a healthy and beautiful life!
Do keep watching this space for some yummylicious mango recipes&DIY mango facials…..:)

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!!!!:)