Posts tagged ‘skin’

January 10, 2014

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


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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/

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 !!! 🙂 🙂

 

October 23, 2013

Spread the joy of giving this Diwali!!


DIWALI BONANZA!! Support a cause and spread the joy of giving this Diwali!!

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Festive discounts of 10% on our attractive natural skincare & hair care gift boxes with beautiful diyas made by mentally challenged children from an NGO- Sandesh India. Personal messages can be added to these beautiful gift boxes which will be gift wrapped, and home delivered , with free shipping anywhere in India.

Our natural skincare & hair care products are suitable for all hair types, free from harmful chemicals and not tested on animals.
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Wishing you all a happy& prosperous Diwali!!

August 15, 2012

Tricolour Salad ………Happy Independence Day!!!


Wish you a very Happy Independence Day!!!

TRICOLOUR SALAD

Recipe Courtesy Nayana Shetty
Ingredients:

Parsley leaves -1 bunch
Mint leaves-1 bunch
Tomato-1 cup
Onion-1 cup
Lemon-1
Extra virgin Olive oil-1 tbsp
Salad leaves-1 bunch
Soaked burgul
Salt to tasteEnjoy this very healthy tricolour salad bursting with the goodness of antioxidants,iron and vitamins and glow this Independence Day……..:)

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!!!!:)

July 9, 2012

Glow a healthy pink with luscious watermelons!!


Luscious Watermelons are  simply super beauty Food for your skin& excellent summer coolers as well!!!
Red juicy watermelons can combat ageing due to damage from free radicals with its high antioxidant Lycopene and vitamin C content,and act as a perfect skin toner.They contain 92 percent water, which makes it a cooling low calorie summer drink&ideal to curb sugar cravings as well.

A few slices a day of luscious watermelons can give you a youthful complexion as they are a storehouse of powerful antioxidants like lycopene which gives watermelon its attractive red colour,and vitamin A and C.The yellow-orange varieties,contain citruline,an amino acid credited with helping skin’s healing and regenerative processes,and delaying ageing.

Refreshing  Watermelon Skin Toner:

1/2 cup watermelon pulp
1 tbsp witch hazel
1 tbsp mineral or distilled water

Purée watermelon chunks in a processor or blender. Strain the liquid and discard the solids. Mix the strained liquid with the remaining ingredients, stir and pour into a glass bottle. Dab on face using a cotton ball. This is rich in sugar and vitamins A, B and C. Watermelon has astringent properties, and the super high water content makes it an excellent skin refresher.

So go on ahead pamper your tastebuds and skin with the refreshing luscious watermelons!!!

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……………….
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 🙂