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October 30, 2016

Do You Want Flawless Skin This Diwali?


Do You Want Flawless Skin This Diwali?

When looking for healthy organic recipes for anti-aging skin care, berries always star first in the list. Not only do they offer a punch of flavours, but berries arealso rich in nutrition, that makes them extremely valuable in diets for anti-aging skin care. Hence, Enjoy Flawless Skin This Diwali With Berries of various types…

Blackberries:

blackberries

We are all conscious about our skin as it plays a vital role in our personality and appearance. Our skin ultimately reflects whatever we eat in our daily routine. Hence, daily supply of proper nutrients is mandatory for glowing and healthy skin. Blackberries, the most nutritious organic fruit that are rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C along with high level of antioxidants. These properties of Blackberries help in hydrating the skin and keep it protected from any type of acne or pigmentation.

Key Benefits:

  • Fights Against Free Radicals
  • Hydrates the Skin
  • Rejuvenates the Skin
  • Act as Cleanser for Oily Skin

Strawberries:

strawberry

Strawberries are rich in alpha-hydroxy acid which helps eliminate the dead skin cells and cleanses the skin in the process.The fruit also contains salicylic acid and ellagic acid that reduce hyperpigmentation and dark spots therefore tightening the skin pores to prevent further acne breakouts. As the Strawberries are excellent source of vitamin C, it cleanses the skin and keeps it healthy.

Blueberries

blue berries

After strawberries, blueberries are the second most popular berry to be considered. The wild blueberries contain more antioxidant properties than any of the other berries. What about anti-aging skin care? Of course, it helps with that, too. We cannot deny the fact that blueberries save skin from radical damage and due to 85% water content in it, the fruit even helps to keep the skin hydrated from within.

Goji Berries

goji-berries

These small red berries are one of the best herbs for health which reflects a positive effect regarding anti-aging skin care. Goji berries or wolfberries are rich in antioxidant content and has good source of protein, vitamin C,etc. that is very much essential for healthy skin. So, start having such rejuvenating fruits and make your skin flawless this Diwali festive season.

Cranberries

cranberries

Cranberries, very well known as a natural remedy for treating and preventing any type of infection can even be used for anti-aging skin care. You won’t believe that just one bowl of organic cranberries offer 18% of daily recommended vitamin C along with phenolic acids, anthocyanins, flavonoids, proanthocyanidins, and triterpenoids. Hence, the more intake of cranberries, the freer radical damage is eliminatedgiving you healthier skin naturally.
Finally, you can eat the berries, smash and apply on your face as well as skin and even have a drink out of it to have glowing and acne free skin.

Have a happy and prosperous Diwali this year.

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 🙂

June 20, 2012

Contest Time!!!Win a fabulous gift hamper of natural products!!


Prakriti Herbals and Colorific India brings to you a golden opportunity to grab a mini facial kit for yourself.

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Revitalizing Fruit pack http://colorific.in/beauty-and-make-up-tips-and-reviews/prakriti-herbals-revitalizing-fruit-pack/

Exfoliating Walnut Scrub http://colorific.in/beauty-and-make-up-tips-and-reviews/prakriti-herbals-exfoliating-walnut-scrub-with-wheatgerm-oil-and-aloevera/

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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

Go Fruity!!!Grapes and Strawberry Mask Reduces Acne,Dryness&Aging of skin



Just dive into your fruit basket this season&you’ll find a solution to all your skin ailments.
Try out this heavenly Grape n Strawberry Facemask to Reduce Dryness,Acne,Fine lines,Pigmentation &add a glow to your skin……….
Method: Mash 5-6 black  grapes &1-2 strawberries in a small bowl until they are smooth.Add 2 tbsp  honey. Wash your face gently and pat dry. Apply the face mask evenly to your face and neck and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse again with warm water and pat dry with a soft towel.
Strawberries are rich in AHA’s,vitamin C,salicylic acid &flavanoids  which help clear acne and reduce oil.Strawberries also reduce puffiness and circles beneath the eyes,and are antiaging as well because of their high antioxidant content.
Honey kills bacteria and reduces swelling , inflammation and fine lines giving the skin a taut, youthful appearance.
Black grapes are great natural cleansers,moisturisers and reduce acne as well.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.

You can alternatively also use just a grape mask as well:
Method:Simply split a few grapes into halves and rub gently across your face for several minutes, then rinse with cool water. Alternatively, you can also mash a few grapes and apply, allow to dry, then rinse off after 15 minutes.

March 27, 2012

Another review of our Revitalising Papaya Fruity facepack on Colorific :)


A review of our Revitalising Fruity facepack by a happening fashion and beauty website Colorific can be viewed here  

Thanks a lot for trying out our natural herbal fruit pack 🙂
A revitalising unique blend of fruity ingredients that revitalise and firm up the skin. Enriched with Papaya and strawberries,natural exfoliators  which reduces freckles,acne and smoothens the skin, Cucumber and Aloevera which cool&moisturise naturally.Helps Reduce Acne,Blackheads&Whiteheads,Pigmentation,Blemishes,Sunspots,freckles and gives you soft satiny skin.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE:

Clean face and neck .Apply Revitalising Fruit Pack evenly over face and neck, avoiding area around eyes and mouth. Let it dry for 10-15 minutes and remove with wet sponge/towel. Rinse with cool water.

REVITALISING  PAPAYA FACE  PACK  contains the following ingredients:

Natural Pampering Ingredients:
> Extracts of papaya((Carica papaya)
> Extracts of Strawberry (Fragaria ananassa),
> Cucumber(Cucumis sativus) extracts
> Aloevera juice(Aloe barbadensis)
> Fuller’s earth(Multani Mitti)
> Glycerine
>Food grade safe edible preservatives 0.1%
>Perfume 0.1%
Distilled Water

PAPAYA

Latin Name : Carica papaya   English Name : Papaya ,Sanskrit / Indian Names : Chirbhita, Erandachirbhita

Papaya being a natural source of pectin is  a natural exfoliator.It helps remove freckles and smoothens the skin.It is  Softening and cleansing .The enzymes in fruit have a deep cleansing effect by breaking down the dead cells of the skin.

STRAWBERRY:

Latin Name: (Fragaria ananassa),English Name:Strawberry

It possesses considerable medicinal value as an anti inflammatory agent&exfoliator. The plant is also astringent in nature  and the strawberry juice and extracts are  used to treat more serious skin ailments.

CUCUMBER:

 Latin Name :Cucumis sativus,English Name :Cucumber,Sanskrit / Indian Names :Trapusha, Sukasa,Kakdi

 Cucumber helps keep the facial skin soft. It has healing and soothing effect on the damaged skin and exerts a natural sunscreen effect. It acts as a toner and lightens the facial skin. It is slightly astringent, cool, and refreshing, and is used in lotions, creams and masks.

ALOEVERA :
Latin Names:Aloe barbadensis Mill. ,English Names:Aloevera,Sanskrit Names/Hindi Names:Ghrita-kumari,Kumari

ALOE VERA-the miracle rejuvenator is an exceptional moisturizer.This natural concentrate of aloevera juice, being a totally natural product, gets instantly absorbed and brings life back to dry skin. It acts as a natural moisturizer, soothing protectant and sunscreen-especially for dry scratchy skin.

Principal Constituents:
The leaves contain barbaloin, chrysophanol glycoside and the aglycone, aloe-emodin.The  leaf juice forms the main source of the plant. Aloes have long been in use for a host of diseases, and also been used for treatment of wounds, burns, dermatitis, cutaneous leishmaniasis and other skin troubles.

Fuller’s earth or ( Multani Mitti) – Anti-inflammatory in nature.Fuller’s Earth removes deep seated dirt and impurities.  It is an absorbent clay, rich in minerals. Used in face masks for thickening and cleansing, drawing and stimulating qualities. It has worked wonders as a base for the herbal fruity face pack.
Do check it out for yourselves  and don’t forget to leave your candid comments if you have tried it before-What you like it about it&even what you didn’t…;)….Frankly there’s always room for improvement&all the encouragement only inspires us to make even better and better natural products!!:) learn more about our natural herbal products here