Beauty Benefits of Mango

Summer has a special place in my heart. I’m sure it does in most of your hearts too. Even though the heat might make us go crazy sometimes, it brings so much joy of its own. One major thing I remember is, the summer holidays. I as a kid used to look forward to enjoy summer breaks. Where my mom used to get us ice creams, Rasna (a famous drinks among kids those days) on her own. We didn’t even had to beg much. haha. Also, talking about summer, how can we forget that it’s the season of yummy mangoes.

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Who doesn’t like mangoes??? We all do..!!! So many dishes we can prepare, be it sweets, spicy pickle what not…!!! Every dish made out of mangoes will win our hearts.

We all have heard that eating more mangoes is not good. It will increase body weight and body heat. But let me tell you, too much of anything is bad. Isn’t it? In fact, nutritionist recommend seasonal fruits. With weather, our body changes internally. Eating seasonal fruits would help our body for sure.

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Apart from helping our body, mangoes also help us in improving our skin and hair. How? Let’s see the list of benefits we can get from mangoes to get beautiful skin.

  • Vitamin A and C are more important when it comes to maintain good skin and hair. Mangoes have both these vitamins in them. Applying mango pulp to hair adds moisture and shine.

How to prepare mango hair mask:

All you need to do is take the pulp and squeeze. Apply the juice and pulp to your hair. Keep it for 15-20 minutes before washing it.

  • Similarly, if you are worried about dry skin, apply mashed mango pulp to your face to add moisture.
  • Vitamin C is required to maintain collagen level. Collagen is responsible for skin elasticity and avoiding wrinkles. By consuming a cup of mango everyday helps in improving skin’s texture.
  • Maintain health of facial pores is what is important to maintain good facial skin. Clogged pores are the biggest culprit to cause breakouts. Applying mango pulp to face helps in unclogging pores and thus keeping pimples at bay.
  • Not just the pulp, even the seed can be helpful in order to improve the health of our hair. Mango seed oil can help with reducing hair fall and greying of hair.

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How to prepare mango seed oil at home:

Remove the pulp and dip the mango seed in any oil of your choice, like for example coconut/ sesame oil. Place this container under sunlight for some days. Using this concoction regularly, can help you get healthy hair.

  • Vitamin A in the mango helps in adding shine to hair, plus it helps in reducing dandruff when applied.
  • Mango also has vitamin E in it. When we apply mango pulp on to our scalp, this vitamin helps in the scalp circulation thus boosting hair growth.
  • If you have blemishes or dark spots on your face, all you need to do is to apply mango pulp on the effected area. With regular use, it is proved that mango can reduce the appearance of dark spots or blemishes.

These are some of the quick tips to make the most of this season’s fruit – Mango. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So the next time while you enjoy eating one, don’t forget to apply on your skin and hair to get glowing skin and hair.ย  (In short, be like Katrina Kaif in ads of a soft drinks you see in the television. haha. You know what I mean, If not, check the glimpse below..!!!ย )

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Double Cleansing for Healthy Skin

Keeping skin clean is the key factor for a clear and health skin. To keep the skin in good
condition the step ‘C’ in the CTM technique plays an important role.

Cleansing, as you guys know, is the way to clean your skin. Making sure it is free from all the makeup/ impurities.

If you are a beauty junkie, you must already know this skin care technique called – Double cleansing. If your answer is no, I will tell you what it is all about.

As the name suggests, the cleansing of skin is done twice. But with different kind of products in each step.

How is This Done?

First step involves removing the layer of makeup or dirt with the help of non-foaming or micellar water.

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Second step involves washing your face with foaming cleanser. It can be as simple as a regular face wash you use. This step makes sure the residue left after the first step is washed away and leaves the pores super clean.

My Recommendations:
For non-foaming, I can recommend some cleanser which are oil based or cream based. I have tried this cleansing lotion from the brand The Face Shop. But I generally like using this micellar water. This is light weight and very easy to use. Removes makeup quite easily thus making the first step of double cleansing easy.

Who Should Double Cleanse Their Skin???

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Ideally, everyone of us. Especially if you wear makeup or if you living in huge cities where pollution level is quite high.

Makeup we wear can clog pores, if left overnight. Which in turn cause breakouts. Needless to say, the pollution harms our skin way more than we know. It also increases the aging process. Thus making it necessary to cleanse skin as much as possible at the end of the day.

What is The Use Of Double Cleansing???

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As I mentioned earlier, keeping facial pores as clean as possible helps in maintaining good skin. Also, if we do double cleansing before the T and M steps of skin care routine, makes sure that the product we are using for moisturization gets absorbed by skin easily. Thus making the most of the product.

This is what I had for double cleansing technique.ย I know at the end of the day, when you are dead tired, it is super hard to cleanse your face once. I am asking twice the struggle you guys face. But keeping skin clean and healthy will get you compliments for sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you find this quick post useful. Do leave your take on this or queries on this in the comment section below. Happy to help. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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All You Need to Know About Orange Oil

I have been hearing a lot about vitamin C and essentials oils etc. Which help in taking care of skin not only by improving it’s texture but also aid the anti-aging process. So, just thought of gathering more information about them, so that I can include in my daily skin care regime and of course to share with you beautiful people.

For today, I am starting with one of the essential oils – Orange oil.

Let’s see how it’s going to help our skin and hair. Ready??? Hop in…!

How to Prepare Orange Oil at Home???

First thing first. How to prepare orange oil.

  • Peel off the orange peel and remove the white part by scratching. This will make sure the oil is more concentrated.
  • Place these peels in a glass jar.
  • Add vodka to the jar and shake well. Vodka helps to marinate.
  • Keep the jar in cold and dark place for a week.
  • After a week, filter out the liquid from the jar.
  • Place this liquid in ventilated space so that the alcohol in the liquid gets evaporated.
  • Post 2 to 3 days, the liquid free of alcohol smell is what we need – orange oil.

I know it takes a lot of time and patience to prepare one at home. But it is purest one you can get. No matter how good it can be, some are too lazy to wait for long. So, people like me, just go and buy one from online. hehe

How does it smell???

It smells like orange (obviously) but a very strong one.

Why You Should Use Orange Oil???

Mental health:

You must be thinking I started with the beauty benefits and first point says mental health. Well, well, if you are happy inside, your skin looks happy outside. Orange oil has this amazing fragrance which has proven to reduce depression or anxiety. It calms down the pulses and helps you relax. Now when you are calm and content from within, it definitely shows on your skin as well.

Treating Acne and Skin Infection:

Orange oil has anti-bacterial and inflammatory properties. Using diluted orange oil on acne, swelling or redness helps in soothing it.

Moisturizing:

Orange oil has been proved to add needed moisture to your skin when applied. Dry skin beauties, I hope you are listening.

Deep Cleanser:

Orange oil helps in cleaning the facial pores and thus avoids clogging.

Improves Blood Flow:

If you apply orange oil it gives slight tingling effect. Orange oil helps in improving blood flow thus helps you get glowing skin.

Anti-Aging:

You already know that the oil has anti-bacterial property. What you might not know is that orange oil also has antioxidants in it. Which are important to slow down the process of aging. This oil helps in stopping the appearance of lines and wrinkles on skin.

Reducing Dark Spots:

Orange oil has bleaching property. Which helps in lightening the skin tone. Regular usage of diluted orange oil on dark spots should fade them away.

Reducing Large Pores:

While keeping the pores super clean, it also helps in shrinking them. How??? Orange oil has tightening property, which helps in shrinking the facial pores.

Reduces Cellulite:

Many of us suffer from appearance of cellulite. Orange oil can be a handy if you also suffer from the same. Massaging the affected area with diluted orange oil helps in blood flow, softens the epidermis and thus helping in reducing the cellulite.

Reduces extra oil secretion:

I hope this point will bring a smile on oily skinned beauties. Using diluted orange oil on skin that secrets more oil helps in reducing that extra oil secretion. Orange oil has this charm to control the oil secretion. So bye bye shiny face.

Special Note:

  • Always remember that the essential oils should not be used directly on skin. You need to dilute the oil by mixing with some carrier oil like coconut oil/ almond oil and then use it on skin.
  • It is not recommended to use orange oil while you are out in sun. Orange oil when comes in contact with direct sun, reacts and it might harm your skin.

The Body Shop Mango Body Yogurt : Review

Hello,

Body lotion is something which is a must for us, whose has dry skin. As I had promised in my last product review post, I am reviewing body lotions from my collection, one by one.

While picking up the lotion for review, I noticed that I have many products from the brand ‘The Body Shop’. From their skin care range to hair care, I have most of them. #Shopaholic.

So, today the product I picked up is this body yogurt from the brand The Body Shop. These body yogurts were introduced somewhere last year. They have consistency of yogurt and as usual I was very excited to try something from this new launch. tada… I did. They have claimed that it is best suited for dry skin. Let’s see how it worked for my dry skin.

Brand : The Body Shop.

Range : Body Yogurt

What Does The Company Claims:

1) No time to moisturise? Now you do. Our Body Yogurts can be applied straight onto damp skin, so you can shower, moisturise and dress straight away.

2) Theyโ€™re 100% vegan (we love cruelty-free beauty!).

3) Each Body Yogurt is enriched with Community Trade organic almond milk from Spain.

4) They have a fast-absorbing, non-sticky, non-greasy, gel-cream formula that leaves the skin feeling moisturised for up to 48 hours.

Flavours: Yes, they are available in five different flavours. Trust me, they all smell delicious. Even a friend of mine smelled the body yogurt and she was like, “get me a spoon, I will eat this”. haha.

The 5 flavours available in Indian market are:

  • Mango (Which I loved the most.)

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  • British Rose

  • Strawberry

  • Almond Milk

  • Moringa

  • Banana

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Price: Rs 845 for 200 ml

Shelf Life: 32 months. Once opened, 12 months.

Best part : Itโ€™s cruelty free. The Body Shop has special place in my heart because of their cruelty free products and the campaign they started to stop poor animals getting harmed while making cosmetics. ๐Ÿฐ

Packing:

It comes in this cute, little, sturdy plastic tub pack with all details printed on it. The colour of the tub is in match with the flavour of the product inside. So it makes it easier to recognise the product without having to opening it up. The plastic cap covering the tub is quite sturdy and tight. Thus you can carry it while you travel.

Only drawback I can see in this kind of packing is the hygiene. Because with tube packing you can squeeze out the required quantity of product out and use. Whereas in tub packing, you got to dip your fingers to take out the product. So in terms of hygiene, tube packing over tub packing, always.

Fragrance:

It smells delicious. Are you a lover of mango??? You are going to love this. As soon as you open the pack a very sweet fragrance lingers in air. I must say this fragrance is quite strong. As I love this fragrance, I don’t find it as a con.But girls with sensitive nose might find it little over empowering. Good thing about this fragrance is, it fades away soon, post applying on skin.

Colour:

This is definitely a yummy colour.

Consistency:

This is a gel + cream like consistency. Very light. It is non greasy, non-oily. Once applied, gets absorbed really quick.

My Experience:

I did apply this post bath when skin requires moisture the most. As I mentioned earlier, it got absorbed quite fast and made my skin feel smooth. Which most of the lotions do.

Real test for a body lotion/ body care product comes during evening. Where skin becomes dry again. But for a surprise, my skin was feeling normal. It wasn’t dry as it always does by evening. As company has claimed 48 hours moisture and my skin wasn’t too dry, I skipped re applying it in evening to test the claim. But by morning my skin had become dry again. So, out of my experience, 48 hours might not hold true for dry skin. But I must say it did a good job by keeping skin moisturised all throughout the day.

Pros:

  • Kept my skin moisturised all throughout the day.

  • Light formula.

  • Non greasy, non-oily.

  • Little quantity is enough as compared to body creams.

  • Yummy fragrance.

  • 5 different flavours to choose from.

  • Travel friendly and cute packing.

Cons:

  • Tub packing is quite problematic when it comes to hygiene.

  • Some might find it pricey.

  • Fragrance fades away quite soon.

Will I recommend this to you???

Yes if you have dry skin and no time to re-apply lotion, this one is for you.

Will I repurchase?

Yes. I prefer these kind of body care products while I travel, where I don’t get time to sit and apply lotion frequently. Apply once a day and you are good to go kind. But next time, would like to try out different flavour.

Mygirlypedia Rating : 3.5/5

Droopy Eyelashes??? Eyelash Lifting to The Rescue

As you know, eyelashes play a very prominent role in enhancing beauty of your eyes. No matter whether the eyelashes are thin, small, thick, long we all have our own set of problems. If you ask me, even though my eyelashes are long, they are flat and they fall on my eyes. Hence eyelash curler is a must for me.

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Recently one of my favourite bloggers Corallista had posted about eyelash lifting. Me, being a curious soul, had to search about it. Let me share with you what I found about eyelash lifting.

So first of all, what is eyelash lifting. As the name suggests it is lifting your eyelashes to give you a nice dramatic eyelashes. So if you have stubborn eyelashes like mine which doesn’t stay curled for long, opting for eye lash lifting would be a great idea.

The best part about eyelash lifting according to me was, before conducting the procedure, the specialist asks you about your requirement. If you are thinking what might be requirements when it comes to eyelashes are, one – you can opt for eyelashes facing your eyebrows to get that open eyed fresh look. Two – if you opt for fanned out eyelashes to get that dramatic look. So what would be your pick? Mine would be the second one. I love drama haha.

So once you choose the style of the eyelashes you want to get, the specialist will decide the length of the curls based on it and of course the shape of your eyes.

The big question is how is this done. You can say this works as the smoothening of your hair. Just like in smoothening, a solution is used to curl your eyelashes. So to start with your eyelashes are combed thoroughly so that every strand is separated. A silicone sheet is stick on your skin under your eyes and upper eyelid. Your eyelashes are glued to the silicon sheet. Once they are glued a perming solution is applied over the eyelashes. This solution breaks the bond and smoothens it. Once your eyelashes are smooth the curling becomes easier.

This solution is left on your eyelashes over 6 to 12 minutes. It depends on the thickness of your eyelash hair how much time this solution is left on them.

Once the eyelashes are curled, a setting solution and oil are applied. This setting solution will restructure the bond and strengthens it. Thus locking up the new shape. The applied oil will add hydration and smoothens the eyelashes.

Depending on the hair type, this procedure will lasts. Usually this result will last for 6 to 8 weeks.

Just like post smoothening your hair, you need to take care of your eyelashes post lifting them. For 24 hours you are not supposed to touch or wet your eyelashes. After which, you can apply mascara if you want or even you are good to go without a layer of mascara. Because those lifted eyelashes are more than enough to get you lots of compliments.

As compared to any other procedures for eyelashes, eyelash lifting has been said to be a very low maintenance procedure. The expense involved is comparatively less and you don’t have to maintain a lot post the procedure.

Like always I have couple of important points to share.

  • Eye lash lifting just lifts the eyelashes. It doesn’t add volume. If you want to add volume, either you should go with the procedure called eyelash extension or go with false lashes.
  • There are multiple hair lifting kit available online. I haven’t tried and would never try one. I would suggest my beautiful reader, not to take risk. If you want to get this procedure done, get it done by an expert.

After knowing about the simpler procedure and looking at the end results I really want to get the my eyelashes lifted up. Because this will keep them on place without having me to use eyelash curler and lots of layers of mascara.

If you are really really tired of droopy eyelashes, you have this option to opt for this procedure. Else eyelash curler and mascara should be enough to sort it out. In case you have already done eyelash lifting or know any expert who does, please let me know.

Hope you find this post helpful. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Salt Rooms – A Salt Based Therapy for A Healthier You

In my last post about skin care, I had mentioned how sea water can help you improve beauty and health. Today let me introduce you to a therapy based on salt – Salt therapy.

What is salt therapy???
It’s not a new bee in the world of therapies. Salt therapy is been used by people since more than 100 years. This old and natural therapy is for curing health issues and improving skin. Voila087316ae87de90471ac6d8b9d7852851--natural-salt-himalayan-pink-salt

 

Where is this therapy conducted???
Salt therapy involves room made of dry salt particles, hence those rooms are commonly called salt rooms or salt caves. The ceilings, floor and walls are made of dry salt blocks. A specialised Halo generator is used to grind Pharmaceutical Grade salt into minute breathable particles. These minute particles are dispersed into the salt room. The logic here is, as and when you inhale this salty air, it is going to benefit you, your skin as well as your overall health.

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How is it done???
Those who wants to undergo this therapy got to sit in one of these salt rooms. (Sounds like an easiest therapy we have heard of…!!!)

While some choose to read inside the room, some like to enjoy a good massage session. Some might love doing nothing but relaxing.

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Why salt therapy???
Salt is very powerful thing not just to make any dish perfect, but also to make our body work perfectly. As the pure form of salt from Himalaya or the famous dead sea has lot of elements, which are also found in human body. As the dry salt air is more powerful than the moist one, salt therapy makes use of dry air to heal the body.

How long is this therapy conducted?
As the salt concentration is high inside the room, the session lasts for 15-20 minutes. You can stay inside the room for 15-20 minutes and breath deeply just like the way you breath while doing Yoga.

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Is it good for kids???
Yes. There are salt rooms designed specially for kids. Where they get to enjoy toys and games while inhaling healthy salt air.

Benefits :

  • Salt level in the body defines lot many things. It affects our cell activities, blood sugar level as well as energy level.
  • The dry salt air has been proved to improve our mood thus making sure its improving both mental and physical health. Bye bye stress…!!!
  • Inhaling the salt air inside the salt caves helps in healing respiratory diseases like allergies, asthma, bronchitis, sinus congestion etc.
  • Salt therapy is been proved to be a boon for people with asthma issues. Salt rooms have been proved to heal them by helping them breath easily.
  • Immune, nervous and lymphatic systems get benefits by the salt therapy.
  • Needless to say, salt helps in detoxification. Antibacterial property helps in curing skin conditions.

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Cost:
Depends on the salt caves and region.

USA has lot of options for salt caves. Good news is, India has some options too. Most of the metro cities like Bengaluru, Delhi have salt caves for such treatments.

So the next time you want a quite weekend or want to spend some time with your loved ones, you have this healthier place.

Facial Cleansing Brush : New Entrant in The World of Skin Care

I had a gooooood shopping marathon this weekend. Ahhh happiest girl on earth while I pick my shopping bags up.

Skin care being the important factor, picked up some skin care products. Face cleansing brush being one among them.

If you live in Instagram for most of the time of your day, I am pretty sure you must have come across some of the people using this cute little round/oval brush on their face. These brushes are called facial cleansing brushes. As the name suggests, they are used to clean the face.

These brushes are originated from Sweden. Used as a part of skin care routine to get super clean skin.

Let me just quickly walk you through more details like how to use, where to buy from etc. etc. Shall we???

Why???

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Let me start with the basic question – why facial brush??? So, the brush acts like tiny fingers which cleanse each and every tiny pores on your face. Thus leaving skin super clean while unclogging pores. Which in turn helps in preventing clogged pores and breakouts. Result??? Blemish free skin….!!!

How to use???

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You need a good cleanser to start with. Apply cleanser on your face or take few drop of it on cleansing brush. Brush against your face gently in circular motion. Don’t forget to cover entire face(Of course skip the eyes and mouth area. haha.) Once you are done, wash your face. Ohhh hello clean face.

Types of Facial Brushes:

There are different types of facial brushes available as per the skin needs and the material used to prepare one. Here are some of the well known types,

Bristle:

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These are the very basic ones when it comes to facial or body brush. As the bristles fall on harder side, they are well suited for dry skin. They help in scrubbing off dead skin cells while cleansing the facial pores. I use one from The Body Shop. The bristle is quite soft and does good job.

You can buy one from here.
Silicon Brush:

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These are squeaky smooth brushes with tiny silicon touch points which are responsible for cleansing your skin. These silicon brushes come in different sizes and shapes. Some have handles some may not. The one I recently bought is a silicon brush from the brand Forever 21.

Buy one here.

Electronic:

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These brushes are considered to be an ‘investment’. As they fall on slightly pricier side and does a good job. The facial brushes which are in trend are mostly electronic one. They run either on battery or with electric power. The electronic ones have both types that is silicon brush as well as bristle head. Best part about these is they are automatic, you don’t have to put in that extra effort to massage your face. Turn on the machine and the vibration that’s generated does all the magic. They will come handy especially when you are super tired at the end of the day. A good massage is all we need to relax ourselves. Don’t we???

Thinking of buying one??? Here you go.

Let’s see what are the advantages of using the facial brush:

  • They leave skin super cleansed
  • Skin gets softer
  • With regular use, skin texture gets improved
  • Bristle brushes help in removing dead skin cells thus helping dry skinned beauties
  • They improve blood circulation
  • As they unclog the pores, blemishes or breakouts will be reduced.

 

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Disadvantages:

  • Bristle brush with hard bristles are not suitable for girls with sensitive skin or with breakouts.
  • If the proper hygiene is not maintained, you might end up doing bad than good to your skin.
  • A type of facial brush might not work on all types of skin. Choosing brush as per skin type is important.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Make sure you dip the bristle brush in water for a while before using. This will make sure that the bristles are wet and soft. Thus making sure they won’t hurt your facial skin.
  • If your skin is dry you can use the facial brush 2-3 times a week(if you choose bristle one.)or daily(if you choose silicon one).
  • Choose the number of times you want to use the facial brush as per your skin needs. Do not overdo.
  • Clean your brush after every use to avoid bacteria growth and causing harm to your skin.
  • Do not share the facial brush with anyone.
  • If you are using electronic brush with changeable bristle head, make sure you change them once in a month or so. Because no matter how much you maintain hygiene, there is a good chance that bacteria grow in between the bristles. Hence it is advised to change the bristle head.

Do you use facial brush for cleansing??? If the answer is yes, which one do you use??? If not, I hope this post tempts you to buy one.

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In Love With This Recent Purchase of Mine From M.A.C

Recently while I was in an airport, I went for a quick shopping at M.A.C just to kill time (Even though I don’t need a reason to shop, I’m always ready with lame one).

I have had heard a lot about these cute lip scrubtious of the brand, so wanted to try them.

Let me give you more details about this tiny box.

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Brand :

M.A.C

Name of the product:

Lip scrubtious

Flavor:

With limited flavors they had, chose this Summer Berry.

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Price:

INR 1550 for 14 ml

Shelf Life:

24 months

Ingredients:

Packing:

The outer white hard paper cartoon has been designed uniquely with the name of the brand printed on it. You can find all the details about the product too on this.

Inside of this cartoon is of contrasting color – black. That makes it slight different than ordinary boring packing.

The inner box containing the scrub is of the same color as that of the flavor inside the box. For example, the brown sugar scrub box is brown, summer berry one is of purple.

The lid is made of soft rubber finish. The black lid is tight so no worries about spillage. The box is so tiny that you can carry it wherever you go.

 

Color:

The scrub is of color purple.

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Fragrance:

Fragrance is the key factor I chose this scrub. Ahhh it exactly smells like fresh berries.

Fragrance is quite strong for all the flavors. So if you have sensitive nose, please do try testers at the shops before buying. Even though all the flavors smell heavenly, but you know in case it’s empowering, you can skip it.

Texture:

It’s kind of creamy base with minute scrub particles.

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My Take On M.A.C lip scrubtious, Summer Berry:

I did apply a thin layer of this scrub on my dry lips and left it for few seconds. Then with the help of my forefinger, scrubbed my lips for a minute.

Result? Lips was soft with all the dead skin scrubbed off. Plus, it moisturized my lips. I didn’t had to run for a lip balm post scrubbing.

The salesgirl at the shop also had told me that the scrub leaves tint on your lips. But for this flavor, I couldn’t see a noticeable tint on my lips. But yes, I did observe the tint on my finger post scrubbing. May be it’s not that dark tint to be visible on pigmented lips.

What I liked about the M.A.C Lip Scrubtious:

  • Cute and sturdy packing
  • Travel friendly
  • I love, love the fragrance
  • Creamy soft texture
  • Does the job of removing dead skin cells, very well
  • Leaves lips soft and moisturized

What can be improved:

  • Tub packing is unhygienic. I have to dip in my fingers to take the product out.
  • If your lips are pigmented like mine, do not expect much of tint post scrubbing.
  • The fragrance might be empowering for those with sensitive nose.
  • Some might find it pricey for a lip scrub(Oh come on, it’s M.A.C). But little goes long way. This tub is going to last for a good amount of time for me.

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Repurchase and Suggestions:

I loved the scrub for leaving my dry lips soft and moisturized. Once I finish this tub, planning to buy different flavor. Even though berries are my favorite, other M.A.C lip scrubtious flavors are tempting too.

If your lips are dry and would like to’invest’ in a good scrub, then do try this one. You will love the results.

Mygirlypedia Rating – 4.5/5.

 

Photo Credit : To the one and only, multitalented – Me.ย 

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Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Brightening Ayurvedic Face Scrub Reviewed

Hello world,

Like zillion times, I have mentioned in most of my posts that scrubbing is very very important in order to maintain a very healthy skin. As you know, scrubbing is a technique to remove the dead skin cells. As ‘The winter is coming’, it’s better you stoke up your shelf with a good scrub.

I heard many celebrities talking about this Indian skin and hair cars brand called Kama Ayurveda. The brand swears that it is totally Ayurvedic with no chemicals. This is a high end brand with products falling on slightly pricier side.

I was very keen to try my hands on these products since quite long. So thought of giving a try for this beautiful scrub from the brand, to start with(of course I’m gonna try more ๐Ÿ˜‰).

Before I start reviewing this product let me tell you guys, this product is not sponsored by the brand. So let’s just start to get to know how this scrub worked for me.

Name:

Kama Ayurveda kumkumadi brightening Ayurvedic face scrub

Price:

1295 INR for 50 g

Click on below image to buy.

Shelf life:

2 years

What does company claims:

Kumkumadi face Scrub is specially formulated with pure Ayurvedic kumkumadi oil – a miraculous beauty fluid with 12 precious and rare ingredients that help in illuminating the complexion, smoothen fine line and rejuvenate skin cell growth. Our authentic Ayurvedic formula is created with the finest Kashmir Saffron to brighten your skin and repair pigmentation. Finely ground sweet almonds, rich in vitamins E and D nourish and nurture while exfoliating pollutants and impurities for a glowing complexion.

How to use:

Wet the face with lukewarm water. Massage a small amount of Scrub gently on your skin. Rinse well.

Ingredients:

Packing:

The outer cartoon is a combination of colours orange and gold. I just love this colour combination it totally gives you a very royal feel.

The cartoon looks something like this.

That design of lotus and couple of birds give this vintage look. Isn’t it?

All the details like, the shelf life, price, ingredients, how to use everything has been printed on this outer cover.

The glass bottle which contains the product looks something like this. With all the details of the product mentioned on the sticker on it.

Post opening the lid is one more small lid for the double protection for the product to be safe. Hence no worries of any spillage.

If you are thinking the tub packing is unhygienic, as you have to dip your finger every time you want to take the product out, then Kama Ayurveda has a quick solution. The product comes with a small wooden spatula. Which you can use to take out the product and clean the spatula for next use. Thus maintaining the hygiene.

Consistency:

This light yellowish cream has this tiny granules to scrub of the dead skin cells from your face. The best part of the scrub is you can actually see saffron in it.

Fragrance:

It has a very mild fragrance of Ayurvedic oil. Even if you have sensitive nose, I’m pretty sure this fragrance doesn’t going to trouble you.

How did it worked on me:

As mentioned on the cover I did wet my face with water and applied a thin layer of Scrub on my face. Gently rubbed my face to let the scrub work. I usually leave the scrub on my face for a while post massaging. Before it gets dried off completely, I wash my face with warm water.

I must say, in the first use itself apart from doing its primary job of making skin soft, it also gives a good glow to the skin. So if you want to get that glow to the skin instantly, I think you should use this scrub for sure.

Post using the scrub my skin was left softer and cleaner. Usually most of the other scrubs make my skin dry and its screams for hydration. But post using this one, I didn’t have to run for moisturization immediately.

Pros of Kama ayurveda kumkumadi brightening ayurvedic face scrub:

  • Ayurvedic ingredients
  • Travel friendly packing
  • Leaves skin soft and clean
  • Does not dry your skin
  • Didn’t give any breakouts
  • Adds glow to your skin
  • I have used this scrub for three to four times now and I can see the acne marks fading away.
  • Hygienic packing, thanks to the wooden spatula
  • Easily available online
  • Cruelty free
  • Glass packing which is recyclable. Making it Eco friendly packing.

Cons of Kama ayurveda kumkumadi brightening ayurvedic face scrub

  • Some might find it pricey. But little quantity goes a long way and with the positive experience I had, I think it’s worth the hype and price.

So, if you would like to invest in a good product to pamper yourself then do try this scrub. With the results it gives, I am sure you will be happy with your purchase.

Mygirlypedia rating: 5 out of 5.

I Tried Couple of Nykaa Hand & Nail Crรจmes and This is What All I Have to Say About Them

When we meet and greet someone, we usually say hello by waving or shaking hands. Hence there is high chance that your hands not go unnoticed. Taking care of them should be in the list for this prime reason.

Hand cream is something my handbag essentials for a very long time. All thanks to my dry hands. Huuh.

A month ago I bought these hand creams from Nykaa. Nykaa has come up with their own line of cosmetics and skin care. There are seven different varients in this range. Out of which I chose two of my favorites.

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Let’s see how it worked or not worked for me.

PS: this post is not sponsered by Nykaa.

Flavors I chose:

  • Peony & White Lily
  • Freesia & Vanilla

What company claims:

Peony & White Lily

Flirtatious Peonies mingle with the regal White Lilies to give sweep you to a mystical dreamland with its exquisite fragrance. Peony brings dollops of freshness, while noble White Lilies leave your hands wrapped in sweet, romantic scent.

Freesia & Vanilla

Dive into the sensuous, gourmet scent of intense vanilla wrapped in a fresh bouquet of hand-plucked Freesia. The free-spirited freshness of Freesia is mellowed down with the ever-so-sweet Vanilla, offering you a blend that give your hands a warm, fresh hug.

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Packing:

These are quite tiny tubes. Plus, the lid is quite tight. So no worries about need for large space in your handbag or any spillage.

Each flavor has different outer packing or this tube. In one word, it’s girly. Each varient can be differentiated by it’s cool floral prints on the tube.

As you can see, the Freesia has this yellow floral print and peony has this beautiful red floral print.

Have a look at all the variants here.

Price:

275 INR each for 30 ml.

Shelf life:

35 months.

Once opened, best before:

24 months

My take:

As and when you open this tubes of nail and hand cream, one thing you just can’t ignore is their amazing fragrance. Trust me it’s so yummy that you feel like eating it. But yes they are not edible so you have to drop that idea, for good.

At first, it might seem over empowering. But the fragrance faints as soon as you wipe it against your hands.

Peony & White Lily smells like a mild flower. Very soothing one.

Freesia & Vanilla is my personal favorite. It smells exactly like one of the Victoria secret mists. A very sweet coconut fragrance with a hint of Vanilla. Smells delicious.

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Consistency:

Off-white cream, neither runny nor sticky. Non greasy and non oily.

Miniaturization:

Main business. Is it serving it’s major purpose? The Freesia and vanilla has such a beautiful aroma that my baby sister also bought it. My hands are way more dry than hers.

It didn’t really work for my extremely dry hands. I could still feel the need of hydration even after applying these creams.

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But it did work for my sister. She has normal to dry hands. She could feel her hands more soft than before.

Things I loved:

  • Cruelty free.
  • Paraben free.
  • Easily available online.
  • Fragrance is amazing.
  • Travel friendly.
  • Attractive packing.
  • Tube packing is hygienic as compared to tub one.
  • Works for normal to dry hands.

Things Which can be Improved:

  • I find it slightly more pricier. Because I know some hand creams which we get more quantity for almost same amount. Plus, which works well on dry hands.
  • Fragrance fades as we apply the cream. I find it a con because the fragrance is good and I was expecting it to last a bit longer.
  • Didn’t work on extremely dry hands.
  • Girls with sensitive nose might find the fragrance over empowering.

Will I repurchase?

No. I didn’t find it worth the price as it didn’t work on my hands.

Will I recommend?

If you have normal to dry hands and love amazing fragrance, you can give a try.

Mygirlypedia Rating: 2 /5.

This Is My Experience With Hair Coloring

People give me compliments for my long hair. But, just like any other girl, I have my own hair issues and dissatisfaction. Huuh my only complaint is that they are thin. Since they are thin, I don’t really take the risk of getting a nice hair cut. Because thin and short hair ,can give a tough competition to a tail of a tiny animal.

So, just to add some fun to my hair style, I opted for a hair color an year ago. Which color?? Well, it was bright red. (Bright red for a hair color vi*gin, is a big deal) ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now that my mind has fell in love with the color blue, coloring my hair blue is something which is on my mind. Before that, I want to share certain things which I experienced while I went through this hair coloring process. Which, people who got their hair colored, might or might not really share with you… ๐Ÿ˜Š

Coloring is done on clean and damp hair:

You know how pricey a hair wash can be at some salons. If you want to save some money, wash your hair on or before the day you want to get your hair colored. Make sure its non greasy or non oily.

Make sure the brand of the color is a good one:

As you might already know, cheap colors can give you a major nightmare of hair issues. Hence, make sure that the color used is of good brand.

I had asked the guy at the salon, about the brand. Even though I had heard about it, to be safe, I googled it immediately.

The color you opt might or might not suit you:

It happens because of the excitement of getting your hair colored. That too, if it’s for the first time, ahh chances are way more.

The hair dressers usually show you the catalog or list of hair colors. You can choose the colors.

Here is the important tip. Some people at the salon do suggest which color would go with your complexion. But some may not and some just for the business purpose, suggest you some out of the world colors (yes it happened with one of my friends. Her head was looking like a butterfly with so many colors.)

So, you got to be very specific:

In my case, I had confusion with honey or brown color. But the hair dresser out there suggested me bright red which he thought would suit me the most. Out of excitement I said ok. Phewww once it was done, only person I remembered was – mummy…!!!

Color is too bright when it’s fresh:

Or may be the fact that you are not used to the new hair, it might take some time to get used to the color of your own hair.

Yelling from family and friends:

Haha even though there are plenty of people who would give you tons of compliments for the color of your hair, I’m pretty sure your family and friends have something else to say.

This solely depends on the type of people around you so I don’t comment much about it. I got good amount of scolding from mommy… ๐Ÿ˜‚ No complaints. She loves her children’s hair. (Just like most of Indian moms).

It’s an amazing feeling:

No matter what people say, getting that fun factor added to your tresses makes it a good feeling. Something new, something fresh. A new look, a new you.

You got to use products which are specifically made for colored hair:

Yes, if you want to maintain the color for long, make sure you use the shampoo and conditioner which are meant to protect the color for long time.

I didn’t use those specific products. I did use normal ones. Let’s see what happened after that.

PS: I have seen people who used specific products to protect their hair. But they also went through almost same phases.

Hair fall:

No matter what color or brand you use, some hair types are not meant for chemicals. They just react and give us this nightmare called hair fall. I had faced this problem post hair coloring. I had to try out some homemade masks and stuff to keep it in control.

Hair turns into golden color:

Honestly, this fact I was totally unaware. No matter which color you opt for, the hair strands which you have colored, turns into a golden color at the end. ๐Ÿ˜’ Only thing to hide that is to color again. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Rough hair:

At one point of time, the colored part of hair becomes so rough, it just reminds you of a dish wash brush.

Haha. Hence a good moisturizing hair mask or a good oil massage is something must for your hairs.

Duration of color on your hair depends solely on you:

Yes, it depends on your hair type and the care you are taking. Mine lasted for 7-8 months. Then it started fading. Right now, they look like I have applied henna on them.

Ya, this is pretty much about different phases post a hair coloring, according to me.

Have you colored your hair??? If yes, let me know about it. Color you chose and the experience of yours.

For The Dark Patches Around The Mouth

You must have noticed or might be facing this skin issue – dark patches. Also called hyperpigmentation. Especially around mouth area. You guys know that melanin is something that defines the tone of our skin. If the melanin content is high at some spots than usual, causes hyperpigmentation.

There are multiple reasons why this skin issue occurs. Majorly,

Sun exposure:

Spots caused by more exposure to direct sun is called sun spots. These are dark brown spots that might take time to appear visibly dark on your skin. But once they are there, they are quite hard to remove completely. A good care with the help of appropriate creams and scrubs is what it takes.

Melasma/Chloasma:

This is caused due to hormonal changes. They usually appear on forehead, cheeks and upper lips.

Due to skin breakage:

This is quite common dark spot faced by many. This is due to pimples, burnt skin or any skin abrasion. These dark patches are high in melanin. Takes long time to fade.

Weather:

If you have noticed, our skin behaves differently in different weather. For example, skin lacks hydration during winter.

Some of us tend to wet the lips and around it with saliva. But, unfortunately saliva makes skin even more dry, as it evaporates quickly.

If you also have this habit, stop doing that…!!!

If you feel your skin needs instant hydration, carry a travel size good moisturizer with you in your little handbag. Apply it whenever you feel the need.

Because more dry the skin, more chances of pigmentation.

Considering the skin around mouth is way more thin and delicate, let’s see how we can take care of it:

Exfoliate daily:

When I say daily, it should definitely with mild scrub. Because the more you scrub, more harm you are doing to your skin. But, scrubbing in moderation is necessary for good skin.

Mild scrubs on other hand, gently exfoliate and remove impurities plus dead skin cells. Doing this everyday, on the effected area, should help you lighten the skin tone.

Use concealers:

Concealers are the ones which helps to hide skin issues. (More about concealers here. Type, how to use etc etc.)

Try a moisturizing skin whitening cream:

Moisturizing, because skin that is dry is prone to suffer from such patches.

While buying a skin whitening cream, look for below ingredients:

  • Vitamin C
  • Kojic Acid
  • Arbutin
  • Azelaic acid
  • Licorice Acid
  • Niacinamide
  • Grape seed extracts.

These ingredients help in reducing the melanin production in your skin. This making your skin look pale.

Try out below home made packs:

Here are some natural bleaching agents you can find at your home. You just have to apply a layer of fresh juice or mixture of ingredient with water to form paste. Wash with warm water.

  • Lemon Juice
  • Potato Juice
  • Turmeric mask
  • Cucumber Juice
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Tomato Juice
  • Milk Cream

Laser treatment:

If you have severe patches, post a good consultation, you can go for laser treatment. This treatment is going to lighten the patches. But couple of things to consider here are – it is expensive and it is not permanent.

Dermatologist:

If none of these home remedies work, kindly consult a good dermatologist to get your skin issues resolved with prescribed medication.

Hope you find this post useful. ๐Ÿ˜˜

Fun Friday : 5 Random Questions โ€“ Part 22

Hello fellas…!!!!

How’s Monsoon treating you??? I hope you are dry and safe..!!!

How about your Friday???

I had a nice Friday…!!! We had good lunch with whole team. Amazing food and desserts(desserts are not just food, they are feelings. Hence had to mention separately.) In short – no work only fun today. haha.

Anyways, I am sorry I missed Fun Friday session last week for some reason…!!! But, I am here today with 5 more random questions…!!! Ready??? Jump in..

 

Which is one thing you regret doing repeatedly???

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Well, one thing to be specific – shopping unnecessary things. I don’t regret it while buying. But when I go back home to my untouched stuffs which I had bought earlier, makes me hide my face with my palm out of shame. Especially lipsticks…!!! Can someone please save me??? I will drown in my collection of lip products soon.

 

How are you enjoying monsoon??

I usually enjoy monsoon going out with friends on rides or trekking. This time we haven’t yet started with those activities.

Right now, I just enjoy watching rain from my bed through the balcony along with my kids.

 

Which all languages do you speak???

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Kannada – Mother tongue.

Hindi

English.

Marathi (Veryyyyy basic)

 

What matters to you the most in a person???

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How genuine he or she is. Plus, how much they love animals. (Yes it matters to me the most).

 

What are the things you keep on your bed while sleeping??? It may be soft toy, lip balms, emergency lamp, book etc.

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I have a hippo soft toy just between the pillows. A lip balm in his hands. Which I apply before dozing off. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

It’s your turn now to answer…!!!!

 

Have a great weekend ahead…!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

Home Remedies to Treat Dark Underarms

Even though the summer is over, we still love wearing those cold/off shoulders or sleeveless tops or dresses this season. Bright colored outfit is going to brighten a gloomy day anyways….!!!

One thing to take care of, while wearing outfits that’s gonna expose your underarms area is the dark patches on the area. You might have also noticed ladies who have darker armpits as compared to their overall skin tone. That looks bad. Isn’t it???

Reason might be due to excess use of hair removal creams, deodorants(you should not use perfumes or deodorants directly on your skin. Check this post about perfumes to know more about it. ) or may be due to excess sun exposure. Reasons may vary but I have a list of home remedies which you can try out to get the one solution.

Ready to know the recipes?? Hope on…

Lemon:

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When I hear the word skin whitening, one home remedy that comes to mind is ‘lemon juice’. (More about beauty benefits of lemon juice, here.)
All you need to do is apply a layer of freshly squeezed out lemon juice on your armpits. Let it dry and them wash it with warm water.
With regular use, it’s proven to lighten the armpits.

 

Potato:

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Lemon and potato are like the president and vice presidents of the kitchen’s department of ‘skin whitening’. Just like the lemon, potato juice helps in brightening skin.
I know squeezing out lemon juice is way more easier than that of potato. You need a little more effort of grating potato to get the juice out of it. Apply this fresh juice on the effected area and leave it for sometime. Wash with warm water. It may or may not show the results within one use. But, with regular use, it will.

 

Multani Mitti:

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One more ingredient for skin brightening is fuller earth, which is popularly known as multani mitti. In order to apply you need to make a paste out of this dry powder. For which, you can mix fuller earth powder with rose water or even with regular water.
Apply a thin layer on underarm area. Leave it for 5-10 minutes and rinse with water.
Please note, you don’t have to leave it till it dries of completely. Because it might just make the area dry by absorbing all the moisture of the skin, on which it’s applied.

 

Cucumber:

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As cool as this vegetable is for summers when consumed, it is cooler for eyes and to skin when applied. Rub freshly cut cucumber pieces on the effected area. Along with soothing, it will brighten up the underarms.

 

Exfoliation:

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You can either use dry brushing technique or try some home made scrubs to scrub away those dark and dead skin cells. Along with brushing away the layer of skin, it also unclogs the pores. You guys know clogging the sweat glands causes skin infection, which I have explained in this post.

 

Baking Soda:

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Just like you use this one good ingredient for brightening your teeth, you can apply mixture of baking soda and water paste on dark patches to lighten the skin.

 

Orange peels:

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Ok, for this you really need time and patience. If you have them, go ahead. One thing to mention, the results are totally worth the efforts.
In order to use orange peel, you got to dry them under the shade. Once they are dried, grind them to make powder out of it. As you guys know we can’t apply dry powder as a pack. All we need is a paste like consistency. To make a paste, mix the powder with rose water or regular water. Apply this paste on under arms and let it dry for 10 minutes, before washing using warm water.
With regular use, it not just going to brighten the underarm area, it also makes it smell good with fruity fragrance. So, bye bye bad odour.

 

Milk:

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For a milky white underarm area, apply a layer of raw milk on it. Leave it for a while and then clean with water.

 

Coconut oil:

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This is one magical oil that almost every south Indian swear by. This oil can heal anything. Like literally. haha. Applying coconut oil on armpits is going to add moisture and lighten the skin in and around it.

More beauty benefits of coconut oil here.

 

Saffron:

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Saffron is one more Ayurveda ingredients used since ages for skin treatments. Dip few strands of saffron in milk. Apply this mixture on darkened area. Results are effective.

 

Things you need to avoid in order to avoid dark underarms:

After all, prevention is always better than cure. Isn’t it???
1. Do not use hair removal cream frequently. Once in a while, is fine. But always??? Na. If you use razor, you guys know it just cuts the hair strands. Doesn’t remove them from roots. Thus giving an illusion of dark underarms. Best solution??? Out of different hair removal techniques, go for waxing. It not only removes hair from roots, giving you a clean look, but also it removes the dead skin layer. Thinking about the pain??? Na… you will get used to it. hehe.

  1. Do not use perfumes directly on skin. Perfumes contain more alcohol that causes skin darkening. (Here is how you can use perfume without harming your skin and clothes).

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  1. Do not over expose your skin to hot sun. More exposure, more skin damage.

  2. Weight loss.!!! When we exceed the idol weight, fat of our body that gets aggregated under the arms rub against the garments and can lead to dark underarms.

  3. Regular hygiene is important, to avoid dark underarms. Do not skip shower and also regular exfoliation helps you keep skin healthy.

I hope these help you if you have dark underarms. The next time you wear sleeveless dresses, you don’t have to be conscious about dark patches. Flaunt those white underarms with grace.

Tips to Take Care of Oily Scalp and Dry Hair Combination

Just like our facial skin types, our scalps are also proven to be of different types. Skin that secrets more natural oil is termed as oily skin. Same way, the scalp that produces more natural oil is termed as oily scalp.

I also have the oily scalp. Due to which, the scalp feels so oily just after couple of days of hair wash. The hair looks so flat. That’s when we call ‘a bad hair day’…!!!

There are multiple combinations of hair and scalp. It’s not mandatory that if you have oily scalp, the hair should be oily or smooth.

Yet times, girls even face the issues(read it as confusing hair issues), where their scalp is oily but they have really dry hair. Ahhh…!!! If they try to follow home remedies for dry hair, in order to restore moisture, they are going to end up making their scalp even more oilier and visa versa. In deed tricky. Isn’t it???

Well, I have some super easy handy tips to take care of this combination. If you also have oily scalp and dry hair, jump in…!!!

Mild shampoos are your friends in this mission:

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You will exactly understand the pain of taking head bath regularly(especially if you have long locks like mine), when you have oily scalp. When you fall into oily scalped category, you know you got to wash your hair frequently in order to make your hair look fresh and bouncy.

But it is not a good idea to wash hair frequently, if you have dry hair. Because every time you wash your hair, the natural oil is removed by the shampoo…!!!

In order to solve this tricky query, opt for a mild shampoo. Using which, the oily scalp is cleaned and the moisture of the hair is not sucked out.

Forget anything but not the conditioner:

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Conditioner is a must, post washing your tresses. Why??? Shampoo absorbs the natural oil from hair. Conditioner on the other hand, provides moisture to hair. Hence your hair can say – bye bye dryness…!!!

Important point here is – do not apply conditioner to your scalp. Check the post about ‘How to wash your hair right’, for more info.

Hair masks ONLY for hair:

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Hair is dry because it lacks moisture. In order to add moisture, you can use some amazing natural home made hair packs. Check this post for different recipes of hair masks you can try out.

When I say only for hair, you got to follow that strictly. As the scalp is already oily, you don’t want to clog it even more. Which results in hair fall.

So, you just have to apply hair pack on your hair strands, avoiding the scalp. You can use a clean towel, plastic or aluminum sheets to wrap your hair. Post half an hour so, you can wash your hair and scalp. Thus it adds moisture to your dry hair and without harming the scalp.

Exfoliation:

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Just the way you treat dry hair with moisture, treat your oily scalp with little amount of exfoliation. Just like your face or body skin cells, scalp also need exfoliation to remove dead skin cells. Thus unclogging the pores, stimulating blood circulation and thus promoting hair growth.

There are multiple scalp exfoliators available in the market. If you want to prepare one at home, brown sugar, oatmeal, baking soda or coffee can be used as one. Mix any of these ingredients with oil and apply on scalp. Gently massage and wash scalp with luke warm water. This will help in improving scalp’s health without drying your hair.

Hot Oil Massage:

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I just love hot oil massage for my hair. Especially when my mom gives me one. It’s so relaxing….!!!

Along with cooling your nerves, hot oil massage is good for your scalp and hair health. Even if the scalp is oily, it needs extra hydration. Which will be provided by a hot oil massage.

A good hot oil massage using oils like coconut oil, also helps in stimulating hair growth and keep the scalp and hair in a good condition.

Brush your hair daily:

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Brushing your hair stimulates hair growth. Umm we all know this. What we might not know is, brushing hair also helps in removing dirt from scalp. Plus, it helps in distributing natural oil produced, along the hair strand as we comb. Thus helps in keeping scalp less oily and hair less dry.
Know which type of comb suits your hair and needs, here.

Serum for rescue:

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A live in serum is a must if you have dry hair. There are multiple hair serums available out there. This adds lost moisture to your hair. In turn it makes your hair look healthy, shiny and bouncy.

If you are looking for good hair serums, I would recommend these hair serums for you.

Love your natural hair texture:

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Girls with straight hair wants curly hair, curly haired girls want straight. Some girls who already have straight hair wants poker straight hair(I am talking about me face palm).

But, flat/ curling irons, straighteners, blow dryers etc. are our frenemies. They do seems like our friends, making our hair goals come true. But, they are in deed ruining our hair’s health. Making the hair dull, dry and lifeless in the long run.

Minimise the usage of these styling tools as far as possible to take care of your hair.

These were the quick tips to take care of dry hair and oily scalp combo. I hope you find it useful. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Microblading – Lazy Girl’s Easiest Way To Get Thick Eyebrows

Thick eyebrows are sign of youth. Some of the Bollywood heroines like Deepika Padukone, Aditi Rao Hydari are changing the brow game with thick eyebrows. Even some of the international models are flaunting their bushy brows.

 

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My Favorite Actress – Deepika Padukone

 

If you are longing for those lustrous eyebrows, you can either try out some homeremedies to grow them. Provided, you have ample amount of patience and time. Else, there is this new technique called ‘microblading’ which will fulfil your desire of getting thick eyebrows within minimal time.

What is Microblading?

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You must have read my post about permanent makeup. Where I have mentioned how tattoo artists give you a fuller eyebrow look by actually drawing fine tattoo lines. These fine strokes look similar to natural eyebrow hair. Microblading is similar to that but, it’s a temporary one. The end results are so natural, no wonder microblading is also called asย 3D Eyebrow Embroidery Magic.

How it is done?

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As I said it’s a temporary tattoo. Firstly, with a help of a pencil, the artist or the one who is conducting microblading will draw eyebrows. You will get to chose the shape of the eyebrows, which you think suits you the most.
Once you decide the shape of the eyebrows, a numbing cream is applied on and around the eyebrow bone. Then the color pigments are injected within the lines drawn. Since the area is numbed, a slight tingling effect is what you are going to experience.

How much time does this procedure takes?

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The complete procedure takes around 3 hours, max. Once done, it takes time to settle. In the first month itself, it might fade a bit. You need to decide the tone of the eyebrows. If you are happy with the faded tone, well and good. Else, you might opt for a touchup or two, which takes maximum of 40 to 45 minutes.

How long does this lasts?

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This solely depends on your skin type. For some it might lasts as long as 18 months. Later that, it gradually fades away.

What about the post care?

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Since these are color pigments, there is high chance that they might get washed away with water. Hence, washing your face or at least your forehead is not recommended for 10 days. Just like you would avoid excess sweating in case of post tattoo care, you got to avoid excess sweating if you get microblading done. Post mentioned days, you can use gentle exfoliator or face wash to wash the entire face.

Pros of getting microblading done:

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  • The wish to get thick eyebrows is achieved in less time, without fear of losing anymore eyebrow hair. #HappyUs
  • Time saving. You don’t have to spend time grooming your eyebrows everyday.
  • Saves money you spend on products to groom eyebrows.
  • Unlike permanent makeup, the microblading is not permanent, you don’t have to worry that you might get bored of same eyebrow shape. As and when it fades away, you can try out something new.
  • It is comparatively a less painful procedure.
  • Economical one. Costs you less compared to other cosmetic treatments.

 

Cons of microblading:

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  • It is not one time process. Since color pigment used are not permanent, you will need touch ups.
  • Just like tattoo, some might be allergic to the color pigments used.
  • There are chances that you might end up hurting your skin, if the artist is not well versed with the procedure.
  • So that was the physical pain. You might also end up hurting yourself mentally if you get it done by a not so experienced artist. A small mistake with the shape, you might have to face the embarrassment till the time the eyebrows fade away.
  • If the instruments used for microblading are not followed appropriate hygiene, you might get some contagious diseases.
  • Even though a numbing cream is applied before starting the procedure, there are chances that the cream might not be effective for some skin type. So, the procedure might turn up slightly more painful.

 

So, if you are too lazy to try out home remedies to grow your eyebrows and still wish for thick eyebrows ‘instantly’, you know what to do. wink

 

Tanned Feet??? This Post Will Make Them Happy Feet

Sometimes it happens with everyone of us, that even though we know the solutions to our beauty problems, we are way too lazy to execute them. I mean we silently cry due to the issues we face but not ready to spend time working for it. #typical.

I know I have quite handful of posts for taking care of feet. But my feet are the most neglected ones, when it comes to ‘skin care’. I was so lazy to buy new pair of socks(ahh whenever I buy, one of them always always manages to disappear magically…!!!), that I used to travel to office under hot sun with my feet almost open(I rarely wear closed footwear). You don’t really have to think much about the consequences I am facing because of that. Ummm tanned feet…!!! Arrggghhh…!!!

 

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They are not my feet. haha. My feet are tanned evenly. #sob

 

Skin covering our face is the most delicate one, where as the one covering feet is quite hard. Hence the care which needs to be taken differs. Even though I do know the steps I need to take care of to keep feet look fresh, I am bit lazy to follow them.

I am writing this post to share my ‘knowledge’ and with the hope to start following them by myself. Starting from today.!!

Prevention is better than cure:

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Don’t be as lazy like me. Always cover your feet too when you are going out in hot sun. A good quality shoes are the better option. This helps in preventing your feet from getting tanned. Also, in monsoon it helps in protecting feet from fungal infections caused by dirty water on roads. (Most of the Indian women can relate to this.)

 

Scrub:

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Those dry, cracked heels look really bad. (I don’t have that issue. All thanks to sweatty feet). To get rid of dead skin cells and tan to a certain extent, all you need to do is scrubbing. A pumice stone or a good foot brush will help you with this.

I use the one from The Body Shop. You can buy it from here.

 

Foot Mask:

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Yep, just like you would treat your face to get rid of tan by applying face packs, you apply a nice foot mask. There are multiple brands who have introduced so many nice foot packs and masks to the world. For removal of tan, I’m gonna list out some of the natural bleaching agents you find at home. You can mix them or can apply them individually.

PS: Click on the ingredients you wanna know more about, how to use, why to use etc.

 

  • Foot Cream:

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To lock in the moisture in order to enhance the texture of skin, all we need is a good moisturiser. I recommend this amazing foot cream from the brand The Body Shop. I had gifted this foot cream to my mom couple of months ago. She just loved it. I am sure it will work for you too. Check the full review of the foot cream here.

 

So this is how we can make our tanned feet a happy feet…!!!

I hope you try these at home and share your experience in the comments section… ๐Ÿ™‚

If you know any more tips, do share. I would love hearing and trying out beauty recipes. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Certain Things About People With Tattoos You Might Love Knowing

Body art,

It is called as an art not just because it involves a creative mind, it has a story of it’s own. ๐Ÿ™‚

Art and artist, both should always be appreciated. Because they have this power to express so much just by their art. Some hang their art like painters, some eat or serve their art like chefs, some sing, some dance… Ahh the list goes on. But some wear their arts, they are the ones with this wonderful art called body art.

I am born and brought up in a small town. I am saying this explicitly because, most of you know the point of view of most of the small town people. Where these body arts are often consider as sign of ‘bad personality’. (except for the tattoo of God. Piercing ears and nose are considered as a ‘good sign’ as they are ‘mandatory’ to get ‘good’ husband..!!!) But since I was a kid, I always had dreamt of getting a permanent tattoo on my body. All thanks to the temporary tattoo we used to get along with chocolates we used to buy.

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Body arts as I said hold their own meaning or a whole story. You guys might be surprised to know them.

But over the years, with three tattoos of mine and meeting fellow tattoo lovers, I have made out these common things we share. We as in the ones who own these arts.

1. We are committed.

Because tattoo is something which will be with us forever. We have chosen to get tattooed in spite knowing that it’s a life time commitment.

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2. We know what we want

When you are giving a life time commitment, we do know what we are signing for. We are clear about what we want.

3. We are creative

We are creative in our own ways. We have the creativity to hide a lot many stories in one single art.

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4. Needless to say tattoos represent how strong we are

Process of getting a tattoo is not a cake walk. It has some amount of pain to tolerate, lots of care to take.

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5. We know how to appreciate our beauty

Tattoo may or may not go with all kind of attire. But we know how to own the look while flaunting our tattoos.

Lastly,

We are not bad people (we don’t waste Time proving that either). Because we are busy loving our own life while flaunting these beautiful pieces of art. ๐Ÿ™‚

Skin Care Tips for Dry Skin

Last week I have shared a post with all the care we got to take if we have oily skin. Today, let’s talk about skin which lacks hydration. That is dry skin.

Some girls are so much worried about their itchy dry skin that they try a lot many products. But not all the products are meant for this particular type of skin. Lets see how to take care of dry skin in right way.

First thing first. No matter what your skin type is, the basic mantra is these three letters – CTM.

Cleansing –

Harsh face washes and soaps are a big no no for you guys. Because they dry the skin even more. To clean or cleanse your face, always use a cream based cleanser. Reason being, while serving the key purpose, it will also add some moisture which your skin needs.

Toning –

Toner removes the left over dirt from facial pores. If you have good cleanser, you can skip this step.

Moisturising –

There are multiple types of moisturisers available in market. I am not just talking about different brands, there are types like water based, oil based, heavy, light moisturisers. Based on your skin condition choose the right one. Since the skin is already dry, oil based or heavy moisturiser suits the best for dry skinned beauties.

Scrubbing –

This is one of the ‘needed’ step in skin care regime for dry skin. Scrubbing removes dead skin cells. Which is much needed in your case. Even while choosing a scrub, look for a lotion based scrub. You can try out sugar and honey scrub. While sugar removes the dead skin cells, honey adds moisture. Too much scrubbing is something I never recommend. Two to three times a week(provided your skin is extremely dry) is what best suitable one.

More homemade scrubs here.

Face Packs –

There are some moisturising face packs which you can prepare at home using kitchen ingredients. Try them twice or thrice a week to add the moisture to your skin.

For body:

Along with eating right and drinking loads of water, below are some of the points which are essential for better skin texture.

1. Cleansing –

Instead of using soaps, opt for a mild shower cream or gel. Cream being the first choice, for the obvious reasons.

2. Scrubbing –

Just like face, it’s necessary to scrub away those dead skin cells from body. This will avoid the itchiness as well as it lets skin breath. You can try some home made scrubs or try dry brushing.
Know about dry brushing here.

3. Body Lotion –

A heavy body lotion is what your skin will be thankful for. These are the body lotions I recommend for you. Apply the lotion twice a day for better results.

So these are the quick tips to take a good care of dry skin. I hope you find it useful. โ˜บ๏ธ

Health and Beauty Tips for Summers

Hello,

You know one of the secrets of good health and beauty??? Modifying the care required for great health and beauty, as per the seasons. That’s why the most intelligent creator of this Earth has this concept of seasonal fruits and flowers. Which are perfect for the respective seasons.

As you all know weather plays vital role in the overall health. Going by nature’s way, adopting to climate change by modifying food and beauty regime will definitely help us to achieve the goals.

Now that the summer is here, here are some tips to make our skin glow and give a tough competition to Sun. hehe.

Read on to achieve #skinGoals.

Hydration:

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As every one knows, the heat drains out our body. So keeping our self hydrated is the key to survive summer.

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Try on hydrating masks for couple of times in a week.
  • Consume food which have more water content like cucumber, watermelon etc. to keep body cool.
  • Try to reduce or avoid caffeinated drinks, as they dehydrate body even more.
  • You can try out some recipes out of one of the most super friendly kitchen ingredients – Basil seeds. Check this post to know more about Basil seeds or Sabja.

Sunscreen Is Your Superhero:

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In fact, not only summer but every season we need to use a layer of sun screen. I recently started using sun screen. All thanks to the super hot Sun.

Not only while stepping out, but sun screens should be applied and re applied every couple of hours even when you are indoor.

While looking for sunscreens, do look for the one with more PA factor along with SPF. I will write up a quick post about it soon.

Don’t Neglect Eyes and Lips:

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This is the season which is ideal to flaunt those sun glasses. Wear a good quality sun glasses to protect eyes from harsh Sun rays and keep them cool. I said ‘good’ quality. Because, if you compromise with the quality, you will be harming your eyes more than doing any good to them.

Also do not forget to pamper yourself by placing cucumber slices on eyes to keep them cool and healthy this summer. This also helps in keeping dark circles away.

For lips, do invest in a good SPF lip balm. Because you don’t want to end up with dry and pigmented lips. Do you???

Protect Your Crown:

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Hair is our crown. How can we neglect that??? When you step outside in the sun, don’t forget to protect them by wearing hats or scarfs.

We happen to sweat a lot in summers. This might make our scalp oily and cause scalp infections. Which will result in dandruff and hair fall. Washing them twice in a week at least, should help. If you face such problem this summer, do try these hair masks at home. Which will add that shine and make your hair summer ready.

Also, use good live in conditioner to avoid dry hair. Here are my recommendations.

Kitchen ingredients which will keep your skin cool:

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There are certain home remedies which helps in keeping body hydrated and cool.

  1. Basil Seeds
  2. Aloe Vera
  3. Coconut Water
  4. Lemon
  5. Rose Petals

Exfoliation:

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Scrubbing away those dead cells helps in achieving smooth skin. Also, it helps the skin pores to breath. This also helps in unclogging skin cells thus avoiding skin rashes.

Change in Cosmetics:

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If you have not yet opted for waterproof makeup, do switch. Because water proof makeup is something essential for summers as well as monsoons. All thanks to sweat and rain in the respective seasons.
I have posted about waterproof makeup here, which you might find helpful for summers as well.

This are some of the tips that can make summer even more joyful… ๐Ÿ˜Š

Keep in mind, health comes first. The more you are healthier from inside, the more you shine from outside. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Hope this helps ๐Ÿ˜Š

Dozen Reasons to Include Garlic In Your Daily Regimen

Garlic – is such an ingredient which has both haters and lovers. Some just love it, like I do… Some, run away because of it’s smell. I personally love the taste it adds to a dish. At my home, only my mom and I love garlic so my dad and sister give us the garlics to us if they find it in their plates. Not because sharing is caring, because garlic is precious. At least to my mom and me. hehe.

So, you know this little ingredient can work wonder on your skin and hair??? Yes. You can replace some of your beauty items with this. Skin, hair friendly and most importantly budget friendly.

Let’s see how this kitchen ingredient does wonders to your skin and hair..!!!

Hair:

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Hair Loss and Hair Growth:

Allicin, a sulphur compound which is used to treat hair fall or hair loss. This is also found in one more kitchen item – onion.
All you need to do is, slice the garlics. Squeeze the juice out of it and rub it on the scalp. Massage the scalp and leave it for a while. You can wash your hair post half an hour or so. This helps in preventing hair loss as well as promoting new hair growth.

Improves Blood Circulation in Scalp:

Garlic has Vitamins C, B2 and B1. They boost the blood circulation. Which in turn helps in boosting hair growth and improves health of hair.

Skin:

Acne Treatment:

Garlic has great antioxidants. Which helps in killing the bacteria. You know the acne or pimples are the skin’s way of fighting against bacteria. To help your skin to win this battle, all you need is garlic in your team. Rub garlic juice on pimples which will kill it’s enemy – bacteria.

Smooth and Rash Free Skin:

Garlic has great anti-inflammatory properties. Thus as you might have heard garlic oil is been a part of skin treatments. It helps in healing skin and result in rash free and smooth nourished skin.

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Perfect Pedicure Ingredient:

We need to wash skin between the feet fingers especially during monsoon for the obvious reasons. If you are looking for anti fungal liquid or something, don’t waste your money on them. Instead, slice garlics and dip them in the bucket of warm water and dip your feet. Garlic will do its magic.

Anti Aging:

Garlic is a good source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients etc. They are the key ingredients which help in protecting it against aging signs like wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots etc. So next time when you find garlic in your plate, don’t waste it. Eat it for the sake of that glowing skin.

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Minimizes Large Pores:

If your facial pores are visibly large, you are at a risk of more skin damage. How??? The open pores invites more dirt accumulation. Thus resulting in clogging them and causing acne. But worry not, mix garlic juice with any of other favorite kitchen ingredient of yours to make a paste. Apply it on face. Let it dry before washing it warm water. With regular use, this has been proved to minimise the large pores.

For Your Nails:

No matter how much you take care of nail’s hygiene, there is always a scope for improvement. There is always this tiny dirt stuck in the edge which will cause infection thus effecting nail’s health. So rubbing slice of garlic on your nails acts as anti bacterial lotion. Thus killing bacteria and helping the growth of nails.

Health:

Cold:

Garlic has been said to improve the immune system. When you are effected by common cold, drop few garlic in a pot of water and boil it. Strain and drink the water. This will help in curing the common cold. If you do not like the taste of it, you can add honey to it.

One more Ayurveda remedy which I have heard is, put a tiny piece of garlic inside a small cotton ball. Put this cotton ball inside your ears. It’s said that it will cure the cold as well as ear pain.

Weight Loss:

A study was conducted to prove that garlic in diet can help in reducing the weight. Thus if you are on the way to weight loss, do include garlic in your diet. What’s more happier than reducing weight by eating. Isn’t it???

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Mosquitoes Hate Garlic:

Yes even though there are no exact reason for this, but they hate garlic. And we hate mosquitoes for their annoying noise and their bad habit of spreading diseases while sucking our blood out. Bad mosquitoes.
The good news is, you don’t have to spend money on mosquito repellent any more. Make one at home with less cost. Ingredients required are – garlic(obviously), Petroleum jelly and beeswax. Mix them well to form the lotion. In case you do not like the smell of it, add any essential oil of your choice. and tada you have your customised mosquito repellent.

Pests too Hate Garlic:

If you love gardening and thinking of which pesticides to buy next, try this out. With garlic oil, mineral oil, water and liquid soap – make one and spray it on plants. Pests hate garlic so they don’t dare to harm your little green friends.

Did you know these benefits??? I hope you found this post useful.

If you know any other benefits do let us know. Happy to share your remedies on Mygirlypedia so that it can help more people.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Green Tea

Hello,

One of my intentions of this year being the healthier and fitter version myself, I have started with some of good healthy habits. One among them is drinking green tea…!!! Yes. weight loss or fitness discussion is incomplete without mentioning this magical drink called green tea. I have seen and heard people consuming this tea without knowing what actually it does to our body. How it actually works… Everybody knows that green tea is healthiest drink for body. But, what not everybody knows that drinking green tea has disadvantages also…!!!

I have gathered some information from people who have been consuming this ‘healthy’ drink since good long time and from other resources. Let me share you the information I got about Green tea.

Green tea’s origin:

Green tea is mostly popular in eastern countries like Japan, Thailand, India etc.

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From where green tea is extracted:

Different types of tea powder are prepared fromย Camellia sinensis plant. The dried leaves and leaf buds are powdered to prepare tea powder. Different types of tea powder preparation involves different processioning methods. Well, our topic of the day – green tea, is prepared byย steaming and pan-frying these leaves and then drying them.

What it contains???

Green tea contains two to four percent of caffeine. Also contains antioxidants.

How to prepare green tea???

There are many brands out there who offer a lot many flavored and unflavored green tea powders and tea bags. Just the way you prepare regular tea, instead of regular tea powder you will have to add green tea powder to milk. But if you are aiming for weight loss, do skip milk and sugar. Just hot water and green tea powder should be enough. If you didn’t like the taste, you can add natural sweetener like honey. Skip sugar my dear honey.

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Howย  does it tastes???

I have started using Lipton green tea – Tulsi flavor. You just have to dip green tea bag in a cup of hot water for few minutes and close your eyes and drink. Closing your eyes is optional. haha. But, honestly it doesn’t tastes good but health comes before taste you know…!!!

How to consume green tea rightly???

This is something really important in order to get most out of this healthy drink.

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  • Maximum quantity of green tea per day is 1200 ml, i.e. not more than 5 cups.
  • Green tea should not be consumed on empty stomach asย it might cause liver toxicity.
  • If you have any medical history or pregnant, consultation about preferred quantity is must.
  • Never sip it in night unless you work as a watchman who is expected to be awake the whole night. You know what I mean.
  • Do not consume right after your meal. At least two hours of difference should be there between meal and green tea consumption. Because green tea doesn’t let your body consume the iron and other beneficial contents from the meal.
  • Consume loads of water on consuming green tea. You will find out why in the disadvantage section below.

Advantages of Drinking green tea:

These are the advantages you will get if you consume green tea rightly.

  • Improves mental alertness.
  • It increases urine output. Thus helps in getting rid of toxins from the body. Detoxification is so important in order to keep body healthy. You can check this post about how to detox body in different ways.ย 
  • Weight loss
  • Good for skin
  • Stomach disorders
  • Good home remedy for vomiting, diarrhea, headache and bone loss
  • It has been proved that it has anti cancer property. Helps in preventing different types of cancer.
  • Helpful to keep your heart safe from diseases(not from other hear breaks though). Like, blood pressure, blood vessels issues etc.

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  • Good for diabetic patients.
  • Parkinson’s disease can also be prevented.
  • Dental cavities and kidney stones can be avoided by drinking green tea.
  • Cures depression
  • Remedy for inflammatory bowel disease
  • It prevents inflammation and swelling
  • Protects cartilage between the bones
  • Lessens joint degeneration

Advantages of Applying Green Tea:

  • You can also apply green tea on your face to soothe skin.
  • It also controls the damage done by exposure to sun.
  • Puffiness under eyes??? Place a wet green tea bag under your eyes. Puffiness will disappear in some time.

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  • You can also add green tea to the water tub while you are getting pedicure. Along with soothing foot it can also cure athlete’s feet.
  • Green tea can also be applied on gums to stop the bleeding when tooth extraction is done.

Disadvantages ofย  Drinking Green tea:

Green tea is not as easy as you think it is. It should be consumed rightly in right quantity. Else it will more bad than good to you. If you consume the tea in access quantity all of a sudden, you are inviting more trouble. Here are lesser known facts about it.

  • As I said green tea do contains caffeine. This is not a good content for those individual who have anxiety problems or for those ladies who are pregnant. Hence quantity to consumed should be decided after a consultation from a doctor.
  • If you exceed the limit of green tea intake per day, you will end up upsetting your stomach plus it might also causeย nausea.
  • You know, green tea dehydrates your body??? Yes. You will have to drink more and more water if you consume green tea in order to balance the water content in the body.
  • It can increase anemia.
  • If you haveย glaucoma, green tea does increases pressure inside eyes. Thus worsening the condition.
  • Green tea may prohibit calcium from being absorbed into the bones thus resulting inย osteoporosis.
  • Green tea can decrease the ability of your body to absorb iron content. Thus iron deficiency…!!
  • Might cause insomnia.
  • Caffeine can be more hazardous. It might end up irregular heart beats.
  • Green tea causes oxidative stress. Which might result in vomiting.
  • Excessive caffeine consumption has also been linked to muscle spasms and twitching.

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  • Caffeine has also been linked to restless leg syndrome.
  • Green tea is acidic. It might you suffer from heartburn.
  • A study was conducted whereย green tea extract was found to significantly accelerate the onset of convulsions.
  • Caffeine in green tea can increase the risk of bleeding. Hence those who have bleeding disorders, stay away from green tea.
  • Green tea quite confusing I must say. There are studies which contradict each other, One study says green tea decreases diabetes and headaches. Whereas the other study says it increases them.
  • If green tea is consumed in higher quantity, it will damage liver.
  • The commonest skin allergies associated with green tea consumption are eczema and hives.
  • Green tea higher consumption results in kidney disorder.
  • Thyroid problems might also be caused.
  • One study states that consuming green tea too often can lower fertility.
  • Green tea does improve oral health but it alsoย stains your teeth. Ooops…!!!

So, these are the points I wanted to share with you my dear reader.

I know disadvantage list is longer than the advantage list. But, green tea is not harmful at all if it is consumed in moderation. Right quantity, right way will achieve the best.

Now you know all about green tea. Please spread the world about this because I know more people who blindly consume green tea in order to lose weight faster. But unfortunately they don’t know that they are harming their body. Do help your friends and loved ones in their fitness and healthy journey by sharing these tips.

Have a healthy week ahead…!!!

Here Is The Best Body Lotion For You This Christmas..!!!

hey,

Merrryyyy Christmas…!!! It brings out so many childhood memories..!! Since my schooling is done from catholic school, I have got opportunity to experience the feel of Christmas thoroughly. Decorating Christmas tree, making a small hut and placing statues of Jesus Mary Joseph in it, receiving gifts from school, dancing, singing – happiness everywhere. As a kid, we used to love that feel.

Umm, now to the business. Are you a dry skinned gal like me??? Fed up of trying out different body lotions to keep the skin hydrated??? Well, I have a super good news for you…!!! I have found the best body lotion for you. Hence I am sooo glad and equally excited to share this review with you.

Aveeno is a product from US. Na, I didn’t had too buy it from their by paying any custom charges nor I asked any of my friends to get it from their. The best part is, their products are available in India now..!!! At quite reasonable price. #HappyDance

Wanna know about the lotion more??? Read on…

Brand:

Aveeno

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Product:

Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Skin Type:

Normal & Dry Skin

Price:

850 INR but I got it for 680 INR for 354 ml. (There is flat 20% off sale going on for Aveeno products on Nykaa. Hurry up gal..!!!)

Shelf life:

3 Years

Ingredients:

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What the Product Claims:

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing lotion is clinically proven to improve the health of dry skin in 1 day, with significant improvement in 2 weeks. Formulated with Active Naturals Colloidal Oatmeal and rich emollients, this nourishing lotion helps prevent and protect dry skin for a full 24 hours. As a skin protectant active ingredient, oatmeal can help restore skin’s normal pH and aid in the maintenance of skin’s moisture barrier to help prevent and protect dry skin. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion doubles skin moisture, and over time keeps working even if you skip a day. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing lotion leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth and naturally healthy looking and is gentle enough for everyday use. Itโ€™s also fragrance free, non greasy and noncomedogenic.

Packing:

It comes in a not so fancy plastic bottle, with a pump dispenser. This kind of packing is hygienic as you don’t have to dip your fingers in the cream like you do in case of a tub packing.

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The best part of this packing is, there is this locking system. Thus you can make this your travel buddy by not worrying about any spillage. This kind of locking system, by turning the pump nozzle is not common among other lotion with pump dispenser. I liked it.

Fragrance:

This is a good news for all those who are specific for fragrances when it comes to lotions or creams. To those, who are sensitive nosed. The good news is, the lotion doesn’t really has any fragrance as such…!!! haha. When you apply it at first, you might smell a faint smell of Vaseline. But its negligibly faint and vanishes in few seconds.

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Texture:

Its a cream consistency. Glides smoothly. Non sticky, non greasy.

Moisturizing???

Yes. Yes and a big yes. I had applied this in the morning post bath. Didn’t apply any lotion till the next morning. Even after sitting in air conditioned environment at office(which really feels like a refrigerator some times ufff) my skin was not that dry which it usually is if I don’t apply lotion. I am happy with the amount of time it protects skin from getting dried.


I also tried what they claim yesterday(I preferred weekend over weekdays because of AC. Sitting in office, under AC without lotion on skin will be torturous). Skipping the lotion for a day. I didn’t apply lotion at all. Usually in winter if I don’t apply lotion I could feel my skin dry and stretchy. But, thankfully the effect was quite minimum. Skin dryness was under control. Thus it did proved what they claim.

Is this lotion in my ‘Rebuy’ list???

Yes Of course. The price we are paying for this amazing product is totally worth.

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Will I recommend this to you???

Yes. I would love to recommend this gentle, soft and super moisturizing lotion to you. All normal to dry skinned girls should try this. This is the answer for that perfect lotion quest. I am sure you will love this.

Mygirlypedia Rating : 5/5

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Dry Brushing – What??? Why???How???

Winter makes our skin dry and flaky. Isn’t it??? We do take a good care of our face by exfoliating it and by using different products. What about body??? Those dry arms and legs will never let you look goodโ€ฆ!!! By taking a little more effort alternate day, we can achieve that perfect glowing skin. When the effort I’m talking about is so easy, I am sure you will include this in your beauty regime for sure.

So, today’s beauty treatment is for the removal of dry skin layer. How??? By exfoliation of course. But, this is a different from all other exfoliation methods. Dry Brushing.

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As it sounds, we are going to use dry brush to brush away dry skin. It has multiple benefits apart from making skin soft. Wanna know in detail??? Read on…!!!

Let me start with right brush selection. After all we need a right weapon to win the war… Just kidding..!!!

Right Brush:

There are multiple types of brushes available in the market which are used for dry brushing. Frankly speaking, different brushes works differently on different individuals. So, what I would personally suggest you is to get the brush from a local drug store instead of purchasing it online. Because you don’t know how soft or hard the bristles are. Thus, you better check it before buying it. Also, most of the online sites do not provide return options on personal care products for obvious reasons.

One more point to check for while choosing a brush is the length of the handle. It should be long enough to reach your back comfortably.

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You can find something like this brush for dry brushing comfortably.

Once you are done with getting the required stuff, lets know how it is done.

How Dry Brushing is Done ???

It is simple. You got to do this treatment before taking shower or before getting wet. Thus the name ‘dry brushing’. Also make sure you are doing it inside bathroom because when you brush your body, the dry skin flakes do fall on the ground(for extremely dry skin). So, to keep the process clean, carry it in bathroom.

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  • Brush your body with the help of brush gently.
  • Major point to consider is, you need to start brushing your feet first then legs and end it on your chest, towards heart. I will tell you the reason behind it.

What are the Uses of Dry Brushing ???

There are multiple uses of dry brushing your body. To list few :

It Stimulates Lymphatic System –

Lymphatic system is nothing but the system which is responsible for eliminating cellular wastes. Lymphatic tubules which are said to run just below the skin layer should function properly in order to keep our body away from toxic impurities. If they don’t, the accumulation of toxins may cause to some serious health issues. So, when you dry brush, the lymphatic tubules are stimulated. Thus increase their productivity. It is done bottom up manner because, the lymph systems drains in heart. Hence always brush towards chest area.

Exfoliation :

As I have mentioned, the dry flaky layer of skin gets brushed away. Thus leaving skin soft, supple. Glowing skin – Brushing helps in stimulating blood vessels. Thus increases the blood circulation which results in glowing skin.

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Reduces Cellulite –

This is quite common among ladies. Cellulites are nothing but the cottage cheese like dimple on the skin. Usuallyย thighs, stomach, back,ย around the hips, buttocks and breasts. It has been proved that the regular dry brushing do reduces the cellulite. #HappyDance

Energy Booster –

Many people claim that, dry brushing boost their energy level. You can use this as a stress buster too. Wow stress buster which leaves skin soft, double treat isn’t it???

Cleans the Pores –

If you use soft brush on your face, it is proved to clean the pores perfectly. BUT make sure the bristles are really REALLY SOFT. You do get FACIAL BRUSH in the market.

I use this one from body shop for serving the purpose.

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Now, if you are considering this technique,

here are some of the things you need to take care about –

  • Be gentle. Do not brush the skin roughly, if you do so – you will end up doing more harm than good.
  • Post bath, don’t forget to apply good moisturizer to seal in the moisture.
  • Hygiene is important. Always clean the brush with warm water and soap to keep it germ free.
  • Mainly, do not over brush the skin. Because you don’t want to steal the natural oils of skin. Do you??? I would suggest you to do it on alternative days if your skin is extremely dry. If not, 2-3 times a week should also work for you.
  • Do not use body brush for exfoliating face. Facial skin is very delicate compared to body skin. As I have mentioned above, opt for a facial brush for dry brushing face.
  • Usually dry brushing is done in the morning. Since it has been proved that it increases the energy level, you might end up losing your sleep if you do this exfoliation in the evening.

Voila..!!! Now you know one more exfoliation method…!!!

Hope you find it useful…!!!

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Home Remedies to Keep Elbows and Knees White Naturally…!!!

Hey Beautiful,

What’s up??? Enjoying wintery mornings??? The cold breeze??? I am loving it. It’s my favorite season after all…!!! I am the happiest when winter is around.

I have been writing a lot about winter care and products we need in order to protect skin from cold breeze. Today I am going to write about skin concern which is not seasonal, which is almost same through out the year – dark knees and elbows.

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Haven’t you seen pretty stylish girls with dark and very dry elbows and darker(as compared to their skin tone)knees. Elbows are still get unnoticed. But, when you wear short attire, dark knees are something which everyone notice. With Christmas and New Year around the corner, we gals are excited to shop and flaunt some western outfits. Hence, taking a good care of knees should be in our list to look perfect in this party season.

So, to ease this process I have some home remedies which will nourish and lighten your elbows and knees naturally. Shall we start???

Exfoliate:

As I mention in all most every dry skin care post, exfoliation is the key. By exfoliating dry skin, you can rub off the dry skin layer. This leaves skin soft and smooth.

For exfoliation, you can either opt for some good exfoliator from market, or you can find one in your kitchen. To name a few,

  • Sugar and coconut oil scrub.
  • Coffee, sugar and honey scrub.
  • You can even get a body brush and try dry brushing.

Bleaching Agents:

Applying below natural bleaching agents and washing them after fifteen to twenty minutes is proved to lighten knees and elbows.

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Oils:

You can also try below oils on elbows and knees to achieve desired results.

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Moisturizer:

This is must in order to avoid skin from getting dry. Do not forget to add the moisture by applying a good body lotion twice a day to avoid dry or dark patches.

I hope you try these remedies at home and get the amazing results. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I will share some outfit ideas for this Party season soon…!!!

Between, I have set a poll to listen to your valuable suggestions. Kindly click on the ‘Take A Poll’ link which is on top of this page and participate…!!!

Loads of Love,
Pallavi

Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser Reviewed

When people ask me which is my favorite body cream, I always say Vaseline Cocoa Glow. Like, always.

I spend a lot time applying body lotion post bath. My Papa calls me ‘Cream gal’ (with reference to the bollywood heroine and her movie Dream gal) as I spend most of my time applyingย  creams religiously.

Sometime back, I saw a spray form of my favorite body lotion. Same bottle with a spray packing. Sounds quite time saving humm… Tada, I bought it from here.

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Let’s see whether I’m replacing my old bottle of Vaseline Cocoa glow with this spray bottle.

Brand :

Vaseline

Flavor :

This one is Cocoa Radiant.

There are other variants of Vaseline lotions, which have these spray bottles. So, if you are a lover of some other flavor and wanna try out spray version of it, I have direct links for you. Check it out.

Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer

Vaseline Intensive Care Deep Restore Spray Moisturiser

PS: 40% Off on these two also.

Price:

380 INR for 190 ml(There is 40% discount for this product on amazon.in today. )

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It comes in a spray bottle. The color combination is similar to that of Vaseline Cocoa glow normal bottle.

Since you don’t have to dip your fingers in a tub full of cream, thus making this packing hygienic. Just twist the cap and press it to spray the lotion.

Travel friendliness :

Bottle is easy to carry in medium sized hand bags too.

This is perfect for those gals who are on go. Spray version is time saving.

Fragrance :

Similar to Vaseline cocoa glow normal version. But it’s bit faint.

Texture :

Very light. Non sticky, non greasy.

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How to Use:

Unlike the pump bottle version, where pump out lotion and apply on skin, you just open the cap and press the nozzle. Just like perfume. Really time saving.

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My take on spray lotion:

I must say, spraying lotion can some times become messy. Because, I had tried spraying it from the mentioned particular distance, but I ended up spilling some of the lotion on floor.ย  When we sprinkle perfumes, they get evaporated even if they fall on ground. But, imagine lotion droplets on floor.ย The slippery floor was too much to handle.

If you spray it from near, you will end up getting more product then needed(as shown in the picture above). You will have to rub it in order to distribute it evenly.

Did it moisturize my dry skin??

Well, I personally feel this version of lotion didn’t moisturize my dry skin as that of the other version. May be that’s because it’s really light in texture. May be.

Will I repurchase?

Travel friendliness is not really a big concern for me. I don’t mind carrying huge bag with all my essential stuffs. Plus, my major concern is dry skin. So I really prefer the old pump version.

Will I recommend??

This is ideal for busy gals who are normal to Oily skinned. Yes they can give it a try.

Mygirlypedia Rating: 3.5/5

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Foot Magic Reviewed

I have been a fan of Palmer’s Coca butter formula(with vitamin E) range lately. I have recently bought a lip balm from them and I have loved the post effect of using it.

With that background and expectations, I have bought their foot cream last week. Read on whether they stood up to my expectation or not..!!!

Brand:

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula

Flavor:

Peppermint oil and Mango butter.

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Price:

375 INR for 60 g/ 2.1 oz.

Shelf Life:

3 Years

Ingredients:

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What the Product Claims:

Pure Cocoa Butter enriched with Vitamin E and other natural emollients, provides a deep penetrating treatment for the feet. This unique formulation moisturizes, softens and soothes even the roughest, driest skin. The addition of soothing Peppermint oil revitalize sore, tired feet.

How to Use:

Apply to rough, dry, calloused feet daily to achieve and maintain soft, supple skin. Especially effective when applied to feet at night then covered with cotton socks.

Is it Cruelty free???

Yes..!!! It has not harmed any animal in the name of testing.

Packing:

This ‘Foot Magic’ comes in a small white tube packing. Nothing fancy. The cap is tight enough to carry it around in your hand bag.

In terms of hygiene, this foot cream scores more than my regular foot cream.

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Fragrance:

This is what I actually love about other Palmer’s products. They have a very sweet aroma of cocoa butter. Which is treat for chocolate lovers like me.

But, this one is an exception. The foot cream has a strong smell of peppermint oil. When I opened it with lots of excitement to smell the sweet cocoa fragrance, I ended up feeling like I have opened a pain killer ointment…!!

This was a turn down for me.

Color:

It is faded yellow colored cream.

Texture:

Its a oil based cream(if you take a good amount of it and keep it for a while, it melts.) very light in texture. Glides very smoothly. Its non sticky but slightly greasy.

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Soothing Effect:

Unfortunately, my feet didn’t feel any cooling or soothing effect.

Did it spelled its magic on my really rough and dry feet???

Ok, I should admit that I’m little lazy when it comes to applying foot creams. Because of which my feet turn so dry, they resemble a granny’s feet.

So, I thought this would be a right time to test this product…!!! Applied the foot magic on my really rough, dry feet and covered them with my socks before hitting the bed.

I can’t say it did its magic overnight. But it did help in adding moisture to my feet in a good way in the first use.

With multiple application, it did soften my dry feet.

Will I repurchase it??

Ummm… No.. I had bought this one assuming this one smells nice. Else, I am happy with my the body shop foot cream. I know it doesn’t smell nice either, but it doesn’t smell like a pain killer at least.

Will I recommend???

For normal to dry feet – yes. Provided, you don’t have any discomfort for the empowering peppermint smell.

Mygirlypedia Rating – 3.5/5

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How to Get The Most From A Face Mask

Hey Pretty,

I bought a facial mask the other day… I was wondering how to get the best out of it, How to make it most effective. I found few steps to do so. Here is a quick post for smart masking… wink

Read on to know the quick and easy ways to make the most of facial masks…

๐Ÿ’– Exfoliate:

Before trying out masks, we need to clear the skin surface by exfoliating. Get rid of those dead cells by applying gentle exfoliate.

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๐Ÿ’– Wash face with warm water:

I said warm… not hot… wink Warm water will open the pores and you raise the skin’s temperature slightly. This causes blood vessels and pores to dilate in an effort to cool you down. Dermatologist suggest this because, space between the cells means there’s a greater surface area for absorption. This helps skin to absorb the product quickly.

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๐Ÿ’– Use facial brush:

This is optional. I prefer applying using finger tips.

But you can use facial brush for an even application and avoiding your nails becoming messy.

๐Ÿ’– Apply mask on Damp skin:

Damp skin acts like a sponge and it does quickly absorbs whatever comes its way. Hence, applying mask on damp skin results in a radiant skin.

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๐Ÿ’– Leave it on your skin for good 10 minutes:

When I say good, it has to be reaaaallllly good. Do relax for this 10 minutes to calm down your skin.

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๐Ÿ’– Wash the mask using cold water:

Cold water seal the pores. Thus locking the goodness in the skin.

I hope you find this post useful. Do try these tricks today for that glowing skin and of course to wash away those Monday blues…!!! Happy Masking…!!!

Keep Shining,
Pallavi โค

Everything You Need to Know About Derma Rollers

Have you heard about the new hottest skin care trend – ‘Derma Roller’???

I will tell you allll the details about this skin care technique in this post today.

So, to start with – What is a derma roller???

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Derma roller is a tool with a wheel. The interesting part of this wheel is, it has 100 to 1000 micro needles on it..!!!

How does it works???

The whole idea behind the tool is, using the handle you will roll the wheel all over your face. The needles will penetrate into your skin and reach the area where collagen and elastin is produced.

How to Choose the Right Derma Roller for Your Needs???

Needle Length

This plays a significant role when it comes to ‘serving the purposes’. Different needles’ length, different the action.

Let me list the ideal length of needle for massaging face parts:
Forehead – Up to 0.75 mm
Under Eyes – Up to 0.75 mm
Cheeks – Up to 0.75 mm
Nose – Up to 1.0 mm
Nose Tip – Up to 1.5 mm
Chin – Up to 0.75 mm
Neck – Up to 0.75 mm
Upper Lips – Up to 0.75 mm

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Number of Needles:

Roller with broader wheel with maximum needles can be ideal to treat larger areas like neck.

Smaller roller is recommended for face.

Length of Handle –

Depending on your comfort, you can choose the one for you.

Advantages of Using Derma Roller

 

  • As I mentioned earlier, it punchers skin cells. Thus helps in penetration of the products you use inside the cells. Which will help you get 100% benefits of the product you use.
  • You can get plumper lips by using derma roller over your lips.
  • The fact is it does damage skin cells. But that is how it works. As and when skin cell is damaged, there is production of collagen. Thus making the skin plumper and glow.

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  • Using roller on wrinkles can work wonders. Collagen and elastin helps in creation of new cells and bye bye Winkles.
  • Collagen production also helps in curing the skin imperfections like – scars’ marks, sun damage, hyper pigmentation, stretch marks etc.
  • Also, massaging head with derma roller will helps in producing hair growth hormones. Thus helping in hair growth and curing baldness.

 

 

Things to Consider When You Opt for Derma Roller:

 

  • Hygiene – Do not share your roller with someone else. Always clean it before using it.
  • Roller needles with length 0.50 mm or more should not be used daily. Using it frequently will cause more harm than good. Hence using them once in 4 to 6 weeks is recommended.

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  • Make sure the product which you are using on your face is safe and you are not allergic to it. Because, the darma roller helps the product to get into the skin. If you are allergic, you might end up worsening the situation.
  • Do not use it on pimples. This can cause more blunders than wonders on your skin.
  • Be extra cautious while using it around your eyes. As they are the most delicate organ.
  • If you are less tolerant to pain, this is not for you. Depending on your comfort go ahead with the method.

 

Please note:

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At the end of the day they are needles. They puncture your skin cells. Most common and obvious thing that will happen is that the bleeding and the pain.

If you are using needles with length 0.25 mm or below, the pain is very negligible or no pain. But, 0.5 mm are happened to be painful and also effective.

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Hope you enjoyed knowing a new skin care technique today. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

Fun Friday : 5 Random Questions – Part 8

Hello,

Here are this Friday’s Random Questions…

If you would have given an hour extra per day, how would you utilize that???

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I would have slept for an hour more.

What you do when you are very angry???

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I enter ‘silent mode’. I don’t prefer to talk while I’m angry because if I do, I will be nothing less than a dragon.

Shopping at mall or street???

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I love street shopping more.

On which day of the week were you born???

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I was born on Sunday. #HolidayMakesMeHappy

Beaches or mountains???

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Both makes my soul happy. Sea heals me. So beaches it is.

Spice food or deserts???

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Deserts… Any time…!!!

Do let me know your answers via what’s app, Facebook, Instagram or by leaving comments below.

Happy weekend Gal…!!!