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. 😉 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.  (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..!!! )

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My Take On Himalaya Face Pack

Hi,

Which is your favorite face pack??? No, I am not talking about home made one. If I have to ask you, which is your face pack from the ones you get in market… which one would it be??? Mine is this one.

Recently, I wanted to buy a new face pack as I was bored with the ones I have. But not in a mood to spend much on one.

I have heard a lot about the brand Himalaya, which is known for its good products with safe ingredients. Plus prices are comparatively low for the quality of their products. I have used their body lotion before. It had turned out to be a good one. So, after looking at different shelves in the shop for face packs, going through different types of face packs of same range which are meant to serve different skin purposes, picked up this one. Lets see whether this pocket friendly product turned out to be skin friendly or not.

Brand:

Himalaya

Name:

Himalaya Herbals Fairness Kesar Face Pack

Price:

135 INR for 100 gm (Affordable I say)

You can try out smaller version for testing purpose too. 50gm will cost you 75 INR.

Shelf Life:

What Company Claims???

Himalaya Herbals Fairness Face Pack lightens and evens skin tone, reduces dark spots and blemishes, reduces visibility of dark circle, nourishes skin and moisturises the skin. It is enriched with natural ingredients like walnut which act as natural exfoliator helping remove dead cells, impurities and black heads. Himalaya Herbals Fairness Face Pack help to clean the skin surface making skin look soft, healthy and supple.

Removes dirt.

Exfoliates the skin without being harsh on the skin.

Made with natural ingredients.

Ingredients:

Seems to be safe…

Curcuma longa (Turmeric, Haridra) Juglans regia(Walnut, Akschota) Crocus sativus (Saffron, Kumkuma)

Packing:

A very first reason to opt for Himalya face pack is, apart from being good ingredients it is also a hygienic packing. The tube packing helps in maintaining hygiene because we don’t have top dip fingers in it to take out the product. Like we do in case of tub packing.

This off white and green combo plastic tube has flip cap. Which is tight and thus it can be carried while we travel. Also, you can squeeze out required quantity of face pack without having to worry of any spillage or wastage.

Fragrance:

Strangely it smells like lacto calamine lotion.

Texture:

It is creamy.

How to Use:

Apply it evenly on face leaving mouth and eyes(obviously. And yes nostrils. Because of the obvious reason haha) Leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Remove with wet sponge/towel. Rinse with cool water.

I am suggesting to use towel because this face pack is thick in texture. Its not easy to wash with water in one go.

My take:

Something that made me pick this face pack is it’s ingredients. Turmeric has antibacterial and healing properties, walnut is good for scrubbing. Kesar/Saffron is the queen of home remedies when it comes to skin.

I applied this on my face. It feels like a thick layer of cream on your face. It doesn’t give you any cooling or burning effect. Just let it stay on face for 15-20 minutes. It doesn’t really dry fast as it’s thick in texture. But let me tell you one thing, a common mistake we all do when we apply face packs. Not all the face packs need to be left till they dry. The idea here is to get most of benefits from face pack not to dry the face pack on our faces. Some face packs, as and when they dry they absorb all the natural oil from your face too…!!!

So post the specified time, tried washing it with water. But washing cream away is not an easy task. Patches of cream are still be there on face. So using a cotton pad or towel would be more handy. Plus using cotton pad or a cotton towel has the benefit of scrubbing also. Thus bye bye dead cells.

Once I had cleaned my face completely, I liked the glow it gave to my skin. Even though it didn’t really last that long, but that instant glow is worth trying this face pack for. Plus it didn’t dry my skin like some other packs and left skin super cleaned. #HappyMe

As per as skin lightening is concerned, I didn’t see much of that. It does add that glow and instant brightening. But no long lasting skin lightening benefits as such.

Good things about Himalaya Herbals Fairness Kesar Face Pack :

  • Affordable
  • Gives nice glow
  • Cleans skin very well
  • Does not dry skin
  • Safe ingredients
  • Travel friendly packing
  • Availability – available both at local drug stores as well as online.

Not so good things about Himalaya Herbals Fairness Kesar Face Pack :

  • Glow doesn’t really lasts longer
  • Can’t clean only with water. Need cotton pads to clean it completely from face.

Will I repurchase???

Yes(but once I finish all my stock of other face packs). I liked the way it adds glow and brightens skin tone in one use.

Will I recommend???

Yes. Its within budget, brightens skin tone, adds glow. I guess it’s a good deal for the price we are paying. Ideal to use before any special events to attend.

Mygirlypedia Rating: 3.5/5

Home Remedies For Facial Dark Spots

Hey My Pretty Reader,
Today’s post is for all those ladies who are facing issues due to tiny dark spots on face. They are normally due to hormonal imbalance/ facial hair removal/ pimple scars or due to excess exposure to sun. No worries… We, mygirlypedia have some good home remedies for lightning those nasty spots.

  •  Curd/ buttermilk:

You have one more natural bleach in your kitchen. Yes, curd…!!! You can apply curd or buttermilk on spots to say bye bye to them.

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  • Lemon juice:

Lemon juice is known for its bleaching properties. Squeeze out good amount of lemon juice and apply directly on the spots. Leave it for good 10-15 minutes and wash with water.

More beauty benefits of this magical juice here.

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  • Tomato Juice:

Those cute tomatoes are not only tasty, they are also helpful in our beauty regime. Tomato juice is also helpful in lightning the dark spots.

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  • Potato Juice:

Grate potato slices and apply the juice on the spots.

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  • Potato and Honey:

Potato juice and honey will also lighten spots and moisturize the skin.

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  • Potato and Lemon juice:

Mix lemon and potato juice to get more effective results.

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  • Alovera:

Along with the hair growth and conditioning benefits, alovera also helps in soothing the skin. All you need to do is, peel off a alovera leaf and apply that gel on the spots, leave for 15-20 minutes before washing it with water.

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  • Sandalwood paste:

You can mix either water or milk with sandalwood to make a paste. Regular application of the paste on spots will fade them away.

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  • Turmeric:

How can we forget our ‘Ayurveda’ medicine. Mix turmeric with good amount of turmeric and honey. Apply this magical paste to fade those spots.

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  • Papaya:

This is my favorite. It tastes good as well as acts very good on skin when applied. You just need to apply ripe papaya pulp on effected area and leave it to dry. Wash with water and repeat this for the desired results.

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Special Notes for a special You:
1.If you have dry skin or open pores, avoid applying it directly since it gives you burning sensation.
2. Home remedies are effective and with no side effects. But yo don’t get to see the results in a day. It do take some time. Patience is the key honey.
3. If you are allergic to any of the above, don’t try. My mom is allergic to honey. So, any home remedy with honey is a big no no for her.
4. Instead of applying steroids on your face, do try out any of the home remedies.
5. You are special, you are worth those 5 minutes you spend preparing the recipes mentioned. wink
Do share other remedies, if you know any… !!! I would love to know…

Keep Taking Care of yourself,
Pallavi Bhat

Its about Concealers…!!!

Hey Sweetie pies,

I am so refreshed after the awesome weekend I had. Do you want to know what I did last weekend??? I had been to trekking at ‘Visapur Fort’ and visited ‘Bhaja Caves on Saturday. The scenic beauty, rain, the company of some great friends and the amazing historical caves refreshed my soul.

Last evening, I had been to MAC store (it’s like a holy place for us, the makeup addicts/shopaholics). Bought an eyeliner, which I will review soon.

I must say; as much as I enjoyed my weekend, I missed blogging here at my girlypedia. In order to cover up for the last two days, I am writing this post about ‘flaw covering’ makeup product – ‘Concealer’.

 

So, what is concealer?

Concealer/color corrector, used to mask dark circles, age spots, large pores, and other small blemishes visible on the skin.

 

Why concealer???

Like I said before, it is used to hide flaws and achieve flawless finish.

 

When to use concealer?

Concealer is usually used after primer, before/after foundation. But I would suggest you to use it before foundation to get smoother and flawless result.

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On which part of face do we need to apply concealer??

  • If you want to even out whole skin tone of face, you can apply it all over face. Make sure you choose same shade as that of your natural skin tone.
  • Else, you can apply under eyes, on blemishes, on uneven patches, around mouth (if you have darker skin around mouth), pimples etc.

 

What are the differences between foundation and concealer?

  • This is similar to foundation but it is thicker which helps in better coverage.
  • Foundation is applied on large area of face. Concealer is used on under eyes, on pimple scars and on other types of flaws on face.

 

Can we use only concealer on face??

Yes you can. You can also use lose powder to get clearer look.

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Do we get concealers in different shades???

Good news is yes…!!! There are multiple choices when it comes to shades available for concealers.

  • I would suggest you to choose a concealer of shade one or two lighter than your skin tone for hiding dark spots. The reason behind this is, when you apply concealer of lighter shade on the darker spots like pimple scars, will even out skin tone…!!!
  • You can pick a concealer similar to your skin tone if you just want to hide or blur minor imperfections.

 

Are there any different forms of concealer???

Yes… There are multiple liquid and solid/ cream form of concealers.

 

What are the types of concealers???

  • Yellow Concealers:

This is safest type of concealers when you think of experimenting. This is used to even out skin tone. It vanishes the uneven skin tone.

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  • Pink concealers:

This is a savior for those beauties who have dark blue or purplish areas on face caused by pimples, broken veins, or rosacea. If the under eye area is darker, this concealer can be used.

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  • Green Concealers:

This is used to neutralize red zones on your face. By red zone I mean, blemishes, acne, red spots. But it is recommended not to use it on dark spots and under eye circles.

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Big question – How to apply concealer???

  • Apply primer to minimize the pores.
  • Choose a concealer of lighter shade.
  • Put few drops of concealer under your eyes. Using a makeup sponge, gently blot the concealer into your skin. (You can also use your fingers to pat and blend the concealer)
  • Apply foundation of the shade similar to your skin shade.
  • Blend it to get flawless look.

 

How to avoid looking caked up??

You need to prepare your skin before applying concealer, in order to avoid looking caked up. Apply primer/ moisturize face before concealer.

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So, these are the questions popped into my mind about concealers. If you want to know anything more about this magical product, do let me know. Love to help you. Angel smile

 

Keep Shining Beautiful,

Pallavi ❤