Health and Beauty Benefits of Sea Water

Are you a mountain person or a beach one??? I love both. I discover my inner self between mountains and I find enormous happiness when I play with the waves. Looking at the huge sea/ ocean/ mountain makes me realise how tiny I am in this huge world…!!!

Apart from making us happy and taking care of our mental health, the sea makes our skin more healthy. Did you know that??? Yes, it does. How??? Let me tell you.

Sea water has lots of minerals in it. Which has been proved that it cures many skin issues. I have even heard my granny saying that, wearing accessories made of sea shells can also help to cure skin disorders. Isn’t it amazing??? Making skin healthier with some natural remedies, ahhh sounds perfect to me.

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Let me list down some more advantages of sea water to our skin and hair.

  • Cures various skin disorders:
    As I said earlier, it does cure the skin diseases but how??? Well, sea water contains magnesium, calcium, and potassium in it. Which are the reasons for this magical property of salt water. Sea water absorbs toxins from the skin and bacteria which causes acne thus making skin clear in the long run. It is also proved to cure infection and encouraging healing process.

 

  • Boosts Immune System:
    Salt water increases oxygen level in the blood thus strengthening the immune system of the body.

 

  • Thyroid:
    Iodine content of sea water helps in boosting thyroid activity.

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  • Bye bye Cold and Flu:
    It also relieve cold and flu symptoms, as well as to cure bronchitis and sinusitis.

 

  • Treats oily skin:
    Sea water absorbs extra oil from the skin. Thus preventing overproduction of natural oil which if not treated might clog the pores resulting in breakouts.
    If you are a dry skinned beauty, you really need to apply a good moisturizer post your visit to sea water. Because you don’t want to end up with itchy skin due to lack of moisture.

 

  • Used for good oral health:
    Most of you must be familiar with this remedy. Whenever you are suffering from tooth ache, someone must have advised you to gargle mouth with salt water. The reason being, the salt water has anti bacterial property which kills the bacteria which is troubling you.
    Even when you are not in any teeth trouble, you can use the salt water as a mouth wash in order to maintain good oral health.
    Plus, certain studies say that it cures oral conditions like gingivitis and halitosis also.

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  • To exfoliate dry skin:
    Minerals in the sea water helps in scrubbing the skin cells gently thus unclogging pores and increasing the blood circulation. These open pores are further cleansed by the minerals which in turn helps in better absorption of the product applied on skin later that.

 

  • Relieves muscle pain:
    You might have seen people dipping their feet in the tub full of warm salt water to get rid of the pain. The magnesium present in the salt water helps in relieving the muscle pain.

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  • Beach waves:
    We try so many methods, with and without heat to get those dreamy wavy hair. Do you know which is the easiest way to achieve that? One dip in the sea can make you achieve those beach waves. I know not everyone can afford to visit beach everyday. A quick replacement is a spray bottle and salted water. Spraying salt water to hair should also serve the purpose.

 
So, these were some of the prominent benefits of sea water.

Like I said, not everyone live by the seashore. Visiting one might not be a daily business. So you can try mixing table salt with water to get some benefits. But I must say, sea water is more effective than any other ones.

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If you have any skin issues and want to try out salt water bath, you can try some amazing salts with healing properties. Which we call it as Bath salts. You can read this post where I have mentioned what and how does bath salts work.

There are multiple brands which have introduced different flavored bath salts to the market. In case you want to try out pure bath salts, you can prepare one at home. Here is the post where you get step by step details to prepare your own customised bath salts.

The next time you get drenched in sea water, instead of worrying about the stickiness, just feel good about great things it is doing to your skin and body. 😉

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 good…!!! 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.

I use this little one for dry brushing. 

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. Usually thighs, stomach, back, 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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Health, Skin and Hair Benefits of Coconut Water

Coconut – The relationship with this one and us, the south Indians is everlasting one. We use it in food, skin and hair care routines. This fruit (Yes, it is not a nut. Strange huun??) has amazing properties which makes it so useful.

Between, have you ever wondered from where did this name ‘coconut’ came??? The one who reached India while his exploration, Vasco da Gama. Yes, he gave the name coco by seeing the eyes of coconut.( You know what I mean right???) So, when this coco reached England, Britishers added the suffix nut. Thus – Coconut.

I am a huge lover of coconut water and the pulp. They just taste delicious. The water, its so sweet and makes my soul happy. ( The pure South Indian girl inside me is talking…!!!)

If you drink it, you will get multiple health benefits like –

Physical Health –

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  • Lowers the blood pressure
  • Increases digestion.
  • Bye bye to dehydration
  • Prevents Kidney stones
  • Cardiovascular system will be improved
  • Reduces Bloating
  • Treats Diarrhea
  • Aids weight loss
  • Has anti tumor properties
  • Boosts immunity

Mental Health –

I am explicitly writing down this section. Because I strongly believe that the mental health is much more important than your physical health. Because every thing depends on what is your mental status is. Trust me if you do not have a stale happy mental status, your society status will never be of any use.

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So, if you feel you are having a bad day(I am not using the word depressed. It is a huge word and this remedy I am gonna say might or might not help.) get a coconut and drink the coconut water. It has proven that it does have properties to fight depression.

PS: One extra tip – while sipping the coconut water, kindly stay away from electronic gadgets. Try to connect with your close ones or with the world around you. You will enjoy the drink more. #smile

Skin Benefits:

It is nothing like you have to drink it get the most out of this. You can also apply coconut water to get below benefits.

  • It is a great moisturizer. ( I hope Dry skinned beauties are listening..!!)
  • If you wash your face using coconut water, it will cure

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  1. black and white heads
  2. pimple scars
  3. dryness
  4. dullness
  5. unevenness
  6. Acne
  7. Sun tan
  8. Skin infections
  9. Signs of aging

Hair Benefits :

When we are talking about skin benefits we do talk about hair care too..!!! Because we love our hair. Isn’t it??? Yes this magical fruit has benefits in hair care regime too. These are the ones, when you apply it on your hair/scalp:

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  • Moisture scalp
  • Adds shine to hair
  • Bye bye hair loss
  • Stimulates hair growth
  • Dandruff control
  • Applying coconut water on unmanageable frizzy hair can make it smoother and manageable.

This is all about benefits of Coconut water.

If you want to know the health and beauty benefits of coconut oil, check this post of mine.

So, the next time when you are thirsty and wanna try some carbonated drink, opt for this healthy and tastier one. Your body will thank you.

 

 

Worst Hand Cream I have ever tried on my dry hands

Hey My Pretty Reader,

Recently I had been to a random shopping with one of my sweetest friend and best shopping partner. Best part is, she is as shopaholic as me. We are unstoppable…!!!

Bought a lot many things, this one is one among them.

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I have extremely dry hands. Please read the word ‘extremely’ twice. Yet times its so dry that the first layer of my skin gets pealed off. Yes… its that dry. #sob May be because I wash my hands frequently and the AC in which I spend most of my day time.

For such dry hands, a hand cream is a must. I always use the fab India hand cream. As I was bored, I thought of trying out something new.

The body cream and body scrubs which I have used from the brand Oriflame had worked well for me. That had made me try out their hand cream as well. Hence I picked this one up.

Lets see what made me feel this is the worst hand cream I have ever tried.

Name:

Silk Beauty White Glow Hand Cream

Brand :

Oriflame

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Price:

299 INR for 75 g

Online Shop Link:

https://in.oriflame.com/products/product?code=26436

Shelf Life:

3 years

Ingredients:

Contains parabens.

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Packing:

This comes in off white tube, with pale pink cap. It has this soft flower cartoon printed on it, which makes it look feminine.Tube packing make it hygienic as you don’t have to dig your fingers in order to get the product. It takes a less space in handbag thus making it a travel friendly one.

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Fragrance:

It has a typical smell which is neither pleasant nor mild. I really didn’t like the fragrance. When I had applied it on my hands and I was resting my face on my palms, it was literally suffocating. The smell is pretty much empowering. Sensitive nosed beauties, this one is not for you.

Texture:

This white cream is non greasy, not runny.

Does the product served the purpose??

No…!!! (I am screaming…!!!)

It is not at all moisturizing. Not at allll. It did not do any good to my dry hands. As per as the whitening is concerned, my previous hand cream does much much better job than this.

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Will I recommend???

If you have extremely dry hands like mine, never pick this up. It’s not gonna solve the problem.
If it had a good fragrance, I would have suggested this to oily skinned beauties. But, the fragrance is not good either. So, no to both.

Will I repurchase???

Never.

Mygirlypedia Rating: 1/5  (For hygienic packing I am giving 1)

If you had ever thought of buying this, I hope I have saved your money…!!!

Beauty Formulas Cranberry Moisturizing Hand Cream Reviewed…!!!

Hey My Beautiful Reader,

How’s the day treating you??? smile No matter how your day is, don’t forget to sit back, relax and do something which makes you feel happy for your existence…!!! smile

As I had mentioned in one of my earlier posts, hands are something which people notice when you greet them. So, taking care of them must be on our priority list. wink Being a beauty products lover, I love trying out different stuffs. Today I will be reviewing one of my latest entry in my ‘hand care department’.. !!! A tiny cute hand cream from ‘Beauty Formulas’…!!!

I was quite bored with my all-time favorite fab India hand cream. So, thought of trying out something new. I bought 2(Cranberry and amber) out of 3 different flavored hand creams of the brand ‘Beauty Formulas’ from the site newu. So, here I am, with the review of one of my new hand creams.

The one I am gonna review today is a Cranberry flavored one. Are you asking me why did I pick up this particular flavor??? I am a huge berries’ fan…!!! Be it the succulent strawberries, juicy raspberries or sweet cranberries… I love them all…!!!!

Read on to know whether this cutie did earned my love or no…!!!

What company claims?

Beauty Formulas Moisturizing Hand Cream is specially formulated to deeply nourish and quench your dry hands. The non-greasy formula is easily absorbed, leaving hands feeling soft, smooth and supple. The assorted creams are available in Cranberry, Amber and Rose fragrances. Comes packed in an attractive easy display carton.

The Cranberry Hand Cream comes in a vibrant small tube and has a pleasant fragrance that transports you into another world of happiness. Get your hands on this variant right away and keep your hands soft and healthy.

My Experience with Beauty Formulas Cranberry moisturizing hand cream:

Firstly, the packing:

It comes in a tiny, soft plastic tube. The baby pink tube makes it irresistible. A girly girl like me, can’t stop herself from picking this up. The packing is sturdy and doesn’t leak.

Tiny hand cream can be carried in your clutch/handbag. Hence making this a super travel friendly.

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Price:

199 INR for 30 ml (I bought this at 179 INR)

Shelf Life:

3 years

Ingredients:

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Consistency:

The white hand cream is quite thick in consistency. But doesn’t make your hands sticky/oily. Little goes long way. Hence this will surely lasts for a month or so.

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Fragrance:

It has strong, flavored berries fragrance. I personally didn’t like the fragrance. thumbs down

Is Moisturizing?

It does moisturize hands pretty well. I had applied this before going to bed. My hands were pretty soft in the morning. But, nothing works best for me like that of fab India one. My love

It might not work so well for the beauties with extra dry hands.sob

Availability:

I had ordered this hand cream online. You can buy this here

Let me sum up in terms of Pros and cons:

Pros of Beauty Formulas Cranberry moisturizing hand cream:

  1. Travel friendly packing.
  2. Little goes long way.
  3. Affordable.
  4. Moisturizing.
  5. Doesn’t contain parabens. *angel smile*
  6. Hygienic tube packing.

 

Cons of Beauty Formulas Cranberry moisturizing hand cream:

  1. Not suitable for extra dry hands.
  2. Fragrance might be over empowering for girls with sensitive nose. (I have a headache today. *sob* this hand cream is contributing a lot to make it worse. *haha*)
  3. Doesn’t lightens the skin like that of Fab India hand cream.

 

Will I repurchase/recommend this??

No, not this one again. I didn’t like the fragrance at all. Would like to try different flavors though.

If you are a girl with normal to dry hand, you can try this for a change. But extra dry hands beauties, this is not worth the buy for you.

My GirlyPedia rating: 3/5

I hope you found this review useful for your next haul…!!

Will post review of the other flavor I bought soon, here…!!!

 

Till then,

Keep spreading love,

Pallavi ❤

Tips to Keep Your Hands Soft…

Hey you beautiful,

How is  the weekend treating you.??? I am enjoying my lazy relaxing ‘Me time’…!!! wink

Have you ever thought; when you meet and greet someone, you either shake your hand, wave your hand or do a namaste. So, technically after your face, your hands are the most noticeable part. Since they are notable, it is always a good idea to keep them soft and clean. This post is all about the tips to keep your hands soft and presentable.

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Why our hands need a good care.

  1. Hands, being one of the most important part of our body, get exposed more to weather, water etc
  2. They tend to get dry and rough with bad weather or in the AC environment.
  3. Since we wash our hands most of the time, the PH imbalance also causes dry hands.
  4. The harsh soaps and chemicals also have there part in making our hands lose their softness.

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How to take care of your hands at home.

1. Exfoliate your hands.

You can find many hand scrubs at store / online. You can also prepare one at home using kitchen ingredients. Some of them are here for you.smile

a. Sugar and honey scrub:

Take honey in a bowl and pour sugar into it to make a paste. Scrub your hand using this paste.
Sugar removes the dead/ dry skin. Whereas honey moisturizes the skin.
b. Coffee powder and oil scrub:
Mix both the ingredients in a bowl.(You can use any edible oil) Apply the paste on your hands and exfoliate them. Coffee exfoliates and gives glow to hands. Oil adds moisture.

c. Salt and lemon juice scrub:
Apply the paste prepared by mixing the ingredients on your hands. Scrub them. Salt removes the dryness and lemon gives a bleaching/ lightning effect.

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2. Give a good massage to your hands:
Ingredients required:
lemon juice
glycerin
rose water
Massage your hands and cuticles with this mixture for at least 10-15 minutes.

3. Apply good hand cream:
There are very nice hand creams available in India. My personal favorite is

Fabindia Lemon Intensive Hand Cream. You can buy it from nykaa.com

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4. Take care of your nails:

a. Always , always keep your nails clean.
b. Girls, chipped nail paints are a big No No. You can fix them by applying a new quote of same or of different colored nail paint over it. Or you can remove them using a good nail paint remover.
c. Keep your nail short. When the nails are long, they tend to break easily.
d. Get a good manicure treatment once a month.

About manicure:

Its a beauty treatment for hands and nails. You can choose a good saloon to get this done or you can give yourself a good manicure at home. You can buy a good manicure kit online. This link might be useful for you.

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In a manicure treatment, the hands are cleaned, a good massage is given, nails are filed and nail polish will be applied of your choice.(ahh sounds so relaxing right…!!! )

There are 20+ types of manicures you can choose from. Book a good manicure pedicure(for foot) appointment over the weekend. One of the best way to relax.

5. Always apply sunscreen on your hands.
Sun rays increases the aging process. Apply a layer of sunscreen to your hands to keep them protected from harsh sun rays.

6. Try to use mild soaps and hand washes.

The dish wash bars have chemicals which harsh on skin. Hence it is recommended to wear gloves. If not, apply a good hand cream after you are done washing.

7. Wear hand gloves while washing the vessels.

8. Apply cuticle oil/ any essential oil on your cuticle. It makes nails strong and boosts the growth.

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Follow these tips to keep your hands young and beautiful…

Have a great weekend pretty…

Keep smiling…
Pallavi ❤