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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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.

This is What Apple Cider Vinegar Does to Your Body

Kardashians..!!! Half of the world at least knows who they are… If you don’t belong to that half, let me introduce them to you. There is this English reality show called “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”. It’s like being with them 24 X 7. Listening to ‘everything’ they talk. What do they talk??? Everything…!!! You can imagine everything a ‘modern’ family would discuss. In one sentence – you can keep your brain at rest while watching this show. Absolutely no brain required to watch this show. You know what’s the surprising part of this whole family drama is, they have earned a lot more than you must be thinking by this show. Its already 10 seasons old and all have earned millions.

Even though I am not a huge fan of theirs, I love their wardrobe and the way they experiment with their looks…
Couple of years ago all these 5 sisters have launched their personal mobile apps.. Where each one of them post their beauty, fitness secrets and details of their wardrobe. You must have read about Kylie cosmetics on my blog before. Kylie is the youngest daughter of this Kardashian family.

In one of those beauty apps of theirs, I came across this beauty drink called – apple cider vinegar (Courtesy- Instagram). Kourtney Kardashian swears that she starts her day by drinking apple cider vinegar. After making my home work about this, I have started drinking this every morning. Since I know most of the things about it now, thought of sharing it with you guys.

What is Apple Cider Vinegar???

Apple cider vinegar, also known as cider vinegar /ACV, is a type of vinegar made from cider or apple.

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How does it looks and tastes like???

It has pale to medium amber color and sour in taste. IMPORTANT thing is, its highly concentrated. It’s pungent, can even irritate your eyes. So, ALWAYS dilute before you consume.

I bought mine from Amazon. Here is the link.

Health Benefits:

Weight Loss:

Yeaahhhh…!!!! I know, I know,we all wanna eat our favorite food and never wanna look fat. How about doing these little things to shoot that nasty fat ???

Studies have proven that the acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar helps in slowing down fat accumulation. Also, its proved that on consuming this our stomach feels full thus we end up eating less. There you go, you have started with your weight loss journey already…!!!

Low Cholesterol:

A research was conducted where 1st specimen was not allowed to have Apple Cider Vinegar(ACV) in his diet, whereas the other one was allowed to. At the end of the study it was found that the one who was consuming ACV had drop in cholesterol level.

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Detoxification:

So, ACV has potassium content along with acetic acid in it. So, while the acid bind to the task of removing toxins, potassium helps in breaking up mucus and clearing lymph nodes. Thus helps in detoxification.

Cures Sinuses

As mentioned in previous point, ACV helps in clearing lymph nodes by breaking mucus. In addition to that, it also helps in clearing sinus. Also, ACV helps in preventing any sinus infection, all thanks to its antibacterial properties.

So, if you have any sinus issues, do include ACV in your diet.

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Cure for Sore Throat

Since ACV has antibacterial properties, gargling ACV helps in healing sored throat.

Improves Digestion

ACV helps in keeping health of stomach in a good condition. Also, aids in digestion.

Energy Booster

Replace your energy drink with ACV. Why??? The potassium content in ACV helps in boosting the energy and making you feel good and energetic.

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Controls Diabetes and lessen heartburn

Let me not go to medical terms here. But in simple sentence – apple cider vinegar lowers blood sugar level. Thus it does reduces risks of diabetes and heartburns. I didn’t ‘prove’ that, studies did. haha

Oral Health

Who doesn’t like those white pearly smile??? Brushing teeth with diluted ACV helps in whitening teeth naturally. Killing the bacteria is the bonus.

Beauty Benefits:

For Shiny Hair

Rinse your hair with a little quantity of ACV post shower. This will make your hair shiny and bouncy.

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Itchy/ sunburn skin

Applying diluted ACV on sunburnt or itchy skin can heal it.

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As it’s antibacterial, you can use diluted ACV on your face to get the most of the benefits. Along with cleaning the facial pores, ACV also helps in preventing the bacterial infections/ pimples/ breakouts. #happyyy

Deodorant

Summer is just around the corner. Uff that stinking smell of sweat. Yikes. This is due to odour causing bacteria. Applying diluted ACV on armpits can stop the bacteria from producing that nasty odour.

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Bad Breath Go Away

Bad breath can be really embarrassing. Gargling mouth with ACV(Diluted of course) can keep bad breath away.

Smelly feet

Ewww. Just soak feet in a tub full of warm water. Don’t forget to add few drops of apple cider vinegar to kill the bacteria and making feet smell fresh.

So, my dear, are you convinced enough why you should start using apple cider vinegar in your diet???

You can drink diluted ACV directly or you can use it in your juices or salads. Cooking is not really my thing so I cant really help you out with how and where to mix this this drink with. #sorry But don’t forget to use DILUTED apple cider vinegar ONLY.

Take care reader…!!!

Umm you can keep in touch with me via Instagram, I have shared my Monday Motivation recently. You can check it here if you wish to.

Cya in next post..!!!

Three Letter Mantra to Follow for A Beautiful Skin

Hellooo,

I have been writing a lot about makeup products in detail. I realised something which I was missing, when one of my friends asked me so innocently,” Pallavi, what is CTM??? Could you please write a post about it???”

So here is the post about the basement of skin care – CTM. Its an abbreviation. Each letter represents different basic products we need to keep the skin in good condition. Ummm you must have heard about these products… Any guesses???

C – Cleanser

T – Toner

M – Moisturizer

Let me explain more..

Cleanser-

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As the name suggests, cleansing or cleaning. Cleaning skin from external dirt. There are different ways to cleanse your skin. I will write about it tomorrow.

Umm if you have a doubt about washing face is considered as cleansing??? I would say to a certain extent yes. But not every facial foam/wash can cleanse your skin pores completely. Not every face wash can remove your makeup. Agree???

Easiest way to cleanse your face is using a good cleanser. There are multiple cleansers available in market. I have been using a cleanser from the brand Garnier. I have already bought my second bottle already. You can check this post to know why I recommend this to you.

How to use:

Check the video here where I have demonstrated how to use toner.

Toner:

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Toner is oil based liquid. It is used for ultra purification of facial pores.

No matter how good the cleanser might be there are chances that traces of makeup or impurity still persist inside pores. This will lead to pore clogging that in turn leads to pimples. Toner helps in removing that dirt from pores and leave them ready for absorption of moisture or serum which we will be doing in the next step.

Toner also provides soothing effect to skin and said to lighten the redness or blemishes if any. Point I want to mention here is, there are some toners in market which I had tried earlier gives tingling effect too…!!! May be that’s how they work. Personal suggestion, do not opt for alcohol based toner. As it might irritate your eyes. Because I had made that mistake I don’t want you, my dear reader, to do.

There are multiple brands with so many options for a toner. If you are thinking of which one to buy, I have a suggestion for you. Which suits every skin type and a budget friendly one or I would say it costs nothing. Rose water. Yes that’s the best toner you can find.
Check this out to know more about how to prepare rose water at home.

How to use:

Drop few drops of toner on cotton balls/pads. Apply it on face. No need to rub. Be gentle and pat it on face.

Moisturizer:

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As you all know what this is for.

Yes you are right, to add that extra moisture or hydration to your skin. Adding moisture to skin helps in improving texture and tone of skin.

Thing we need to take care is that one single moisturizer may not meet different skin needs. Every different skin type needs different moisturizer for a good care.

Dry skin – Badly needs more hydration. Oil based moisturiser is best for this type of skin.

Oily skin – We can not apply oil based moisturiser to already oil producing skin. Can we??? This will worsen the situation. Hence, light weight or water based moisturizer is ideal.

Normal/Combination skin – This type is a lucky one as they choose either (water/oil based) of the moisturisers as per their current need.

How to use:

Using fingers apply gently on face leaving eyes and lips area(I know it’s obvious but no harm in mentioning. hehe)

Now, the biggest question –

what’s the order to carry out these steps…

It’s in the word – CTM itself dearie…!!!

Cleanser then toner, followed by moisturizer.

Clean your face. Clean more. Add moisture.

See, this is that easy…!!!

If you have any more questions regarding CTM, please feel free to contact Mygirlypedia…!!!

Happy to help you…!!!

Happy CTMing…!!! haha… Muuuaahhh…

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Do You Have Aloe Vera Plant At home??? Read This to Get Most Out of It. If Not, I am Sure You Will Get One Post Reading.

Hey,

Who doesn’t like to look beautiful… that too without burning the pockets??? Huun???

Today’s magical beauty product doesn’t cost you much. All you need is to give the product a space to live and pour a mug of water to it everyday. Haha… Yes, the product I am talking about is natural and green. It’s the multi purpose plant – Aloe vera…!!!

Even though there are multiple brands out there, who have made packed aloe vera gel for us. But, I am sure they do have some kind of preservatives to preserve them from getting spoiled. Hence, planting a Aloe vera plant at your balcony is a great idea to get more benefits with no side effects.

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It might not add that ‘beauty’ quotient to your balcony though. As leaves are prickly and bitter. I am sure you must have heard, bitterness is good for health. Umm I am talking about taste here…!!!

Without wasting much time lets jump into the list of benefits of this plant…

Wait a sec, you know how to use it right??? Just have to pluck a leaf, and slice it. The gel which you get is the magical product which we need to heal our beauty problems. The gel is made up of 96% water, some organic and inorganic compounds. It also contains a type of protein with 18 types of amino acids, Vitamin A, B, C and E. Pheww… So much this little plant carries huun, I must say…!!!

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Ok, now lets jump to the list…!!!! #wink

Beautiful Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel:

Eyes:

  • Puffy eyes??? Aloe vera for the rescue. Apply a thin layer of freshly cut aloe vera gel  under eyes and leave for sometime. Bye bye puffy eyes…!!!
  • Most of us get cuts and red patches post getting our eyebrows threaded. Applying aloe vera gel on it will give you cooling and soothing effect.

Lips:

  • There are so many lip products in the market which has vitamin E as their main ingredient. Do you know this little plant is loaded with vitamin E??? Thus applying aloe vera gel on lips has proven to heal chapped lips, making it soft and pink.

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Nails:

  • Brittle nails??? Have a habit of applying aloe vera gel on nails and massaging them gently. This will add moisture and boost the growth of stronger nails.

Skin:

  • As I said above, vitamin E is moisturizing content. Thus aloe vera is one of the best natural moisturisers you can find at your home.
  • Aloe vera gel is proven to provide cooling effect to skin. Applying it on burns should be helpful.
  • Oily skinned beauties – fed up with access oil production by your skin cells???? applying aloe vera gel on face has proven to reduce the oil production. Thus giving you a matte finished skin.
  • Acts a great moisturizing makeup remover.
  • Good to prevent aging signs like wrinkles and sagging skin.
  • It is also used to heal sun burns too.
  • Insect bites??? All you need to run to balcony, pluck aloe vera leaf and apply the gel.
  • Aloe vera gel has been said to cure various skin problems like pimples and scars.

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Body:

  • Dry skinned beauties this one is for you. Mix aloe vera gel and sugar. Use it as scrub. Sugar granules will scrub off dry skin and aloe vera gel will add moisture to skin.
  • For pains and strains of joints, apply cold aloe vera gel. It gets absorbed into the skin and thus helps in soothing pain and strain.

Health:

  • This is also used in many ayurvedic recipes. Aloe vera juice when consumed, heals stomach disorders and allergies.
  • It also helps in curing diseases like piles, ulcers and jaundice, when consumed.
  • Plus, aloe vera juice consumption aids weight loss…!!!!
  • Also helps in improving digestion, regulates blood pressure, manages diabetes and  prevents heart attacks.

Aloe-Vera-Uses

Hair:

  • Applying aloe vera gel on to scalp for couple of hours before washing hair has proven to reduce hair fall and boost hair growth.

Oral Care:

  • Teeth and gum problems like – bleeding teeth or gums, inflammation, tooth ache and decay can be cured with aloe vera.

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One important thing to take care:

Dear reader, even though aloe vera is a great herb, it might or might not work for you. If you apply the gel directly to your skin you might get itching or allergies. Because some people are allergic to this gel.

So, I would suggest to try a patch test before applying it to whole face directly. You can also dilute the gal by adding some quantity of water and then use it on skin.

Try out this home remedy to get most of the benefits with less or no cost.

 

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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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. 😉

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

Beauty Benefits of Glycerin

Hello,

My favorite month is here December. Love the cold weather and every thing Christmassy(F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Phoebe’s fans will get this…) Have you checked out the snow fall effect in Mygirlypedia pages??? If you are reading this in mobile, switch to desktop mode to feel the snow fall, right now in the page you are reading currently…!!!

Apart from reviewing the best and worst beauty products for this winter, I will also add some home remedies which are tested and proved to be the saviors in winters.

Today’s product is the colorless, odourless and well known product – Glycerin…!!!

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You must have heard or read that the glycerin is the most moisturizing, good for skin etc. etc. I will tell you more detail of this magical product in this post. Read on..!!

Glycerin is a sugar and alcohol mixture. The pure product of this mixture is called as Glycerol and the impure commercial product is glycerin. This is composed of oxygen, hydrogen and carbon. Glycerin is widely used in beauty, pharmacy, paper industries and food industries. All thanks to its great moisturizing and non toxic properties. Plus, its inexpensive. Available in all drugstores.

Lets see how can we get most out of this magical liquid..!!

  • You know CTM is the key to great skin. Cleansing, Toning and followed by Moisturizing should be your beauty Mantra. The good news is you don’t have to break your head to find the best moisturizing products for CTM routine for your dry skin. One tiny bottle of Glycerin can replace all the products required for CTM. Budget friendly..!!! Isn’t it???
  • Hands are something which people do notice when you greet them. To keep them soft is something necessary. Wanna know how to do it with the help of glycerin??? Find the whole post with loads of tips about hand care here.

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  • Cracked heels..!! They can make your look from wow to ewww… In order to heal the chapped or cracked dry heels, follow the home remedies I have mentioned here which involve pocket friendly ingredients like glycerin.
  • Chapped lips..!!! Definitely doesn’t look good. Since glycerin is non toxic, apply a drop of glycerin on your dry lips to cure it and make it pinkish.
  • Skin tone can be improved by glycerin. Let me tell you how.. Glycerin is a moisturizing product. It also helps in cell maturation. Thus it leaves kin soft, supple and light toned.
  • Also, applying glycerin on face regularly has proven to reduce the signs of aging like wrinkles.

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  • If you are tired of trying out different products to lighten skin scars or pimple marks, try out this inexpensive one. This will lighten the marks and scars effectively with regular use.
  • When we get a moisturizing product with no side effects, we should ,make 100% use of it. right??? Replace all your nail cream or nail oils with glycerin. Apply a thin layer of glycerin on your nails post removing nail paints. This will keep them protected from getting dried.
  • As I have mentioned before, it is used in soap industries, as a key ingredient. You can prepare bath soaps or bath salts at home too. You can find the steps to prepare your own customised glycerin bath salts here.
  • This is a good news for oily skinned beauties. Glycerin is said to have oil regulating properties. Hence it is ideal for oily skin.
  • If you add a bit of glycerin to your hair conditioner, your hair will thank you for sure for all the moisture.

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  • Mouth ulcers..!!! They are tiny but terrible.. They are caused due to increase in body heat. Glycerin has cooling properties. Applying glycerin on ulcers has said to cure them.
  • Since it is a non toxic and natural product, you can use it on babies as well.

I have used glycerin long back. I am gonna buy one today..!!! What about you???

 

Khadi Natural Fruit Herbal Face Mask Review

Hey,

Remember my quick haul with my friend where I had picked up a dud product…??? The product which I’m gonna review today is also been shopped that day…

I have a good collection of face packs. But when see something herbal written on it or something with good packing, I always endup picking it up. So this herbal fruit  face mask is from the Indian brand, Khadi Natural. 

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I had a very bad breakout when I had used their face washes. It was horrifying for me. Those pimples. Phew…

Even though I have bad experience with Khadi products,  I chose to give this mask a try. Read on to know about product and  my experience in detail

Price : 145 INR

Shelf life:

36 months

What product Claims and the Ingredients:

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Packing:

As you can see in the pictures, it comes in steel box. Which can be used further once you finish the mask.

Inside themail box, the mask or the powder is packed in thin plastic sheet. I have removed the cover so it’s not seen in picture.

The quantity as you can see is almost half of that of the container.

PS: I have used this mask couple of times now.

The lid is very tight thus it makes perfect travel friendly package. But take care of your nails while opening

Fragrance:

It has a very mild fruity fragrance. Which doesn’t irritates. It’s kind of soothing fragrance.

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Texture:

It’s color and texture is just like fuller earth.

My experience:

As written on the pack, I mixed the powder with rose water. Made a thick paste and applied it on my face. It does give a little cooling effect. Dries off quickly.

I felt it’s fuller earth just with added fragrance.  Because the after effect was just that of multani mitti. My skin was left clean and oiliness was totally gone. It didnt lighten the spots on my face though.

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I liked the mask because :

  • Packing
  • Ingredients seem safe and chemical free
  • It did left my skin clean and absorbed oiliness.
  • Pocket friendly
  • As it claims, it gave glow, tightened pores and improved skin tone with just 2 uses.

 

What I didn’t like:

  • It didn’t lighten dark spots.
  • It didn’t hydrate skin.

 

Will I repurchase??

Honestly,  I don’t really like smell of fuller  earth. Since it does the same work as that of fuller earth, I will buy this.

Will I recommend??

If you have stock of fuller earth, you can miss this. This is not a must try product. If you are bored with fuller earth just like me, go for this fruit mask.

Mygirlypedia Rating: 3.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things Why You Should Include Basil Seeds In Your Diet

Hey,

What do you do when you get pimples or mouth ulcers due to increased body heat??? I usually opt for these tiny tear shaped seeds. Yes, I am talking about Sabja seeds(basil seeds/ falooda). These seeds are full of proteins, carbs, essential fats and fiber. Anddd no fat…!!! Consumption of these seeds helps in reducing body heat. Thus helping to cure pimples and ulcers.

Apart from keeping body cool, it has much more good deeds to do when consumed. Read on to know all the health and beauty benefits of Basil seeds.

Avoids bloating and constipation

The falooda seeds are proven to be the stomach cleansers. They cleans the body when consumed thus helping in smooth bowel movement.

Sweet news for Diabetic Patients

Basil seeds help in keeping blood sugar level in check. Thus it has been proved that these seeds are helpful for those who are suffering from type 2 diabetes.

Bye bye acidity

Sabja seeds help in reducing stomach burn. Thus helps in reducing acidity when consumed.

For beautiful skin and hair

Falooda seeds have collagen producing properties. Thus helps in new cell production. This will result in healthy skin. Also, seeds help in strengthening hair from roots.

Used as home remedy for skin infection

Crush dry basil seeds and mix coconut oil. I have heard that applying this mixture on infected skin helps in curing it.

Weight loss

Sabja seeds are rich source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is fat burner. Also the fibres in the seeds help to keep stomach full thus you can avoid those ’emotional eating or extra eating’. What else do we need… I mean you are eating to lose weight. #Dreamcometrue to most of us. Isn’t it???

How to include Sabja in daily diet???

  1. I prefer drinking this with water.

  2. You can sprinkle some sabja seeds on your food/ desert/ yogurt/ milk/ juice.

Special Note :

  • Avoid consuming Sabja if you are pregnant. It’s said that these seeds reduce the estrogen level. Which will cause complications.
  • If consumed daily or more than required, you might end up getting common cold. It happens with me most of the time. I drink the Sabja seed mixture so much that I end up with running nose,  as it reduces body heat to a very good extent. So moderate quantity is recommended.

So you know next time what you need to do if you face any of the above health and beauty problems. 😉

Stay healthy…. Stay beautiful… 😘

Beauty Benefits of coconut oil 

Hi,

There are perks of being a south Indian. One of them being this multipurpose oil. We use pure coconut oil in our beauty regime and even in cooking. Coconut is something magical. It can do wonders if its used rightly. I have many tips which I got to know from my granny and mommy. I am gonna share those tips today in this post which I am sure will help you with your beauty problems.

Read on to get tip for your beauty query.

Skin:

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  • For that blemish free skin, applying coconut oil is one of the best natural remedies. Coconut oil helps in lightening the blemishes and adds moisture and glow to skin.
  • I don’t think any branded makeup remover can do the job as nicely and harmlessly as coconut oil. It can remove nastiest mascaras and also add moisture while removing makeup. #HappySkin
  • Who doesn’t like that glow makeup look. All you need to do is add few drops of coconut oil in your makeup/foundation. Apply it on face to get that natural glow look. But, if you are already an oily skinned beauty, you don’t have to do this step. Your skin already produces oil so you don’t have to add more oil to that.
  • Are you a dry skin beauty??? Looking for a great moisturizer??? Here you go – get a bottle of pure coconut oil and apply lightly on skin. This will nourish dry skin. But make sure you apply it in morning. Because if you go to bed with oil on your body, you are going to spoil the bedsheets.
  • Scrubbing is also a must for dry skin. Mix sugar and coconut oil to make a moisturizing scrub. While sugar granules wash away the dead skin, coconut oil adds moisture.

Eyes:

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  • Apply a layer of coconut oil under eyes to say bye bye to the dark circles.

 

Lips:

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  • Chapped lips??? Apply coconut oil to heal them.

Nails:

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  • You don’t have to make a hole in your pocket to buy a cuticle oil for those dry nails. All you need is few drops of coconut oil and apply on dry cuticle. #JobDone

Hair:

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  • Coconut is hair’s angel. Most of the south Indians, apply pure coconut oil on their hair before the wash. Post hair wash they do apply coconut oil again. They wash their hair once in two days but trust me this results in thick and strong hair. I know we don’t like that flat, oily hair. But this trick do works like a magic.
  • Dandruff are caused due to dry scalp. Applying coconut oil will add moisture and it has antibacterial properties which will help in scalp nourishment.
  • Can also be used as Deep conditioner. Apply the oil to your hair and leave it over night to provide that super moisture to your hair and scalp.
  • Before shaving body hair, we use soap lather or some chemical creams. Instead, use coconut oil. Apply layer of coconut oil which makes hair smoother and prepares skin. Thus making the shaving easier and it also leaves skin hydrated.

Teeth:

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  • Gargle coconut oil for 5-10 minutes in the morning when you wake up. It pulls out all germs thus making you free from bad breath and leaves your teeth whiter and shinier.

Ear:

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  • You must be wondering what it will do for ears. We have practice of pouring warm coconut oil in our ears once a month. Trust me it feels so good and fresh. It helps in reducing the hearing problems and it helps in cleaning ears.
    I know doctors do not believe this technique. But I believe more in the power of Ayurveda than in modern medical science.

Baby Care:

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  • Whats the best body oil for your little bundle of joy?? Coconut oil…!!! Pure coconut oil can add super moisture to your baby making his/her skin soft and blemish free(Blemish I mean some babies might have rashes or spots due to allergies. This oil can be used for the body massage.). Plus, the aroma. It won’t irritate those delicate tiny nose. Chemical free too. Hence super safe.
  • Expecting moms can apply coconut oil on their bellies to avoid rashes or spots. Even though it can not reduce the stretch marks, it can keep the skin clear from spots and rashes.

I hope your beauty query is solved. If not, do write me your query. Happy to help you.

 

How to Prepare Kajal or Kohl at Home

Hey,

I had a busy week… I shifted to new place… Busy decorating my home… I will share some home decorating ideas soon on mygirlypedia…

You know I’m passionate about cosmetics and makeup, ummm in short all girly stuff in the world… I at least apply a stroke of Kajal before stepping out of home. Reread at least…

So being an eye makeup lover,I love that smoky look. Most of us do… But I have also seen gals who are allergic to kajal which we get in market. Their eyes get irritated and they are left with teary eyes after applying kajal. So this post is especially for those delicate eyed beauties.

Today, I will share tips to prepare couple of kajal or kohl of your own at home. Sounds interesting… Right??? And guess what, it’s super safe and pocket friendly… Shall we start???

Castor oil Kohl:

Things you need:

Castor oil

Diya

Metal Plate

Two metal boxes

A tiny container to store kohl

How to prepare :

  • Place two metal boxes upside down. These will act as a support for the metal plate.
  • Place metal plate on these boxes as shown below.

  • Fill diya with Castor oil and light the diya and keep it below the plate.
  • As the diya burns, the ash layer gets formed in the plate.

  • Once the diya turns off, carefully take the hot plate.
  • Remove the ash layer and mix a spoon of ghee to form the paste.

  • This is a pure kohl. Store the kohl in a container and use whenever you want to… #wink

Almond khol

Things required :

Almond (of course)

Needle

Matchbox

Metal plate

Two metal boxes

Container to store the kohl.

How to prepare :

  • Like previously mentioned, place metal plate on two metal boxes for support.
  • Pin the needle in the almond.
  • Using matchbox, light the almond.
  • Almond has natural oils in it which helps in burning.
  • Keep in below the metal plate so that ash gets trapped in plate.

  • Once done, collect the ash from plate and mix ghee to prepare kohl.
  • Store it in container to use it whenever required.

Hope you found this useful.

Do prepare it and enjoy safe, irritation free, cooling effect kohl…!!!

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Benefits of This Cheapest Health and Beauty Product

Hey you,

You might have read a lot many times, let me repeat a looottt many times to drink more water. No matter what might be your beauty problem is, one common remedy is – drink more water, keep yourself hydrated…!!! Why???

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I will tell you why. Why we need to drink more and more water. The benefits of it.

Read on to know the pros of cheapest beauty product you have around.

Water balance
Our body is composed of 60% of water. In order to keep body working, we need water. Be it circulation, respiration.. we need water. So drinking water is must to keep the body ‘up and running.’

Improves Skin complexion
Water keeps you hydrated. Thus it can make wonders which a good branded cream can’t do.

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Wrinkles – Go away
Too avoid the early signs of aging like wrinkles, drink more water gal..!!! It helps in keeping skin’s elasticity thus wrinkles..??? Whats that… #wink

Weight loss
Every gal’s dream to lose weight without doing anything much…!!! Isn’t it??Mantra is simple. Drink more water. Are you wondering how??? Firstly the great news is water has zero fat in it. #LOL it removes fat, increases metabolism. If you drink water before meal, you are almost full so you will eat less. Tada you have already started with your weight loss journey…!!!

Cleanse body
The more you drink water, the more toxin gets eliminated from your body in the form of sweat and urine. It will also avoid the kidney stone formation.

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Food for brain
Brain needs more water content to be active and thus you can concentrate more and be active.

Boosts immune system
The more you drink water, the more stronger the immune system. Studies have also proved that the person drinking more water falls less sick than the one who doesn’t.

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Back and head ache- Bye bye
Usually the back and head aches are caused due to dehydration. Drink more water to say bye bye to those pains.

No cramps and sprains
Water helps to keep joints lubricated and maintain elasticity of muscles. Thus no sprains and cramps.

Money saver
Water is much much cheaper than any other drinks. Agreed??? You can save money there and spend it for some other shopping. #JustKidding

I hope this post is convincing enough for you to drink more water…!!

Last tip – “Drink more water’ !!!

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Home Remedies for Cracked Heels

Hey,

One of the most ignored parts of our body is feet. Agreed??? Do observe heals of those well dressed ladies. At least 6 out 10 of them have cracked heels. It looks so odd.

If you don’t want to be one of those, read on.

Reasons for cracked heels:

  • Aging
  • Lack of moisture
  • Improper diet
  • Dehydration
  • Improper foot hygiene

If this is not treated, it might lead to blood loss and worsen foot condition.

Let’s start with cleaning the feet:

  • Dip feet in warm water. You can mix a bit of bath salt or vinegar to the water. This makes skin soft. Thus helps scrubbing easy.
  • You can also add hydrogen peroxide to the water. It removes dirt.

  • Scrub. All you need is a good foot brush with a scrubber. I use the one from the body shop. You can use pumice stone too, for scrubbing away those dead skin from feet.
  • Once you are done scrubbing, wash your feet with warm water and wipe it with clean towel.

Let’s see different foot creams to heal the cracks.

  • This one is tried and tested by my mom. Take half bucket of warm water, mix honey to it. Dip your feet inside this water and relax for next 10-15 minutes. After that, apply a good foot cream, post rubbing off your feet. Honey helps in healing the cracks.
  • We South Indians make most of coconut oil. For foot care, we prepare a cream out of bea’s wax and coconut oil. It’s simple. Melt the wax and mix oil to it. You can keep this mixture inside refrigerator. Apply the cream on cleaned feet, before hitting bed everyday.

  • You can apply coconut oil (or any moisturizing oil) and turmeric mixture on cracked heels. Turmeric has antiseptic properties and coconut oil is a healer.
  • Ghee- Apply ghee to say bye bye to cracked heels. Ghee helps in adding moisture.

P.S. You can wear socks after applying creams. This will seal the moisture. And protects from ruining the bed.

  • Apply lemon juice to heels. This helps in cleaning and helps in recovery. But, applying this on cracked heels do results in tingling or burning sensation.

  • Glycerin. One of the best moisturizer. Apply glycerin on heels. Glycerin is bit sticky. Hence wear socks.
  • Foot cream. If you want the healing much quicker, go for some good foot creams available in the market. Will review some of the foot creams o have used till date.
  • Foot pack: just like face pack, apply a good foot mask or pack to restore moisture. To start with, you can apply Avocado mask. Smash a Avocado and apply it on feet and heels. Wash it after 10-15 minutes.

  • Aloe Vera. How can we not talk about Aloe Vera when it comes to moisture. Apply Aloe Vera on cracked heels. It gives you cooling effect and adds the much needed moisture.


So, these are some of the tried and tested home Remedies.

Do try and share your experience with us… 😇

Have a happy feet…!!!

Pros and Cons of Coffee

While I was sipping coffee the other day, a random thought about ‘what’s good and bad in coffee’  came to my mind. So after researching, I could list below points.

Read on if you are a coffee lover like me. Let’s see what a cup of coffee does to your body.

Good things first :

  • Helps in weight loss.  Yes…!!! How?!! Ok…  Coffee contains magnesium and potassium. These both help in utilizing insulin. This helps in balancing blood sugar level and controlling craving for sweets.
  • Helps in Burning that nasty fat. Caffeine helps fat cells in breaking down fat cells.
  • Helps your mental alertness. Moderate intake of coffee helps to stay focused and improves mental alertness. It also helps in increasing memory power.
  • Coffee lowers the risk of death.  The studies have proved that the risk of death in a man who drinks coffee is 25% less than that of the one who doesn’t.
  • Coffee can reduce the risk of cancer. Few people were made to drink 2-4 cups of coffee everyday,for study purpose. It’s observed that the growth of  endometrial cancer by 25% in women and growth of  prostate cancer in men by 20%.
  • Risk of stroke and Parkinson ‘s disease is lowered by coffee. Scientists have proved that regular consumption of coffee in moderate quality helps in reducing the risk of stroke and Parkinson’ s disease by 25%.
  • Protects your body. Coffee contains lot of antioxidants. Antioxidants are warriors inside our body. They fight against free radicals and protect our body.
  • Protects brain from diseases like Alzheimer and Dementia.

  • Mood lifter, stress buster. Yes, coffee stimulates central nervous system and releases happy hormones. These help in lifting up the mood. Also studies say that 2 cups of coffee a day can keep depression away by 50%.
  • Performance booster. If you want to improve your physical activity by 10-12%, have a cup of black coffee one hour prior to your gym session. This is because, coffee increases adrenaline rush in your body.

Now let’s look at the harm it does…!!! 

  • A coffee made up of spoiled beans can kill you. It can be toxic and cause headaches, makes you feel low…!!
  • Drinking 80-100 cups of coffee or water at one go (I know it’s insane), can kill you. 
  • Coffee can cause insomnia. Strangely, the amount of suitable caffeine depends on each individual. If we consume more than that, we might end up being insomniac and feel restless.

  • Coffee should not be recommended for a pregnant lady. The fetus is much sensitive to caffeine. Hence pregnant women are not allowed to drink coffee.
  • Filter coffee for people with high cholesterol. Yes, coffee contains sugary contents. In the filtered coffee, most of which are trapped out. So reduces the risk of increasing cholesterol.
  • Coffee causes wrinkles. Oh nooooo!!!!  Coffee dehydrates your body. Too much consumption of coffee will result in wrinkles.

I hope the next time you sip coffee, you know all the benefits and loss you are causing to yourself…!!!  ☕

How to Prepare Bath Salt at Home

Hey sweetie,

Have you checked my previous post about relaxing bathing with bath salts??? I have promised to write about steps to prepare these magical crystals. So here I am with the promised post.

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So read on to make the bath salts and enjoy the spa day at home…!!!

What are the ingredients we need??

I will tell you 3 different types of bath salts’ preparations. I am gonna mention the uses of ingredients we need for preparing all of them in one single list.

  • Salt
    Epsom salt – For base.
    Sea Salt – For healing properties.
    Himalayan Pink Salt – To increase mineral quality.

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  • Essential Oil
    Who doesn’t love the nice fragrance bathing experience. To get that aroma, we will add some essential oils.
    You can choose any of the essential oil of your choice. Here are few suggestions.
    Floral – Rose, Lilly, jasmine
    Fruity – Vanilla, citrus
    Strong – Peppermint
    Mixture of any of the above.

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  • Dried herbs
    You can add dried herbs / dried fruits / dried petals to your salt. It will add aroma and increase the effectiveness.

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  • Food Color
    This is optional. But, if you add some food colors to salt it will look more attractive for sure.

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  • Glycerin
    For adding moisture

 

  • Baking soda
    For whitening property

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  • Borax and kaolin clay powder 
    For softening water as well as your skin. Help in curing in muscle strains and tension. Plus, they also have mineral properties.

 

Ready???

Shall we start with the preperation???

Oook..!!!

  • Bath salt 1: Colorful Cutie

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Step:1
Take Epsom salt and sea salt, one cup each.

Step:2
Take one table spoon of your favorite essential oil.

Step:3
Take the dried herbs/petals/fruits. You can put the petals/herbs as a whole or you can grind them into fine powder. I personally prefer adding the powdered petals instead of adding them as a whole.

Step:4
Mix the salt in a bowl.

Step:5
Add the powdered petal/herbs. Mix them with the mixture of salt.

Step:6
Add essential oil and food color. Stir them well. Make sure whole mixture is flavored/colored uni-formally.

Step:7
Store the salt in an airtight container. Enjoy your bath by adding this salt to your bath tub.

Easy enough na???

Shall we start with the second one then???

  • Bath Salt 2: Moisturizing Bath

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Step:1
Take one cup of Epsom salt and one cup of baking soda.

Step:2
Take one table spoon of essential oil and glycerin.

Step:3
Take the dried herbs/petals/fruits in suitable form i.e. powdered or whole.

Step:4
Mix the salt in a bowl.

Step:5
Add the powdered petal/herbs. Mix them with the mixture of salt.

Step:6
Add essential oil and glycerin. Stir them well. Make sure mixing is done nicely.

Step:7
Done. happy dance Don’t forget to store it in suitable container.

Next one???

  • Bath salt – 3 Softening Baby

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Step:1
Take two cups of Epsom salts, two cups of borax, ½ a cup of kaolin clay powder.

Step:2
Take one table spoon of essential oil for beautiful aroma.

Step:3
Mix the salt in a bowl.

Step:4
Mix 1½ tea spoon of essential oil.

Step:5
Mix the ingredients well and store in a cute container for use.

 

Do try these bath salts. Let me know your experience.

 

It’s All About Bath Salt… 

Hey my lovely reader,

Raise your hand if you are up for a longgg calllllmmm mineral bath… Nice mild fragrance and candles lighten up everywhere…  Sounds relaxing enough ??? OooK…  I can hear you saying “yeahhh…” So today I have something of this sort of relaxing thing to try out this week…

Bath salts…!!! 

Bath salts are the water soluble minerals, used for a great bathing experience. They are the secret to smooth skin…!!!

In addition to the detoxification steps I have mentioned in my previous post, bath salt also helps in detoxifying, exfoliating and smoothing the skin. They also lower blood pressure, muscle soreness and cure insomnia. The next time if you are not getting sleep in the night, you know what to try out…  😉

You might have heard that bathing in sea water cures multiple skin diseases. Just like the Sea salt, the bathing salts claim to cure skin conditions. All thanks to the minerals with soothing properties.

You must be thinking, What these salts are made up of…  Major ingredients of bath salt are magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts), sodium chloride (table salt), sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), sodium hexametaphosphate (Calgon, amorphous/glassy sodium metaphosphate), borax, sodium citrate, foaming and effervescencent agents.

Some also contain glycerin in them. This helps in adding moisture to our skin.

Colors are added in order to make them look attractive. Odor added to salts helps us to have that aroma therapy experience while bathing. Oil is also added to salts for that extra health benefits.

So how does they work??? 

There are multiple type of bath salts available. With different colors, aroma and they serve different purposes.

  • Some salts like phosphate, help in exfoliation. They softens the calloused skin.
  • Some are water softners. They can reduce the hardness of water and help you have a great bathing experience.
  • High concentration salts help you feel lighter in bath. They increase the density of water thus you feel light and relaxed.
  • Some are meant for cleansing and moisturizing your skin.

How to use bath salts???

These are affordable and quite simple to use.

  • Put two cups of bath salt on a piece of cloth.
  • Tie it to make a bath salt bag.
  • Fill your bath tub with warm water.
  • Dip the salt bag into the water.
  • Get into the bath tub and enjoy the bathing time.

Irrespective of the age group and gender, everyone can enjoy the bath salts. But it’s advisable to consult a doctor before using it if you are allergic or pregnant.

You can pick any of the bath salts readily available in the market. But it’s always more beneficial to use Natural one with no added color or aroma.

I will write post about how to prepare bath salts at home, tomorrow…!!!

Now that you know how to use bath salts, buy a colorful aromatic one and do enjoy a long hot mineral bath to wash away those weekday blues…  💋

Beauty Benefits of Lemon…!!!

Hey my beautiful reader,

How are you??? I know it’s been a long time… !!! Hope you all are doing great…!!!

Tell me, Are you a one who loves natural beauty recipes over chemical products??? High five Even I loveee natural and beneficial ‘Grandma beauty recipes ‘…!!! I will make sure, I will share at least one of my grandma ‘s recipe a week here… Needless to say, I would love to hear recipes you got to know from your grand mommy… 🙂 Do share ok???

So, today the natural beauty product I have chosen is, the cute little citrus fruit… ‘Lemon’…!!!

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Read on to know how you can include lemons in your beauty regime and let it do some  beautiful wonders to you…!!!

Hair:

Let’s start with our crown… !!!

  1. For hair straightening:

Yes you read it right…!!! You can skip those hair damaging hot tools and use a natural recipe to get your hair straightened. All you need is coconut oil and lemon juice. You need to refrigerate this mixture for an hour to get thick paste. Apply the paste on to your hair and wait for 15 minutes. Wash it and comb your hair using wide tooth comb. Wow… Your hair is straightened magically…!!! (Girls with curly hair might need one more ingredient, ‘patience’. haha Natural methods takes bit more time. But trust me girls their results are amazing and harmless. )

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  1. Cure for Dandruff:

Uff dandruff…!!! nightmare You can use citric acid to cure the dandruff. Mix water and lemon juice to dilute it. Apply the diluted lemon juice to your scalp for 10 minutes and rinse with cold water. You can also replace water with olive/coconut oil for added moisture.

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  1. Treating oily scalp:

Tired of oily scalp??? Your super hero might be lying somewhere in your kitchen. hehe Mix lemon juice into your shampoo and conditioner. Let lemon juice do its wonder by absorbing oiliness.

  1. To prevent hair loss:

Make a paste of lemon juice, vinegar, powdered cumin seeds and ground black pepper and apply to your scalp to nourish it and prevent hair loss.  happy dance

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  1. Natural Hair conditioner:

Apply mixture of lemon and coconut water to your hair to give them natural moisture.

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Skin:

  1. Do you know lemon acts as a natural bleach? It lightens skin.
  2. It can lighten the blemishes, scars and spots too.
  3. Oily skin beauties, this point is for you. It is helpful to absorb oil and helps in reducing the oiliness.
  4. You can make a natural scrub using lemon, brown sugar and olive oil. Olive oil adds moisture, lemon lightens skin and sugar helps in scrubbing off dead skin.
  5. You can mix cucumber, tomato and lemon juice to brighten and moisturize skin.

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For Pearl White Smile:

Scrub your teeth with the mixture of lemon juice and baking soda once a week. It brightens your teeth and there you go, “Hello beautiful smile” wink

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Some of the points to keep in check:
1. Please do not apply lemon juice on pimple or any bruises. It hurts a lot. ouch
2. Do not go out in sun with lemon juice on your face.
3. Since lemon has drying property, a good moisturizer is a must after the use.
4. If your skin is sensitive, don’t forget to dilute the juice by adding water to it.

I Hope you find this quick post useful. Happy ‘me time gal’… !!!

Till next Post,

Keep Loving Yourself,
Pallavi ❤