Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala cabinet on Wednesday approved the finalizing of a contract with German tennis icon Steffi Graf to promote Ayurveda in the state’s ‘Visit Kerala’ campaign, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said.
“The sanction has been given for the tourism department to see that talks are held with her agents to ensure she endorses Kerala Tourism and Ayurveda,” Chandy told reporters after the weekly cabinet meeting.
Graf, a former World No.1, will be roped in for the ‘Visit Kerala’ Season of Surprises 2015-16. Many German tourists visit Kerala. (IANS)
With winter upon us, its essential to take care of dry skin.
As per Ayurveda, the cold nature of winter causes dry skin, cracked lips and heels. Partap Chauhan, Director, Jiva Ayurveda suggests Ayurvedic face masks that are simple to prepare and work wonders.
1. Papaya and Lemon Moisturizer
Papaya has amazing health and beauty benefits. It is loaded with vitamins A, C, E and K — all of which make your skin really soft and supple. It is also a good source of antioxidants. Also, it has a buttery consistency which makes it easy to use. Mash a ripe papaya and squeeze the juice of half a lemon in it and mix well. Apply this to your face and arms for 15 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water to get glowing and moisturized skin.
2. Hibiscus, Honey and Coconut Oil Anti-Ageing Mask
Hibiscus flower (gudhal) contains natural Alpha-hydroxy Acids (AHA) which makes the skin fresh and improves flexibility, which is why it is sometimes referred to as the botox plant. Boil a hibiscus flower in 2 cups of water until about half a cup remains. Now add honey and coconut oil to the mixture and apply on face and neck. Wash off with lukewarm water after 10-15 minutes. This mixture is a great moisturizer and exfoliator which leaves your skin supple, fresh and bright.
Add half a cup of yogurt, add 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice and make a fine paste. Use this as a mask on your face, neck and arms for 20 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. This has mild bleaching effect which will peel off dead cells, dirt and sebum giving you a radiant skin. Orange juice also tones your skin and removes blemishes. (IANS)