Friday December 15, 2017

Holi Special: Tips to protect your hair and skin

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By Shahnaz Husain

Holi, the festival of colors, is celebrated at a time when nature renews and refreshes herself. With a little care, we can do the same and also sustain our youth and beauty.

The dry “Gulal” and the wet colors of today are not derived from natural sources. They contain chemicals, shiny particles of mica and even lead, which not only irritate the skin, but collect on the scalp.

Since Holi is played outdoors, sun-exposure can have a detrimental effect on the skin. Apart from harmful UV radiation, sun-exposure makes the skin dry by causing depletion of moisture and also tans the skin. The skin can become dry and dull after playing Holi.

Remember to apply a sunscreen 20 minutes before going out in the sun. Use a sunscreen of SPF 20 and above. If your skin is prone to pigmented patches, select a higher SPF. Most sunscreens have built-in moisturizers. If your skin is very dry, first apply the sunscreen, wait for a few minutes and then apply a moisturizer. Apply moisturizing lotion or cream on the arms and exposed areas.

Apply leave-on conditioner or hair serum on hair before playing Holi. This protects the hair from the effects of sun exposure and dryness caused by colors. Hair cream containing sunscreen is also available.

Take very little, spread on both palms and massage light into the hair, or smooth palms over the hair. Or, apply pure coconut oil and massage it lightly into the hair. This also provides protection against colors.

Apply transparent nail varnish on the nails. This helps to protect the nails from absorbing Holi colors.

The real problem is removal of colors after playing Holi. Rinse the face with plenty of plain water and then use a cleansing cream, or lotion. Apply and massage it on the face. Then wipe off with moist cotton wool. Remember to cleanse the area around the eyes too, using a light touch. A cleansing gel helps to dissolve the colors and facilitates their removal.

To make your own cleanser, take half a cup of cold milk and add one teaspoon of any vegetable oil, like “til,” olive or sunflower oil. Mix well. Dip cotton wool into this mixture and use it to cleanse the skin.

Sesame seed (til) oil can be used to remove colors from the body, massaging it on the skin. This not only helps to remove the colors, but gives added protection to the skin. Sesame seed (til) oil actually helps to counteract sun-damage.

While bathing, scrub the body gently with a loofah or wash cloth. Immediately after your bath, apply a moisturizer on the face and body, while the skin is still damp. This helps to seal in moisture.

If there is itching, add two tablespoons vinegar to a mug of water and use it as a last rinse. This helps to reduce itching. However, if the itching continues, and there is rash and redness, there may be an allergic reaction to the color. Consult a doctor as soon as possible.

While washing the hair, first rinse with plenty of plain water to wash away the dry colors and tiny particles of mica. Then apply a mild herbal shampoo, working it into the hair with the fingers. Massage the scalp gently and rinse thoroughly with water again.

Beer can be used as a last rinse. In fact, it will soften and condition the hair. Add the juice of a lemon to the beer. Pour over the hair after shampoo. Leave on for a few minutes and rinse off with plain water.

The day after Holi, mix two tablespoons honey with half a cup of curd. Add a pinch of turmeric. Apply this on the face, neck and arms. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash off with water. Helps to remove tan and soften the skin.

Within the next few days, give your hair a nourishing treatment. Mix one tablespoon pure coconut oil with one teaspoon castor oil. Heat and apply on the hair. Then dip a towel in hot water, squeeze out the water and wrap the hot towel around the head, like a turban. Keep it on for 5 minutes. Repeat the hot towel wrap 3 or 4 times. This helps the hair and scalp absorb the oil better. Wash your hair after an hour. (IANS)

Shahnaz Husain is a well-known beauty expert, specializing in herbal remedies.

  • gauri

    i will surely use all these remedies this holi.

  • Yes can’t forget your skin while having fun outside. Sun protection is key if you are going to be out in the sun (really everyday) for a long time. UV rays from the sun are a leading cause of skin damage and premature skin aging. Last thing you want to come home with is a sunburn.

  • gauri

    i will surely use all these remedies this holi.

  • Yes can’t forget your skin while having fun outside. Sun protection is key if you are going to be out in the sun (really everyday) for a long time. UV rays from the sun are a leading cause of skin damage and premature skin aging. Last thing you want to come home with is a sunburn.

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Uses of coffee for a healthy skin

Coffee does not only give you a kick start in the morning but is also useful for skin.

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Use of coffee for a healthy skin. IANS
  • Coffee- a remedy for a healthier skin
  • Coffee used for giving a supple skin during winters

New Delhi, Dec 5: Coffee turns out to be your best friend to give warmth in the winter season but do you know that you get a supple skin if you try coffee on your skin in the chilly season?

Neetu Prasher, Head of Training at Avon India, lists the reasons why coffee is good for the skin in winter.

* A coffee brew not only gets you kicking in the morning but is also one of the healthiest natural ingredients to keep your skin glowing whether it’s in the form of beans, liquid or grounded coffee.

* Exfoliating and brightening properties of coffee make it a popular ingredient in many beauty and wellness products for both men and women. Caffeine extracts help rejuvenate skin in addition to repairing UV damage.

* The antioxidants in coffee help combat UV damage to your skin and is good for the overall health of your skin, giving it a rich glow.

* Grounded coffee beans can be used to prepare a homemade body scrub (can be mixed with honey). Since coffee is a gentler exfoliating agent than peach or walnut, the scrub removes dead skin without irritation in addition to moisturizing your skin.

* Eye-puffiness or eye bags are another regular feature that can be easily cured at home using coffee. Coffee ice cubes can be gently rubbed under your eyes for a soothing effect reducing puffiness or redness around the eyes.

Stephanie Schedel- Head of training at Malu Wilz also listed some Do It yourself (DIY) ways to get flawless skin with coffee.

* Facial Exfoliation

* Ingredients and process: Three spoons of any kind of plant oil (almond oil, grape seed oil, olive oil, etc.); Three spoons of coffee grounds; Mix and apply in circular motions on the skin. Rinse off with lukewarm water; Makes skin soft and supple. For extra care add a squeezed half of avocado.

* Coffee Eye Mask

* Ingredients and process: Fights tired eyes and dark circles; five tea spoons warm coffee grounds; one teaspoon honey; one teaspoon olives: Mix to a balm: Add some more honey if necessary. Put on closed eyes and let it rest for 30 minutes. Remove with lukewarm water. Lukewarm coffee pads are a simple alternative. (IANS)

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Skin Care Hacks : How to Have Glowing Skin in 10 Simple Steps

There are people with genetically blessed skin, but it is almost impossible to maintain that glow in the absence of any skincare effort.

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Your relationship with your skin won’t work unless you give it enough time. Follow our 9 step guide to get better skin and lips! PIxabay

New Delhi, October 1, 2017 : Every group has that one friend who has perfect skin. They glow and shine, and radiate like crystals. And when asked what they do for this flawless visage, they giggle and proudly announce they do not have a skin care regime and don’t do anything.

Instant heartbreak.

Well, you must certainly not lose heart. Yes, these are people with genetically blessed skin, but it is almost impossible to maintain that glow in the absence of any skin care effort.

So, how to have glowing skin?

There isn’t a magic spell to achieve healthy, clear and glowing skin, but there are a few basic changes you can make to get enviable results.

We have devised a practical and easy to follow skin care regime for you. Here, we have rounded up 10 night time beauty habits that can possibly make you “that” friend.

  1. Give Your Face Some Steam

Nobody has the time to get facials done every month, but we give you a shortcut to looking like you do! The aim is to expose your skin to steam just long enough to open and de-gunk your pores. We’d suggest taking a hot shower before washing your face, or keeping a warm soaked hand towel on your face and patting gently. This will not only open pores, but loosen dirt, oil, or bacteria stuck on your face that can then be taken care with water.

  1. Remove All Makeup

Removing all makeup is a staple to all skin care regimes. (And we don’t mean with wet wipes)  Splash your face with sufficient water. Your lipstick, eye-liner, mascara, and foundation; everything has to go. A naked face opens and cleans pores and removes any gunk from your eyes.

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Make-up suffocates the skin and clogs pores. Pixabay
  1. Exfoliate To Get Rid Of The Dead Skin

It not only removes the layer of dead skin, but also makes your skin radiant and youthful. However, exfoliation can do more harm than good when done in excess- it can trigger rashes, irritation and breakouts. Try doing it twice a week. And if you have sensitive skin, then even once is good!

You can also use home-made scrubs like oatmeal, besan or coffee. These scrubs are natural and can be altered as per your own preferences

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  1. Tone Your Skin

Pollution. Humidity. Weather changes. Acne. And what not. Our skin has to face a lot of obstacles throughout the day.

Toning helps maintain the right pH balance for a healthy skin. It helps rejuvenate the dead cells by nourishing and tightening the skin from deep within. It also removes excess oil thus, fighting acne-problems and making a protective layer over our skin. All-around care, what else does we need?

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You can choose from a variety of toners available in the market or use natural products like rosewater, or aloe vera. Pixabay

You can choose from a variety of options in the market, or go au-natural with rosewater.

  1. Moisturize

You must moisturize. It will keep your skin well-fed, preventing it from ageing as well as getting pimples. Sleeping without it is a strict no!

If you have dry skin, invest in products with natural oils like grape seed and for dry skin, you should use oil-free and light-weight moisturizers.

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Creams moisturize and restore nutrients in the skin, keeping it healthy and glowing. Pixabay
  1. Eye Cream

Invest in a good moisturizer and a night cream for your nightly skin care routine,  irrespective of your age. It will keep your skin hydrated and plump while minimizing the appeared of dark circles and wrinkles.

We suggest using lightweight creams with caffeine, peptides and oxidants.

  1. When All Is Said And Done, Sleep

And sleep for some good 7-8 hours. Cutting down on sleeping hours can speed up ageing process. Snooze hours form an integral part of skin care; there is a reason it is called beauty sleep, after all. During sleeping-hours, your skin is devoid of any external application or attacks by the harmful sun rays. Hence, sound sleep allows your cells to regenerate, which happens quicker at night than in the day-time.

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Sound sleep makes an integral part of skin case regime for a healthy skin.. Pixabay
  1. Use Multiple Pillows

One for your left side, another for your right. One to rest your head on, and the other to hug tightly. No, we’re kidding. You can use as many pillow as you like, but our suggestion is to sleep with your head on an elevated platform than the rest of the body to prevent puffiness.

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Sleeping with your head on an elevated platform prevents puffiness. Pixabay
  1. Vaseline Is A Staple for Skin care

Don’t forget your lips, hands and feet. Apply generous amounts of Vaseline on your lips and feet to keep them soft and hand cream over your hands. Vaseline plumps and moisturizes the lips, keeping them soft and red.

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Vaseline has been trusted for generations to moisturize skin and lips. Pixabay
  1. Secure The Air Moisture Using A Humidifier

Make complete use of technology and bring humidifiers home for your skin care regime. Humidifiers infuse the air in your bedroom with moisture. This in turn helps keep your skin hydrated. Outcome: Goodbye dry, itchy and cracked skin!

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Humidifiers infuse the air in your bedroom with moisture. Wikimedia

Your relationship with your skin won’t work unless you give it enough time. This skin care routine will take 15 minutes and just that. Plus it will also spare you from spending bucks at the beauty parlor after every few days.

 

 

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Want to Know the Best Face Oil? These Five Will Definitely Help You!

Facial oils have a unique property of regenerating your skin. You can do the same for your face by knowing the best face oil for your skin type.

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Benefits of Facial Oils for Skin

We always adore the ancient Egyptians for their flawless and vibrant beauty. Did you know that Oil is the real reason behind their beauty? Yes, that’s true! They applied Moringa oil. They considered Moringa oil as the best face oil. The thought of applying oil on your face may irk you to a great extent, but the benefits which oil gives you, cannot be given by cosmetic in this world. From preventing wrinkles to shrinking the enlarged face pores, they offer you a great deal. If you have dry skin, then oil acts as your skin’s antibiotic.

Five best face oils which can give you a flawless skin:

1. Jojoba Oil

Best face oil
Jojoba oil.                                                                                                                                                         Pixabay.

 

The Unique feature of Jojoba oil is its similarity to our skin structure.It gets completely dissolved in the skin; balances out sebum production and prevents acne. It is comprised of important minerals and nutrients and functions as an element of all-day moisture to the skin. It is the best face oil for skin types- sensitive, dry and aged.

 

2. Castor Oil

There can be nothing as good as Castor Oil to deal with skin breakouts. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties eliminate the acne-causing bacteria, which helps in the reduction of skin breakouts; thus, making it a great deal for skin types prone to breakouts. It consists of Vitamin E, proteins, minerals and unsaturated fatty acids. It can heal the scars of skin. It is the best face oil for skin types which struggle with acne and sunburns.

 

3. Tamanu Oil

Tamanu oil is being used in medicines since ages. It has the capability of healing wounds and regenerating skin cells by fighting bacteria. The oil contains a lipid, calophyllolide, which is highly anti-inflammatory. It is beneficial for broken skin and the skin damaged from acne.

 

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4. Hemp seed oil

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Hemp seeds.                                                                                                                                                     Pixabay.

Hemp Seed Oil reduces facial pores and eliminates. Its anti-inflammatory properties induce elasticity in the skin. It comprises of 80% fatty acids and has the ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 EFA (Essential Fatty Acids). Hemp seed oil is the best face oil.

 

5. Rosehip oil

Best face oil
Rosehip.                                                                                                                                                      Pixabay.

Rosehip oil the best face oil for skin types- dry and oily. It penetrates to the deepest layers of the skin and regenerates cells. It is highly rich in vitamin C, Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids, which help in curing scars. It also reduces the appearance of wrinkles and brightens the skin.

by Megha Acharya of NewsGram.   Megha can be reached at Twitter @ImMeghaacharya.