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Essential Oil Uses and Benefits : A Complete Guide

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Indulging in essential oils is healthy as they can solve all your beauty related problems, enhance your mood and improve concentration. However, use them right, say experts.

Sonia Mathur, beauty expert and training head at Organic Harvest and Amit Sarda, Managing Director at Soulflower, have listed the do’s and don’ts that need to be followed:

How To Choose Essential Oils & How To Use Essential Oils:

* Essential oils can be sensitising: It is necessary to conduct a patch test before purchasing them and making sure it suits your skin type. Some of these oils cause severe skin sensitising and sun sensitivity. So if you have a sensitive skin, it’s always advisable to check with a qualified practitioner first.

* Make sure that the product is 100 per cent pure and natural. Non-organic brands may add fillers which often include harmful chemicals and this may harm you in the long run.

* Dilute essential oils prior to application. Essential oils can be blended with base oils or carrier oils before applying to your skin.

They are highly concentrated and should never be used undiluted on the skin. It needs to be mixed with carrier/base oil. The ratio should be 3-4 drops of essential oil in 10 ml of base oil. Some oils like olive, almond, jojoba, grape seed and coconut oil can be used as carrier oil.

* Always store essential oils in a cool dark place. Essentials oils should be stored in a cool dark place and out of direct sunlight. It is simply to help preserve their potency. Essential oils have a very long shelf life, some even last for years without losing their potency, if stored correctly.

Whay You Should Not Do With An Essential Oil:

* Do not ingest essential oil. They should only be used externally. Though there are many people who use essential oils by ingesting them, this should only be done by consulting a doctor or a medicine practitioner before consuming.

* Avoid using essential oils while pregnant or nursing. Every essential oil serves a particular purpose, so it is advisable to consult your dermatologist before buying, especially for pregnant women.

Cinnamon, clove, ginger, jasmine, sage, chamomile are some of the more common essential oils that should not be used by them.

* Do not apply essential oils to mucous membranes. Never use essential oils near the eyes or put directly into ears. Some oils may damage your contact lenses, so never touch lenses immediately after using essential oils. These oils are potent and can cause serious irritation to your eyes.

* In case you have sensitive skin, and have a history with irritability or rashes then start by applying these oils discreetly. Make a small patch of skin about an inch square, and massage the oil into it.

Wait 24 hours to see if the area has any itchiness or irritation. This will help you safeguard your skin just in case the oil does not suit your skin type. (IANS)

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7 Easy Homemade Tips to remove Dark Circles Naturally

How to get rid of dark circles easily at home? Here are 7 homemade remedies to remove dark circles easily.

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Tips to Remove dark circles. NewsGram
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  • Dark circles can appear under your eyes due to stress, lack of sleep, disturbed lifestyle or it can hereditary as well.
  • Due to our busy work schedules, it is very common for all the ages.

How to Remove dark circles at home? Here are 7 Homemade tips to remove dark circles-

Cold Milk

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Cold Milk. Pexels

Applying Cold milk can decrease dark circles around eyes and will soothe your skin. Pour chilled milk on a cotton ball and place it over the affected area of your eyes. Hold it for a while and then wash your eyes gently with regular water.

Almond Oil

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Almond Oil. Pixabay

Almonds are a rich source of Vitamin E and its oil makes your skin smooth. It is the easiest and quick remedy to remove dark circles in a week. Just apply almond oil to your circles gently and leave it overnight. Rinse your eyes in the morning.

Tomatoes

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Tomatoes help in getting rid of Dark circles quickly and makes your skin supple and smooth. Take a teaspoon of Tomato juice, mix it with a teaspoon of lemon juice and apply it under your eyes. Leave it for 10 minutes and then wash it gently with water. Repeat it twice a day and you can also drink tomato juice mixed with lemon juice to remove dark circles.

Cucumber

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Sliced and Refrigerated cucumber.Flickr

You must have seen beauticians placing sliced cucumber on eyes while giving any beauty treatment. So there is a reason behind that, Cucumber nourishes the skin around your eyes and gives you instant freshness. Place sliced and 30 minutes refrigerated cucumber on your eyes to remove dark circles. Place them for 10 minutes and wash your eyes with cold water.

Orange Juice

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Orange Juice. Wikimedia Commons

Another easily available home remedy to get rid of dark circles is Orange juice. Mix few drops of glycerine with orange juice and apply it on dark circles. This mixture will not only remove your dark circles but give a natural glow to your eyes.

Mint Leaves 

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Applying Mint leaves on your dark circles can give you miraculous results. Just crush a few mint leaves in water and make a thick paste. Apply it on dark circles and leave it for 10 minutes. Repeat this for a week every night and get rid of ugly dark circles.

Cold Teabags

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Cold Teabags. Pixabay

Another simple tip to remove dark circles is using cold teabags. Soak a cold teabag preferably green tea bag in water and place it in the refrigerator for ten minutes. Now place it over your eyes and you will see the considerable change in a week by repeating it daily.

Here were the 7 easily prepared homemade remedies to get rid of dark circles. Stay tuned for more beauty tips to enhance your beauty in easy ways.

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Timeless beauty tips to look gorgeous | Newsgram

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London: Cleansing twice a day, getting good sleep and drinking water are some of the beauty tips that stand the test of time.

Jill Zander of the Jill Zander Skin Rejuvenation Clinic shares timeless beauty tips, reports femalefirst.co.uk:

Timeless beauty tips to look gorgeous:

* Cleanse regularly two times per day and use a SPF.

* Use the best cosmeceutical products you can afford.

* Good sleep is vital to any beauty regime.

* Inflammation and dehydration accelerate ageing – so always use an antioxidant to fight free radicals first before you apply your moisturiser and sun block.

* Drink one and a half litres of water a day.

* Walk briskly for 30 minutes every day – yoga and Pilates are good too.

* Keep your mind focused and energised by reading up on your favourite topics or authors.(IANS)

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Beauty Tips: Easy Tips to make Your Lipstick Last Longer

Easy tricks to make your lipstick stay all day long.

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How to make your lipstick last longer.Pixabay
  • Choose your lipstick wisely through quick test steps to make your lipstick last longer.
  • Things to keep in mind while applying lipstick.

5 Easy tricks to make your lipstick last longer

Many women avoid wearing lipstick because it keeps on getting fade or smudge.The major reason behind your lipstick coming off is ‘Eating’. You have to keep a check on your lipstick when you are out with family which becomes difficult and irritating.

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Some common lipstick shades.Pixabay

Here are 5 easy tricks which can make your lipstick last longer –

Scrub your lips to remove dead skin: Removing the dead skin on your lips gives your lipstick a fresh palette to adhere to. You can use a homemade scrub made of basic household ingredients or readymade scrubs can also be used.

Use of lip liner: It protects your lipstick from smudging in the edges and give your lipstick an even look. It is especially recommended for dark or bold shades to hold your lipstick in place.

Also Read:9 Easy Ways to Enhance Your Beauty Naturally

Coat your lipstick with powder after applying: After applying lipstick, apply some powder on it that make your lipstick last longer. Dapple a little bit on YOUR index finger, blot onto your lips, and smack them together to rub it in.

Eat carefully. If you are out in a function where you will have food, try not to eat oily food as it fades your lipstick faster. Also, take small bites of food.

Reapply and twist: First apply your lipstick normally and remove the excess one from the edges using a tissue.Then reapply a final layer to darken the shade again, but instead of smearing the lipstick across your lips, place the lipstick on your lips and twist it in. Twisting the lips will be a better option than swearing them since it fills the cracks rather than just placing the product on top.

-prepared by Pragya Mittal of NewsGram |Twitter @PragyaMittal05