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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 3, 2017: Dull skin and chapped lips? Puffy eyes and wrinkled face? Are you worrying about the way you look? Is a family function approaching and you are worried about looking your best?

Worry not! We present a roundup of 9 easiest natural beauty tips to make you a better version of yourself.

The most amazing aspect of these natural beauty hacks is using the healing powers of nature and supporting your body’s innate healing capacities to look naturally beautiful.

These remedies are super easy and only require basic ingredients that are already available in your kitchen! Light on the pocket and easy to make – lets get going!

1. Pink and Plump Lips Using Raspberries And Coconut Oil

Looking for plump, bright and healthy lips? We have a simple remedy for you!

In a little pot, warm 1 tablespoon coconut oil until fluid, on low heat. Remove from heat and include 4 fresh or frozen red raspberries. Pound these fresh berries and mix until you can obtain a smooth mixture. Place in a little glass holder and refrigerate until firm.

Make this lip balm a part of your beauty regime and witness its magic! Pixabay

You can then use your fingers or a lip-gloss brush to rub the mix all over your lips.

Don’t forget to make this a part of your beauty regime and make a fresh mixture every week!

2. Chilled Tea Bags to eliminate Tired Puffy Eyes

Soak 2 green, dark or chamomile tea bags in heated water for a minute. After a minute, remove the tea bags from the water, and let it cool in a little bowl in the fridge. Once chilled, put 1 pack over each closed eyelid; let it stay for 5 to 15 minutes.

Use chilled tea bags to treat puffy and dark under eye skin. Pixabay

3. Enhance Your Facial Glow With Simple Yoga Poses

Doing inverted postures of yoga can enhance circulation of blood and help give your face some additional lift and freshness.

An easy and fun posture is the “downward dog” yoga posture by getting on the floor on hands and knees and afterwards straightening your legs. Alternately, you can bend forward and attempt to touch your toes.

Yoga has been globally accepted as a healthier approach to life. Pixabay

Remain in one of these positions for as long as you feel comfortable; for any duration between 1 to 5 minutes. In case of physical limitations like a wound or back pain, you must speak and discuss you’re your physician how you can modify these postures to suit your body comfort.

4. Turn Back Skin Ageing and Wrinkles By Changing Your Pillowcase

Friction and external pressure on the skin often leads to additional lines and wrinkles on the skin. This can be taken care of by handpicking a pillowcase that is silky and soft rather than coarser textures.

On the off chance that you sleep on your side, try and change sides at regular intervals or alternately, you can try and sleep on your back, so that weight falling on your face does not lead to wrinkles.

Sleep comprises an essential aspect of beauty regime. Pixabay

However, the most important thing to avoid is stress!

High quality sleep is essential for natural beauty- there is a reason why it is called beauty sleep, after all!

5. Keep Your Skin Fresh and Hydrated With Coconut Water

Begin your morning with a glass of fresh unsweetened coconut water. You must also consume filtered coconut water throughout the day to witness its magic on your skin. Additionally, during meal times, you can incorporate skin-hydrating foods in your diet like olives, avocado, salmon, etc.

Coconut water is good for your internal and external health. Pixabay

6. Want Clear and Radiant Skin? Take Sugar Out Of Your Diet

Sugar is the greatest contributor to inflammation that appears on the skin as pimples, dry skin and wrinkles. If you choose to cut down on your sugar intake for 10 days, you will witness astounding results not just on your waistline and skin, but also on your energy levels!

Follow a 10 day sugar-less diet and see the benefits for yourself! Pixabay

7. Clearer Skin With Almond Oil

Are you still using soap bars that foam? As good as it may feel, the foam is not good for your body!

Rather than stripping your skin with frothy chemicals, nourish your skin as you clean yourself for a healthy, clean glow. You can utilize essential oils, for example, argan and almond oil to scrub the skin normally or utilize a natural cleanser.

Almond oil offers complete nourishment to our bodies. Pixabay

8. Itching and Irritated Skin With Blemishes and Patches? Treat Them With Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera gel has antimicrobial, calming and healing properties, and it infiltrates the skin effectively to provide necessary nourishment.

In case you are suffering from red and irritated skin, aloe vera can calm it immediately. Prolonged inflammation of your skin can cause your skin to break down collagen. Alternately, for smooth, dynamic skin, you can use aloe vera for smoother skin.

Dry, patchy or inflamed skin? Aloe vera is all you need. Pixabay

Aloe vera is a good choice for relieving skin that has been overexposed to the sun, and for treating minor cuts and scratches, dermatitis, and skin inflammation.

9. Clear Skin Without Pimples with Tea Tree Oil

Rich with antimicrobial and calming properties, tea tree oil can diminish breakout due to skin inflammation. However, make sure to never consume undiluted tea tree oil as that can burn and irritate the skin if applied directly.

With its antimicrobial and calming properties, tea tree oil can be very beneficial. pixabay

To make use of this magical remedy, simply add 1 to 2 drops to your cleanser, serum or skin lotion. You will need a 5 per cent dilution, which implies 5 drops of tea tree oil per 1 teaspoon of oil or cream. You can apply this 2 – 3 times every day.



Dia Mirza champions sustainable fashion

Actor and environmental activist, Dia Mirza, who is also the National Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) was showstopper for Indian designers Abraham & Thakore at the recently held LFW X FDCI event. The designer duo who are pioneers of slow fashion and sustainability in the Indian fashion landscape showcased a timeless sustainable collection.

IANSlife spoke with Mirza on sustainable choices when it comes to fashion.

Read Excerpts:

Q: Did you enjoy the on-ground fashion event and the energy that came with the physical show and appearance?
A: Yes absolutely. It was just so refreshing and wonderful to finally be back from a virtual audience. Last year we did a digital show and the energy was just not there, this is an interactive experience and we draw so much from real people.

Q: The outfit that was chosen for you, how did it complement your style?
A: It's a garment that I think involves and is reflective of what I stand for, I deeply care about sustainability and I love the fact that the garment has been made with repurposed material, used and created with a hundred per cent post-consumer bottles, and made by the waste generated from the pieces of fabric that we discard while creating other garments. So it was a very special garment that really and truly celebrated repurposing and reusing and upcycling.

Dia Mirza is an Indian model, actress, producer, and social worker who predominantly works in Hindi films. Mirza won the title of Miss Asia Pacific International in 2000. IANSlife spoke with Mirza on sustainable choices when it comes to fashion. | Wikimedia Commons

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Delhi to get new QR-based driving livenses and registration certificates.

In a step towards digitisation of the system, Delhi Transport Department will soon issue QR based Smart cards for driving licenses (DLs) and registration certificates (RCs).

As per a statement, the new driving licence will have an advanced microchip with features like Quick Response (QR) code and Near Field Communication (NFC). The new RC will have the owner's name printed on the front while the microchip and the QR code would be embedded at the back of the card.

The cards earlier had embedded chips, but chip reader machines were not available in the required quantity with both the Delhi Traffic Police and the Enforcement Wing of the Transport Department. Moreover, chips were designed and implemented by the states concerned, which resulted in difficulties in reading the chip and retrieving information, especially in case of defaulters.

"Now with the QR based smart card, this issue is resolved. This will enable unification in linking and validating one's information to smart cards with Sarathi and Vahan, the two web-based databases of all driving licenses and vehicle registrations," the release added.

The QR is also being implemented nationwide, the QR code reader is easily procurable and will do away with the requirement of any manual intervention altogether. The new cards will also allow two specific materials for their card manufacturing -- PolyVinyl Chloride or PVC, or PolyCarbonate which is slightly more expensive but more durable. (Card Size - 85.6mm x 54.02 mm; Thickness minimum 0.7 mm)

An October 2018 notification of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) had made changes to the Driving License and Registration Certificate. The new Smart card based DL and RC, will have chip based/ QR code based recognition system. At the same time, documents such as driving license or registration certificates in electronic formats on DigiLockers and mParivahan were also made valid in place of physical documents and treated at par with original documents.

The QR code also has an added advantage of acting as a safety feature on the smart card. The department will be able to retain records and penalties of the DL holder for up to 10 years on the VAHAN database as soon as a driver/ owner's Smart card is confiscated. The new DLs will also help the government in maintaining records of differently-abled drivers, any modifications made to the vehicles, emission standards and the person's declaration to donate organs. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Delhi, Driving License, Registration License, Digitisation.


In this handout photo provided by Sotheby's Auction House, the auction for Banksy's "Love is the Bin" takes place in London, Oct. 14, 2021

LONDON — A work by British street artist Banksy that sensationally shredded itself just after it sold at auction three years ago fetched almost 18.6 million pounds ($25.4 million) on Thursday — a record for the artist, and close to 20 times its pre-shredded price.

"Love is in the Bin" was offered by Sotheby's in London, with a presale estimate of 4 million pounds to 6 million pounds ($5.5 million to $8.2 million).

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