A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book...............* The beauty of life, is that you don't have to be modernly beautiful to live it...........* There are flowers everywhere, for those who bother to look.

गुरुवार, जून 10, 2010

Homemade Tricks

All of us want skin and hair like Cleopatra, perhaps the most beautiful woman of all time. But her secret of everlasting beauty was the Dead Sea Salt. For those of us who do not have access to Dead Sea salt or other expensive beauty items. So what is the next best option for us? Homemade beauty items, these are natural (which is brilliant for skin) and cheap (exciting isn’t it!). So here are some homemade beauty recipes that will ensure you have smooth and glowing skin. 

Homemade Cleansers

Chamomile Cleansing Milk – suitable for dry and sensitive skin
You will need:
  • Cream – ¼ cup.
  • Milk – ¼ cup.
  • Chamomile flowers, fresh or dried – 2 tablespoons.
In a pan heat all the ingredients but do not bring to a boil. Let it sit for 2 hours and then strain. Cool and put in a bottle and refrigerate. This cleanser is good two hours. 

Buttermilk and Fennel Cleansing milk – great for dry skin
You will need:
  • Buttermilk – ½ cup.
  • Fennel seeds, crushed – 2 tablespoons.
In a pan heat the buttermilk and fennel seeds for half an hour. Let it steep for 2 hours and then strain, cool and refrigerate. This cleanser stays good with refrigeration for 2 weeks. 

Homemade Toner

Lemon Toner – great for daily use
You will need:
  • Lemon juice, freshly squeezed – ½ cup.
  • Distilled water – 1 cup.
  • Witch hazel – 2/3 cup.
In a glass combine all the ingredients and mix well. Place in a bottle and refrigerate. Shake before every use and apply with a cotton ball. 

Cooling toner – great for sweaty summer months
You will need:
  • Witch hazel – ½ cup.
  • Water or green tea – ¼ cup.
  • Lemon juice, freshly squeezed – ¼ cup.
  • Vegetable glycerin – 5 drops
  • Lavender essential oil – 5 drops.
  • Peppermint oil – 3 drops.
Mix all the ingredients in a bottle and shake well. 

Homemade Scrub

Milk scrub – great for satiny smooth skin
You will need:
  • Powdered milk – 3 cups.
  • Almond meal – 4 tablespoons.
  • Oatmeal – 1 cup.
  • Orange essential oil – 3 drops.
  • Small muslin bag with draw strings.
Add all the ingredients together in a jar and mix well. when you need to exfoliate your skin, place a small portion in the muslin bag and rub on the skin. 

Homemade Creams

Ginger face cream – good for dry and normal skin
You will need:
  • Ginger, fresh – 1 piece of 2 inches.
  • Sesame oil – 2 teaspoons.
  • Apricot kernel oil – 2 teaspoons.
  • Vitamin E oil – 2 teaspoons.
  • Cocoa butter – ½ cup.
Grate the ginger, squeeze and place juice in a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix on an open flame till butter has melted. Stir well and allow to cool. Store in a cool place. 

Facial Cream – great to use at night
You will need:
  • Lanolin – 3 tablespoons.
  • Sunflower oil – 1 tablespoon.
  • Almond oil – 1 tablespoon.
  • Lavender essential oil – 1 teaspoon.
In a double boiler melt the lanolin and then add the rest of the oils except lavender oil and blend well. Cool and let it thicken. Place in a jar and store in a cool place. 

Homemade Lip Balm

Basic lip balm – great for dry and chapped lips
You will need:
  • Beeswax beads – ½ ounce.
  • Sweet almond oil – 4 ounces.
  • Colored jojoba beads – 1 teaspoon.
  • Essential oil (your choice) – 1 teaspoon.
In a microwave safe bowl, add the sweet almond oil, beeswax and jojoba beads and melt. Stir and then add the essential oil. Let it cool and then pour into a jar.

Hair Care - Summer Special

The summer is approaching and it is getting hotter day by day, your skin and hair need special care. In summer hair loose sheen and chemical and pollutants get cling to the scalp makes hair dull and rough. Here are few tips to take care of your hair and keep them shining as ever.

An effective hair care discipline involves cleansing, toning , conditioning and oiling routines carried out in a systematic fashion.

In summer, hair should be washed three times a week or more, if needed. But use a small quantity of shampoo and choose a mild, herbal one. Regular shampooing of hair frees it from dirt, thus cleansing it and giving it the much desired shiny look. But shampoos must be selected cautiously, according to your hair type- normal, oily or dry. For a specific hair type, a specific shampoo has to be used. But always remember to use a good shampoo or a mild shampoo. A harsh shampoo or soap can cause a great deal of damage to your tresses.
Cleansing of hair 
1. Squeezed lemons can be soaked overnight and the water can then be used to clean the hair.
2. Rub lemon juice all over your scalp and leave for 15-20 minutes. Then rinse off.
3. Mix equal quantities of onion and lemon juice and apply to your hair before shampoo.

Toning of hair 

Gentle massage of the hair leads to hair toning. It helps to stimulate the blood circulation leading to a healthy growth.
1. AMLA is a known hair tonic and a hair nourisher. It also promotes hair pigmentation, which makes the hair look dark. Soak amla in water overnight. Use this water to rinse hair.
2. Mix equal amounts of dried shikakai, amla and ritha and powder them. They can either be mixed and then powdered or powdered first and then mixed together. Soak 2-3 handfuls of this mixture over night in some water. It should not be too thin. Next day sieve it and use it to wash hair. It also promotes hair growth and prevents dandruff.
Conditioning of hair
It is the most vital part of hair care. It aims at correcting the imbalance, caused due to harsh cleansing, sun or application of harsh chemicals such as hair lotions. After shampooing your hair, apply a good conditioner. A leave- in conditioner forms a coating on the hair preventing dirt and pollution from setting down in the process.
• Amla, shikaki powder mixed with curd is a good conditioner and should be made use of.
• Egg is a natural conditioner and gives bounce and shine to the hair
• Lemon acts as a natural conditioner and used to make hair more silky and add shine to it.
• BEER You can simply apply flat beer before washing hair. It helps in toning and conditioning the hair. It adds bounce and shine to the hair making it silky and shiny.

Oiling of hair
Oiling at least once a week is necessary which improves the quality of your hair. It strengthens the hair roots, removes dryness in hair, gets rid of dandruff and repairs hair damage. The application of oil also facilitates the message which helps in the circulation of the blood. This in turn is responsible for good hair
• Boil some dried amla pieces in coconut oil for a few minutes. Cool and sieve. Massage hair regularly with this oil for thick and lustrous hair. It also works as a hair tonic for enriching hair growth and prevent hair loss
• Massaging with aroma oils once a week reduces hair fall and makes them soft and silky. Rosemary oil can also be used.
Frequent application of henna further dries your hair, but application before a dance party or any other function will help keep hair soft and shiny. Don't use blow-dry too frequently. It makes the hair weak and makes it too dry.

बुधवार, जून 09, 2010

Beauty and Smartness Tips for Men

Tips for Men is a common notion that men are less concerned about their looks than women are. But this is just a fraction of the truth and researches show that men too are equally interested in beauty and beauty tips as their opposite sex. 

Men have always desired to look masculine and macho, rugged and strong and therefore, dread the thought of admitting their obsession with looks. If you are someone who harbors similar thoughts, take it easy, as beauty and beauty tips for men have become a well accepted notion in the modern times. Although numerous beauty parlors for men exist, where you can get all the services you wish, you might still find a few beauty tips for men handy when it comes to dealing with everyday life. Read on to know more about some great beauty tips for men that will help you gain your desired look. 

Facial Beauty Tips for Men

Clean your face regularly to keep it free of acne and grime. Use a face wash at least twice a day but ensure that the chemical content in it is minimal. Also, to ensure you retain the moisture in your skin, do not use deodorant based soaps for your face. Use a skin toner containing vitamin E or Aloe Vera. While using razors, ensure that it has strip of aloe or vitamin to save you from the after shave burns.

You can also apply a homemade face pack that suits your skin type to clean your face and tighten the skin. For a suitable homemade beauty recipe for your face you may browse through our homemade beauty tips on this website. If you prefer a rugged look, then visit a salon for a beard or mustache style that best suits your face. Apply a sunscreen before going out and use vaseline on your lips to keep them from getting dry.

Hair Care Tips for Men

Hair is one more important part of the body that you need to pay special attention to. You must oil hair regularly or at least on weekends and wash off with a mild shampoo. If you see traces of gray in your hair, then you could use henna packs or hair colors. If you see you hair thinning, then keep your hair short. Long hair needs more care and effort for maintenance and cleanliness. Styling gels can be used to keep your hair in place, but ensure that these do not contain an excess of chemicals.

Body Care Tips for Men

Hair on the ear lobes can be embarassing. To get rid of this unwanted hair you can wax your ear lobes at regular intervals. If you like the bare body look, then waxing the chest can also be a good option. Body massages on weekends are relaxing. Massages improve your blood circulation and tone your body while it relaxes your muscles. Manicure and pedicures clean your hands and feet and keep them in good shape. Regular exercises and a balanced diet are also necessary for an over all good look.

Dressing and Cosmetic Tips for Men

Wearing clean and ironed clothes definitely helps you feel good and confident. Cosmetics could include powder and little lip balm. Never forget to wear your favorite perfume or deodorant for that fresh feel throughout the day.