April 4, 2013

SKIN O’ MANIA



Your skin is the largest organ in your body and deserves to receive as much attention as brushing your teeth twice a day. Skin care is an important investment in your skin’s overall health and it's future appearance. Our skin is exposed to pollution, smoke, free radicals, stress and the sun. It is an important commitment to protect your skin from these damaging elements that play havoc on our skin on a daily basis to promote overall health and prevent premature aging.



- Getting plenty of sleep, eating well and reducing stress are essential to your total well-being. Try any type of exercise that right for you, it really does work wonders for your total mind, body and spirit.

-Try an early morning walk in the fresh air to jump start your day!

- Understanding your skin type.

- If you still smoke… please stop! It is truly one of the worst things for your skin and your body.

- Keep your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day and maintain a balanced diet to provide the vitamins and minerals your skin needs.


Cleansing, toning and moisturizing are the most important steps that go a long way in enabling women of all ages, remain gorgeous all the time!
All you must do to ensure your skin glows and remains radiant all the time, is to start by giving yourself only about 20 minutes everyday - 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at bedtime.


 CLEANSING

Cleansing is the first step to clear and resplendent skin .Everyday your face is exposed to dirt particles ,sun ,harsh winds ,that rob your skin of its lustre . A thorough and regular cleansing of the skin is essential to keep it off pollution, dirt and also the harmful chemicals present in makeup. As these are substances that can block the pores of your skin and can lead to an outbreak in spots.
Care must be taken not to be too frequent and too vigorous, as this can strip the skin off its natural oils, making dry skin even more dry and oily skin even more oily.
Now you can rustle up your facial cleansers with the ingredients available in your kitchen without paying a penny.




FOR NORMAL SKIN

* Apply the juice of cucumber mixed with 3-4 spoons of curd on your face ,neck ,chin. .This natural cleanser works effectively in lightning pigmentation marks and black spots of your face. You can mix oatmeal in this mixture to exfoliate your face.

* Apply 1/2 cup of curd with 1/2 cup of honey .Apply on your face ,neck and wash off with cold water after few minutes.

* Apply green gram powder/rice with curd on face to cleanse your face .Use this facial cleanser regularly and get a radiant skin instantly.

* Gram flour is an excellent facial cleansing agent .You can mix curd/milk/malai  in besan (gram flour) to cleanse your face daily .Cleansing our face with gram flour improves your complexion too .So use gram flour in your beauty regime as natural face cleanser and get clean ,soft and fair skin.

* Take 1 cup of coconut milk, 1 spoon of honey and one avocado to make a face cleanser .Leave this mix on the face and neck for 10 minutes before washing it off .Experience a very clear and beautiful skin in a jiffy.

* Cleanse the skin with oils like olive oil ,jojoba oil ,almond oil ,coconut oil, baby oil .All you have to do is to dip a cotton ball in oil and wipe off all impurities of skin. Oil as a facial cleanser is very effective to remove all traces of make-up and dirt. Try this recipe to get soft and clear skin.

* Rinse you face with vinegar and water both mixed in equal measure to cleanse your face .Vinegar helps to cleanse and tone your skin .Use with a cotton ball and wipe off all deep-seated dirt and do not rinse off .

* Rose water is the best cleanser for you. Dip a cotton ball in rose water and wipe off all the dirt accumulated on your face ,with the help of this cotton ball instantly.

* Nothing can beat raw milk as a natural cleanser .Dip cotton balls in milk and wipe off all dirt.

* Apply the mix 2 spoons of aloe vera , 1 spoon of papaya ,1/2 tea spoon of dark honey,1 spoon of curd on your face, neck ,chin and forhead. This natural facial cleanser helps to cleanse your skin deeply.


FOR OILY/COMBINATION SKIN:
 * Mix 1 cooked mashed carrot, 2 spoons of corn flour, 1 egg white and 1 tea spoon of honey in a bowl. Apply this mask all over your face. Leave it on for 20 minutes . You can scrub off the mask with a cotton cloth also .Honey conditions and corn flour absorbs the oil to give you a fresh skin in a instant. Try this recipe for oily skin.

* Mash grapes and mix them with lemon juice and egg yolk .Leave this mix on your face for 20 minutes. This recipe is very effective for cleansing oily skin.

* Take 1/2 cup of chickpea powder , 1/2 cup of raw milk and 1 tea spoon of turmeric .Blend all ingredients well. Apply this mask on face and neck and wash off after 2 minutes .This homemade cleanser is the best for combination and oily skin.



FOR DRY SKIN :

* Mix 2 tablespoon of honey,¼ cup of milk and 2 table spoon of almond oil .Apply it on your face and neck and sit for a minute or two before washing off.

* Add 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel,1 teaspoon of honey and 1 egg yolk in a small bowl and mix it well .Now put it all over your face and neck and leave it for 5 minutes before washing off with a lukewarm water. Pat dry.


Sensitive skin :

* Crush aspirin tablets and mix with water .And use this mixture as a regular cleanser .This recipe is very good for problematic and acne –prone skin.

* Mix ¼ cup of milk,¼ cup of cream and chamomile tea .Put it all together and heat it up but don’t boil .Now keep it aside and wait till its get cold .You can store this facial cleanser in your fridge for good 2 weeks and it is great for sensitive skin.

Do Not wait anymore! Try these wonderful recipes of natural face cleansers right now and be all set to flaunt the squeaky-clean skin that shines like a star!





TONING

Toning is an important part of your day to day beauty care regime .After cleansing your face properly, it is of utmost importance to tone your face to absorb the excess oil from the surface of your skin. A toner basically contains an astringent that tightens your skin, closes the pores and forms a layer of healthy skin cells, and protects the skin from harmful toxins, dirt and pollution. It also helps restore the skin’s natural PH balance.
Here is the list of facial toners you can prepare at home for all skin types.
  


For Normal skin:

* Grate cucumber and take out its juice. Now add cucumber juice in a cup of curd, mix well and apply it on your face. Keep it for 10 minutes and wash with cold water.

* Watermelon juice is also used as a toner. Just cut some water melon pulp, puree it in a mixer/ blender and strain the juice. Discard the solid n seeds.
Apply this juice with cotton wool, you can wash it after 10 minutes.

* Chamomile toner- Steep a chamomile tea bag in a cup of water for about 10 minutes. Let it cool and it is going to make a fantastic toner.

* Basil leaves toner- Two spoons of basil leaves can be brewed in a cup of boiling water and then allowed to cool for preparing the basil toner. Use it twice a day to get amazing results.

* Coconut water toner- There is no hassle involved in the preparation. Just wipe your face with pure coconut water. It tones your skin, treats dark spots and nourishes the skin too. It is great for all skin types


For Oily Skin:

* Take one egg white and beat it till smooth. Add 1tsp honey and 1tsp lemon. Beat once again so everything should be mixed well. Apply on face and wash after 10 minutes.

* Vinegar-Rosewater toner- Take a spoon of vinegar and a spoon of rosewater. Mix well. Use it on your face to tone your skin. It is great for oily skin types.

* You can try ice cold water for toning your skin too .After cleansing your face ,dab on ice cold water on your face to close the open pores and tone it properly .Ice cold water is an excellent facial/skin toner.


For Dry Skin:

* Mint toner- Boil a liter water and add a handful of mint leaves. Wait for 10 minutes. Now, strain the liquid and allow it to cool. Store it in a refrigerator. Use it with a cotton pad to wipe your face.

* Green tea toner- Prepare green tea liquor by boiling green tea in water. Wait for 10 minutes. Let it cool and use it as a toner to get clean and soft skin.

* Glycerin-Alum toner- Add a pinch of alum to 100 gm glycerin. Mix four spoons of rosewater in it. Shake well and store in refrigerator. This toner is wonderful for regular use for dry skin.

* Apple cider vinegar-cucumber toner- Mix the juice of a cucumber with half a cup of apple cider vinegar. Apply on your face with cotton to get glowing and refreshed skin



COMBINATION SKIN


* To make a skin toner for this skin type you need to mix up a teaspoon of alum, a cup of distilled water (or rose water), and 2 teaspoons of glycerine. You can simply store this in a container on a shelf.

* Grate cucumber and take out its juice. Now add cucumber juice in a cup of curd, mix well and apply it on your face. Keep it for 10 minutes and wash with cold water.




SENSITIVE SKIN

* Mix 3 parts pure water to one part natural cider vinegar and splash on the face. You can add some more water if this is too strong for you. This is one the affordable homemade toner & works great on acne treatment for sensitive skin. After using a cider vinegar toner, you can splash your face with cold water to wash off the smell.

* Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice into a few ounces or a small cup of water & pat your face with a facecloth. Avoiding eye areas, using daily will help lighten age spots.

* Make a cup of Peppermint tea by adding one tea bag to a cup of hot water. Steep for few min, add ice cubes & a drop of lemon juice. Then apply on your face using cotton roll

* Mix a few drops of lemon juice with a tbsp of tomato juice. Gently apply on your face leave for 3 min then wash your face. This toner help to shrink large facial pores.

* Apple cider vinegar-cucumber toner- Mix the juice of a cucumber with half a cup of apple cider vinegar. Apply on your face with cotton to get glowing and refreshed skin



MOISTURIZING

Moisturizing the skin has always been important, as a well-moisturized skin is soft and supple and reflects a healthy glow. A moisturizer works as a protective layer against the daily wear and tear caused by our lifestyle, it prevents drying of skin and helps maintain its elasticity - lack of which can cause further damage like wrinkles and fine lines.
Daily moisturizing helps in preventing water loss and in restoring the skin’s moisture and in enhancing its texture. It is advisable to moisturize each time you cleanse and tone, or specifically, once in the day and once in the night before going to sleep. Don’t apply too much moisturizer, as this will just sit heavily, and prevent your skin from breathing and will lead to clogged pores and blackheads.


FOR NORMAL SKIN :

* Grind few avocados in a mixer; add one teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and half a cup of curd or cream. Keep the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes. Massage your face with this mixture and wash off after some time.

* Take one cup of yogurt, one spoon of orange juice and one spoon of lemon juice. Mix them well and apply on your face. Then rinse off with lukewarm water. This recipe is apt for normal skin.

* Rose water mixed with glycerin is the best moisturizer for all skin types.


FOR DRY SKIN :

* Take 2 spoons of olive oil, half a teaspoon of lemon juice and one egg. Mix them well and apply on your face. In the end, rinse the face with lukewarm water. This homemade moisturizer is the best suitable for dry skin.

* Mix cooked oatmeal with 1 teaspoon of honey to apply on your face. Leave the pack on for few minutes and then wash off. Try this recipe if you have dry skin.

* Mix coconut oil, dark organic honey and lemon juice in equal measure and keep this mix in the fridge. You can use this homemade facial moisturizer for few days.

* You can massage your face with fresh cream or malai. It is the most popular and common moisturizer used since ages.

*In a bowl add 1 teaspoon of yogurt, 1 teaspoon of oil (olive oil or almond oil or coconut oil) and some milk cream and mix it well. Apply it all over your face and neck regularly for better result.


FOR OILY / COMBINATION SKIN:

* Pure aloe vera gel is best for oily and combination skin.

* Grind few avocados in a mixer; add one teaspoon of honey, 1 spoon of lemon juice and half a cup of curd or cream. Keep the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes. Massage your face with this mixture and wash off after some time.

* Mash one apple and mix this with ½ spoon of honey. Rinse off with cold water. This nourishing face pack is apt for oily skin.

Include these recipes of natural face moisturizers in your day to day beauty routine right now and see the difference!


FACIAL MASK/PACK

Homemade face mask can be made by using basic ingredients which are easily available in your store. There are many home made remedies for getting fair and radiant skin naturally at home and this homemade solution will surely help you get the wonderful results in a short span of time.


Gram flour face pack (All Skin Types)

Ingredients :
• One tablespoon Gram flour(Besan)
• One teaspoon lime juice
• One teaspoon turmeric
• Rose water for mixing
Preparation :
Mix all the ingredients and make a paste. Apply on your face . Leave it till dry. Wash your face with cold water. This home made remedy gives very good result for naturally fair and glowing skin. Also leaves the skin smooth and silky.
  



Banana face mask for glowing skin (All Skin Types)

Ingredients :
• Half a banana mashed
• One egg white
• One tablespoon curd
Preparation :
Mash the banana mix well the egg white and curd in it. Apply on face. Wash after fifteen minutes. Banana is best for glowing skin. It gives the effect of a parlour facial. Try it and you don’t have to go to parlour for a glow on your face.



Cucumber and watermelon face mask (For all skin types)

Ingredients :
•Cucumber juice 2 tblsp
•Watermelon juice 2 tblsp
•Yogurt 1 tsp
•Milk Powder 1 tsp
Preparation :
Mix all the ingredients and apply on your face for about fifteen minutes. watermelon helps in clearing the skin. It removes blemishes and act as toner. Cucumber juice is well known for its skin lightning effect. Yogurt softens and tightens the skin. Milk powder act as a binding agent as well as it helps in cleansing the skin and lightening the skin tone. This is a wonderful face mask for fair and glowing skin.



Oatmeal face mask (All skin types)

Ingredients :
•Oatmeal 2 tblsp
•Tomato juice 1 tblsp
•Yogurt 2 tblsp
Preparation :
Prepare the paste of oatmeal ,tomato juice and yogurt or curd. Apply on your face for 20 minutes. After that wash with cold water. It will scrubs away the dead skin and all the dirt from your face. This face pack will also help you to get fair skin.



Potato and lemon face mask (All skin types)

Ingredients :
•Potato Juice
•Lemon juice
Preparation :
Mix both the juices in equal quantity. Apply on your body parts that are exposed to the sun . Wait till 15 minutes and wash with water. This home remedy will lighten the colour of your sun tanned skin. Both ingredients have proven to be very good skin lightening agents.



Milk cream and Saffron face mask  (All skin types)

Ingredients :
•Milk Cream 2tblsp
•Saffron
Preparation :
Mix Saffron in milk cream and leave it overnight. In the morning blend the milk cream with fingers and apply on the face. The above home remedy will lighten the skin tone and give a very healthy glow to your skin naturally.





Honey and tomato face pack (All skin types)

Ingredients :
·         1 mashed tomato
·         2 tbls honey
·         1 teaspoon lemon juice
Preparation :
Mix the mashed tomato with honey. Add a teaspoon of lemon juice and blend all the ingredients together. This face mask act as an excellent cleanser . Lemon juice and tomato will lighten your skin tone and tomato will give you an extra radiance. Honey cleans the dirt from the skin and gives your face an instant glow.




Powder milk and almond oil face pack  (For Dry Skin)

Ingredients:
·         1 tblsp Powder milk
·         half tblsp of almond oil
·         1 tblsp lemon juice
·         1 tblsp honey
Preparation
This face mask is best suitable for dry skin. Mix all the ingredients together and apply on your skin. Wait for half and hour and wash with luke warm water. You will also get rid of tanned skin and get a fair and glwoing skin instantly.
  
All the above face mask for fair and glowing skin are very effective and used for years. Using these home remedies for getting radiant skin naturally at home is far more cost effective and also gives excellent results. 

 Writer Intro : 
Hey beautiful ladies and girls! We have a beauty expert here to share with us beauty tips and secrets. Nice na! She is my gorgeous sis in law Sangita Mothe. Couple of days before I asked her to write something for this column as I believe she is quite expert and owns really good knowledge about beauty, makeup and fashion. So check out this one. I am sure you will all like it. Let us know..

And Thank you Sangii for this piece. Keep writing! …

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