Secrets to an amazing skin

Let’s kick start the new year with amazing skin. Give your creams, facials and cleansers a break and go the au natural way to achieve a flawless skin tone.


Coconut Kefir
We agree that tender coconut is amazing but you have to meet its even amazing counterpart; coconut kefir. Coconut Kefir is nothing but fermented coconut water. But the kefir contains 15 billion CFU of probiotics, which is three times more than yoghurt! The kefir helps clearing your skin by removing the pathogenic microbes, which cause acne and hormonal imbalances. Also, the kefir is naturally sweet so this also helps in curbing sugar cravings.

Black sesame seeds
Wondering how our ancestors had amazing skin? Well they have black sesame seeds to thank for. These amazing seeds are packed with skin beautifying agents such as essential fats, oleic acid, amino acids, potassium, and fiber that it helps in restoring the skin’s radiance and elasticity. So, it is about time we started including these seeds in our everyday meal.

Where do we begin on this amazing root? They reverse dull skin by stimulating the lymphatic system and removing waste from our cells. They increase the oxygen-carrying ability in the blood by 400 percent, bringing brightness and vitality to the skin. They also help reduce the appearance of cellulite by strengthening the dermal skin layer. Let’s start gorging on this amazing root.

Starting your day with hot water and lemon to detoxify your skin is no beauty secret. The beauty of lemon is that it removes fat-soluble toxins and old hormones, which may trigger breakouts and worsen oily skin. It also emulsifies fats, which helps keep skin hydrated. Not to be left out, the lemon rind contains the flavonoid limonoid, which kills bacteria in the mouth and intestines, preventing bacterial-driven acne flare-ups.

Did you know that this red shiny fruit helps in preventing UVA and UVB damage? Along with providing the body with natural SPF, this fruit also helps in reviving dull skin and removing tan!


Winter skin care tips

The season of skin woes are soon approaching and this time don’t let the winter from robbing your fab skin. Here are a few winter skin care tips which will help you get rid of flaky, dry and chapped skin.


Ditch the soap!
Soaps have only one mode to them –extra clean, which results in dryness as it robs the essential oils from the skin. Just swap your soap with cleansers/creamy face washes. The cleansers do not wreak havoc on your skin like soap does. They gently remove dirt and excessive oils. And if you are big on exfoliation, then use a mild exfoliator during winters. Your face will thank you for this.

Say no to hot water
We know that in winter it is difficult to push yourself to take bath and when you do you love the extra hot mode. But this only creates problems to your skin. It is a fact that hot water doesn’t give moisture to your body. It takes away the protecting lipids and fat layers; as a result your skin feels dry and dehydrated. So wash with lukewarm water early in the morning. It will awaken your skin and keeps it fresh.

Moisturiser is the key
Right after bath, quench your facial skin’s thirst with the moisturiser that’s right for your skin. Don’t use water based moisturiser as it might dry up quickly when you go out. Instead use oil based moisturisers.

Get smoother hands & legs
Once you step out of the shower, make sure you pat-dry your skin and apply a rich moisturiser or body butter within the first three minutes. This helps to really lock in the moisture. Some parts of your body may require extra maintenance – specifically, your knees, feet and elbows. Apply petroleum jelly, like Vaseline, or coconut oil to these places. This will help give you that extra hydration.

Additionally, your feet will benefit from foot cream, which will hydrate your feet while you sleep. If the skin is really dry and rough, look for a lotion with salicylic acid, which helps to exfoliate dead skin cells.

Don’t forget the sunscreen
Just because it is winter, it does not mean that you can stowaway your sunscreens. Sun will still shine bright and the UV rays still have the power to damage your skin! So, wear a sunscreen with SPF 15 or more after you moisturise your skin.

Lip balms to the rescue
Chapped lips are a pain and you should resist the urge to lick your lips as this only worsens the case. Instead, use a lip exfoliator or soft toothbrush to remove the dry skin and then apply lip balm generously. Ideally, use a lip balm that as SPF 15+ component and tea tree oil, which can heal painful cracks and chapping. Don’t forget to use lip balm generously throughout the day.

‘Hand’le with care
Your hands are more exposed to cold air and water than any other part of your body. This causes them to be dry, chapped and red. Take care not to over wash your hands. Use lukewarm water when you have to and apply a hand lotion immediately afterwards.

Also check out this cool infographic which we found on Pinterest

Bridal Makeup Decoded


Bridal Makeup Decoded

The base: We started off with a moisturizer which suited the bride’s skin tone and then used a tinted primer to set the base. Later, concealer was applied to hide the flaws, foundation (which was an almost perfect match to the bride’s skin tone) and compact. This gave the bride a flawless and a seamless look.

Eyes: A base colour was applied and then cranberry coloured eyeshadow was applied all over the eye lids. Nylon coloured eyeshadow was used to highlight the brow bones. The eye makeup was completed with gel kajal, eyeliner and mascara.

The look was completed with a cranberry coloured blush and lipstick.

Hair Myths: Are they true?

We have all come across at least a myth or two about hair care. Such as, honey turns your hair grey or if you pluck out a grey hair, two more will take its place. But how much truth is there in these myths? Check it out:


Myth #1: Honey is not good for my hair
Believe it or not, Honey is a great ingredient to add to your hair masks! Did you know that it has been used for hundreds of years to assist in making natural hair easier to manage, style and keep it moisturized? Yes, honey does all this to your hair and much more due to its anti-bacterial and hydrating properties. Honey is a great option if you have sensitive skin and hair loss. However, do not use honey alone on your hair. Use it along with other hair masks, conditioner and hot oil.

Bottom line: Honey is good for your hair, but when mixed with other masks or oil.

Myth #2: Stress can turn your hair grey
This has always been a commonly held belief without any proof, but we’re getting closer to understanding it. Researchers from New York University School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine published a study in June which provided evidence that stress hormones can contribute to grey hair, via a complicated stem cell mechanism. However, it was a study done on mice and there are likely many other factors that contribute to going grey, like genetics and illness.

Bottom line: Might be true

Myth #3: If you pluck a grey hair, two more will grow
Each hair follicle can reproduce only one hair strand after being plucked, regardless of the color. In fact, plucking is a bad idea. Think about what happens when you over-pluck your eyebrows. Too much plucking will create a bald spot instead.

Bottom Line: False

Myth #4: Braiding my hair in the night can reduce my hair loss
By continuously wearing braids or ponytails will only result in pulling your hair and this causes tension and hence breakage. If the tension continues, permanent hair loss can develop. Hence, either sleep on a pillow with satin cover and with loose braid or keep your hair loose while sleeping.

Bottom Line: False

Myth #5: Going outside with wet hair when it is cold, can make you sick
We have all heard this one from a concerned mom or grandmother, right? Cold and other illnesses are caused by airborne pathogens like viruses and bacteria. Standing outside with wet hair won’t make you sick, unless someone sneezes on you while you’re standing out there, that is. However, you might end up getting a slight headache if your hair does not dry faster.

The Bottom Line: False

Myth #6: Your hair should be brushed 100 times a day
Sorry, Rapunzels as this is just a myth. Keep brushing to a minimum because if you brush your hair 100 strokes every day you only end up with hair loss and split ends.

The Bottom Line: False

Diwali skin care tips

The most awaited festival in India is just around the corner and let’s face it, as much joy it brings, it also brings skin woes. So ensure that you prep your skin before Diwali and continue your beauty regimen during and after Diwali to achieve a supple and glowing skin.


Water, water and more water
With all the preparations for the festivities, people tend to forget drinking water. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day as it detoxes your body and gives you a healthy glow. If you want to mix things up, then drink healthy fruit/vegetable juices.

Moisturiser and makeup
Nourish your skin with a moisturizer right after taking bath to restore the lost moisture. Also, use exfoliators to remove dead skin, so that the moisturiser can sink in easily. To protect your skin from dehydrating, use a moisturizer before putting on your foundation. Opt for waterproof mascara, eyeliner and transfer-resistant lipsticks so that the makeup doesn’t smudge and stain. Wash and cleanse your face and rub ice cube for few minutes to lower the sweating so that the makeup stays for longer time. Highlight your eyes with pastel colours. Pink, muted gold and lighter shades of brown are the perfect colours for this festive season. 

Limit your intake of sweets
We know how difficult it is to not eat sweets during the festivals. But you can keep the consumption under control. OD-ing on sugar and fried items will only result in skin breakouts, dull skin and weight gain. 

Protect your skin from firecracker pollution
Most firecrackers have high smoke emissions due to high magnesium and cordite content. These fumes and particulate emissions can settle on your skin and harm it, causing irritant reactions, chemical burns and allergies. Stay at least six to seven feet away from lit fireworks. If you have sensitive skin, it’s a good idea to tie a cotton scarf or dupatta over your face while lighting or watching a fireworks display. Most importantly, wash your face thoroughly with a mild soap and water immediately afterwards and follow up with a moisturiser. 

Indulge in face packs
Another option is homemade face packs or masks, a natural way to get smooth, supple and glowing skin. Use tomato mask if you have oily skin. Mash up a ripe tomato and leave it on your face for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. Use a banana mask if you have dry skin. Again mash up a ripe banana, add some honey and apply it on your face and neck. Keep it for 15 minutes and rinse with water. If you have combination skin, use honey mask. Apply pure honey on your face and neck. Allow it to set until dry, say, for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Daily maintenance tips


Back to basics
Wash your face as if it were made of silk fabric; using a gentle, circular motion, sweep cleanser upward from your neck and décolleté rather than vigorously rubbing and pulling. Applying too much pressure can yield a temporary rosy glow but can damage capillaries and stretch out skin in the long run.

Cut those sugar cravings
Women tend to crave sugary foods, which can wreak havoc on the skin and are said to promote aging by triggering free radicals, inducing inflammation, and damaging cells. Consider a low-sugar diet, which can keep insulin levels down, allowing cells to maintain a healthy balance.

Dive into water based foods
Hydrated skin can be achieved not only by drinking water but also by eating foods that are high in water content. Raw fruits and vegetables (and juices containing them) are an amazing way to increase your body’s essential need for water without lifting a bottle or glass. 

Choose the right product
If you have dry skin that feels taut and deposits flakes when a piece of tape is pressed against it, seek out creamy moisture-rich cleansers with soothing plant extracts like seaweed. Oily or acne-prone? Use a wash with exfoliating fruit extracts (papaya, grapefruit) or salicylic acid daily, and slough dead skin cells with a gentle scrub twice a week. If your skin is sensitive with patches of redness, look for a natural cleansing oil or nonlathering face wash void of dyes and perfumes.

Get the right fat into your diet
Don’t remove all the fat from your diet if you want supple, smooth skin. Studies show that diets with a good amount of essential fatty acids promote healthy cellular turnover, calm inflammation, and result in a supple, more youthful-looking complexion. Omega-3s are plentiful in salmon, mackerel, tuna, nuts, and seeds, so be sure to keep them on the menu for great skin 

Replace lost moisture
Estrogen keeps skin supple but declines over age, making additional hydration essential for a youthful appearance. Supplement loss of natural estrogen with plant estrogens, rich in green veggies like broccoli that also contain glow-getting antioxidants like vitamins A and C. Also search for creams with plumpers like glycerin and hyaluronic acid and use them twice a day regularly for best results. Even if your skin is oily, don’t skip this step, as dehydrated skin will only produce more sebum, exacerbating your issues. 

Wrinkle culprit and moisture bandit
A good sunscreen is important for sun protection as well as protection against moisture loss. The sun shines all year long, making an SPF lotion a necessity—even when it’s below zero outside. In winter months, look for a more emollient version—there are nourishing moisturizers on the market that contain sunscreen as a bonus—to provide a protective barrier against harmful rays and other weather-inflicted skin conditions.


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