Everything you need to know about natural beauty products.
No amount of makeup can make you look beautiful unless you have created an inner glow of radiant health. Feed your body internally with anti-oxidants found in fresh vegetables and fruits and externally by applying nutritious packs on the skin.
Acne This skin disease is caused by excessive secretion from the grease glands, which blocks openings in the skin, giving rise to pimples. Apply a paste of one teaspoon mint leaves with one teaspoon of sandalwood powder and a pinch of camphor to the face and wash after 20 minutes with plain water.
Body Odor If you suffer from foul smelling sweat, pay special attention to personal cleanliness. Bathe twice a day with a good antiseptic soap. If you sweat in your armpits, dust them with boric acid powder, mixed with equal quantity of good scented powder of your choice. A glass of coriander leaf juice mixed with lime juice helps reduce body odor as it is rich in chlorophyll, which has a powerful deodorizing effect and also removes toxins from the blood.
Dandruff This disorder of the scalp appears in the form of white flakes in your hair. A good conditioner for preventing dandruff in any season is plain yoghurt. Once weekly, massage yoghurt into your hair, let soak for half hour, then wash off with mild shampoo. For dry dandruff, massage a mix of one lime and one egg white on scalp, soak for half hour, then wash off with baby shampoo. For greasy, sticky dandruff, soak egg-lime mix for 1 hour, then wash with mild shampoo.
Eyes Rest and exercise is very important for healthy, bright and sparkling eyes. Splash your eyes with tap water several times a day to remove impurities. To relax tired eyes, dip cotton wool pads in chilled ice water and place on your eyes for 10 minutes in dark room for an instant relaxed feeling.
Foul Breath The culprit here is tooth decay. Food particles caught in the cavities of broken teeth create bacteria, which gives rise to a foul smell. To reduce foul breath, wash and rinse your mouth thoroughly after every meal; gargle with warm water and salt solution both in the morning and night; clean tongue; avoid foods like onions, garlic and radishes. Peppermint tea, yoghurt and Vitamins B and C help cure bad breath.
Greasy Skin To reduce the greasiness of the skin, wash frequently with a good medicated soap and water. Avoid spicy, oily and junk foods. Consume fresh fruits and vegetables and fruit juices. Use chilled eau- de-cologne on the face as it acts as an astringent. Apply apple pack one to three times weekly. Grate an apple and mix a few drops of lime juice; apply to face for 20 minutes, then wash off.
Home Made cosmetics Effective cosmetics can be made at home from ingredients found in the kitchen.
Lettuce lotion for greasy skin. Extract the juice of a lettuce and mix with equal amount of lime juice. Apply to face and neck for half hour before bath.
Carrot tonic for smooth skin. To 1/4 teaspoon of carrot juice add one teaspoon of honey. Apply on face and remove after 15 minutes. Repeat once weekly for silky smooth skin.
Make your own oil. Grind dry coconut to paste. Cook over slow fire until oil settles at top and residue settles at bottom. Add essence of rose or lavender.
Itching To combat itching, apply a paste of basil and neem leaves.
Jaded skin To make jaded, tired looking skin sparkle, apply paste of 1 teaspoon each of ground oats , sandalwood powder, orange peel powder, honey and yoghurt for 20 minutes two times a week on skin . Wash with plain water and splash on rose water.
Knees For rough skinned knees, massage syrup of sea salt, teaspoon of lime juice and water massage on knees regularly.
Lovely Lips Unlike the skin on the rest of your face, the skin on your lips is not equipped with oil glands and therefore can crack, peel or chap. For rosy pink lips, grind a red rose to a paste, mix in milk cream and apply on lips. For peeled and cracked lips, mix pure ghee with a pinch of common salt and apply on lips at night.
Mane care Here’s the lowdown for healthy, thick and shining hair. Trim hair every three months, otherwise the split-ends will make your hair brittle, leading to breakage. Wash with mild shampoo regularly. Massage your hair at least once a week to encourage hair growth with four tablespoons honey, two tablespoon olive oil and two teaspoons lime juice. Let sit for half hour and wash with mild shampoo for healthy hair with shine and vitality.
Nails Once a week keep your nails free of polish to allow them to breathe natural air. Wear gloves when using detergents, as chemicals in detergents can give rise to nail deformities.
Open pores A good remedy for open pores is to rub half teaspoon of lime juice mixed with ¼ teaspoon of orange juice and milk on the skin.
Pleasant Voice Take a teaspoon of honey with a teaspoon of tulsi juice. For sudden hoarseness hum for a while, which warms up the muscles and lubricates the voice.
Quick Beauty Fixes If you discover a pimple on your face before heading to a party, apply your saliva on it. In a few hours the boil will burst, squeeze out the pus and clean the pimple with an antiseptic. Apply powder on it and then cover with a dot of black eyeliner.
For unruly hair, wash hair with flat beer, tie it up in a pony tail or a French knot.
Rashes Most commonly seen on elbows, face, knees and wrists, rashes start by inflaming the skin, followed by intense itching and burning. The main culprits behind rashes are allergies from cosmetics or food. 400 units of Vitamin E taken daily works wonders on rashes. Six tablets of Brewers yeast consumed daily cures itching and swelling and turns the skin smooth and beautiful. Sandalwood lotion applied on the skin once or twice a day also offers relief from rashes.
Skin care For glossy, radiant and beautiful skin you need a daily skin care routine. Apply a lotion of one tablespoon milk or coconut milk, a pinch of turmeric powder and a drop of almond oil on the face and neck in circular upwards movements using your fingertips and wipe off with damp cotton. Immediately after cleansing the face, apply chilled rose water, whose evaporating and cooling action causes the pores to shrink temporarily, serving as a skin toner.
Teeth For healthy teeth, floss regularly. Brush at least twice a day, once after getting up from sleep and before going to sleep at night. Eat foods rich in calcium, phosphorus, and Vitamins C and D. For bright white teeth, brush with 1 teaspoon salt mixed with a little soda bicarbonate and lime juice. Strawberries are also excellent teeth whiteners and cleansers. Just rub a sliced strawberry on your teeth daily.
Under eye dark circles The dark circles under the eyes are caused by blood vessels under the skin. Apply grated potato, mixed with lime juice and powdered milk, on the darkened areas for 20 minutes every day and wash off.
Vitamins and Beauty Vitamins aid the body to be healthy, attractive, slim and trim. Vitamin A is useful for maintaining a clear, bright and youthful complexion. Good sources of this vitamin are carrots, bananas, papayas, apples, mustard greens and leafy vegetables. Vitamin B2 not only prevents pigmentation of the skin and wrinkles, but also prevents early graying of the hair. It can be found in yeast, yoghurt, buttermilk, etc. Vitamin C is believed to make the skin appear vigorous and fresh and also mends skin tissues. Natural sources of this vitamin are Indian goose berries, tomatoes and oranges.
Wrinkles Dry skin around the eyes, the mouth and the neck gives rise to wrinkles. To remove wrinkles, every alternate day apply a paste of one tablespoon of mashed papaya, 1 teaspoon each of milk cream, honey and milk powder to the face and wash off after 20 minutes. Protein deficiency also leads to the wrinkling of the skin. Good sources of proteins are mutton, chicken, eggs, beans, lentils, soya beans and especially yoghurt. Two times a week also apply a banana pack. Mash a ripe banana into a paste, mix with heavy cream and apply on face. Remove after 20 minutes to reduce dryness and fine lines.
Xercise The best way to maintain your health and stay fit is to exercise regularly, which improves circulation, tones the muscles and improves lung functions. Stretching keeps the body firm and makes you look graceful too.
Cycling exercises all the muscles of the body and at the same time increases blood circulation in the body. Skipping exercises the whole body and improves breathing posture and also helps relieve tension. Swimming helps reduce blood pressure and relaxes and strengthens the whole body.
Yoga Yoga exercises not only help control a restless, turbulent and obstinate mind, but also makes the skin soft and smooth, purifies the body and enhances the immune system, so make it a point to do yoga daily.
Zest For a radiant glow to the skin, apply the zest of citrus fruits, such as oranges and lemons, mixed with sandalwood powder, yoghurt, olive oil and egg yolk, to the face for 20 minutes and wash off with water.