home kitchen items for skin care beauty

In today’s fast paced life, we often crumble under pressure because of situations we ourselves have created in our lives. Shoulders stiff with tension, aching muscles, frowning foreheads, stress, hypertension, blood pressure, sluggish looking skin and the never-ending trauma of premature greying and hair loss.

I feel that today’s women aspire to become perfect wives, hostesses and daughters all in one, a super woman of some sort. This super woman has time for everything and everyone except herself, and in her list of endless daily activities, her skin and hair care regime seem to figure somewhere last on the list (if they are there at all!).

Why should she give up on herself? I firmly believe that any woman, who has five to seven minutes to brush her teeth everyday, should also be able to take out five minutes a day for her skin and hair.
What is also important to understand is that when we are living in a world moving towards synthetic and chemical solutions, we are ultimately endangering ourselves. Synthetic foods are fast taking over fresh vegetable soups and wholesome nutritious recipes, quick solution chemical drugs are taking over Ayurvedic and homeopathic remedies, and attractive creams and chemical packs promising eternal youth and glowing complexions are replacing home-made beauty aids which were age-old remedies. One is forced to wonder if this is the future of our coming generations.In this article, I am going to take you on a journey through your kitchen shelves, look into those jars of lentils, cereals and spices, and rummage through your vegetables trays and fruit baskets so that the next time you can’t make it to a salon, you still know what to do.

Common Beauty Tips for You

Some beauty tips to get beautiful in the comfort of your home.

Adding to the glow on your skin

Take a little gram flour and mix it with some warm milk to make it in to a smooth paste. Use it as a body wash or a face scrub. Leave it on for a while say three minutes and wash it off with water. Sure enough your skin will glow with a soft texture written all over it. And guess what… the glow lasts for the entire day and your skin remains soft for a long time. Ensure you indulge in this beauty care often to keep your skin healthy and nice.

Reducing facial hair growth naturally

Tired of going to the parlor every now and then to get your chin threaded of that unwanted stray stubble? Take a spoonful of powdered turmeric and mix it with a spoonful of mustard oil. Apply it as often as you can on the area which harbors unwanted hair growth. You will see that your facial hair growth has reduced considerably over the days and your skin feels softer and relatively free of unwanted facial hair.

Reducing dark circles

Fed up of those dark circles that just refuse to leave your sight? Here’s solution to get rid of them. Firstly drink adequate water say at least ten glasses a day. Then slice up a fresh cucumber and place the slices on your eye and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Then squeeze out the juice of the cucumber and apply it on your dark circles and leave it on for a good 20 minutes. After doing that, wash it off with cold water. Repeat this procedure as often as you can. You will see your dark circles vanish in no time. Plus this solution will soothe your eyes and help in reducing the strain they have been through in the course of the day.

Diet / Juices Remedies for Skin Care

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Beauty Solutions at Your Home

You can find your storehouse of beauty aids and products on your kitchen shelf. I dedicate this article to all those women who want to go natural for the perfect skin, but don’t know how to.

1. Cloves

A traditional Indian spice that is used nearly in every Indian household, the power of cloves is extremely high and its usage widespread. It is a stimulating spice used vastly in face packs and tonics. Also, people who suffer from severe acne should use cloves in the following manner:
Take 10 ground cloves, 2 tsp fresh mint paste and 1 tsp gram flour. Mix with cold water and apply on the face. Once it is dry, wash off with iced cold water.

Because cloves have a stimulating effect on the skin, they make a wonderful skin tonic and astringent for the T-zone area of combination skins as well as oily skin types. You can make a skin tonic at home with the following ingredients:

Take 2 litres of water, 7 cloves, 1 pinch of camphor and a handful of fresh mint leaves. Simmer the solution until it reduces to half and let it cool. Refrigerate. This skin tonic can be used to wipe the skin several times a day and it helps reduce oiliness and refreshes the skin.

2. Cucumber

Cucumber is a natural toner and skin lightener. Cucumber water is used as a soothing astringent lotion to cleanse the skin, and is a wonderful summer soother. You can grate cucumber and massage it on your skin to fade freckles, smooth wrinkles, bleach the skin and soften your hands. Cucumber slices, cut and refrigerated, are fabulous eye soothers and can be placed on the eyes after a long day of driving. Grated cucumber and lemon juice mixed with two tsp of fuller’s earth can make a wonderful skin soother and anti-tan pack.

3. Lemon

One of my favorite citrus fruits – lemon, is highly underestimated and its bleaching effect and fragrance is great for a mood lightener. Lemons have a natural bleaching effect on the skin. A tsp of sugar and a lemon halve rubbed on the knees, elbows and knuckles regularly, can lighten the darkest of skins. Also lemon is a wonderful natural hair conditioner. In a glass of strained tea water, add the juice of 1 lemon and use it as an after shampoo rinse to add bounce and shine to dull, limp looking hair. Many women suffer from yellowish nails and I would attribute this to smoking and long periods of using dark nail polish without letting your nails breathe. Rub half a lemon on your nails daily for a week and watch the pinkish natural color and shine return. You can also dry lemon peel and grind it. Mixed with whole-wheat flour, almond powder to make an effective face and body scrub.

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4. Almonds

Almonds have an extremely high content of vitamin E and their usage both externally and internally show effective results. Almond powder can be mixed with oatmeal and milk and used as a face mask and exfoliator to nourish dry dead looking skin. A fine paste of almonds mixed with grated raw potato and applied, as an eye mask will help cure dark circles. You can also use almond oil to massage the eyes to reduce dark circles and a tsp of almond oil added to warm milk helps nourish the body internally. I have seen the most beautiful faces who don’t take care of their hands. Make a thick paste of almond powder, fresh cream and sugar granules, lemon juice and massage into the skin until all the sugar granules have melted. Wash hands and pat dry to see fair, soft hands in just 5 minutes!

5. Eggs

An everyday food item. The use of eggs in skin and hair is very wide. If you have fine lines setting around your eyes- nourish them away with the white of an egg. Leave this till completely dry and wash off with ice water. Done every alternate day, you will find the fine lines reducing within the first month. Egg naturally tightens the skin. Mixed with powdered masoor dal and milk and applied to the face and scrubbed off, it leaves the skin tightened and toned. This recipe also helps reduce blemishes. Eggs are a wonderful hair conditioner. Whip 2 eggs with a tsp each of amla, shikakai and reetha powder and apply it to your scalp like a hair pack. Shampoo after half an hour. Henna mixed with egg also conditions your hair and adds body bounce and shine.

6. Papaya

This fruit, also known as paw-paw is known to soften and clean skin. Frozen mashed papaya applied to the skin is an excellent soother for sun burnt skin. Papaya eaten at night followed by two glasses of water is an excellent laxative and cleans the stomach. If you massage the skin with mashed papaya you will find that your skin looks clearer and lighter, as papaya has certain enzymes that help soften and cleanse the skin.

7. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are acidic in nature and help to reduce excess oiliness on the skin. Take two firm tomato halves and rub on the skin. If you suffer from open pores, the regular use of tomato halves rubbed on the skin will help reduce open pores and clean the greasiest of skins. Because of the high content of Vitamin C and potassium, they also help reduce blackheads and nourish the skin externally.

8. Potatoes

Raw potato on the skin is an excellent remedy to remove blemishes. Raw cold potato slices not only soothe the eyes but also help reduce dark circles. Because potato has high content of starch, it is an excellent skin tightner and the juice of raw potato rubbed and left on to dry skin acts as a toner. You can grate raw potato; mix with lemon juice, oatmeal, fuller’s earth and milk to make an excellent cleansing mask.

9. Mayonnaise

A common salad dressing, it is made from simple everyday ingredients like egg, oil and lemon juice to form a powerful nourishing pack for dry dull skin. Smear mayonnaise over your face for 10 minutes and wash off to see smooth soft skin. Mayonnaise makes a fabulous hair nourisher for dry and frizzy hair. Massage a sufficient amount all over your scalp and hair and leave on like a hair nourishing pack for 20 minutes. If your hair is frizzy and dry, try this to reveal hair as soft as silk and with a gleam like sunbeams.

10. Sandalwood

Be it the oil or powder, this powerful natural ingredient is a winner for most skin types. It helps lighten tanned skin and gives you that glow you’ve always wanted. Sandalwood oil has sun protective properties and can be used before stepping out in the sun.

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