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Drink up and say cheers to the healthy goodness of Apple Cider Vinegar!

Apple Cider Vinegar is a miracle potion for good health, glowing skin and fabulous hair! It is not the easiest thing to drink, but if you think of it as a liquid vitamin for your health, it will become easier to drink this bitter potion of wholesome and natural goodness! There are many reasons you should be incorporating Apple Cider Vinegar in your life, and most, if not all (there are so many!) are listed below:

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WEIGHT LOSS:

Apples are high in pectin, a type of insoluble fiber. This is particularly important because high-fiber foods increase feelings of satisfaction and fullness. As its name implies, apple cider vinegar is made from apples. Just like apples, apple cider vinegar is high in pectin. If you drink a glass of water with 1 or 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before your meals, the insoluble fiber with help you feel full with less food. The fiber will also decrease the likelihood of you binging on unhealthy foods between meals. Add these together, and you have the recipe for weight-loss success.

TAMES TUMMY TROUBLES:

The pectin content in apple cider vinegar helps treat diarrhea by forming bulk fibrous matter. The pectin also forms a protective coat for soothing the colon lining and intestinal spasms. Try mixing one or two tablespoons into water, or clear juice like apple juice.

PREVENTS INDIGESTION:

Sip before eating, especially if you know you’re going to indulge in foods that cause indigestion. Add 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and drink it 30 minutes before you eat.

HELPS CLEAR A STUFFY NOSE AND SOOTHES SORE THROATS:

Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink. This helps sinus drainage. When you feel the prickle of a sore throat, start drinking this magic potion. Turns out, most germs can’t survive in the acidic environment vinegar creates. Just mix ¼ cup apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup warm water and gargle every hour or so.

HELPS HICCUPS:

Since hiccups are often caused by either low stomach acid slowing the digestion of protein, or eating too much. Apple cider vinegar can be a great solution for hiccups. It restores the acid balance in the stomach and eases irritating spasms of the diaphragm.

REDUCES SWELLING:

Rubbing apple cider vinegar onto swollen hands or feet reduces swelling. A wonderful thing during pregnancy!

EXHAUSTION RELIEF:

Exercise and sometimes extreme stress cause lactic acid to build up in the body, causing fatigue. Apple cider vinegar contains potassium and enzymes that may relieve that tired feeling. Next time you’re feeling beat, add a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar to a glass of chilled vegetable drink or to a glass of water.

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RELIEVES NIGHT TIME LEG CRAMPS:

Apple cider vinegar taken diluted in water twice daily, will dissolve acid crystals in the blood and provide potassium, calcium and other essential minerals to the body needed to ease leg cramps.

BANISHES BAD BREATH:

Due to its acidic properties, apple cider vinegar makes a wonderful remedy for bad breath or halitosis. Simply add 1/2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into a cup of water and gargle the mixture in your mouth for 10 seconds at a time until the cup is empty.

FIGHTS YEAST INFECTIONS:

One of the best home remedies to treat a yeast infection is apple cider vinegar. Add 1 and a half cups of apple cider vinegar into a bathtub filled with warm water, and then soak in it for about 20 minutes. This should be done once a day for the first 3 days of the infection.

FOOT / SKIN FUNGUS RELIEF:

Just as apple cider vinegar can help kill Candida in the body, it is often useful against yeast and fungus on the skin and nails. If you have foot or toe fungus, soak the feet in 1 cup of apple cider vinegar in water or apply directly to the affected area. For skin fungus or yeast, apply apple cider vinegar directly. For children or those with sensitive skin, it is best to dilute it with water before applying to the skin.

CONTROLS BLOOD SUGAR:

The anti-glycemic effects of apple cider vinegar help to improve insulin sensitivity, which is essential to maintain the sugar levels of blood. Mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of filtered water and take 3 times a day to steady your stomach’s rate of digestion which in turn will keep blood sugar levels more consistent. If you are diabetic, consult your physician.

LOWERS BLOOD CHOLESTEROL:

Research has indicated that apple cider vinegar improves the lipid profile of blood by decreasing the levels of triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) or bad cholesterol, as also by increasing the levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) or good cholesterol. If you have high cholesterol, consult your physician.

RELIEVES ARTHRITIS PAIN:

The potassium in apple cider vinegar may be especially beneficial because it works to prevent calcium build-up in the joints, which is linked to joint stiffness.

IMPROVES BONE HEALTH:

The abundance of calcium, potassium, magnesium, and other vital minerals, makes apple cider vinegar a good candidate for maintaining bone health.

 BEAUTY BENEFITS of Apple Cider Vinegar:

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HAIR RINSE:

Acetic acid, the main ingredient in apple cider vinegar, will remove build up from styling products and conditioners and strengthen the hair shaft, leaving you with soft, shiny strands. It will also balance hair’s pH level, simulate the scalp to promote hair growth, and is a cure for dandruff. Dilute 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar in 4 cups of water and pour over your hair after shampooing. Leave it in for a few seconds before rinse your hair using cold water to seal the hair shaft and create more shine.

FACE MASK:

Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and bentonite clay, add 1 tablespoon raw honey. Apply to skin. Leave this detoxifying, deep-pore treatment on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

SKIN TONER:

Psoriasis sufferers praise apple cider vinegar for reducing inflammation. Apply a few drops to a cotton ball and rub on your T-zone or other dry spots to prevent breakouts and minimize blemishes.

SOOTHING BATH AND FOOT SOAK:

The next time you get ready to slip into a warm bath, add one to two capfuls of apple cider vinegar. It draws toxins out of the body, leaving behind toned and moisturized skin. Use apple cider vinegar to soothe aching and swollen feet.

TEETH WHITENER:

Gargle with apple cider vinegar in the morning. The vinegar helps remove stains, whiten teeth, and kill bacteria in your mouth and gums. Brush as usual after you gargle.

SUNBURN REMEDY:

Relieve the pain of a sunburn and minimize peeling by applying a wash cloth soaked in apple cider vinegar to the area.

ALLEVIATE AGE SPOTS:

Apple cider vinegar contains sulfur that fights the effects of aging, including age spots. Dab age spots, or liver spots, with apple cider vinegar every night before you go to sleep. Do not wash off the vinegar. If you feel a stinging sensation, dilute the vinegar with water. Wash off in the morning.

EASES VARICOSE VEINS:

Apple cider vinegar is great for varicose veins because it improves circulation in the vein wall and helps to ease the bulging and swelling vein so it is less noticeable and less painful. Combine equal parts of apple cider vinegar and your favorite lotion. Apply morning and night to varicose veins in a circular motion until absorbed. Depending on the severity of your varicose veins, you should begin to see improvement within a month.

NATURAL DEODORANT:

Most commercial deodorants are antiperspirants, which block your ability to sweat. Since sweat is one of your body’s natural means of detoxification, blocking your ability to sweat can block your ability to detoxify. Apple cider vinegar absorbs and neutralizes odors. Simply rub a bit of it on your underarms. The vinegary smell dissipates once it dries.

ACNE REMEDY:

Apple cider vinegar kills bacteria and balances skin’s pH level. It also absorbs excessive oil from our skin, which is a leading cause of acne. Mix one part vinegar to 3-4 parts water. Apply solution directly to your skin with clean cotton pad, and leave it there for about ten minutes. After ten minutes, rinse off the vinegar. Repeat this three times a day. For severe cases of acne, the solution can be used overnight without rinsing.

Note: Please consume Apple Cider vinegar in moderation, as advised by doctors. 

 

 


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Oats for breakfast, sure! But Oats for healthy and glowing skin, even better!

A hot bowl of Oatmeal is a healthy and delicious start to the day, but Oats also have amazing skin benefits that we should be taking advantage of. And this wonder food is just what we need to add to our healthy, organic, green and sustainable lifestyle.

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Face Exfoliator:

Combine 1 tsp of ground oatmeal, 1 tsp of lemon juice, and 2 tsp of yogurt and apply to the face. This scrub tones and hydrates the skin.

Cleanser:

Oatmeal is great at removing excess oil and dirt from the body and face, thanks to the saponins it contains. Their cleansing and exfoliating properties make oatmeal a powerful ingredient in many face scrubs, cleansers and shampoos. You can also use ground oats to eliminate excess oil from your scalp, which will give you an extra day or two between washings. Plus, oatmeal has strong anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to relieve itchy, uncomfortable skin.

Hand Scrub:

If you have a sink drain that can handle the roughage, you can make an awesome hand scrub with oatmeal, honey and a dash of olive oil. You can add in your favorite essential oils to make it more fragrant, or just leave as is. It’s great for sensitive skin because it exfoliates gently.

Bath Soak:

Oatmeal, best known for it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, is especially good for sensitive skin. It can be used in the bath for skin softening and very gentle exfoliation. Next time your skin is feeling rough from the harsh winds of winter, add a 1/2 cup of oatmeal to your bath with some lavender essential oil. Your skin will feel softer and the aromatherapy effects of the lavender will help you relax and rejuvenate.

Dry Shampoo:

Oatmeal works great as a dry shampoo as the oats absorb excess oil. Just rub some ground oats over your scalp and brush out the excess oats with a boar bristle brush. Voila, natural dry shampoo!

Hydration:

Oatmeal helps with hydration because it is rich in lipids. It locks in moisture and its proteins protect the skin’s barrier function.

Skin Reliever:

Oatmeal mixed with cool water can be beneficial for sunburn, windburn, redness, chicken pox, eczema and itchiness. Bathing in colloidal oatmeal (finely ground) can really sooth irritated skin.

Face Mask:

Oatmeal helps with acne because it contains ‘saponins’, which remove dirt from pores and are anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidants. Oatmeal is also very moisturizing due to the high level of healthy fat in it.

 

 


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What is Argan Oil and why is it such a popular beauty trend worldwide?

What is Argan Oil? Argan Oil is pressed from the nut of the fruit of the Argan Tree, which is only found in the semi-desert area of South- Western Morocco. The argan tree lives to be about 150 to 200 years old and does not start producing the fruit, which is smaller than apricots, until it is 30 to 50 years old. Because the tree is found only in a limited area, the oil itself is quite rare. Argan Oil is not made from a nut at all. Argania spinosa trees are fruit bearing, and Argan Oil is made from the kernel inside of the pit of the fruit. So this product is nut-free. The extraction of the oil from that kernel inside the fruit is done by hand is very time consuming. The fruit of the Argan tree is green in early spring and then turns gold and falls from the tree. At that point it is then picked up and opened. The outer layer of fruit is often given to local goats to enjoy and the pits are taken from the inside of the fruit. These pits are then allowed to dry in the marvelous Moroccan sun. Then the hard work begins. Each pit is cracked between two stones. The kernels are then removed, crushed in a mortar with a pestle, and then ground into a thick paste by hand with a stone quern. The paste is then squeezed to produce the oil. The solid part of the paste is used as animal feed or a type of soap.

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There are two varieties of Argan Oil:

Argan Oil for Culinary Use: One is for culinary purposes and the other is for cosmetic use. If the oil is to be used in cuisine, the kernels are roasted before grinding. This brings out the delicious nutty flavour in the oil. Roasted kernels produce a lot more oil than unroasted kernels. This is why culinary Argan Oil is less expensive than cosmetic version.

Argan Oil for Cosmetic Use: This is made from raw, unfrosted pits. It, too, has a bit of a green, nutty aroma when you first apply it, but that scent completely disappears within a few minutes. Beware of “deodorized” Argan Oil. The process used to take the aroma out of the oil is said to damage the miraculous abilities of pure, unaltered Argan Oil.

What do Goats Have to Do With it?

Morocco’s mountain goat, called the Tamri goat, eats the fruit of the Argan tree. The goats literally climb the tree to get to the nut. Goats find this fruit so delicious they are willing to climb the prickly Argan trees to get at it, sometimes even ten goats at one time! For a tree that only grows to be about 35 feet tall, that’s a lot of goats!

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Goats also damage Argan trees as they climb them in their quest for lunch. In the past, the pits from the goat’s droppings were cracked open and the kernels inside were pressed to make Argan Oil. The argan oil producers would then take the droppings of the goats, which had the seed completely undigested, and use that to produce the argan oil. While we’re sure that is still practiced today, some argan oil producers today are producing the oil, goat-free. The journey through the digestive system of a goat is not a necessary step in the process of making quality Argan Oil.

Argan Oil Beauty Benefits:

Argan Oil is the best beauty ingredient. Here are some easy ways to include argan oil in your beauty regimen.

  • Hair: Argan oil is a great product to calm frizzy ends, add moisture to dry hair as well as add a little shine. Apply to your hair while it is still damp for an all over treatment or apply just to your dry ends after your hair is dry.
  • Scalp: If you’re dealing with dry scalp, apply some argan oil to a cotton ball and dab your scalp with the oil. If you do this before bed, you’ll give the oil plenty of time to moisturize your scalp before you wash your hair in the morning.
  • Face: It might seem scary to apply a pure oil to your face, especially if you have sensitive skin, but it will become smooth, clear and radiant, all thanks to using argan oil as your daily morning moisturizer.
  • Body: You can use argan oil for a full body moisturizer, applying just as you would a body lotion or cream. Apply the oil right after you get out of your shower for best moisturizing results.
  • Hands: Argan oil is a great oil to use on your hands, especially on your cuticles and on your nails, if they are prone to cracking and peeling.

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Composition of Argan Oil:

Argan Oil is made up of unsaturated fatty acids, Vitamin E/tocopherols, squalene and sterols. Each of these components is unique and useful for different reasons. Some act as antioxidants, while others help with chronic inflammation. Some properties are even known for their ability to protect against skin cancer and for being anti-tumorigenic.


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Eating Cucumbers everyday can make your body beautiful, inside out!

Our bodies crave cooling fluids in the summer and instead of reaching out for sodas and artificially flavored drinks, we should hydrate our bodies with foods that contain a lot of water, like the Cucumber. Cucumbers have an impressive amount of water (about 95%) that is naturally distilled, which makes it superior to ordinary water. Its skin contains a high percentage of vitamin A, so that should not be peeled off and eaten as well. Cucumber contains alkaline-forming minerals and is an excellent source of vitamin C and A (anti-oxidants), folate, manganese, molybdenum, potassium, silica, sulfur, and lesser amounts of vitamin B complex, sodium, calcium, and phosphorus. Cucumbers are easy to eat raw and on-the-go, in our fast-paced lives.

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Benefits of eating Cucumbers every day: 

  1. Calories in cucumbers are very low and it contains just 15 grams of calories per 100 grams. It contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. Daily consumption of cucumbers is regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation.
  2. Cucumber peel is a very good source of dietary fibre that helps to reduce constipation, indigestion and prevents stomach related diseases by eliminating toxic compounds from the gut. It also has healing attributes in relation to the diseases of urinary bladder and kidney. The water content in cucumber aids the function of kidney by promoting urination. Regular consumption of cucumber can also dissolve kidney stones over time.
  3. Digestive problems like heartburn, acidity, gastritis and even ulcer can be cured by daily consumption of cucumber or cucumber juice. It can also treat the problem of constipation. It contains an enzyme called Erepsin which aids in the digestion of protein.
  4. Cucumber seeds are considered a natural remedy to eliminate tape worm from intestinal tracts. The seeds also have anti inflammatory properties which are effective in the treatment of swellings of mucous membranes of the nose and throat.
  5. Cucumbers are one of the best sources of potassium and contain 147 milligrams of potassium per 100 grams. This heart friendly electrolyte reduces blood pressure levels in the body and reduces heart rate by minimising the effects of sodium.
  6. Cucumbers contain a good amount of antioxidants like B carotene, a carotene, zea-xanthin and lutein. These compounds scavenge against free radicals that lead to ageing and other age related diseases.
  7. Fresh cucumber extracts are also known to reduce unwanted inflammation. It accomplishes the task by inhabiting activity of pro inflammatory enzymes like cyclo-oxyenase and by preventing over production of nitric oxides which leads to excessive inflammation.
  8. Cucumber juice contains hormones which are needed by the pancreas for producing insulin which is extremely beneficial to diabetic patients. Copper in cucumber also aids to produce healthy blood cells and improves blood circulation in the body
  9. Cucumbers are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These 3 lignans are strongly connected with reducing the risk of developing several kinds of cancer like breast cancer, colon cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer. When we consume these lignans, bacteria found in our digestive tract take hold of these lignans and convert them into enterolignans. These enterolignans bind on to the estrogens receptors to reduce estrogens related diseases like cancer.
  10. Cucumbers also combat bad breath. The vegetable releases phytochemical which kill the bad breath causing bacteria. Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of the mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds. The phytochemicals will kill the bacteria responsible for causing bad breath. Raw cucumber increases salivation and brings a neutralisation of acids and alkali in oral cavity. Cucumber juice can effectively treat gum diseases like pyorrhoea and weak gums.
  11. Hangovers and headaches can be eased and cured by eating cucumbers.  This is because they help to rehydrate the body’s nutrients and eliminate the toxins that are present due to the intake of alcohol. Eat few cucumber slices before going to bed. The sugar, vitamin B and electrolytes content in cucumber will reduce the intensity of hangover and headache.
  12. Cucumbers have mild diuretic properties owing to its high potassium and water content. It also has a good amount of manganese, potassium and fibre which regulates the blood pressure and treats both high and low blood pressure. Steam produced while boiling cucumber acts as a stress reliever and calms and relaxes the senses and muscles.
  13. Cucumbers contain 95% water which hydrates and replenishes the body by eliminating the toxins. The high water content in cucumber acts as a system cleanser and sweeps the waste products out of the system.
  14. The Vitamin K in cucumbers plays a very important role in strengthening bones by promoting orthotropic activity. The high amount of silica in it promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissue. It is also a good source of calcium making it perfect for vegan diet. Getting enough calcium also maintains the body’s hormone balance by controlling hormone release.
  15. Copper in cucumbers help people to make neurotransmitters, the family of chemicals, which brain needs to communicate. It also helps in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease by limiting neutral damage in the brain.

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Benefits of Cucumber for your SKIN:

Almost all hair and skin care products are manufactured using cucumber as one of its main ingredients. The raw fruit is also used in many beauty parlours in facial processes to reduce wrinkles and puffiness around the eyes. Some of the major skin benefits of cucumber are:

  • The greatest and most important skin benefit of cucumber is revitalisation of the skin. Facial masks containing cucumber juice are beneficial for skin tightening.
  • It has a mild bleaching property which can reverse skin tanning and get youthful and glowing skin.
  • If you are worried about eye puffiness then cucumbers can provide you with instant relief. The ascorbic acid and caffeic acid in cucumber brings down the water retention rate which in turn diminishes the swelling and puffiness around the yes.
  • Putting cucumber slices or puree on sunburnt skin brings instant relief. Thus cucumber is a natural and gentle way to treat sun burns.
  • The most common use of cucumber pulp and juice is to improve complexion and rejuvenate the skin. Mix cucumber juice with a few drop of lemon juice and apply it as a facial mask. This will improve the complexion and will add a glow to the skin.
  • You can also use cucumbers to treat open pores. Extract cucumber juice and use it as a toner. You can also mix it with apple cider vinegar, tomato pulp and Aloe Vera gel to make it more effective.
  • Putting cucumber slices around your eyes reduces the appearance of dark circles quickly. The abundance of antioxidants and silica within the cucumber can rejuvenate the skin and fade dark circles. Place 2 slices of cucumbers on the eyes and leave it for 20 minutes or you can also soak 2 cotton balls in cucumber juice and place them on your eyes.
  • You can use grated cucumbers to treat freckles and blemishes. Apply cucumber juice all over the face to treat freckles and spots.

Benefits of Cucumber for your HAIR:

  • The most important benefit of cucumber for hair is its hair strengthening properties. Cucumber in the form of the juice contributes to the hair growth primarily due to its content of silicon, sulphur sodium, phosphorus and calcium which are some of the most needed nutrients required for hair growth. Drink cucumber juice daily to control hair fall.
  • Cucumber juice can also be used as a hair rinse to get silky and shiny hair. It conditions the hair and makes it more manageable.

Consumption Tips:

Choose cucumbers that are dark green in color and firm to your touch. Avoid those that are yellowish or are wrinkled at either end. Thinner cucumbers have fewer seeds than those that are thicker. Store cucumbers in the fridge to retain their freshness. Cut and sliced cucumbers should be kept in an air-tight container in the fridge and consumed within a day or two.

Whenever possible, buy Organic Cucumbers as they may be waxed or  have pesticides otherwise.

 


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Natural beauty benefits of Olive Oil

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Olive oil has been a natural health and beauty choice globally since time immemorial. Its multiple benefits swayed women and men all over to use it in their daily beauty regimes, apart from using it in cooking and salad dressings. Indian Bollywood actress Chitrangada Singh is known for her flawless skin and lustrous hair and she is an ambassador for an olive oil brand. Italian born Hollywood legend Sophia Loren, who is 79-years-old, maintains her age-defying good looks with regular olive oil baths. So, if looking beautiful and feeling healthy inside out is what you want, a little olive oil on your face and body is what you need!

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Legendary Hollywood actress Sophia Loren and Indian Bollywood beauty, Chitrangada Singh.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF OLIVE OIL:

  • CHAPPED LIPS AND UNDER EYE WRINKLES: Forget lip balms and under-eye creams and swap them with olive oil instead. This will get rid of chapped lips and reduce under-eye wrinkles. Rub a little bit of oil on your lips and leave it overnight. To reduce the wrinkles around your eyes, massage olive oil into the skin around your eyes. Make sure that you are very careful and apply it delicately around the eyes.
  • DRY SKIN and SUNBURN: For people with extremely dry skin, using virgin olive oil as a night cream can help moisturize it. Apply a little oil on your face at night and let it stay overnight. Your skin will feel soft and supple in the morning. The regenerative power of olive oil also helps in stimulating the process of skin healing. It can be used to soothe and heal skin irritations. The same property also helps in treating sunburn. Just apply olive oil on the affected area directly.
  • STRETCH MARKS: Say goodbye to those dreadful stretch marks on your body with olive oil. Olive oil helps the skin regenerate and increases the elasticity of the skin. This not only helps in preventing stretch marks from coming back but also helps in lightening the ones that are present. Start using olive oil for hot oil massage on the affected areas thrice a week and see the difference.
  • MAKE UP REMOVER: Remove makeup the natural way with olive oil. You don’t need to spend big bucks on buying fancy makeup removers. All you need is a bottle of olive oil. Olive oil will not sting your eyes and is not harsh on the skin, especially for people with sensitive skin.
  • ANTI-AGING: The antioxidants present in olive oil, hydroxytyrosol, along with the vitamin E, help in preventing cell degeneration in your skin, thus preventing premature aging. The squalene present in this oil helps in increasing the elasticity of the skin thus preventing sagging of skin and leaving it firm and toned with a youthful glow.
  • EXFOLIANT: If you are have very dry and flaky skin, mix olive oil and sea salt and massage it into the affected area to slough off dead skin and enrich the healthy layer beneath it.
  • SUNSCREEN: Olive oil not only helps in treating sunburns, it also works very well as a sunscreen. Mix equal quantities of olive oil and tea decoction (tea boiled in water and strained) and apply all over the body and face. Leave this on for an hour. Rinse, don’t wash, so that it leaves a residue on the skin. This will act as a natural sunscreen for your skin.
  • MASCARA: People with sensitive eyes and allergies to cosmetics around the eyes can’t use mascara but that is no reason to not have long, fluttering eyelashes. Just use an old mascara brush and apply olive oil on your lashes with it. This will result in longer and shinier eyelashes, without any side effects.
  • HAIR GROWTH AND SHINE: Olive oil when heated, provides deep conditioning for hair, that leads to a healthier scalp and more hair on your head. Olive oil, as part of a regular hair care regimen, can help your hair and scalp reach their healthiest potential. Make olive oil for hair growth a regular priority in your hair care and see it bounce and shine.

 


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Rains play havoc on your skin and hair!

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The onset of the monsoon is a welcome relief from the sweltering heat. Monsoons are good for our crops and we enjoy the fresh breezes and wet fun in the rains! But the, every silver lining has a cloud attached!

This season takes a toll on your skin and hair. Greasy skin, acne and hair fall are just some of the issues. During the rains the skin behaves differently and attracts more grime and dust than usual. Take some time off to exfoliate the face, body and feet. Here are some holistic solutions to your woes.

Get ready to glow this monsoon!

Hydrate: It is easy for the skin to get dehydrated during monsoons, so use a toner that will provide effective hydration. Use it every morning and evening for maximum effect, to maintain the natural pH balance of your skin. You need to be extra careful about cleansing your skin without stripping it of its natural moisture. Use a cleansing agent which is gentle and yet strong enough to remove all dirt.

Eat & Drink Healthy: Remember to nourish your skin from the inside too – eat salads blanched in boiling water to disinfect them, vegetable soup which will keep you warm and healthy and drink the usual 8-10 glasses of water. Your skin is always thirstier than you are!

Face masks:

Wash and clean your face daily and religiously with a gentle cleansing milk which is rich in antioxidants and also helps remove impurities and dirt from your pores. Use a face mask at least once a week depending on your skin type. Face masks help soothe the skin, get rid of inflammation issues and breakouts.

Exfoliate your face with a refining polish using gentle circular movements. For optimum results, concentrate on problem areas such as dry or congested skin.

Face refreshers provide an ultra relaxing and fresh clean up of the face for both men and women. They whisk away all the layers of dead skin that pile up during the sticky monsoon weather with the gentle but effective exfoliating scrub, toner and masks, which also have mild antiseptic properties.

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Rinse. Pat dry and use a serum/oil on your face and allow to absorb. Use a face mask all over face and neck and finish with your preferred moisturiser. Use a facial mist that soothes, moisturises and relaxes your face. They contain sunscreen, minerals, antioxidants or other ingredients that nourish and protect skin.

The biggest problem that your skin faces is combating acne due to open pores and high humidity. The solution? Good old Indian neem. Most international beauty products now come with neem extracts because it has good anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Look for skincare products that have neem as an ingredient, or simply make a paste out of fresh neem leaves and apply it to your face. Or you can even have a shot of neem juice in the morning.

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Don’t avoid sunscreen lotions at all during the rainy season. As long as there is daylight, our skin needs protection from UVA and UVB ray.

Hair Care

Don’t use too much of hair products and use only a mild shampoo and gentle conditioner for the hair. 
The weather can make the hair dull, flat and tangled.

Use hair serum the previous night and massage into scalp as well as the shaft. The next day wash hair with a mild shampoo and apply a hair mask in the shower and steam. Rinse.  In the meantime, use a body polish and exfoliate the entire body concentrating on dry areas.
· Good and effective cleansing using a volumizing shampoo twice or thrice a week is highly recommended as hair tends to go limp in this season
· Conditioning your hair becomes twice as important during this season. Don’t shun it if you have sticky hair, instead opt for a light conditioner that is suited for limp, oily hair
· Keep the scalp dry to avoid scalp conditions like fungal and bacterial infections, which are more prevalent during the monsoon
· If you need to blow dry your hair, apply a leave-on conditioner prior to it
· Go easy on styling during this season. Excessive use of hair gels and sprays will only cause further damage
· Take time off from your busy schedule and book yourself a hair spa therapy appointment
· Oiling once a week would help but make sure you wash your hair well as residue oil can attract dust and grime, which along with sweat, can cause dandruff and even scalp infections
· Keep your hair trimmed and short during the season
· Food for hair – milk and milk products, nuts, soya products

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Body Care:

At home spa ritual: It’s extremely important to keep the massage clean and dry and it is imperative that one uses chemical-free organic products.

Foot Care:
· Effective cleansing of feet is very important as they get exposed to lot of grime
· Do not forget to completely dry your feet so as to prevent fungal infections
· Avoid wearing boots as these hold water for a longer duration, creating a soggy environment for your feet

A weekly foot massage is good. Our feet bear the brunt of the season. Go for regular pedicures. Begin with a mint and lemon grass foot scrub followed by a pure aroma oil massage that provides a protective layer from germs and infections. The stimulation of blood and lymphatic fluid circulation keeps the feet and body healthier.

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So although the sky may carry a gloomy cast, you can brush off your skin woes, with a guarantee of beautiful, glowing skin and toss your healthy hair at the lowering skies!

Just sit back and enjoy the season!

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