Friday, June 12, 2020

Dos for Healthy and beautiful hair

June 12, 2020 10 Comments





There is hardly a woman who doesn't dream of having long, lustrous, and beautiful hair. When I was a kid I always dreamt of having long and beautiful hair like Rapunzel. And I used to get so mad at my mom whenever she got me a haircut as I always wanted long hair but my mom used to tell me that I was too young to take care of them but she gave in after my stubbornness and let me grow my hair long. Though she was right that long hair needs care and love as much as your skin. We pamper our skin with face masks, face serums, and whatnot, we try everything to achieve that perfect and flawless skin but we often take our haircare lightly which results in dull, dry, frizzy hair and even hair fall. I have experienced it all when I was away from home in a hostel during college. But thanks to my mom's never-failing haircare advice and the internet, I started researching what our hair needs, what should be done to keep your mane beautiful ever, thankfully with all this effort I was able to bring my hair back to life. But you don’t need to need to dig the whole web to know what works best when it comes to keeping hair healthy and beautiful as I have listed all the  do’s which you must follow for those perfect hair which you’ve always envied as every best thing demands best efforts:

 

  • Healthy Diet :

What we eat reflects outside. So a healthy diet is a must for perfect hair. If you're not getting appropriate nutrients you might end up losing your locks. So what should you eat to keep your hair alive? Here excess and deficiency of nutrients both are harmful to your hair. What you need is a balanced diet. Our hair is made up of a protein named Keratin so you need protein for healthy hair and protein can only be absorbed by our body if you are ingesting it alongside vitamin C. Consume nuts that are rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Biotin promotes hair growth, so you can consume whole grains for this. Deficiency of iron is also responsible for hair loss, for this you should consume leafy greens as they are a rich source of iron. Vitamin E improves the blood circulation in the scalp which in turn improves the overall health of hair follicles. It also balances the ph level of the scalp which prevents hair fall and keeps hair and scalp hydrated.


  • Hot Oil Massage:

Hot oil massage increases blood circulation in the scalp. It also relieves stress which is one of the prominent factors behind hair fall. It nourishes the roots from within, promotes new hair growth, increases the luster of hair, and provides strength.


  • Correct hair washing technique:

Don't be harsh on your scalp while washing your hair. You must not scrape your scalp with nails while washing as this is where hair roots are connected and this harsh scrubbing will only weaken them in turn increasing your hair woes. Always apply gentle pressure and massage for 2 minutes while washing, it will also promote blood flow to your scalp. Always apply a good conditioner after shampooing and never apply it on your roots but hair length. Avoid too much shampooing, 3 times a week is sufficient. As you might have noticed the more you wash your hair the more oil your scalp produces.


  • Correct  hair brushing Technique:

You all must be wondering whether you need a technique to brush your hair. The answer is yes. I have seen so many people brushing the wrong way. If you are also brushing from the roots to your hair down, you are also yet to learn the right way to brush your hair. You should always start brushing from the bottom of your and then move upwards towards your roots detangling the small sections of your hair. Combing from roots to the way down can pull the hair out of follicles, resulting in breakage. It is always recommended to brush your hair when they are in a dry state as wet hair is fragile and combing them results in more hair loss and weak roots.


  • Avoid sun exposure:

UV rays from the sun damage the hair cuticle, making hair dull, brittle, and discolored. The cuticle is the outer protective layer of hair which keeps the moisture locked in hair. Excessive sun exposure makes hair cuticles to open and this makes hair frizzy, dull, and lifeless. Make sure to avoid excessive sun exposure, apply a hair mask once a week, use hair products that have SPF in them.

 

  • Avoid heat styling:

Some so many people are into the habit of heat styling every day. But you must avoid this doing daily. As it can potentially harm your hair leaving it frizzy, weak, and dull. It can even cause hair fall. Make sure to use quality styling products whenever you style your hair. And a heat protectant is a must.


  • Regular hair trimming:

Regular hair trims will keep those split-ends and flyaways at bay, it makes your hair look healthy and pretty. Plus neatly trimmed hair gives you that bouncy and voluminous hair look.

 

I hope I have summed up all the dos for achieving those perfect hair. However, if you guys want to share some amazing haircare tips we are all ears and would love to read them in the comments section:)

Also, I would love to answer all your queries. If you have any please drop them in the comments, I would reply as soon as possible.

 


Saturday, June 6, 2020

Health And Beauty Benefits of Ghee or Clarified Butter

June 06, 2020 7 Comments




Ghee or clarified butter has been an essential ingredient of our Indian households for ages. According to Ayurveda, Ghee is the first and essential of all foods. Many Vedic texts boast of the usefulness of this golden nectar, it is considered very auspicious in Indian households and is used extensively in yagayas and pujas. My Grandfather used to love his Khichadi with a scoop of Desi Ghee. Our ancestors used to eat food cooked in ghee and lived for 100 years. But nowadays we have become skeptical of usage of this golden nectar and have started using refined oils in cooking and this is the biggest blunder that we have made as consumption of ghee has immense health benefits. According to Ayurveda, it works wonders for people with pitta dosha. Ghee is a powerhouse of nutrients and considered as an Aushadi in Ayurveda with immense healing properties if used healthily.

How is Ghee made?

Ghee or clarified butter is made by simmering the white butter until all the milk solids and sugar curdle and sink to the bottom leaving behind this golden nectar.


Nutritional Value of Ghee:

Most of us believe that fat is not good for our health but let me clear the air here, we need fat to absorb vital vitamins like A, D, E and K, fat works as an insulator and keeps your body warm. The fat you get from food provides your body with essential linolenic and linoleic acid which your body cannot prepare on your own and you need it from the food you consume. Ghee is loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids which are excellent for your brain and heart health. But always remember to maintain the balance as the excess of anything is always harmful so you must include Ghee in your diet in a healthy way.

Now that you know how magical Ghee is let me aware you of some of its other health and beauty benefits:



  • Ghee is excellent for improving vision as it contains vitamin A  and it also works for treating dry eyes. Netra Basti is an ancient ayurvedic therapy that is performed by an experienced ayurvedic practitioner. In this practice, a ring of dough made with special grains is placed around eyes and it is then filled with medicated ghee. It provides relief from fatigue, eye problems, etc.

  • Taking 1 tablespoon of ghee in a glass of milk at bedtime works effectively for relieving constipation. Research conducted by the National Botanical Research Institute found ghee to be one of the best remedies for treating constipation. Ghee works as an excellent lubricant and it helps to flush out all the toxins and waste that gets accumulated in intestines.

  • Ghee contains Choline and Omega-3 fatty acids which are extremely important for proper brain functioning. These are essential for the production of neurotransmitters and to increase the cognitive skills of the brain. It also slows down the rate of aging.

  • Ghee is also rich in cholesterol which we widely see as a culprit and tend to keep it away from our body but researches have shown that we need cholesterol for the proper functioning of our body like for hormone production, brain function, nerve function. It is the raw material from which our bodies make Vitamin D a key player for proper brain functioning. So ghee provides our body with good cholesterol which we should not shy away from.

  • Ayurveda says that Ghee provides us with 'Ojas' which means vitality or life force. Ojas keeps us healthy, stress-free, and lively.

  • Ghee contains butyric acid which is known to heal internal wounds like wounds in the gastrointestinal tract.

  • Vitamin E in ghee works as a powerful antioxidant and has immense hydrating properties which make it useful for topical application as well. Oiling the skin is known as Abhyanga in Ayurveda and ghee is very popularly used in this practice to rejuvenate the dull and dry skin, using ghee on the skin can hydrate even driest of the skin. Ghee has high penetrating power which makes it excellent for treating the skin from deep within and provide it with that bright complexion. You can also get rid of those stubborn dark circles around your eyes. Just massage a few drops of ghee on the affected area and leave it for 20 minutes and then wash it off. Regular application of this remedy will take your dark circles away.

  • The high penetrating power of ghee also makes it wonderful for hair health. You can massage your scalp with ghee and you'll notice your dandruff and irritated scalp saying goodbye to you. The vital nutrient and vitamins in ghee provide your hair with the required nourishment and promote healthy and beautiful hair.

I hope this article would help you to incorporate ghee in your diet in healthy ways. So keep enjoying this golden nectar in your delicacies and beauty regimen.  

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Reveiw of Faceclin Anti-Acne Gel

May 31, 2020 0 Comments

If you have oily skin like mine then you must be aware of the skin problems that come along with oily skin like large and clogged pores, blackheads, whiteheads, and acne. I have been dealing with acne since I was 15. I have tried so many products on my skin but none could deliver what they claimed i.e. acne-free skin. But recently my friend recommended I try Faceclin gel by Abbott. So I have been using this gel for about one month and I thought of sharing my review about this product. So If you are also looking for something to clear your acne out, you must give this a read.






INGREDIENTS:
1.      
  1.        Clindamycin Phosphate – Clindamycin is an antibiotic that works by reducing the bacteria causing acne. It inhibits the growth of acne-causing bacteria.
  2.   Nicotinamide  This is a vitamin with anti-inflammatory properties, it also reduces the sebum production which in turn helps in reducing acne.
  3.            In Aloe, allantoin base with Ethyl lactate



Product quantity: 20 g

Price: Rs. 159

Packaging: 

It comes in a white tube and has a shelf of life of 36 months. The packaging is very travel friendly.

Directions to use:

As prescribed by the Physician. Avoid contact with eyes, mouth, and mucous membranes. (These are the directions from manufacturers, printed on the tube itself). Store this at a temperature below 30 degrees and do not freeze. Keep this out of reach of children.

How I use it:

I apply this gel to the affected area at night and leave it overnight. Then I simply wash it off using a herbal cleanser in the morning.  Don't apply it near your eyes, mouth, and nostrils.

Side-effects:

Some people might feel dryness or slight flakiness on their skin. And you might feel slight burning on the first time application. But I didn’t face any of the side-effects. My sister uses this as well and she felt a little burning sensation when she applied it for the first time.

Recommendation:

I would highly recommend this gel It has worked wonders for me. It started showing results within a week and I could finally see my face sans acne after such a long time. And trust me if it can treat my stubborn acne it can treat anyone's acne. So do give this a try and share your experience with me. 

P.S. – Don’t assume this as any medical or professional advice as I have just shared my experience with all of you. If you have any doubt please consult with your dermatologist first :)





Monday, May 18, 2020

Home Made Natural Rose Petal Powder

May 18, 2020 0 Comments

Wild Indian Rose



When we think of a rose, we think of love, care and affection. Roses have always been a symbol of love. Its aroma is calming and soothing, texture so velvety that mere a touch will take away all your blues. But Roses are not just pretty, they have countless skincare benefits as well. Many beauty brands use rose extracts in their products. When we talk about beauty there is always one name that comes to our minds, Cleopatra, the Egyptian queen, she used to use rose petals in her milk baths and beauty rituals. But for this affordable luxury you are not required to be a queen of some kingdom. You can make your own 100 per cent natural rose powder at home.

Before we get into the process of making rose powder. Let me enlighten you with some magical benefits of Roses:-


  • According to Ayurveda, rose balances sadhaka pitta, it governs the emotions.
  • It has cooling properties which help in prevention of skin issues such as acne and rashes.
  • Reduces inflammation of the eyes and skin.
  • Promotes peaceful sleep.
  • Slow down skin aging.
  • It has antibacterial and antiseptic properties.

Now, that you are aware of some amazing properties of roses. Let me tell you how to make your own natural rose powder.

  • For this you need roses, as per your requirement. If you find Wild Indian Rose, that would be great as it is more beneficial than the one you'll get from the florist. You can find these wild Indian Roses in any herbal park or in a neighbour's garden ;-) 
  • But in case these are not available you can use the ones you find easily.
  • Make sure you use the roses which are free from pesticides and fertilizers.
  • Wash the roses thoroughly and take out all the petals from the flowers.
  • Let them completely dry in shade. Make sure you keep them away from sunlight. As it will diminsh its benefits.
  • Once the petals are completely dry, grind them to make a fine powder.






  • Store this powder in an air tight container.
  • And your, 100 percent pure organic rose powder is ready to use. The colour of the powder may vary according to the colour of petals.
  • Now you can use this powder in your face packs, scrubs etc


Hope you like this DIY rose powder. If you find this useful do share this with your friends :-)



Saturday, April 25, 2020

How to choose a face wash based on your skin type

April 25, 2020 3 Comments






Beautiful skin is something that we all crave for, we spend a lot of money buying costly products like serums, moisturisers etc. to make our skin healthy and glowing but we forget about that basic product which is the base of every skin care routine i.e Face wash. We tend to choose any face wash without knowing our skin type and instead of solving our skin woes it aggravates them. A good facial cleanser can remove dirt, oil and other impurities from your skin but at the same time it contains ingredients which are good for a particular skin type and harmful for the other. But you need not worry about this, here is a complete guide to help you for choosing the best face wash based on your skin type:



1. For Dry Skin :


Face washes are designed to pull out dirt, grime and other impurities from your pores, and a harsh cleanser can further aggravate dry skin leaving it flaky, dull and full of fine lines. So it is very important to stay away from face washes which are harsh on your skin. If you have acne then harsh face washes can cause micro injuries to your skin which can cause bacteria to enter and make your acne worse. People with dry skin should use a non-foaming facewash and avoid ingredients like Salicylic acid or glycolic acid which can dry out your skin. Go for a cream or milk based cleanser with moisturising ingredients and fatty acids. Use unscented products as fragrance can spur irritation and cause redness and itching.Use ph balancing face wash and use a face wash with ingredients like Hyaluronic acid, glycerin, ceramides, niacinamide etc.  Hyaluronic acid is excellent for dry skin as it holds water in skin and protects it from getting dry. It also reduces fine lines.


2. For Oily Skin:


Our skin has sebaceous glands that produce oil to keep skin soft and moisturised. But when excess of sebum is produced it makes skin look greasy and oily and causes breakouts. Fluctuating hormones cause sebaceous glands to produce excess oil, this excess oil gets trapped in skin pores causing nighmares like those pesky zits, blackheads and whiteheads. Thats when cleansing becomes extremely important for oily skin but it doesn't mean that you keep on over cleansing, it will only worsen the situation as now oil glands will produce more oil to maintain the oil balance of your skin. What you need is a right face wash with right ingredients to keep your excess sebum in check. As acne are  very common for oily skin use a face wash with ingredients like Salicylic acid, glycolic acid or  benzoyl peroxide these ingredients are known to fight acne and excess sebum. Avoid skin cleansers that contain oil in the ingredients.


3. For Sensitive or Combination Skin:


It gets very tricky when it comes to treating a combination skin. As you have to deal with two nightmares i.e. oiliness and dryness. Typically combination skin has a mix of oily areas where you will see a lot of shine, grease and clogged pores whereas dry patches on cheeks, jaws and hairline. So here you need to find a middle ground which is neither too harsh on oily skin nor on dry skin. Thats where cream cleansers come to your rescue as they are mild and gentle on your skin. They hydrate and calm dry areas of your skin and also remove dirt and impurities from pores controlling excess oil production. Make sure you stay away from ingredients like Salicylic acid, retinol, benzoyl peroxide as they are good for acne prone skin but these are not for everyone as they can irritate the sensitive skin and make it dry and rough.