There’s so much more to baking soda than just being an ingredient on a shelf in your kitchen. Its uses are multiple and diverse. If you want to know how to use baking soda to your benefit, you’ve come to the right place! Here are 7 baking soda hacks that will make your life so much easier. Have fun, ladies!
What you need: Baking soda, a ball of cotton, a spoon and a bowl of fresh water.
Difficulty Level: As easy as brushing your teeth!
Hack 1: Soothe an insect bite
Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it on the affected area to soothe the skin. Let it dry for 2 minutes and wipe it off using a ball of cotton after.
Hack 2: Freshen up your hands
To remove odor from hands, add 3 spoons of baking soda and 1 big spoon of water into a bowl. Stir well and apply it over your hands. Rub the mixture in your hands and rinse off.
Hack 3: Deodorize your sneakers
Sprinkle some baking soda in your old sneakers and shake them well. Let it stay for a few hours and you the odor will have vanished!
Hack 4: As a mouthwash
Mix one teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Stir well using a spoon. Take a big sip and gargle it for a few seconds. You will be left with fresh breath and a clean mouth!
Hack 5: As a hair brush cleaner
Add a tablespoon of baking soda into a bowl of fresh water and soak the brush in the solution for 20 minutes. Rinse your hair brush, and you’ll notice that your brush now looks squeaky clean.
Hack 6: Banish blackheads
Make a paste by adding a spoon of water in baking soda and apply it around the blackhead affected area for 10 minutes. It helps treating blackheads and makes them come out easily. Apply 2-3 times a week for best results.
Hack 7: As a dry shampoo
Take some baking soda and rub it on your scalp to get rid of your hair’s oiliness. This hack is amazing especially when you haven’t washed your hair for 2-3 days – it’s like the cheapest dry shampoo ever!
Does the untimely burst of pimples leave you feeling embarrassed? Are you tired of squeezing out the blackheads or irritated with dry skin? Such problems keep troubling girls, time and again. But, instead of going for natural ingredients to find a solution, many prefer to go for cosmetic resolutions. Neem is a natural herb that has many beauty benefits that often go unnoticed. So all you girls, read on as we tell you about the beauty benefits of neem, which are certainly going to surprise you.
#1. Treating skin infections
Boil a few neem leaves till the time they turn soft. You will notice the water turning green because of the discolouration of the leaves. Strain this water, and add some of it in your bath water. Regularly taking bath with this water will help in keeping skin infections under check. Neem leaves have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, and hence, they are quite effective on skin infections. It also soothes irritation and reduces inflammation without drying the skin.
#2. Addressing acne problems
The most favourite home remedy that has been passed on from one generation to the other is using neem to treat acne. To effectively put this to use, first boil a few neem leaves in water (as explained before). Now, dab a cotton ball in that water, and then apply it evenly on your face. You can also use a neem-cucumber or neem-yoghurt face pack to keep a check on excessive oil secretion by sebaceous gland.
#3. Used for flawless skin
When used regularly, neem works as an excellent agent to prevent wrinkles and fine lines. Use the strained neem water to fight the signs of age spots or aging. It works effectively on skin pigmentation as well. Strained neem water will help in lightening the acne scars and lesions caused due to skin conditions. Alternately, you can prepare a neem-rose face pack for a smoother complexion, free from grease and oil. After it dries off, make sure you wash it off with rose water.
#4. Remedy for dry Skin
A neem pack is quite effective in taking care of an excessively dry skin. Take some neem powder and add a few drops of grapeseed oil in it. Apply this evenly on your face and leave it on for a couple of minutes before you rinse it off with cold water.
#5. Cure for skin pores
Neem provides an effective remedy in tackling problems such as blackheads, whiteheads and large pores. To combat these problems, you will need to prepare a mixture of neem leaves and orange peels. Pound the two to make a pulp, and add a few drops of honey, soy milk and yoghurt to it. It is recommended that you apply this face pack at least thrice a week to notice results. If you only have blackheads, apply some neem oil on the affected area.
#6. Takes care of hair troubles
The antibacterial and antiseptic properties of neem come in handy while treating scalp problems. Neem oil helps in hair growth. Massage neem oil on your hair roots without breaking your hair strands. This will take care of your hair thinning problems as well. For dandruff control, apply a mixture of neem powder and water on your scalp, and leave it for an hour before you shampoo your hair.
Try neem, the magical leaf, to get flawless skin and gorgeous hair.
No Indian kitchen is complete without its dabba of roasted and fresh spices. It’s these very spices that add flavour and soul to a particular dish. However, apart from using them while cooking, did you know that they make for fabulous beauty ingredients as well? Making a natural beauty product using these selected Indian spices that can improve the texture of your skin, fight acne and make your hair stronger. So ladies, are you ready to put these to the test? Here are 7 Indian spices that help enhance your beauty – naturally! (Try them out today!)
1. Keep The Wrinkles Away With Turmeric
Did you know that turmeric is packed with antibiotic, anti-ageing and antiseptic properties? If applied to the skin, it could have positive impact! While it improves skin complexion, it also keeps the fine lines at bay.
Step 1 – Take a spoonful of turmeric powder and drop it into a bowl.
Step 2 – Now, add one tablespoon of honey into the bowl and mix it with the turmeric till it turns into a thick paste.
Step 3 – You can use a brush or your fingers to apply it on your face, arms and legs.
Step 4 – Let it sit for 15-20 minutes and wash it off with chilled water.
2. Ginger Can Help Fight Pigmentation
Skin blemishes and annoying sun tan are a few things we want to know how to get rid of quickly! While you may think the salon lady has the answer, you’re mistaken – you just need ginger in your life, girl. Ginger can help rejuvenate your skin and improve your complexion.
Step 1 – Grate one stick of ginger and pour its shavings into a bowl.
Step 2 – Now, pour a tablespoon of honey and a teaspoon of lemon juice into the bowl.
Step 3 – Mix all the ingredients well and apply it directly to your face.
Step 4 – Spread the gooey liquid all over your face, and give your skin a good massage.
Step 5 – After 5 minutes, wash it off with lukewarm water.
3. Garlic For Gorgeous Hair
Is your hair starting to look dull and feel brittle? If it is, you’ve got try using garlic. You see, garlic pods as tiny as they are, they’re packed with vitamin C and amino acids which help re-energize hair follicles and repair hair damage. If you must know, it promotes hair growth too!
Step 1 – Take a handful of garlic pods and dip them into a bowl of olive oil.
Step 2 – Leave them to soak in the oil for a week.
Step 3 – After a week, you can discard the pods and use the oil for your hair.
Step 4 – Heat the oil for a couple of seconds, and apply it on your scalp and give yourself a good head massage
Step 5 – Let it stay on your hair for about 5-8 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
4. Black Pepper To Ban Blemishes And Acne
Do you want to get rid of blemishes and acne naturally? If that’s a nod, get ready to make the best use of black peppers. From a beauty ingredient perspective, black peppers are great for skin exfoliation. It loosens pores, clears acne, removes blackheads and scrubs away oil and bacteria.
Step 1 – Make a paste using a teaspoon of black pepper powder and chilled yogurt.
Step 2 – Gently apply it over your pores and acne using your fingertips.
Step 3 – Wait till the mask hardens and wash it off with cold water after 10 minutes.
5. Coriander Seeds For Brighter Eyes
For bright and healthy eyes, coriander seeds is what you need. They contains antibacterial and antioxidant properties that help reduce itchiness and redness of the eyes. It also cures tired and puffy eyes.
Step 1 – Pour a tablespoon of coriander seeds into a glass of water and leave it overnight to soak.
Step 2 – The next morning, use the water as eye drops.
Step 3 – Keep it on for half a second and wipe it off with a damp hand towel.
6. Get Kiss-Ready Lips With Cinnamon
Believe it or not, but one of the main reasons for dry lips is poor blood circulation. Luckily, daily usage of cinnamon as a beauty ingredient helps speed it up. The heating effect of cinnamon helps push the blood to your skin and gives it a radiant look. This will benefit you immensely if you chapped and dull lips.
Step 1 – Crush two big sticks of cinnamon till it turns to powder.
Step 2 – Mix it with your lip scrub or Vaseline and apply it on your lips.
Step 3 – Leave it on for half an minute and wash it off with lukewarm water.
7. Cloves Can Give You Clearer Skin!
No Indian dish is complete without adding cloves to it. However, the same can be done for your beauty regime. This dried spice contains eugenol and antiseptic properties that heal skin, fight bacteria and remove blemish marks.
Step 1 – Crush a couple of cloves and pour its powder into a tiny container.
Step 2 – Add a tablespoon of honey and a couple of drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Step 3 – Mix all the ingredients well and apply it to your face.
Step 4 – Leave it on for about 5 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water.
We generally think Q-tips can be used only for ear cleaning, but they are capable of doing much more than that. Yes, you read it right! these easy to use Q-tips are quite eco-friendly and can be used for a variety of other beauty purposes. So, here are some smart beauty tricks with Q-tips that you can add in your beauty routine.
#1. Use as eye makeup remover
Dip the Q-tip in cleansing milk and use it to remove your eyeliner/mascara and the gunk that builds in the inner core of the eyes. All the makeup will come out easily.
#2. Use it for nail art
No more need to buy heavy duty nail art kits from outside. You can simply use Q-tips to make awesome designs on your painted nails. Time to show your creativity. Simply go crazy over nail art designs girl!
#3. Helps to thicken eyelashes
Every one of us wants to have thick eyelashes, and with Q-tips we can achieve the same. Once you have applied the coat of mascara, apply one coat of translucent powder by using Q-tip and again apply another coat of mascara. It will also help to keep your mascara all night long.
#4. Makes travelling lighter
These Q-tips will help you to get rid of carrying a heavy makeup kit. Use the Q-tip with your favourite eye shadows, keep it in a (Transportation Security Administration Approved) plastic bag, and apply it as and when required. Also, if you want to avoid carrying your perfume bottles, you just need to spray your favourite fragrance on a Q- tip and keep it with you. You can apply it later over your pulse points.
#5. Apply sunscreen in hard to reach points
You can use the Q-tips for applying sunscreen in the areas that are difficult to reach like hair parting line and ears.
#6. Helpful in applying medicine to the affected area only
If you have marks or pimples on your face, you can use an astringent containing salicylic acid and apply it directly on the affected area by using a Q-tip, keeping the unaffected area clean.
#7. Useful for hiding under eye bags
You can apply concealer with the help of a Q-tip for hiding the under eye circles. This would make your job of hiding the eye bags quite easy!
#8. Helpful in managing smooth eyebrows
To make your eyebrows thicker, apply olive oil directly with the help of a Q-tip. You can simply massage your eyebrows with an oil frenched Q-tip. Applying olive oil in the night and a little massage is the best key for thick eyebrows.
#9. Maximises the use of your makeup
Be it your favourite lipstick or your expensive bottle of foundation, Q-tip is perfect to get even the last bit of the makeup out of them.
Hope you benefit by the above suggestions. And, if you know any other such uses of Q-tips for beauty purposes, do let us know in the comments section below.
It is not just the lack of sleep that works as a beauty deterrent. From bad eating habits to irregular working hours, there are plenty other reasons that can play havoc with your skin. And, one part of your body that is most affected is your under eye area. Your eyes start looking swollen, dark circles appear and they might also become red. So, here are some simple and effective home remedies that will help you to get rid of puffy eyes.
#1. Cold therapy
You may splash cold water on your eyes, or keep a towel soaked in cold water on your eyes. You can also pack some ice cubes inside a towel and place it over your eyes. This will instantly reduce the puffiness under your eyes. Cold spoons can also be very effective in treating your swollen eyes. Keep a few spoons in the freezer. Place the round bottom of the spoon over the puffy area for about five minutes. You will notice the puffy eye look vanishing in the thin air!
#2. Honey dip
Take half a cup of water and put a tablespoon of honey in it. Soak some cotton balls in the mixture. Now, place these wet cotton balls on your puffy under-eye area. Keep it for 10-15 minutes for optimum results. This will reduce the puffiness and will also prevent your under eye skin from sagging.
#3. Cucumber slices
One of the most effective as well as the easiest ways to make bags under your eyes disappear is using cucumber slices. All you have to do is, cut cucumber slices and put them in the refrigerator. Once chilled, keep them on your eyes for a few minutes. With a regular usage, you will notice the under eye bags disappearing over a period of time. You can also blend cucumber, and apply this paste (chilled) under your eyes.
#4. Tea bags therapy
Tea bags can work wonders for puffy eyes. For this, place used tea bags (preferably green tea) in the freezer. Make sure that the used bags are dipped only in hot water, and not in milk. Take them out and put them on your eyes for approximately 15 minutes. The therapy will show an instant effect on your under eye puffiness and dark circles.
#5. Potato slices
Potatoes not only reduce puffiness, but they also help to bring back the glow around your eyes. And to make that possible, here is a simple procedure that you have to follow. Take a potato, peel it, cut it into slices and keep them in the freezer for sometime. Place the chilled slices on your eyes and let them stay for about 10 minutes. Rinse your face, and find your eyes as fresh as morning dew!
#6. Lifestyle changes
Apart from following the suggested natural remedies, these changes in your lifestyle will also help you to a great extent to get rid of those puffy eyes:
Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water to keep your skin hydrated.
Take proper rest. Eight hours of beauty sleep is a must!
Foods high in sodium content must be avoided because they aid in water retention, hence creating fluid weight gain at the area around your eyes.
So ladies, it is time for your beautiful eyes to do the talking. Simply follow these easy and effective remedies and say goodbye to the puffy eyes forever!
In today’s day and age surviving without beauty products is next to impossible. Living in cities can take a toll on your health as well as your skin. And with hectic schedules, daily visits to beauty salon seems next to impossible. So, you end up turning your beauty treatments weekly or monthly.
By the time you schedule an appointment, you start to look like Cinderella, before she went to the ball. Also beauty salons use products which are highly effective, but at the same time contain countless chemicals, which in the long run can cause permanent damage to your skin. So, here we are giving you a list of eight beauty products that you can make at home, that are surely better than your salon treatments.
#1. Lip balm
1 tbsp Almond oil
3 tbsp Coconut oil
¼ Grated beeswax
2 tbsp Cocoa butter
How to make:
Pour all the ingredients in a container. Keep this container in a bigger vessel filled with water. Mix it on low fire till it melts. Once it cools down, pour it into small containers, and use it daily.
#2. Makeup remover
3 tbsp Grape seed oil
1 tbsp Castor oil
How to make:
Mix these oils together, until they blend well. Store it in a bottle and use daily for best results.
#3. Face pack
2 tbsp Turmeric powder (haldi)
3 tbsp Honey
2 tbsp Milk
How to make:
Stir the mixture well, till, it becomes a thick paste. Apply it on your face every night before sleeping. Keep it on till it dries and then, wash it off. You can also keep this in the refrigerator.
#4. Lemon as a natural bleach
Lemon is the perfect ingredient for getting rid of a tan.
How to use:
Cut a lemon into half. Gently rub it on your face for five minutes. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then, wash it off. It may burn a bit, since citric juice in lemon works as a natural bleach.
Extra virgin olive oil is not only good for your health, but also for your skin. Massaging it on your skin daily, gives it a glow, and keeps your skin from drying.
How to use:
Take a few drops of olive oil and gently rub it on your body. Do not take a lot as you might end up smelling like food. Use as much as you require, calculating the dryness of your skin.
#6. Body scrub
1/8 cup of local raw honey
1 cup of Organic extra virgin olive oil
1-½ cups Brown sugar
¼ tsp of your favourite scent: lemon juice, lavender essential oil, fresh ground coffee or clove
How to make:
Mix all these ingredients in a large bowl. Keep stirring till it forms a thick paste. Store this paste in a container, it is not necessary to refrigerate it. You can use it as and when you wish.
#7. Razor burn treatment
Honey is a natural ingredient that keeps your skin fresh and plump. It does not get sticky when applied properly on the skin.
How to use:
Wet your finger. Put a few drops of honey on it and gently apply it on your razor burnt area. Keep rubbing till your skin absorbs it. Do not rinse it. Pat dry the area and you will find beautiful glowing skin.
#8. Natural pedicure
A tub full of water
3 tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp salt
How to make:
Mix the salt and vinegar in the tub full of warm water. Soak your feet in it for a few minutes. Rub lemon on your feet at regular intervals.
We are sure, these organic beauty products will keep your beauty intact. You can use them daily without fearing the ‘wrath of chemicals’.
It is a fact that women, have to deal with facial hair just like men. To some, facial hair not only looks unpleasant, but can also cause embarrassment. Unwanted facial hair, if in excess, can also make your face look darker than its natural shade. There are many ways to get rid of facial hair! You can bleach if you want to avoid the pain, and wax if you want to get rid of them entirely. But, many of the methods to get rid of facial hair come with their own side-effects. So, here are some natural alternative ways in which you can get rid of those unwanted facial hair.
Go for natural bleach
You can use many natural bleaching agents at home, instead of spending your money on expensive chemical ones. Here are some natural ingredients that are known for their natural skin bleaching properties.
Take a potato and slice it into half. Apply some water on its surface and rub it on your face. It will lighten the colour of your facial hair, and will make your skin soft and supple.
Take a slice of tomato and rub it on your face. Do this for five minutes and then wash your face. In a few days, you will notice your hair colour lightening.
Lemon Juice and Honey
Add few drops of lemon juice to honey and apply the mixture on your face. Rub it in the same direction of your hair growth. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then rinse it off. Repeat this procedure at least twice a week.
Take half a cup of papaya pulp and mix it with one tablespoon of milk. Make a thick paste of it. Then rub it gently on your face and leave it on for 10 minutes. After this rinse it off. This mixture serves as a natural bleach.
Homemade facial scrubs
You spend your time using chemical based scrubs on your face to discourage the growth of facial hair. Well, why not use some homemade natural scrubs!
Sugar and Lemon
Mix sugar (30gm) and freshly squeezed lemon juice (10ml), with water to make a paste. Apply it on your face and rub it in the direction of your hair growth. Rinse it off after 15 minutes using cold water. Sugar acts as an exfoliating agent, while lemon juice will act as an astringent on your face.
Ubtan is a popular homemade scrub. Mix chickpeas flour (besan), green gram flour, turmeric powder, rose water, and milk to form a paste. Then scrub your face with this paste for at least two minutes. Use this scrub consistently to get rid of your facial hair, naturally.
Another good scrub can be prepared by mixing turmeric and salt in some lemon juice and milk. Salt would exfoliate your face, and it will also remove unwanted facial hair. Massage this scrub for five minutes before rinsing it off.
Banana and Oatmeal
First, take a ripe banana and mash it. Then add some oatmeal to it. Apply this scrub on your face in circular motion. Do this for 15 minutes before rinsing it off.
Gram flour is quite helpful in reducing growth of hair on your face. Take some gram flour (30gm) and mix it with 10ml of lemon juice and a cup of water (150ml). Make a thick paste of it and rub it over your face. Some even believe that whole-wheat flour is also good as it not only discourages facial hair, but also removes unwanted black heads.
Here is a homemade cold wax formula for you that will help get rid of all the unwanted hair from your face. Prepare a mix of sugar (2 cups) and lemon juice (¼ cup) in half a cup of water. Heat it on a low flame and keep stirring it. It should become a thick brown liquid. Use it when it cools down slightly. Dust the area where you want to apply the wax, with some corn flour or powder. Apply it using a butter knife and place a waxing strip or a clean cloth over it. Now, pull it off in the opposite direction of the hair growth. After this, immediately apply some astringent and ice over that area to close the open pores.
But remember, whenever you make this mix, do not try it directly on your face. Always do a patch test on the back of your hand or arm first, to check its consistency.
Other than these natural bleaches and scrubs, here are some more ways to discourage your facial growth naturally.
Turmeric and Milk
Mix some turmeric with milk to make a thick paste. Then apply it on your face. After it dries off, rub it off using gentle circular motions. This would not only discourage facial hair growth, but will also leave your face glowing.
If you can stand the smell of eggs, then an egg white can also prove to be a good option for your problem. Add some sugar to it before applying it on your face. Let it stay until it dries off. Then rinse it off, and do remember to use a toner afterwards.
Take care of your face
It is very important to use cleansing milk, especially after removing makeup. It is always a good skin care routine to use a toner every time you wash your face.
Excessive hair growth can also be due to imbalance in your hormonal level. In such a case, you must see a doctor immediately, rather than trying to get rid of the hair yourself. Facial hair growth is sometimes caused by PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome).
These home remedies can effectively discourage and lessen your facial hair growth. We advise you to use these remedies over a period of time to see effective results. So, go on and raid your kitchen!
While cleansers help remove dirt and oil from the skin (a fragrance free morning facewash with moisturizer is simply the best), nothing but a good scrub will do when it comes to exfoliation, a must if you have to get rid of dead skin cells that clog up your pores. Invest your time in scrubbing your face three times a week to keep your skin looking eternally fresh and acne free.
2. Skin Serum secret
Many of us don’t even know what a “skin serum” is or how important it is. Skin serums are oil or water-based products that are loaded with nutrients, ceramides, glycerin, natural ingredients (cucumber, aloe vera etc.) and vitamins like C, K, E that protect and brighten spots and acne scars. They penetrate deep into your skin to keep it healthy and glowing. So what are you waiting for? Add a good serum to your daily skin care routine right away.
3. Acid toning is crucial
There’s no running away from alcohol-based acne toners anymore, it’s time to own them because they do exactly what you need at this age; give you a gentle, mild exfoliation. Toners might leave you a little pink or red at first because of the high levels of AHA (Alpha hydroxy acid) content, however, this actually helps in drying up hormonal breakouts and and also assists in exfoliation. However, the results only get better. Start with using one a few times a month and once you’re comfortable, use it on a nightly basis to get the best results.
4. Add an anti-aging cream to your beauty regime as soon as you hit 25
Getting your “beauty sleep” is vital for your skin and so is a good anti-aging cream if you want to keep that twenties’ glow. A healthy dose of moisture every day will make your mornings more beautiful than they already are. As a one-stop solution for all your anti-ageing needs nothing works better than Olay regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Cream. Along with rehydrating your skin it boasts remarkable anti-aging properties and also contains SPF 30 that helps block direct DNA damaging rays while maintaining your skin’s integrity.
5. Start using Retinol
Retinol is one of the animal forms of vitamin A, which is the king of all antioxidants. Using products with retinoic acid is essential because it helps in the process where the skin repairs and replaces itself. However, since there’s a possibility of it causing irritation among those with a hypersensitive skin, it should be used a few times a week before going to sleep strictly followed by SPF the morning after.
6. Time to regularly use Eye Cream
Eye wrinkles are one of the earliest signs of ageing and the onset can sometimes be as early as late twenties. An eye cream with caffeine reduces morning puffiness and those with antioxidants and retinol slow down the aging process. Use one with a combination of all three for best results. If gentle enough your under-eye cream can be used both during the day and night, depending upon the concentration of the ingredients.
Tanning is inevitable this summer even if you choose to cover up completely or plan to use a sunscreen. But a few simple home remedies like using cabbage leaves or exfoliating with almonds on the affected areas can help in skin lightening.
* Use Cabbage: These green leaves act as a miracle when it comes to sun tan. Place a few cold cabbage leaves on the affected areas. Keep them for 15 minutes. Repeat it twice a week for immediate effect.
* Apply Vicks: Take a small amount of Vicks on your fingers, apply it to the sunburn areas and massage gently. People with excessive sunburn use twice and others use once a week.
* Apply ice: If you have excess sun burns then this is really going to work. Take a few ice cubes, wrap them in a muslin (mulmul) cloth and apply gently to the tanned areas. In case of excessive sun burns apply ice directly to the affected areas. It offers you fresh and tan free skin.
*Use milk cream and saffron: Blend high quality edible milk cream with saffron, make a paste of it and apply it on your face gently and leave it overnight. Apply it thrice a week. This home remedy not only gives a tan free skin, but also acne free and fairer skin.
*Apply curd: Add curd, use it on tanned surfaces for about 15 to 20 minutes. Wash off. Do regularly to get rid of tan completely.
*Apply bottle gourd juice: This helps in overcoming the worst tan cases. Apply the bottle gourd juice to the tanned areas 3 to 4 times a day and you will see the difference.
* Apply masoor dal paste: To make this wonderful skin rejuvenator, soak a whole tablespoon of masoor dal and make a rough paste of it. Add equal quantities of tomato paste and aloe extract, apply it on your face and affected areas and let it stay for half an hour before you wash it off with cold water.
* Exfoliate with almonds: Soak almonds in water for three to four hours, grind them well making a mild scrub and apply it to your tan affected areas. This not only helps you to get a tan free skin but also makes your skin healthier from within.
* Use buttermilk: Add three teaspoons of buttermilk to one teaspoon of oatmeal, mix it well and now give its lick to your face by massaging in circular motion. This will not only help you to get tan free skin but also results in younger and blister free skin.
Roses are known as the symbol of love and beauty since ages. That is why, they have always been an essential part of the décor of most Indian weddings. But, the uses of this gorgeous flower are not just limited to expressing love or enhancing the beauty of a place.
As pleasing as roses are to the eyes, they are as gentle on a bride’s skin too. The calming effect of its oil, water, or just the petals, works wonder for a bride-to-be’s skin and scalp. And on top of that, there is also an infectious calming effect that this flower has on everyone, which makes it even more appealing. So, let us unveil some amazing beauty benefits of this lovely flower for our all soon-to-be brides.
#1. Works as a skin toner
Rose water as well as its petals are very effective as a natural skin toner. All you need to do is, soak some rose petals in water overnight. If you want, you can strain this water into a bottle or let the petals remain in it as well.
All our busy brides, who do not have time to prepare this solution, can simply buy any good quality rose water from the market. Now, all you have to do is, dip a soft cotton ball in this solution and wipe your face gently in circular motion. This will make your skin cleaner, brighter and smoother.
#2. Cures and prevents acne
Acne can be one of the biggest nightmares of any bride. But, you need not worry as rose petals prove to be an immensely effective remedy for this problem too. The antibacterial properties of this wonder flower also prevent you from various skin infections.
Make a thick paste by mixing sandalwood powder, crushed rose petals, rose water and a few drops of honey together. Now, apply this paste on your skin and leave it for around 10 minutes. After this, wash your face with lukewarm water and you will notice a considerable decrease in the redness caused by the acne and pimples on your skin.
#3. Removes dark circles
The hectic shopping sprees and various pre-wedding ceremonies might just leave you sleep deprived. And, as a side effect of this, you might even get dark circles under your eyes. While any bride would be sceptical of using a new chemical product on her face at the last moment, here is a natural remedy for this problem.
Just soak two cotton balls in rose water and place them on your eyes for 10 minutes. Do this every night before going to bed and the results will leave you amazed!
#4. Moisturises your skin
This is yet another incredible beauty benefit of rose petals for all the brides, especially the ones having dry skin. The natural oils present in the rose petals moisturise your skin from deep within.
One of the best options is to mix a small amount of rose water in your moisturiser. It will retain the softness and smoothness of your skin.
#5. Acts as a sunscreen
As going out in the sun without any protection is not something a bride-to-be can afford to do a few days before her wedding, rose petals have a very effective solution for them. Being rich in vitamin C, they are enriched with amazing sunblock properties.
So, to make a natural sunscreen lotion, here is what you have to do. Make a mixture of crushed rose petals, cucumber juice, and glycerine. And, there you go! Just apply this mix on your face and neck, at least 20-30 minutes before you step out in the sun.
#6. Removes dead skin
Rose petals can also enhance the radiance of your skin manifolds. While the accumulation of dead cells can make your skin look tanned and dull, roses can help you get your original glow back.
Here is how you can do so. Soak a few almonds and rose petals separately for entire night. Grind them separately the next day to make a fine paste. Now, mix both these pastes and use the mix as a scrub to get rid of the dead skin.
#7. Nourishes the scalp
Apart from flaunting radiantly glowing skin on your wedding day, you would definitely want your hair to be perfect as well. And, a flaky and itchy scalp is not something that will let this desire of yours to be fulfilled. Well in this case, how about providing your scalp with a ‘rose therapy’?
All you have to do is, rinse your hair with a mix of bathing water and rose water. Not only it will increase the blood flow to your scalp, but will also boost hair growth.
#8. Works well to uplift your mood
Amid so many wedding-related tasks, you might get quite exhausted both physically and mentally. So, why not use some lovely red roses to relieve you from all the tiredness?
You just have to add some rose petals in your hot water bath tub and relax in it for a while. Not only will the rose petals give you a soothing effect and reduce anxiety, but will also detox your mind and body.