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Monday, 16 September 2013

The good old home remedies (with regular updates)

I am sure all of us have to listen to a long 'lecture' from our mothers when we roam around the house with some face pack that we recently bought... I often find my mother telling me that all these creams that we use these days are just a waste of time and money and  "humare zamane main" we used to use "ghar ke nuske" (home remedies)..
 we love them or hate them but we can't ignore them. I do agree that they could be quite time consuming at times but we can not ignore the after effects, even the bollywood stars use home remedies for its benefits.

So this is one post which i would be updating on a regular basis.. and trust me if not your mother, least your grand mother would be happy to see you use some of these home remedies.
  • One of my faves for a fresh and exfoliated skin is lightly massaging a mix of oats and rose water, leave it on your face for 10- 15 mins and wash with cold water. (try different flavors of oats! :P )
  • You can apply a paste of grated cucumber and rose water for the oh so ugly dark circles
  • For the crow feet at the outer corner of your eye thats been troubling you since forever, just apply a paste of honey, ginger and rose water every morning for 10 mins and wash. 
  • For a fresh glowing skin mix 1 tbsp of milk powder and gram flour with 2 tbsp of rose water. apply it on the face and wash after 20 mins and you are ready for your date!
  • A simple thing that all of us can do who are pressed for time is take a little aloe vera pulp and apply on the face before sleeping every night. This helps in clearing the marks on the face if any and also rejuvenates the skin at the end of the day. However ladies this is not a over night remedy it will take time so please have patience!!!!!!!!!!
  • Mix 1 Tbsp honey, 1 tsp cinnamon powder, 1 tsp nutmeg powder  together in a bowl, then apply the mask to clean skin. Let it sit for approximately 20 minutes, then wash off with lukewarm water, gently rinsing in circular motions.
  • Mix 3 Tbsp milk (chose whole milk for drier skin) , 3 Tbsp honey and 1 Tbsp of raw oatmeal crumbled, together in a bowl until they form a thick paste. Apply onto the face and massage for a few minutes with finger tips. Wash with lukewarm water  and pat dry.
  • A soothing  cleanser. Boil a cup of tea (1 chamomile tea bag) and leave the chamomile bag in the cup to steep and cool. Peel, seed, and mash your cucumber (1 small cucumber), then strain out the pulp with a fork to retain the juice. Stir 2 tbsp of  honey into the cucumber juice, and add 1 tbsp of whole milk. Apply this mixture onto your skin with a cotton pad or washcloth, and use your cooled chamomile tea or water to gently wipe off the milk.
  • This is an easy facial scrub. 
    Mix 1 tbsp of powdered milk, 1 tbsp honey and 3 drops of lemon juice into a bowl and gently massage the mixture on your clean face in circular motions. Rinse thoroughly. Do not save the mixture since this scrub does not contain chemicals to prevent the natural ingredients from souring. 
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice (or any other citrus juice that you like), 2 tbsp honey, 6 ounces of plain yogurt and ¼ cup ground oatmeal together and apply it to clean skin in circular motions. Allow for the mixture to to dry and rinse it off with warm water. This is a home made scrub for the glow pre festive season.

cucumber should always be your "go to" vegetable.. its one of the best things for your face.
and another tip to keep in mind while choosing a face wash always buy something which has citric benefits in it like orange, lemon etc as they are the best for a fresher looking skin!
Most of us are not aware of he fact that soap or face wash shouldn't be used for a minimum of 4 hours after applying a face mask or even bleaching for that matter. Using the soap un-dos the same. 

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