Sunday, December 23, 2012

6 Kitchen Cupboard Beauty Miracle Items

If you’re tired of shelling out big bucks for the newest exfoliating cream, moisturizer, or hair treatment, only to find that it doesn’t work quite as well as you’d hoped, it may be time to think about making a few of your beauty treatments yourself. It’s easier than you’d think to whip up skin care products, hair conditioners, and more –- all in the comfort of your own kitchen. Even better, most homemade beauty products cost only pennies, and use ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen anyway.
So ditch the expensive salon brands, skip the drugstore, and head to your kitchen cabinets to start caring for your face, hair, and skin with these 8 items you already have in your cupboard. Your wallet will thank you!
Honey  – This natural sweetener is also highly useful as a health and beauty aid. For the best results, be sure to get pure honey, not a honey-flavored syrup. Honey helps your skin retain and balance moisture when applied as a face mask. Honey also helps soothe the hair follicles, keeping your hair soft and shiny when the sweet stuff is applied as a hair treatment. Of course, if you get really desperate you can always use it to sweeten your tea, but we’re betting that once you start taking advantage of its many beauty uses, you won’t have any trouble going through a bottle of honey in no time.
Lemon Juice – Juice that has been freshly squeezed from a lemon works well to fade or reduce skin spots and blemishes. Allow the juice to dry on your skin, then rinse with water. Lemon juice also works well for applying natural highlights to blonde or light brown hair -– spray the juice on with a spray bottle in the area where you’d like to add highlights. A word to the wise: This will not work if you have dark brown or black hair; your hair may change color, but it won’t be in a way that you want. (Unless dark red cheetah spots are your thing?)
Knox Gelatin – For high-powered blackhead remover, mix plain gelatin with enough water to make a paste. Using an old paint brush, quickly apply the paste to areas of your face that are prone to blackheads. Allow to dry for twenty to thirty minutes, then peel the gelatin off your face. Voila! Silky smooth, blemish free skin -– without paying the high cost of pore strips.
Coffee – If you need to shrink pores and exfoliate while giving your skin a healthy glow, look no further than your morning pot of java. No more than twenty minutes after brewing, pull several tablespoons of the grounds from your filter, then mix them with a natural liquid ingredient such as plain yogurt, honey, or olive oil. Rub the mixture in small circles on your face, scrubbing each area gently to remove blackheads, dead skin, makeup, and dirt. Once you’ve scrubbed your entire face, rinse gently with warm water, then wash with your favorite cleanser.
Tea Bags – Don’t toss that tea bag the next time you brew yourself a cup. Instead, use it to soothe an angry sunburn. If you’re not burned, remember that the tannins in tea can also help to brighten brown hair and hide any greys that may be peeking through.
Oats  – Oatmeal is good for soothing and exfoliating the skin. If you’re tired of paying $10-12 for a bottle of exfoliating facial cleanser, we’ve got some good news for you. It only takes a few minutes to mix up a recipe for one of these easy-to-use homemade scrubs, using simple ingredients from your kitchen. Oatmeal scrubs are a quick way to remove dry, dead skin and regulate oil production. Your skin will be left smooth, clean, and healthy, and you’ll finally have a use for oatmeal (other than making cookies).


The ultimate facercise: Forget Botox, nips and tucks... in just six days you can get a younger, firmer face - naturally


Could this signal the end of cosmetic surgery? Facial exercise guru Carole Maggio says you can smooth away wrinkles, refresh your eyes, sculpt your neck and jawline, and even plump up your pout naturally.
And all you have to do is follow her simple eight-minute facial workout twice a day.
And what’s more, Maggio claims, if you follow her Ultimate Facercise programme, you’ll see a noticeable improvement in just six days.
Rejuvenating: Carole Maggio claims that if you do an eight minute facial workout twice a day you'll notice results in less than a week
Rejuvenating: Carole Maggio claims that if you do an eight minute facial workout twice a day you'll notice results in less than a week
Here, Carole, explains her method for rejuvenating skin . . .
‘I first began experimenting with facial exercises 27 years ago, after a botched cosmetic operation on my nose completely altered my appearance and left me looking much older than my  36 years.  I was working as a beauty therapist at that time — running my own skin care clinic — and I lost all confidence in the way I looked after that operation.
‘Of course, I could have had my nose re-worked, but the whole experience had made me so wary of cosmetic surgery that I decided to try to find a more natural approach to improve my looks instead.
‘After experimenting with facial massage and facial exercises, I came up with a programme that made a dramatic difference to the shape, tone and texture of my face — and it wasn’t long before my friends and workmates noticed the amazing results, too.
‘With regular exercise, my face really did look younger and more radiant — even the unattractive dent in my nose was less evident. And so the Facercise programme was born.
‘My first Facercise book was an international bestseller — and, over the years, I have regularly improved my programme to include the latest science and create a faster, even more efficient workout.
Botox was first approved in 1989 to treat uncontrollable blinking and misaligned eyes
‘Working the facial muscles against a resistance — such as pressure from your fingers — works in the same way that lifting weights can change the shape of your body and your skin tone.
‘By stretching and strengthening the muscles in your face through the series of carefully targeted exercises detailed here — in this exclusive extract from my new book, Ultimate Facercise — I show you how you can literally open up the entire eye area, soften dark circles and wrinkles, define and lift your cheeks — even turn the coners of your mouth up and firm your neck and jawline, all in record time.’
So, what are you waiting for?
For the best results, follow the exercises here and repeat the entire eight-minute programme, all the way through, just twice a day — no more, no less.
Please remember that in the case of facial exercise, less really is more. Overwork the face with too many repetitions and you may end up with a taut, tired look, rather than a plump, youthful glow.
Be consistent, patient and stick to the plan and you should start to notice improvements within a week.
After that, it’s simply a matter of keeping up the good work if you want to look years younger than you really are.


The Eye Opener
WHAT IT CLAIMS TO DO: Tones the upper and lower eyelids and reduces under-eye puffiness, making your eyes appear larger, younger and more alert.
METHOD: Place your index fingers together between your brows, then wrap your thumbs lightly around the outer-eye corners, as if you have a pair of sunglasses around your eyes. Squeeze your eyes tightly shut while pulling your two index fingers up slightly between your brows and pulling your thumbs out towards the top of your ears as you do so. Keep your eyes tightly shut — and keep pulling up and out with your fingers so the muscles around your eyes are working continuously against the pressure from your fingers for a count of 40 seconds.
The Furrow Smoother
WHAT IT CLAIMS TO DO: Raises the brow and diminishes hooding of the upper eyelids. Also smoothes out vertical lines between the brows and furrows across the forehead.
METHOD: Spread your fingers across the centre of your forehead. Now pull your fingertips down against your brows as you push your eyebrows up, creating a tension in your forehead muscles. Keep your eyebrows pushed up and fingers pulling down for the count of 30 seconds. Do the Furrow Smoother twice daily. For heavy lines, repeat three times a day. I also suggest sleeping at night with surgical tape over the forehead lines — this allows the muscles to relax while dreaming, and you will quickly see softened lines when you wake up.

The lower eyelid lifter
WHAT IT CLAIMS TO DO: Firms the eye muscles to diminish dark circles and reduce under-eye puffiness. 
METHOD: You can do this exercise sitting up or lying down. Place your index fingers lightly at your outer eye corners — where you can still feel the lower lashes. Now make a strong squint up with your lower eyelids. You should be able to feel the outer eye muscles pulse. Look up to the ceiling. Push your face forward and your shoulders back for resistance — you can push your feet into the floor for added resistance. Hold this squint for a count of 40 seconds. Perform the Lower Eyelid Lifter twice a day. However, if you have excessive under-eye puffiness, repeat this exercise three times.
The Cheek Energiser
WHAT IT CLAIMS TO DO: Lifts the facial muscles which give shape to the cheeks — and helps to fill out hollows under the eyes. 
METHOD: Place an index finger lightly on the top of each cheek. Now smile with the middle of your upper lip while thinking of the expression ‘Ewww’ (the sound you might make if you had just smelled something revolting) — pulling the top lip flat against your teeth. Keep your upper and lower lips firmly pulling away from each other (use your lips rather than your jaw hinge to do this) and feel your cheeks move under your index fingers. Repeat this smile and release, thinking of the expression ‘Ewww’,  20 times.

The Nose transformer
WHAT IT CLAIMS TO DO: The nose continues to grow as we get older, which can age the face. This exercise will help it to retain a youthful, firmer shape. A well-toned nose can even disguise small nose imperfections, such as a bump or hollow.
METHOD: Grasp the bridge of your nose with your thumb and index finger, and push your thumb and index finger in towards your face. Push your nose tip up firmly with your other index finger. Flex the muscles in your nose downwards at the same time, by pulling your upper lip down over your teeth. Hold for a second then release the lip. Repeat the exercise 40 times. You should feel your nose tip push against your finger each time.
The Lip lift
WHAT IT CLAIMS TO DO: The corners of the mouth droop with age. This firms them up.
METHOD: Press your lips together then pull the corners of your mouth in tightly. Hold this expression and tap your index fingers at the corners of your mouth. Move your fingers up and down at the corners of your mouth as you visualise your mouth corners moving up and down until you experience a burning sensation in the muscles at either side of your mouth. Pulse your index fingers up and down quickly for a count of 40 seconds to intensify the burn, working the muscles to their maximum capacity. At the end of the exercise, keep your lips together and blow between them, making sure that you vibrate your lips to release any tension.

The Lip plumper
WHAT IT CLAIMS TO DO: Makes the mouth look fuller, younger and firmer without the expense of costly fillers.
METHOD: Curl your upper lip under itself, pressing it up against your gums. Hold it in place with your index finger then press the centre of your upper lip with your other index finger. Visualise crushing a ball in the centre of your lip, slowly pulling your finger away each time. When you start to feel a burn, rub your lip with 20 quick circular motions. Now repeat the exercise, but use your thumb and index finger to press and release at either corner of your mouth simultaneously. Once you feel a burn in the corners, make 20 quick circles over the areas with your thumb and index finger.
The Nasal plumper
WHAT IT CLAIMS TO DO: This exercise will help to plump out and smooth the deep lines that can form from the nostrils down to the corners of the mouth. 
METHOD: Keeping your upper lip pressing against your teeth — make a long narrow ‘O’ shape with your mouth. Now place your index fingers at the corners of your mouth, then very slowly move your fingers up the naso-labial lines from your mouth corners to your nose corners. Once you get to the nose, move your fingers very slowly down towards the corners of your mouth again. Keep repeating up and down until you feel a burn in the naso-labial line — then pulse your fingers up and down quickly for a final count of 30 seconds.
The Jaw Toner
WHAT IT CLAIMS TO DO: This simple exercise will strengthen a sagging jaw line, giving extra lift and tone and  more definition — getting rid of that hard-to-shift double chin.
METHOD: Open your mouth and roll your lower lip over your bottom teeth. Make a small mouth — not a smile. Keep your upper lip pressing against your teeth. Slowly open and close your mouth five times, as if your mouth corners and chin are connected and working together to close your mouth. Hold the final position with your mouth closed for a few seconds, then pull your chin up towards the ceiling another centimetre — and hold the position once more.
The Neck and Chin lift
WHAT IT CLAIMS TO DO: Firms the chin, neck and jawline, helping double chins to disappear.
METHOD: Place one hand on the front of your neck with light pressure, and spread the other out just in front of you, palm flat on a wall. Point your chin to the ceiling and smile strongly, pushing out your tongue and curling it towards your nose. Holding this expression, push away from the wall with your hand quickly as if you were in a rocking chair. Push away and rock back 30 times. Turn your head to the right (keeping your chin up and your tongue curled up, and your other hand on your neck) — and look over your shoulder. Rock 30 times, then repeat looking over your left shoulder.

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Top 5 Beauty Tips to Regain Your Youthful Look

continued from For a Glowing Perfect wrinkle free Skin

Follow and Maintain the Nutritious Diet: Always follow and maintain the healthy diet in order to keep yourself healthy and thereby making your skin young and glowing. Eat lots of fresh vegetables, fruits and drink maximum amount of water to keep your skin healthy.

Exercise Exercise Exercise (if  even for ten minutes a day) or Dance:)

Exercise Regularly: Doing regular physical activity like brisk walking or running or playing games will help improve your health and makes your skin look young and healthy. With the help of regular exercise, you as you grow old, it will help you to stay young and healthy.

Have a Good Sleep: Every individual needs at least 8 hours of sleep in order to keep the body fresh and fully recharged. In case if you suffer from lack of sleep then in the long run you will develop dark circles under your eyes thus making you feel older. So, proper sleep will help to keep your skin young.

Use Natural Skin Care Products: Most of the branded skin care products contain harmful chemicals that in turn damage your skin if you use it for the long period of time. So, try to use natural skin care products which are free from harmful side effects. Using natural moisturisers like olive oil, grape seed oil and avocado oil will help your skin to look younger. Apply sun screen lotions/ rose water to keep your skin safe from Ultra Violet and other harmful rays.

Benefits of Facial Exercise: One of the best ways to keep your facial skin supple is to do facial exercises regularly. Practising facial exercise will improve the blood circulation of your face thereby making your skin firm, prevent from early ageing and brings glow to your face.
Light oil massage with rose oil... can be a good idea... ask a friend to do it... or sister or mom! :) do them as well in return... do it waith a clean and washed hands and face...:) 5 mins wud be good.

Control Your Weight: You can look younger if you lose weight. If you reduce the fat in your body, it will help you to look slimmer and younger. By controlling your excess weight, you can feel healthy, active and youthful.
The above 4 will definitely help you in this goal:)

have a glass of water before having your food. and stop when there is some space left in your tummy. for a good slim body!:)

Natural ways to get rid of SCARS

Hello Guys

hope you are all well.:)

I find these simple and easy... especially the first one which i cant wait to start...

I got them on yahoo today...

Applying lemon juice: Using fresh and strong lemon juice to deal with scars is an easy and simple method. For this, you have to place equal amounts of lemon juice and water in a cup and stir their mixture. After mixing them up, put a piece of absorbent fabric in it and apply it on your scars. This process should continue for minimum 5 minutes. But you have to continue it on a daily basis for positive results. This treatment removes scars and dead skin and can result in the development of new and fresh skin cells. Apart from that, you can also use a mixture of lemon juice and moisturizer and apply it regularly on your scars or you can even use a cotton swab, dip it into the lemon juice and directly apply it on your skin's affected areas. 

Adequate intake of water: One of the easiest and affordable ways to get rid of scars is drinking a lot of water. Having a minimum of 10 glasses of water regularly can benefit you in many ways, such as give you a glowing and clean skin, remove scars and marks, moisturize the skin and remove contaminants, etc. 

Applying Honey: Honey is a very beneficial natural product for scars. If you use it on a daily basis, it can improve your skin. Using honey is a very convenient method as you can directly put it on your scars and wash it after around 20 minutes. You can even combine it with your moisturizer. 

Mixture of Olive, Rose and vitamen E and almond oil... dab it to the effected area 3-4 times a day..

Applying cucumber juice: You can also apply fresh cucumber juice directly on your scars and continue doing it on a daily basis. This is a very risk-free therapy for the removal of scars and keeps your skin healthy and clean. 

Try these on a regular daily basis...:)

and do share your results...will try doing the same:)


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Facial Masks for acne prone skin/ glowy skin

# Using oats is quite beneficial in the treatment of acne. Cook oats and let it cool. Apply (not rub) it on the face and let the paste stand for 15 minutes. Wash it off. Repeat as often as your routine permits. 

Combine a tablespoon of wheat germ oil with a tablespoon of honey and apply as a mask for fifteen minutes. Wash off with warm water and a soft cloth. 

Apply some honey on your face. Leave it for about half an hour and then wash it off. 

for glow apply lemon oil let it stay for 15 mins... and then wash it with water. 

apply rose water with cotton and leave it on.

yogurt lemon and tumeric mask!

Let your skin breathe Fresh

Steaming releases any debris that may be lodged in the pores of your skin. It opens up the clogged pores and softens the skin in order to cleanse it of impurities, traces of makeup, dust, sebaceous secretions and dead skin cells. Steam your face once a week. You may choose from a number of vaporisers available in the market or cut costs and undertake the procedure with a pot of hot water and a towel to cover your head. 
For different skin types there are a variety of essential oils available that one can use infused into water for steaming - Oily/acne-prone skin:
Tea tree, chamomile, lavender and rose 
- Combination: Lemon, geranium and lavender 
- Dry skin: Patchouli, lavender and bergamot

Routine for a beautful skin

Always go out in sun with an SPF of 15 or less on your skin.
- Keep your face clean.
- Drink plenty of water. A minimum of 8 glasses is recommended. Drink at least 3 glasses of hot water with the juice of 1 lime and 1 teaspoon of honey, a day. 
- Sleep for at least 8 hours. Your body needs rest in order to repair general wear and tear of tissue and grow well. 
- Get into a routine that accommodates regular meal times. 
- Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. AVOID oily and fried foods, starchy food and sweets. 
- Take vitamin B5 and Zinc supplements as they help to build up the skin’s resistance to acne and pimples. 
- Daily exercise is an absolute must. 
- Keep stress levels down with meditation and yoga. 
- Don’t squeeze the pimples. 
- DO NOT use cheap make-up. Better not to use any at all, at least till the acne abates. 
- Protect your skin from the sun. Use a good sunscreen lotion.

For Beautiful Lips

Use of Vitamin-E enriched balm at night and wake up with irresistible lips. 

Drink a lot of water to avoid drying out of lips. 

# scrub lughtly your lips with mixture of olive oil and sugar.. and then apply rose water with a cotton pad on it... and let it dry.

# honey and lemon is known for it lightening effect

Home Remedies for beautiful lips
-Massaging the lips with coriander leaf juice keeps them soft and rosy.
-To treat cracked lips, crush rose petals and mix a little butter and apply on lips at bed time.
-For having silky and pink lips, apply juice of coriander leaves.
-To reduce the black tint from the lips, apply lemon juice.

Home Remedies for Oily/Acne-prone Skin

This one i have not tried. So cannot recommend! But it sounds good! I shall post comments once i have tried it for a week/ month... and if i see some visible change:)

Home Remedies for Oily/Acne-prone Skin! 

Do you suffer from oily or acne-prone skin? Have you purchased tons of expensive products, and visited multiple dermatologists with zero results? Well, we have some good news for you! We have put together a 100% natural skincare regime for you! The best part is that all the ingredients can be found in your kitchen! There are no harsh or harmful ingredients, and most importantly, all these recipes are tried and true! Both of us have actually used this regime to help clear our acne. Sometimes store-bought products are just too harsh to use on broken out skin, but don’t fear. These recipes for homemade skincare will help you clear your skin!

Recipes For Clear Skin:

Gram Flour Cleanser-
You will need:
One cup of gram flour
One tablespoon of turmeric powder
- Mix the two ingredients together and store in a container. Wet your face and use around two tablespoons of the mixture. Massage it into your skin and rinse. The gram flour will absorb any oil, and the turmeric powder will help even out your skin tone. Do this morning and night. This recipe can be used for around one week. 

You will need:
One cup of rose water
One third cup of witch hazel
Pour ingredients into a spray bottle. Spray two to three times onto clean skin. Wipe off with cotton ball. This will get rid of any oil left over on your face. The rose water will help with redness, and the witch hazel will actually treat the zits. Do this morning and night right after your cleanser. This recipe will last up to 2 weeks. Store this in your refrigerator for a cool burst every morning.

You will need:
1/2 tablespoon of yogurt
1/2 tablespoon of honey
Mix the yogurt and honey together in a bowl. Apply the mixture onto your face and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse off to reveal glowy and soft skin!

You will need:
One cup of brown sugar
One cup of oatmeal
- Mix the brown sugar and oatmeal in a container. Apply to wet face and gently massage in circular motions. Your face will literally feel like a baby's butt. Do this no more than 2 times a week.

You will need:
3 tablespoons of gram flour
- Mix water into the gram flour until it becomes a paste. Apply this to your entire face, and wait until it hurts to smile. Wash off with water. This will literally dry out your face so make sure to apply moisturizer. You can apply this mask around 2 times a week.

Stick to this routine and you will see a difference! Let us know if you like this post and what else you want to see!