Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Whitening Body Scrub at Home

Our skin gets damaged day by day due to UV rays and pollution. Our inner health also affects the skin and makes it looks lifeless and dull. We all should first take care of our inner health, should purify blood by drinking more water, should increase fruit and vegetable intake in order to achieve healthy glowing skin. Few homemade skin recipes can also remove long time sun tan gradually, removes dirt and dust from deep and gives a flawless skin. Today I am gonna write here about an effective BODY SCRUB recipe which lightens skin, which we can prepare within few minutes from your kitchen items :) Read below

OATS LIGHTENING BODY SCRUB (Removes tan, rejuvenates and lightens skin) 

  • Oats - Half cup
  • Tomato puree - Half cup
  • Curd/yogurt - 1 tablespoon
  • Lime juice - 2 teaspoons
  • Honey - 2 teaspoons

  • Grind oats to powder in a mixer. It shouldn't be powdered finely because it will lose the scrubbing effect if it is smooth and fine.
  • Mix tomato puree (Pasted raw tomato) and lime juice with this oats powder and blend well.
  • Finally add the curd and honey. Mix well to form a smooth paste. If the mixture is too thick, you can add some rose water to it but keep in mind the paste shouldn't be too thin.
  • Our body scrub mixture is ready now! :)

  • After taking a shower, or finishing your bath apply this paste allover your body over the clean and wet skin surface. (Can also be used on face)
  • Allow it to sit there for 10 minutes. (Skin absorbs the ingredients and rejuvenate)
  • Now scrub your body with a LOOFAH pad (Available in super markets) gently over the thinner skin areas and rough over the knees and elbows. Scrub well for 10 minutes. If you don't prefer to use a loofah, you can also scrub with your fingers for a mild scrubbing effect. But loofah works really best to lighten the skin and remove tan :)
  • Once the scrubbing process is complete, rinse your body with clean and cold water thoroughly. Pat dry with clean cotton towel. That's it :)

You can see instant results, your skin becomes more soft,smooth and radiant after this scrubbing bath. Following this scrubbing procedure once or twice in a month will remove all the sun tan, improves overall complexion and offers you a flawless radiant skin within fewer uses :) :)

Feel free to submit your doubts and feedback :) All the best for your glowing skin!

Potato Skin lightening Bleach at Home

Hello readers! I think most of the people are tired of using chemicals bleaches and spoiled their skin finally. Chemical bleach simply bleaches your skin, makes it too sensitive and thus causes bad skin even if you go out in sun for an hour. The bleaching effect also disappears within few days and gives you a dark and rough skin! What can we do at home to lighten our skin and vanish black dark spots? Which is the natural product works best for bleaching our skin safely? A simple answer for this question is POTATO :) Yes! Potato is an excellent bleach which can improve your complexion faster than any other chemical products. It's a natural skin lightener which we can use at home. I am going to give you all an excellent bleach recipe for all skin types! Enjoy! Go to your kitchen and collect potatoes :)


  • Potato
  • Rose water
  • Lemon juice (Optional, for oily skin type)
  • Honey (Optional, for dry skin type)

  • Peel off the skin of a potato and grate it.
  • Add a little amount of rose water and grind the grated potato to make a paste. This is the base of our bleach cream.
  • Add lemon juice to this paste if you have oily skin and honey for dry skin. You can also simply use this paste without adding anything, if you are a normal skinned person.
  • Now, you can use this paste over you skin and wash it off after 15 minutes.

  • Instantly brightens skin. A best before party bleach to use at home.
  • Regular use of this natural facial bleach will remove the sun tan completely to give you a fair complexion.
  • This bleach removes blemishes, dark spots, acne scars and lightens your skin fast.

NOTE : For best results, use twice or thrice in a week. This potato bleach recipe may cause a light tingling sensation but this is perfectly normal, it means it's working on your skin to remove the dead cells and unwanted tan.

Let me know your experience, write your feedback to me after trying this bleach recipe at home! :)

Top 3 Home Remedies for Fast Hair Growth

Many of us think that maintaining long hair is a tough task but we never realize that long and healthy hair adds beauty to women. Some people suffer from hair loss and the others face hair problems like dandruff, thin hair, split ends etc. These hair issues block our hair growth and gives a bad hair. To grow long and strong hair as in the below picture you should follow simple hair rules and home remedies which I am going to list for you now. If you follow these tips and maintain your hair regularly you can get a awesome beautiful looking hair within months. All you have to need is patience and proper maintenance of your precious hair.

Listen friends, I got the following homemade herbal hair care tips from my mom whose hair is really very beautiful even at the age of 54. Do you believe? But it's the truth! Even I feel really jealous of her hair. I took a snap and including it here..!! Take a look below.

(I clicked this today without her knowledge and sorry for the bad quality of pic :D 
She will shout at me if she gets to know that I uploaded it here :P ha ha)

Now let's move on to the tips. Read each and every home remedy carefully and follow them without fail to achieve beautiful looking hair.

Tip 1: Hot Oil Massage
There's nothing better than oiling your hair, which gives nourishment and strengthens your hair. But few people really don't like to oil their hair as same as me :) I feel uncomfortable to go out with oil in my hair as it attracts dust, pollution and also gives a bad oily face look. When I fail to oil, I really get a bad brush like hair. You can do HOT OIL MASSAGE at home once or twice in a week to prevent hair from breaking, drying and thinning. This is a very simple procedure of heating oils like coconut oil, castor oil or even olive oil and gently massaging your scalp and hair with this. After massaging we should wash our hair with a good herbal shampoo. This procedure, when followed regularly, improves the blood circulation in the scalp and promotes faster hair growth.

Tip 2: Herbal Hair Massage (After oil massage)
For extra nourishing and thickening of hair, hair pack should be applied at least once in 15 days, especially after the oil massage (Thus the pack penetrates well). It removes the dead follicles and adds volume to your hair. Usually I use an herbal hair pack every week which gives good results in removing dandruff, preventing hair loss and promoting hair growth. This pack is suggested by my mom and I recommend everyone to follow this home treatment for fast growth growth and peacock feather like soft hair.

Things you will need:
3.Tulsi powder
4.Neem powder (Optional)

Preparation Method:
  • Grind Tripala and Brahmi. These herbs are easily available in herbal shops and super markets.
  • Mix Tulsi powder and Neem powder with this paste. Add little water to this mixture to form a smooth hair pack paste.
  • Now apply this paste allover your hair and scalp and wrap hair with a shower cap. Allow this mixture to work on your scalp for at least 40 minutes.
  • Now wash your hair with clean water and mild herbal shampoo.

3. Hair Growth Supplements:
  • Daily intake of Biotin and folic acid pills strengthens hair and adds volume to it, thus the hair would be free from split ends and grow longer. (Consulting your physician is a must before planning to take your supplements)
  • You can also take Vitamin A, C and E for smooth, silky and healthy hair.
  • Add spinach, egg whites, proteins and carrots in your daily diet to see visible faster hair growth.

Hope you all liked this post. Share your feedback and love below!

Improve Skin Complexion in 30 days at Home

A proper skin care regime is needed to achieve bright healthy complexion and prevent it from pollution, dirt and other skin enemies. Good moisturizers with SPF (Sun protection factor) would help us in developing and preventing the complexion and hence moisturizing is compulsory for all skin types. Oily skin needs moisturizers too. Some people needs a quick skin fix before a party, or a wedding to look bright and beautiful. It's not necessary to go for costly skin care products and cosmetics to achieve brighter skin. We can even brighten our skin with natural things available in our kitchen to enhance the skin color and look beautiful. In this post, I am going to give you step by step instructions to improve your complexion to an extent within 30 days. Follow the below skin care regime and become a skin beauty! :)
     I am not going to give you loads to work this time. A simple natural exfoliating fairness facial scrub and a nourishing fairness mask is going to be your routine for these 30 days. The exfoliating scrub should be followed thrice a week for normal and oily skins and if your skin is dry, you are going to do it once twice because it might strip of the moisture from your skin leaving it more drier. Hey wait! Don't escape dry skin girls and guys! :D Only the exfoliating scrub is twice, but you surely need to follow the nourishing mask everyday or in alternate days. This is to nourish your skin and remove the dullness which is caused by dryness.
With the above procedures I would also mention some skin care and diet tips to follow, to get better results on your skin. First, I'll give the recipes of the exfoliating scrub and nourishing face mask.

Exfoliating Fairness Facial Scrub
  • Orange Peel Powder - Two teaspoons
  • Rose water - Required amount
  • Dry skinned people keep in mind : Rose water is for oily skinned girls and guys, if you have normal to dry or extremely dry skin, I suggest you to add raw creamy milk instead of rose water. Additionally, you can also add milk cream and honey to this scrub (to prevent a stretchy feel and dryness)
How to Use
  • Wash your face with a good face wash or soap depending on your skin type.
  • Mix the orange peel powder with rose water (Oily skins), or milk (As I said for dry skins) and blend well to make a paste. The paste wouldn't be fine and it can't act as a exfoliate if it is fine, so don't worry.
  • Apply this paste on the surface of your face and neck evenly. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Let the ingredients work well on your skin to lighten it, just relax. You can place 2 cucumber slices or cold water dipped cotton pads above your eyes for a refreshment in this mean time.
  • Now comes the important step, cleanse your hands and make your face wet by dipping your fingers in water and tapping. Now gently scrub your face and neck with an upward circular motion for about 10 minutes with your finger tips.
  • After scrubbing, wash off with cold and clean water. Pat dry and moisturize, a heavy creamy moisturizer for dry skins and a light one for oily skins.
Results and Benefits
Orange has lots of antioxidants and citrus properties which are very essential for one's skin. It not only naturally bleaches your skin, it also acts as a wrinkle remover, spots and tan remover and skin lightener. So, following this above scrub regularly bleaches your skin in a natural way, removing dead cells, tan, giving a natural radiant glow which even skin lightening serums cannot give. Orange peel powder with rose water scrub removes excess oil while the same peel powder with the milk and honey mixture prevents skin from drying. So, the benefits and glow is same from the both scrubs, just the ingredients differs a bit as per your skin type. This scrub is recommend for brides also as it would make them look glowing and beautiful in their wedding day :) I recommend every girl or guy who craves for bright complexion to follow this scrub and get faster results.

Nourishing Fairness Mask
  • Almonds - 5
  • Oatmeal - 2 teaspoons
  • Honey - 1 teaspoon
  • Milk cream - required
  • Rose water - required
  • Oily skinned people keep in mind: This mask contains moisturizing ingredients which suits only dry skins well, so it is better to avoid milk cream and use lime juice instead to prevent excess oil secretion.

How to Use
  • Soak almonds overnight in milk or water. Peel them and paste them in the morning.
  • Mix this almond paste with oatmeal, honey, milk cream and rose water and blend well to form a smooth creamy face mask.
  • Cleanse your face and apply this pack covering face and neck, avoiding the areas around eyes.
  • Allow the mask to dry for 15 to 20 minutes and wash off with plenty of clean water. Moisturize!

Results and Benefits
Almonds makes skin smooth, soft and radiant while the other ingredients moisturizes the skin and provide required nourishment to the skin. Honey is also a natural skin lightener. This pack effectively cures acne spots, blemishes, tan and clogged pores. You can use this mask on the very same day when the previously mentioned scrub is performed, to nourish and calm down the skin and to retain it's natural oils. Dry skinned people are suggested to follow this mask once in two days or even everyday to achieve good results in these 30 days of skin regime :) Oily guys and girls, twice a week is enough. :)

Other tips: Drink plenty of water and use a high SPF sunscreen in these 30 days to prevent the fairness you gained or else the results will be lost. A good 8 hours sleep maintaining your skin clean these days is also very important for good results.

Hope you liked the skin regime package. Drop your comments for doubts :D I am here to help!

Get Fair Complexion in Ten Days

In countries like India, fair skin has become a huge craze among people and everybody wants to get fair. It cannot be done overnight but it is possible gradually with some home remedies. You need to follow a good skin care regime, diet and fitness exercise routine to achieve that clear glowing skin! Just don't run behind fairness creams and lotions filled with chemicals and preservatives because all you get is a bleached and ugly looking skin. Most of the fairness creams cannot provide your skin a natural glow at all. Go to your kitchen and find some natural ingredients that can help your skin to become more bright and clear! Use them everyday as advised and you can notice results gradually. Other than these fairness remedies, some preventive measures should also be taken in order to prevent your new glowing skin. If you follow the rules perfectly, glowing fair complexion is all yours! Today, I will be giving some ideas and tips to improve your skin complexion,especially for brides. Note them down, follow them and let us know how it works. It might not show dramatic results on your skin, but it is sure you can notice a good difference on your skin texture and complexion within ten days.

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The More Sun - The More Sunscreen
What does it means? It is not that you need to apply sunscreen only on  hot summer days. Don't allow those clouds to fool you, sunscreen is also important in cloudy days. The more you be out in sun, the more sunscreen with a good  SPF is needed. Make sure to choose a sunscreen with high SPF, so that you get a longer protection. It is recommended to reapply your sunscreen lotion once in every four hours. This is the first step when it comes to the treatment of getting fair skin, because you need to prevent your new fair skin. Alright! This is the very important step, so don't skip it.

Fairness Bath Body Pack
How many times do you bath everyday? Hope it is twice because of this hot sun nowadays. It is best to bath once in the morning and once in the evening, soon after returning home from your work/study place. Leave the morning session, because you would be in hurry of getting ready. Let us have a relaxing bath in the evening. Open your refrigerator and take some tomatoes and a lemon. In a blender, add a cup of besan (Gram flour), few tomatoes, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. This mixture should be blended well to a smooth paste by adding required rose water. You can also add some green gram flour if available, though it's just optional. Now collect this smooth paste in a bowl and go to bath. Use your daily soap/body wash to have a mild bath, using a loofah and scrubbing skin gently would be much better. After you cleanse up the body skin, apply this fairness body pack on your wet skin. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Now wash away this pack with plenty of fresh water and towel dry the skin. That's it! This body pack natural whitens skin, removes tan and eliminate those dead skin cells naturally. This should be followed everyday for ten days, in order to see astonishing results. However, you can make it in alternate days as per your convenience. 

Leisure Time Facial Skin Foods
So what can you do to improve your complexion in your leisure time? Is your skin oily? Mix equal amounts of rose water, lemon juice and potato juice. Using a cotton ball, gently apply this over your face and neck and allow it to dry. You can do your own works like watching tv, or cooking meanwhile. After it dries, splash fresh water and wash away. For dry skinned people, a mixture of milk on honey can be applied to improve the skin. A face mask made with almond paste can also be applied everyday on your face for dramatic results!  By these simple tit bits, you are helping your skin get out of tan and become bright faster.

Water.. Water.. Water!
Water is everything! When your body is dehydrated, you can do nothing on your skin. No topical treatments work  when you have inner health issues. Drink at least 3 liters of water everyday to notice extraordinary results on your skin complexion and texture. Water is an all rounder remedy when it comes to skin. Not whole month or a year, just try this for 10 days. After that you will stick to drinking water and recommend your friends to do this. Not only inside, your skin needs water too. So whenever possible, especially after sun exposure, splash fresh cold water on your skin to heal and calm it.

Hot Oil Body Massage
Resting in weekends? Here is a task for you. Select a base oil of your wish. (Eg. coconut oil or olive oil). Crush some Neem and Tulsi leaves and add them to this oil and heat it. When the mixture is warm, switch off the stove and apply this oil all over your body and start massaging. You can also ask someone to do this. This hot oil massage can be followed twice in a week to achieve fairer complexion. Do you know how this helps? This improves overall body blood circulation and removes old tan. Thus, your body skin glows like a diamond! This really works, don't skip this too. In our ten days fairness skin routine, follow it for at least four times.

Moisturize Daily
Last but not least, a good moisturizer is important to make all the above things work. Wondering how? I will tell you. Whatever you do for your skin, moisturization is important to retain moisture and keep skin soft and glowing! Have you ever noticed your skin after bath, those white patches or some dryness? if you use your finger nails to draw a line on your skin, those white lines would be visible. You should never ever allow this thing happen if you want glowing beautiful skin. Moisturization is needed for extremely oily skin types too, however it should be light. So, use a good face and body lotion after every bath or face wash to retain skin's moisture. This would not show you overnight results, but the results are just fabulous if followed regularly. So keep the word "Moisturization". Never skip it!

That's all. These are the things you need to perform these 10 days. Of course this is not a get fair quick routine, but it really works if you follow in a proper way. You can notice the brightened and softened effect on your skin after these ten days. This routine will be very helpful for brides, so take a challenge, follow it for ten days and let us know how it works!

2 Quick Home Remedies to Lighten Your Skin Complexion

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Here are some very easy tips to improve your complexion and to reduce dark spots on your face. Check them out, try at your home and do let me know how it works.

Remedy 1:

Cucumber Overnight Fairness Pack

If you think that no face pack can make your your skin fair then you are wrong. I have tried a home made paste which really worked. Just follow these simple steps and your skin will look more fairer and spot free.

Things required to make a paste are:
  • Cucumber
  • Rosewater 
  • Glycerine

Firstly take out the cucumber juice by using mixer. Now add rosewater and glycerine in equal quantities to the cucumber juice. Make sure that the paste should neither be thin nor too thick. Now apply it over your face at night time before going to sleep.
       In the morning, wash your face with clean water and pat dry. After some days you will see amazing change in the complexion of your skin and even the dark spots will lighten.

Tip: If you feel lazy making this everyday then you can make this paste for 3 days and you can keep it fridge and use it everyday.

Remedy 2:
Banana Glow Face Pack

To give instant glow to your face before going to a party or something, you can try a banana face pack. To make this pack you don't have to make any effort. You just have to peel banana and take out its pulp and crush it to make a smooth paste. You can make this paste using mixer as well. Now apply this banana paste on your face and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Later, remove it with clean water and pat dry.

Results? You will see that yourself. You will notice that your skin is glowing and you will feel a new softness and smoothness on your skin!

                      Hope you liked these fairness home remedies! Share your comments below
                                    And do you have any special skin lightening DIY recipe girls?

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L’Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 Repairing Shampoo Review

L’Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 Repairing Shampoo Review

By Chand

I was a devotee of Dove shampoos, until I got a chance to try this L’Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 Repairing Shampoo one fine day at my cousin’s place. Then on I keep one bottle of this shampoo as a stock with me. This is a good shampoo I came across accidentally.

Product Description: (from the L'Oreal Paris official website)

Fights the 5 signs of hair damage.
  • Hair fall due to breakage
  • Dry Hair
  • Rough Hair
  • Dull Hair
  • & Split Ends
  • 5 problems, 1 solution.

Damaged hair can lack the natural cement which keeps the hair strong & resilient. To ensure cohesion & strength, the L’Oreal laboratories have created ceramide cement, targeting the 5 problems.

1. Repairs the hair fibre, the hair structure is re enforced and the hair regains strength like new.

2. Transforms the hair surface to a regular & smooth conditioned

3. Day after day your hair is as if totally repaired:
  • StrongSupple
  • Smooth
  • Shiny
  • Protected tips

Usage Directions:

Use this shampoo to see that day after day your hair is as if totally repaired:
  • Strong
  • Supple
  • Smooth
  • Shiny
  • Protected tips 
(Lot of details on the website……!!!!!!)

Price & Quantity: Rs.69 for 90 ml

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Shelf life: 36 months

My Experience with L’Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 Repairing Shampoo:

The entire product packaging and it color, reminds me of Aishwarya Rai in bold red lips. :).

Packaging: This product comes in a plastic bottle that is white in color. The cap is a flip cap and is bright red in color. The important details printed on the bottle are also highlighted in red. On the whole, red and white makes an attractive combination.

Color, Consistency and Fragrance: The shampoo is white in color; I guess I can call it pure white.
The shampoo is midway in its consistency, neither thin nor thick. The right amount of liquid easy enough for handling. And recalling the fragrance, I find it pretty strong to my nose, yet the fragrance is good. The smell of the shampoo stays on for some more time even after rinsing it off.
           The white soapy shampoo liquid is creamy and soft that resembles the perfect hair wash product. The smoothness of the product is perfect for spreading around the scalp and washing the hair.

How it works: I never use shampoo directly as it is. I drop some shampoo into my bathing mug and add some water to it. I shake the mug well so that the shampoo dissolves well and then I use this diluted shampoo for washing my hair. Well, this L’Oreal Paris shampoo lathers very well and removes off all the oil in just one wash. No second wash is needed. It leaves the scalp and hair clean and fresh. It is easy to remove any hair pack (if at all applied before bath) with this shampoo. Makes the hair smooth and shiny. I have observed it. A good shampoo to try out.

Pros of L’Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 Repairing Shampoo:

  • Attractive color combination in the package bottle.
  • Flip cap bottle.
  • Medium consistency of the shampoo.
  • Lathers well enough for washing the hair.
  • Leaves the scalp and hair clean.
  • Rinses off easily with water.
  • A single wash with this shampoo will do the job.

Cons of L’Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 Repairing Shampoo:

  • If other shampoo price is considered, this shampoo’s price is on the higher side.
  • Strong fragrance.

Makeup and Beauty Home Rating: 3.5/5

Do I Recommend L’Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 Repairing Shampoo : 
Yes. A good shampoo to try that has no side effects.

Would I Repurchase L’Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 Repairing Shampoo?:

I do not think I will buy this every now and then. I will not make this as my routine shampoo. But I will keep one bottle as a stock. I will stick to my good old Dove Daily Shine Shampoo.

Have your tried the L’Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 Repairing Shampoo?