3 Best Homemade Winter Masks for Dry And Damaged Hair/Scalp

Long and shiny hairs are considered a beauty of women. Some naturally have strong hair and other can make hair strong with proper care and balance diet. This is also a fact we do not pay attention on our hairs due to busy life but still we do blow drying, straightening and coloring that can damage hair as well as scalp. There are many hair masks those can use for hair care though hair masks are very effective but expensive also. We should not use those chemical hair products that cause damaging results. So the best alternate is to make your mask at home with natural ingredients. You can find many things in your kitchen to help your hair to restore its condition. Now get ready for your long awaited parties of winter without having dull, dry and damaged hair. The 3 best homemade masks are these.

1) Banana Hair Mask
This mask can be made within a few minutes and the results are very instant. Apply it on your hair specially split ends for 30-45 minutes. Use this mask once a week to add life and moisture in your hair. It is not less than any saloon’s treatment.

Ingredients

  • Banana
  • Milk
  • Olive oil

How to Prepare – Mash 1 ripe banana and add 2 tbsp of milk and olive oil in it. Make this paste smooth and without any lumps and then apply on hair completely. Massage onto all hair and leave for 20-30 minutes.


2) Apple Cider Vinegar and Egg Mask
Eggs contain protein which repair the damaging areas of hair and provide moisture. The apple cider vinegar helps to get rid of dullness.

Ingredients

  • Eggs
  • Apple cider vinegar

How to Prepare – Mix 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar in 2 beaten eggs (depend on hair volume). Apply on hair for 15 minutes then rinse off with normal water.

3) Yogurt and Baking Soda Mask
Baking soda removes all the grease, dirt or grim from hair and scalp. Yoghurt gives hair all the nutrients and moisture it needs.

Ingredients

  • Baking soda
  • Yoghurt

How to Prepare – Mix 1 tsp of baking soda in 2 tbsp of yoghurt. Apply mixture properly on all hair and leave it for 25-30 minutes. After that shampoo hair.

5 Recipes of Homemade Natural Facial Bleach

5 Recipes of Homemade Natural Facial Bleach

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Lemon, Papaya and Honey Face Pack

Ingredients:

Lemon juice 1 tbsp
Ripe papaya 4 cubes (mashed)
Honey 1 tbsp

Directions:

Mix together lemon juice, mashed papaya and honey.
Apply the paste all over face and neck and leave for 30 minutes.
Wash with lukewarm water.

Potato and Lime Juice Face Pack

Ingredients:

Potato 1 large
Lemon juice 2 drops
Rose water 1 tsp

Directions:

Peel and grate the potato.
Add lemon juice and rose water in grated potato.
Put face pack on face and neck for 20 minutes.
Wash with normal water.

Tomato and Oatmeal Face Pack

Ingredients:

Tomato juice 1 tbsp
Oatmeal powder 2 tbsp

Directions

Make a paste by mixing tomato juice and oatmeal powder.
Apply it on face and let stand for 30 minutes then rinse off.

Egg White, Lemon and Honey Face Pack

Ingredients

Egg white 1 tbsp
Lemon juice ½ tsp
Honey ½ tbsp

Directions

Mix egg white, lemon juice and honey.
Apply this paste on face and neck.
Rinse with lukewarm water after 20 minutes.

Honey, Cucumber and Lemon Face Pack

Ingredients:

Honey 1 tbsp
Cucumber juice 2 tbsp
Lemon juice 1 tbsp
Multani muti or sandal wood powder ½ cup

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients and application on face and neck.
Rest it for 20 minutes then wash with water.

Natural Home Remedies for Regular Skin Care

Care for Normal Facial Skin (Face Masks for Cleansing and Fairness):
• The skin type is considered normal, when there is a right oil and moisture balance
• In normal skin,
   o Skin tone is even
   o There are usually no spots or blemishes
• Use natural face masks to get a glowing and a healthy skin
Natural face mask using banana, yogurt and honey: 
1. Mash half a banana
2. Add 2 tbsp of yogurt
3. Add 1 tbsp of honey
4. Mix well
5. Apply on the face taking care to avoid the eyes
6. Leave for 15 min
7. Wash off with cold water
Natural face mask using yogurt and orange:
1. Take 1 tbsp of yogurt
2. Add juice of ¼ of an orange
3. Mix well
4. Apply on the face taking care to avoid the eyes
5. Leave for 5 min and then wash it off

Natural Home Remedies for Dark Underarms

Dark Underarms:
• Dark underarms is an embarrassing condition which may affect one’s self-esteem
• It’s a cause of concern for many people
Symptoms to look for:
• Itching
• Excessive odour
 
Causes:
• Darkening of skin is due to accumulation of dead skin cells under the skin
• This happens due to:
   o Harsh deodorants
   o Anti perspirants
   o Shaving
   o Using cosmetic products on the underarms
   o Hair removal creams
Natural home remedy using cucumber, lemon juice and turmeric powder:
1. Take a half peeled cucumber
2. Crush it to a paste
3. Press this paste on a sieve and extract juice
4. Take 1 tsp of this juice
5. Add 1 tsp lemon juice
6. Add tsp turmeric powder
7. Mix well
8. Apply on the affected area
9. Wash off after 20 min
10. Do this 4 times a week
Natural home remedy using sandalwood powder and rosewater:
1. Take 2 tsp sandalwood powder
2. Add 2 tsp rosewater
3. Massage on the underarms for 5 min
4. Wash off after 30 min
Natural home remedy using chickpea flour, lemon and yogurt:
1. Take 2 tbsp chickpea flour
2. Add 2 tbsp lemon juice to it
3. Add 2 tbsp yogurt
4. Mix well
5. Apply and massage for 5 min
6. Wash off after 2 hr
7. Place a cloth on your underarms to avoid contact with clothes

Natural Home Remedies for Peeling Skin

Peeling Skin:
• The outer layer of the skin suffers wear and tear due to:
   o Friction
   o Exposure to sun
   o Humidity
• Every month the old skin is replaced by a new one
   o During this time, peeling skin is normal
Symptoms to look for:
• Peeling skin becomes a problem when the condition becomes chronic and affects one frequently
Causes:
• Eczema
• Sun burns
• Psoriasis
• Dry skin
Natural home remedy using cucumber: 
1. Peel and crush 1 cucumber to paste
2. Apply the paste on the affected area
3. Leave it for 15 min
4. Wash off with warm water
5. Do this regularly
Natural home remedy using mint leaves:
1. Crush a few washed mint leaves
2. Press on a sieve and extract their juice
3. Apply this juice on the peeled skin to keep it hydrated
This is highly effective for eczema and dermatitis patients.
Natural home remedy using turmeric, sandalwood, honey and olive oil:
1. Take 1 tsp turmeric powder
2. Add 1 tsp sandalwood powder
3. Add 1 tsp honey
4. Add olive oil to make a paste
5. Mix well
6. Apply on the affected area
7. Wash and dry after 30 min
Tips:
• Drink 8-10 glasses of water every day
• Wear a sunscreen before stepping out in sun
• Use mild soap for bathing

Is Your Sunscreen Giving You The Full Protection Promised?

According to recent research from the Consumer Reports National Research Center that many sunscreens do not offer total guarantee that these products actually protect from certain harm rays of sun.

This research has total proof of it. It initially tested 20 different water resistant and broad spectrum sunscreens and their effectiveness. The main purpose was to check UVB radiation rays and UVA rays. These very raises cause sunburns. Along with sun burns, the UVA rays could lead to aged skin. When researchers started testing, they examined redness on skin (signs of UVB) and tanning (signs of UVA).

Usually sunscreen brands also claim SPF 20 and 50 protection, however these creams of formulas might not truly be shielding you as much as it claims.

According to an ABC report, “In its test of 20 sunscreens, Consumer Reports says it found that only two sunscreens provided the SPF promised on that label.”

“An SPF of 70 isn’t double the protection of an SPF of 35. … The FDA had considered at one point of capping the claims you can put on the bottle at 50 because it’s giving people a false sense of security.”

Though few products showed results and did exactly what was promised on the packaging but still large number of beauty experts don’t trust sunscreen and sunblock creams.

Moreover, Consumer Reports approves that 18 of the 20 suntan lotion they tried did not deliver the particular defense they guaranteed after being exposed to liquid.

Many still don’t bother to believe that this negative, yet true notion exists or not. They blindly follow their brands and don’t see any bad in sunscreens.

Nevertheless, the sunscreen is still one of the best resistances against UVA and UVB rays. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) indorses and recommends to use water-resistant and broad-spectrum protection with SPF 30.

According to Erica Kelly, who is M.D and an associate professor in the department of dermatology at the University of Texas Medical Branch, that though sunscreens protect you from ruthless rays of sun but why not go for natural protection by not exposing your body in the sun or at least avoid going out during midday. UV rays are strongest at that time of day which primary is the big reason of sun burns and aged skin.

7 Ways to Curb Your Appetite Naturally

Eating habits play a significant role curbing appetite naturally. Your daily eating routine can increase or decrease your natural appetite. Viewing this argument in picture, we have listed following tips for you to curb appetite naturally.

Drinking Water:
Drinking extra water is good if you are experiencing some abnormality in your eating routine. It will help you in a great way to curb appetite and taking unnecessary snacking.

Get Moving:
Don’t believe what people say about exercise as it increases appetite, instead this is expert’s notion that actually exercise decreases your appetite.

Skipping Breakfast:
Skipping breakfast is not a good idea at all. Instead, eat a solid breakfast as it will help you not to take avoidable calories later in day.

Protein Strength:
Taking protein is very essential to stay fit and healthy. It gives you power and strength but if you still not sure whether to take it or not, go for low calories breakfast as it will also help you curb your appetite naturally.

Teat Break:
A good cup of tea with some snacks in the evening helps you satisfy your apparent appetite and keep you feeling full.

Get Honest:
Sometimes having a continuous bad mood puts in a place where you can’t stop yourself from constantly easting. Try to research on the internet and aware yourself that how to stop stress eating.

Eat more regularly:
Eating regularly is a good idea to put aside your crazy cravings to the curb. Smaller meals with more regular intervals also help you stay healthy and full-of-life.

7 Harmful Diet Lies You Probably Believe

With the passage of time especially in a modern era, we are experiencing many different diet plans giving people awareness about the low and high calorie foods. Though many diet plans or habits do tend to comply certain goals but overall with majority of experts around with very little knowledge about calories’ science, many myths have prevailed which are not even helping people who wants to lose weight or slight conscious about getting extra bit if fats.

Myth #1 You shouldn’t eat dinner (or anything else) after 7 p.m.
Theresa Kinsella, who is specialized in the fields of MS, RD, CDN, says in detail, “There is no universal time that everyone should stop eating, People get up at different times, go to sleep at different times, and eat at different times. Many countries eat dinner later than Americans but their populations weigh less than Americans do.”

She further explains, “Unless someone has an eating disorder and needs to eat at regular intervals to establish normalized hunger cues, or someone has a self-care reason for eating (like they’ll soon be stuck in a meeting without access to food), it is more important for people to be connected to their internal hunger cues than to be eating based on an external influence, like the clock.”

She is right saying that its not even makes sense that time really matters for any type of food. Though sometimes we need to be careful while eating too much but overall its nothing but a myth that after 7.P.M, we should stop eating if we are concerned regarding weight increase.

“Some people get in bad cycles of skipping breakfast and then overeating at night,” Theresa Kinsella. Furthermore, it’s often not about the time we eat but how we’re eating. “Sometimes, people find themselves late-night snacking out of habit while they’re watching TV. Both these patterns should be addressed simply because they aren’t self-care behaviors. But, non-hunger mindless snacking at 9 a.m. would be just as much of an issue as [it is at] 9 p.m.”

Myth #2 your body doesn’t need carbohydrates. Carbs make you fat:
This is another big myth that our body does not need carbohydrates as this important food component makes you fat. However, not only this notion is baseless but over the time, if someone believes it and don’t consume any carbohydrates, he or she will suffer greatly with different health issues.

Theresa Kinsella, “With the exception of specialized diets for medical necessity, if someone isn’t eating carbohydrates, they aren’t functioning at their optimal level, The brain alone uses 130 grams of carbohydrates per day. Carbohydrates are also necessary for serotonin production.”

She adds, “Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for exercise and many people do not feel good when exercising without them. Since exercise is an essential component of self-care and health, eliminating carbohydrates can be detrimental to overall health.”

Myth #3 Paleo is the ideal diet, because we were all once Paleolithic people:
This myth says that Paleo is the ideal diet, because we were all once Paleolithic people. Viewing this idea rationally, Theresa explains, “The Paleo Diet is based on eating food that can be hunted, fished, or gathered, such as meat, fish, shellfish, poultry, eggs, veggies, roots, and fruit, like berries. It does not include grains, dairy, beans, salt, and sugar. Whole grains, dairy, and beans are nutrient-rich foods. By eliminating them, you could be setting yourself up for a deficiency or eliminating nutrients that help prevent disease.”

She is right here as whole grains, dairy and beans are considered proper diet with richness of all food components. By eradicating them, people could face real deficiency in various food essentials or could face potential diseases due to malnutrition.

Kinsella further warns, “The Paleo Diet certainly doesn’t emphasize enjoying your food. When people don’t enjoy their food, it’s difficult to eat mindfully and it is very difficult to sustain… If we look at the research on losing excess weight, it’s clear that people that include highly enjoyable food are actually more likely to maintain their loss.”

Myth #4: There is such a thing as eating right for your blood type:
There is another myth that suggest that we should eat which is right for our blood type.

According to Kinsella, who answers boldly, “No. There is no scientific evidence to support special diets based on blood type.”

Myth #5: Juicing is healthy and cleansing is necessary:
Another claim suggests that juicing is healthy and cleansing is necessary which by far is not based on facts. Its totally baseless and do not server the perception that is it really good or bad.

Kinsella however says, “The liver and kidneys are the body’s own detoxification system. They do a fantastic job of continuously removing waste products and toxins without the help of juice. Furthermore, there are some obvious drawbacks of juicing; juices are inadequate in protein, fat, essential fatty acids, and fiber.”

She further reacts, “These nutrients are crucial for satiety and vital components for a balanced meal. The protein factor is particularly crucial here. When protein intake is inadequate, the body catabolizes protein from muscles and organs. Hence, someone on a juice cleanse ends up losing muscle mass — a major contributor to metabolism. They’ll likely end up with a worse body composition in the end.”

Myth #6: Eating fat makes you fat:
Sometimes a slight healthy amount of fat is good for your bones and healthy brain. Not only just fat, but protein, which has higher tendency to grow bulk, also is very essential for health.

“Fat, protein and carbohydrates are all essential,” Kinsella stresses. “There is no universal percentage of each that is right for everyone. Eating past full on a regular basis, non-hunger eating, emotional eating, skipping meals and overeating later in the day — those are the behavior patterns that lead to weight gain. The body has an innate ability to regulate and maintain a healthy, genetically determined weight if we listen to it.

She also promote, “The brain is 60% fat and we need fat in order to absorb fat-soluble vitamins. According to current research, the healthiest dietary pattern is that of the Mediterranean culture, which emphasizes foods, [like] fruit, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts, and olive oil. Approximately 35 to 40% of the calories in that diet come from fat.”

#7 Gluten is bad for me and you and everyone, period:
Though some say this is not baseless as gluten free diet certainly helps losing weight greatly. But if we do agree on this very notion, we still need a precise advice from an authentic medical specialist and nutritionist that whether this claim has other things to replicate as well.

According to experts Theresa, “A gluten-free diet is a necessity for people diagnosed with celiac disease. Gluten-free diets are also one of the most popular food trends, but there is no benefit to going gluten-free if it is not medically warranted.”

She further says and emphases that, “Many people are attracted to the fad as a new way to restrict or lose weight… [But] ‘gluten free’ does not necessarily mean ‘better for you.’ Many gluten-free products are a lot more processed than their whole-grain, gluten-containing counterparts. Corn and rice flours are lower in fiber and have a higher glycemic index. Bottom line: a gluten-free cupcake is not healthier than a cupcake with gluten.”

The 5 Worst Foods for Your Skin

The 5 WORST Foods for Your Skin

Recent studies have shown that various foods which no doubt essential to keep a healthy life style, are no good for skin. Human skin has small tiny tissues which are very sensitive and prone to get different issues from eating and drinking various eatables.

“Healthy’ food that is marketed as low-fat and comes in a box (e.g. Lean Cuisine), is actually packed with sodium and should be avoided,” says top cosmetic physician Dr. Mitch Chasin, founder and medical director of Reflections Center for Skin and Body in New Jersey.

Moreover, our experts and dietitians have prepared a worthwhile list tell to you more about worst foods for skin if you want your exterior to surely spark and sparkle.

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Sugar:
Experts suggest that you should always pay through responsiveness to food labels as it will give you better idea that how plentiful sugar is in certain product.

Redness and inflammation will continue and be constant factors if sugar isn’t removed from the diet.

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Dairy:
Research linking the eating of dairy products suggest as dairy products should not be taken if you suffer from acne or pimples. This research was done by Alan Dattner, MD, a holistic dermatologist who is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).

Cystic breakouts, in other words, pimples come out when you intake too much dairy products. However, by carefully using milk, butter and eggs etc. could greatly help to get fair smooth skin.

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Processed Foods:
Food made with different flavoring, seasonings, additives and preservatives is called processed food. It includes white bread, chips, french fries, soda, and candy etc. Basically these foods effect on your blood sugar levels and stimulate hormones to towards unnecessary oil production which ultimately block pores bringing wrinkles on the skin.

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Caffeine:
Drinks that contains caffeine dehydrates you. This dehydration process bring bad effects on your skins. It reduces skin’s elasticity and collagen making skin additional prone to bending and fine lines.

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Shellfish:
Shrimp, crab, and lobster are superfluous with saltish iodine. And that iodine often leads to clogged pores and pimple.

“Foods that are high in salt are very bad for the skin, because salt can cause us to retain water, which results in swelling,” says Dr. Chasin. This usually affects the skin around the eyes, giving us a puffy look. Salt can also lead to high blood pressure, which affects collagen.

 

7 Things You Never Knew About Your Nails

Nails are considered girl’s one of the best beauty accessories. However, most girls tend to take nails for granted. According to Jessica Krant, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist, founder of Art of Dermatology and an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York City,

“The nail plate (hard part of the nail) grows out from the matrix (the root) in a shape something like an ocean wave, the white portion of the nail at the base (most easily visible at the thumbs) is called the lunula (little moon). This is the end of the matrix showing.”

Nevertheless, the manicure, broken fingernail or stubbed toe, are essential choruses but still our beauty experts have fine tips for you to make your nails more beautiful and charming to tell you in more detail about certain important things you never knew about your nails.

Cuticles Are There for a Reason:
Removing your cuticles is no good as they actually protect your fingers from any type of infection. This notion is also backed by dermatologist Jessica Krant, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. According to her, clipping or picking cuticle could open the shielding block and permits moistness and bacteria into the body.

Nails and Hair Are Made of Similar Components:
This is true that like hair, nails are too made of similar components called keratin. Nails have thin layer of keratin and most importantly, most of the surface of our body especially palms and soles has small thin layers of keratin. Kerith E. Spicknall, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine has also studied human hair and nails thoroughly and concluded that we should equally give importance to hair and nail to remain subtle and attractive.

Nails Grow Faster on Your Dominant Hand:
According to Adrienne Blanks, a licensed nail technician and creator of the eco-friendly nail polish line, that our nails grow faster on our dominant hand. For instance, if you are right-handed, it is believed that your right hand’s nails grow faster than left hand.

They Also Grow Faster in Warmer Climates:
People living in different parts with higher temps incline to have nails that develop and grow faster as compare to low temperatures. Shel Pink, founder of the company SpaRitual, also indorses this opinion and approved that nails also grow faster in warmer climates.

Trips to the Salon Can Damage Your Nails:
Too often manicure and pedicure could damage your nails. According to Spicknall, when pastes and punitive substances and chemicals are used in acrylic and gel polishes, it could strip coatings off of the nails leaving them fragile.

Your Nails Can Tip You Off to Other Health Issues:
Believe it or not, changed nails shape, color, thickness could be a sign of some inner or outer body problems. Christy Rose, owner of the bath and body company KBShimmer, says, that always keep an eye on your health by keeping an eye on your nails.

What You Eat Can Impact How Your Nails Look:
Usually nails grow two or three millimeters a month and this also denotes that your particular eating habits are directly related with the outlook of your nails. Christy Rose also recommends that boosting keratin production by adopting a good diet plan is very necessary for healthy nails.

How to Have Spotless Skin

For anyone and especially for any teenager, a perfect skin is the definitive blessing. To get a spotless skin, you also need extra skin care. Beauty experts also consider this notion a first step to reduce spots and dull looking skin. Here are some simple steps which will certainly help you getting a flawless skin from scars, acne and spots.

1-Keep Your Skin Clean:
Keeping your skin clean is the foremost thing to do if you want a spotless skin. Dirt and oil make more complex components on outer layer of skin that causes acne and pimples to appear. Keep your skin clean and you will feel refreshed all day long.

2-Exfoliate:
Exfoliation eliminates dead skin cells, providing a healthy and charming skin. By simple scrubbing, you can get a soft, clean skin. Basically dead skin cells clog pores and ultimately cause various types of spots. After exfoliating, apply a moisturizer for long lasting results.

3-Getting Rid of Acne:
If homemade treatments are not giving you desired results, you can always go to your dermatologist to get a proper medication for acne issues. There are many medical acne treatments available as well which you can find easily at drugstore.

4-Fruits and Vegetables:
Fruits and vegetables are considered one of the best natural sources that help you get spotless and flawless skin. Also drink lots of water to keep a nice healthy balance.

5-Don’t touch Your Face:
Dirty hands will transfer different types of bacteria to your face that could lead to some major skin problem. So do not touch your face as this practice could cause spots on face.

How to Have a Gorgeous Face without All the Work

If you are looking to get perfect, unspoiled, and gorgeous skin, surely you have landed on a right page. Just follow our experts’ these below tips with simple step by step guidelines and get gorgeous skin in no time.

1-Removing Dark Circles Using Spoons:
Dark circles look really ugly and often puts you in a narrow position leaving loose bags under eyes. Though there are many ways to remove dark circles, but using some of natural ways and not using any specific cosmetics to remove these dark circles is certainly considered more long lasting and effective.

Using cold spoons to remove dark circles is one of those very ideas which would make sure that you get a gorgeous looking face without any tough work. Take two metal spoons and put it into freezer for almost thirty to forty minutes. After taking out both spoons, put them under your eyes and wait for a minute or two. Cold spoons give your under eyes skin a good supply of moisturizer thrust that provides an extra shield protecting against dark circles to appear.

People often believe that lack of sleep might cause dark circles but in reality, lack of moisture cause dark circles. Beauty experts also suggest that don’t use a facial moisturizer under your eyes, in its place, you can use a moisturizer particularly for under eyes or an eye primer.

2-Keeping Skin from Becoming Chapped:
If you are suffering from cold, try not to let your nose dry or chapped. Using a little carmex with your fingertip and apply it on the tip of your nose to avoid any further dryness.

3-Don’t Just Use One Acne Treatment:
Experiment a little with your acne treatment and you will see more effective results. Do not just stick to one treatment instead, try out a few and discover satisfactory blend for best skin.

4-Worrying too Much About Your Eyebrows:
Worrying too much about your eyebrows is no good at all instead, go easy and take time to give them desirable shape for a more prominent and gorgeous looking face. Also, do not pluck your eyebrows without any reason. Even while giving a proper shape, keep it to the minimum to keep a thick looking eye area.

5-Shape Your Nose:
Using a little primer and right skin toner will provide an extra hand to shape your nose according to your desire even without surgery. Take a skin toner or primer that matches your skin tone. Now run it down with the help of finger against the sides of your nose and then smear the toner to dissolve the form into the rest of your face. You will surprise to see that how effective this method is as in no time, you could have your desirable nose shape.