Category: Life hacks and useful remedies

10 Natural tips for Your Daily Beauty and Skin Regime


Beauty is skin deep because it has pores to fill! Natural ingredients from the pantry can do wonders to your skin. These are simple recipes to take care of your skin in every season.

Honey and lemon

Honey has been used since ages for hair and skin. It cleanses the skin pores and is rich in antioxidants. The nutrients present in honey cleanses and hydrates the skin. Honey can lighten skin by a few tones. You can mix one tablespoon of honey with two tablespoons of coconut oil to cleanse the skin pores and hydrate the skin. Coconut oil has antibacterial properties and leaves the skin tone balanced.

Apply a spoonful of raw honey on the skin and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse it. It works as a wonderful moisturiser.

To lighten up the skin, mix 1 tablespoon of lemon and 1 tablespoon of honey and apply it on your face. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. This is a simple facial recipe to radiate the skin.

Oats For Skin

Oats is a cereal that acts as a cleansing agent. Soaps have chemicals and are incapable of pampering your skin. Skin dearly loves to be treated with oatmeal facemasks. Oats has proved their loyalty to skin to its grain.

If you don’t find eating oatmeal appealing, powder oats and fill it in a nice looking jar. This fine powdered oats is useful in creating a variety of face masks with natural ingredients that work wonders on the skin. Oats eliminates acne and many other skin problems.

  • For removing tan, crush 2-3 almonds, add some milk, and 1 tablespoon of oatmeal. Apply this mixture on the skin and leave it on for 15-20 minutes, and rinse. You can also use a mixture of buttermilk and oats and apply on face to remove sun tan.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of oatmeal, a pinch of turmeric, and mix it with rose water. This is a facemask that works well for all skin types and gives a smoother skin. Rinse after 15 to 20 minutes of application.
  • To get oil free skin, puree 1 tomato in a blender and add 2 tablespoons of oatmeal powder to this puree. Apply it on face and leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off.

Fruits and Vegetable Slices for a Smoother Skin

Potato and tomato slices are well known bleaching agents for the skin. Wash your face in the morning and rub these slices of the face for a few minutes and rinse your face with lukewarm water. This makes the skin smoother.

Pulp of fruits like papayas, green apples, and avocados keep the skin young for a longer time. They make the skin radiant and moisturize it naturally. They promote blood circulation of the skin, leaving the skin looking younger.

Mash a Banana and mix it with 1 egg white and 1 tablespoon of yogurt for a glowing skin. Another alternative is to use 2 tablespoons of olive oil and mix it with ripe banana mash and apply it on your skin. Wash it after 20 minutes for a smoother skin.

Oiling for Beautiful and Blemish Free Skin

Argan oil is a concentrate made from Argan trees in Morocco. It offers umpteen benefits of skin. It is Vitamin E rich and is high in antioxidants. Vitamin E prevents fine lines, wrinkles, and reverses the process of aging in skin. It also lightens darks spots on skin and protects the skin from sun burns.

Jojoba oil is usually the first choice of facial oils by beauty enthusiasts. This is a commonly used face oil as it is light and gets absorbed easily into the skin. Leave it on overnight, you will wake up with a clearer skin.This is a popular oil for giving your skin some bedtime treatment.

Castor oil reduces acne, breakouts of skin, and prevents the skin from feeling dry. This is not a fragrant oil like its counterpart face oils. If your skin needs a pragmatic treatment to remedy skin problems like, acne and to keep the bacteria at bay, say yes to this oil treatment. This is not your daily skin treatment trusty side kick. Use this oil for treating minor skin problems.

Avocado oil is useful for people with dry skin. It takes care of the cell function of the skin and leaves the texture of the skin looking stunning!It is rich in Vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids. For dry skin problems olive oil can also be used.

Water and Ice and Everything Nice!

Rubbing ice on your skin can increase blood circulation. Add a drop of moisturizer on the ice cube and rub it, your skin can feel the smoothness and glow instantly.

Drinking 8 to 10 ounces of water everyday cleanses the toxins from the body and keeps hydrates the skin. This is one of the most inexpensive beauty treatments for your skin and works better than applying topical creams. Drinking a good amount of water everyday prevents aging of skin.

Flours that Keep the Skin Glowing

Gramflour is made from garbanzo beans or chickpeas. Add milk, honey, turmeric, or rose water to this flour and apply it on the skin, it makes the skin smooth, radiant, and prevents many skin problems. You can keep pimples, acne, dark spots, and a dull complexion at bay when you use this face mask daily. Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse with water.

Rice flour is made from uncooked white rice. Add milk to this flour and apply it on the face. This is a simple skin whitening tip. Ferulic acid in rice powder acts as an antioxidant and protects the skin from sun.

Spice Up Your Beauty Regime With these Spices

Mix a spoonful of paprika with honey to create a moisturizing face mask. Mix half a spoon of nutmeg powder with milk to make a paste. Apply this paste to exfoliate the skin. Turmeric is the spice that can be added to milk, honey, and sandalwood powder to make a paste for a face mask. Use this spice to apply a face mask only at night.

Milk that Your Skin Loves

Almond milk has zinc, and vitamin E that helps keep the skin blemish free and prevents skin cancer.

Goat milk contains nutrients like selenium and vitamin A that are a treat for the skin. It also contains alpha hydroxyl acid(AHA) and lactic acid. It lightens the skin.

Coconut milk prevents aging of skin, dark spots, and sagging of skin. For a wrinkles free look, you can apply this milk regularly on your face.

Flower Recipes for Skin

Crush some rose petals and add honey to them. Apply this mixture on the lips. Rosewater acts as a good skin toner.

Take Jasmine flowers petals and crush them. Add a few drops of coconut oil and apply this mixture of your skin. It gives a glow and removes dryness of skin.

Take marigold petals, add 1 tablespoon of honey ,and 1 tablespoon of milk. Apply this mixture of the face. Leave it to dry for 15 minutes and give it a rinse.

Herbal Teas Good for Skin

Green tea, black tea, peppermint tea, ginger tea, and chamomile tea are good for skin. Drink them daily a cup or two and keep your skin healthy and happy.

Disclaimer

This is only an informative article. These tips may or may not work for you. I am passionate about beauty, homemade remedies, fashion, and wellness. I only provide information that is correct to the best of my knowledge. How this information affects you is not my responsibility.

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How I began Glass Painting


242330_10150203182781400_7947154_o240423_10150203184871400_7139226_o When I took down my bespoke studio, Faporazee, I had brought glass shelves from my studio to home. Since, they all were 8 inches wide, I was thinking how to utilize them. I first, cut them into round rectangular shapes and fitted them like tiny wall mounted arrangements. The rest of the pieces, were too many. So, I decided to paint them instead of throwing them away. How many shelves can you have at home anyway?

246633_10150203183691400_6465022_nSo, I started with my favorite, abstract design, then go onto doing floral motifs, birds, and random stuff. I loved pottery too. I had done some pot painting as a kid, using sand paper and plaster of pares to do up the texture. The next thing to do was paint it in motifs that I love by stenciling them first. I have always been good with arts and painting works. I never had to use a stencil for glass painting at all. I started off with the motifs in my mind directly onto the glass. I painted around 10 to 12 pieces in a weeks time. So, next time, I have a bottle or any glass piece that I do not use, I paint it and utilize it for decor. The pictures in this blog are my glass painting works done a few years back.

My interesting Routine Speaks of My Love for Life


Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity- Lao Tzu.

My day starts at 6am. I do the breathing exercise for 5 minutes before I get out of bed. I love my king size breakfast. I rustle up a planned breakfast every day. Mostly salads, doused in seeds and olive oil and a whole glass of fruit or vegetable juice. I have been on an organic diet for a really long time. It helps me keep chronic ailments at bay. I look at the silver lining of a good routine despite challenges.

This is my routine. I get better at it everyday. At least, I am not running inside the hamster’s cage, day in and day out. I don’t feel the onus to deal with the daily grind of  compulsions. I retain my natural, spontaneous, spur-off-the-moment independence. I wouldn’t give away my sense of freedom for million dollars or the mousetrap of true love. I do miss people and socializing daily. I would love that too, but my love for ideas is high!! Higher than the need of finding a middle ground that trammels my sacred religion of being free spirited. I don’t give a dime to epochal thinking, or doing something with the intent of creating an epic. I cannot miss the pleasure out of doing things I love.

Freelancing, working from home, afflicts social life, but you do not miss out on the rich inner world. You might communicate more with birds and plants than humans everyday. The ‘Me’ time becomes so potent, you develop a strong reason to shut down the rigmarole and the mundane small talk. I have never been the small talk kind of a person. Though, it is an ice breaker in any conversation. My self absorption with ideas has taken over social life. I jot down, write, read, sketch, cook, clean, and create.

I have a heavy breakfast and lunch light. I love cooking for myself, as well as people I love. There is true joy in doing that. I think, I have come so far because I have not given up holding on to good dietary habits. I am a massive foodie. But, I prefer not to get into temptation habits, not cause of self righteousness, but for the love of my own well being.

Then my work starts at 7am or 9am, depending on random stuff I choose to do early morning. Sometimes it could be a morning walk, or listening to music, or grooming plants, or just sitting still. Stillness is vital to me. I have a dislike to be shaken up. I, especially, like my mornings quiet. Then goes on the roster of things planned ahead of the day. Writing, mostly. I pen thoughts for myself and also take up the technical and mundane formats of writing as a part of my daily work.

This has been a long, unwinding journey having its own pitfalls. But, in all the chaos, peace, and a motley of incidents, my yearning for a disciplined life remains consistent. My core values have not changed, and nothing will change them. Nobody or nothing is so potent enough to change them. I love the pace at which I move my own life. i love it, because I get to choose the pace of my own life, in the case of happiness as well as adversity. I love it that I am incapable of being pushed for anything that does not coincide with who I am. No temptation of money, fame, or allure of true love is so big that it can put a veil on me. There is hardly a scope for boredom, with or without people. I am comfortable in my own skin.

 

I have Become a Herbal Tea Connoisseur


After drinking black coffee for a really long time, I switched to herbal tea when it felt like there were coffee streams running in my blood vessels. My caffeine addiction ceased to zero. Once in a while I smell the freshly grounded coffee and add chocolate syrup to the black coffee, so you cannot call it black coffee anymore.

Green tea has been in the list of my daily intake. So, I tried as many flavors as available. The cinnamon, lemon, mint, tulsi, and more blends. Then I tried black tea. I found black tea to have boosting my metabolism than green tea. I also tried the jasmine, Apple,Hibiscus,peach, apricot, and the fruit flavored teas. They make you feel lighter.

 

 

Living Outside the Limbo


Since the turn of Sept 1st 2016, it seems like I have already been living in the unborn month of October, outside the scope of my limbo. All these months have been riding on the auto pilot mode, but looks like the settings have changed. What did the oblivion do to me?Let me sail in my search for peace through meddling chaos. It’s quite the quagmire, let me tell you! Like the quicksilver, time runs out of you, as much as you are running along the time. Doesn’t unpredictability make life adventurous? Too much information can shut you down for good. The kind of shut down that reincarnates and beckons the innate nature, almost forgotten over the passage of time.

After almost a decade, I have started to recognize my true self. Re conciliate my inner peace, enjoy the sunlight and the rain equally. Past is not bad as long as it reminds you of who you truly are! The original you! You get so lost  hotfooting, you forget simple things that matter and forget to thank God for all the good things happening with you. Limbo is your pet stop watch. You are thrown into a limbo by life, when every aspect starts to steer at an overwhelming rate, without the look out for breaks.

When a few lines begin to rhyme the rhythm of the present, it seems like a gift, truly! Meaningfulness in its fullness starts to snail into the little holes hammered into your soul. Chaos theory is only for the creative hearts who render them beautifully. They understand the purity that lies beneath the dust of chaos and mayhem. That is what deep living does to you. You alight down the staircase of insensibilities and unconcerns and FEEL so real, it bumps off the eclipse of numbness with an epidemic outbreak of compassion. I do remember now, like a breath of fresh air, how compassionate I have been before being pushed into the cosmos of abeyance. To the world, it might seem like an immovable stagnation, but for me, it has been a spiritual challenge to know the unknown in the state of nothingness.

You feel the gravity, but inside your soul there is no pull. You nourish your body robotically, because something inside you is not dead yet. That something has been at a primitive stage during this long period of nowhere. That something has evolved into a matured gumption, and full blown awareness. Auto pilot has chosen to flake out. I think forgiveness is from true realization than from manufactured wisdom. The long term contract with the limbo now ends with the end of August.

Bruised, Abused, and a ‘No’ to Suicide


here-and-now-413092_1920It’s disturbing how young actresses( Pratyusha Baneerjee) decide to end their life over an abusive relationship. It’s discouraging. I wished she had bugged her friends and family with her woes, cribbed about her relation till she felt better, blogged about it, ranted at length just to let it out of her system; she’d live longer! That thin line, one could stop crossing and preclude taking such drastic steps. Every industry has it’s own set of challenges. The idea of managing emotions and ambitions, per se, is a roller coaster ride for one and all. All of us have seen the blues, but what keeps us going is that one faint ray of hope thinking you came this far not to do away with your life but to reflect, retrospect, and improvise. This is no sensational wisdom, just a simpatico thought.

People fail to understand depression, especially, concealed depression. That’s because parenting is all about being self righteous (apparent from Hema Malini’s tweet about the actresses’ suicide). People rarely believe in a sense of free spiritedness. The way people in general respond to the very onset of depression is appalling, while those few sensitive souls do understand, thank god for that! It’s not something that can be cured with a pill.

Depression and mood swings are a chemical activity inside the brain not a character disorder or a result of damaged thinking. Not everybody is going to put their personal mayhem on their sleeves. But, there are signs of concealed depression that can be addressed by near and dear ones.

I seriously think, reading about lives of people and how they have coped up in tough times gives a lot of hope and will to survive in this world and take care of yourself. Self love, after all is not an ostentacious self indulgence. Most of us ignore self love and self awareness. Even the strongest have to be reminded of this when they hit rock bottom. All of us need that trusty side kick who can lift our spirits knowing and acknowledging that we are strong and able. Being depressed is not characteristic as most of them like to think. Depression is not a personality trait or an excuse, but a real thing most of the people in this world have no choice but deal and live with every single day. It’s a silent scream that nobody can hear. It’s a cry for help that nobody is aware of; not even those closest to you. That is the very nature of depression. It stays concealed and sometimes people don’t even realize how it affects their lives only because they are blissfully unaware that their mind is hit with depression.

With high level of stress, demanding jobs, lifestyle, and social pressures, depression is one thing I hope this society takes a serious look at. No matter how bruised or abused you are, no matter how tempting it seems to end your life, just put a lid on that thought, forcefully, if you have to, and say a strict ‘No’ to that moment of wanting to see the other side. You don’t deserve it, nobody does! Because, life is always willing to give you a fair chance!