Skin care tips to protect your skin this winter
Nov23

Skin care tips to protect your skin this winter

The season for a lot of things Winter is here. Along with the much awaited cold weather, the excitement of shopping for and flaunting colourful cozy woolens, the steaming cups of tea at road side stalls, the sunny patch on the bed, the pleasure of diving deep inside a quilt, the festive season, holidays, vacations, and… skin that makes you feel more like an alligator than a human being! Don’t let that get you down henceforth. Here are a few simple skin care tips that will help you enjoy this season without worrying about the skin nor compromising on its health and glow.   Luke warm water There is nothing like soaking inside a warm water tub or taking a warm shower in the chill. But while at it, do be careful that the water is only luke warm and never hot. Hot water strips your skin of all its essential natural oils and makes your winter dry skin even more dry. In a matter of moments. And the damage done is not easy to undo. Also remember, that very cold water will have the same effect on your skin in Winter. So stick to luke warm water not just in the bath, but also when you are just washing your face and hands.   Moisturize and then moisturize again Even if the water is luke warm, moisturize immediately afterwards to retain the dampness your skin absorbed from the wash. Keeping moisturizer bottles placed strategically near the shower and at wash basins will help you stick to this good Winter habit every time. Also make it a habit to moisturize your skin in between too. Moisturizers are essential for every skin type during Winter. But choose you moisturizer wisely. Light ones which saw you through Summer will not be enough in Winter. Choose an oil based moisturizer instead of a water based one. But choose the oils wisely. Some oils like shea oil will not be good on your face as it tends to clog pores. Avocado oil, almond oil and primrose oil can safely be used on your face too. Try to go for a chemical free moisturizer, or simply mix in some extra virgin olive oil into your daily cold cream or lotion.   Take care at night too Another great time to lather on the moisturizer is before going to bed, so your skin can absorb it steadily as you sleep. But before that make it a habit to deep clean your skin so the moisturizer gets to work on a skin free from the day’s wear, tear and dirt.   It is the season for...

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Wedding vows you need to make to yourself before taking the plunge
Nov16

Wedding vows you need to make to yourself before taking the plunge

First of all, a word of congratulations If you are reading this, you are most likely soon be going to take the plunge into one of the most hallowed experiences of your life. Where two completely different lives will come together and become a single entity, thus combining two completely different backgrounds, beliefs and practices into a single lifestyle from which shall be born, among many other things, a new home. A wonderful thing indeed as it is something which will start out of the most important thing in life. Love. So, hearty congratulations are in place here for deciding to sanctify your love at society’s gate.   But are you ready for it? No, I do not mean, is the guest list ready, is your shopping list ready, are your parlour appointments in place. I mean, are you ready from the inside to give this day the honour it deserves? Which is why, among all other ceremonies that take place in a typical wedding, the marriage vows play a very important part. Because, no matter what community or religion, no matter the language of the vows, the goal of taking those vows together mean the same thing the world over. It means that you promise to work together towards making the best out of your future lives together by promising each other certain things. This is what a marriage hangs on. A relationship based on trust and mutual respect.   But are YOU ready for it? Yes. There are vows you can make to each other on that day. But do you agree that you first need to make some promises only to yourself, and believe in them, before making promises to another? Because, unless you are convinced yourself that you have faith in yourself in making the future work, how can another have the same faith in you? It is what you owe not only to yourself but to your partner and your future life together. Here are a few things that I think you should promise yourself before taking the final wedding vows.   I promise to know my inner self first Unless you have a deep understanding of the person you yourself are, the other person never will. And you can never give your all to something unless you know what that all consists of. So take some time off, delve within, be honest to yourself, and understand what makes you “YOU”. Once you do that, will you be able to decide whether you can make the next promises to yourself? Because knowing yourself will tell you whether you will be able to keep them....

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9 Effective Skin Care Tips For Brides To Be
Nov14

9 Effective Skin Care Tips For Brides To Be

For once when it is also about others Yes, the first and foremost reason you need to take care of your skin is for your own self. And only after that, for others. The only exception being, for the day you get married! Because on that day, not only would you want to look and feel good, but also, every one’s eyes are going to be on you! And for good reason too! You will own the day and there will be cameras to document your every mood, and these albums will stay with you forever. So what are you going to do about it?   Start right now Whether your wedding is a week away or a month, this is as good a time to start as any. Because, while a quick parlour visit before the big day will work on a superficial level, taking care of your skin at home on a daily basis for some time before that will make a huge difference on how you look on that day. Here are some simple but hugely beneficial things you can do at home which are as important as making the guest list and the shopping outings!   Enjoy yourself Do not get frantic with all the wedding planning and shopping and the last minute panics. It will only add to your stress. Stress shows immediately on your skin, under your eyes, and in a hundred different other ways. And it does not help your skin absorb all the goodness you might pamper it with. So, relax. Try and enjoy whatever it is that you have to do. And this will set the base for all other home remedies.   Sleep Yes. Sleep. As much as your body needs, and may be a little bit more. Sleeping beauty and beauty sleep are not often used phrases for nothing. All the beauty treatments that you do actually manifest themselves during those minimum eight hours of sleep you need to give yourself every night. Even without them, just a good night’s sleep gives your skin a freshness and glow that comes from within. And while at it, do not forget to rub on some eye cream or eye gel before you go to bed to ensure there will be no dark circles or bags under your eyes on the big day.   Drink lots of water Keeping your skin hydrated is one of the best treatments you can give it. The fluids help in quick skin rejuvenation, improves its elasticity, gives it a healthy glow, and helps enhance the other good you do it.   Exfoliate Exfoliation will help...

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Skin Care Mistakes – Are You Making Any Of These?
Nov10

Skin Care Mistakes – Are You Making Any Of These?

Are you overcaring for your skin? Taking care of our skin we all do or aim to do. But we have to be careful not to overdo it or do it wrong. Just as in most things in life. Nothing is good for you when you overdo it. Did you know drinking a lot of water is great for the body but drinking too much of even that harmless liquid can make you seriously ill? Ok, back to skin care and what you should NOT do about it.   Over exfoliating your skin Exfoliating your skin so that the dead cells come off gives you great, healthy and glowing skin. But if you overdo it, you risk removing more than that, which is your skin’s protective barrier and also its natural oils. This exposes your skin to damage caused by the sun, toxins in the environment and much more. So do not exfoliate your skin more than twice a week, that too gently.   Using the wrong cleanser Removing your make up at the end of the day is the right thing to do. But only when you are using the right cleanser for the job. When choosing a cleanser make sure it has natural ingredients that contain salicylic acid to keep your pores clean, antioxidants for overall protection and witch hazel that acts as an astringent. Using the wrong cleanser will not help your skin heal and will in fact make it harsh from too many unnecessary chemicals.   Not wearing sunscreen everyday Sunscreen, contrary to popular belief, is not just meant for a day on the sands or a day out on the roads. The sun slowly and steadily damages your skin even when you step out onto the balcony from your room. Make it a habit to use it every day no matter what your plans for the day are. Do not use it just on your face. Use it on whichever part is exposed, like your neck, your arms and so on.   Sleeping on cotton pillow cases The constant rubbing of your skin on cotton at night breaks down its collagen and may cause permanent ugly lines over time. Try using silk pillow covers. These will not only keep your pillows cool, but also save your skin from the damaging friction.   Picking at your pimples We have all been told not to do this when in our teens but we have done it any way, and most of us have regretted it later on when those scars have stayed for life. Add to this the immediate problems that arise from touching your face...

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12 Make Up Must Haves!
Nov04

12 Make Up Must Haves!

Whether you are starting or restarting, morning or evening Either this is going to be your first make up bag or you want to, yet again, organize your eternally overflowing make up bag full of things you either never used or don’t remember what you bought it for. Either ways this article is a great checklist so you have enough yet nothing extra. After all you don’t want to carry around a huge bag so that your make up bag fits in it, do you?   The Foundation To start with the basics, in the rough order you will use your make up, let us add to your bag the Foundation. The Foundation gives you a great complexion by evening out your skin tone. Choosing the right Foundation for your skin tone will take some time, but it is totally worth spending time upon as your overall look will depend on this base tone. You would not want a face that looks like it is a different entity from your body, do you? Also, if you have sensitive or acne prone skin, buy a Foundation that can be used on sensitive skin, made preferably from all natural ingredients.   2.The Concealer Where the damage is too deep and the Foundation does not work, there is the life saving Concealer. Give your under eyes a go over with it or any blemishes that stand out too much. Or make that pimple disappear if only for an evening! Yes. You call it Concealer, we call it Damage Control.   The Blush and Bronzer duo After the even toning what your skin needs is life and colour. That is when these siblings come in. A swipe of Blush on your cheeks makes for a healthy glow. Overdoing it never works though. For darker skin tones, a Bronzer gives a more natural look than a Blush, while for those with lighter skin tones, a Bronzer gives you a healthy tanned look. Apply a Bronzer from your forehead to your cheek in a single stroke followed by a small dab on the tip of your nose. A Compact that has both Blush and Bronzer is a space saver.   The Highlighter A Highlighter does a great job of illuminating healthily glowing skin. Apply the Highlighter down the bridge of your nose, followed by your cheekbones, then the inner corners of your eyes, above your brows, and a bit on the indent above your upper lip. Dab on a bit on the centre of your chin and forehead.   The Eyeshadow palette Instead of going berserk looking for the right eyeshadow from the clutter of...

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