Thursday, June 24, 2010

Skin Care

French women are known across the globe for beautiful skin and their beauty secrets.
Create a potent antioxidant and moisturizing mask by mashing up grapes,and smoothing onto the skin.
Leave it for 15 minutes and rinse off.

They say that a Scottish girl is forever connected to the sea, well so is her hair.
The ocean's sea kelp, rich in vitamins A, B, C and E strengthens hair follicles and adds shine.
Do it at home by mixing 1 tablespoon of kelp powder with 2 cups of warm water.
Massage it into the scalp for two minutes and then rinse away for stronger hair!

Cleopatra’s beauty secret was taking milk baths to soften her skin and remove dead cells.
To try the treatment at home, add 2 cups of powdered milk to your bath.
“It will make your skin look absolutely gorgeous and feel so smooth, silky and soft.”

Greek women traditionally rinse their hair with rosemary water,
which removes build up, and adds both shine and bounce to their locks.
Boil fresh rosemary.
Strain out the rosemary when the water has cooled and pour water over your hair.

Indian women have possibly the worlds' most coveted hair.
Coconut oil is one of their beauty secrets that help to keep their locks healthy, thick and shiny.
Massage it into the scalp, leave it overnight and rinse out.
Doing this once a week helps to strengthen thinning hair.

Olive trees grow in many African and Mediterranean countries.
Extra virgin olive oil has been used in beauty rituals for centuries!
Touted as one of the most effective treatments for moisturizing skin and hair.
You can apply this directly to the body, heat it and use it as a hot oil treatment for the hair, in soaps, lip balms.

Costa Rica:
Freshly squeezed orange juice and water mixed and dabbed across the face temporarily shrinks pores.

Jamaican uses the banana peel to soothe sunburn.
The fruit itself makes an amazing hair conditioner.
Mash it up, leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse out.

They soak their nails in warm olive oil, with a few drops of vitamin A oil.
This will make them less prone to splitting and peeling, which results from dryness.

Italian women make an egg-white hair mask to prevent and heal damage from the strong Mediterranean sunshine.
White two egg whites into a frothy mousse, apply it to wet hair for 10 minutes and shampoo it out with lukewarm water, condition as usual.

Women in Australia love tea tree oil. It gives their skin a youthful glow.
It can help many skin damage problems: sun, acne, dryness, and even some skin funguses.
Just add a few drops to your normal cleanser or moisturizer.
If you have dandruff, you can add a few drops to your shampoo, to help stop the flakes.

Women from Spain are known for their rich dark hair.
Seems some of this hair color comes from Cranberry juice.
Women here are known to use cranberry juice as a final rinse.
They mix 1/4 cup of cranberry juice and 1/4 cup of water and rinse.
However, if you are blonde, do not use cranberry juice, try lemon juice instead.

Japanese Geisha girls are known for their flawless skin.
One reason is that many use Camellia nut oil.
Seems this oil is great for many skin conditions:
Dark spots, stretch marks, dry cuticles and can be used as a moisturizer.
It can be found at local herbal shops

To achieve glowing skin, women in Singapore mash papaya and apply it as a 15-minute facemask.Papaya is rich in the exfoliating enzyme, papain.

Hand Care

Our hands have a very few oil glands, with the result that they tend to get dry easily and very often as well. As they come in contact with chemicals, detergents, garden dirt, and so on, when you undertake cleaning works, they are exposed to further damage. Therefore, it is necessary to take special care of your hands. You should exfoliate them and moisturize them on a regular basis. In order to help you with task, we have provided a few hand care recipes in the following lines, which you can make at home, to take special care of your hands.

Easy Homemade Manicure Recipes

Hand Sugar Exfoliant
Mix two tablespoons of oil (vegetable, olive, baby or safflower oil) with three tablespoons of sugar (using coarse sugar will be better) and form a paste. Gently rub the paste on your hands and continue doing so for 2-3 minutes. Wash off with warm water and dry thoroughly.

Hand Softener
For coarse and dry hands, mix one tablespoon of lemon juice with a teaspoon of sugar and a little water. Apply this mixture on your hands and let it sit for 5 minutes. Wash off with warm water and dry thoroughly.

Tomato-Lime Softener
If you have rough skin on your hands, this recipe will surely prove to be handy. Take out the juice of one tomato and one lime and mix well. Add 2-3 tbsp glycerin to it and massage your hand with the mixture, for 3-4 minutes. Wash off with warm water and dry thoroughly.

Honey-Egg Softener
In a bowl, put an ounce of honey, the white portion of an egg, one tsp of glycerin and some barley powder. Mix the ingredients well and apply on clean hands. Let the paste sit on your hands for a few minutes and then wash off with water.

Nourishing Hand Cream
Mix 1/3 cup of glycerin and 2/3 cups of rose water. Put the mixture in a bottle and shake it well. Store it in a cool and dry place .Massage your hands with the mixture as often as possible.

Cuticle Softener
Warm olive oil can go a long way in softening your cuticles. Just after you have taken a bath, push your cuticles back and massage warm olive oil into them. Use the tips of the fingers for the purpose.

Foot Care

Foot Care Recipes

Best essential oils for foot massage: Lavender, Rosemary, Geranium. Use 5 drops of the essential/fragrance oil to 10 teaspoons of a carrier oil such as safflower. Combine ingredients and store in a dark color bottle in a cool place. Use when needed.

Wouldn't people love soft and beautiful feet? Here is the way.

Rub baby lotions all around your feet, then massage them by stretching from side to side. Do whatever you can for massaging, for best result, massage each foot at least 3 minutes.

Soothing Foot Lotion

•1 tablespoon almond oil
•1 tablespoon olive oil
•1 teaspoon wheat germ oil
•12 drops eucalyptus essential/fragrance oil


Combine ingredients in a dark colored bottle, shake extremely well. To use just rub into the feet and heels. Store in a cool dry place.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Eye Care

Although our skin is of single and largest organ of our body, not all part of our skin is created with same character. For example, the skin on the scalp has embedded hair follicles, and the skin of the nose and cheeks tends to have active glands. The skin around your eyes is very sensitive and delicate, which needs good care at all age. Weather its summer or winter or any other season, follow some simple steps and guidelines as under, to have healthier skin around your eyes!

- To reduce the dark circles around your eyes, no matter at what age you are, get at least seven to eight hours sleep every night. Sleeping with your head slightly elevated would help you working against gravity; which causes fluid to collect in your lower eyelids resulting in dark circles.

- Use an eye cream around the eyes to keep moisture in the skin.
When applying cream or make up around the eyes use the ring finger (as it exerts less pressure).

- Don't rub eyes frequently as this can cause an eye infection and in turn causing infection in the skin around eyes. This is because; few of us bother to wash our hands before touching our eyes

Hair Care

How to achieve and maintain a healthy head of beautiful hair.

Three main things are needed for a good-looking head of hair : good health, the right attention to cleanliness, and caution when using cosmetic treatments.

One more thing, Masks !

Mixing 1 tablespoon of kelp powder with 2 cups of warm water.
Massage it into the scalp for two minutes and then rinse away for stronger hair!

Mix lemon juice, olive oil and honey and apply on hair. Keep it for 20 minutes and rinse.

1 medium banana,1 egg,1/2 avocado,2 Tbsp honey,3 Tbsp buttermilk,3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil.
Mash banana, egg and avocado in a small bowl.
Add remaining ingredients and stir until well combined.
Apply to hair from roots to tips.
Leave in for 30 minutes and then wash out with a moisturizing shampoo.
Use twice a month to maintain healthy hair.

Combine 5 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons Browns sugar
1/2 teaspoon Vanillia Extract.
Mix Oil and sugar until sugar is separated.
gently beat in vanilla extract.
Massage into hair starting from root.
Wrap into a shower cap to lock in heat for 30-45 mins.

1 medium banana,1 egg,1/2 avocado,2 Tbsp honey,3Tbsp buttermilk,3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil.
Mash banana, egg and avocado in a small bowl.Add remaining ingredients and stir until well combined.
Apply to hair from roots to tips.Leave in for 30 minutes and then wash out with a moisturizing shampoo.
Double the recipe for long hair.Use twice a month to maintain healthy hair.

Pearly White

Those expensive teeth-whiteners produce results, but the cost of maintaining your million-dollar grin can be prohibitive.

One of the key ingredients in whitening toothpaste is baking soda, so add a little to your regular toothpaste.

You can also try salt and lemon on your brush, but the best advice is just to avoid coffee, tea and colas.

Skin Care Tips

Simple all natural daily facial cleansing regiment:

1) Apply olive oil. Wipe clean.

2) Beat the whites of an egg and apply all over face and neck area; let dry. Your face will tighten. Rinse off with warm water. Oilier skins should leave on for a longer amount of time and rinse off with cold water.

3) Mix equal parts honey and sugar, apply all over face and neck area. Massage in circular motion avoiding the eye area; then simply rinse off with warm water. Oilier skins may mix honey and salt then rinse off with cold water.

4) Wash with a mild soap and warm water.

5) On a cotton ball apply rose water over face and neck area. Let dry.

6) Finish off by applying a gentle moisturizer.