Hair Care in Natural Way

The structure of hair is like the scales on the skin of a fish that has overlapping scales around a central core called the cortical. Smoother overlapping more shiny and smooth the hair looks. This also leads to easy combing while a tangled or roughed-up structure makes the hair look rough and dull.
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Begin with Cleansing – Did you think that cleansing was required only for your skin? Keeping your scalp and hair germ free will not only leave them smelling good but will also ensure good quality hair. Mix a tablespoon of baking soda in two tablespoons of herbal shampoo and apply on the scalp while massaging for at least half an hour. You may have to add more baking soda and shampoo if your hair is very long, but remember to do so in the same proportion. Wash hair with cold water.

Healthy Diet – It does not require much explanation as to why a diet completes with all basic nutrients is essential for good quality hair. Eat healthy everyday and especially include vitamin C and protein to get strong shiny hair. While the former has antioxidant properties, the latter acts as the building block of hair.
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Brushing Hair is Important – It is very important to comb the hair at least twice a day. This helps in proper blood circulation and also distributes the natural oil in the hair to every part of the scalp, thus ensuring health and shine of your tresses. Remember not to brush more than four times a day as this will lead to breaking of the loose strands of hair.

Check the Quality of Water – No product can make your hair look good if you are washing your hair with hard water! It is said that corroding minerals present in hard water settle on your scalp leading to premature graying and sometimes hair fall. The best way to nullify the harmful effects of hard water is to use a water softener.

Get Rid of Dandruff Naturally – Make a paste of mustard and fenugreek by blending them together. Apply on the scalp; follow with a steam towel wrap for at least 15 minutes before washing off with a mild herbal shampoo.
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For the Extra Shine – Don’t you want your tresses to shine as you step out of home? Strain black tea (remember not to brew the tea too strong) and wash the hair after it has cooled down at room temperature. Alternately, you can choose to apply homemade fresh curd on the hair. Both tea and curd are to be washed away with cold water.

Natural Dyeing – Colors they say are not good for the hair. But you can go the natural way for dyeing your hair. Mix half a cup mehendi, fresh juice of one lemon, an egg and one tablespoon of coffee powder in a bowl. Add water if necessary. Apply the paste on the hair and wash off after an hour with cold water.

How to Get Rid of Dull Hair – If you want the bounce back on your lifeless hair, add two teaspoons of vinegar in one mug of warm water. Wash the hair with this solution. Increase the quantity of vinegar and warm water used in the same proportion if you have long hair.

Cure for Damaged Hair Cuticles – Steam towel wrap should be repeated every once in a while to keep the cuticles in the hair free of damage. The pores on the cuticles should remain open all the time to absorb nutrients from oil, shampoo and other products that you apply. Similarly, toxins from the scalp also need an outlet. For this, the cuticles have to be in proper condition.
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Take Care of the Hair Roots – If the roots are strong, the hair will also be strong. Add overnight soaked curry leaves in a mixture of mustard and coconut oil. Bring this mixture to boil. Remove from oven and add three camphor balls. Allow the mixture to cool. Strain and apply on scalp in circular movements using a piece of cotton or cloth. Leave the oil on the head for at least five hours for best results. Wash off with a mild herbal shampoo.

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Stay Fit in Monsoon

While the rains bring a welcome relief from the scorching summer sun, the monsoon also increases chances of falling sick. 

Water-logging in the streets help in breeding of mosquitoes and it heightens the chances of getting mosquito transmitted diseases like malaria and dengue. People also become more susceptible to viral infections. However keeping certain tips in mind, you can enjoy the rain and stay healthy as well.

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Those who are fond of street food should be careful during the rainy season. Water contamination is quite common and so is the chance of getting raw vegetables getting spoilt. Also, use an effective insect repellent to keep mosquitoes away and as far as possible avoid getting bitten.

Visit a doctor and as a preventive measure taking anti-malarial drugs is a good idea during this time of the year. Avoid walking through dirty water whenever possible since it leads to many fungal infections of feet and nails and also leptospirosis.

Dry your feet whenever they get wet. Try to keep your body warm and dry as much as possible and avoid entering air conditioned rooms with wet hair and clothes. Those who suffer from asthma should avoid staying anywhere with damp walls. Drinking lots of warm herbal tea is also good for health since they contain antibacterial properties. Keep these simple tips in mind and go out and enjoy the monsoon !

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Lip Plumper Tips

Do you sometimes think that you would kill for beautiful full lips? Sure, you could get Collagen implants, or tattooed outlines around your lip… But it’s a little bit excessive, I’m sure you will agree! There are other cheaper, and much more practical, ways of achieving a similar affect. Here’s how to get beautiful full lips in four easy steps…

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Step one: Lip balm babe

Prepare your delicate lips with a generous slick of lip balm in advance. Nobody likes cracked and frayed lips! And in this cold winter weather its important to take more care than usual. (Cold weather will dry the moisture from your lips). Make sure that the lip balm has sunk a little before you go on to step two, otherwise your lip liner won’t work.


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Step two: Line and define

Get a natural lip liner, and carefully draw around the very rim of your lips. If you get a wobbly line, don’t panic (and don’t think nobody will notice it)… just carefully remove it and start again! When you have a firm lines fill in the rest of your lips with the same color.

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Step three: Now add some shine!

Here comes the glamorous bit, the lip-gloss! Again, keep the color natural. Forget lipstick that’s too dark or too light. One thing you’ve gotta remember though, gloss looks better but doesn’t have the staying power of lippy. Make sure you keep it in your purse and re-apply during the day.

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Step four: Plump them up

This is the hard bit. But actually it’s not! All you have got to do, (after you have completed steps one through three), is dot a white shimmery product like eye shadow or an eyebrow highlighter in the very center of your lips. Start slowly, and blend very carefully. What you are looking to achieve is natural looking shading, with your lip color being lighter where your mouth opens. This will create the illusion of beautiful full lips.

Oh, one last thing. Remember, people always want what they haven’t got, so don’t fret… just make the best of what you have got. And you know what they say; if you have got it, flaunt it!

So pucker up, and be sweet!

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Spa

‘Solus per Aqua’ – wondering what this might be? Well, acronym for this term is Spa. If you are a Honeymooning couple and want a wine bath in a cozy couple suite with orchids and rose petals all around – that isn’t impossible to achieve. Till 10 years back people just mocked at the idea of natural healing; in fact they were skeptical about its benefits. Today people are looking at alternate healing solutions to cope with the stress of daily life. Who doesn’t want to get de-stressed? If you have all the resources to feel good, what are you waiting for? Of late, the middle class is doing it in style to make sure ‘they live in style’. Spas are no longer meant only for the rich and the famous. It has started dripping downwards – even to the middle class segment.

India’s southern-most states have particularly gripped the spa phenomenon with a mix of Ayurveda. In these areas, where Ayurveda is the main form of medical treatment, hotels, resorts and hospitals design packages ranging from a weekend to a month to introduce Americans, Europeans and East Asians to ancient massages, medication and yoga.

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Types of Spa

Destination Spa – Destination spa is set up in a manner to make you feel refreshed at all levels, giving the fitness of body and mind, as well as making you practice healthy eating, which in a way guarantees complete relaxation. This is not a one-day ecstasy that you experience, rather takes you to a whole new beautiful world, for at least two to three nights, making you totally de-stressed where no troubles or botherations tend to give you tensions.

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Resort Spa – This one is described as one of the hotel facilities meant for comforting and giving convenience to the tourists. It gives you spa services, couples with fitness classes and a usual spa cuisine. After a lot of travel, this happens to be the apt treatment for business travelers and families.

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Day Spa – A day spa offers services on a one-day basis. This is availed on a daily basis. Spa manicures and pedicures, facial and body massage are some of the treatments people and avail from a day spa.

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Health Spa – It looks after the overall health needs of a person. The location is usually a very peaceful one with adept advice from practitioners.

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Medical Spa – Medical spa focuses mainly on cosmetic treatments like laser resurfacing and Botox injections. Not only these medical facilities, they have spa treatment facilities as well. All the treatments are rendered to individuals under the close supervision of a doctor.

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Mineral Springs Spa – Characterized by its name, a mineral springs spa uses natural mineral, thermal or seawater to give to offer hydrotherapy treatments to the spa users.

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Cruise Ship Spa This service is available aboard a cruise ship. Barring the usual spa treatments, it comprises fitness and wellness components and varied spa cuisine menu choices.

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Airport Spa It is provided at the airport, to give short duration treatments to the tired travelers. The most common treatments are the 15-minute chair massage and oxygen therapy.

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Natural Foot Care

Be grateful to your feet for letting you roam freely on this planet! But do you know that feet are one of the most abused and overused parts of your body? Given the amount of stress and strain your feet have to go through every day, it is very important to take care of them.

Natural foot care is a great way to give a new lease of life to the aching muscles and dry skin of your feet.

It is necessary to follow a natural foot care regime else there is a possibility of developing foot related ailments like corns, infections, dry foot skin, foot pain and several others.

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Daily natural care for feet:

Pamper your feet with warm soapy water everyday. If you do not have enough time, indulge in natural foot massage at least once a week for stimulating your foot nerve endings.

It is necessary to remove the dead cells of the foot skin on a regular basis; else cracks and infections may develop in no time. Use Pumice stone or foot scrub for this purpose.

Since the foot soles do not have any oil glands, there is a tendency for the foot skin to become dry, so moisturize your feet properly after cleaning them.

While beauty stores are full of chemical and natural foot care products, it is better to devote sometime at home for your foot care and that too by using your own home made foot care recipes.

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Natural foot care recipes:

Brown Sugar Callus Exfoliate-this can be made by using easily available natural ingredients. However, you need to make sure you are not sensitive to any ingredient.

Cooling Foot and Body Powder-this natural foot care homemade recipe absorbs moisture and provides great relief besides antiseptic and antifungal cover.

Exfoliating Foot Mask- this provides relief to the dry and toughened foot skin. Foot Deodorant Powder- this is completely natural and refreshing for the skin.

You can also visit Best Foot Forward for more information.

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Home Cellulite Treatments

Cellulite occurs when the connective tissue pulls down on fat causing the fat to bulge under the skin. The less fat you have the less noticeable cellulite is. Diet and exercise play an important role in reducing the appearance of cellulite.

If you want to reduce cellulite you need to detox your body, especially your liver and colon. Lay off nicotine and caffeine, do not consume excess salt or fat and drink plenty of water. Eat foods rich in nutrients like soy, blueberries and nuts. Make sure you get the nutrients glucosamine, B vitamins and essential fatty acids. Onions are also a wonderful food to combat cellulite. Onions act as a natural diuretic releasing water buildup from skin cells.

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Exercise to lose weight and tone your legs and buttocks. Do specific exercises to increase muscle mass in your thighs like walking, biking, stair climbing, yoga and pilates. The less fat and more muscle you have will make cellulite disappear. Muscle will stretch the skin and smooth out the dimpled bumpy appearance.

To increase circulation and break up the fat do daily massages to troubled areas. You can also use a body brush in the shower or bath with a body wash or exfoliating product to help increase circulation. Use aromatherapy oils in your bath to stimulate your system: Sage, cypress, and juniper oils aid with cellulite reduction.

Wearing pantyhose will also help combat and reduce cellulite, especially the body shaping ones that contour your thighs. Pantyhose compress fat and help aid circulation. There are cellulite reduction pantyhose on the market now specifically made to help reduce the appearance of cellulite.

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You can make a body wrap at home with coffee grounds and seaweed to help reduce cellulite. Take warm coffee grounds and spread on troubled areas, wrap with moist seaweed (can be purchased at health food stores) then cover with plastic wrap. Keep the wrap on for about a half hour. Un wrap and rinse off in the shower. Massage your thighs as you rinse off.

There are also many commercial products that you can purchase to help combat cellulite. Some of the most popular are: L’Oreal Sublime Slim which consists of a day and a night gel to apply daily, Clarins Total Body Lift, Murad Firm and Tone Serum, Body Creator Aromatic Firming Cream, Algotherm Pulpe Active Minceur, and Guinot Absolue Minceur home version products.

Cellulite may never completely disappear but at least you can minimize it and make your thighs look as good as possible when you want to put on a bikini or a mini skirt.

If you have money to spend on your cellulite treatment, there are many good Spa cellulite reduction methods. I was write another article on Spa Cellulite Reduction Please visit there and find out more.

Smart Suntanning

Smart Sun Tanning – Avoid Effects of UV Rays 
Heading for the beach? Grab your shades, your towel and your sandals, but don’t forget some sun block even if you are desperate for that golden glow. Studies show that more than one million people will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year, and a strong correlation is linked between those who worship the sun and the disease itself.

According to scientific research, such a thing as a healthy tan does not exist. Tanning is, in essence, the skins reaction to damage already done, and a defensive attempt to protect itself from further harm.

The UV (or Ultraviolet) rays are the most threatening component of a natural suntan. Two types of UV rays, UVA and UVB, negatively affect the skin by deeply penetrating our skin and potentially damage gene composition. UVA rays (the predominant type) tend to cause skin cancer after prolonged periods of time. Sunburn and the redness associated with sun exposure result from UVB rays, which are also a strong risk factor for skin cancer. Personal tanning methods available today attempt to eliminate the UV rays from coming in contact with the skin, yet you have to wonder how safe you are when shutting yourself in a tiny tanning booth for 30 minutes at a time!

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Salon Options: 
Popularity of tanning beds tends to soar as teens strive for the prom-perfect hue and women of all ages aim to avoid the pasty white complexions they suffered long enough through the winter. Though they are thought to be only slightly more protective than getting a natural tan due to the controlled environment, risks are still associated with tanning beds as the exposure to UV rays is still present.

Did you know there is a recommended allotment of time that one should not exceed in the course of a year when using a tanning bed? According to the British Photodermatology Group (BPG-a branch of the British Association of Dermatologists), one should not surpass 10 sets of 30-minute sessions twice a year, or in other words, 10 hours of exposure per year. I am willing to bet most of us blow ten hours of sun exposure out of the water on each vacation we take!

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Natural Tanning Options: 
If you simply cannot avoid worshipping the sun on a gorgeous day, consider using sunscreen with a low SPF. This will still allow tanning, but the skin will receive at least a small degree of protection from the powerful rays. Be especially cautious when in or on the water, as the sun may badly burn the skin without any warning signs. Hats and t-shirts can provide a degree of protection when one is enjoying the weather, playing sports or simply relaxing on a nice day.

Some individuals should exercise extreme caution when exposed to the sun, including those with very fair skin, those who burn often or tan poorly, those who have many freckles or moles, those under age 16, and those who have a history of skin cancer themselves or in the family history. Even if these conditions do not apply to you personally, it is still very important to be smart about your own exposure to the sun.

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Sunless Self-Tanning Options: 
A safer method of tanning than natural tanning and visits to the salon, self-tanning products have taken leaps and bounds in technology-far beyond the orange tone so many worry about experiencing. Self-tanning products come in several forms-lotions, gels, wipes, sprays, and now, even a pill! The pill stimulates the pigment to change without any exposure to the sun, which is actually thought to be a positive preventive alternative to harmful sun exposure.

For those who still enjoy the trip to the salon but don’t feel the need to visit a tanning bed, a new tanning-spray treatment is available at some salons. It is quick, about a 30 second application with instant results. All of these tanning options involve the active ingredient dihydroxyacetone (DHA.), which is responsible for the change in skin tone. Many of the products available also contain moisturizers and vitamins to help the skin remain healthy and soft while not exposing the body to any UV rays. Even with an artificially produced tan, it is vital to practice protective measures to prevent sun damage. A simple sun block will do, in addition to monitoring your exposure to the sun.

No matter which tanning option you settle for if you simply must have that glowing tan, use caution when you bask in the rays at the shore or wherever. Keep these important points in mind whenever you are exposed to the sun for a significant duration of time:

  • Do your best to avoid falling asleep while tanning. We all know how tempting it is to take that relaxing nap to the sounds of the surf, but you could wake up fried to a painful crisp!
  • Even if you are determined to go home with some color, try a very low SPF level sunscreen. Something as low as SPF 15 will do more good for your skin than bare exposure!
  • When you do experience sunburn, keep aloe and cocoa butter on hand. Aloe is known to soothe the skin, while cocoa butter helps in keeping skin soft and smooth while also repairing it and preventing peeling after sun damage.
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This article highlights several tanning procedures that are widely accepted for personal tanning; however it should not be used in substitute for the advice of your physician or a medical professional.

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