Skin and Hair Care Post Holi!

By pranjali korgaonkar / Beauty

Specially Post Holi, Skin and Hair Care turns imperative. Being a festival of color, victory of good over evil and symbol of creation and renewal, Holi is one of the most celebrated festivals of India. Our faces are smeared with colors, hair are dripping wet blended with all color highlights, color water is splashed all…

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Specially Post Holi, Skin and Hair Care turns imperative. Being a festival of color, victory of good over evil and symbol of creation and renewal, Holi is one of the most celebrated festivals of India. Our faces are smeared with colors, hair are dripping wet blended with all color highlights, color water is splashed all over body and we are screaming Happy Holi. Yes, thandaai chills us throughout the day and after we get back to our senses; we realize the fun is over. Our face looks tanned, succumbing to small breakouts, hair turns brittle like a broom and skin bears the brunt of colors all over. So, should we stop playing Holi? Nah! Not at all. But, maintaining skin and hair care post Holi is imperative.

  • Oiling Hair

 

Be it Holi or not, oil your hair twice a week. Hopefully before heading for immersing in colors, you had oiled your hair. If not, start applying oil to your hair often the following week. Choose the type of oil according to your hair and other issues. Also, apply oil thoroughly to the roots then dripping your ends in it.

  1. Olive oil: Preferable for dry hair.
  2. Coconut Oil: The universal remedy for all hair types.
  3. Almond Oil: To beat dandruff
  4. Argan Oil: Best for dry and frizzy hair

Currently, I am using this Ayurveda remedy hailing from Kerala, India. Known for retaining the original hair color, preventing hair breakage and damage,it is the savior from hair issues. If you ever visit this place, commonly known as God’s country, give this product a try.

It’s worth only 100 bucks and you need to blend it in lukewarm oil and leave it overnight. The bottle can last maximum for 6 months albeit varies as per the usage and hair length.

  • Proper Shampoo and Conditioner

Well, advising the usage of proper shampoo and conditioner is akin to beating a dead horse. Although, generally we tend to take this basic thing for granted and end up using any shampoo. Well, I won’t slander any shampoo yet certain of them have the advantage over others. If your hair are chemically treated, opt for shampoos meant particularly for that treatment.

Although, If you have virgin hair, give a shot to Loreal Pro Fiber and Liss Mask. Generally, we are advised to use the shampoo and conditioner of same family. Moreover, a conditioner always comes in scanty quantity and is never enough owing to long hair.

The best option is use a mask instead of a conditioner.

Masks not only provide intense moisture to your hair and keep them healthy owing to its various additional properties. But, you will end up saving lot of money in long run which you might spend up on small containers of conditioners often. Still, no that great result!

Since, I have  dyed my  hair, undoubtedly Loreal Vitamino Color Expert is recommended for them. Avoid buying it online or from any local shop to evade the duplicate one. Preferably, a salon is the best option.

  • Almond Oil

No, I don’t apply any high end day cream or night mask to keep my skin rejuvenated. Thankfully, I am blessed with a healthy skin and try maintaining a proper diet (no, that doesn’t mean starve of course). Yet, my latest obsession for skin care is Almond Oil.

Owing loads of Vitamin E within, Almond Oil is suitable for all skin types and retains our youth and freshness of the skin. Just take two drops of oil and massage it on your face for a minute or so and leave it on.

Also, if any color damage done to your skin, almond oil will work as a magic.

  • Honey

It is scrumptious to eat but also a miracle for skin. For luminosity, clearing acne and skin infections, enhancing the freshness and preventing ageing, honey ticks all the boxes. As your skin has already taken brunt of colors, it’s time to cure the damage naturally. And undoubtedly, honey is the all rounder.

On a daily basis as well, applying raw honey over the face and leaving it for twenty minutes gives you moisturising, freshness and remedy for skin issues; all rolled in one. If not, add one teaspoon of honey to one glass of lukewarm water and have it early morning on empty stomach.

  • Saffron

Saffron is highly rated but it is insanely amazing as well. Although, recognising authentic saffron is crucial as it is sold in an array of deceptive ways.

How to identify authentic saffron?

  • Real saffron should have sweet aroma and not sweet taste.
  • Dip a strand of saffron in baking soda/water. If it still retains its original color, it is authentic.

Benefits of Saffron

  • Blending saffron in milk and applying the mask to your face achieves impeccable glow to your face. No beauty product in the market can beat saffron in this aspect.
  • Saffron protects us from cancer owing to dark orange substance within called crocin.
  • It is helpful for memory loss treatment and also to enhance one’s memory.
  • It is helpful to enhance the sex drive as well.
  • Saffron protects against cold and viral infections.

Undoubtedly, it is expensive but the most active ingredient of my daily diet and skin routine.

  • Moisturizer

Moisturizing skin is always underestimated compared to enhancing the color of the skin. People are besotted with color but don’t give a damn about its healthy nature. Keeping it hydrated is significant and drinking plenty of water is the best and simple option.Also, a moisturizer definitely helps but choose one according to your skin type.

If you have a oily skin, choose gel based and if you have a dry skin, choose cream based. Although, make sure any of it is light in weight as you are gonna wear it throughout.

Lately, I have bought this Saffron Cream for Kashmir. I can only define it by the term, “Fabulous”.

So, what are your tips for skin and hair care? Waiting for your comments!

 

DIY cream for shiny curly locks!

By pranjali korgaonkar / Beauty

The world is made up of two kinds of girls: A)Simple and sophisticated  B) Complicated and messy If you hail from former category, you own flat, straight hair. Easy to handle. Lucky you! But, if you are from latter category, struggle is always on with that tangled hair. Running errands to salons to get them…

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The world is made up of two kinds of girls:

A)Simple and sophisticated  B) Complicated and messy

If you hail from former category, you own flat, straight hair. Easy to handle. Lucky you! But, if you are from latter category, struggle is always on with that tangled hair. Running errands to salons to get them managed, styling them to make them appear humanely and yet, look like a glorious mess often are rudimentary problems. Not so lucky! According to me, not at all lucky as I belong to the latter. Thus, I have made this amazing DIY cream for girls with curly locks.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp of Honey
  • 2 tsp of Aloe Vera Gel
  • ½ cup of Shea Butter

Mix all the ingredients generously and apply the cream to your hair. Leave on for half and wash away. Let them air dry and your curly locks are ready to flaunt!

Time to cut some slack baby! Now, embrace your real hair.

 

How do I look younger for my age?

By pranjali korgaonkar / Beauty

“Are you twenty?”, they assume and I bask in this delightful lie. Who won’t relish the compliment of looking younger for your age? Well, I am definitely not twenty but approaching my mid-20’s. Wanna know my exact age? Haha, being a girl, it’s my birthright to keep it discreet. However, I am experiencing early symptoms…

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“Are you twenty?”, they assume and I bask in this delightful lie. Who won’t relish the compliment of looking younger for your age? Well, I am definitely not twenty but approaching my mid-20’s. Wanna know my exact age? Haha, being a girl, it’s my birthright to keep it discreet. However, I am experiencing early symptoms of  Gerascophobia recently. Gerascophobia? Is that a word even? Haha, I googled myself.  If you fear wearing silver hair and wrinkled skin, get ensnared in fear of losing your youth and think your charm will work no more full throttle, you are experiencing rudimentary symptoms of it. Enough of psychology, right?

In simple terms, we fear aging, sprout insecurities about our appearance and lay kibosh on our own self esteem. Dull skin coupled with wrinkles and dark eyes start daunting, restrictions of wearing only certain clothes plagues  your mind and losing your exuberance gets the shit out of you, right?  And, all we wish for is ‘Fountain of Youth’ akin to Ponce de Leon.

Well, I can’t help you to scour that enigma but definitely divulge my beauty secrets. If you will herald salon for it, you are completely wrong. Since I always turn broke, splurging over my hair and outfits, anything could be hardly squandered for face. Well, jokes apart. Honestly, the more you succumb to artificial treatments, you are prone to look duller gradually.

Thus, these 5 ways will make your look younger naturally.

  • Turmeric and water

Start your morning ritual with a drink blended with pinch of turmeric in lukewarm water. Not only, it will reduce your acne breakouts eventually but keep diseases at bay. Also, its an excellent exfoliating agent which scrubs away your dead cells.

  • Ice cubes and Honey

Before heading for your make up ritual, massage your face gently with ice cubes. Not only it improves your blood circulation and derails your acne but enhances the duration of your makeup.  Replete with antioxidants, honey gifts your skin with impeccable glow. Indeed, a panacea for acne treatment and aging! It’s miraculous.

  • Oatmeal scrub and Yogurt

Scrubbing is crucial ritual as it cleanses away dead cells albeit we ignore it often. Some may succumb to expensive products yet still meet with disappointment. However, I bet that no scrub is as effective as Oatmeal scrub coupled with yogurt. Loaded with extra hydration and antioxidants, the ingredients of this scrub will gift you that magical glow.

  • Red lentils and Tomato

Fortunately, we aren’t bearing scorching heat anymore.  Although, summers have gifted us a tan skin undoubtedly. Craving for tan? Well, good for you. But, mostly, Mumbaikars crave to get rid of it. Trust me, I had splurged a lot on an array of tan removal products but met with disdain. Finally, I considered my grandma’s old recipe of anti tan mask; red lentils powder with tomato juice. I will bet my last dollar on it; this works for worst tans.

  • Diet and exercise

Well, I don’t restrict myself from eating anything. Although, I keep a check on proportions and nutritional value of it. You don’t need to be an Einstein to balance those empty calories with exercises and raw veggies. Generally, my hunger dwells on tomatoes, carrots (rich in vitamin A) citrus fruits (rich in vitamin C), nuts (omega fats)  and green veggies (rich in vitamins) and on weekends, my cheat diet persists.

If there is one thing, I can’t live without; it is exercise. Be it a jog or climbing a mountain or long stroll, I can relish them in middle of the night as well. But, I am not expecting everyone to be an eager beaver for exercises. Though, what’s wrong with an hour of workout ? Proof is here, it creates wonders

However, I will stay emphasis on embracing yourself the way you are. Trust me, Sunshine, you will look the most beautiful forever.