hair care

6 Fruity Products For An Exotic Summer Kit

The one thing associated with Summer is all the refreshing and vibrant produce flocking fruit baskets, markets and picnic tables. And if our palate is getting the season’s freshest fruits, can our skin be far behind? Here are 6 fruit-infused products for a little summer in your vanity kit.

 

  1. The Body Shop Banana Conditioner

This one’s for all the minions out there (all you banana lovers listen up!). A thick and creamy banana-rich formula, this nourishing conditioner leaves your hair conditioned, soft and tangle-free with a fruity banana trail.banana conditioner body shop

 

  1. L’Occitane Shea Zesty Lime Hand Cream

Pamper your palms with the goodness shea butter for softer hands. The cream protects and invigorates the skin, leaving behind a zesty and lasting lime essence.43023_A1.psd

 

  1. Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Mango Shampoo

Bid adieu to dry frizzy hair with Burt’ Bees mango-infused potion. The Super Shiny Mango Shampoo is enhanced with Mango Seed Oil, which leaves your hair looking shiny and feeling super soft and healthy.Burt_s_Bees_Super_Shiny_Mango_Shampoo_295ml_1367508350

 

  1. Kama Ayurveda Bhairavi Revital Massage Oil

Fortified with the hydrating and nourishing prowess of Jojoba, Orange, Rosemary and Bergamot oils, this 100% natural massage oil calms your body and senses, relieving it of all stress and pain.Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 11.17.13 PM

 

  1. Forest Essentials Body Lotion Ice Pomegranate With Kerala Lime

A fragrant blend of ice pomegranate, refreshing Kerala lime and caramelized sugar crystals, this fragrant body lotion moisturizes the skin to leave it soft and supple. The formula is enhanced with kokum butter and organic beeswax, it provides natural hydration for smoother skin.Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 11.17.29 PM

 

  1. Innisfree Whitening Pore Mask (Tangerine)

Get ride of dark spots, uneven complexion and patchy skin with Innisfree’s Vitamin C rich whitening mask. The super fine mask caresses your skin, imparting all its goodness over to give you nourished, clearer and brighter skin.Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 11.16.34 PM

7 Common Beauty Myths Busted

How many times have you put away a particular product because someone told you it causes acne; emptied your wallet because expensive make up is obviously better than inexpensive ones? Or even guzzled down gallons thinking it’ll heal dry skin? Lost count, right?

Sorry (not really) to burst your bubble but more often than not, what you think is a beauty “tip” is really a myth. We’ve debunked 7 most common ones for you!

 

  1. Oily Skin Needs Little Moisturizing

Nope, not rue. Oily skin needs proper hydration as well. In fact, oil and creams can actually result in the skin producing lesser oil in the long run. Also, if you leave your skin sans any moisturizer, it will overcompensate by producing more oil.Oily-skin

 

  1. Make Up Causes Acne

Only if you cake your face with it and refuse to remove it properly before going to bed everyday. Foundations and concealers are formatted in a way so as to not clog your pores. That said, not taking it off at the end of the day using a proper cleanser or make up remover will cause acne.woman applying dry cosmetic tonal foundation on the face

 

  1. Skin Gets Used To The Skin Care Products

… And they eventually stop working. Okay, that’s like saying, “your body will stop reacting to healthy diet and carrots will no longer give you a good eyesight”. Your skin does show more improvement to certain products initially because in the longer run it will already have improved, Einstein! Just like continued carrot consumption will not give you a 10/6 eyesight.

Though this does stand true in the case of shampoos. Your hair, unlike the skin, builds a resistance to the same concoction over time. So it is okay to switch your hair care product every once in six months.hair-skin-care-products-1411691

 

  1. Water Heals Dry Skin

Here’s the thing, beauty ain’t math. If skin minus hydration is dry skin then dry skin plus lots of water won’t make it healthy and plump. Dry skin means a damaged skin cells (or as the folks in lab coats call it – intercellular matrix). So a lot more than good ol’ H2O goes into restoring the moisture of your skin. Think creams, hydrating balms and the works.skin-are

 

  1. Shaving Results In Thicker Hair

Seriously, who even started this? Half my life has been a bout of guilt post the shaving. Fact is, shaving has zero effect on hair thickness or growth. The prickly spokes that grow back are actually the thicker part of the hair shaft because the razor cuts the hair straight across the shaft which is why stubble feels harder.

And while we are at it, know this too: waxing more often will not reduce hair growth or make it thinner. There may be short-term thinning but in the long run the hairy nature of your limbs remain unimpeded.shaving-legs_2718931b

 

  1. Organic Beats Chemical

There is hardly a soul that isn’t harping about the pros of au naturale beauty regime. Hell, even I’m a sucker for all things organic and ayurvedic but that doesn’t make the products available in the market any less effective or good. For example, many antioxidants are naturally derived, but by the time they are extracted, purified and processed, they are far from their natural beginnings. So unless you completely trust the source of your organic paraphernalia, don’t dive into it.natural-makeup-may-not-be-safe-537x402

 

  1. Plucking Grey Hair Will Cause Two More To Grow In Its Place

Ladies, it’s a grey hair, not your enemy’s revenge. Irony is that the myth-starting grey hair is also associated with having wisdom. Anywho, getting rid of the silver strands will not result in two more sprouting in its place, but it also won’t stop your hair from greying. Because, genetics.Everything-You-Need-to-Know-About-Gray-Hair_1

 

Also, Rachael Ray is not the “Becky with the good hair”. Just saying.

5 Ways To Make The Best Of Lemon

diy envy box lemonLemons are the most common food in every household. But did you know that this yellow ball of citrus is as good a beauty ingredient as any? Turns out there is more to it than just being vodka shot redeemer. Here are 5 ways in which you can up your beauty game with lemons.

 

  1. Anti-Aging Mask

Lemon mixed with green tea and a dash of turmeric powder can turn back your skin’s clock. The lime juice tightens large pores, fights free radicals that cause premature aging and boosts cell regeneration. Green tea on the other hand is rich in antioxidants and keeps wrinkles at bay while the turmeric protects the skin from inflammation and aging.

 

  1. Lemon Water

Enriched with ample amounts of Vitamin C, antioxidants and antibacterial properties, lemon makes for a great body cleanser and immunity booster. Guzzling down lemon infused water not only keeps your insides healthy but also reflects on the outside.

 

  1. Deodorant

Remember that floating slice of lemon in your finger bowl? Yeah, there’s a reason for it. The antibacterial properties of the fruit drives away foul odor and is also a great natural way to brighten your underarms.

 

  1. Tan Removal

Mix together one tablespoon each of fresh lemon juice and tomato juice and a teaspoon of honey (organic honey gives best results). Apply the mask for 20 minutes before washing off with cold water. On regular usage the concoction rids your skin of sun tan, black head and unwanted acne scars.

 

  1. Hair Repair

Lemons are a rich source of Vitamin B, Folic Acid, Magnesium, Calcium and a whole list of other names from the periodic table that make it ideal for hair care and repair. Applying a mix of lime juice and water to your roots before shower can fight dandruff while simply applying lime juice can rid your hair of excess oils. Other benefits of this wondrous fruit include longer and thicker hair, healing split ends, soothing an itchy scalp and reducing hair loss.lemon

 

Now you know what to do when life gives you lemons!

6 Products To Pamper Your Body With Lavender

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Lavender is probably one of the most versatile plants. The extracts – apart from being enchantingly fragrant – are a boon for the mind, body and skin. The flower can work as an analgesic, disinfectant, antiseptic and at the same time have a wonderfully calming effect. Here are 6 products to enchant yourself with this beautiful plant.

 

  1. Kronokare Provencal Lavender Smoothening Operator Body Lotion

Perk up your skin with the healing power of lavender. The cream repairs and regenerates newer skin cells leaving behind hydrated skin that smells like a bunch of fresh-plucked lavenders.142416256198377521-kronokare-provencal-lavender-smoothening-operator-body

 

  1. L’Occitane Lavender Hand Cream

This soft and non-greasy lavender hand cream, enriched with ultra hydrating shea butter, softens up your palms and gets rid of all the dryness, while imparting an excellent lavender scent.P

 

  1. Eminence Organics Lavender Age Corrective Night Concentrate

Smoothen out fine lines with this boosting serum concentrate with Argan Stem Cell Complex and lavender. Apply a thin layer on your skin regularly before hopping into bed to turn back your age clock a few years.Eminence-Organic-Lavender-Age-Corrective-Night-Concentrate-2723-3434561-1-pdp_slider_m_lr

 

  1. Forest Essentials Diffuser Oil Lavender

A drop or two is all you need to turn your daily routine into a quick calming spa session. Lavender essential oil is known to have an amazingly relaxing effect on the body and can even lull you to sleep! Simply sprinkle a few drops on your pillow before your beauty snooze.forest essentials lavender

 

  1. Kama Ayurveda Lavender Patchouli Hair Cleanser

This mild hair cleanser is fortified with hibiscus extracts and pure essential oils of lavender and patchouli. The lavender soothes your scalp while the patchouli cleanses it, protecting your hair naturally sans any harmful chemicals.lavender-patchouli-hair-cleanser_2

 

  1. L’Occitane Lavender Shower Gel

L’Occitane’s natural and organic potion is internationally certified by Ecocert Greenlife. The shower gel gently cleanses the skin while lavender’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial qualities heal the skin to ;eave it pleasantly perfumed.P (1)

 

Lavender cupcake, anyone?

5 Ways To Scrub Off Stubborn Holi Colors

Holi can be extremely enjoyable, until you realize that you have to turn up for work, school or office looking like a character from Avatar.

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Although taking all precautionary measures before the festival is all-good, there are certain colors that manage to penetrate their way even through all that oil and petroleum jelly. Resort to these 5 tricks to rid your skin of all those dogged tints.

 

  1. Curd & Gram Flour

Make a paste of cold curd and some gram flour and apply on your face and body. Leave on for about 2 minutes and wash off using cold water. Refrain from using warm water, as it isn’t half as effective.

 

  1. Egg

Whip up a mixture of egg and apply as a mask on your hair and scalp before hitting the shower. Leave on for about 30 minutes (and bury your nose in some attar) and wash off with regular shampoo. This regime helps washing away the ink and blues from your hair and scalp without sucking out all the natural oil.eggs

 

  1. Honey & Tomato

Mix together honey, mashed tomato (or papaya) to make a scrub. This au naturale scrub is e great way of ridding your body of all the harsh colors.

 

  1. Multani Mitti

Not only is a pack made of multani mitti and rosewater excellent for your skin, it also helps cleansing away the “vibrant marks” from your face. Apply a layer over your face and neck and wash off with cold water after 10-15 minutes.multani mitti

 

  1. Banana, Milk & Honey

Mash together some banana and honey and mix it with cold milk to make a semi-liquid paste. Apply evenly over your scalp and hair and allow it to dry. Wash off with cold water and shampoo.

 

Remember to moisturize your skin well after this “mission” and refrain from washing your face repeatedly as it will make it rough and dry.

 

Bring it on!

5 Tricks To Protect Your Body & Hair From Holi

With water pistols and balloons in tow, Holi is round the corner. The vibrant festival is as much notorious fun as it is brutal for the skin. Here are 5 tips to protect your skin against the wrath of the pinks and blues and greens.

 

  1. Moisturizer

Before stepping out into the “field”, apply generous amounts of moisturizer or body oil. Be sure of covering your face, neck, shoulders, arms, legs and any exposed area of your body, especially the insides of your ears and navel, and the area between fingers and toes. The grease keeps the harsh colors from settling into your skin, hence making it easier to wash off.

 

  1. Sunscreen

Apart from making sure that you wear clothes with maximum coverage – what, you want to be pink and tanned? – smear on a generous amount of sunscreen. The greasiness of the lotion acts as a protective layer against the colors as well.

 

  1. Hair Oil

Coat your hair and scalp with generous amounts – that is, at least 2 layers – of hair oil. The oil helps in getting the color off easily and protect it from the chemical present in the colors. Make you tie up your hair to avoid damage amidst all the madness.

 

  1. Nail Polish

This is the easiest way of steering clear of multi color nails after Holi. Apply a coat of clear or colored nail paint on your nails. After the festival you can simply remove it using a nail polish remover and it’ll be like you never played Holi!

 

  1. Lip Balm

Save your lips too! Dab on a layer of lip balm or petroleum jelly over your lips to keep them hydrated and protected. Using Vaseline under your nails is also a good idea. Dry skin causes the pores to open wide; keeping them shaded and moisturized will help you not look like a candy floss post holi.

 

Happy Holi beauties! Check out the Holi Beauty Box here to keep up with the vibrant festive spirit.

5 Super Easy DIY Neem Treatments

You may have had an encounter this leafy wonder if you’ve ever had measles or pox or even acne prone skin. Neem is an excellent natural source of numerous medicinal benefits and although it’s a bit harsh on the palate, it is the best. Here are 5 neem concoctions you can brew at home.neem

 

  1. Face Pack

Neem leaves battle away acne, skin pigmentation, dry skin, acne, black heads and other skin infection. Regular usage of a good neem pack keeps your skin clear, healthy and glowing.

 

  1. Oil

The leaves are a great way of getting rid of scalp issues like dandruff, lice and also boosts hair growth. Massaging this potion into your roots regularly will leave you with long healthy locks to flaunt.

 

  1. Hair Rinse

An easy to make hair rinse, this one too treats all hair issues for thicker, longer and shinier hair like never before. P.s.! Be careful to not let it anywhere near your mouth.

 

  1. Soap

This neem soap is a great way of relieving your body of impurities. Neem also acts as a natural skin toner and its anti-bacterial properties make it a your skin’s natural doctor.

 

  1. Mosquito Repellant

It’s summer and the mosquitoes know it! Stir up this super economical and effective neem mosquito repellant in your own kitchen. Not only is it absolutely chemical free and gentle on the skin but also super-economical.

 

Get up and make friends with that neighbor with the neem tree in their garden!

5 Ayurvedic Hair Tips For Flawless Tresses

hair remedies featAyurvedic studies and scriptures have the answer to all our health and beauty woes. From heart ailments to hair fall, the study knows how to solve it all. And how. Ayurveda vouches for ingredients that are all organic and natural, giving results that are chemical-free and nothing less than magical.

Follow these simple DIY remedies at home for a natural bounce and shine in your tresses.

 

  1. Amla (Indian Gooseberry)

Amla, a Vitamin C rich fruit, is commonly eaten to purify blood, improve digestion and even loose weight. The high levels of Vitamin C make it ideal for nourishing your locks from within.

How:

Take powdered or dried amla and make a homogenous paste in warm water. Use it to cover your scalp evenly and wash off after 20 minutes. Not only does this keep your hair healthy but also makes it dense and black.

 

  1. Methi (Fenugreek)

A widely used and famous household name, which is definitely sitting in your kitchen right now, methi too has amazing qualities to boost hair growth.

How:

Depending on your hair length, grind the appropriate amount of slightly roasted methi and make a paste of it in warm water. Apply it evenly over your scalp, keep it on for 20 minutes and rinse off.

 

  1. Aloe Vera

This known skin foster is also a source of nutrients to give your hair a chemical-free shine and bounce. The plant extracts clean, protect and prevent your tresses against external impurities.

How:

Mix aloe vera latex from the plant and some water in a bowl. Transfer this mix into a spray bottle and add your choice of essential oil (coconut and almond give best results) and shake well. Simply spray this light leave-in mix on to your hair for unbelievable manageable hair.

 

  1. Bhringraj (False Daisy)

Also known as the ‘king of herbs’, Bhringraj owes this title to its excellent hair growth-boosting qualities. A regular dose of this herb can result in beautiful long hair.

How:

Make a paste of the leaves and apply it on your scalp for some time before washing it off. Alternatively, you can use dried Bhringraj as well. Mix 5-6 tablespoons of the powder in warm water and apply the paste for 20 minutes before washing off.

 

  1. Jatamansi (Muskroot)

The muskroot or Indian Spikenard is great for waning blood impurities and also giving your complexion a healthy glow.

How:

You can use this herb in two ways – consuming and applying. The quicker way is to consume it in the form of a tablet, which should not be more than 6mg; or you could even make a paste out of the dried herb (or powder) and water and apply it to your scalp before washing your hair.

6 Eats To Give You Healthier Tresses

Oiling, massaging, therapy sessions, shampoo, conditioner, blah blah blah. We’ve all been that desperate please-fix-my-hair before I go bald woman in the parlor chair at some point. But did you know you could fix your disarrayed and dead mop yourself at home? And the solution is as simple as eating! Here are 6 hair friendly foods you should feed your hair for happier lustrous locks.

  1. Iron & Zinc

the two elements promote the growth of hair follicles. Eating lean red meat twice a week can work wonders. Also, pairing non-meat sources like soybeans/lentils with Vitamin C rich food boosts iron absorption.Nutrition-from-a-lean-meat

  1. Proteins

Also known as the building blocks of life, Proteins promote cell growth and repair. It also boosts hair strength. It is advisable for women to consumer at least 46 grams of proteins a day.lean-meats-for-energy

  1. Carbohydrates

health freaks might ward you off of consuming too many carb-rich foods. But these foods are a good source of Vitamin B Complex and therefore vital for enviable healthy hair.Carbohydrates-in-Your-Diet

  1. Vitamin A

Vitamin A enriched foodstuff are also an excellent source of Beta-carotene. These essentials are important for a healthy scalp and to improve hair growth.dreamstime_11416649

  1. Essential Fats

Fatty Acids such as Omega 3, which is present in fatty fish like salmon or vegetable oils helps, keep the hair hydrate. The nutrient aids dry and brittle hair and improves its texture.salmon

  1. Biotin

There is a reason ladies beat this elliptical entity and pour over their heads. Apart from protein, choline and Vitamin D, eggs are rich in Vitamin B, which is also essential for healthy hair growth.eggs

#WISHLISTWEDNESDAY: THE WEEK’S TOP 5 CRUSH-WORTHY PRODUCTS

It’s Wednesday all you lovely people and this week’s #WISHLISTWEDNESDAY is an ode to your tresses. Let your locks do the talking and tell the world what it really means to let your hair down. Here are the products that we are dreaming, wishing, hoping and praying to lay our hands on this week!

  1. Kérastase Elixir Ultime Oils

Nourish your hair with the goodness of argan, camellia, maize and pracaxi oils for tresses that are soft, nourished and with a dreamlike shine. With active anti-oxidants and scented oils, the potion gives your locks that exuberate luster and whisper of wistful aromas.Kerastase-Elixir-Ultime-Oil

  1. Hedonista Hair Perfume

Your hair might be super thick, long and almost everyone’s envy, unless they come closer. Don’t let bad hair odor drive away people to lands far far away. A gush of Hedonista’s hair perfume is all you need to leave trails of an enchanting aroma that boasts of natural oils.Hedonista_Hair_Perfume_1024x1024

  1. Bottega Di Lungavita Linfa Age Shampoo

So you think washing your hair everyday can purge it of all its life and strength? Think again because with this frequent use shampoo not only can you bather your locks frequently but also be assured to get a mop that will turn heads.Bottega-Di-Lungavita-Linfa-Age-Shampoo-For-Frequent-Use-9094-079777-1-product

  1. Sebastian Professional Potion 9

A styling cream infused with natural extracts and botanical goodness, Potion 9 helps restore your hair’s moisture and leave it looking healthier than ever. Bid adieu to dry and damaged hair and let your blow dryer do the talking without leaving behind roug and brittle locks.sebastian-potion9_600x600

  1. L’occitane Volumizing Mist

Give your hair that extra volume and bump up its volume with this volumizing mist. Loaded with five essential oils – Artemisia, mint, sweet orange, pine and rosemary – the mist is a leave-in formula that puffs up your pelt. Say hello to voluminous hair!

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