Home made face masks
* Make a paste of oatmeal and water. Apply and allow
to dry, then wipe off with a damp cloth.
* Mash half a banana, add 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of
fresh cream apply to the face and leave for 10 minutes, then wipe off
with a damp cloth.
a little extra conditioner on the ends of hair and only comb out the
hair with a large toothed comb when your hair is wet. Start at the
bottom of the hair, at the ends and work up to the scalp to avoid split ends.
for Oily Skin
half of a large cucumber in a blender and mix until it is pulverised.
Put on the face for 20 minutes and later wash with fresh water, do not
apply any soap.
* Reduce the puffiness under your eyes when you get up in
the morning, by covering them with pads dipped in a mixture of one
pint of hot water and one tablespoon of salt.
* When you are going camping, hiking or
for any other out-door activity, consider
using shampoos and skin care products with lavender. This helps to
repeal some kinds of insects.
and vegetables contain anti-oxidants which help to protect the body from
internal damage, but including more of them in your diet can also help
you have healthy nails. White spots in the nails often points
to a lack of nutrients.
* Equal parts of lime
water and linseed oil mixed together may also be applied on sunburns for effective
* Cod-liver oil has a soothing and healing effect on sunburns.
* Even potato juice is good for sunburns.
* Any ordinary tea solution has a soothing effect on sunburns.
* A face mask of one egg-white mixed with a little honey and witch hazel is another
remedy for sunburns.
Our elbows are one of the most neglected
parts of our body. Many ladies take a lot of care of their body by doing regular facials,
pedicures, manicures etc. but forget that the elbows too form an integral part of their
beauty regimen. As a result, however well one might be dressed, an ugly and black elbow
can be a source of worry and embarrassment.Elbows are friction areas and tend to have
thick skin. Try to keep them soft by applying a body lotion twice a day. Mix gramflour and
cream, and rub this paste on the darkened areas for ten minutes before a shower
A corn is formed by friction and pressure. Ill fitting shoes are the
culprits in most cases. Never treat a corn yourself. Consult a chiropodist for proper
Basic feet care can go a
long way in preventing corns. Spare a few minutes everyday for your feet. Soak feet in
warm soapy water for 10minutes. Rinse and spread a thick coat of body lotion from toes to
your ankles to soften hard skin on your feet. At night, massage a nourishing cream under
your feet and at the side where you find the skin has become rough or dry. Change your
footwear if possible.
Hands are most neglected by most women. To
make them soft and smooth, give them a weekly manicure. Here is how you do it. Soak them
in warm soapy water for 20 minutes. Give them a light scrubbing,then clean under the nails
and file them with an emery board. Massage with a rich nourishing cream. To maintain
suppleness, apply a hand lotion or a moisturiser 3 times a day. You may apply a light
coloured nailpolish on special occasions.
|SCALP DISTRESS :
It is important to maintain a healthy scalp to prevent falling of hair. A healthy scalp is the color of your complexion and it should be supple, not tense. The most common scalp problems are:
1. Dry scalp : small powdery white flakes caused by environmental factors or styling
2. Dandruff : bigger yellow flakes which are the result of a greasy
scalp shedding its skin cells too quickly.
3. Oily scalp : caused by overproduction of sebum - or inadequate rinsing.
Regular massage helps stimulate oil nourishing products to moisturise and exfoliate
the scalp (like egg, amla, curd etc.), which relax a tense scalp, more so when combined
with an oil massage. Avoid using styling products directly on the roots and cut down on
heat styling. For oily hair choose products accordingly, avoid scalp massage but shampoo
hair regularly, it does not stimulate the oil glands. Dandruff is best treated with a
specific dandruff shampoo. To reduce flaking, gently shampoo your hair using the pads of
your fingers. Do not scratch. Psoriases or eczema, caused by stress should be medically
TIPS TO RESCUE HAIR FROM SUN DAMAGE :
* To soothe a burnt scalp, massage a
mixture of two drops of lavender oil and one teaspoon of sweet almond oil into the skin and leave overnight.
* For a natural sheen, coat your hair with a liquefied mixture of one egg, an
eggshell of olive oil and one-forth cucumber. Leave for 10 minutes and rinse.
* To make a scalp cooler - take one small pot of yogurt, one
heaped teaspoon of honey and one-forth liquidised cucumber. Apply to dry hair, section by section, leave for 10 minutes and shampoo off.
* Hair is weakest when wet. Use a wide toothed comb for combing wet hair.
* Always treat hair gently. Do not rub with towel - blot hair. Blow dry on low setting
12 EFFECTIVE WAYS TO PEP UP A SLEEPY,
STRESSED OUT FACE :
Color lips soft : The best brightener is clear pink. Bright red and dark lipsticks draw
attention to a tired face.
2. Wear white : White worn near the face adds a glow that hides lack of sleep. A
chunky pearl choker is perfect. Apart from white any shade of pale like butter yellow,
pink or peach brightens face.
3. Apply eyeliner. It gives
your eyes a crisper shape and a more attentive look. Apply on the upper lids, close to lash base, and flick end up at outer corners for a subtle cosmetic
eye - lift. Finish
applying an eyeliner by wetting a cotton swab and flicking the end of the line up cleanly.
4. Apply a two - minute exfoliating mask.
It's the best way to eliminate dead cells that dull your complexion. It also polishes away
the flaky bits that catch on make - up. You'll look fresher and more rested instantly, and
the results last for hours.
5. Blush cheek apples. Apply blush a
finger's width away from the nose, where it will give you a happy, rosy look. Don't do
what most women do and brush blush on sides of face at an angle, where it won't do
anything for you.
6. Massage aching legs. When you feel
tired, you look tired -- and sore legs and feet can make you feel worn out all over.
Massage in a body lotion that contains
energising ingredients like eucalyptus or peppermint. Then elevate legs and relax for 10
minutes. Raising legs above heart level helps drain fluid that accumulates in feet and
7. Reduce puffiness. Soothe tired eyes with
a gel designed to reduce puffiness. Or place wet, chilled non-herbal tea bags on closed
lids for 10 minutes. According to New York dermatologist Pat Wexler, "The caffeine
works like a diuretic to help rid eyelids of excess fluid.
8. Don't take a powder. Face powder will call attention to all your imperfections, and exaggerate lines and creases when you're
tired. The only place you should lightly powder is the sides of the nose, where it's
essential not to look shiny.
9. Pump up the volume. Toss head forward
and, with a vent brush and hairspray, create a bigger, swingier style. According to a New
York hair pro, Gad Cohen, "Lifting hair off the face is an instant energiser. The
upside-down styling stimulates circulation and gives you a fresh, just finished look. Hair
that's flat and sticking to the scalp is tired-looking hair.
10. Skip concealer. If you have very dark
circles under the eyes, mix a little liquid foundation with eye cream and spot apply. A
concealer always cakes in eye crinkles when you're tired and makes matters worse.
If you have under-eye bags, blend a little dark-brown pencil under eyes to divert
attention from puffiness.
11. Curl eyelashes. Eyes will look more open and alert, not narrow and droopy. This is the simplest, most effective tactic to look
12. The greatest lift of all! If you have
time for nothing else, pull your hair back into a ponytail. A ponytail helps make your face look a little tauter, giving a simple yet chic look in seconds. No need to worry
about the greasiness, the frizziness or flatness. After pulling hair back, rub a dab of moisturizing gel between your palms and smooth over hairline for a polished finish.
|Basic hair care tips :
1. Eat a well balanced and nutritious diet.
2. Do not comb or brush hair roughly.
3. Try to avoid stress as it can cause dandruff and hair
4. Regular exercise is great for hair and skin.
5. Do not expose hair to extremes of weather.
6. Soap should not be used to wash hair. Soap makes hair
dry, coarse and full of tangles.
7. Do not expose hair to chlorinated water.
8. Wash hair as often as possible.
9. Avoid using hair dryer too often as it affects the
protein in the hair and causes hair to become brittle and dry.
10. It is a myth that a 100 good strokes are good for the
hair. Brushing excessively causes stress on the hair and causes it to split and break.
Brushing also stimulates the sebaceous glands which produce sebum or natural oil, making
hair lanky and greasy.
11. Hair should be combed when wet. If wet hair is not
combed, it will dry out tangled, making it unmanageable and difficult to style.
|Dental care :
Bad breath, cavities, stained teeth etc. are a real nightmare. For a healthy smile, it is
important to have healthy teeth. Oral hygiene is very important.
A healthy smile has to be protected from :
- Germs or plaque
- Layer of germs or tarter
- Gum diseases
- Bad breath.
To make sure you have a radiant smile :
- Brush regularly twice a day.
- Eat foods that have vitamins and minerals. - avoid eating foods that are sticky and
- Visit your dentist regularly. (every 6 months)
**** Do not become emotional very often. It
makes your skin age faster, resulting in a wrinkled skin. It makes you look older.
If skin starts peeling off your face, use a
mixture of glycerine, lime juice and sugar made into a cream like texture and apply twice
a day for about a week. It can be applied regularly to eradicate peeling of facial skin.
The skin becomes softer and glowing if intake of riboflavin is increased. Riboflavin is
found in abundance in milk, butter, fish, liver and in all cereals. Intake of riboflavin
also corrects mouth ulcers.
Normally the skin on our elbow turns out dark. This should not
be misunderstood as a skin disorder or disease.
To bring this black patch to normal skin colour, take five to
ten drops of juice squeezed from lime and apply it on the skin surface. Allow it to dry
for about 10 minutes. Try using less soap and use soapnet powder. This method should be
followed twice a day. This procedure is recommended for about a fortnight. You will find
the dark elbow skin turning into normal colour.
|A FEW EXERCISES FOR A FLAT
Before any exercise programme, consult your doctor. The exact amount of
exercise depends on your age and physical condition. Start slowly and improve gradually.
Do the exercises daily.
1. Lie on your back, arms stretched
overhead against the floor, buttocks resting on the floor, knees drawn up close to your
chest. Extend one leg straight out, parallel to the floor, but not quite touching it. Draw
that leg's knee back close to the chest, while extending the other knee straight out. Draw
the second knee back, while again extending the first leg and continue this bicycling
movement through four extensions of each leg.
2. Lie on your back, legs bent, with knees
pointed toward the ceiling, feet flat on the floor, hands on the back of your head,
fingers interlocked. Exhale as you lift up, and place head between knees, inhale as you
lower back to starting position. It may help to keep your feet in place if you stick them
under some heavy furniture, such as a dressing table.
3. Stand feet comfortably more than
shoulder width apart, arms stretched sideward and parallel to the floor, with elbows
straight. Keep feet planted firmly and slowly twist the trunk as far to the
right as possible. Stretch, pulling right arm back, and left arm around to the right. Snap
back to starting position, and place arms on hips. Repeat exercise, twisting to the left.
4. Stand feet apart as wide as comfortable,
arms overhead, elbows straight, hands shoulder width apart. Rapidly swing upper body
forward and down, while bending knees. Reach back through legs, and touch the ground as
far back as possible. Swing upper body back to position.
5. Sit, legs bent, knees pointed toward the
ceiling, feet flat on the floor, hands on the back of the head, fingers interlocked. Lean
back until upper body is at 45 degree angle, twist completely left, then right; return
forward to starting position. Do same exercise, twisting first to the right then to left.
6. Stand, feet shoulder
width, hands on hips. Reach over top of head with left hand, touching right ear. Bend sideward to the right,
sliding right hand as far as possible down right leg and stretching left side as much as
possible. Do not reach forward or backwards to slide right hand further down. Return to
starting position and repeat to left.
7. Lie on back, feet together, toes
pointed, arms stretched overhead against the floor, shoulder width apart, elbows straight.
Raise legs, keeping them straight until they are vertical. Lower legs to starting
A NOTE OF CAUTION:
-- In doing exercises that involve the lower back - true of abdomen - strengthening
exercises - it is very important to keep the curve in the lower back as flat as possible.
-- Unless directed otherwise, try to breathe regularly and slowly as you perform these
exercises. Holding ones breath while exercising may put an unnecessary strain on the
|WAXING OF UPPER LIP AND CHIN
Repeated waxing treatment makes hair grow
finer to some extent. However, the skin on the upper lip is quite sensitive and waxing
might irritate it. Also the hair has to grow to a certain minimum length so that the wax
has something to hold on to. Unless you have a lot of hair, you will find that for the
upper lip and chin area threading is a simpler and quicker method than waxing.
|ASHA JAIN'S BEAUTY TIPS FOR LARGE
1. Buttermilk is supposed to
be a great astringent and so reduces and closes oversized pores. It should be left on the
face for about fifteen minutes and washed off with cool water.
2. Beaten egg-whites are the biggest drying
agents and skin tighteners. Egg-whites should be applied on the face with cotton-wool and
kept on for a few minutes.
3. Cornmeal and oatmeal made into a paste
with hot water also helps in closing large pores. Apply this paste and keep it on for
about half an hour.
|ASHA JAIN'S BEAUTY TIPS FOR TREATING
1. Butter milk also acts as
a mild bleach because it contains an acid. Put it on freckles and leave till dry.
2. Four tablespoons of grated radish and a few drops of
vinegar make an effective bleaching paste.
3. You can boil grated horse - radish in milk to make a
|ASHA JAIN'S BEAUTY TIPS FOR INSECT
Q) Every time I scratch a
mosquito bite, it leaves black scars. HELP!
A) Darkening of your skin following any
kind of reaction - insect bite, injury or allergy - is very typical of our skin. As soon
as you are stung by an insect, start using a mild anti-inflammatory cream like Rashfree or
Crotorax, even Lacto-Calamine or Caladryl lotion helps.
Avoid scratching and itching. A mild cold
cream is soothing, so apply it when you feel the urge to scratch. Try Ponds cold cream.
If it is an injury - even a mild
superficial one - apply an anti-bacterial ointment like T.Back, Neosporin or Fucidin
Once the wound has healed start using a
cream with 2 percent Hydroquinone like Eslite or Melalite.
|I WANT TO GROW MY NAILS BUT THEY KEEP
CHIPPING. WHAT CAN I DO?
By Asha Jain
Nail growth is dependent on internal
factors. You probably need to up the protein intake in your diet. Skimmed milk or curd is
one of the best sources of protein, as are sprouts, eggs and meats.
Contrary to popular belief, calcium has
nothing to do with nail growth. The flaking could be due to exposure to detergents and
substandard nail polishes.
You can prevent chipping by :
* Soaking your nails in heated olive oil or
edible sunflower oil twice a week for about 10-15 minutes.
* Every evening, wash your hands with warm
water and a mild soap and then apply a cream containing lactic acid and urea (Moisturex or
Cotaryl). Continue this for at least two to three months.
|I USE CREAM AT NIGHT ONLY FOR DRY
SKIN, BUT IN THE MORNING I HAVE SOME GREASINESS. HELP!
be suffering from seborrheic dermatitis, in which your oil glands are over-active and your
skin reacts by turning flaky and dry. Use mild creams containing benzoyl peroxide to
reduce oiliness along with an anti-inflammatory cream (got with a prescription).
A mild allergy to any one of the products
that you are using - soap, face wash, cream and moisturiser also could be a cause. So and
try change all your products. Go for a mild face wash like Synergie or Pears and also use
an oil free moisturiser.
For combination skin - Dry skin (face) with
an oily T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin). Try using a light oil-free moisturiser from
Synergie or Lakme instead of cream.
If all this doesn't work you need to see a
WHAT'S THE BEST
WAY TO MAKE MY HANDS SUPER-SMOOTH? REGULAR HAND CREAMS DON'T SEEM TO WORK FOR ME.
Hands tend to get dry and rough as they
don't have any oil glands and are exposed to a lot of wear and tear. Follow this routine
to soften your hands :
Depending on the dryness, soak your hands
in warm olive or sunflower oil for about 15 to 20 minutes, upto three times a week.
Use a mild soap like Fem liquid soap or the
Pears bar which contains glycerine.
Creams containing lactic acid and urea are
very effective. Moisturex and Cotaryl are widely available. Use them every night after
washing your hands with warm water.
After applying the cream, wear cotton
gloves to intensify its effect.
Avoid harsh detergents and always wear
rubber gloves when you handle strong chemicals.
Que : I have attractive eyes but there are wrinkles on the
eyelids.I use frosted eye shadow quite often. I even use vaseline to create an oily look.
Are the wrinkles due to the frequent use of vaseline ?
Ans :The use of petroleum jelly (vaseline)
does not cause any wrinkles. In fact, it prevents wrinkles and protects the skin from the
drying effects of make-up. It is quite normal for some people to have creepy skin on the
eyelids. This is not considered to be "wrinkles" but the natural folds of skin
over the lids. You should, anyway, use less eye make-up, especially of the frosted type.
Reserve eye shadow for evening wear only.
|Que : I want to wax the excess hair growth on my upper lip and
chin,but I am not sure Whether waxing will increase or decrease the growth in the long
Ans :Repeated waxing treatment makes the
re-growth finer to some extent. However, the skin on the upper lip is quite sensitive and
waxing might irritate it. Also you need to have the hair grow to a certain minimum
length so that the wax has something to hold on to. Unless you have a lot of hair,
you will find that for the upper lip and chin area threading is a simpler and quicker
method than waxing.
I am 19 years old. Due to my habit of squeezing out blackheads and pimples, I have
got pits and scars on my face which give me an unattractive and old appearance. Please
tell me if there is a cure for my problem and where I can avail of treatment. Will there
be any side-effects?
Ans :- There are various methods of removing scars - like dermabrasion,
skin-peeling, etc depending on how deep they are. For the treatment, you will have
to consult a skin Specialist in your city. Only he will be able to tell you the type of
treatment that will suit you.
Que. :- I have a few corns under both my feet. They are not very hard
but they are very painful. Please suggest a treatment?
Ans. :- Never treat a corn yourself. Consult a chiropodist for proper
treatment. A corn is formed by friction and pressure.Ill-fitting shoes are the culprits in
most cases. Basic feet care can go a long way in preventing corns. Spare a few minutes
every day for your feet. Soak feet in warm soapy water for 10 minutes. Rinse and spread a
thick coat of body lotion from toes to ankles to soften hard skin on your feet. At night,
massage a nourishing cream under your feet and at the sides where you find the skin has
become rough or dry. Change your footwear, if possible.
Que :- I
am a 15-year-old plump girl. I wear a well-fitting bra, but my breasts still sag. I want
them to be well shaped, and if you advise exercise I will do them without hesitation.
Ans :- Breasts cannot be trimmed into shape in
isolation. You will have to slim down your whole body from top to toe to have a well
balanced figure. Exercise alone will not help much unless you follow a strict diet
control. You should cut down all the fried, fatty, starchy and sugary items in your daily
menu. The following items should be included generously in your meals: curd, green
vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumber, cabbage, radish, salad leaves and carrots.
The raw vegetables will give you a feeling of fullness without increasing your intake of
calories. Besides exercise, make time for brisk walks and outdoor games.
|1.Try to avoid too much contact with strong
2. Keep your nails free of nail
3. Dip your nails in warm olive oil before a manicure and
rub it into the cuticles every night.
4. A massage of vaseline into the cuticles is excellent for
rough cuticles. Equal amounts of almond oil and white iodine make an excellent mixture for
the nail base.
5. Rub your hands and nails with a slice of potato or lemon
for removing the stains.
6. If castor oil is added to acetone, a nail polish
remover, it will protect the nail enamel.
have some doubts about the use of hot wax. Is it safe to use it for removing hair from the
arms and legs ? Does its frequent use lead to a permanent cure ? Is there a better way
then this ?
Ans : Waxing
with hot or cold wax is not a permanent cure. There are better and safer ways to remove
the hair. A hair depilator is more convenient to use and with a shaver attached to it, it
can also be used for removing underarm hair. With age the hair growth decreases on
its own. Frequent waxing does not reduce hair growth permanently.
1. If some blackheads are
stubborn enough not to pop out with an ordinary steam-facial, than take a steam face-bath
to which epsom salts have been added.
2. Milk helps to get rid of blackheads permanently in some cases. Wash your face with warm
water and sponge it for fifteen minutes with tepid milk everyday.
3. A liquid scrub for blackheads is made with 4 ounces of powdered almonds, 2 ounces of
glycerin soap and 1 ounce of Fuller's earth (multani mitti) dissolved in a little water.
This solution is to be rubbed onto the blackheads.