How can a Mint Cleanser help your Skin to be Acne-Free?

Mint is a popular strong scented herb synonymous to freshness. It is a type of plant with small green leaves. These leaves are used for adding flavour to almost anything you cook such as in a salad, tea, Indian Chutney etc. 

Apart from its seasoning value in cooking, Mint offers numerous health benefits to your body.

  1. Mint gives you a glowing and acne free skin.
  2. The high content of salicylic acid in Mint leaves soothes and calms an itchy and infected skin.
  3. Prevents pimples and blemishes and helps to get rid of blackheads.
  4. The potent anti- inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties in Mint can work wonders on an infected skin.

A number of cleansers, toners as well as some lip balms are made using Mint extracts.

Mint Cleanser Benefits for an Acne-Free Skin

Mint is an excellent ingredient for all skin types that needs some extra care and treatment. If you are suffering from severe acne problems on the face, using this simple ingredient can help you get rid of it. Mint Cleanser is a simple solution to get rid of acne naturally without any side effects.

  • A mint juice extracted from Mint leaves is an excellent skin cleanser.
  • A gentle skin cleanser made from Mint leaves, pure oils of Rosemary and Bergamot helps to remove excessive oiliness from your face and leaves the skin pores clean, fresh and well moisturised.
  • The strong antioxidants present in mint leaves the skin with a natural glow and rehydrate dull and dry skin.
  • It can soothe your skin and help to cure infections and itchiness.
  • It can not only help reduce pimples but can also relieve the symptoms of acne.

How to use a Mint Cleanser?

Take some Mint Cleanser and scrub your skin with this solution to remove dead skin cells. This will not only hydrate and moisturise your skin but also remove or lighten pimple marks.

Mint for Treating Insect Bites

The antipruritic properties contained in Mint leaves is used for treating insect bites from mosquitoes, wasps, honeybees, hornets and gnats. The cooling sensation produced from mint leaves will relieve you of the irritating sensation and the constant urge to scratch after the insect bites. The anti-inflammatory nature of mint will bring down swelling.  The strong aroma of mint is unappealing to most insects, therefore mint is used as a basic component in many bug repellent products.

Home Remedies for Skin and Hair care using Mint

Getting rid of Lice:

As mint is a natural bug repellent, you can use Mint for a lice-free hair.  Completely get rid of lice from your hair by applying mint oil on your hair 3-4 times every week. Massage gently all over the hair roots and wait for 30 minutes to wash it off. Continue this for a few weeks or months, until you feel there are no traces of lice on your hair.

Getting rid of cracked heels:

Take a handful of mint leaves and boil them in water. Once it is cooled to a lukewarm, soak your feet in it. This helps to soothe cracked heels, remove odours and make your heels soft. The warm aroma of the leaves, while it is boiled, will help calm your nerves and senses, and help you relax.

Getting rid of Blackheads:

Make a smooth paste of Mint leaves and apply on the blackhead affected areas of your face. Wash it off after 15 minutes.

Getting relieved of a headache:

Take a few mint leaves and crush it to a state for applying on your forehead. This will help in relieving your headache and give some freshness.

Now, you may know why Mint is so popular in the beauty care world. With many potential benefits to your skin as well as the body as a whole, Mint is one of the best natural ingredient easily available to you which you can give a try.

7 Home Remedies for Itchy Skin

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Skin rashes of any kind are no fun. It may happen due to either by using laundry detergent, or food allergy or skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis etc. Some natural remedies may provide healing to the rash if it treats the root cause.

Here are some of the most common ways you can help heal a skin rash naturally. They do provide helpful nutrients for the skin and will not cause toxicity to the body. Many can also provide an immediate soothing to the skin when a rash flares.

Coconut oil

Whether due to dry skin or an insect bite, whatever the cause of the itch, coconut oil can work wonders. The best way is to rub a little coconut oil directly onto the affected area. If you suffer from a widespread itch all over the body especially during the winter, soak in a bathtub of lukewarm water, then just pat yourself dry and apply the oil all over.

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Petroleum jelly

Petroleum jelly is the best remedy for sensitive skin. It does not contain any harmful chemicals and by its very nature, has a soothing action on the skin. It relieves your itch and any skin irritation. It is safe as well as inexpensive and so you don’t have to worry about how often you apply it.

Lemon

With a rich content of vitamin C and bleaching properties, lemons is one of the best remedies for itchy skin. The volatile oil in lemon has the ability to numb sensations and is also good against inflammation. Simply cut a lemon in two and squeeze out a little juice over the itchy area, allow drying and you’ll soon find some relief.

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Baking soda

An itch restricted to a small area can be managed with baking soda. All you need to do is to make a paste with add 1 part of water to three parts of baking soda; then apply this paste to the itchy area. However, don’t use this remedy if the skin is broken. If the itch is spread all over the body, add a cup of baking soda into a tub full of lukewarm water and soak in it for half an hour, then dry in air.

Tulsi

Tulsi leaves (Holy basil) are rich in thymol, eugenol and camphor and these have the ability to reduce irritation of the skin. Just wash a few leaves and rub them over the affected area. Another way is to prepare a tea by boiling a few leaves in water and dip a cotton ball or cloth into the tea and apply to the itchy skin.

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Aloe vera

Aloe vera is one of the most effective skin soothing agents. It helps reduce the skin irritation and provides quick relief from itching by rub the gel over itchy spot.

Aloe contains strong anti-inflammatory component called B-sitosterol. Aloe is also full of vitamin E, which is wonderful for the skin. Aloe naturally contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. So it reduce redness, inflammation, itch and discomfort.

Apple cider vinegar

Many people use vinegar on the scalp for dandruff because it works well for itchy skin. It has a good antiseptic and antifungal action and this makes it a good anti-itching agent. It’s good for treating acne, and fight fungus on the skin that causes rashes. Dip a cotton ball or cloth in a little apple cider vinegar and drop on the itchy area. Or if you feel a general itchy sensation all over the body, add a cupful into your bath water.

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Top 8 Foods for Healthy Hair

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Greek Yogurt for Hair Growth

Yogurt packed with protein, the building block of your locks. It also has an ingredient that helps with blood flow to your scalp and hair growth. It’s called vitamin B5 (known as pantothenic acid) which help against hair thinning and loss. You may recognize pantothenic acid as an ingredient on your hair and skincare product labels.

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Salmon for Shine

Fish like salmon, sardines, and mackerel are rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Your body can’t make these healthy fats, so you have to get them from food or supplements. They help protect you from disease, and also help to adds brightness and elasticity to hair.

Spinach prevent Brittle Hair

Spinach is full of amazing nutrients and vitamins such as vitamin A, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, folate and vitamin C. These work together for a healthy scalp. They keep your hair moisturized so it doesn’t break.

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Eggs for Growth

Eggs are good source of hair growth, which contain lots of protein. Hair is composed of 70 percent keratin protein, so egg protein helps to rebuild damaged hair by filling in weakened spots along the hair strand, which strengthens the hair. Eggs are rich in a B vitamin called biotin that helps hair grow. Biotin also helps strengthen brittle fingernails.

Guava to Prevent Breakage

This tropical fruit contain vitamin C, it protects your hair from breaking. One cup of guava has 377 milligrams of vitamin C. That’s more than four times the minimum daily recommended amount.

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Lean Poultry for Thickness

Poultry is rich in protein. Eat chicken or turkey, which have less saturated fat than sources like beef and pork. Poultry also contains hair-healthy zinc, iron, and vitamin B to keep your hair strong and thick.

Sweet Potatoes to Fight Dull Locks

Sweet potatoes are filled with an antioxidant called Beta Carotene which is good for you. Your body turns beta carotene into vitamin A. That helps protect against dry, dull hair. It also encourages the glands in your scalp to make an oily fluid called sebum that keeps hair from drying out. Orange vegetables like carrots, pumpkin, cantaloupe, and mangoes are good source of Beta carotene.

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Oysters for Fullness

These are rich in zinc and assist in the production of androgen. Hormone Androgen helps to prevent hair loss or dandruff. You can also find this mineral in beef, crab, lobster, and fortified cereal.

Homemade Vitamin C Serum For Face And Skin

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Vitamin C is a potent natural skin care agent that used in beauty products such as vitamin C serums, creams and lotions. Vitamin C is highly effective as an anti-aging and anti-wrinkle natural ingredient. It helps in brightening and tightening your skin. Vitamin C is safe and naturally prevents photo aging, treats hyper pigmentation, promotes to healing tissues, stimulates collagen production and wards off free radicals.

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The topical vitamin C serum has the main role in the production of collagen in our bodies.  Collagen provides elasticity to our skin and protect from wrinkles. Increasing vitamin C in our skin stimulates collagen production which will keep wrinkles at bay and provide us with flawless young skin.

How To Make Vitamin C Serum At Home?

Making vitamin C skin serum is as simple as mingling together your morning smoothie. You can make the same vitamin C serum from your home itself and which have the same skin benefits as branded vitamin C serum.

Vitamin C Serum Recipe

What you need:

  1. 1/2 Teaspoon natural real food Vitamin C Powder (L-ascorbic acid)
  2. 1 Tablespoon distilled water (or rose water) to dissolve and 2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin
  3. A dark color glass dropper bottle to store (Vitamin C oxidizes easily).

Method:

(i) Dissolve the vitamin C powder in the distilled water completely. Sensitive skin may call for a little less vitamin C powder. Shake the bottle well until the powder dissolves completely. You can store this homemade vitamin c skin care serum for up to 2 weeks in your fridge.

(ii) If you are using vegetable glycerin as well, dissolve vitamin C powder in the smaller amount of water, then pour in glycerin, and shake well to dissolve it thoroughly. You can store this homemade vitamin c skin care serum for up to 4 weeks or longer in your fridge.

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After cleansing your skin, apply a small amount of this homemade vitamin C skin serum at bed time (vitamin C increases your skin’s sensitivity to the sun, so use it at night). You can use the dropper to put 2-3 drops into the palm of your hand, rub your hands together and smooth the serum all over your face, neck and chest. Follow it up with moisturizer of your choice. Leave it on overnight. If you feel your skin is dry, use a little more moisturizer.

How to make hair removal wax at home

At times women run so much out of time that they hardly find any time to look after themselves and their skin. Waxing at home is the safest way of getting rid of unwanted hair from your body.

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Steps to prepare homemade wax

  1. In a medium-heavy saucepan, add the sugar and cook over medium heat. Keep stirring until it starts melting. Let the sugar caramelize.
  2. Mix in a few drops of honey and lemon into it. Keep stirring until the mixture becomes really hot.
    Add a little water in the mixture, if it is too thick.
  3. Once the mixture is ready, keep it at room temperature for about an hour and allow it to cool down. Once the wax has been cooled, take a tin container and refrigerate it.
  4. Spread the body wax on your legs, place the cotton strip over it and pull.
  5. Always pull in the opposite direction of hair growth. This will helps to pull out the hair together with its root.
  6. To wash off the stickiness, simply rinse your legs with warm water.

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Benefits of using homemade wax

– Natural ingredients in the wax make your skin soft and glow.
– You are not likely to develop any skin rash or infections by using homemade wax.
– It will remove the hair with its root and moisturize your skin.
– Homemade wax lessens the hair growth.

– It will exfoliate your skin and also open the pores of your skin to allow the dirt to get out.
How to take care of your skin after waxing?
– Apply a moisturizer after you are done waxing.
– You can also wet the skin using a damp cloth so that it stays nourished and does not dry out immediately.
– Avoid going out in the sun too much after waxing. Or apply sunscreen before going out.

– Avoid taking warm or hot water showers after you’ve waxed.

– Before you go to bed at night, apply a nourishing lotion on the area so that your skin stays moisturized.
– If the area starts itching or turns red, apply talcum powder to reduce it.

– You can also try applying a cube of ice to reduce the redness.

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What to Share with Your Hair Stylist Before Application of Hair Color

Give the right information about your hair to the hair stylist when go for hair styling at the first time. Below gives some important points to be shared with the stylist before go for hair colouring or other styles.

Hair History

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Inform about your hair history before styling and is the most important point. What already on your hair will determine your new hair colour and its health.

Your hair expert must know…

  • Is there already colour in your hair?
    • If the answer is yes, when did last colour service?
  • Have you colour for your hair at a salon or anywhere?
    • If yes, try to inform which type of colour used
  • Have you colour your hair by yourself at home?
    • If yes, was it a box colour & which box colour used for that?
    • There are box colours having metallic dyes causing chemical reactions in future hair styling. The result of such reactions cannot be predicted.
  • Have you been shower using water from well?
    • Hard water can affect overall look/feel of the hair as it cause a build-up of minerals and so you may need a hair clearing treatment before do a colour service.
    • Hard water causes hair colour to fade faster as they are harsh on fresh colour. Always remember to ask your hair specialist for recommended hair products to maintain and protect your hair colour.
  • Do you have done any other chemical services on your hair?
    • Several other chemicals like relaxers, perms or keratin treatments have a chance to affect the current health/state of your hair that could affect the rate at which hair colour is absorbed &  that will determine whether your hair is healthy enough for an additional chemical treatment or not.

Products

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  • What type of hair products have you been using for your hair?
    • Any hair stylist can guarantee the hair colour service only if you use the recommended hair colour products like colour safe shampoo an hair conditioner.
  • What types of tools do you use?
    • If the customer is using large amount of heat/hot tools without proper protection to the hair, there will be more damage will cause to the hair.

Allergies

  • If you have never done a hair colour before or if you are new to hair colouring don’t forget to inform your specialist about any known allergies.
  • Some colour products contains ingredients like beeswax, so if you are very sensitive to bees, you should do a test prior to hair colouring to make sure that they will never make a reaction to you.
  • The best thing for your hair stylist who is more concerned about the state of their customers’ hair, can do a strand test (with a piece of hair and colour on it) and/or a patch test on your skin to ensure that you do not react to the colour prior to application of colour.

IN this way by being open with your hair stylist about the history of your hair, it is the best way to get desired results from your hair colouring service. Plus, you are strongly encouraged to bring photos to show the colour you want. Follow these simple points to get good looking and feeling beautiful!

Home-based Natural hair care methods:

You have to give a special Natural Haircare attention for your good and healthy hair. Spend little time to care for your hair. Here are the home remedies for getting healthy and strong hair.

  1. Home-made egg shampoo:

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You can make this your own. Only you can do:

  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp lemon essence
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp Castile (vegetable oil based) soap
  • Take half cup of water

How to make egg shampoo:

            Combine all the ingredients, which are in the list and mix all them very well. Stir the ingredients well, when it gets smooth. Now the shampoo is ready and use immediately after made.

It gives a healthy hair growing and silky hair. Let’s try in your and get a healthy hair.

2.Free from Dandruff:

          Make your head free from dandruff. It’s a simple step to make this mixer. Only you can do:

  • Take 2tsp of apple flavor vinegar.
  • Take equal amount of water.
  • Take tea tree oil-15drops.

How to make this mixer and how to apply:

            Take a bowl and mix the ingredients well. Apply this mixer on your scalp and massage well. Then wash your hair well, after a few minutes. You can try this remedy two or three times in a week.

You can feel good after using this remedy. Try it soon and get a dandruff free head.

3. Scalp Pack:

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For making scalp pack, you can use only these items:

  • Take one egg.
  • Half peeled and mashed avocado.
  • Take 2 tsp wheat seed oil.

How to make Scalp pack:

Take the egg and beat well up to foamy liquid. Then add the mashed avocado and wheat seed oil and again beat well until smooth. Use this pack immediately and cover your head with a warm towel, stay up to 30 minutes. Then wash your hair with hot water and little bit shampoo.

This pack is very good for hair. Try it soon.