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Turn to turmeric to brighten skin

Top tips for including turmeric in your everyday beauty routine.

Turmeric, also known as “haldi”, has a multitude of beauty benefits.

Westworld actress Thandie Newton describes the spice as “extraordinary”, and adds it to tinted moisturiser for a base or a spoonful to a glass of water. Why? Because turmeric, the deep orange root from India, is amazing for your skin.

Native to Southeast Asia, it is often found in curries, giving the food its brilliant, golden orange colour. Turmeric is used as a balancing ingredient in Ayurvedic diets and is associated with many health benefits.

And Indian brides have long used the spice as a head-to-toe body scrub and face mask to brighten skin before their weddings.

Don’t worry you won’t have to mainline curries to get your daily dose of turmeric! It’s readily available on the shelves in the form of a turmeric mask, as well as a cleanser that contains the root. You can also drink turmeric in the form of a tea like Numi Organic Turmeric Tea, or add to drinks in the form of a supplement like Health Ranger’s Organic Turmeric Gold Liquid Extract.

DIY it

It’s also really simple to make your own turmeric face mask. Simply mix two tablespoons of regular flour, rice flour or ground oats with a teaspoon of turmeric, a few drops of honey and three tablespoons of milk or yoghurt to make a paste. Apply a thin layer to your face and let it dry for 20 minutes. Rinse off in the shower, scrubbing gently with a soft cloth to remove. After drying skin follow with your favourite moisturiser.

As long as you apply a very thin layer of the mask, it won’t turn your face yellow or orange!

Buy it

If you don’t fancy plastering yourself in the vibrantly coloured spice, there are some beauty products available which make use of its best qualities. Top of our list is Kiehl’s Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque. This invigorating formulation helps to visibly even the look of skin while the crushed cranberry seeds gently exfoliate for a smoother, brighter complexion.

Just cleanse and tone your face before applying a visible layer of the masque onto clean skin. Allow to dry for 5-10 minutes before rinsing with warm water and massaging skin in a gentle, circular motion, allowing the cranberry seeds to exfoliate skin. Juara Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask similarly detoxifies, brightens, and strengthens the skin.

 

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5 Ways To Gently Begin Strengthening Your Core

Your core muscles help strengthen and stabilize your spine and pelvis, which is why developing a powerful core is the first step to making your whole body stronger. Start firming up your core with these gentle Pilates-based exercises, which will give you a solid foundation for all other movements. Perform 15 repetitions of each exercise, most days of the week. (Get a flat belly in just 10 minutes a day with our reader-tested exercise plan!)

Pelvic Bowl

Pelvic bowl

Lie flat on back with knees bent and feet gripping floor, arms facing down at sides. Raise right hipbone as high as you can toward ceiling. Hold momentarily. Slowly shift and raise left hipbone. Gently sway from right to left, as if you have a bowl of soup between your hip bones and you’re gently rocking it without spilling. Counting right and left as 1 rep, perform 15 repetitions.

Pelvic Tilts

Pelvic tilts

Lie flat on back with knees bent and feet gripping floor. Lift hips up toward ceiling in bridge position, and place thumbs on ribcage with middle fingers on hipbones. Tilt pelvis toward ground, expanding distance between fingers and thumbs. Next, tilt pelvis upward, decreasing distance between fingers and thumbs. The two movements from downward to upward should complete 1 breath cycle. Perform 15 cycles.

 

Spinal Impressions

Spinal impressions

Sit upright with arms out in front of shoulders, elbows slightly bent. Round back softly, and slowly roll backward, imprinting lower back(lumbar spine) then mid-back (thoracic spine), and lastly upper back (cervical spine) down into cushioned mat. Once rounded all the way down and head and neck rest on mat, grab behind hamstrings to assist yourself back to upright seated position. Perform 15 repetitions.

Modified Hundreds

Modified hundreds

Lie flat on back with arms at sides and knees bent to 90 degrees, hovering knees directly over hips and shins parallel to ground. Engage abs to lift head, neck, and shoulders off floor. Lift arms, depress shoulders away from ears, and reach fingertips away from you. Begin pulsing arms down and up. Complete 5 pulses on an inhale, then 5 pulses on an exhale. Perform 3 breath cycles like this.

 

Cat/Cow

Cat/cow

Start on all fours on mat with knees hips-width apart and hands directly beneath shoulders. Exhale and round back toward ceiling like a cat, head drooping down. Pull navel in toward spine. Hold momentarily. Inhale and drop belly down toward floor, lifting head high. Allow ribcage to expand and chest to stretch. Hold. Perform 15 cycles.

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Five beauty tips using eggs on ‘ World Egg Day ‘

Today is World Egg Day and what better way to celebrate but with egg on your face… literally!

World Egg Day has been celebrated annually on the second Friday of October since 1996 . Eggs are an affordable source of high-quality protein, with the potential to feed the world.

Eggs have lutein, which is immensely useful to make your skin elastic and hydrated. The high protein in eggs has an important role to play for repairing of tissues and tightening the skin, says Beauty & Make.Up.Com.

The protein is also helpful in improving the appearance of hair length & strength of nails.

So, get cracking on these easy and eggy beauty tips:

Toner – Whip an egg till it becomes frothy. Apply it all over your face as well as neck. Wait till it is dry and rinse in lukewarm water. This would help to tone and tighten your skin.

Egg To Reduce Under-Eye Puffiness – apply a thin coating of egg white on the area under your eyes and leave on for about ten minutes. Wash off with plain water. Eggs are known to fix puffy eyes effectively.

Egg-Honey-Rosewater mask  for smooth complexion –
Mix an egg with a spoon of honey and a few drops of olive oil and rosewater. Use the mixture as a face mask for about twenty minutes to get smooth complexion and flawless skin as it helps to do away with blemishes.

Egg-Yoghurt Hair Conditioner – Mix egg and yogurt. You can add a spoon of olive oil or almond oil if you have it at home. Apply on your hair and let the mix sit  for forty-five minutes. Your hair is thoroughly conditioned and you get shiny

Egg-Lemon Mix for Volume in hair – Mix the juice of one lemon with an egg and apply it on your hair. Wait for half-an-hour and shampoo. This pack adds sheen, volume and softness to your locks.

Warning:

– Do not use eggs for beauty treatments if you are allergic.
– An uncooked egg (which is used for skin care and hair care recipes) emits a bad smell when it starts drying.

source:ecr.co.za

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12 Yoga Exercises For Slimming Your Face

We all are Keira Knightleys or Angelina Jolies. Only, we don’t realize it due to layers of fat on our faces.

Most of us are so worried about the fat in our body that we forget to notice the fat in our face. But you know what – even that is damaging our looks.

We all know yoga helps us reduce belly fat, and you can also lose weight through yoga. So what can you do to get rid of those flabby cheeks and double chin? Well, there are a number of effective facial exercises – and that’s what this post is all about.

12 Effective Exercises In Yoga For Slim Face

  1. The Cheek Workout 1
  2. The Cheek Workout 2
  3. Fish Face
  4. Chin Lifts
  5. Lion Face
  6. Lips Pull 1
  7. Lips Pull 2
  8. Surprise Me
  9. Jaw Release
  10. Blowing Air
  11. Marilyn
  12. Puppet Face

1. The Cheek Workout

How To Do It

  • Close your mouth and press your lips together
  • Blow air under your upper lip, and hold this position for 10 seconds
  • Transfer the air towards your left cheek and hold the position for 10 more seconds
  • Transfer the air towards your right cheek, and continue by holding for 10 more seconds
  • Do about 10 – 15 cycles

Benefits

Helps reduce the chubbiness of your cheeks.

 

2. The Cheek Workout 2

How To Do It

  • Inhale deeply with your mouth and fill it with air
  • Close your mouth immediately and transfer the air from one side of the cheek to another. This has to be done as if you are swishing water inside your mouth
  • Do 15 cycles

Benefits

Tones your facial muscles and helps reduce facial fat.

3. Fish Face

How To Do It

  • Suck your cheeks in and purse your lips
  • Maintain the pose and try to smile
  • Hold the position for five seconds
  • Repeat this 10 times

Benefits

Tones the cheek muscles and reduces facial fat.

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4. Chin Lifts

How To Do It

  • Tilt your head towards the ceiling and ensure you are gazing upwards
  • Pull your lips together tightly
  • Hold the position for about 10 seconds and then relax
  • You can repeat this exercise 10 times
  • Remember not to use any other facial muscle other than your lips while performing this exercise

Benefits

Helps you get rid of double chin.

5. Lion Face

Lion Face

How To Do It

  • Inhale through your nose, make fists tightly, and squeeze your facial muscles
  • Exhale through your mouth, and as you do so, stick your tongue out as much as you can and open your eyes as wide as possible. Open your hands too at the same time
  • Hold the position for 10 seconds and relax
  • Repeat three times

Benefits

Stretches the facial muscles and releases tension

6. Lips Pull 1

How To Do It

  • Keep your head in the normal position and lift your lower lip by bringing out your lower jaw
  • You will feel a stretch in your chin muscles and jawline
  • Maintain this position for about 10 seconds, and then relax
  • Repeat 10 times

Benefits

Lifts your facial muscles and makes you look younger.

7. Lips Pull 2

How To Do It

  • Move your upper lip over your lower lip
  • Pull it upwards, and as close to your nose as possible
  • Hold the pose for 15 seconds, after which you can relax
  • You will feel a strain on your chin and jaw muscles
  • Repeat five times

8. Surprise Me

Surprise Me

How To Do It

  • Open your eyes wide. Make sure your eyebrows aren’t wrinkled
  • Stay this way and focus on a point at a distance
  • Maintain the position for about 10 seconds, and relax
  • Repeat four times

Benefits

Makes your eyebrows smooth.

9. Jaw Release

How To Do It

  • Begin by moving your jaw as if you are chewing something
  • Ensure your lips are closed as you perform this exercise
  • Inhale deeply, and hum as you exhale
  • Open your mouth wide and press your tongue against the lower teeth
  • Maintain this position for about five seconds, after which you can relax
  • Repeat 10 times

Benefits

Gives you higher cheekbones and an attractive jawline.

 

10. Blowing Air

How To Do It

  • Keep your spine erect and tilt your head backwards. Ensure your eyes are directed towards the ceiling and you can see it
  • Pull out your lips and blow air
  • Keep doing this for 10 seconds and then relax
  • Repeat 10 times

Benefits

Works the facial and neck muscles. Helps reduce double chin and gives you a natural face lift and a leaner appearance to your face.

11. Marilyn

Marilyn

How To Do It

  • Blow kisses into the air
  • Repeat this four times
  • Press your lips against your first two fingers
  • Repeat this four times

Benefits

Tones your lip muscles.

 

12. Puppet Face

Puppet Face

How To Do It

  • Lift the line between your nose and lips
  • Smile
  • Tightly press your cheekbones and the line between your nose and lips with your fingers
  • Lift the muscles against the resistance offered by your fingers
  • Repeat this 20 – 30 times

Benefits

Reduces the fat in your cheeks and the line between your nose and lips.

 

Start doing these exercises in yoga for slimming face, and see your face get better sooner than you can imagine.

 

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TAKE THIS DRINK IN THE MORNING AND THE NEXT DAY YOU WILL FEEL 10 YEARS YOUNGER

The U.S. market for anti-aging products — estimated at about $80 billion — is expected to climb to more than $114 billion by 2015. But perhaps midlifers who have that “forever young” mindset should save their money.

Experts say you can eat your way to a younger, healthier you. In general, you should replace fattening starches with whole grains and cover at least half your plate with fruits and vegetables.

People spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year on skin creams, treatments and personal trainers on ways to make them look and feel younger, more attractive and more energized. But what if there was a way to make the body younger, better, stronger without any of that?

Since aging cannot be avoided, one can always opt for healthy aging. Turmeric is famous in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine as an anti-aging and healing herb.

The most common solution recommended by all dermatologists is eating a diet rich in antioxidants, and curcuminoids present in turmeric are strong antioxidants.

Numerous studies have linked turmeric with wide-ranging anti-inflammatory effects. Perhaps this helps to explain why the people of Okinawa, Japanese island, have one of the world’s longest average life spans – 81.2 years.

Take This Drink in the Morning and the Next Day You Will Feel 10 Years Younger

This drink is a great way to get the many benefits of turmeric on a daily basis, along with the antioxidant power of black pepper.

Step 1: Turmeric Paste

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup organic turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp. milled pepper
  • 1/2 cup filtered water

Directions: Put all the ingredients in a bowl, over a medium heat. Stir constantly until you get a thick homogeneous mixture. When done, let the mixture cool down and store it in the refrigerator.

Step 2: Golden Milk

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 tsp. of turmeric paste
  • 1 cup organic almond milk
  • 1 tbsp. organic coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. raw organic honey

Directions:

Put all the ingredients in a pot, except the honey, and cook on medium heat. Stir until you get a homogeneous mixture. When done, pour the solution in a cup and add the honey.

Golden milk is flavored by black pepper, whose sharp taste comes from the alkaloid piperine, which enhances the absorption and the anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric. Drink this mixture every day. You will be amazed by the results.

Another Option:

“I have been doing this drink for 2 yrs now and I find that coconut milk works great and I live out the coconut oil, also don’t reduce to a paste just bring to small boil or coconut milk will separate. Now for extra strength add a pinch of red pepper,1/4 tsp of cinnamon and 1/8 tsp of ginger for the arthritis pain relief.” —Jesus Adorno Rosa

 

Source:barenaturaltruth.com

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6 WAYS TO LIGHTEN UP YOUR DARK PRIVATE SKIN NATURALLY

When it comes to our pubic area, well, it’s private and personal and can be embarrassing to talk about, but let’s be honest. We all have one down there, so we might as well share our knowledge and help each other out.

Let’s take for instance, the common problem of dark skin in the pubic area. Some people, especially women, want to get rid of the uneven skin tone between their legs. Can it be done naturally and achieved safely?

6 Ways to Lighten Up Your Dark Private Skin Naturally!
6 Ways to Lighten Up Your Dark Private Skin Naturally!

Yes and yes!

First, let’s look at the science behind this skin condition. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it has a medical name, acanthosis nigricans (AN). Besides the groin area, the darker skin can also develop on the neck and armpits. The discoloration can create thicker skin with a smooth, almost velvety touch. A dermatologist can best determine through a physical exam and medical history if the condition is serious. In the majority of cases, it affects healthy people who are most commonly of African descent.

You can be born with AN, or develop it from having diabetes, obesity or a glandular disorder. Experts have found that even certain medicines like oral contraceptives can also cause AN to occur on one’s private parts. There is no shame, because AN affects a lot of people, but most are afraid to mention it.

Below are a few suggestions that use natural skin care therapies to lighten the dark pubic skin area. The best way to try these remedies is by setting aside time to lie down, so the formulas you apply stay put on the groin or pubic area.

Lemons. Citric juice isn’t just for summer blonde highlights, because it provides lots of health benefits with its strong Vitamin C base. Take some juice from a lemon and massage it onto the discolored area. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and then wash off with warm water. Within a month or two, you should notice a more even pubic skin tone. Don’t shave near the pubic area right before applying lemon juice, because it stings.

Sandalwood and Rose Water. You can buy these at health food or Indian grocery stores. Mix a spoonful of sandalwood powder with 10 drops of rose water. Apply over the pubic area after your bath and leave it on for 20 minutes. Then rinse off. Sandalwood powder has been used for generations to lighten and soften the skin. Hydrating rose water also lightens. Apply this combination three times a week.

Aloe Vera Gel If you don’t have an aloe plant to squeeze aloe from the leaves, then buy 100% pure aloe vera gel from the drugstore. Massage the aloe on to the pubic area and allow to sit for about 20 minutes. Then wash it off with warm water. This is okay to use after each bath. Aloe vera has been used for years to fade discoloration.

Plain Yogurt. Forget the sweeter ones with the fruit on the bottom. You need plain yogurt which offers amazing lightening benefits. Plus, it feels cool and soothing. Massage some yogurt on the dark areas of your pubic skin and leave it on for 15 minutes. Then wash off with warm water. Do this daily for several weeks until you see results.

Orange Juice and Turmeric. For years, Indian women have benefited from the incredible power of turmeric powder, because it effectively lightens skin. Oranges like lemons, contain natural bleaching agents. Turmeric stains fabric, so be careful it doesn’t fall on your favorite clothing. Combine two tablespoons of orange juice and a pinch of turmeric. Apply to pubic area daily and leave on for 20 minutes. Then wash it off.

Gram Flour. The Southeast Asian staple is made from ground chickpeas and happens to be a super exfoliator and skin lightener. Make a thick paste by adding a little water and apply to the pubic area. Allow it to dry and then wash off with water. You can do this three times a week.

When you’re applying products to the sensitive pubic region or groin, chemicals can cause irritation and other problems. That’s why natural solutions that have been used for generations in different cultures are the best methods to try. Be patient. Lightening up dark pubic skin can be achieved, and results will appear gradually.

 

Source:elite-insight.com

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Mother Knows Best: The Top 12 Beauty Tips We Learned From Our Moms

a great haircut“Though my mother is not the kind of person to make beauty pronouncements, her example can be boiled down to this: If you have great hair, you can keep the rest simple. She never wore much makeup, but she always had a beautiful haircut and regularly went in for highlights. I have always followed her example, and when I worry that it may not be wise to spend a small fortune on my hair, I remember how great she looked. If you can buy yourself a little self-assurance, it is always money well spent.

moisturize your neckMy mother’s most important piece of advice: ‘Take care of your neck. You never think of your neck until it’s too late.’ So now I always moisturize it.”

“My mom’s word of advice with diet: ‘Everything in moderation.’ At 61, she’s still thin, which is in part thanks to good genes, and also because of her eating habits. She’s not a health nut by a long stretch. Actually, by any stretch. She loves ice cream, potato chips, and the occasional apple-tini or Guinness stout. She doesn’t deny herself sweets or snacks—she just doesn’t overdo them. Definitely something I’ve stuck to over the years.”

“When I was growing up, my mom would always tell me, ‘Keep your hands off your face! Do you know how many germs you have encountered today? Get them away from that beautiful face!’ I finally started listening to her advice, and my skin is thanking me for it.”

“While most children try to wiggle away from their parents as they slather them with sunscreen at the beach, I never did. My mother has survived malignant melanoma twice, and the best beauty advice she ever gave me was to stay out of the sun (which was hard as a child in South Florida!), never even think of using tanning oil, and to wear sunscreen every single day. I now make sure almost all of my products have SPF—my morning moisturizer, my BB cream, and even my lip balm.”Use a good body lotion every single time you shower, no excuses. Do it as soon as you get out, especially in the winter.”

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“My favorite beauty advice my mother ever gave me—and that I believe she lifted from Jackie O.—was to dedicate one night a week at home to take care of yourself. Paint your nails, whiten your teeth, use a face mask, deep-condition your hair, whatever it is you do, while listening to music or watching TV or anything else you enjoy. Whenever I tell her about my hectic schedule, she likes to remind me of this one.”

“My mom always taught me not to overtweeze or wax my eyebrows. She has always liked the look of fuller brows, and I went through much of my teen years with too-far-apart, too thin brows. She (thankfully) wouldn’t let me tweeze them quite as much as I wanted to. I’m so glad that she helped me realize how much better it looks not to have pencil-thin brows and that I was able to bounce back from the sparse ones I had in my teen years. Yikes.”

source: allure.com