DIY Tips for a Clear Skin

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  1. Homemade face wash

Mix gram flour (Besan) and turmeric powder (Haldi) in the ratio of 3:1 and put it in an air tight jar. When required, take 1 tbsp of this mixture add little water to mix then apply and rinse it off. For acne prone skin, add some drops of lemon juice, mix it well and apply – this will serve as a gentle cleanser.

  1. Natural moisturizer

Put in a bowl 4 tbsp of organic coconut oil (in solid form) and squeeze juice of 2 lemons into it. Whisk it, until the mixture becomes light and fluffy. Keep this mixture in a jar and store in the fridge. Use this moisturizer after cleansing or a face wash.

  1. Blackheads removal

Mix 1tbsp of white toothpaste with 1 tbsp of baking soda and a little of water. Apply it on affected area, gently rub it with a clean, soft toothbrush for 2 minutes and then rinse it off.

  1. Green tea toner (best for acne prone skin)

Boil ½ cup of water, put in one green tea bag and let it sit until cool. Remove teabag and squeeze it out. Pour the tea into a bottle, add 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar (unpasteurized is preferred), screw lid on tightly and shake the mixture. Your hydrating facial toner is ready! Use cotton pads to apply on skin after cleansing in mornings and at night time. Apply moisturizer when dried.

  1. Aloe Vera acne treatment

Take extract (transparent pulp) of 1 leaf of Aloe Vera. Now, take a small amount of it and rub it on your face. Leave it on the face for 10-15 minutes. Wash it off with cold water. Repeat this process daily to prevent and reduce acne.

Compiled by Hira Naqi

Natural Treatment for Hairfall

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Remedies and tips to revive your hair

* Healthy Meals Help

A balanced diet with a strong emphasis on the daily intake of calcium and iron contributes to the growth and health of hair. A regular allowance of protein from lean meat products coupled with assorted grains, beans and dairy items play an important role in adding strength to one’s hair. Hair loss patients could also include in their diet, fish, which are rich sources of omega 3-fatty acids. These reduce inflammation and make the scalp healthy. A daily consumption of vitamin C which may easily be procured from fruits helps reduce hair breakage.

* Shampoo, not as often as you think

This goes without saying that one needs to wash their hair regularly, but how often they should shampoo mainly depends upon one’s scalp and hair type. Research has shown that there is little or no reason one should shampoo their hair everyday, for hair is a fibre and washing it daily will worsen its condition. Also, oils from the scalp do not travel down the hair quickly, so frequent shampooing would result in dry hair, which in turn makes them frizzy and unkempt. Daily shampooing could only be necessary for more oily scalps. Otherwise, all the other hair types, be they short, thin or straight can safely skip a day. Also, apply shampoo to the top of your hair and not to the ends, for this will dry them out.

* A hair on the head is worth two in the brush

Likewise, brushing one’s hair frequently would make your hair look worse. Try and exercise some control while combing your hair. Use a boar bristled brush for brushing your hair. It massages your scalp and helps circulate the oil from the roots to the tips of the hair, and thus prevents split ends. For brushing wet hair, use a comb with wide teeth so that the hair strands do not break. Also, avoid pulling through your hair. Instead, you may disentangle any knot you come across gently with your fingers.

* A little oil is good

Apply oil to your hair at least twice a week. This will moisturize the roots and tips, thereby preventing them from looking dull and unhealthy. You could also massage your scalp gently.

* Blow-dry is not worth a try!

Blow-drying and flat ironing of hair should be avoided as much as possible, for the heat just does not do them any good. Try to air dry them, instead of blow-drying. You should save your hair for blow-drying for special occasions only. Also, avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun.

* Bask in a mask

Try using a hair mask once a week. Wet your hair. Then put on the hair mask, and let it rest on your hair for at least ten minutes. Then rinse with cold water. This contributes to the vibrancy and health of one’s hair.

Easy recipes for some home-made hair masks

Egg Mask

  • Beat two eggs along with their yolks with two tablespoons of water.
  • Massage the hair with the mixture just made.
  • Keep it on for ten to fifteen minutes and wash it off with a gentle shampoo.

Yogurt Mask

  • Beat an egg without its yolk until it is frothy.
  • Add about six tablespoons of yogurt to it.
  • Massage your hair with this concoction.
  • Let it rest on your hair for 15 to 30 minutes and wash out with a mild shampoo.

Milk and Honey Mask

  • Mix a tablespoonful of honey with a cup of full fat milk.
  • Apply the mixture on hair.
  • Wash it off with a mild shampoo after 15 minutes