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My go to products for treating or fixing pimples

My Go-To Products For Fixing Or Treating Pimples

Pimples are definitely irritating, especially when we have to go to an urgent event or a party with friends. Nobody likes to have a big pimple popping on their forehead, cheeks or chin. They just destroy the whole look of our face. And then no matter how much time and effort we put into doing a nice makeup look, everything goes in vain. In today’s article, we will look into the products which definitely work in fixing or treating pimples.

Toothpaste

The first product for which everyone rushes when having a pimple is toothpaste. Toothpaste helps in drying out pimples and prevents them from spreading the bacteria all over the face. For this quick remedy, you just need to dab a small amount of toothpaste on the affected area with a cotton bud.

Before applying toothpaste directly on the pimple, just do a patch test on your arm. If irritation occurs, don’t use it on the pimple. Remember to use only white toothpaste for treating pimples, don’t go for any other gel-based or colorful toothpaste.

Multani Mitti (Fuller’s Earth)

Multani mitti is also known as fuller’s earth. It dries out pimples very effectively without leaving a scar on the spot. Just mix a quarter spoon of fuller’s earth with some water/honey to make a smooth paste. Apply it to the spot and leave at least 15-20 minutes before washing.

Repeat this procedure after every few hours and you will see how magically your pimple will go away.

Foaming Face Wash

We all have a foaming face wash in our vanity for the days when our skin produces more oil than usual. But, if you don’t have a one right now, Patanjali orange aloe vera face wash will be very economical in your pocket.

Just use a generous amount of foaming face wash on the spot where a pimple has appeared and wash after a minute. You don’t need to wash your entire face while doing this quick fix. Wash your entire face with face wash only 2 times a day and the affected area needs to be washed 2 more times separately.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

I know this option is a bit pricey but is worth every penny you are paying for it. Tea tree essential oil is very much concentrated to use directly on pimples. So, mix 1-2 drops of tea tree essential oil with a spoon of carrier oil (coconut/olive/almond oil, whatever best suits your skin).

Apply this mixture of oil on the affected areas with a cotton bud and leave this oil to work. Tea tree essential oil has anti-microbial properties and certain antioxidants which helps in treating and clearing acne very fast. Reapply every few hours till the pimples go away. Please do a patch test before using any essential oil on your skin.

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil is also an effective product in treating pimples. It not only treats pimples but also clear the scars that come with them. However, you can use it directly on the spots but if you find it a bit concentrated for your pimples. Mix 1-2 drops of this essential oil with a spoon of any carrier oil and then apply this mixture to the spots with a cotton swab. Reapply every few hours.

Lemon essential oil has anti-bacterial properties and antioxidants which treat the pimples and clear the scars very well. Please do a patch test before using it on your skin.

Concealer

If you have no time to treat your pimples and you have to go out of the house right away. Then, concealer always comes as a quick hack to cover them. Just use a small amount of concealer on your pimple and you are good to go.

Hair Growth Oil

DIY Oil For Hair Growth And All Kind Of Hair Problems

Hair oils are known for their nourishing and conditioning properties. They have been used for hair growth since ages. I know the market is filled up with a variety of hair oils to fulfill your needs. But, making it at home gives a sense of relief about the purity of ingredients you are using in your hair oil. In this article, we will learn about easy to make home-made hair oil.

Ingredients:

  • 2 handful of curry leaves.
  • 2 handful of hibiscus leaves.
  • 5 fresh amla or 100 grams of amla powder.
  • 2 spoonful of fenugreek seeds.
  • 1.5 liter of water.
  • 200 ml of carrier oil (coconut/olive/almond oil). Whatever suits you best.

Preparation Time:

30 minutes

Processing Time:

1.5 hrs

Method:

  1. Firstly, collect all the hibiscus and curry leaves in a pot. Then add water to it.
  2. If you are using fresh amla, grate them and then add it to the pot.
  3. Allow this mixture to boil until it reduces to half of its quantity. Set aside this concoction to cool down.
  4. Once the mixture has properly cooled down. Strain it using cheesecloth and collect in a bowl.
  5. Now, put carrier oil in the pan. And then, add hibiscus and curry leaves concoction to it.
  6. If you are using amla powder to make this hair oil. Put amla powder and fenugreek seeds to the pan.
  7. Let this mixture to boil until all the water evaporates. Now, you will be left only with the oil infused with the herbs.
  8. Strain the oil by removing all the herbs from it.
  9. Massage your scalp with this oil and leave this oil in your hair to work overnight. Then, wash them next morning with a mild shampoo.

Why This Hair Oil Works?

This hair oil is full of essential fatty acids, amino acids, Vitamin C and antioxidants. All of which help in treating all the hair problems and boosts hair growth.

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Simple Ways To Tackle 5 Common Hair Problems

Not even a single woman is happy with her hair. Everyone has one or another issue related to her hair. Healthier-looking hair has always been associated with the beauty of a woman. That’s why we always look for the solutions to our hair problems. This article will point out some of those common hair problems and how to tackle them.

Frizzy Hair

Frizzy hair is the most frustrating thing to deal with. As soon as you come out of the house, all those efforts to make that pretty hairstyle goes in vain. Dryness and damage cause our hair to frizz. So, you need to pay some extra attention to frizzy hair.

  • Do not use hot water to wash your hair. Rather use lukewarm water for washing and use cold water for final rinsing.
  • Rubbing hair harshly with a towel after hair wash increases static charge in our hair and allow them to frizz even more. Instead, use an old t-shirt by doing gentle blotting motions.
  • Using hair serum on towel-dried hair reduces frizziness to a great extent.
  • Always use a hair conditioner or hair mask after hair wash for extra hydration.

Curly Hair

Curly hair is not a problem but it is really a trouble to manage them. No hairstyle looks perfect on this kind of hair. And if you are leaving your hair open, it becomes a difficult task afterward to detangle them. Here are some quick tips to deal with curly hair properly.

  • Make sure that you are using hydrating shampoo and conditioner for your curly hair, it makes them easily manageable.
  • Don’t use harsh chemicals on your hair because they will make your hair frizzy.
  • Find a right stylist for your hair who knows how to make your hair look best.
  • Don’t run your hands very often through your hair, it will tangle them very much.

Limp Hair

Thin or oily hair is usually prone to go flat and limp. Which is why all the hairstyles look unappealing on such hair. However, You can use following tips & tricks to make them look voluminous.

  • Don’t over-brush them, this will make sebaceous glands present in the scalp to produce more oil.
  • Use conditioner only on the ends of your hair.
  • Flip your hair upside down, while blow-drying. It will make your hair look voluminous.
  • Use rollers after blow-drying for loose curls.
  • Gentle teasing at the roots of hair will also add instant volume to your hair.

Dry & Damaged Hair

Hair becomes dry & damaged due to over usage of hair-styling tools and hair-color products. Also, some women naturally have dry scalp from birth. Missing a healthy haircare regime will damage such hair. Hair fall, split ends and frizziness are common hair problems in dry, damaged hair.

  • Use a leave-in conditioner or hair serum daily.
  • Massaging your hair with oil also helps in treating dryness.
  • Wrap up your hair with a towel soaked in warm water after massaging hair with oil. It helps in penetration of oil into roots and blood circulation in the scalp.
  • Avoid hair styling as much as you can.
  • Trim your hair after every 3-4 weeks to make your hair look healthy from the ends.

Hair Fall

Hair fall is one of those common hair problems that everyone face at some point in their lives. Sometimes it is because of the stress and deficiency of the vital nutrients in their body. However, other times it is just a false alarm because of the regeneration cycle of our hair.

  • Always have a balanced diet for hair growth.
  • Take a multi-vitamin tablet to combat vitamin-deficiency in your body.
  • Massage your hair with herbal hair oil which contains hair growth ingredients. Leave it overnight to work on your hair and wash them in the morning.
  • Do not brush your hair when they are wet. It will cause more breakage in your hair.
  • Limit the use of hair styling tools and hair coloring products.
Revitalizing & Moisturizing Face Packs For Winters

Revitalizing & Moisturizing Face Packs For Winters

Hi Lovelies,

Winters are coming and we all know that how much our skin becomes rough and dry during this time. That’s why our skin needs some extra moisturization for the radiant glow. Today I am going to discuss easy to make & moisturizing face packs to replenish lost moisture into your skin. Without further ado, let’s get started.

Gram flour and Milk cream

Gram flour acts as a very mild exfoliant which gently removes dead skin from our skin. When mixed with milk cream, this home-made face pack moisturizes our skin pretty well.

  • Mix 1 spoonful of gram flour (Besan) with 1/2 spoon of milk cream.
  • Add a pinch of turmeric and 2 spoons of rose water to it.
  • Turmeric helps in brightening and giving an even skin tone. Rose water also provides us with clear glowing skin.
  • Mix all the ingredients to make a smooth paste-like consistency.
  • Apply it all over your face and neck. Let it sit for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Use gentle circular motions to remove it from your face.

Banana and Honey

Banana and honey, both are specialized in giving adequate moisturization and even tone to your skin.

  • Mash half a banana to make a paste-like consistency. This much amount is adequate for your full face and neck.
  • When properly mashed, minute particles of banana also acts as a gentle exfoliant.
  • Add 1/2 spoon of honey and raw milk to it and mix it very well.
  • Apply it to your face and neck and let it sit for a good 20 minutes before washing.

Rice flour and Raw milk

Rice flour is the best anti-aging ingredient for our skin. When mixed with raw milk, it provides instant hydration to dry, flaky skin.

  • Take out 1 spoonful of rice flour in a bowl and add 2 spoons of raw milk to it.
  • You can also add half a spoon of honey to it for extra hydration.
  • Make paste-like consistency by mixing it very well.
  • After application, leave this face pack on your face for 15-20 minutes before washing it off.

Olive oil and Honey

Olive oil is good for treating fine lines on our face and gives the proper hydration that our skin needs.

  • For this face pack, take equal proportions of olive oil and honey in a bowl.
  • Even after mixing, I know this pack is too runny for the application. That’s why you need to apply it onto your skin with a cotton ball.
  • You can also make a paste-like consistency by adding a spoonful of wheat flour/ gram flour into it.
  • Leave it on your skin to dry for at least 15-20 minutes before washing.

Coconut milk and Corn Flour

Coconut milk with corn flour is a super-hydrating face mask for your dull and dreary winter skin.

  • To make this face pack, Take out 1 spoon of corn flour in a bowl.
  • Add 2 spoonful of coconut milk to it and mix it well.
  • Apply it on your full face and neck and leave it around 15 minutes.
  • While washing, use gentle circular motions to take it off.

Quick Tip

Make sure to apply these moisturizing face packs 2 times a week for the radiant glow.

Sunscreen facts and myths busted

Sunscreen Facts And Myths Busted

Sunscreen is a must for everyone in their day to day life. There are many articles on the web which state the importance of using sunscreen. But still, there are lots of myths circulating in our society which needs to be busted with well-known information.

Today’s blog post is an in-depth article about sunscreen facts and useless myths which we are listening from ages.

Myth: The amount of sunscreen does not matter at all.

Fact: If you apply only a pea-sized amount on your face and neck, it will not provide enough protection. Your skin will still suffer from damage caused by UV rays. According to Doctors, half teaspoon of sunscreen is an adequate amount for our face and neck. One full spoon for your arms and 2 spoonfuls for your legs.

Myth: Sunscreen with higher SPF don’t need reapplication.

Fact: Even if we have applied a sunscreen with higher SPF but we touch and also wipe off sweat from our face persistently. Which in turn, decreases the concentration of sunscreen on the skin. So, reapplication of sunscreen after 2-3 hours provides protection to our face from harmful UV rays.

Myth: Sunscreen with higher SPF protects your skin better.

Fact: A sunscreen with SPF 30 blocks 97% of harmful UV rays whereas a sunscreen with SPF-50 blocks UV rays up to 98%. This means sunscreens above SPF 30 are just a marketing gimmick.

Myth: Sunscreen is just for sunny days or when you are out in the sun.

Fact: Whether it is a sunny day or a rainy day, Sun’s harmful rays are always active during daytime. Even when you are inside your home or at the office, you are still in contact with UV rays.

Myth: SPF is the only factor to look out when you are buying a sunscreen.

Fact: SPF only protects your skin from UVB rays which harm only the topmost layer of skin. While UVA rays damage the skin up to 3 layers. PA factor on sunscreen defends your skin from UVA rays. If you are not able to find PA factor on a sunscreen, look for the term ‘broad-spectrum’. A broad-spectrum sunscreen is able to protect skin from both UVA & UVB rays.

Myth: Waterproof sunscreen does not need to be reapplied.

Fact: Waterproof sunscreen loses their effectiveness after 30-40 minutes in water. Waterproof sunscreen needs reapplication after every hour if you are in water for a long duration.

Myth: SPF-30 sunscreen provides twice the protection as SPF-15 sunscreen.

Fact: SPF-15 sunscreen provides 93% of protection from UV rays while SPF-30 sunscreen provides 97% of protection. So, no point in comparing sunscreens based on SPF indication.

Myth: Sunscreen inhibits our body to absorb Vitamin D.

Fact: Using sunscreen does not block body’s ability to absorb Vitamin D from the sun. In fact, your body doesn’t need more than 10-15 minutes a day under the sun to make Vitamin D.

Myth: I can stay under the sun for a longer duration if I have applied sunscreen.

Fact: Sunscreen with SPF-30 blocks only 97% of harmful UV rays which means if you are persistently under the sun for a long period. Your skin is getting affected by 3% of unblocked UV rays.

Lotus Herbals Sunblock Cream With SPF 20 & PA+

Lotus Herbals Sun Block Cream Breezy Berry With SPF 20 & PA+ Review

Hi, Friends!

Hope you all are doing great in your lives. I am also happy and good in mine. Today’s blog post is going to be a review on Lotus Herbals Sun Block Cream With SPF 20 & PA+.

Lotus Herbals is India’s leading brand and also a trusted one because of the quality it offers to its customers. I am using this product from last 2 months to give you a valuable experience.

Price of the product: Rs. 255 for 100g

What the product claims

This waterproof Sun Block Cream offers full spectrum medium duration protection against damaging effects of UVA & UVB rays during outdoor sports, sunbathing, sea beach recreation and exposure to the sun. The cream will not be washed/wiped with water/sweat.

Product Highlights

  • Sweatproof.
  • Waterproof.
  • Non-greasy.

My experience with the product

The sunblock is packed in a normal flip top tube just like other sunscreens from “Lotus”. The tube is quite sturdy and suitable for travelling. The fragrance of the product is very light and it will not irritate anyone.

Sunscreen lotion has SPF 20 and PA+ for full coverage from UVA & UVB rays. Though it has sufficient amount of SPF but PA factor of this lotion is quite less. There must be at least 2 or 3 ‘+’  signs for PA indication in a sunscreen. The sunscreen is not suitable for long duration protection under the sun.

It claims to be suitable for all skin types, sweatproof, waterproof and non-greasy. And yes, it is true to all of its claims. Whether you have dry, oily or combination skin; it will blend with your skin type amazingly.

One thing, I want to share with you guys that the lotion doesn’t have a cream based consistency, it has a little greasy texture. But after a few minutes of application, the product will be completely absorbed without leaving shine or greasiness on the skin. It leaves a dewy finish on the skin post-application.

Sunscreen spreads easily on the skin by patting it slightly with your fingertips.

The ingredient list of this product states that it contains both physical as well as chemical protection in it. The presence of chemical sunscreen in the lotion makes it not to leave any kind of whitish cast on the skin.

Formulation of sunscreen is very light and does not feel heavy and sticky on the face. Because of its light texture, my facial pores do not feel clog at all.

Pros:

  1. Contains Physical as well as chemical protection.
  2. Sweatproof.
  3. Waterproof.
  4. Non-greasy.
  5. Provides full spectrum protection.
  6. Amazing fragrance.
  7. Suitable for application in all seasons or throughout the year.
  8. Does not leave a whitish cast on the face.

Cons:

  1. Does not provide long duration protection from the sun.
  2. Sweats very less, and that too if you are under the sun.

Final Verdict:

Lotus Herbals Sunblock Cream is suitable for all skin types and can be applied everyday throughout the year.

Biocare Whitening Sunscreen With SPF 45

Biocare Whitening Sunscreen With SPF 45 Review

Biocare make their skin care products at an affordable price with an overwhelming range. The brand is trying to stand out in the Indian market as well as reaching their consumers through e-commerce websites and local shops at the same time.

They make face masks, face scrubs, foot scrubs, body gel, face gel, sunscreens and lot more products in a diverse variety. Two months back, My brother wanted to buy an affordable sunscreen. We went to a shop nearby our house for the purchase. The helper at the shop showed us Biocare Sunscreen in 2-3 varieties. We picked Biocare Whitening Sunscreen Cream With Spf 45 as it is a cream based product. Just after few uses, my brother gave it to me because it did not suit his skin. I am using it on myself at least from last 1 month to give you girls an in-depth review.

Price of the product: Rs. 170 for 200 gms.

What the product claims:

Biocare Whitening Sunscreen Cream With Vitamin C & SPF 45 is excellent for sensitive, oily and combination skin type as well as universally accepted for the skin of any colour.

Finally, an oil-free sunscreen that won’t leave you looking ‘pasty’. A non-greasy sunscreen offering broad-spectrum protection against the sun’s damaging rays. SUNCOAT contains zinc oxide, which provides a physical sunblock against UVA and UVB rays. SUNCOAT Sunscreen SPF 45 also contains dimethicone to protect skin from environmental damage and to retain moisture. Oil-free formulation absorbs quickly. May be worn daily under makeup, no need for additional moisturisers. Skin feels soft smooth and is protected.

SUNCOAT Sunscreen SPF 45 provides up to 45 times protection to the bare skin and physical barrier against UVA/UVB and infrared rays to prevent sunburn, skin damage, freckling and uneven coloration.

Product Highlights:

  • Broad spectrum sunscreen.
  • Water resistance.
  • Non-greasy.

My experience with the product:

The packaging of Biocare Whitening Sunscreen is a normal flip-top packaging and not travel-friendly. The tube is not spill-proof and it gets very dirty around the opening. Every time I open the tube, the product starts to come out without even pressing the tube. This means you always get more than the required amount. For this reason, I squeezed out the sunscreen lotion in an empty container for daily usage.

The consistency of the sunscreen is creamy. The sunscreen is heavy on the skin and leaves a white cast post application. Though the sunscreen is made for oily to combination skin type but it does not blend well with oily skin. Because of its heavy texture, it clogs the facial pores which in turn produces more sebum and the face becomes very sweaty.

If you have normal to dry skin type, use it after proper moisturisation on the face. Otherwise, it will make your skin dry. Another thing, I found annoying about this sunscreen is that, if you apply more than the required amount. Then it becomes difficult to blend it on the skin.

The product is a broad-spectrum sunscreen and absolutely non-greasy. But it is not water-resistance. Because it starts to dissolve with water, as soon as the skin comes in contact with water.

I used it on my facial skin only in winters after applying a proper amount of moisturiser on the face (otherwise, it dries out my skin). Nowadays, it is spring season here in India. And I am applying it on my arms and legs. It works great on these body parts, as you are protecting them without spending much.

Sunscreen is definitely a tricky skin care product. Because every sunscreen acts differently on different skin types. So, if you are conscious about experimenting with new sunscreens. You can use it as a body sunscreen lotion as it is very cheap and affordable.

Pros:

  1. Affordable.
  2. Non-greasy.
  3. Broad spectrum.
  4. Good for de-tanning (As it makes tanned skin slightly fairer).
  5. Good to be used as a body sunscreen lotion.
  6. Suitable for dry to normal skin type.

Cons:

  1. Very heavy on the skin.
  2. Not suitable for oily skin people (as it clogs pores).
  3. Makes skin very sweaty post application (for oily skin type).
  4. Not water resistance.
  5. Not spill-proof.

Final Verdict:

Biocare Whitening Sunscreen With SPF 45 is a decent sunscreen lotion but only for normal to dry skin people. If you don’t want to splurge much on a sunscreen for arms and legs. It would be a good option for you.

Patanjali Neem & Tulsi Face Wash Review

Patanjali Neem & Tulsi Face Wash Review

Face wash is a must have product in everyone’s vanity and Patanjali offers a variety of face wash for different skin issues. Formerly, I reviewed Honey Orange Face Wash from the same brand. This time, I wanted to try a different one. That’s why I chose Patanjali Neem & Tulsi Face Wash.

Though I am not a big fan of beauty products from Patanjali but I like their face wash to some extent. They are affordable for everyday usage without pinching your pocket.

Price of the product: Rs. 45 for 60gms.

What the product claims:

Patanjali Neem & Tulsi face wash is a soap-free herbal formulation. Its gentle cleansing action controls moisture and natural balance of the skin. Neem & Tulsi kills germs while Honey & Aloe moisturise and rejuvenate the skin tissues, to make complexion fresh, smooth and beautiful. It also helps to prevent pimples.

Product Highlights:

  • 100% soap-free formulae.
  • Gently cleanses to remove dirt & oil.

My experience with the product:

The product comes in a normal flip-top packaging which is quite sturdy for the purpose of travelling. To be frank, I did not like the design imprinted on the tube. It should be a little bit fancy but after considering its price, everyone will ignore this fact totally.

The face wash has gel-like consistency and is slightly green in colour. It has very soothing mild fragrance which I liked the most.

The face wash lathers very less and is very gentle on the skin. My face tends to appear normal in the spring season and it blended very well with my skin. Whenever I use it on my face, it glides very smoothly and doesn’t make my face dry and stretchy post wash.

It didn’t break me out. So I can say that it helps to prevent pimples according to its claims. Another thing, I found out about this face wash is that it also moisturises the facial skin to some extent. Which is why this is suitable for normal and dry skin people.

The seasons which would be suitable for this face wash to try out are: winters, autumn and spring.

Pros:

  1. Very affordable.
  2. Soap-free formulae.
  3. Suitable for normal and dry skin people.
  4. Very gentle on skin.
  5. Mild fragrance.

Cons:

  • Nothing negative found so far about this product.

Final Verdict:

Patanjali Neem & Tulsi face wash is worth a try product for everyday usage. I am really liking it in my daily skin care routine. My skin feels very soft and supple post wash.

Elle 18 Eye Drama Bold Black Kajal Review

Elle 18 Eye Drama Bold Black Kajal Review

Elle 18 is an enormously well-known cosmetic brand among makeup beginners and college going girls. The brand sell products of very good quality at a very affordable cost. Elle 18 Eye Drama Bold Black Kajal was recently launched in India and it is getting a lot of attention in the market since the first day of launch.

I am loving this kajal very much and I will share my thorough experience with you via this blog post. Let’s get started without wasting any minute.

Price of the product: Rs. 135 for 0.35 g

What the product claims

Get the dramatic look with a smooth intense glide. Lasts all day without the smudge. Suitable for contact lens users, Opthalmologically tested, versatile in application. Winged, smokey or just a precise opaque stroke along the waterline. Twist up and easily glide away.

Product Highlights

  • Lasts all day.
  • Smudge Proof.
  • Waterproof.

My experience with the product

I came to know about this kajal while surfing the Internet. After seeing its price and its claims, I wanted to get my hands on this product as soon as possible.

The Elle 18 Eye Drama Kajal comes in a retractable tube. The design of the product is pretty classic and chic (graffiti girl printed on a black base) just like its other cosmetic products.

The product is very much travel-friendly as the cap of the tube is very tight. Kajal also does a ‘tic’ sound when it is completely retracted back into the tube.

The texture of the kajal is very much smooth and glides very easily on the eyes. It gives perfect black colour in just 2 swipes. It stays on the eyes for a good time of 5-6 hours. After that, it tends to smudge but only little bit. The product doesn’t make my eyes looking like a panda.

However, the kajal claims to be a waterproof one. But I found out that it is water-resistant to a very good extent and not completely waterproof.

You can clearly see that after an interval of 5 hours, the kajal got faded from the inner corners of eyes. The product also got slightly smudged and didn’t make my eyes looking horrible.

Pros

  1. Affordable product.
  2. Travel-friendly.
  3. Perfect black colour.
  4. Glides very easily on the eyes.
  5. Easily available.
  6. Smudges very less.
  7. Water-resistant to a great extent.
  8. Can last all day.

Cons

  • I found no con of this product.

Final Verdict

Elle 18 Eye Drama Kajal is a great deal at this price. I have used Maybelline colossal Kajal too and this is much better than Maybelline one.