#Beauty secrets of #coconut #oil

Ever wondered how these Hollywood beauties always look so stunning? Age and motherhood simply doesn’t seem to affect them at all. 

CoconutMadonna is over fifty, has delivered two kids and still continues to give every twenty-five year old model a run for her money. The secret lies in coconut which has been easily accessible to us but we never really learnt its multiple beauty benefits. Coconut is a nature’s gift which is packed with the “Magical Laurites”.

Use it as a Foundation Primer: All you make up addicts will agree that a perfect make up is never complete without a primer. Did you know coconut oil works as the perfect primer for a foundation? Simply dab some on your face, let it soak in and then apply your tinted moisturizer or foundation. You will notice how much smoother and longer your makeup stays on. You can also dab some coconut oil on your cheekbone to highlight them and you are sure to sparkle!

Lovely locks that you can flaunt: Using coconut oil regularly not only enhances the beauty of your hair, but also keeps them ultra- soft & smooth. It also constantly repairs damage and protects them from the polluted environment. The magical Laurites gives your hair everything it needs. It binds the hair proteins and holds them giving you stronger, shinier and healthier hair. It also helps reduce frizz and repairs split ends faster and works wonders for your hair.

Your skin will love it too: If you love your skin, then you know that moisturizing is the key. Coconut Oil is a natural moisturizer which keeps your skin hydrated and protects from pollution and the changing weather. Use of coconut cleanses and neutralizes the toxins, which not only detoxifies but also builds the skin’s natural immune system. Even Gwyneth Paltrow claims to regularly use coconut oil to moisturize her skin after a shower.

Oil Pulling for that clear and luminous skin: Swishing coconut oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes a day will help to detoxify your body, cure headaches, avoid acidity and whiten the teeth. ‘Oil pulling is an age-old tradition in India that cleanses your system from within. Hollywood diva, Angelina Jolie has been known to start her day with little more than a spoonful of coconut oil and a handful of cereal to keep that glowing and younger looking skin. Now you know why she still looks so fabulous with every passing year.

Apply for a Silky Smooth Shaving Cream: Who said shaving cream has to lather? Use coconut oil as a base to get a closer shave that leaves your skin smooth and supple instead of leaving your skin dry, patchy and a lot of times with bruises too.

Make a Body Scrub: If you are a DIY (Do It Yourself) experimentalist, then coconut oil is a vanity essential for your kit! Here’s what you can do to get that luminous skin – Mix half a cup of coconut oil with granulated sugar and apply the concoction for exfoliation. You will notice the magical glow on your skin immediately and you are all set for a special evening with your boyfriend.

Also doubles up as a Makeup Remover: Even the most resistant waterproof mascara does not stand a chance against coconut oil. Apply it directly to the face as an oil cleanser or let it sit on your skin with a cotton pad. Your makeup is sure to melt away. The ‘Magical Laurites’ lifts the dirt and bacteria from deep within the skin leaving it feeling fresh. This is a trick you can even share with your BFFs.

Rub some coconut oil for Softening Cuticles: Have you ever wondered why your grandmother still continues to rub few drops of coconut oil on her palms and hands before she goes to bed. If you wash your hands often or your cuticles just need a little extra tender care, apply coconut oil to your fingers twice daily to keep them soft, supple and nourished. You can make out the difference in just a few days.

Dab it as Under-Eye Cream: Don’t want to spend and experiment with plethora of under eye creams and serums present in the market? Apply some coconut oil enriched with vitamin E and packed with to cure the under-eye bags and fine lines. It’s light enough for the most delicate skin on your face. Coconut oil is packed with antioxidants that helps fade and reduce the appearance of dark spots. Women whose skin is sensitive to creams and serums should definitely use coconut oil.

Save your #skin, #hair from #monsoon #showers

From using light make-up, keeping the skin and hair dry to exfoliating your skin at regular intervals, keep your beauty checks in place to sail through the monsoon blues.

Save-your-skin-hair-from-monsoon-showers-jpgThe rainy season brings with it an increase in humidity, grime and pollution, which can intensify your skin and hair woes. But a little care here and there can ensure a smooth transition from one season to another for you.

Acne, pimples, dryness of skin and frizzy tresses are some of the common problems that one can face when the season changes from the scorching summer to the muggy monsoon.

It is imperative to keep the skin clean and dry at all times, says Simal Soin, director and chief cosmetic dermatologist of the Aayna beauty and wellness clinic.

“Pores tend to get clogged with oil and dirt, especially in people with oily skin, more so during the monsoon, which makes your daily cleansing and exfoliating even more important,” Soin told us.

“People with dry skin will notice their skin feel even more dehydrated during this change in season. You must use a good moisturiser that helps hold the water in the outer layers of your skin to give it a soft and supple look. Also, don’t clog your pores with heavy make-up,” Soin added.

Don’t hassle over how to follow the three-step process of cleansing, toning and moisturizing for skincare. Even washing the face with a mild face wash can give wonderful results, suggested Sushma Khan, national skin and make-up trainer, Lakme Salons.

“Use water-based products and serums as they are highly concentrated, non-sticky and get absorbed into the skin very easily without clogging the pores,” Khan told us.

To play safer, try home-made mixtures on skin for successful results.

“For cleansing and exfoliating the dry skin, you may use a mixture of crushed almond paste and honey to be washed off after massaging the concoction on your face for five to seven minutes. For oily skin, you may use plain oatmeal scrub or ripe pulp of papaya.

“For moisturizing the dry skin, you can apply a mixture of one tablespoon each of honey, fresh curd and jojoba oil to your skin and rinse off with water after 10 minutes. For oily skin, you can apply a mixture of two tablespoon rose water/glycerin and some strawberry pulp which is to be washed off in 10 minutes,” said Soin.

Just like skin, hair too needs care as it can get dehydrated in the monsoon season.

V. Karpagambigai, national trainer of Natural Hair and Beauty Salon, suggested washing the hair at least thrice a week using a shampoo suitable to one’s hair type.

“Conditioning is a must as it adds bounce to your hair. A regular indulgence in a hair spa service and a head massage will keep your hair in condition and also stimulate the scalp and hair growth,” Karpagambigai told IANS.

A tip – towel dry hair gently not just during the monsoon, but at all times.

“Use of a wide toothed comb to untangle the knots makes sure hair doesn’t break while being combed,” added Karpagambigai.

Also, if you get wet in a shower, quickly change out of your soiled clothes to avoid rashes.

Top 10 #benefits of #yoga

Yoga is much more than simply twisting your body in impossible poses. It is a meeting of mind and body that together give you the health benefits of mindful exercise. 

yogaWith tremendous positive effects such as normalisation of blood pressure, reducing stress, weight loss and cholesterol control, yoga has become a global favourite form of exercise. Today, Ms. Sunita Pathania – Sr. Registered Dietician and Diabetes Educator, Healthy Living Diet Clinic, Mumbai, presents the top 10 benefits of yoga…

Benefits of Yoga # 1: Yoga for pregnancy

If you are pregnant, and want to stay fit, then you should practice yoga daily. Practicing yoga during pregnancy makes you strong overall. Regular practice of yoga helps ease tiredness, releases tension, increases flexibility by stretching of the muscles, offers internal benefits like good circulation, digestion, respiration and regulation of the nervous system. Besides, it also helps in relieving pregnancy ailments like insomnia, lower back pain, leg-cramping and digestive upsets. But, to avoid complications, it is recommended that you consult your doctor before practicing yoga.

Benefits of Yoga # 2: Mental peace

Yoga’s overall emphasis on breathing and other balancing asanas help in harmonising both the sides of the brain and restores balance. This also makes us utilize both the sides of our brain and further enhances the internal communication, which we often fail to use during our daily tasks. By practicing yoga you can find a state of balance between your thinking brain and creative brain.

Benefits of Yoga # 3: Boosts overall health

Good health is not a mere absence of disease, in fact it is more of a balance between your mind and emotions as well. Practicing yoga, helps in achieving total fitness, it helps you to stay away from various diseases and makes you dynamic, joyful and enthusiastic.

Benefits of Yoga # 4: Good circulation

With the combination of various yoga poses and breathing techniques, yoga also aides in proper blood circulation in your body. Due to proper blood circulation in the body, oxygen and other nutrients are better transported in the body which results in healthy organs and glowing skin.

Benefits of Yoga # 5: Yoga for flat stomach

Before reading about how yoga helps with a flat stomach, you must know that no ‘single’ exercise can help you get a flat stomach. If anyone promises you a flat stomach with a low-tempo, zero core work, exercise that doesn’t help you lose excess fat from all over the body, then you need to consult another expert.

In yoga, various asanas like Naukasana, Ushtrasana and basic crunches will help you tone an already flat stomach, if practiced daily. Practicing yoga and following a proper diet will help tone down your stomach.

Benefits of Yoga # 6: Healthy Heart

Various asanas wherein you hold your breath for a short time help improve the fitness of your heart and arteries. Yoga helps in proper blood circulation, which prevents blood clogging and hence gives you a healthy heart.

Benefits of Yoga # 7: Prevents pains and aches

As yoga improves flexibility and strength it also helps in preventing back pains and joint pains. Sunita says – people who have a desk job and drive for a long time should practice yoga daily, as it helps to relieve the spinal compression and spinal tightness. Besides, it also helps in improving your structure which further helps in preventing various pains caused due to bad posture.

Benefits of Yoga # 8: Better breathing

Due to various deep and slow breathing techniques, which yoga involves, it improves the capacity of your lungs and abdominal cavity. This further enhances your daily performance and endurance training. The deep breathing also stimulates relaxation and helps you recover from physical and mental stress.

Benefits of Yoga # 9: Improves balance

With poor posture, we lose the ability to balance as we age. This is due to different aspects of sedentary living that involves little to no core engagement on a daily basis. This results in falls, fractures, poor back health, and many other issues. Yoga can help you regain this lost balance and core control. Yoga improves your sense of balance by fine tuning your strength and flexibility. This improvement also aids in making your brain work fast and makes you more able to control your impulses.

Benefits of Yoga # 10: Stress reduction

Yoga helps in relieving stress. When you practice yoga after a hectic schedule, you will notice that all your stresses will melt down. Of course, this does not mean that yoga is the only form of exercise that alleviates stress. Any exercise, when practised dilligently with focus and correct form and breathing technique, will help you relieve stress.

5 #exercises you can do while at #work

Here are some exercises that you can do while you are at work!

Woman-working-out-jpgSitting at your desk and staring at the computer screen for hours is not something that most of us, who have regular nine-to-five jobs, can avoid. However, what is most worrying about this kind of a sedentary lifestyle is that it takes a toll on our health and fitness. With all of us running after time constantly, and not getting ample time to workout at home or at a gym, exercising while at work, may be the only possibility.

This will not only reduce stress and keep you energized, focused and healthy, but will also increase your productivity at work. All you need is a break of a few minutes. If you are not blessed with a gym in your office premises, do keep the following tips in mind and make the most of it. You can practice these without leaving your office. Do them every day and notice the difference.

Take it to the mat
Keep a fold-able exercise mat in your office, which can be used to carry out basic exercises like stomach crunches, push-ups and leg lifts. This can help to burn off carbohydrates and revitalize you for the rest of the day.

Take the stairs
When given the choice between taking the elevator or climbing the stairs to your floor at work, opt for the latter. Climbing stairs is an easy exercise and also one of the best every day exercises for office-goers. It not only burns calories, but this cardiovascular activity also gets your heart pumping and helps in boosting blood circulation.

Stress buster
Squeezing a stress ball repeatedly gets the blood flowing, and is a good exercise for heavy keyboard users. It also increases strength of the forearm and joints. And it is fun!

Keep walking
Walk around your office after lunch, or within the premises. Brisk walking for 10 minutes or more, boosts energy levels and helps fight stress and aids in relaxation.

Throw your weight(s) around
Keep small hand weights at your desk and lift them while talking on the phone. Try lifting weights that are not very heavy when sitting at the desk. Take a 10-minute break to stand up and do simple lifting exercises. Do two or three sets of 10 to 12 repetitions for a quick, efficient toning workout. You can also stretch a bit while sitting on your chair.