The Ever Benefits of Honey

The 1970s and ’80s saw a spike in generic food.
Many supermarkets sold food (or “food”) in white containers labeled with only the name of the food.
These days, consumers are more aware of where their food comes from, how it is processed, and the varieties available.

Consumers can buy honey in many forms, ranging from honeycombs to the popular liquid honey.
In addition to the different forms of honey, there are different varieties of honey – determined by the type of nectar used to produce it.

Honey can be purchased raw, but most commercial honey is processed in one or more ways.
Honey may be filtered, pasteurised or creamed, and each process alters the honey with the goal of making it more desirable to consumers. Increasingly, however, folks are becoming aware of the health benefits of raw honey.

Most commercially available honey is filtered. Although raw honey is perfectly safe to eat, it may not appeal to consumers.

Honey can be filtered to various degrees.
Some raw honeys undergo a coarse filtration that really only removes wings and “chunks” large enough to be seen with the naked eye. Most commercial honey, however, is filtered to remove particles down to 0.1 to 10 micrometers.
This filtration is tight enough to not only remove macroscopic contaminants, but most pollen as well.

Many honey producers also sell raw honey. Raw honey is usually lightly filtered – just enough to remove the large bits. Raw honey will crystallize, but can be reheated to dissolve the crystals. Because it is not pasteurized, the aroma of the honey will not be diminished. Raw honey may be slightly more nutritious than filtered honey because of the small amount of protein found in the pollen grains.

Mead makers – the folks who make honey wine – view raw honey as the highest quality honey. Compared to other forms of honey, raw honey just smells and tastes better. Some claim honey harvested earlier in the season is generally preferable to honey harvested later.

Raw honey is generally sold as a liquid, although it may be crystallized on the store shelf. Some sources also sell chunks of honey-comb. This is, of course, as raw as honey gets – but it also takes more work to get the honey you want if you need to drain it from the comb.

Different honey varieties smell and taste like the nectar from which they were produced. For many plants, the flower’s nectar has a similar flavor to the fruit.
For example, raspberry blossom honey has a flavor and aroma reminiscent of raspberries.


  • Natural Energy Source
    Honey is known as an excellent source of natural energy as the natural unprocessed sugar present in it enters the bloodstream directly and this in turn can give a quick boost of energy.
    This quick boost works like a wonder for your workout, especially in longer endurance exercises.
  • Strengthens Immune System
    Honey has countless medicinal properties that naturally help in curing a sore throat. Its antioxidants and bacteria-fighting assets also help against fighting infections that are caused by viruses, bacteria and fungi.
    According to doctors and scientists, buckwheat honey has the highest number of antioxidants and when consumed daily can be beneficial for boosting immunity in the long run and this is why honey has known to be one of the best immunity boosting foods.
    It is always advisable to consume honey every morning before breakfast or even workout to get an extra kick of energy for the whole day. It also works as a cleansing toner which improves immunity in children
  • Nourishes your Face and Skin
    Using Honey for skin is very useful because of its moisturizing and nourishing properties.
    Honey is the best natural moisturizer, especially for your dry skin and it is also very easy to apply.
    It also helps curing cracked lips during winters. Many people also use honey masks for skin tone correction.
  • Boosts your memory
    We are what we eat and hence it is very important to consume foods that help make our mental health strong to sustain in old age.
    Honey, the eternal sweetener has numerous health benefits, one of which includes boosting memory and concentration.
    Honey not only increases brain power and memory but also makes you a healthier person altogether. Consumption of honey prevents metabolic stress and helps calm and soothe the brain, which helps in augmenting memory in the long run.
  • For Healing Wounds
    Honey has antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant properties, which is why honey is used for healing wounds.
    After any skin injury, bacteria that live on your skin can infect and penetrate the wound site. Honey, has been found to destroy these bacteria.
  • Home Remedy for Coughs
    Honey is known to be one of the best home remedies for dry cough as well as wet cough. Research has also shown that drinking a tablespoon of honey can reduce irritation in the throat.
    Honey is the preferred natural remedy for cough, especially for kids, as it helps to relieve nocturnal cough, allowing proper sleep.

Honey is a wonderful creation that everyone can try to introduce into their lives.






Easy Ways To Make Your Eyes Stand Out

Never take your eye makeup lightly. Your eyes talk and can either make or break your look.

Undoubtedly, there is a range of makeup accessories available right from eyeliner to mascara, eyeshadow, highlight, and contour and using each one of them can be quite confusing.

Not anymore. We have here lined up a few must-try ways which would make your eyes pop almost instantly.

Let’s see how.

  • Line it well

Do you have a sudden date, and you need to make your eyes pop? If you are not a pro at makeup, we can understand how hard it is to get your eyeliner on point. So, the cheat code here is to first line your eyes with a pencil liner as it is much easier to draw a straight line with it.

Once done, draw the line again with a liquid liner. It would be much easier now as you already have a rough line to color around. And the result would be a well-lined, smudge free and on point liner.

  • Take an ice cube, baby!

A Sunday brunch can be little chaotic especially when you wake up just half an hour before the scheduled time. We totally get you when your eyes sting badly and you are not sure if it due to wine or because you slept so much. But, whatever it is, you can always have an ice cube to your rescue.

Simply take an ice bag and rub it gently on your eyes. The result? Fresh eyes!

  • Open up your eyes

Make your eyes pop instantly by lining the inside rim of your lower eyelid with a white eye pencil. This is because white eyeliner creates an illusion and makes your eyes look bigger.

  • Hide it all easily!

Heading to a beach and want to look picture perfect? Well, did you hide the dark circles? Dark circles make your skin look dull and gloomy. Further, they also make your eyes look smaller.

Solution? Grab your concealer and brighten up your eyes by blending it seamlessly. However, make sure that you do it smartly by picking a shade that is one shade lighter and warmer than your actual skin tone.

  • Curl it up

Don’t underestimate the power of curling your eyelashes. This 3-second task can add definition to your eyes by making your eyelashes longer. If you don’t have an eyelash curler, use your spoon for curling purposes.

All you need to do is rinse a spoon with warm water. Dry it off and place the edge of the spoon on the top of your eyelashes, gradually applying pressure, and the end result – fabulous!

  • Sparkle the color

You can even make your eyes pop by applying the eyeshadow in the right way. All you need to is use a damp and warm brush while applying eyeshadow. This will add intensity to your eyes and make your eyes look vibrant, by imparting a dewy look.

So, all-set to make heads turn?

Picking the Best Shampoo for Your Hair Type?

As they say, invest in your hair. It is a crown you never take off!

So, how are you doing with your hair? Are you shampooing them right? Or, like most of us, are you also confused between moisturizing, smoothing, volumizing, curling and straightening shampoos? 

Matching a shampoo with your hair can be quite a troublesome task. But, let us make it easy for you!

But, before we delve deeper, let’s understand the basic difference between a shampoo, soap and a conditioner.

Shampoo vs. Soap vs. Conditioner

Shampoo and conditioner belong to the same ballpark. However, applying soap to your hair is a big no-no.

  • Since soap is made up of fatty acids, it is quite difficult to remove from the hair strands. It often sticks to the root of your hair, making it tangled, hard and rough.
  • A shampoo is the best product if you want to wash your hair. A shampoo is like a detergent, easily washable. Also, it removes the excess oil from the scalp.
  • As the name suggests, a conditioner replenishes your hair with necessary minerals and oils, thus helping them recover from everyday damage due to pollution and chemicals.

Now that the basic concept is clear, how should you select the best shampoo?

Selecting the Best Shampoo

Simply put, an ideal shampoo should wash your hair, remove extra oil from the scalp and should keep your hair well-hydrated. Here are a few pointers which you should keep in mind while buying a shampoo:

  • Are your hairs dry or oily?

How well do you know your hair? It is necessary for you to know your hair type. Once you are done, you can move on to choose a particular brand of shampoo.

  • Are your hairs colored?

If you like to color your hair, then it is highly recommended to choose a shampoo that would secure their color. Using a shampoo meant especially for colored hair will make sure that your hair stays colored for a long time.

  • Do you have dry hair?

 If you feel that you have dry hair, then opt for a shampoo that hydrates and strengthens your hair. Such shampoos often make sure that your scalp doesn’t stay dry for too long.  You might choose to go for smooth shampoo with high keratin as they provide great results.

  • Do you have curly hair?

If you have curly hair, choose a shampoo that strengthens your curls. These kinds of shampoo are tailor-made for curly hair. It helps reduce the frizz from the hair and deeply nourishes the scalps.

  • Do you have thin hair?

If you feel that you have thin hair, then opt for volumizing shampoos. They help add the extra weight to your hair, making them look bouncy. Thin hair usually means weak scalps. Volumizing shampoos make your hair stronger and nourish the scalp.

  • Don’t change your shampoo often

Yes, do not change your shampoo frequently.
Once you have found a good shampoo, then stick to it without experimenting too much. 

How to Stop Sabotaging Your Fitness Goals

Ugh.. you’re tired of being out of shape.

You stumble across that new popular fitness plan, and decided to commit.
This time it’s no sugar, low carbs, and an hour of exercise a day.

Everything goes great on day one. You have the veggie platter for lunch, chicken and veggies for dinner, and you nail your workout. You’re pumped.

A few days later, you begin craving sweets. You tell yourself, “just once won’t hurt.” Next, you crave something greasy. You skip your next workout, order fast food, and binge eat in front of the TV.
Soon, you begin feeling guilty.
You wonder how you’ll stick to your plan, and just like that, you’re back into your old habits.

Sound familiar?

This is one of the four most common ways that people sabotage their fitness goals. Learn to tackle this challenge, as well as three others, to set yourself up for success.

1. Expecting perfection

That one sweet? Not so bad.
The fast food binge? Not great, but manageable.
Letting a few setbacks ruin your fitness plans? Definitely bad.

Don’t expect perfection in following your new diet or workout plan.

Instead, we suggest that you look for progress and allow yourself one cheat meal a week while you learn to create new habits.

2. Expecting too much too soon

Everywhere you turn, fitness ads claim instant success. Results now. One-week weight loss.

In reality, these promises are too good to be true.
If you are unhappy with your current fitness, it likely results from years of bad habits. How can you expect to turn it around quickly?

Start your fitness journey with the right expectations.
There is no instant gratification.
Fitness is a process that takes time, goal setting, and commitment.

3. Focusing on that single big goal

Goals are a tricky thing.
Setting fitness goals is great, but focusing on a single big goal can be paralyzing.

To avoid being paralyzed by your goal, break it down into smaller goals.

Create attainable goals for each day, week, and month.
Then focus on one goal at a time, and create a plan for attaining the goal.
What will your actions be? How often will you take these actions? How will you measure your goal?
When you accomplish a single smaller goal, then set your sights on the next one.

For example, if my overall goal is to lose 30 pounds, my first goal might be to lose one pound a week.
This is a trackable, attainable goal.
To achieve that I plan on working out 3 days a week. After sticking with this plan for two months I might increase my commitment by following the nutrition plan and adding a 4th workout each week.

4. Fixating on what you can’t have

When you begin a new diet, it is easy to focus on the things you can’t have: cookies, chocolate, fast food, and sugar.
The problem is this often makes you want them even more. To counteract this, quit focusing on what you can’t have, and start focusing on what you can have.

At first, you might fell limited by all of your dietary restrictions. However, while searching for tasty, healthy foods, you will soon realize that the list is actually endless. Options include chia seeds, flax seeds, quinoa, amaranth, millet, and more.
There are so many possibilities!

Healthy eating can taste great, and isn’t as hard as it seems.
Just experiment with healthy recipes to find the foods and spices that work for you.
Combine healthy grains, spices, meats, fruits, and veggies for tasty meals that don’t take hours to make and give you great nutritious meals.

How to achieve your fitness goals

OK, enough about sabotaging yourself.

Just like that last point, we don’t want to focus on what not to do. We want to focus on what you should be doing. To wrap things up, here are four ways to think about your fitness goals that improve your chances of success:

  • Work on making progress. There is no perfection; only progress (and the occasional setback!).
  • Have patience. Change takes time. Fitness is a lifestyle, which takes a lifetime to achieve and maintain.
  • Take small steps. Set small achievable goals and tackle them one at a time
  • Focus on the cans. Spend your time and effort on what you can have, and what you can do.

Lastly, enjoy the ride and look at this as a new adventure!

Get a Flat Stomach with These Amazing Tips!

Who doesn’t want a flat stomach? We all have tried sucking our stomach in just to fit into our favorite pair of jeans, or to look beautiful in a group photo.

But, there are various less painful and easier ways through which you can flatten your stomach.

Be it eating at the right time or eating the right things, here are some tips that would take care of your bloated stomach and would help you in fitting into your favorite bodycon dress:

  • Say no to raw vegetables!

We all understand how important vegetables are to our body and for getting a flat stomach. But it is a myth that vegetables are best eaten raw. This is because our body works hard and struggles to break down these uncooked vegetables, which makes your stomach look bloated.

Thus, we would highly recommend you to steam vegetables before eating them. This makes sure that the veggies are not raw while also ensuring that the nutrients are not lost because of overcooking.

  • Bring in more fluids

Fluids are the most important part of your regular diet. You need to keep your body hydrated at all times. This also helps flush the dirt out of your system.
The best way to consume a lot of fluids is to drink at least 8 glass of water on a regular basis.
It helps detoxify the body, improves your body metabolism and also keeps it hydrated.

  • Don’t ignore fiber

We consume a lot of things on a daily basis, but the most important aspect here is digestion. Your body needs to digest and accept the foods that you consume. And this is where fibers come to your rescue.

Consuming some high fiber cereals in the morning for breakfast can help the body digest food for the rest of the day. This aids in flattening your tummy since fibers help in digestion.

  • Maintain your meal times

The trick to getting a flat stomach is eating every 3-4 hours. This is because you need to maintain a balanced blood sugar count in the body.
When the blood sugar count decreases, the insulin count decreases as well and this leads to fat accumulation in your stomach.
Keeping a protein bar, or some almonds handy and eating them every 3 hours can be of help here.

  • Chewing your food

This sounds like a rather simple plan but proves to be very useful.
The whole digestion process begins right inside the mouth.
It is imperative that you chew the food properly and break them down into smaller particles that can be easily digested.
If you swallow unbroken food particles, the body finds it more difficult to digest them, thereby resulting in fat accumulation in the stomach.

  • Avoid chewing gums

People chewing gums is a rather common sight.
While this keeps the mouth engaged and might reduce food cravings, the sugary contents can cause abdominal bloating.
As a good replacement, we would recommend you to chew dry fruits like almonds.
This would not only satiate your hunger but would also provide required nutrients to the body.

Skincare Ingredients You Should Never Mix

One thing we’ve learned over the years of trying and testing just about every single product line we can get my hands on is that there’s no one-size-fits-all: what works for our skin might not work for someone else’s, especially when mixing and matching is involved.

Which skincare products are you using?

Some active ingredients used in skincare products can act as irritants when mixed with others, particularly in individuals with sensitive skin,

That’s not to say you can’t use more than one line of product — it’s just that you have to consider which ingredients each product and brand contains and whether or not that combination could wreak havoc on your skin.

Combining skincare ingredients that don’t go together can lead to more than just breakouts and greasiness, but also redness, flakiness, burning, or, at the very least, will cause the ingredients to cancel each other out, leaving you without so much as a little added moisture at most. To help you achieve a healthy, clear glow, we asked skincare insiders to reveal the ingredient combinations that are more powerful when used together and the ones that lead to adverse effects when slathered together.

mix: Benzoyl peroxide and Retinol

If you’ve been dealing with acne for a while, you probably already know that both of these ingredients work to prevent breakouts. But there’s a good reason they’re not often used in combination in the very same product.
Benzoyl peroxide is a potent acne product that’s great for inflammatory acne, but many people are unaware that benzoyl peroxide can inactivate a topical retinol.

This doesn’t mean that you cannot use benzoyl peroxide during the same period that you’re using retinol; it just means they should never be layered on top of each other or you’ll be in for a rude (and red) awakening. You can use benzoyl peroxide in the morning and a retinoid at night.

DO mix: Retinol and Glycerin

Retinol is a miracle skincare ingredient, but it’s also pretty drying. That’s why dermatologists urge their patients and clients to use it sparingly. It’s also recommended to use a bit at a time until skin is accustomed to it and stops peeling from it. One ingredient that can help prevent irritation when using a retinol-containing product is glycerin, a powerful humectant that helps draw water to the skin.

When used together, they work synergistically to combat the signs of aging while also moisturising the skin to minimize the irritating effects of retinoids.

DON’T mix: Vitamin C and Alpha hydroxy acids

Both of these ingredients offer antioxidant benefits, but when combined, they can throw off the pH balance of your skin due to too high levels of acidity.
Products containing vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) as an ingredient contain low levels of acidity (typically a three on a scale of 14).
When you use this kind of product along with an alpha hydroxy acid, like glycolic or lactic acid, you’re essentially reducing the effectiveness of the vitamin C product. Is it dangerous or irritating to combine them? Probably not.
But you’ll be wasting a whole lot of what might be an expensive product if you do!

DO mix: vitamin C and Ferulic acid

Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that improves fine lines and wrinkles and help to eliminate unwanted hyper pigmentation.
This antioxidant becomes even more powerful when it is combined with glutathione and ferulic acid.

DON’T mix: Vitamin B3 and Alpha hydroxy acids

Also known as niacinamide, Vitamin B3 is a skin conditioning agent that helps repair and refine the skin’s structure. It tends to work best in an environment with a neutral pH, which we just explained is certainly not alpha hydroxy acids, as they have an extremely low pH level.

When used in a product containing high levels of alpha hydroxy acids (i.e. glycolic, lactic,) nicotinic acid is produced, which may result in skin flushing and potential irritation.
While it won’t necessarily harm you to use them both together, they basically cancel each other out.

DO mix: Retinol and Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid is another powerful humectant that can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, meaning it does wonders in hydrating the skin.
Skin loses water and moisture as we age, and especially with the use of drying ingredients such as retinol in other products.
This ingredient will help store hydration.


DON’T mix: Vitamin C and Retinol

Retinols and retinoids are powerful skincare ingredients that address several skincare concerns, from diminishing fine lines and wrinkles and preventing acne to lightening brown spots and increasing collagen production.
This is why you’ll find a retinol-based product in many dermatologists’ skincare routines.

The main concern with retinol-based products is skin irritation.
There are several active ingredients that may increase the chance of irritation with retinoids, one being vitamin C.
Like retinol, vitamin C is effective in combating the signs of aging, including fine lines, firmness, and uneven skin tone.
However, when these products are used together, they may cause irritation in those with sensitive skin.

DO mix: Vitamins C and E

Since both of these vitamins are antioxidants, they become even more powerful at protecting your skin from free radicals in the environment and reducing signs of aging when combined.
So, basically, when you use them both, along with a broad-spectrum sunscreen, you’re giving your skin the most optimal shield against the sun and, inevitably, the wrinkles that come along with UV exposure.

DON’T mix: alpha hydroxy acids and retinol

Glycolic acid and lactic acid are both chemical exfoliants that help improve the skin’s texture, minimize pore size, and also help with brown spots, whereas salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that controls oil production to help prevent pimples.
Glycolic acid, lactic acids, and salicylic acids are often found in face washes in low concentrations.

While these products can be used with retinol-based products, you do not want to use these products one right after the other, particularly if you have sensitive skin.

If you must use acid washes, try using them in the morning and using your retinol-based products at night followed by a gentle moisturiser.

Never start pairing immediately, no matter which product combinations you’re using. Always allow your skin to adjust to one product for at least a week before you add on a second product to prevent any confusion about potential allergic reaction should you experience one.
It’s slightly more relevant for those with sensitive skin who are more prone to develop allergies to products, but it can happen to anyone, so expose your skin to one product at a time.

So if your skin starts to react badly, you’ll know which product was the most likely culprit.

Those with dry skin should avoid exfoliative and acidic pairings, which can cause worsening of dryness, and focus more on gentle antioxidant regimens and moisturisers or oil-based products.
People with more oily or acne-prone skin can handle most regimens, but are better suited toward products containing salicylic acid and vitamin A, which help decrease oil-gland production.

Inspiring Beauty Trends Of Winter

While the holiday season is nearly over, there’s still a whole lot of winter left to go. (The first day of spring isn’t until March 20, y’all.) If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to revamp your closet and makeup routine, allow the beauty trends of winter to inspire your next shopping trip.

Even if you do not spend a lot of time on Pinterest, you have to admit that it is a great destination for discovering new ideas and getting some answers, whether it’s a unique way to hang your frames on a wall or an easy tutorial for how to contour your face correctly. If you have a question you’ve been thinking about or are in need of a bright idea, there’s likely at least one pinned photo or chart out there for you and your needs.

While there are millions of different pins on Pinterest, there are some trends that have been popping up more than others this winter season. According to the Pinterest team, staying warm and cozy (and stylish) is a top priority for its users, with items like shearling jackets, turtleneck sweaters, and velvet dresses being pinned to more and more boards. On the beauty side, battling dry winter skin and keeping hydrated appears to be a top priority — face oils and cream beauty products (versus powders) are finding popularity on the app.

Here is the full list of what’s trending for winter 2017/2018. If you haven’t already pinned these, prepare to make room on those inspiration boards.

The Top Trending Fashion Pins

  • 1. Trench Coat
    Atlas Cocoon Coat, $298, Madewell

Some items never go out of style, standing the test of time. Case in point: the trench coat. It’s a staple every fall and winter for a reason — it’s classic, keeps you warm, and goes with whatever you’re wearing. The top trending coat on Pinterest is the Burberry ‘Kensington’ trench coat with over 207,000 saves, but if you don’t want to spend $1,795 on a jacket, consider this more affordable option from Madewell.

  • 2. Ankle Boots
    ASOS Absolute Suede Chelsea Ankle Boots, $60, ASOS

Another tried and true winter staple? Ankle boots. Pinterest’s top trending boot is the ASOS Absolute Suede Chelsea Ankle Boots, which was saved over 194,000 times by its users.

  • 3. Corduroy Pants
    Black Corduroy Culotte, $125, loup

Bet you didn’t see this one coming. Your favorite childhood corduroy pants are back, but with a modern twist. Rock these black cropped wide leg corduroy pants from NY-based loup with boots or heels. The style is up 889 percent this season on Pinterest.

  • 4. Mock Turtlenecks
    Mollie Mock Neck Cozy Tee, $55, B Collection by Bobeau

If you love the look of a turtleneck, but hate how suffocating it can feel, consider adding a mock alternative to your closet this season. The mock turtleneck’s saves are up 193 percent this year, so you definitely won’t be alone in your look.

  • 5. Mustard Velvet Dresses
    Club L Plus Tie Front Wrap Detail Maxi Dress, $28, ASOS

The velvet dress trend is still super hot for winter, but interestingly enough, mustard yellow velvet dresses were trending, with 526 percent saves up from last season.

  • 6. Maxi Cardigans
    Charcoal Organic Cotton Sweater Robe, $85, BackBeatRags

If you loved the robe and kimono trend of the summer, get yourself its warmer winter sister: the maxi cardigan, like this super soft option from LA’s BackBeatRags, which is fleece-backed and made from organic cotton. Pinterest users are pinning maxi cardigans like crazy, with saves up 406 percent this season.

  • 7. Shearling Collars
    Shearling Jacket, $178, Reformation

Who doesn’t love a good shearling collar to keep you warm from the freezing temperatures? Saves for shearling collar jackets are up 181 percent from last year. Grab this adorable shearling-lined denim jacket from Reformation and wear it well into spring.

  • 8. Knotted Headbands
    ASOS Geo Print Knot Headband, $9, ASOS

Add some pizzazz to your ‘do with knotted headbands, a festive, warm, and fun way to spruce up your look (while also hiding dirty hair). This trend is up 207 percent this season on Pinterest.
The Top Trending Beauty Pins

  • 1. Cream Blush
    Cloud Paint, $18, Glossier

It’s hard to say for certain, but Glossier’s Cloud Paint definitely had something to do with the fact that cream blush saves are up 196 percent this season. And why not? It’s a great hydrating alternative if your skin is feeling dry.

  • 2. Red and Pink Lip Shades
    L’Oreal Paris Infallible Lip Paints in Spicy Blush, $10, ULTA

Pinterest found that L’Oreal Paris Infallible Lip Paints in Spicy Blush was saved 157,000 times leading up to the holiday season, confirming that pink lips are a huge hit for winter. But don’t forget about reds — those continue to be trending on Pinterest, too!

  • 3. Hat Hair
    INC International Concepts Mixed Metallic Beret, $32, Macy’s

From berets to beanies, the winter hat trend is going strong, with saves for “hat hair” up 208 percent.

  • 4. Face Oil
    Thriving Facial Oil Set, $165, Naked + Thriving

Pinners are looking for more ways to hydrate their skin and save it from winter dryness, with pins for face oil up 191 percent. If you’re new to the facial oil world, get started with this complete set from Naked + Thriving to help prevent, rejuvenate, and detox your skin.

  • 5. Hot Rollers
    Conair Instant Heat Compact Hot Rollers, $15, Amazon

If they worked for grandma and mom, why shouldn’t they work for you? Hot roller style pins are up 161 percent this winter, so arm yourself with this cute set from Conair and get those voluminous curls going.


Health-related resolutions that aren’t just simply to ‘lose weight’ !

  •  Resolve To Drink More Water and Less Caffeine

Staying hydrated sounds simple enough, right? But most of us are chronically dehydrated. And chugging caffeinated beverages doesn’t help.

Resolve to drink more water. Purchase a good water filtering system and a solid reusable container that you can carry with you. Your kidneys and lymph nodes need to filter daily. By buying your own home filtering system, you are contributing less to cluttered waste for the earth.

It may seem like a small goal, but staying hydrated can have drastic positive effects on your overall health, from more energy to better skin to increased productivity at work.

Swapping that pre-meeting cup of java for some H2O may boost your energy and improve focus instead!

  • Sleep Better

Lack of sleep is often the underlying cause of many of our health issues, including stress and anxiety, weight gain and low immunity. But sticking to a rigid sleep schedule can be tricky, especially after the holidays when we’re all recovering from disrupted bedtime routines. So in the New Year, we can vow to start small.

Getting black out curtains or masking any light with electrical tape are all good starts. We may also want to consider eliminating screens from our bedrooms, cutting back on caffeine and alcohol before bed, and aiming to get at least seven hours of sleep each night.

  • Practice Mindful Eating

Just because I’m not looking to lose weight doesn’t mean I’m ruling out ways to improve my diet and habits around food. Eating mindfully can mean stopping the habit of digging into a bag of chips in front of the TV or eating lunch at my desk.

It involves slowing down while we eat and paying attention to our body’s appetite, hunger and fullness signals. One of the primary focuses of mindful eating is to help us learn how to feed ourself when we are hungry, and stop when you are full.

Ask these questions when you are choosing what you might want to eat: What does my body need to be nourished? What am I craving? Will I enjoy eating it? How will my body feel after I eat it?

  • Pay Down Debts

With the vast majority of us living paycheck to paycheck, many of us can benefit from dedicating more effort into dealing with our finances, which undoubtedly add stress to our lives that can affect our health and happiness. (In fact, 65 percent of Americans lose sleep over financial stress.)

We’ve all heard it’s good to pay more than the minimum on credit card and auto loan debt, but we don’t always think of paying extra on our mortgages, and we’re missing out on the bigger savings.

Tips to protect chapped lips

During the cold winter season, there are various skin problems which emerge like dry cracked lips and skin. Besides drinking water it is important to use coconut and argan oil-based products like lip balms, scrubs, lipsticks with the natural oils as its base to save your lips from chapping, suggest experts.

Ways to save your lips:

  • Don’t lick your lips: This common practice is quite harmful for your lips as when you put saliva on the lips, it dries out and make our lips even more dry.
  • Use coconut oil: Coconut oil is very good for lips as it acts as a good nourishing moisturiser and will give you cracked free lips.
    For a deep hydrating result we recommend butterstick lip treatment which has coconut oil and lemon butter and comes with SPF.
  • The thin skin of your lips loses moisture rapidly, especially in the winter. So make sure lips are covered with lip balm as often as possible. Argan oil is your lips best friend.
    Make sure you use lipsticks with argan oil or shea butter so that your lips don’t crack in the cold.
  • Our lips are not protected by hair or sebaceous glands (oil glands), so they start to chap, therefore weekly exfoliation is a must. Lip scrub works great to gently exfoliate dry lips.
    For a homemade lip scrub, mix brown sugar and honey and gently scrub lips until the sugar crystals melt. Wash and pat dry.
  • If you’re a matte enthusiast, and your lips begin to feel dry, always keep a gloss handy.
    Start your make-up routine by moisturising your lips for which you can use the good old Vaseline. Keep it on for a minute, blot the excess and go ahead with the lipstick application.
  • At night, apply lip balm before you go to bed. Many people sleep with their mouths open. Eight hours of breathing in and out through your mouth can dry your lips.
    Also consider using a humidifier at night if the air in your house is dry because of being heated.

Skincare beauty regime to kick start your day

Just as food, clothing and shelter, a healthy beauty regime is a must for our skin. Do not forget to scrub your face and moisturise without fail, suggest experts.

Here’s a researched step-by-step regime:

» Discover your skin: Get a skin consultation to know your skin well. Skincare regime varies with skin needs and concerns. It is important that you identify your skin needs and work on it .

» Cleanse: First and the most basic step is keeping your skin clean. Wash your face with a sprinkle of luke warm water. Hot water shower or face wash leads to dryness and dehydration while a splash of cold water leaves you frozen. Cleaning your face with rose water helps in waking up your skin after a long sleep.

» Exfoliate: Our skin is enveloped by smog, pollution and dirt and exfoliation is best help to such a skin at least twice a week. Papaya, orange( extracts of vitamin C ), rose petals, Chinese ginseng, acai are strong exfoliaters and great for varying skin concerns.

Latest in exfoliation are the facial peels which act as powerful exfoliators and dissolve all the inactive proteins and dead skin cells. The regime is excellent due to its healing and protecting properties and reduces the damage caused by UV rays and environmental pollution.

» Mask your face: With cleaning and scrubbing once your skin is free from all dead dry cells, lock the open pores after scrubbing with face masks made from natural ingredients such as charcoal, vitamin E and C, blue corn, honey and oats, seaweed, tea tree and aloe vera infused with rosehip oil and rose petals. These face masks exfoliates and invigorates to vibrant and healthy looking skin.

» Moisturise and hydrate and nourish: Take a spread of vitamin E, seaweed and vitamin C enriched moisturiser to activate the skin cells with a replenishing skin and glow.

» We tend to neglect drinking water in winters. Hydrate your skin by drinking 8-10 glasses of water to cleanse from within.

» Defend and protect your skin: Smear a layer of sunscreen with SPF and UVA filters to protect your skin from pre mature aging, dryness and dullness.

» Avoid touching your skin every second. No matter how itchy your skin feels, wipe your face with a gentle soft wipe or cloth. Touching leads to bacteria build up.