Oatmeal – The Powerhouse of Goodness

Oatmeal, as the name suggests, is made from hulled oat grains which have been grounded or milled.

How often have we come to enjoy a bowl of hot oats and milk in the morning? This is because they are healthy and nutritious.

Furthermore, oats are even useful for the skin.
This makes them a perfect ingredient of face scrubs and the likes.  In general, oatmeal is also known to lower the chances of heart attacks and keeps your blood cholesterol in control.

Ways Oatmeal Benefits You

Oatmeal presents a number of different health benefits when either consumed directly or applied as a skin product. Here are some ways in which oatmeal can be advantageous for you.

  • Oatmeal can hugely reduce the cholesterol level in the body. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, one should consume 3 grams of oatmeal on a regular basis. For better results, you should combine it with fruits containing vitamin C.
  • Oatmeal also works well against skin acne. When it is used as a facial mask, the oatmeal works treats and cleanses your skin well.
  • According to studies, oatmeal also helps you in losing. Since it is high in protein content, consuming a bowl of oatmeal in the morning keeps you satiated for a long time. This, in turn, reduces the fat intake of the body and keeps the metabolism rate high.
  • It has also been found that oatmeal can actually decrease the chances of childhood asthma. According to researchers from across the globe, when a child consumes oats on a regular basis, he or she has lower chances of suffering from asthma or any allergic diseases.
  • Oatmeal can also act as a great moisturizer for the skin. This can be attributed to the high protein and lipid content in these grains. In effect, it helps soften the skin and keeps it hydrated. Add to that, the soothing properties of oatmeal can actually help the skin recover from sunburn.
  • When you are out in those bright sunny days, an oatmeal sunscreen can help you protect the skin from the harmful UV rays and prospective sunburn. 
  • Oatmeal is also known to benefit your hair greatly. It can be used to treat dandruff and prevent hair loss. When mixed with fresh milk and almond milk, and applied on to the hair as a mask, oatmeal can help strengthen the hair roots.

Home Recipes for Oatmeal

Oatmeal can be used to prepare a lot of recipes at home. Read on.

  1. Exfoliating skin mask

Oatmeal can clean your skin and treat your acne. All you need to do is mix some rose water, honey, applesauce and oatmeal. Use this mask on your face for 10-15 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water.

  1. Oatmeal mask for oily skin

If you are one of those suffering from an extremely oily skin, an oatmeal mask can help you in the process. Add some cooked oatmeal, honey, and plain yogurt and mix it well. Apply the mixture thoroughly on your face. After 10-15 minutes, wash it off with cold water.

  1. Oatmeal scrub

Oatmeal can also work well as a face scrub. Add one tablespoon of oatmeal, some warm water, and wait till it gets soft. In a circular motion, apply it on your skin in circular motion for best results.

  1. Oatmeal breakfast

If you want to consume oatmeal for breakfast, all you have to do is add it to a bowl of milk, and top it with fruits like apples, almonds, and the likes. This will give you a healthy and filling breakfast option.

Look Youthful After Menopause With Effective Skin Care Regime

Menopause could be frustrating, especially due to the skin changes that it brings along. But take heart, with a little care you can still look healthy and attractive.

A woman’s skin is all about hormones. The youthful skin that you get is all due to the perfect balance of the hormones. But after menopause, your skin starts to change beyond your imagination.

Your postmenopausal skin might show symptoms including of wrinkling, slackness, dryness and withering. After menopause, tearing and bruising of skin are common, and you are prone to dry skin conditions.

After the menopausal damage, the least you could add is the sun. It is a perfect storm that leaves you imbalanced and dull. However, here are some skin care remedies you can follow.

Ways to Keep Your Skin Glowing Even After Menopause

In order to look youthful even after your menopause, the best way is to focus on activities that would build collagen and elastic fibers in your skin. Here is what you can do!

Scrub it out

One of the best ways you can enhance the collagen levels in your skin is by scrubbing them regularly. Once the outer layer of the skin is shed, the deeper layers of the skin automatically get the signal to become more active. Choose gentle and good scrubs and avoid over scrubbing, especially when you have a sensitive skin. Stick to twice a week. If you have an oily and tough skin, gentle daily scrub might be okay.

Get hold of creams that build collagen

Grab all those creams that would help your skin build collagen. This will make your skin glow and make you look youthful. It is highly recommended to go for vitamin creams. Renova/ Tazorac/ Tretinoin are a few good names you can reply upon. There are also proof that vitamin C serums enhance the production of collagen. Further, alpha and beta hydroxy acids do wonders in building collagen as well.

Building collagen through lasers

Yes, you read that right! Lasers could also help in building collagen, especially longwave lasers. Intense pulse light devices (IPLs) with photo-rejuvenation send signals to skin instructing it to build more collagen. You won’t get to see the results almost instantly. However, five monthly treatments can have visible results.

Keep your skin well hydrated

Water does more good to your skin than anything else! Your skin is more prone to dryness after menopause and this is when you need to keep your skin hydrated all the more. Use steeply hydrating moisturizers and sensitive skin cleaners to avoid dryness. This would also avoid your skin from looking dull, wrinkled and crinkled.

Boost the production of hyaluronic acid

In order to get youthful skin, look for products with glycolic acid. This will enhance the levels of hyaluronic acid in your skin, thus making you look young.

Whatever you do, stay happy and embrace the change. With a little bit of hard work, you can manage to look young and dynamic forever.

5 Beauty Truths Every Woman Must Know About

When it comes to beauty, we all are experts!

We have our own skin care beauty routines, and are somehow, doing great with our skin.

But if you want to take your love towards skin a notch further, here are 5 beauty truths that you must know about and stick to.

Let’s jump onto them to have a look.

  • Skin care is not just about the face

This is one mantra every woman must stick to, no matter what. Taking care of your face is great and all, but it makes no sense to neglect your neck, or the back of your hands, for that matter!

Do not forget to include these vital parts in your daily beauty care routine. Make sure that you nourish these zones with enough moisture and protect them from daily spectrum using a proper sunscreen. Or else, these areas would start looking weathered with time.

Make sure that your rest of the body parts age as gracefully as your face, and the best way to do that is to include them in your daily skin care routine.

  • Bedtime is the best time to take care of your skin

You might feel tempted to hit your bed at the night, but prevent that from happening. Sleeping with makeup on will lead to pimples, pink eyes and damaged skin, to say the least.

Bedtime is the best time to nourish your skin with all the needed nutrients. Moisturize your skin, treat your lips and heels and other areas that need your attention. And believe us, your skin will thank you for all the favor.

  • Hair care is not only about the right shampoo and conditioner

Well, yes, having the right shampoo and conditioner have a lot of say in determining the quality of your hair, but that’s not everything that hair care is all about.

At times, boring products like heat protective products can make all the difference. Using a heat protectant spray before blowing them dry or using any hot tool can prevent your hair from getting dry.

Undoubtedly, this will not reflect in your style almost instantly, but it will surely go a long way in helping you flaunt healthy tresses forever.

  • Exfoliation can easily be overdone or underdone

Exfoliation is the easiest way to get a glow on your skin. It reveals new skin cells and helps you get rid of old flaky skin. However, it is important to know the right exfoliation frequency. While it all depends on your skin type and the kind of product that you use, but the general rule of thumb states that you must not exfoliate more than twice in a week.

  • Regular trimming is necessary if you want to make your hair grow

This might confuse you. You might end up thinking as to how trimming can make your hair grow. The logic is simple – damaged ends end up breaking more easily, which ultimately hurts your hair length.

Thus, keeping them well trimmed will not only boost their growth but healthy ends would also look much better.

How To Extend The Life Of Your False Eyelashes?

Long eyelashes are every girl’s dream but you have to be very lucky to have them naturally. Thanks to the eternity for the presence of false eyelashes!

False eyelashes not only make your eyes look heavenly but also add to your beauty. However, you need to take proper care of them to make them last for more than two months. Yes, they don’t usually last for long even after being so expensive.

Here are some of the tips through which you can extend the life of your false eyelashes.

  • Know the lifespan of your fake eyelashes

Before talking about care, it’s important to know the average lifespan of your fake eyelashes. Like typically for everything, more the cost, better is the quality and life. The same rule applies to false eyelashes as well. A mediocre quality eyelash will grant you 1 to 2 wears while a little expensive one can last for a few more. The synthetic eyelashes last for about 5 to 8 wears whereas eyelashes made from animal hair can last about 20 to 30 lashes subject to how you take care of them.

  • Removing the old glue

Too much glue on lashes not only makes them look unnatural but also makes it difficult to remove them. This can also make you tear the eyelashes while taking them off. So make sure that you don’t put excessive glue on them. Additionally, first clean the old glue gently with the help of tweezers before wearing them.

  • Avoid excessive mascara or eyeliners

Avoiding mascara and eyeliner over false eyelashes may be asking for too much. But yeah you should definitely try to use them minimally. Excessive use can make your lashes too heavy while also decreasing their life span. You should be careful while applying eyeliner or mascara, thus making sure you don’t end up dirtying your lashes with makeup. You can use tweezers or lash applicators for better results.

  • Cleaning the lashes

Cleaning them is the hardest part. However, this has to be done. Firstly you should remove the glue from the lash band and then soak it in warm water for about 30 seconds. Thereafter, clean the eyelashes with a makeup remover by either soaking them in it or by gently cleaning them with a Q-tip soaked in makeup remover.

  • Storing them

Brush the tangled and crisscrossed lashes before storing them in the container you usually do. Also, if you want to remember how many wears they actually lasted, write down the number of wears over the box every time you put them away. This will help you know if you should continue with the same lashes next time or if it is the time to buy a new pair.

So, how do you take care of your eyelashes? Sound off in the comments below.

4 Ways To Protect You Skin From The Sun You Need to Know About

The skin damage done by the sun is probably why most of us hate summers. The scorching heat overhead as you leave your home follows you like a ghost. Don’t let the situation rule you. Instead of waiting for winters to set your skin right, protect your skin from the sun foremostly. Read on to find out. Here’s how.

Sunscreen is a saviour

Apply sunscreen every day to prevent the sun rays from penetrating deep into the skin. It is always confusing to choose a right sunscreen with a right SPF level. The next time you go for sunscreen shopping, buy a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher. Sunscreens with a lower SPF though protect your skin but fail to protect it from skin cancer.

Apply the sunscreen about 30 minutes before going outside in a small quantity. 1 ounce of quantity works fine. You should reapply it every 2 hours in case you are out swimming or sweat a lot, no matter how much your brand shouts that the sunscreen stays for a longer time.

Eat healthy

Are you a foodie? If yes, then you are going to love this fact about protecting your skin from the sun. Here are some of the interesting foods of summers which can keep your skin healthy and glowing as ever without much ado.

Dark chocolate

Starting from dark chocolates, yes, now you can eat more of dark chocolates than you usually do. Chocolates protect your skin from the sun, isn’t it the best news you heard today? Consuming cocoa or dark chocolates instantly increase the SPF level and fight against the damage caused by the sun due to oxidation.

Green and black tea

Due to the presence of polyphenols in green and black tea, which are the best botanical antioxidants, they are capable of fighting with free radicals which are responsible for skin ageing. Also, drinking green and black tea increases the skin’s antioxidant shield which protects the skin throughout.

Water

This seems the easiest but toughest way to protect your skin. As 70% of our body contains water, it plays a significant role in protecting against free radicals. Drinking more water keeps your skin hydrated and produces more moisture content which helps your body to protect against the radiations of the sun.

Through skin care treatment

Not a fan of natural treatments to save your skin? There are unnatural methods such as peeling, IPL and microdermabrasion too to reduce the skin damage. They work by producing new cells by extreme stimulation of skin which helps in building the elastin, making the skin healthy as ever.

To start the repairing process, avoid getting exposed to direct rays of the sun. No skin rejuvenation process will be beneficial if you will continue to go out in the sun and burn the skin. You can surely go out on beaches once rejuvenation process ends.

Avoid getting into the sun

Say no to the sun at peak times, i.e. between 10am to 4pm. At this time, the ultraviolet radiations harm the most. You should avoid being in the sun without applying sunscreen. Moreover, you should apply it frequently to prevent your skin from damaging.

Get hold of your sunscreen and hat and stay hydrated!

6 Botox Facts That Might Come As a Surprise to You

You might have already heard enough about Botox?

Well, there is a lot of hype that a proper Botox treatment can make the wrinkles, crow’s feet and frown lines disappear.
This is the reason perhaps why every year hundreds of thousands of men and women undergo this treatment to get a wrinkle-free and smooth skin.

So, what it actually is?
Let’s start with the basics first and then talk about surprising facts related to it.


What is Botox?

Botulinum Toxin (BTX), commonly known as BOTOX, is a protein obtained from different bacteria and chemical compounds. Botox relaxes and softens the wrinkles, and helps you in getting a smooth skin.

Why Botox?

Botox is one of the safest cosmetic treatment as it is well researched, legal, and effective and approved by FDA (in 2002). It is older than you might think; it accidentally came into existence when doctors were attempting to determine the cause of the sudden death of Germans due to food poisoning.

But that’s not just about Botox. There is a lot more to it. Here are 6 Botox facts that may surprise you!

Little-Known Botox Facts

  • Botox was discovered accidentally!

Dr. Justinus Kerner accidentally invented Botox in the 1820s when he was attempting to find the cause of food poisoning that led to the sudden death of Germans due to eating meat. He discovered botulinum toxin, in the meat, and named the ailment that killed the Germans, “botulism.”

  • Botox can help with chronic pain and cure migraine

If you thought that Botox is just for enhancing your beauty, you might be mistaken.

In fact, doctors have developed FDA-approved Botox injections that can help in the treatment of migraines.
The complete treatment requires 31 Botox injections that are injected over seven different sites on head and neck in a span of 12 weeks.

  • Botox can help you through depression

Yes, you read that right.

Botox is helpful in limiting the body’s ability to frown. As frown sends a signal to the brain that can signal depression, the people who could literally not frown were happier than people who could frown.

  • Botox was almost used as a weapon in World War II.

 This might sound a bit weird but the United States almost used Botox as a weapon during World War II where they developed a pill of toxins that would be used to intoxicate the food and drinks of high ranked Japanese Officials.

Prostitutes were expected to execute this plan but it was never really executed.

  • Botox is not permanent.

Many of us assume that Botox is permanent, but the actual results last only for an average of 4-6 months for most of the people.

  • Botox has many medical uses.

Like we already said, Botox has many medical uses that include fixing brow asymmetry, minimizing lines around the nose, decreasing oiliness of skin, minimizing the appearance of the pores, correcting a droopy nose tip, and decreasing scalp sweating.

Were you surprised by any of the above-mentioned Botox facts?

Everything You Need to Know About Overnight Face Masks

If you have not yet believed in beauty sleep, you will start believing now.

Rush and catch all your missing Zzzs and get an instant glow on your face with overnight face masks!

For starters, overnight face masks, are masks which are applied before going to bed in the night and washed off the next day in the morning. Let us tell you – this is the new sizzling trend in beauty, all thanks to South Korea. Yes, the trend has its roots in South Korea and has taken the world by storm since then.

But as with any trend, there is a lot of confusion and chaos prevalent. How should you use an overnight mask? What are the qualities of a good mask and so on?

Girls, do not worry. We have got you covered!

What is a Sleep Mask, Anyway?

In simple words, these are the masks which are left on your skin overnight. Undoubtedly, there is a significant difference between commonly used sheet masks and clay masks which need to be washed off after a few minutes. The sleeping masks, as the name indicates, are meant for sleeping with the mask on, and contain certain formulas and elements which improve your skin condition by addressing your specific skin issues.

Are They Any Beneficial?

This is the most important aspect. Trends come and go, but what determines their utility is if they are any beneficial. Sleep masks come with their own set of benefits as well.

Although sleep masks are designed to help you get over certain skin conditions. But they in one way or the other, work towards a common goal, and that is to provide enough hydration to your skin.

The sleep mask, in addition to hydrating and moisturizing your skin perfectly well, also locks in other products that the mask contains overnight.

Since these masks create a seal over your skin, it facilitates easy absorption of products. Do not worry, they are not as rich as the night creams, and so, your expensive satin pillowcases won’t be damaged at all.

What is The Right Way to Use a Sleep Mask?

The best practice to use a sleep mask is to apply them after cleansing and exfoliating your skin properly. Ideally, wear your serums and essences before covering your face with the mask. This would help in easy absorption of the beneficial compounds.

To gain the best results, you should use these masks at least twice or thrice a week. Also, if you live at a place with a drier climate, you might even consider using them to keep your skin hydrated properly.

What Makes a Great Sleep Mask?

To be able to extract the most out of a sleep mask, it is highly recommended to choose a mask which addresses your skin concerns. Thus, if you want to get rid of acne marks, you should look for a sleep mask that has ingredients to help with marks and blemishes removal.

So, all set? Got any queries? Write to us in the comments below.

8 Foods That Detoxify Your Body Naturally

If you are one of those who believes detoxifying your body is important, this article is for you!

From using detoxifying supplements to using medicines – you can choose a range of methods to deotixify your body.

However, of the most effective and healthiest ways is by eating detoxifying foods. Let’s learn more about them.

1. Watermelon

For a summer detox, the best food that you can munch on is watermelon. The fruit contains a high amount of citrulline which releases arginine in your body. Arginine helps your body to get rid of ammonia and other toxins.

The best part – watermelon contains a good source of potassium which helps your body to tackle the high amount of sodium in your diets.

2. Cucumbers

Another amazing food that you should add in your diet in order to keep harmful toxins away from your body is cucumbers. The amount of water-content in the cucumber helps your body to flush out toxins from the system.

3. Almonds

With the high amount of fiber, potassium, healthy fats and calcium, almond has already earned its reputation. But did you know that this dry fruit can also help you detoxify your body?

Almonds are a great source of vitamin E and this helps your body in stabilizing your sugar level as well as irregular bowel movements.

4. Lemon

Trust us when we say this! Your liver just loves lemons; even if you don’t! Lemon is one of the best stimulants for your liver and it can easily dissolve uric acids and other forms of poisons. Thus, lemon is a great food to add to your diet if you are willing to detoxify your body naturally.

5. Mint
Add some mint to your daily diet if you want to soothe your body as well as get rid of harmful toxins. It would help you with proper flow of bile from the liver to the gallbladder and small intestine; making your digestive system a much easier and smoother one.

6. Eggs

Eggs contain a nutrient called sulfur, which is an essential mineral found in all kinds of protein-rich foods. Sulfur, however, is one among the key detoxification nutrients, because it is a perfect component of glutathione. Glutathione helps you with healthy liver function and detoxification.

7. Green Smoothies

A healthy breakfast add-on, green smoothies are another amazing way to detoxify your body, The more chlorophyll you add to your daily diet, the better it is. This is because chlorophyll encourages the release of unhealthy toxins from your body. The fiber found in the smoothies, also helps you clear your colon.

8. Green Tea

One of the easiest ways to get rid of unhealthy toxins from your body is to drink a cup of green tea every morning after you wake up. It has a powerful antioxidant called polyphenols which can help you get rid of oxidants easily.

5 Ultimate Ways to Combat Aging Due to Pollution

Let’s just face it. Pollution doesn’t seem to end anytime soon in the near future. In fact, it is going to get worse and worse. Even though we all have learned to adjust ourselves to pollution, there are still various ways it is affecting us.

One of the worst ways pollution has made us suffer is by damaging our skin to a great extent. A lot of researches and studies have found out that air pollution is significantly one of the main reasons behind wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and age spots.

However, with a proper skin care regime, you can take care of the visible signs of aging. Here are 5 ultimate ways to combat aging due to pollution –

1. Cleanse your skin properly every night

It is very important to cleanse your skin with a mild face cleanser every night before you go to sleep. It is a key to a healthy, vibrant and glowing skin. A lot of women tend to get lazy and skip this step thinking that using anti-aging creams or serums are enough to deal with aging.

However, the truth is, if you do not cleanse your skin properly, anti-aging products would not be able to penetrate your skin deeper due to dirt and pollution.

Thus, ladies, make it a point to clean your skin properly every night before loading it with anti-aging creams.

2. Toning

Toning your skin is essential. It helps you balance your natural pH level and keeps your skin hydrated. The best part – toning also expels out any impurities from your skin that might have been left behind during cleansing.

However, while choosing a toner, keep an eye on the ingredients used. An alcohol-based toner may dry out your skin even more.

3. Exfoliate

Exfoliation is a must to get rid of the dead skin cells, impurities, whiteheads, blackheads and the like from your skin. Further, exfoliation helps your skin grow younger skin cells, thus making your skin soft and supple.

4. Use of Antioxidants

Pollution exposes your skin to a lot of free radicals that ultimately damage the skin tissues.Thus, it is highly recommended to use products which contain anti-oxidants and also have an antioxidant rich diet.

Drink green tea, eat a lot of fruits and use skin care products rich in anti-oxidant properties. Look for ingredients like zinc, selenium, vitamin E, C or green tea and essential oils while buying such skin care products.

5. Protect

Protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun by using a good sunscreen. If sunscreen makes your skin look greasy and oily, it is recommended to opt for a matte sunscreen with ingredients like zinc oxide to get better results.

Stick to all of these points religiously and prevent aging due to pollution. Thank us later.

How To Deal With Gray Hair?

Have your hairs started graying? Well, we feel you! It is really frustrating.

Speaking technically, our hair start turning gray due to the lack of a pigment called melanin which is responsible for the hair color.

Here is how you can deal with this nightmare in a natural way

1. Amla and heena pack

Make a paste of heena, amla powder and coffee powder thick enough to apply it smoothly over the hair. Leave it till it dries. Wash it off with a sulphate-free shampoo after an hour. Repeat this at least once a month to prevent graying of hair. These ingredients also act as a good source of nourishment for your hair.

2. Coconut oil and lemon

Take some coconut oil in a bowl and add a tablespoon of lemon to it. Stir it well and apply it to your hair. Make sure to apply more of it in the roots and at the tips of the hair. Massage it properly and leave it overnight. Wash it off in the morning with a sulphate-free shampoo.

Repeat this twice a week to prevent your hair from turning gray. It is important to note here that this process isn’t effective in reversing the already gray hair, however, it can definitely keep the situation under control

3. Curry leaves

Boil some curry leaves along with the coconut oil until you see the mixture turning blackish. Once curry leaves leave their essence, let the mixture sit idle. Once it has cooled down, apply it to your hair and leave it for an hour or two. Wash it off with a shampoo. Do this twice or thrice a week.

Curry leaves are helpful in bringing the melanin back to the hair follicles and prevent graying of hair.

4. Ripped gourd

Chop a ripped gourd and let it dry until it has dehydrated completely. Once it is dried, soak it in the coconut oil for 3 days. Boil the mixture for a few minutes. Apply the strained mixture after it has cooled down. Wash your hair after about an hour. Do this 2 to 3 times a week.

5. Potato Peels

Boil the potato peels until you get a starchy solution. Strain the contents in a bowl and let it cool down. Use this solution for washing your hair. The starchy solution masks your hair and prevent them from turning gray any further. Do this once or twice a week.

6. Black pepper

Grind the black pepper and form a paste of it with yogurt. Apply the paste to your hair right from the roots to the tip. Rinse the hair with a shampoo after leaving it for an hour. Black pepper helps in reversing gray hair and yogurt is good for making your hair smoother.

7. Onion juice

This is the simplest. Take out the onion juice in a bowl and apply it on your scalp and leave it for half an hour. Rinse it with a shampoo. It is an effective way to reverse graying.

Adopt these easy-to-follow method and prevent your hair from turning gray naturally!