Healthy Skin Tips: The change of season effects your immune system. Winter makes you vulnerable to cough and cold, but this is the best season to build your immunity. *Because your digestive function is at its best, assimilating more foods and foods that are richer in nutrients, such as dry fruits and nuts. *Expose yourself to the sunshine, this will raises levels of vitamin D which makes your bones stronger. Sun is good for weak bones and skeletal strength, so make most of it. The major reason of weak bones is a low level of vitamin D and poor calcium absorption by the body. Calcium is only absorbed when gravity-based exercises and vitamin D are combined, so exercise in the sun.* Medicated steam inhaling through nose and mouth improves ailments like sinusitis, lung congestion, dry cough and headaches, improves the complexion and is good for voice clarity. skin is the largest channel of cleansing and detoxification because of its pores. To avoid wrinkles do facial massage as shown in the title page. About Pimples: *To soothe pimples, a simple treatment may be devised from Neem leaves, possessed of antiseptic properties. Leave these overnight in a degchi full of warm water. Remove the leaves and bathe your face in this water every morning. *Baking soda: Make a paste with 1 part of baking soda and 2 parts of water. Put this on the affected area. Keep it on for 5 minutes. Then wash with water. *Boric powder mixed with rose water and applied to pimples acts as an effective cooler. *Take cold slices of cut cucumber and rub on the face for 5 minutes. Put honey on the pimples for 5 minutes. Then wash off. *Take 1 part of Apple cider vinegar and 4 parts of water. Apply to the face. *Crush 1 Aspirin tablet and form a paste with water and apply to the affected area. *Rub ice on affected area for 1 minute. *Dab your face with lemon juice. Keep it overnight. *Turmeric powder is likewise efficacious. *Sandalwood paste, a royalty amongst indigenous cosmetics, is also endowed with curative properties but must be used sparingly. Face Pack of Multani Mitti, Gram flour, curd, Neem leaves, fresh Aloe Vera, lime and honey make the skin shine naturally. Holistic Approach for Skin Problems: A number of holistic lifestyle factors contribute to the health of our skin, such as the food we eat, how much sleep we get and the personal care products we use. The common skin problems are dryness spots and wrinkles. Besides that some women complaint having cellulite and stretch marks. Reasons for bad skin problems are not drinking enough water; exposure to sun or bad weather; and an unhealthy diet. A study states that women revealed that aside from their face, the areas they most worried about were their hands, neck and legs. The research found over 1/2 of women believed the neck is the area of the body, which would give away someone's real age. And hands were said to be just as likely to reveal someone's real age as their face was. Skin care shouldn't stop at your face, one must remember that the whole body is covered in skin, which is the largest organ of your body. So we need to make sure we are giving it the care it deserves. Follow these for healthy skin: *Our skin absorbs a percentage of the products we apply. So choose products that are gentle on skin with natural moisturizers. *Get an early night sleep: Lack of sleep increases the visible appearance of aging, such as dark circles caused by sluggish circulation. With that in mind, say goodbye to your phone or tablet at least an hour before going to bed and try to get a good night's sleep. *Try light exercise: Getting up and moving your muscles moving will increase your levels of 'happy' hormones or endorphins and blood flow. This in turn will give your skin a lovely healthy glow. It doesn't matter whether it's a light stroll or training at the gym. As long as you're moving, your skin will feel the benefits. *Curb the caffeine: Too much coffee or caffeinated drinks can put extra stress on the liver and digestive system, which impacts your body's natural detoxification process. The build-up of toxins can have a negative effect on the health of your skin causing issues such as dry skin, redness and sensitivity. *Avoid Low fat Diets: In holistic health, achieving a healthy balance is really important. Choose healthy fats for healthy cell functions, this can be added to your diet through foods such as Avocados, nuts and seeds and plant oils such as flax and hemp. Avoid processed margarines. Take organic butter which has less synthetic ingredients. Fruits (except plums and berries), lemons, oranges, leafy and other vegetables, coconut, fresh milk, sprouted food grains, dates, figs, and soaked dry fruits are alkaline. Meat, eggs, cheese, butter, cooked food, chapatti, dry fruits, sweets, coffee, tea, chocolate, boiled milk, flour, salt, alcohol, soda, vanaspati, fried and baked foods are acidic. Ayurveda says that wrong combinations of food are like poisons for the body. Food in the stomach is digested through different digestive juices. If both acidic and alkaline foods are eaten together, then their respective digestive juices will also be secreted together. These then mix and lead to problems. Protein, for example begins to rot. Starch ferments and so on, disturbing the digestive process. Buffer with a variety of foods is not a good idea. Eat only one kind of food at a time, as the more variety you eat, the more your digestive system will find it hard to digest food. Begin with fruits then have raw salads and vegetables. Finally, when this is digested, have whole grains. Wrong combinations: Never have the following together- banana or radish with milk or curd; milk with curd; honey with hot water (lukewarm is good); honey with radish; or khichdri with dessert. Avoid milk with melons or cucumber. Do not mix urad dal with radish; curd with jamun, melon or cheese. Give a gap with fruits and cooked vegetables, and never heat curd. Do not mix pulses with potato. Good combinations: Mango and cow’s milk; milk with dates; rice with coconut powder; pulses or bathua with curds; leafy vegetables with starch; dry fruits with sour fruits; vegetables and pulses; basmati rice with vegetables; fruits and dry fruits; vegetables with chapatti. Healthy soups and some recipes: Make a ‘Plan for weight loss’ to create the smartest healthiest diet possible, it should be based on ‘eat more, lose more’. Diet plan can help you tailor and look your best. Eat food that contains natural fiber and have lots of water and nature will take its own course in keeping you fit. Diet should be simple healthy, nutritious and balanced, when you exercise, this will create a smooth flow of energy which circulates in the whole of the body to keep it healthy. Exercise or any activity of the body needs energy and the energy is supplied by the food you eat. Research has proved that the various foods work at the cellular level, especially antioxidants- rich fruits and vegetables - which are powerful medicine in the fight against cellular aging.
Beauty benefits of Tomatoes: Make the humble fruit a part of your skin care regimen. Tomatoes are not just limited to adding that tangy taste to your curries and pastas. It’s the beauty benefits of the humble fruit that make it a favorite with dermatologists and beauty experts. From reducing the size of your enlarged pores, to lightening dark spots, tomatoes can make your skin healthy, bright, and smooth. Tomatoes are full of vitamin C, and thus help brighten the skin. They also help reduce acne and acne marks. They can also reverse the signs of premature aging. Eating them can help guard against the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays. Fresh tomato juice works as an excellent astringent. Skin Care: Tomatoes to the Rescue: *Mix a little tomato paste and crushed oats and apply to your face. Leave it on the face for 20 minutes, dab with raw milk and massage with your fingers in a circular motion, before washing off with lukewarm water. This helps rejuvenate skin and improve blood circulation. *Mix mashed avocado and tomatoes and apply to the face for deep nourishment. *For dry skin, mix tomato and honey and apply to the skin. *Tomato juice mixed with sugar acts as a power packed exfoliant that is effective in removing dead skin cells. *Add yogurt to some tomato paste, a little gram flour, sandalwood powder, and a pinch for turmeric. Apply to the face and wash off with lukewarm water. *For dark circles, mix tomato pulp with aloe vera juice and 4-5 drops of almond oil. Apply under the eyes and leave overnight. Your hair also stands to gain from the goodness of tomatoes. Make a tomato puree and apply to your scalp and hair to add life to dry, brittle hair. Tomato juice also helps get rid of dandruff, and is an excellent conditioner.
Yoga & Beauty Health: Look for yourself how some of the following Yoga exercises enhance your beauty. 1. Legs over head pose. 2. Shoulder- Stand: The Bended legs can be straightened to form the pose. Increases blood circulation in the face and scalp region, gives wrinkle free skin, smooth and shinning complexion, and prevents falling of hair. 3. Downward dog pose Gives you glowing skin, better complexion, prevents dark circles below your eyes. Also, it makes your hair growth better and prevents hair fall. 4. Nose-Touch-your-knee Asana It balances hormones issues (which can also be responsible for dull skin and hair). 5. Standing forward Bend Asana It is very beneficial for all hair and skin problems. 6. In Pranayama Kapalbharti is best for your beauty. When you do this pranayama you increase the oxygen supply and blood circulation in your body. It’s referred as face-shin pranayama, as it gets you glowing, radiant, and wrinkle free skin.
1.Legs over head
2. Downward dog pose
Healthy Skin Tips: Nine Fruits for healthy Skin: To combat dry skin in winter, the following list of fruits is recommended in winter The following list of fruits the are: Gooseberry: is known for its nutritious value and is extremely use in natural cosmetic products. It helps in detoxification and acts as blood purifier, which makes the skin look radiant and clear. Papaya: The fruit is rich in vitamin A contains enzymes that exfoliate skin and provide glowing complexion. It also helps as an anti-oxidant. The enzyme papain breaks down inactive proteins and eliminate dead skin cells. Papaya also works as a skin-firming, and anti-aging agent. Avocado: is rich in protein and Omega 9 fatty acids, which are the building blocks of healthy complexion, and help the skin fight winter dryness from inside. It retains the softness and glow of the skin. Vitamin A in this fruit prevents wrinkles to appear, while the fruit oil acts as natural moisturizer. Pomegranate: This fruit has the power to rejuvenate the skin. Pomegranate help clear pores, slow aging and reduce the appearance of wrinkle and fine lines. The skin expands due to the cold weather. This fruit keeps skin pores tight. Pineapple: This fruit is a storehouse of vitamin C. Acne is another problem faced during winters, the pimples last longer and deeper as the pores are cracked leaving it open for dust particles to enter. Pineapple is an anti-oxidant for acne, fights blemishes, black marks, black heads and purifies pores deeply, leaving skin clean and clear. Banana: The fruit contain potassium which hydrates and moisturizes dehydrated spin with Vitamin E & C. It reduces the skin dullness during winter. Custard Apple (Sarirfa): This fruit has a combination of Vitamin A & C, which combat free radicals in the body. It works to keep skin moisturized and healthy. Custard apple works great as a natural scrub as well. Consuming its juice on a regular basis stimulates the development of new cells in the layers of the skin. It also heals abrasion and cuts. Kiwi: Kiwi contain large amounts of Vitamin C, which helps your body produce collagen, a connective tissue protein that helps firm up then skin. It also contains Vitamin E, which keeps the skin moisturized and glowing. Plum: It is a seasonal fruit of the winter and has Vitamins B & E, along with minerals like magnesium, iron, calcium and zinc. It helps to purify not only the body, It help in maintaining skin’s elasticity and keeps the skin hydrated. Aromatic oils for Beauty Massage: Skin Therapy: 1. Oil massage, an overnight oil or hot oil treatment to the scalp, rejuvenates and nourishes the scalp, stimulates blood flow and helps the growth of healthy hair. 2. Daily Sleep at least 8 hours at night, will cleanse your skin while you sleep. 3. A cleansing and moisturizing routine is good for clean skin. Face Massage in this case must be done by a specializing professional because it has to be vigorous and done by an amateur may pull lines into your face. The complete routine of massaging, moisturizing, steaming, cleansing and application of a face mask serves to refresh, rejuvenate, tone up and tighten the skin. Massage does not depend on surface friction for its effect, it is the pummeling (striking with fists) of the fatty tissue that counts and strong fingers are necessary to keep that kneading, pummeling action going for more than a few minutes. *I learned exercises for pose and facial massage from a ninth centenary British Beautician's Book on Beauty, which I found in my father's library. I followed the exercises and facial massage from the book and the result was that at the age of 85, I do not look my age, but 15-20 years younger, and am enjoying good pose and fit body without wrinkles of the ageing. Body massages improve blood circulation, muscle strength and overall health. When herbal oils mixed with warm sesame oil, are used for body massage, improves blood circulation, stimulates blood flow and helps assimilation of nutrients. It also releases toxins accumulated in the muscles. This treatment is recommended for joint aches, improving skin tone and tissue flexibility. *Indulge in weekly oil-baths. To pep up sluggish blood circulation, massage yourself with til (sesame seed oil) or sweet oil. Leave it on for a quarter of an hour. Now resume your soap water bath. *Almond oil massage for children makes the muscles firm and supple. Dry skin due to tension, stress or weather, can be remedied by oil massage. Use the oils Rose & Naiole (orange Blossom), if you have a little sinus just rub a drop ofEuryptus oil before the massage. Take 6 drops of Rose oil and 2 drops of Naioli. Cleanse the face either with a cleanser or water and soft massage the face with the above oil mixture. Then wipe it with damp cloth. Scrub: Then scrub the face with gel mixed with grains of Sandalwood and Orange peel. The grains should not be either, very smooth or very hard. Scrub is to remove the dead skin cells from the face. Once a week, put a mineral mask (pack). Remove the pack with wet cloth. Then use a toner to remove the residue left by face pack. Facial: Then use moisturizer with sun screen. If the moisturizer has no sun screen then use the sun screen separately as it is necessary for your skin. Don't use excessive moisturizer. Facial exercises Facial Exercise: may significantly improve appearance and reduce some visible signs of aging. According to a study, middle-aged women and men, have to flex their facial muscles for over 20 weeks to improve facial appearance of middle-aged women, resulting in a younger appearance with fuller upper and lower cheeks. “The exercises enlarge and strengthen the facial muscles, so the face becomes firmer and more toned and shaped-like a younger face,” said Murad Alam from Northwestern University in the UK. This is the first recent, scientific study to test the premise of facial exercise improving appearance. “Assuming the findings are confirmed in a larger study, individuals now have a low cost, non-toxic way for looking younger or to augment other cosmetic or anti-ageing treatments they may be seeking,” Adam said. As the face ages, skin loses elasticity and fat pads between the muscle and skin becomes thinner. The pads, which fit together like a jigsaw puzzle give the face much of its shape. As skin becomes saggy, the thinning fad pads atrophy and slide, causing the face to “fall down.” “But muscles underneath becomes bigger, the skin has more stuffing underneath it and the firmer muscles appears to make the shape of the face more full,” said Emily Poon, an ARP (assistant research Professor) at Feinberg. “Muscle growth is increasing the facial volume and counteracting the effects of age-related fat thinning and skin loosing,” Poon said. Study participants, middle-aged women 40 to 65 years old, underwent 2 sets of face-to-face 90-minute training sessions from a facial exercise instructor. At home they continue to do these exercises for a total of 20 weeks. For the first eight weeks, they did the exercises daily for 30 minutes. From 9 to 20 weeks, they did the same exercises every other day for 30 minutes a session. Participants learned and performed 32 distinct facial exercises, each one for about a minute. “One is ‘Cheek Lifter: Open mouth and form O, position upper lip over teeth, smile to lift cheek muscles up, put fingers lightly on top part of cheek muscle to lower them, and lift back up. Repeat by lowering and lifting the cheeks,” researchers said.” Another exercise is ‘The Happy Cheeks Sculpting: Smile without showing teeth, purse lips together, smile forcing cheek muscles up, place fingers on corners of the mouth and slide them up to the top of the cheek, hold for 20 seconds,” they said. The raters found that upper cheek and lower cheek fullness, in particular, was significantly enhanced as a result of the exercises. In addition, the raters estimated average patient age decreased over the course of the study. It started at 50.8 years, dropped to 49.6 years at 8 weeks and then to 48.1 years at 20 weeks. *Massage to any part of the body is effective if they actually get enough action on the fatty tissues to break them down, but it is always advisable so combine your efforts and cut down your diet while you are having any slimming treatments. Anti-wrinkle Preparation: Most effective way is to take a balanced nutritious and well - regulated diet, moderate exercise and adequate sleep and rest. Avoid excess physical and mental strain and undue exposure to the elements like sun and dust. Combine this with a sensible skin care routine and high thinking. Dry Orange Peels in the sun till they become crackling dry. Grind them in a grinder to a fine powder. This can be used in preparing the face masks. Daily Facial Massage keeps your face wrinkle free. The next most effective way is to take a balanced nutritious and well regulated diet, moderate exercise and adequate sleep and rest. Avoid excess physical and mental strain and undue exposure to the elements like sun and dust. Combine this with a sensible skin care routine and high thinking. Face Masks are something one can make at home. Our kitchen is a treasure of so many natural ingredients; we can make so many cocktail masks out of these. These masks are nourishing inexpensive and easy to prepare. Start pampering your skin with homemade packs prepared with fruits. You can rejuvenate your skin by using fresh fruits. Go for these toxin free homemade packs for a healthy skin. *Banana (for dry skin): Mix mashed banana and milk together so that it emerges as a thick paste. Add a few drops of honey and 1/2 tsp of kaolin powder to it. Apply and wash off for a smooth texture skin. *Orange Pack (for Oily Skin): Orange can work as a brightener for your skin. Start with this remedy by adding 2 tbsp orange juice into a spoon of sandalwood along with 1 tbsp of powdered calamine powder. Apply it as a face pack until it semi dries and wash off to reveal fairer, supple skin. Orange will act as a perfect tanning - removal agent for your skin. Weekly Baths: *Fresh orange rinds squeezed and rubbed into your skin, outer side in contact with the surface will stimulate a sensitive complexion and encourage a faint delicate blush. *A Luxury treatment for a smooth complexion. Take a fist full of almonds, powder and dilute with some milk, add a dash of saffron to lend a tint of soft golden glow to your skin. Apply gently and smooth out. Now face the mirror, your complexion will wear a rare warmth and richness. *Apple Effect (for Normal Skin): To give an instant glow to your skin, apply apple mask, it plays the trick. Make a paste by grinding a fresh apple and adding raw milk or milk powder and Fuller's earth powder to it. Now whip this pack until it gains uniformity. Apply it all over your face, leave it for 15 minutes and rinse with water. The treatment softens, rejuvenates and restores the skin's natural PH balance. *Strawberry Pack (for Combination skin): Make a paste by grinding a mashed strawberry pulp and a few mint leaves. Add kaolin powder along with a few drops of honey and whip it. Let it sit for a few minutes and apply a thin layer of this pack. Wait till it dries and wash off to reveal supreme textured skin. while strawberries will lighten the color and lighten the texture of your skin, mint will infuse a boost of freshness. *Coconut Pack (for Sensitive Skin): Coconut water is considered helpful for soothing the irritability of sensitive skin. Mix 1 tbsp of coconut water with 2 tbsp calamine powder and an ounce of Aloe Vera gel. Slather this all over your face, leave it for 5 to 7 minutes before rinsing it off. Coconut water is rich with anti-oxidants and makes the skin glow. For Skin Care: *Coconut oil can be used as a natural moisturizer. It will hydrate your skin and keep it nourished all day long. Apply virgin coconut oil or mixing a few drops with your daily moisturizer will make your skin glow. *Coconut also works as a natural toner. The fats in coconut minimize the pores that attract dirt and bacteria, and prevent the skin from getting damaged. *Put some coconut oil on a cotton ball, and gently wipe your face with it to remove make-up and excess oil, and get smooth skin. Remedy: Coffee scrub massage: Simply massage a coffee body scrub over those above skin problem areas, while showering. According to dermatologists,” The caffeine in coffee enhances fat metabolism and reduces the swelling around cellulite. This instantly makes dimpled skin look firmer and the tiny grains of coffee whisk away dead skin.” Some simple remedies from food - which you can eat, drink and make cosmetics from them. *Make your own Coffee Scrub: Mix together ½C raw sugar, ½C ground coffee and 1C olive oil. Pour into a re-close-able jar. Keep indefinitely. Other Face Packs easily made from ingredients average kitchen shelves have. These are cheap, purer and safe. Dry Orange Peels in the sun till they become crackling dry. Grind them in a grinder to a fine powder. This can be used in preparing the face masks. 1. One teaspoon dry yeast, mixed in ½C warm milk and allowed to ferment for 20 mts Forms a good pack. 2. Apply a thick layer of honey on the face for 15mts leaves a glowing face skin. 3. Milk and lemon juice bleaches as well as moisturizers. 4. Rose water, mixed with any base like Fuller's earth (Chickni Mitti or Multani Mitti), gives a very refreshing pack. 5. A pack that whitens skin is made of: 1 tsp curd, mixed with 1 tsp Fuller's earth and 1 tsp mint juice. 6. Make a quick and refreshing face mask by grinding bitter gourd to a paste. Add gram flour to it. Apply this paste on the face, keep for 15mts. and then wash with cold water. You can feel the difference. Moisturizing herbal pack: a) Take 4 almonds soak them overnight in enough milk to cover them. In the morning peel almonds and grind them to a smooth paste. b) Mix 2 tbsp more milk and a few drops of rose essence. c) Store in a bottle and keep refrigerated. d) Apply to a clean face and allow the mixture to remain on the face and neck for 20mts. Rinse off with cold water. Body Odor: Extreme heat in the summer leads to excess sweating. While some are able to manage with simply spraying some deodorant in the required areas, others have a problem handling the body odor that can be quite unpleasant for them and people around alike. Here are some help for dealing with this. *Wet wipes and powder: Wet wipes come handy when the need arises, clean arm pits and neck with them. Then dab some talcum powder in those areas. *Drink lots of water: Consuming about 4-5 bottles of water in a day can be helpful too. *Eat healthy: eating green vegetables and lots of fruits nourish the body and eventually reduce the odor. Green tea also helpful as it is rich in antioxidants. *Exercise: Jogging and basic cardio can be helpful as that reduces the toxins in the body that are otherwise released when one sweats in the day. Smoking and Alcohol can damage your skin. Too much smoking decreases blood flow resulting in the skin looking shallow and stressed. It weakens the immune system. For those who are beauty conscience it gives premature wrinkled skin. Excessive alcohol dehydrates the skin, makes it dry and wrinkled. Remedied by exercise and fresh fruit and vegetable Diet: The damage to the skin by alcohol and smoking can be remedied by exercise. the exercise gives oxygen and blood to your skin. Just 20mts. exercise three times a day is recommended to cure the damage. Avoid burgers and fries, eat plenty of green leafy vegetables and fruits, and iron enrich cereals every day. Spinach, peas, beans and other vegetables also contain iron but your body do not use iron from them as well unless you also eat foods with vitamin C such as peppers, tomatoes, citrus fruits, cabbage and potatoes. Natural Cosmetics based on plants and herbs are preferred. Self-Medication can mostly lead to self-inflicted illness, due to ignorance of the ill-effects of medicines. Many people get into the habit of taking a pill, in the belief that it will do good-and only good. But beware of some common medications and equally common myths about them when they are misused. Baggy eyes and dark circles are a consequences we all face, and hate! While makeup is a quick way to mask those temporarily, there are quite a few natural remedies that will not just lighten the dark under-eye area but also leave you feeling rejuvenated. Regular and patient use of these remedies gives best results.These are: 1. Rose water eye pack: Rose water is readily available, and has incredible skin care properties. Soak two cotton balls in rose water for a few minutes, and place on your eyelids, and place on your eyelids. Leave them on for 10 minutes, every night before you sleep and relax. 2. Egg white mask: Egg white boosts collagen and maintains skin firmness. It’s also high in protein, and so, nourishes and rejuvenates the eye area. Break open 2 eggs and separate the egg whites from the yolk. Whisk the egg whites and apply on the area affected by dark circles using a makeup brush and wash off with cold water. 3. Green tea bags: Loaded with antioxidants and plenty of tannins, green tea is great for eyes and helps ease puffy eyes. Dip green tea bags in icy cold water for about 25 minutes. 4. Coconut cream: you must have heard about the benefits of drinking coconut water, but did you know that the cream in coconut can make dark circles vanish? After drinking coconut water, extract the left-over cream from the coconut and mix with 1 teaspoon milk powder. Apply this mixture under your eyes and leave it on for 15 minutes, Wash off with cold water and see the magic. 5. Aloe Vera potion: Aloe Vera gel has been used for centuries to heal and moisturize skin. Soothe your eyes with aloe Vera gel mixed with one tablespoon of rose water and leave it overnight. This will not only reduce dark circles but also help you get rid of crow’s feet. 6. Cool Cucumber: Cucumber slices ease puffiness and help reduce swelling and dark circles. Cut a fresh cucumber into thin slices and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Apply the slices on your eyes and leave for 20 minutes. This will treat the dark circles and provide relief to tired eyes. 7. Baking soda: Take a glass of hot water, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda and mix well. Soak cotton pads in the mixture and place under the eyes for 10-15 minutes, this will help lighten dark circles and reduce eye fatigue. Skin Essential: The health and growth of epidermal cells are dependent on the food and oxygen carried by the tiny blood vessels or capillaries of the dermis. The blood in these capillaries comes from the general circulation. Hence, if anything goes wrong with the system, it will alter the appearance of the skin. The cells of the basal layer travel upwards. As they travel upwards, they mature and age till they reach the surface. By this time they are dead and ready to be shed. The surface of the skin contains not only dead cells, but also sweat, oil, dust and air pollutants. If this layer is not removed the skin looks dull, unhealthy and flaky. That is why regular cleansing is a must for maintaining healthy skin. Weekly Baths: *Fresh orange rinds squeezed and rubbed into your skin, outer side in contact with the surface will stimulate a sensitive complexion and encourage a faint delicate blush. *Indulge in weekly oil-baths. To pep up sluggish blood circulation, massage yourself with til (sesame seed oil) or sweet oil. Leave it on for a quarter of an hour. Now resume your soap water bath. Studies have shown that removing the superficial dead cells stimulates and speed the rate of cell growth in the inner layers thus rejuvenates the skin. This can be done superficially at home by the use of scrubs. 1. A simple home-made mixture of ‘rawa’ (semolina) with arrowroot or rice flour makes an excellent scrub. 2. Steam is also a good way to rejuvenate your skin. In fact, it is great for all types of skin, because: *The warm moist heat loosens the skin’s top dry layer. *It clears the oil clogged up in the pores. *It stimulates circulation and facilitates the absorption of substances used foe massages. *It provides a lot of water to the skin. You must steam your face and body at least a week. Regular facials help immensely in revitalizing your skin. The cleansing process is more thorough and deeper, when a rotary brush which works at several hundred revolutions per minute is used. Face Pack & Toner 1. Lemon juice is the base for most packs. Besides drying the excess oil, it also serves as a whitener. 2. A paste of mashed papaya, honey and lemon juice forms an effective pack. 3. Finely grated apple is marvelous toner. 4. Orange peels boiled and strained, yield a very effective toning liquid. Tanning: It occurs when the skin is exposed to the sun without protection from the sun- rays. De-tanning can be done by *Papaya pineapple punch: Ingredients: ½C of each papaya, pineapple and pumpkin 1 juice of lemon 1 tbsp oatmeal Method: 1. Mash papaya, pineapple and pumpkin. 2. Mix and add lemon juice and oatmeal to form the face pack. 3. Apply this to the entire face. Leave it on for 20 minutes, and then peel it off. Benefits: *The oatmeal acts as a face pack and natural scrub. *Papaya contains papain, an enzyme that boots skin lightening, and also removes dead skin, helps reduce freckles and brown spots. *Pineapple: contains brome-lain that’s a natural Butyrate hydroxyl-anisole (BHA) – an antioxidant that stimulate cell turnover, and helps to fade surface discolorations. Kitchen ingredients to combat summer skin problems: The sweaty summer brings umpteen skin problems. Explore your kitchen and collect the ingredients that are needed to prevent and combat summer skin problems. Yoga for Beauty & Pose: The goal of all exercise should be to ‘tone’ muscles, not to stress ligaments, grind joints or fray tendons. A toned muscle is flexible and is stretchy. It is strong, able to bear weight by holding or lifting and lowering. A toned muscle need not be big. For every day work, you need mobile strength that allows you to control your muscles, and carry your daily strenuous work with ease. Above all it improves your gait and posture. Tips to minimize their appearance: Self massage -self- healing technique;Rubbing; Kneading; vibrating; massage therapy. Face Massage in this case must be done by a specializing professional because it has to be vigorous and done by an amateur may pull lines into your face. The complete routine of massaging, moisturizing, steaming, cleansing and application of a face mask serves to refresh, rejuvenate, tone up and tighten the skin. Massage does not depend on surface friction for its effect, it is the pummeling(striking with fists) of the fatty tissue that counts and strong fingers are necessary to keep that kneading, pummeling action going for more than a few minutes. *I learned exercises for pose and facial massage from a ninth centenary British Beautician's Book on Beauty, which I found in my father's library. I followed the exercises and facial massage from the book and the result was that at the age of 85, I do not look my age, but 15-20 years younger, and am enjoying good pose and fit body without wrinkles of the ageing. Wrinkles are traditionally thought to be the most obvious sign of aging skin. But wrinkling actually begins as early as our 20’s and continues at a fairly steady pace for the rest of our lives. We use our facial expressions as a way of communicating with others and recording anger, rage, disappointment, happiness and surprise. These expressions are captured by lines which form in the places that move most. Very few of us get to our 40’s without any of these tell-tale signs. Remedy: Try facial massage for it. Figures given below for face massage.