Beauty hacks with Aloe Vera

When it comes to skincare nothing, nothing beats the excellent benefits of nature’s goodness. One of these natural wonders is Aloe Vera which is considered as an all-time soothing salve for almost all types of  skin discomfort.

Aloe vera is known for its soothing and cooling properties. It is a miracle plant & the Aloe vera gel can be obtained straight from the plant. Simplest way to use it is cut a leaf out from the plant, rinse it with water to remove any dirt residue, cut away the spikes, and slit a leaf open, you can now scoop out the gel using a sharp spoon or use the leaf directly.

Here are some of the things it can solve:

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* Aloe Vera is helpful in treating puffyness of your eyes. If your eyes are puffy, then go and grab aloe vera gel from the aloe vera plant and dab on your under eyes areas. This is why aloe vera is the main ingredient in all creams available in the market.

* Apply Aloe Vera on your dry and chapped lips to heal them faster & improve their overall appearance.

*Aloe Vera is a great aid for removing dandruff & making your hair healthy. You can blend in some gel with coconut oil & massage into the scalp. It helps reducing hair fall, increases new hair growth & boosts shine & gloss of the hair. It works as a natural conditioning treatment for your hair.

* It is a great aid for healing all sort of blemishes. It removes pigmentation marks, acne marks and stretch marks too.
It can be used directly on the skin in a form a thin layer of the gel and leave it overnight, with regular use the skin texture improves removing & healing the blemishes.

* Aloe Vera gel does wonders for acne removal due to anti-fungal properties.
So if you got them pimples, dab some aloe on.

*Aloe Vera contains plethora of antioxidants which helps to improve the skin’s firmness and keep the skin hydrated. Hence it works as a brilliant anti aging balm.

Now that you have enough reasons, high time you get your own aloe plant & get started.

Stay happy & stay beautiful!

Haldi hacks: Every girl needs to know!

Beauty hacks with haldi

Turmeric powder is an irreplaceable ingredient in our food, but who’d have thought this pantry staple would be such a beauty find? Due to its anti inflammatory, anti bacterial elements and the presence of a compound called “curcumin”, it helps your skin improve its appearance, moisturize it and make it glowing and supple. And mixed with the right ingredients, it can be used for any skin type!
And since haldi is a dying agent, make sure to wear a tshirt that you aren’t too attached to cause it might get stained in the process.

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For normal/combination skin:
Haldi is a good cleanser, so just mix it with milk and leave it to dry. When applied on your lips regularly, it acts as a moisturizing agent and prevents chapped lips.
You could also mix haldi in with a spoonful of honey for an instant pick me up.
A paste made in turmeric yoghurt and avocadoes works wonders for your skin too.

For acne prone skin:
Turmeric masks help clear acne scars and reduce inflammation. With regular use, it reduces the amount of oil secreted by the sebaceous glands, which ensures fewer unattractive eruptions.
Prepare by mixing equal parts of haldi and sandalwood powder. Squeeze half a lemon into it to make it a paste. Leave on for 10 minutes and use thrice a week.
Apply turmeric with milk on acne scars and leave it on for 15 minutes.

For dry skin:
Make a mask using 1 egg white, few drops of olive oil, lemon juice, rose water and a pinch of turmeric. This hydrates and moisturizes the skin, giving it a healthy glow. You can apply this on all dry parts of your body; elbows, knees and your face. Let it dry completely and wash it off with lukewarm water.

Wrinkles and signs of aging:
No, you don’t need to buy expensive anti aging creams to win this battle. Everything is in your kitchen, so mix it up! Theses pastes can also be used on stretchmark’s.
Mix equal parts of turmeric powder, rice powder, raw milk and tomato juice, apply on your face for 30 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water. With regular use, this reduces fine lines and brightens the skin.
You can also make a paste using besan (gram flour) and turmeric. Mix with water, raw milk or even yoghurt. Apply evenly and allow it to dry. This also makes a brilliant exfoliator, so scrub in circular motions and wash.

Tan removal:
To remove skin tan and pigmentation, make a paste using turmeric powder and cucumber juice (or lemon) and apply on affected area for 20-30 minutes. Use thrice a week and see glowing radiant skin.

Hair removal:
Make a mix of gram flour and turmeric with a little bit of milk. Apply this on the facial hair and scrub. This should be applied consistently for about a month to see effective results. You could also mix turmeric in warm coconut water and apply it on your body. This discourages hair growth.

Cracked heels:
Turmeric acts as a healing agent too, so make a mix of haldi and a few drops of coconut oil and apply on your cracked heels for relief. This can be left over night. Alternatively, you could also mix it in castor oil and wash it off  30 minutes before a shower.

Dark circles:
Make a paste using turmeric and buttermilk; apply around eye area for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cold water and use this every night for best results.

Wounds and burns:
Apply aloe vera gel and turmeric on your burn and see it heal in no time. Because of its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it is a miracle fixer.

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Dandruff:
Haldi is good for your hair as well as your skin. Dandruff and other scalp related issues can be fixed by applying a mixture of turmeric powder and olive oil on your scalp 20 minutes before you take a shower. It increases the blood circulation to the scalp making it healthier.

Prevention of hair loss and damaged dry hair:
An unhealthy diet, hair dryers and straighteners can take a toll on your locks. Make a paste of honey, milk and turmeric and apply on your hair to make it more vibrant and luscious.

Till the next post – Stay beautiful!

Contribution by – Saumya Chawla for indibrownbeauty