Beauty
Shiny hair

Tips to Manage Curly Hair

Since I was little I have always wanted curly hair. Curly hair, though, is more difficult to maintain than naturally straight hair. While those ringlets can look gorgeous most of the time, there are days when the frizz makes the curls become a nightmare to be dealt with.

The uncontrollable twists often frustrate all of my curly-haired friends. Over the years they have learned some tips to manage their naturally curly hair. They shared them with me and I am going to share some of the basics with you.

1. Begin With Shampooing Right

Shampooing daily is a no-no because it strips your scalp of its natural oils and also makes your hair dry and frizzy. Too much of anything is harsh, shampoo is a chemical so you have to not overuse it.

You can wash your hair daily if you need to, just don’t shampoo it daily, though you can use conditioner every day because you won’t be applying it on your scalp, just your hair.

2. Don’t Forget to Condition

Our goal is to stop the curls from frizzing and getting dried out which is one of the top reasons for bad hair days. Conditioning your hair right is an important step to stop that from happening – it helps your curls stay hydrated and healthy.

Curly hair is naturally dry, so skipping on conditioner is not a privilege you can afford. Try using formulas designed for dry/damaged hair.

3. Don’t Rub Dry Completely

After you wash your hair, it can be tempting to rub your hair dry completely with your towel because wet hair is uncomfortable. While heat is harmful for your hair so using blowdryer everyday is not a good idea, aggressively rubbing your hair with a towel to sry it isn’t either.

Gently pat dry your hair with your towel. This will help eliminate frizz and knots that are the biggest enemies of curly hair.

4. Switch Your Brush With a Comb

Brushing your hair can break your hair and damage it with all the pulling. If you have curly hair that knots very easily, it is a smart idea to opt for a wide-tooth comb. For even better results on curly hair, comb your hair while it is slightly wet so that the comb will slide through without getting stuck.

Do not comb when it is completely dripping wet either, because it will pull on the scalp. Combing your hair before it dries will ensure it is knot-free and retains the bounce of the curls. Combing while your hair is dry is painful as it tugs on the curls and will also remove the curl shape and award you with unwanted frizz.

5. Switch to Satin Pillows

Satin bedding and pillowcases are what dreams are made of for many. Along with making you feel royal, it will also help keep your hair curls looking good. Satin will help eliminate frizz overnight and is also gentle on your hair even with all the tossing and turning you do in your sleep.

Beauty, Skin Care
Soften your hand

Home Remedies for Soft Hands and Feet

Winters brings the most colorful of blossoms and can be an feast to your eyes. Although the chills can be enjoyed it may just not be so friendly to your skin. Specially it takes a toll on dry skins and may even lead to cracking. Hands and feet are mostly exposed to the weather and they too are most sensitive. Dry skin can lead to cracking of heels and palms. Moisturizers comes in ailing this situation. Now some synthetic moisturizers can be helpful but may not offer a permanent solution, whereas some may have side effects and can irritate your skin.

The solution to get absolute natural treatment and not investing a lot of money are present in your home. Yes, we will provide you with a list of home remedies to naturally soften your hands and feet.

Yogurt and Honey

Try this natural moisturizer as an alternative to expensive creams and moisturizers. A thick coat of yogurt on hands and feet can be highly beneficial and soften them. Add one tablespoon of honey to a cup of yogurt and mix them well. A thick paste will be formed. Apply them on the skin like a pack. Yogurt containing lactic acid acts as a natural exfoliant and removes dead skin cells. The fat mask restores the moisture of the skin and heals the dryness of skin.

Olive Oil, RoseWater, Beeswax and Lavender

This combination of Olive oil, Rosewater, Lavender and Beeswax is old-school and is an excellent agent to soften skin. To prepare a mixture of the above three, take 3 tablespoons of honey, ⅓ cup of olive oil (virgin), two tablespoons of rosewater and about 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Heat the oil slightly and simultaneously melt the beeswax. Heat the rosewater a saucepan. Mix these three together slowly and stir them. Then add the lavender oil drop by drop and continue stirring. The process of making the mixture needs patience but easy to make. Once the mixture gets cold it settles in. Use this mixture on your hands and feet. This will provide excellent results and soften your skin with long term effect.

Avocado, Olive Oil and Sugar

Avocado is highly nourishing to skin, especially to hands and feets. It retains moisture to dry skin and heal cracks. To get better result avocado can be mixed with olive oil and sugar. Take half of avocado, mash it and add one tablespoon olive oil and ⅛ cup of sugar. Stir them together and make a paste. Apply this paste and let it set in for 30 minutes. Wash off with cold water. The sugar present acts as an exfoliant and removes dead skin cells. The oils from avocado acts as natural moisturizer.

Rose and Lavender extract

Extracts of Rose and Lavender are brilliant natural moisturizers  to the skin. They hydrate the skin and decreases the dryness of the skin. To create this herbal treatment, add the essential oils together and add water to it. Pour them in a spray bottle and mix them thoroughly. Apply it when your skin feels dry. Disciplinary use renders massive results.

Vitamin E

Nothing works as good as Vitamin E for dry patches in your skin. Take vitamin capsules and pierce them. Extract the liquid and store in a small bowl or cup. Add Olive oil to the extract and mix them together. Olive oil is enriched with Vitamin E itself. Apply the mixture to soften your hands and feet.

These are few home remedies that produce excellent results and soften your skin. Now you can challenge the dry winter and enjoy the chill without any embarrassing cracks and uncomfortable dry skin.

Beauty, Skin Care
Face exercise

Exercises to Tone your Face

When we talk about health and beauty, health is generated to a body and beauty to our face. However the other way around is barely thought about. Although equally important, we tend to keep on forgetting about it.

Skin care, is mainly focused on our face, but hey, you have skin all over the body. Although people have started scrubbing their hands and legs now. Generally, this is the reason many people have a lighter skin tone on the face and a much darker one for the body. This is also the case with exercise. We all must have seen someone with a thin body but a chubby face. It is pretty common.

People who lose a ton of body weight, more often than not, ignore the face fat. We have all seen pictures labelled as jaw goals or perfect face. You can achieve all of that too. By exercising your facial muscles. Like our entire body, even face has muscles that can be toned. These exercises are simple, can be done anywhere, while watching TV, in a movie, before going to bed, at work and basically everywhere. Here are some exercises for the different parts of your face to tone your muscles:

  • Forehead: We may not even know that even our for head has muscles and even they need to be exercised. To exercise the for head, use your index fingers to apply pressure to your forehead. So that shifting your eyebrows can strengthen that part of your face. This can help smooth lines on your forehead. Pull down on your eyes while trying to raise your eyebrows. Repeat 10 times to help firm your forehead.
  • Eyes: We have all studied in school that each eyeball has 6 muscles that enables it to move. Stretch on that. This is similar to exercises for the neck. Look up and down and sideways. But this time only with your eyeballs. Stretch them as much as you can. After repeating it in each position for 5 times, rotate your eyeballs for a complete movement. Do this for another 5 times. This will not only improve your eye muscles but also significantly improve your eyesight.
  • Eyelids: Now for the external part of the eye, stretch your eyelids by raising your eyebrows as high as you can and then squeeze your eyes. While squeezing the eyes, do it as hard as you can but make sure you don’t hurt your cheek end bone near the eye. Hold in each position for 10 seconds and repeat each of them at least 10 times a day.
  • Cheeks: This is one area that is prominent in a toned face. Use your lips to pull one side of your cheek muscles to the other side. Hold the stretch for 15 seconds and repeat this 20 times a day for each side. Eventually, you will lose all the baby fat accumulated there.
  • Lip exercises: There are a number of lip exercises that you can do. They will also help tone the cheek area and increase blood flow all over your face. Some of these exercises are:
  1. Pout and press: Make sure your lips are relaxed, pout and hold for 10 seconds. Immediately press your lips inward. This will stretch your muscles.
  2. The OO-EE mouth: Open your mouth, then purse your lips together so that your teeth are separated and not showing. Say “OO,” Using an exaggerated movement to purse your lips together. Change sounds to “EE,” Again using an exaggerated motion to stretch your lips into the proper shape. You can also replace “EE” With “AH” For a slightly different workout. Do 10 reps between “OO” And “EE,” Then repeat for 3 sets.
  • Mandibular strengthening exercise: It works your mandible (jaw line), the lower jaw, and important part of smiling, talking, and chewing, as well as anything else your mouth does. Separate your teeth as much as you can without opening your lips. Bring your mandible forward slowly. Go as far as you can, stretching your lower lip upward, and hold for 5 seconds. Slowly return your jaw, lips, then teeth back to their original position.

Do these exercises regularly and you will see the effects on your face within a few weeks. Also, don’t forget to do the most use and best exercise for your face and mental health; smile, as often as you can.