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Discussion in 'Body Care' started by daffodil, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. daffodil

    daffodil Bronze IL'ite

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    [​IMG]If you feel like pampering yourself but don't want to spend hundreds of rupees at a beauty parlour, don't fret! Here are some easy home beauty treatments that will have your skin, hands and feet looking their best at a fraction of the cost.
    Good home facial
    It's possible to get that glow on your face in one hour and in the comfort of your own home. All you have to do is go through these simple steps to have your face feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

    Like for all procedures, a facial needs three things -? key ingredients, the process list and some wholesome enthusiasm.

    Remember, a facial will take time SO keep yourself free for an hour or two.

    There is a run-up to the process. Here's what you need to do before you get down to a facial:
    ~ A good time to do a facial is at night. Ideally, it is required that you do not face harsh sunlight immediately after a facial.
    ~ Secondly, you should avoid applying soap to your face at least for 8-10 hours after a facial. The chemicals of some soaps may react with your sensitive skin and cause a reaction.
    ~ Your skin needs to rejuvenate after the facial. And hence, a good night's sleep will work wonders.
    ~ If you are getting this facial for an occasion, remember to plan in advance. A facial takes about a day or two to truly show results. So, plan accordingly.
    ~ Whatever ingredients you use, such as creams and packs, need to be tested before they are applied to the entire face. So, try small samples first. Most of us know what our skin types are. It would also be advisable to put these on your hand for say 15 minutes to check if you are allergic to some of the products.
    ~ The process might be a bit messy, so put on an apron or old outfit that you do not use anymore.

    [​IMG]Ingredients and procedureNow that you've set aside a couple of hours and are ready to begin, here's what you need:
    ~ A good facial cream
    ~ A blackhead remover (a plastic one is recommended)
    ~ Hair band
    ~ Two towels (one large, one small)
    ~ One orange
    ~ Coarsely ground moong dal
    ~ An egg (may be substituted with cream)
    ~ Few mint leaves
    ~ One tablespoon of honey
    ~ One tablespoon of vinegar
    ~ One tablespoon of multani mitti
    ~ Few thin slices of cucumber or potato

    How to make the face pack
    Mix the egg, mint leaves paste, honey, vinegar and multani mitti to form a thick paste.

    Alternative to a face pack
    Take one fresh potato, grate it and squeeze to extract juice. Mix this juice with a few drops of lemon juice. Apply a little of the juice on your face using a swab of cotton wool. Let it dry for 5 minutes and wash off. It is the best pack for removing dark spots and blemishes.

    The procedure~ Remove any makeup, clean your face with a good soap. Towel it dry.
    ~ Apply the cream on your face and massage your face in a circular motion. Remember to be gentle to the skin around your eyes. Do this for 10 minutes, until your skin feels tingly. ~ Add the moong dal on your face and scrub in a circular motion. Do not scrub too hard.
    ~ Heat some water in a pan until you see steam rise. Hold your face above the steam. Your face should be at a comfortable distance to avoid getting scalded and put a towel over your head to prevent the steam from escaping. Let the steam wash over your face for at least five minutes.
    ~ Once done, take a small ball of cotton and wipe the dal scrub from your face.
    ~ Take the black head remover and gently run it over your white and black heads. Special areas to look for are the nose and chin ridges.
    ~ Apply some more cream and massage gently for some time.
    ~ Remove the cream and apply the face pack all over in a thick layer. Place the cucumber or potato slices over your eyes. Now lie down for 10-15 minutes until the mask stiffens.
    ~ Wash the mask away with plain water.
    ~ You may even bleach your face before this, to lighten facial hair and get a better glow. However, you can even do it a day later.

    [​IMG]Home manicures and pedicures
    Home pedicures and manicures are probably one of the easiest beauty treatments to do on your own.
    All you need is the determination and knowledge. The reason to take recourse to this may be something as simple as your parlour being inaccessible (across town). Or it may be something as unavoidable as a hectic work schedule.

    Simple as it may sound, you do need a few requisites before you start the process. Here's a list:

    ~ Identify a place where you will do the manicure or pedicure. This could be your bedroom or your living room. Remember that you need place to put the tub of water and also be able to relax after you have done your pedicure.
    ~ Create a checklist of what is required for the pedicure/manicure. You will need to plan this a day in advance since you may need to buy the raw material. However, once bought, rest assured you can use this for almost five-eight pedicures/manicures depending on your usage.
    ~ Tell the folks at home not to disturb you for 30-45 minutes. Keep yourself hassle-free. Keep the phone on silent and get ready to relax.

    ~ A good quality pedicure/manicure set (you can get loads of them these days, even in the Rs 49-99 shops)
    ~ Two towels (one large for your feet, one medium-sized for cleaning)
    ~ A good cream
    ~ Acetone
    ~ Cotton
    ~ A good scrubber or Pumice stone
    ~ A tub big enough to soak your feet
    ~ Nail enamel/polish of your choice

    The procedure
    Here's a step by step description of how to give yourself a manicure. Follow the same treatment for your feet, if you feel liek having a pedicure as well.
    ~ Remove all traces of nail enamel from your fingers using acetone. Wash your hands thoroughly with warm, soapy water. Sponge your hands dry.
    ~ Keep some hot water in a tub befor eyou begin. It will temper down to an ambient temperature when you need to immerse your hand and feet in it. ~ Apply cream generously on your hands.
    ~ Begin massaging. Remember to massage in a circular motion. Hands are easier since any massage will impact both the hands. Massaging will help improve blood circulation. Press the massaged area gently occasionally. Do this for at least 5-10 minutes.
    ~ Remove excess cream with cotton.
    ~ Immerse the part that has cream in the warm water for 5-7 minutes. Let the skin feel nice and warm. Once the skin is slightly shrively, remove your hands or feet from the tub.
    ~ Keep the big towel handy so that you can immediately wrap your hands or feet with the towel. Mop them dry.
    ~ Take some more cream and put it on the nails. Gently push back the cuticle using a file from the manicure set. (The cuticle is the excess skin that creeps over the nail.) You can also use a small bamboo stick or a match stick to perform this process. Do it gently so that you do not tear the skin. Once done, remove the excess cream.
    ~ Clip broken skin that appears around the nails with a pair of fine scissors.
    ~ Trim and shape your nails.
    ~ For feet use a scrubber to remove dead skin.
    ~ Apply some more cream and massage briefly.
    ~ Next, apply the nail enamel on your hands and feet. The process is simple. Apply the base coat. This could be a transparent shade. Wait till it dries. Apply the second coat. Wait again. Apply the third and the last coat.

    [​IMG]Some helpful tips
    Here are some tips to help you get teh best out of your home beauty treatments.
    ~ Feet require more care than hands. Therefore remember to massage and soak your feet longer.
    ~ While scrubbing the feet remember to be gentle. Do not scrub hard enough to cause wounds.
    ~ If you have calluses on your hand remember to scrub them gently. You can use a pumice stone for this.
    ~ Before you apply nail polish, it is essential to remove any excess oil from the nails.
    ~ While applying nail polish on your feet remember to keep a small gap between the skin surrounding the nail and the actual polish. This way the nail polish does not come off quickly.

    Please remember to give your feet and hands some rest after the pedicure and manicure. This treatment can be repeated every 15 days depending on your lifestyle.
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  2. daffodil

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    Skin & Hair Care for 'Holi'

    The joyous, riotious, festival of colours, Holi, is around the corner and you walk the streets in constant apprehension about giggly youngsters pelting you with water balloons from rooftops.

    However, you needn't feel terrorised by colours. Knowledge about the damage they can do, how to prevent it and how to tackle minor skin problems that may arise as a consequence, can put your fears to rest.

    The damages

    Colours, in dry or liquid state, can cause a condition called 'acute irritant contact dermatitis' ie rashes and redness, with intense burning and itching in the exposed areas . They can also flare up existing allergies.

    Dandruff and acne can worsen, and chronic itching for days afterwards can thicken and darken the skin, a condition called 'lichenification'.

    Hair exposed to colours can become dull, dry and brittle. Accidental ingestion of colours can cause toxicity, as they're usually prepared from metal oxides like lead.

    Prevention is better than a curse

    Say no to facials, waxing or threading, in the week preceeding Holi.

    Liberal application of olive oil all over your body and hair on the morning of Holi will prevent colours from directly coming in contact with your skin, and will lessen the damage.

    Use vaseline under and over your nails or scrape your nails over a candle to accumulate wax underneath. This will prevent colour clogging and undesirable permanent staining.

    Wear protective clothing before playing with colours. A swimsuit or waterproof tights under your clothes would protect your body from the harmful effects of chemicals in colours. Wear full-sleeved clothes and use a scarf or bandana around your head to protect your hair.

    Be careful while eating the tempting bujiyas, chaats and jalebis -- you might swallow colour accidentally spilled on the food or from your hands.

    Don't overdo fried foods and sweets if you don't want to break into acne. A non-alcoholic thandai with its almonds, khus and rose extracts is quite healthy. Use organic colours or vegetable and flower extracts as a substitute for Holi colours.

    Handling the aftermath

    Remove colours as soon as you've finished playing Holi. Use acetone or kerosene to remove permanent paints. If colours don't come off in the first wash, rub warm olive oil and lemon juice generously over skin, leave for an hour and bathe again.

    Other good colour removers are vinegar, mustard oil, curd, soapnut (reetha) extract.

    Use plenty of conditioner after shampooing. Load on the moisturiser generously, after bathing.

    For irritated skin or minor rashes, apply a mixture of calamine lotion with a few drops of mometasone lotion (examaple: Elocon lotion). Apply an ice pack on the irritated skin. If the condition persists, go to a dermatologist.

    If you have acne, wash your face clean with Cetaphil cleanser and apply an antibiotic gel like Clindamycin gel.

    If you suffer from dandruff, prevent on acute attack by shampooing with your usual anti-dandruff shampoo, then rubbing in a few drops of lemon juice and oil or a few drops of Candid-B lotion.

    Now, that you know how to protect your skin, there's no need to hide your face this Holi. In fact, smile and offer the other cheek!
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  3. vivbass

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    Dear Daffodil, thanx for ur tips:clap also plz give some bleaching agent tips.
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  4. susri

    susri Silver IL'ite

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    Hi Daffodil,
    Thanks for your tips.:hiya
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  5. sravy

    sravy Bronze IL'ite

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    hi dafodill,

    thank u very much for this informative post . keep posting bye
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  6. Paulina

    Paulina Moderator Staff Member Platinum IL'ite

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    Dear daffodil

    That was such a GREAT job you did...to take such pains to give us such valuable info on facials.Beautiful pics too.Very motivating ...want to head straight away and begin one session on oneself.

    Could you suggest some tips for dry skin facials and the frequency it needs to be done.
    Thanks for sharing.


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  7. sathya

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    getting gorgeous....!!!


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  8. aishu22

    aishu22 Gold IL'ite

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    Dear Daffo,
    Very useful tips.Thanks for sharing.
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  9. vidhya25

    vidhya25 Senior IL'ite

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    Its a great tip. thanks for sharing it
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  10. ManjulaPrasanna

    ManjulaPrasanna Senior IL'ite

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    Hi Daffodil

    Gr8 work. :clapIt is very much illustrative with pictures too. Keep posting such nice things.

    If possible kindly post how to do gold facial at home.

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