Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Skin care essential: from the Dead Sea

In my last post on Scalp Care, I shared my winter weather damage and its quick remedy. Keeping the winter weather as a theme, I plan to share my absolute winter essentials. I am kind of OD’ing on beauty talks and skin care talks for the last few posts. Guess, the last quarter deserves some strategic focus on them. ;P. Festivals, change of weather and then the winter itself.
This post will have breaks and I am not talking about all the essentials in one consolidation. Strategic focus, I told ya!!
Let me start with this disclaimer, when (well) almost the whole country is rejoicing the single digit temperature, the Mumbai (ites) enjoy the pleasant nip. That being said, no matter how mild, winters are always a challenging time for skin. It feels dry, cracks up if not taken care off. Infuse it with some moisture, everyday!!
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Butter for the body. Creamier the better, hotter and sexier. I am a huge fan of any body butter. As ,for me, I kind of use it throughout the year but during this time the quantity increases.  My skin needs more and it deserves more.
The body butter this season in my bathroom table top is Minus 417, Aromatic body butter in Lavender. Smells like heaven and it’s the strongest moisture booster to the skin. I like to apply it all over the body right after my shower, when the body is still damp. It’s easier to apply, and I feel the body absorbs the cream better.
This is a part of other Minus 417 lavender range, came to my lap as a thoughtful gift from a friend. It’s from the Dead Sea with all the nutrients & minerals that you can think off which helps in nourishment and skin regeneration!! As simple as that. What is the added value?

  • Its Natural skincare product
  • Has Natural active component from the dead sea – lowest point of the earth
  • Shields from UV radiation
  • Calms the skin down
What it doesn’t do:

  • Feel sticky
  • Strong lavender smell
So here it is. A small tiny tid bits on what I am currently using. If you are not already using some body butter, I strongly recommend that you start doing it. Go pick up your favorite from the nearest mall or online. Make the most by making this a habit for the supple skin throughout the pleasant weather.
Check out how the packaging looks and also the consistency of the product.

If you want to know more on what other body butter that can be picked, which is also easily available. Connect back, I will be happy to share my other personal favorites.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

#ScalpCare:Two out of the kitchen items to attack sensitive sore scalp

Make a promise today to make your own well-being sacred. Afterall, no one can rock the beautiful you, better than you.
Now that I have said that let me talk to you about the pleasant weather and the worries that come with it.
With chill in the air and the dry feel on your skin, we know that the next few months are going to be fun. Few days of cold (kind-off) weather not humid or hot, brings out fashionable make-believe winter attire in me. Every year!! Yes, I stay in Mumbai. We don’t have winters. The temperature doesn’t dip down below 12-13 degree Celsius. Do I miss the near zero weather?  May be or maybe not. I have forgotten how it feels to have a routine life when the cold bites. I have stayed in Delhi when I was a kid and the few things that I remember is the sweater weather, the winter sun which was not every day and   Mom and her friends churning out modern designs with knitting. Apart from that was the skin care regime to keep the skin from cracking up. As a kid I don’t think I bothered so much about the Charmis cream with some Vitamin E oil in it or body oil massage before the bath. But now, I hunt for the convenient, sustainable routine so that all the skin related winter woos are taken care off.
If you are following me on Instagram or on fb page, you will know that I recently posted and asked for an organic recipe to ease out my sensitive and itchy scalp. Wish Boroline was an answer to this too. Sometimes the roots of the hair follicles get painful and the scalp craves some cooling down. For me a go-to recipe is the gentle coconut oil massage and hot towel wrapped on the head. Which I did obviously and immediately.
Luxurious and satisfying to start with. It worked instant for me and the itchiness disappeared.The next day my hair felt and looked healthy, which was an added advantage.
Then I received some instant from-your-kitchen remedies for my blogger query on insta & fb. Isn’t it beautiful to be connected to so many of the same kind with similar issues. They are right there with help. All we have to do is ask!! Help started pouring in with love from all around. I am so glad that this platform helps me connect. Absolutely in gratitude.
Thank you, thank you my tribe for jumping in to share your instant cure tricks.  
Some quick ones I am listing down, that are tried and tested by me
Methi Seeds (Fenugreek):
  1. Take a handful,
  2. Soak it over night.
  3. Make a paste
  4. Apply on hair like a mask
I have done this in the past but for the reason to condition and shiny hair. This treats the sensitive scalp was an information. As an afterthought, Methi seeds are a rich reservoir of medicinal property.

Methi Seeds

Organic Coconut Oil and the mixes:
  • Warm it up and apply
  • Warm it up with curry leaves, cool it down and apply
  • Warm it up, mix it with castor oil and apply
    • Castor oil is best for oily hair as it has some drying properties. It also helps in strengthening the hair follicle that breaks easily.
Don’t massage your scalp vigorously for sure, use your fingertips instead. Show some love and wrap it up with a hot towel. Put the wet towel in your microwave, timer set to 10-15 seconds. Its spa ready!!
Don’t be too generous with oil, you don’t want to be smelling coconut-ty the next day. 

Here I am assuming that my sensitive scalp and itchiness was because of dryness and not infection. I would urge you to visit a dermatologist incase if the sensitivity persists for long.
As for me, because it worked magic in just one day.. I am planning on a hot hair oil massage and hot towel every alternate day and Methi mask once every 10 days for next few weeks? Join me, any of you? Let’s make this a worth it experience!!
I would love to know what the experiences are. What are the other hair care recipes from around the world?
I will take about my winter essentials for some more self-care and pamper in my next posts. Stay on to know more