Coconut has been a huge part of my childhood right from the time when grandma used to give that coconut champi or maa making that besan ki sabzi. Coconut is generally an essential Indian ingredient found in every household over generations in the form of oil, milk, coconut water, etc. Its a super food consisting of many health benefits from A to Z. It contains a high nutritional value of protein 4.57 grams to carbohydrates of 6.35 grams per serving and has several healing properties. This is particularly one of the main reasons why people include coconut in their daily dietary plans. Especially, in South India, people are greatly fond of coconut reason being its major health benefits and versatile nature. A single serving of coconut meat is enough for your skin, hair, weight management, heart problems, and keeps you hydrated. If we talk about coconut milk, it is a great supplement for people who have poor gut health and vegans. It has the richness of probiotics too. Coconut’s primary benefits are ailment in slow digestion, improving insulin resistance which in turn improves blood sugar levels, reducing stress, asthma cure, maintaining cholesterol levels, and many more. Let's find out in detail all the amazing benefits of this super fruit in the following points:- Radiant skin - As coconut oil has natural moisturizing, antifungal, antibacterial properties, you can use it as a moisturizer for your dry skin to gain that radiant look. One can even use it as a DIY face mask to hydrate their skin. The deep nourishment of the coconut oil prevents the early appearance of wrinkles and retains the youthful skin by opening the pores and letting the skin absorb more efficiently. Even coconut water is equally effective on acne, black spots, blemishes and minimizes skin rashes and irritations. Coconut oil can also be used as a scrub to clean your face by rubbing it in a circular motion. Beauty regime - Now you can make your lip gloss at home by simply mixing a little bit of your lipstick with coconut oil. It can also be used as an eye cream or for removing eye makeup. Coconut oil also works on waterproof mascara as well. You can put some oil on a cotton ball and gently sweep it over and your eyes. The oil works great for dry skin and leaves the area hydrated as well. Once you’re done, you can wash your face as usual with water or face wash whatever you prefer. Daily basis use can moisturize your skin and rejuvenate it completely. It’s best to use it every night before bed and wash early in the morning. Immunity Booster - Immunity is the most important word in today's world especially in corona’s time, but you're secured if you're consuming raw coconut and its value-added forms. Coconut naturally has antibiotic and antiviral traits which boost your immunity to a more healthy future. Its quick to absorb and easy to digest features are wonderful if you consume it in a moderate quantity. Healthy hair- Remember those good old champi days in childhood? Be it hairfall, a stressful day, dry or rough scalp, hair loss, all these problems had one simple solution and that was a hot coconut champi. Coconut is rich in vitamins and minerals, prevents hair loss and hair thinning. You can also apply oil before washing your hair as it reduces the amount of water absorbed by the hair shaft and does not damage the wet hair. Coating your hair in oil provides nourishment to hair growth resulting in softer and smoother hair, making it less likely to snag or break. This day to daycare will help in maintaining the growth that you want with glossy and healthy hair. Weight loss - Did you know that 61% of coconut is all fiber? Coconut when consumed raw helps in the loss of weight. Yes, you heard it right, raw coconut helps you burn body fat rapidly, increases energy expenditure, suppresses appetite, and is a great choice for low card diets. The good gut health and bowel movement that comes with it will help you retain that perfect shape. Reduces stress- Stress is just another word that comes along with everything in today's world. It compromises mental and somatic stress which leads to hypertension and depression so stress management is equally important. Coconut is a valuable alternative to antidepressant drugs and could be used in the form of meat, milk and water to reduce stress. As it’s a natural product the fear of side effects is not there. Due to its antioxidant properties, coconut milk can also be used to relieve anxiety or panic motions. Heart disease - The wonders of coconut oil also involve the benefits it transfers to the human heart. It raises HDL the 'Good' cholesterol, keeping the heart healthy and happy. Many people also believe that eating raw coconut can lower the risk of heart diseases. Recent researches have also claimed that coconut rich diet can boost mental function in people with Alzheimer’s disease but it has largely remained unsupported. Cooking - All varieties of coconut provide you one or the other benefits. You can find both green and brown coconut at any shop nearby your house. Coconut and its all forms can be used in cooking be it oil, butter, sugar, water, milk, or meat, even the shell of the coconut can be used as a cup and recycled to save the environment. The biggest advantage is that it's immensely healthy and delicious so nobody complains about its consumption. Although, coconut oil is rich in saturated fat the medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) make it different from the other saturated fats. There are a number of varieties that you can try with coconut, including raw matcha coconut cream pie, lemon coconut bar, low sugar coconut raspberry oatmeal, Thai coconut curry chicken, low carb coconut shrimp, low carb coconut macaroons, pancakes, omelets, etc. You can use coconut flakes for toppings, desserts, side dishes, or baked goods. However, you should not use coconut oil for deep frying the reason being, the nutritional value of every coconut food or beverage varies substantially. Nutritious and Healthy - Coconut water contains lauric acid which is considered equivalent to mother’s milk. It is a load of nutrition and is the best alternative to water as it is way tastier and wholesome. It keeps you hydrated, replaces lost electrolytes, and improves the immune system. So in short, coconut is an abundance of benefits and should be used and consumed on a day-to-day basic ardently.
Have you ever sat and wondered how does our mother’s and grandmother’s skin is always so radiant and flawless even without regular facials and clean-ups? I guess we all know the answers within ourselves. We all are well versed with the fact that when it comes to beauty advice, tips, or tricks, nothing can beat the advice of our mothers and their mothers as those are "tested by the ages". From glowing skin to smooth hair they have beauty hacks for all our problems. Even though they are not any dermatologists or specialists, they have the world's best beauty secrets in their storage. For ages, not just in India but mothers in every corner of the world pass their generations-old beauty secrets to their daughters. As told by them, in the olden days there was limited access to beauty products so every woman had to do their beauty treatment at home itself. Here we have listed 8 Skincare secrets that are passed down from generation and have to be preserved at all cost- 1.Ubtan Packs - Ubtans are the most preferred beauty hack in every Indian household. It is a blend of chickpea flour or a fine granular powder used to cleanse the skin. The addition of sandalwood, turmeric, rose water, or milk makes the bodypack which helps in brightening and exfoliating the skin and color tone of a person. One can also add individual herbs based on their skin’s requirements and even essential oils for their therapeutic benefits. Few other benefits of ubtans are - Prevention from Acne Removal of facial hair Giving clear skin Removing tan and dead cells 2. Yoghurt and olive oil - Greek yogurt isn’t just a food delicacy, but also an effective face mask too. Yoghurt contains natural lactic acid which works to clean out our skin pores and reduces blemishes while on the other hand olive oil hydrates the skin making it clean and fresh. People even use yoghurt on their skins as post-sun care to soothe burns. A combination of honey or lemon juice or tomato with yoghurt does wonders to the skin. Owing to its anti-bacterial properties it reduces acne on the face. 3. Neem - Being an antioxidant-rich ingredient, it has been used in ancient Indian traditions and is considered to be a popular skincare ingredient till date. Consuming neem leaves as part of our diet is also known to help in purifying blood, giving skin a natural glow, and keeping it acne-free. Neem leaf can also be used for leprosy, eye disorders, bloody nose, intestinal worms, upset stomach, loss of appetite, skin ulcers, diseases of the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disease), fever, diabetes, gum disease (gingivitis), and liver problems, etc the list is endless. As multitasker neem performs many wonders for our body. 4. Application of Argan oil - Rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other fatty acids, argan oil is beneficial to our internal health and hydrates our skin and hair. It is sourced from the argan trees in Morocco and can be consumed or used topically. It has a handful of benefits such as - (i) Protection from sun damage - Moroccan women have used argan oil since ages to protect their skin from sun damage. The antioxidant activity in argan oil helps in protecting the skin against free radical damage caused by the sun. As a result, this prevents burns and hyperpigmentation. (ii) Moisturizes skin - It is often found in lotions, soaps, and hair conditioners. It can be applied topically or ingested orally with daily supplements for a moisturizing effect. The credit goes to the abundance of vitamin E, which is a fat-soluble antioxidant that can help improve water retention in the skin. (iii) Treats a number of skin conditions - Argan oil contains a large number of healing properties, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Both help in reducing symptoms for a number of different inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis and rosacea. (iv) Treats acne - Hormonal acne is often the result of excess sebum that’s caused by hormones. Having anti-sebum effects, argan oil can effectively regulate amounts of sebum on the skin. Contributing to the treatment of several types of acne and promoting a smoother and calmer complexion. (v) Heals skin infections - One of argan oil’s traditional use is to treat Skin Infections. Argan oil has both antibacterial and fungicidal properties that give it the capability to help in treating and preventing both bacterial and fungal skin infections. (vi) Improves wound healing - Antioxidants are clearly a powerful force. The strong combination of antioxidants and vitamin E found in argan oil can be used to help wounds and cuts heal faster. (vii) Soothes atopic dermatitis - Atopic dermatitis is a common skin condition with symptoms like itchy, red skin. Research has found that applying argan oil typically to the affected area can help treat symptoms. Vitamin E and the natural inflammatory properties found in argan oil both can lead to this soothing effect. (viii) Anti-aging effects - Argan oil has long been used as an anti-aging treatment. Though it was only ever supported by anecdotal evidence, a recent study with postmenopausal participants was able to back up this claim. Researchers found that a combination of oral and cosmetic argan oil led to a significant increase in the elasticity of the skin providing effective anti-aging treatment. 5. Pearl powder - This precious ingredient has been used in China for thousands of years as a skin brightening agent and collagen booster. Pearl powder can be consumed orally or blended into skincare formulas and applied to your skin. It contains amino acids, calcium, and trace minerals and has many purported benefits for skin and health. Pearl powder has both internal and external benefits for the skin and body. It’s said to reduce the activation of tyrosinase, which is an enzyme that causes the production of melanin. Without this, skin appears more luminous, much like the sheen of a pearl. 6. Massage with Coconut oil - Growing up in India, there’s a good chance one would've used this all-in-one beauty solution for a head or body massage. Coconut oil is intensely hydrating and can be used in multiple ways to moisturize the skin and hair. Using it as a hair treatment for frizz, and for double cleansing in removing the makeup at the end of the day or even for our cuticle health. Have dry elbows or chapped lips? Coconut oil works wonderfully for those as well. It is a type of fat that has been touted for its health-promoting properties. From decreasing levels of LDL cholesterol to improving brain function in Alzheimer’s patients, coconut oil is associated with a multitude of health benefits. 7. Use Epsom Salts - A compound of magnesium and sulfate it is a naturally occurring pure mineral salt. Exfoliating your skin with this would reduce blemishes and tanning from your body. As it can be easily absorbed in our skin, the addition of a little quantity in your bath water would help in muscle relaxing, nerve function, and prevent artery hardening. It also helps in blood circulation and cell oxygenation, improving our body's digestive and detoxifying capabilities. The magnesium and sulfate in our water help in promoting healthy skin. 8. Proper Sleep - It is said beauty sleep is the secret of every woman’s beauty. Proper eight hours of sleep helps in healing the body to a large extent as at that time our body cells repairs and renew. It is the best time to revive the skin and hair. People who struggle for sleep or sleep less than 6 hours start looking aged and tired than they actually are. Natural oils like lavender rose and lily helps in deep and comforting sleep contributing to a fresh mind and skin.
If you are a parent, you know exactly how fulfilling and difficult the experience is! There are endless milestones you feel proud of and endless worries that will keep you up at night. However, sometimes being worried is good, because as a human being with survival instincts, it prepares us to keep our little babies safe and away from all kinds of harm and danger. Today, our topic of discussion is the importance of natural skincare for babies, and which natural ingredients are best suited for baby skin. Our goal is to help you understand the delicate nature of your baby's skin and how you can keep it healthy and free from any damage. If we compare the infancy stages and childhood of babies born in the 90s versus that of babies born today, we will find stark differences in the way their skin was cared for. In the 90s, there were limited products and brands available in the market, and the application of natural or homemade ingredients was preferred for a baby's skin. These homemade baby skincare products were chemical-free and pocket-friendly and very rarely presented with any kind of side effects. However, the children born in this generation today are exposed to a plethora of brands, markets, products, and while options are great, there is an increasing doubt in how suitable and healthy they are for a baby’s skin. Almost every brand now uses terms like 'organic', 'natural', 'chemical-free' in its branding and marketing strategies to attract new customers. While this reinforces our belief that “natural is best”, we are doubtful about how authentic or honest these brands are about their chemical composition. Almost all baby products contain synthetic fragrances and other ingredients, which can cause adverse reactions resulting in skin irritation, rashes, respiratory issues, and other skin conditions. To protect our babies and their delicate skin, it is crucial to identify the best natural baby skincare products. However, let us first understand why we need these natural skincare products: An infant's skin is 30% thinner than that of adults, which makes it lose its tendency to retain moisture two times faster than the normal phenomenon. This leads to dry skin and irritation. Due to this thin skin, infants are more susceptible to temperature fluctuations, which makes it even more important to keep them hydrated and protected all year round. Sulfate, an element most commonly found in shampoos and body washes, makes foam when mixed with water. This sulphate gets easily absorbed through the body and can often cause eye irritation, skin rash, hair loss, scalp scurf similar to dandruff, and allergic reactions in babies. Parabens generally used as preservatives in foods and cosmetics can powerfully irritate your baby's skin. Furthermore, the biggest concern regarding parabens is that they are known to disrupt hormone functions, and due to lack of complete development of the baby's hormonal system, it can cause damage to the baby's developing endocrine system. The side effects of these harmful additives in general skincare products may have long-lasting effects on a baby’s gentle and delicate skin. To protect our babies and their fragile skin, we need to move away from products, which are made of ingredients like sulphate, alcohol, parabens etc. Instead, we must choose high-quality baby skincare products, which are formulated with plant-based ingredients, such as Sunflower oil, Vitamins E and F, shea butter, and Avocado Perseose. The following is a more detailed list of some natural and organic ingredients, which are available in some of the best baby skin care products: Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera is perhaps the most traditional herbal remedy found in every household. When it comes to aloe vera, it is an ingredient that does not discriminate and works perfectly on almost all skin types and all age groups. In conventional medicine, aloe vera is used as a topical gel, which is made from the gel-like substance inside the plant’s leaves. Its cooling properties may soothe your baby’s skin when rashes, burns, and other minor injuries occur. In the case of eczema, a skin condition in which red and dry patches develop on the baby’s skin, aloe vera gel can be used as a moisturizing gel for providing relief from itching and inflammation. Aloe Vera also promotes the healing of wounds, thus reducing the time required for healing. It is also an antiseptic that allows protection against bacteria, which can avoid diaper rashes very commonly found in infants. You can read more about diaper rashes in our article here. Apart from its healing properties, aloe vera also contains polysaccharides and gibberellins, which help in the growth of new cells on the baby’s skin. Avocado oil: Rich in vitamin E, avocado oil is found in several of the best baby skincare products. Available in baby hair oils and baby skin creams, avocado is known to strengthen the skin and hair. It keeps the body hydrated and prevents the baby’s body from inflammatory diseases. The anti-inflammatory properties of avocado oil can inhibit aggravated ailments like gum disease, arthritis, and psoriasis. Massaging your baby with avocado oil before a bath is great for the baby’s skin, as it retains moisture in the skin by blending smoothly. Beeswax: If you are wondering what beeswax is, then it is nothing but the wax that is extracted from the bees. The worker bees produce a honeycomb of this wax to store their colony’s honey. Many beauty products, cosmetics and sun creams which are certified by Environmental Working Groups (EWG), contain beeswax in them. Due to its antibacterial agents, it has a long history of being used for certain skin issues for babies as well. Galactoarabinan (GA): GA is a highly functional polysaccharide, which is extracted from larch trees found in the North West United States. It helps in protecting and renewing sensitive and vulnerable baby skin by maintaining a barrier and thus retaining moisture. Big global brands such as Mustela use GA in their products to help a baby’s sensitive skin. Jojoba oil: Extracted from the seeds of the jojoba plant, jojoba oil is widely used for skin care as the chemical composition of the oil is closely related to natural human sebum. This makes it safe to use on the skin directly and proves to be one of the best baby skincare products for sensitive skin. One of the biggest reasons why this particular oil is widely recommended for babies and kids is because it protects them from diaper rashes. Parents need to apply a few drops of Jojoba oil to the affected area gently and it soothes their baby’s skin and treats the rashes without any side effects. Continuous application of this oil will keep your baby’s skin soft and supple. Shea butter: Shea butter is derived from the fruit of the Karite tree, which is often referred to as the “tree of life”. The Karite tree, most commonly found in West Africa, gives us shea butter which is one of the best moisturisers for baby skin. In comparison to various other brands creating baby oils in bulk, shea butter is a natural alternative that promotes healthy skin growth while also acting as a natural moisturiser for baby skin. The essential oils, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamins that are required by your baby’s skin are found in this product. Your baby’s skin is extremely delicate and so is your little one's immune system. Extreme use of harsh chemicals, fragrances, and dyes in baby skincare products can cause irritation, dryness, chafing, and rashes. By using these natural products, you will not only keep your babies and their skin healthy but will also be able to protect them from various future skin problems.
The mom's of our generation are doing a good job at being a working woman and supporting their families side by side. Now as we know, that it's hard to take out time for your beauty regime after a busy and tiring day because you would be way too exhausted to spend much time on your beauty other than going to the bed for a good sleep to sooth your body and mind. And who wants to do a long beauty skin routine after a tiring day ? No one. Well, here are some tips that can come in handy. 1. Remove makeup — Now it is very important to remove makeup before going to bed as it can cause extensive damage to our skin during the night. The skin renews itself while we sleep, and when we leave makeup on, we are preventing that from happening. It does the opposite to benefit for one's skin. As most makes most makeup is made of oily substances, when it stays on for the next day, it clogs your pores and leads to the appearance of more acne and blackhead breakouts. Makeup residue and the substances that make you makeup can also cause many skin imperfections, when left for hours on end during the night. That’s why it is important to use a makeup remover before going to bed, and then moisturizing your face to help your skin breathe right. Now since we are talking about lazy moms, makeup remover wipes are a good option on the table. They are easy to use, do not require much work and are cost-effective too. 2. Washing face with facewash — If we're talking about beauty routine then skin hygiene is primary. So, washing face to get rid of the dirt and well many cleansers can't take off concealer or foundation completely, especially around the eyes and nose. You probably aren’t even aware that you touch your face all day long, making it one of the dirtiest parts of your body. And with all of that bacteria on your skin, you may be more susceptible to developing acne; washing away the grime before bed will remove troublesome bacteria and oil, making you less susceptible to clogged pores and breakouts. We’re exposed to free radicals in the environment all day, and makeup tends to hold on to them. They can cause the breakdown of healthy collagen, which eventually leads to fine lines and wrinkles. If you don’t wash your face before bed, your skin will have to fend off those free radicals all night long. Hence, washing the face with a gentle cleanser after removing makeup can be pretty helpful for the skin. 3. Apply sheet face mask — So one of the easiest and yet skin friendly hack for lazy people out there are sheet masks. You just have to apply it, and it does all the work for your skin without you having to do much. Sheet masking before bed is the ultimate way to make sure all the moisture from the sheet masks is getting put to good use. Usually if you sheet mask during the day all the excess product from the sheet mask might go to waste, if you plan on putting makeup right after. A great way to use all that excess moisture is to go to bed right after sheet masking. A great sheet mask will give you hydration and anti-aging benefits. Just apply it for 15-25 minutes before you go to sleep and let your skin absorb the serum and your skin feels rejuvenated after a long tiring day. 4. Apply moisturizer — A lot of women may not know this but always exposed to the elements, our hands probably give away our age more than any other body part. So you gotta take some extra care of your hands while you're at it and applying moisturiser and keeping the skin hydrated can be a good start. And night is an essential time to renew your mind and your skin. Adding a lotion before bed creates softer, more hydrated, and better-looking skin the next day. It also helps seal in moisture and repairs the skin barrier that’s compromised by dry air and harsh cleansers. Think ahead and use products with targeted ingredients that can help slow down the signs of aging. So while we're talking about the skin care routine might as well invest this time in our skin care beforehand, before our hands start giving away our ages. Now adding a lotion before bed creates softer, more hydrated, and better-looking skin the next day. It also helps seal in moisture and repairs the skin barrier that's compromised by dry air and harsh body cleansers. 5. Use silk pillowcases — I know a lot of people might have already heard about this really common phrase “beauty sleep”. Because our skin apparently renews and repairs itself while we take rest and give our bodies a break. So what if I tell you that you can be your own sleeping beauty ? You can sleep and get beauty benefits with the minimum efforts. You just have to use a silk pillowcase and voilà ! Without a doubt, this one is my favorite one out of all five, and it is the easiest one. So, silk pillowcases can improve skin and hair hydration, prevent fine lines and wrinkles, and result in smoother, frizz-free hair every morning. The slick texture of silk may be better for your skin, especially if you battle acne. Benefits of silk pillowcases — Less friction on skin or hair prevents irritation or damage A cleaner sleep surface Less drying for skin and hair. The hair is referred to as a crown for a woman's head. And obviously the crown should be taken care of in the best way possible. So here is the most efficient and easiest way to take care of your crown. Now you can say bonjour to your frizzy hair and bon voyage to you from me on your journey to a healthy skin and hair.