3 Home made face packs for good skin this Diwali

Diwaliiiii is coming ! We’re all excited about wearing those blingy Indian clothes and looking the best that we can. Since I too have holidays, I am taking a break from the usual Himalya neem facepack  (click here to see how I prevent acne) which I use. I’ve always been extremely fond of home made face packs and have been into experimenting since about three years now, and of course they give the best results! (Also some blunders which I’ve been through 😛 )

So following are some face packs I will recommend you to absolutely try before Diwali, and of course you can continue to use them on a weekly basis if you want. The face packs I would be writing about are :

  1. Besan (gram flour) and Curd
  2. Honey and Cinnamon
  3. Honey and Coffee

 

  1. Besan and Curd

I remember once I used besan as a kid and absolutely despised the smell. Years later, I tried it now and I still despise the smell but it did wonders to my skin!

 

Steps :

  • Take 1 table spoon basen
  • Put 2 table spoons curd
  • Mix well into a thick paste, and apply!
  • Rinse after 20 minutes

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Results: It turned my skin extremely smooth! Moreover , I appeared to be of a lighter complexion which is not something I knew about. So for super soft skin, go for this !  I have a combination-type skin and it suited me well unlike most other moisturising face packs I avoid due to my acne-prone skin.

 

     2. Honey and Cinnamon

I have been using this face pack for the longest time for acne. So if you too get pimples often and want to get rid of them (who wants to sport pimples on such a great occasion! Or even otherwise for that matter), this one’s for you.

Steps:

  • Take 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons of honey
  • Mix them well and apply the paste
  • Rinse after 15-20 minutes

Results : It helps in curbing acne. The tiny zits which are about to come up go back in and my skin feels clearer.

 

3. Honey and Coffee

I tried this for the first time simply because I realllyyy wanted to try a face pack which has coffee.

Steps

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Results : It cleanses your pores and exfoliates your skin. Perfect to use after a long day spent outdoors.

 

I would also like to mention some properties individually  of the ingredients mentioned above (for skin only):

  1. Besan – detans, lightening, helps fight acne
  2. Curd– smoothening, cleansing, lightening
  3. Honey– antibacterial , antioxidant, moisturising
  4. Coffee – exfoliates, smoothens
  5. Cinnamon-acne, smoothening, antiseptic, prevents ageing

 

So try them out and stay happy and bright with wonderful skin this Diwali! 🙂

 

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How to be healthy during exams?

After gaining almost 4 kgs post exams, I thought I must write this post so you all don’t make the same mistake as me.

Even though my exams were just 4 weeks long (preparation + actually giving), I hadn’t worked out for 2 months because I was unwell and then travelling before exams. Also, its kind of hard to always eat clean when you aren’t working out. At least for me, because when you don’t feel the burn you do not really care about what you’re eating. So there I was, hogging on a lot of chips and chocolates mainly to bust stress and just eat for the sake of munching.

It’s only when I got home and saw myself in the full length mirror did I realise what a blunder I created. My Punjabi genes have anyway blessed me with love handles which is the product of butter chicken with some lachha paranthas (extra ghee of course), and there they were, standing out even more expanded than they are! I looked at a picture I took of myself this summer when I was totally in my best shape till now and compared myself presently- it didn’t make me feel any better. Wait, I this is not what the post is about. I’ll write another post regarding the workout I’m currently doing and it has shown results in less than a week 😀 😀

Getting back to how to be healthy during exams, talking like a grandmother who has experienced a lot in life, I whole heartedly advice that

  • Its OKAY to skip your workouts! Studying is more important. If you cannot find the time to exercise, its okay 🙂 Just try taking short walks here and there (walks to the fridge also count 😛 )
  • Eat fruits for your sugar cravings. Chocolates do not fill you up and excess sugar makes you feel sluggish later, so eat fruits instead so you can get good fibre, vital nutrients, and it will fulfil your cravings.
  • Avoid chips. Invest a little and buy soy, kettle or baked chips instead. Yes I know they aren’t ‘healthy’ per se, but are better than your regular Lays. (They are available at Rs. 40-60 easily).
  • I know munching is absolutely essential (and unhealthy) and sometimes it helps us stay awake too, but try not to eat all of this post 9pm (assuming that you’ll be studying at least till midnight). Eating late night is never good.
  • Sleep! Yes, I know you have to study but try to get minimum 6 hours of sleep (even if its 4 hours at night and 2 hours in the afternoon).
  • Take frequent breaks and stretch, don’t stiffen up your muscles.

Oh, and once exams end get back to your routine! I will be posting about the program I am currently doing. It’s 3 weeks long and I shall write a review once I complete it 🙂

Meditation

I have always been curious about how does meditation really make a difference. After all, its just breathing techniques right? I was going through several Tedx talks and some articles where I read that those who have practiced it have significantly benefitted from it. So I chose to give it a try and see if it actually works.

I have been practicing meditation since over a month now. I just wake up and do anulom-vilom or kabalbhatti for 5-10 minutes in the morning. I do it right after I freshen up and before I eat anything at all because meditating reduces your metabolic rate, and you don’t want that right after eating. So yes, I’ve been starting my day with a little meditation everyday and I would write the changes I have felt.

  1. Concentration : I’m personally easily distractive. If I am reading a book and I see a catchy notification on my phone, I would probably get back to reading after 20 minutes or even more. I get distracted very very easily which often hampers a lot of important activities. Moreover, I’ve always found it uncontrollable- until now! I do not know the science or logic behind this (if you do, please pass on that knowledge) but after practicing meditation I can ay attention and focus.
  2. Calmness– Yes, thats no more getting angry easily. Anger is anyway considered to be one of the most negative powerful emotions. A person who gets angry often, their life is dominated by this emotion. I’m not someone who gets angry but I do get annoyed easily, now I do get annoyed (because duh I’m no saint) but just not easily.
  3. Clarity– I can think more clearly instead of just being bombarded by conflicting thoughts. It’s always been a problem for me, so.
  4. Emotional stability– Thats no more being impulsive and irrational. Glad I finally landed on this one.
  5. Happiness– Its just overall made me so so happy! Just adds to the already happy person that I am. It makes me feel good about myself, what’s happening to me, and those around me. So yes, thats overall happiness!!

What I have read above is just what I have personally experienced. Of course everyone is different and we will all have different experiences, but what I can say is that it will be positive. The reason I have noticed these is because most of them were flaws which have become my strength now, and you will feel that too. 

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Below I would be mentioning some information about meditation given in the great  Art of Living website so you could get an overall generalised picture as well.

5 Health benefits of meditation

With meditation, the physiology undergoes a change and every cell in the body is filled with more prana (energy). This results in joy, peace, enthusiasm as the level of prana in the body increases.

On a physical level, meditation:

  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks
  • Decreases any tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems
  • Increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior
  • Improves the immune system
  • Increases the energy level, as you gain an inner source of energy

11 Mental Benefits of Meditation

Meditation brings the brainwave pattern into an alpha state that promotes healing. The mind becomes fresh, delicate and beautiful. It cleanses and nourishes you from within and calms you, whenever you feel overwhelmed, unstable, or emotionally shut down. With regular practice of meditation:

  • Anxiety decreases
  • Emotional stability improves
  • Creativity increases
  • Happiness increases
  • Intuition develops
  • Gain clarity and peace of mind
  • Problems become smaller
  • Meditation sharpens the mind by gaining focus and expands through relaxation
  • A sharp mind without expansion causes tension, anger and frustration
  • An expanded consciousness without sharpness can lead to lack of action/progress
  • The balance of a sharp mind and an expanded consciousness brings perfection

Meditation makes you aware – that your inner attitude determines your happiness.

3 Spiritual benefits of meditation

Meditation doesn’t have a religion and can be practiced by anybody regardless of the faith they follow.

  • Effortless transition from being something to merging with the infinite and recognizing yourself as an inseparable part of the whole cosmos
  • In a meditative state, you are in a space of vastness, calmness and joy and this is what you emit into the environment, bringing harmony to the Creation/planet.
  • Meditation can bring about a true personal transformation. As you learn more about yourself, you’ll naturally start discovering more about yourself.

How to get meditation benefits

To experience the benefits of meditation, regular practice is necessary. It takes only a few minutes every day. Once imbibed into the daily routine, meditation becomes the best part of your day!

Meditation is like a seed. When you cultivate a seed with love, the more it blossoms.

Busy people from all backgrounds are grateful to pause and enjoy a refreshing few minutes of meditation each day. Dive deep into yourself and enrich your life.

5 Benefits of meditation for students

  • Greater confidence
  • More focus and clarity
  • Better health
  • More mental strength and energy
  • Greater dynamism!

 

Try it and see the changes for yourself. And after all, it just takes 5-10 minutes of your day so no excuses! 😀

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