Sunday, 28 June 2015

The Beauty Secrets of Hollywood Heroines

When we think of beauty, some faces like Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kailey and Sophia Loren etc. appear before the eyes. These Hollywood heroines are world famous for their beauty and still the people adore them. 

The beauty secrets of these heroines were recently revealed and to the utter surprise of all these do not include costly beauty products but were rather linked to nature. Any one can try these products.
Marilyn Monroe
Photo Credit- Wikimedia Commons by George Barris
Cold Water  
The beauty secret of famous actress Joan Crawford was to wash the face with cold water. She used to wash her face with cold water in the morning. It was her daily routine. It is believed that the secret of her soft and glowing skin was the same.

So you can use sugar, warm water and lemon instead, if you have problems to use the freezing water.

Baking Soda
To embellish the beauty, it is necessary to have the clean and shining teeth. The heroines used baking soda to make the teeth white and shining.

You can also use baking soda to remove the yellow stains and increase the whiteness of the teeth.You can prepare the paste of it by adding lemon and peppermint oil to baking soda in order to increase the flavor. In addition to normal toothpaste also use this paste once or twice a week.

Strawberry Cleanser
In the 60’s of last decade it was a common fashion among the heroines to mash the strawberry and use it as a cleanser. This cleanser provides extra glow to the skin.

You too can use strawberry as a face cleanser. A face mask of strawberry could also be used by adding banana and honey to it.

The dark circles and wrinkles are universal problems. But the heroines including Rita Hayworth and Sophia Loren used the green leaves of mint to fight against these problems.

You can use toothpaste on dark circles too, Apply a little toothpaste on dark circles and wash after some time.

Olive Oil
The old heroines including Rita Hayworth were used to apply olive oil on the hair after shampooing. They used to tie the hair with a towel for 10 to 15 minutes after applying the olive oil. They used to wash the hair with warm water and used lemon as a cleanser.

You can use the iol serum if you have little spare time and wrap the hair in a towel. In this way the hair will absorb the serum and there will be no need to wash the hair afterwards.

Rose Water

The use of rose water for beauty is a very old tradition. The idea of using rose water has not become old as was used by the queens, princesses and heroines. The rose water acts as a costly beauty product. It could be used to give rosy look to cheeks and lips. 

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

How to Remove Skin Tags at Home

The skin tag or acrochordons are the fibro epithelial polyps which often occur among the people over the age of 60 years. But sometimes the younger ones also get afflicted with it. 
The skin tags or Acrochorda have been reported to have a They are found to occur in 50% of the people and more common in women than in men. 
Skin Tags- Warts and Moles

These painless and harmless tags or acrochorda are generally unobtrusive and painless but are annoying and appear as a deformity. The people want to get rid of them once and for all. 
The cutaneous skin tags often appear as small growths on the surface of the skin, where the skin folds as in folds of groin or in areas around the neck. These benign tumors also occur in armpits or under the breasts. Sometimes they are found over the eyelids too. 

Shape and Size
They do not grow or change over time and their size may vary from a grain of rice to a length of about half an inch. Raised from the surface of the skin on a peduncle or a fleshy stalk, their surface may be either smooth or irregular in appearance.
The skin tags mostly look irregular in the form of brown or skin colored outgrowths. 
On microscopic levels they consist of a fibro-vascular core which sometimes contains fat cells, covered by an unremarkable epidermis. 
Irritations often occur in skin tags due to shaving or rubbing with clothes or jewelry. The presence of eczema aggravates the situation.

Why Skin Tags Occur
1. They mostly occur due to obesity as it causes more skin folds and creases which are the fertile places for them. 
2. They also occur in pregnancy due to hormonal changes.
3. Excessive use of steroids and diabetics also cause skin tags. 
4. Skin tags are the common sign of prediabetes as they are found to be linked with elevated levels of blood sugar and mellitus. The insulin increase and skin tags are related through an unknown mechanism in type 2 diabetes.
5. They occur from skin rubbing up against skin. 
6. The low-risk HPV 6 and HPV 11 have been found to exist in skin tags.

Preparation for Home Remedies
Before going for the home remedies rub vitamin E oil on the area around and over the skin tag to keep the skin hydrated. It will speed up the healing when the skin tag comes off. Vitamin E nourishes the skin and facilitates the process of decay and death of the skin tag.

Home Remedies
The treatment of skin tags is unnecessary unless they irritate or cause cosmetic problem. 
Here are a few simple home remedies to get rid of skin tags. 

1. Dental Floss
 Apply dental floss around the tag to stop blood supply to it, thereby leading to tag darkening and natural falling off after some time.

2.  Banana Peel
Cut a small portion of banana peel and apply the fibrous part of the peel on skin tag. The skin tag will come off in few days.

3.  Castor Oil
Prepare the paste of a little castor oil and baking powder and apply on the skin tag. Repeat the process for 2 to 4 weeks to remove the skin tag.

4. Garlic
Prepare a paste of some garlic cloves and apply on skin tags. Wash off after some time. Repeat the process and the skin tag would fall off after few days. 

5.  Dental Floss
Stop the blood supply to the skin tag by tying a dental floss around it. The skin tag will darken after some time and fall off within 2 to 3 weeks.

6.  Pineapple
The juice of pineapple is very effective to remove the moles, warts and skin tags. The regular application of fresh juice of pineapple removes the skin tags with in few days. 

7.  Nail Polish
The application of nail polish on skin tags and its removal after drying helps to get rid of skin tags in few days. Repeat the remedy is performed 3-4 times a day to weaken the skin tag so that it may come off easily.

8.  Mixed Vegetables
Apply the mixture of the juices of potato, cauliflower and garlic on skin tags and see the result in few days. 

9.  Onion Juice
Apply the extracted juice of onion and salt kept in water overnight and over the skin tags. The skin tags will disappear within a week. 

10.  Aspirin
Aspirin dries off the skin. Dissolve aspirin in water to make a paste and apply it over the tag.

11. Lemon, Apple Cider Vinegar and Tea Tree Oil
Tie a cotton swab soaked in the mixture of few drops each of fresh lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil on the skin tag twice a day to get rid of it within a fortnight.

12. Duct Tape
Put the duct tape on skin tag and change the tape when it gets loose. After few attempts the skin tag will come off with the duct tape. This is the easiest and the most effective home remedy. 
13. Lemon Juice
The citric acid in lemon juice helps in the removal of dead cells.  Apply the cotton ball dipped in lemon over the skin tag and wash off after 5-10 minutes.  Repeat the remedy twice or thrice a week for a month to get the skin tag decomposed.

Other Ways to  Remove the Skin Tags
An expert and trained professional or a dermatologist can remove the skin tag by the following methods. There are both low cost and expensive options to remove skin tags depending upon the choice of a dermatologist or removal at home. 

1. Scissors
Being painless, they could be chopped off with sterilized scissors, if one of their ends is tied 
to some very fine string or even a piece of dental floss. 
This procedure is usually done without anesthesia and bleeding and infection are the risk factors. Let an experienced person perform the task. 

2. Electro-Cautery 
The skin tag could be burnt with electrocautery or electric desiccation in a painless and most preferred way. The method is somewhat expensive but there is not infection as it is performed under medical supervision. 

3. Liquid Nitrogen
The skin tag is first frozen with liquid nitrogen and then removed through cautery or scissors. There are chances that the tag may not fall off and temporary discoloration of skin may occur. 

4 Ophthalmologist
The dermatologist may need the help of the ophthalmologist to remove the skin tags around the eyes.

Reappearance of skin Tags after Removal
Contrary to popular belief the skin tags do not grow back after the removal though some people are more prone to their reappearance and need more than one removal session per year. 
No medical evidences are related to their reappearance and generally removing them once ends the problem. 


1. It is better to wrap a bandage on the affected areas after the use of any type of paste in home remedies.
2. Beware of removing them by surgical means or castration at home as it may cause infection. 
3. Some complications may arise due to incorrect methods of removal of skin tags.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Cucumber- Health and Beauty Tips

The upper part of cucumber is bitter. The vine of cucumber contains the chemical cooker viatkin which imparts such taste to it. The upper part of cucumber is connected with the vine and some of the cooker vitacin enters to the upper part of cucumber through it. If the cucumber is not plucked for a long time, the whole of it may become bitter. It is not harmful except the taste.
Photo Credit- Wikimedia Commons by  Muu-karhu

The scientists have found that cooker viatkin can cure cancer. Cucumber contains 95% water and 5% fiber.

Uses of Cucumber

1. Cucumber is best for constipation, acidity, inflammation, burning sensation etc.

2. The vitamin B and carbohydrate in it gives instant energy.

3. The rubbing of cucumber slices on skin saves from sunburn.

4. The grated cucumber could be applied on face to get additional glow.

5. It could be rubbed on hands and feet to remove the blisters.

6. It helps to control the weight of the body.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

How to Get Rid of Dark Circles

Dark Circles
Photo Credit- Wikimedia Commons by Romana Klee
The dark circles below the eyes mar the beauty. They make the person look tired and aged.

The dark circles appear due to nutrient deficiency, sleeplessness, mental stress and prolonged sitting on computer.

Here are few tips to avoid the dark circles.

1. Tomato
Add a pinch of turmeric and little gram flour to tomato and lemon juice. Mix the contents and prepare a paste of it. Apply the paste on dark circles around the eyes and rinse off after half an hour. Repeat the remedy thrice a week. The dark circles will start disappearing.

2. Potato
This is a very effective remedy. Properly wash the face before going to bed at night. Then cut fine slices of potato and place them on the eyes and dark circles for 20- 25 minutes. Thereafter wash the face again. 

3. Rose Water
With the helps of rose water one can get rid of dark circles.Soak a cotton swab in rose water and place it on the dark circles. Let it remain for 10 minutes only. It will impart extra glow to the area around the dark circles.

4. Almond Oil
The almond oil is very beneficial to get rid of dark circles. Apply the almond oil on the dark circles and let it remain there for a while. Then gently massage the oil on effected area with fingers for 10 minutes. Wash the face thereafter with cold water.

5. Tea Water
Boil the tea leaves in water and allow it to cool. Dip the cotton swab in the tea water and place it on the dark circles. Wash the face after some time. The regular application of tea water will soon make the dark circles disappear.

6. Tea Bags
The cold tea bags could also be used to remove the dark circles. The tannin present in tea bags alleviates the swelling around the eyes and restores the actual color of the black skin.
Mint Leaves
Grind the green leaves of mint and place them on dark circles. Let the paste remain there for some time and then wash the eyes with water. It will help to get rid of the dark circles.

7. Cucumber
Cut the slices of cucumber and place them on dark circles for half an hour. Repeat the remedy and the dark circles would be removed in a week.