Facial Hair Removal Remedies

Being of Indian descent, dark unwanted facial hair is part of an issue that many women experience. I’ve done some research on the topic over the past few weeks and was able to come up with the following remedies.

Of course, you can pluck, wax or tweeze the hair off. However, sometimes those methods can be painful and cause bumps and scars. I would recommend staying away from shaving your face unless of course you are trying to get a masculine result. 🙂 Shaving not only causes hair to grow back thicker but I’ve seen photos of women having a greyish green shading appear where they’ve shaved; which can make your face look terrible.

So, here are some at home solutions to getting rid of unwanted facial hair. You can apply any of these remedies to any part  of your body. Just use caution to sensitive areas.

  1. Make a paste of sugar, lemon juice and water and apply it in the direction of hair growth. Let dry for about 15 minutes and rinse off in a circular motion. This can be applied twice weekly.
  2. Make a paste of 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice and 4 tsps honey. Mix well and apply in the direction of hair growth. Let dry for about 15 minutes and rinse off in a circular motion. This too can be applied twice weekly.
  3. Mix besan (gram flour) and haldi (turmeric powder) with just enough water to form a thick paste. Apply to the skin in the direction of hair growth. Allow 15-20 minutes to dry. When dry, gently rub off in a circular motion. Rinse with cold water and pat skin dry. This can be applied 2-3 times per week.
  4. Mix turmeric powder with milk and apply to face. Leave on for 15-20 minutes. Gently rub off moving fingers in a circular motion and rinse with cold water.
  5. Blend one egg white, 1 tbsp sugar and 1/2 tbsp corn flour to form thick paste. Apply to face and allow 15 minutes to dry. Peel off gently and rinse with cold water. This can be done 3-4 times per week.

Well, there you have it; home hair removal without all the expensive costs involved. I’ve done number 3 2-times a week and seem to have gotten rid of some of the hair on my chin and cheeks. Hope you all get the same results. 🙂

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Aspirin Mask

I was on YouTube a couple of days ago and came across a video by Michelle Phan. She talks about making an Aspirin based mask. This mask is supposed to help clear your skin (acne and redness).

Apparently, Aspirin is made out of Salicylic Acid which is also known as Beta Hydroxy Acid or BHA for short. BHA is an exfolient and has an anti-inflammatory effect. BHA is used in many anti-aging and anti-acne products. Wikipedia provides the following info: “It works as both a keratolytic and comedolytic agent by causing the cells of the epidermis to shed more readily, opening clogged pores and neutralizing bacteria within, preventing pores from clogging up again by constricting pore diameter, and allowing room for new cell growth.[13] Because of its effect on skin cells, salicylic acid is used in several shampoos used to treat dandruff. Use of concentrated solutions of salicylic acid may cause hyperpigmentation on unpretreated skin for those with darker skin types (Fitzpatrick phototypes IV, V, VI), as well as with the lack of use of a broad spectrum sunblock.”

So, after researching it on Wikipedia and Google, and watching the full video by Michelle, I decided to try out this mask. You basically apply the mask to your face and neck, leave on for 15 minutes and rinse off with luke warm water. Pat your skin dry and apply a good moisturizer which has SPF 30+.

Here is the recipe:

3-5 aspirin (make sure they are uncoated as the coated tablets take forever to dissolve)
Pure Honey
1-2 tsp of water

Put the aspirin in a bowl and pour 1-2 tsp of water on them. Wait about 2-3 minutes for the aspirin to dissolve. Once dissolved, add some honey. Mix all together to form a paste and apply to skin. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, rinse and pat dry. Apply a moisturizer and you’re ready to go.

The results that I got were great. My skin felt firm and soft and the few acne marks I had seemed reduced.

Lastly, Michelle has also stated to make sure not to apply this mask more than once or twice per week as your skin will become prone to it. Click here for her video!

Love…Sajda…Tera Sajda

I wonder sometimes if fairy tale or Bollywood style love actually ever exists. You know that love that drives your world into an ecstasy of its own. The type of love that makes you reconsider your belief in God and the World. Does it exist?

I heard a song today. I couldn’t help but put it on replay and listen to it over 20 times in a row. In fact, it’s still playing. But this song, how do I explain it? I’ve got tears streaming down the side of my face.

I’m crying because I’ve had many loves in my life. But just one that had brought the feelings out that are described in this song. To be so in love that not only do you pray to that love but you find yourself and God in it…ishq mein khudha mil gaya…

This love I write about is way greater. It is the love that only very fortunate and limited amount of people get to have. It’s deeper than Romeo and Juliet and stronger than Heer and Ranjha (Google Heer-Ranjha for the love story).

This is the love which you can only dream of. It is the love that goes beyond any fairy tale and story you’ve ever heard of or read. But does it exist? Is it even possible to love someone so much?

My tears are not of self-pity of losing this love. But are in appreciation to a song that has made my heart jump out of my chest and allow me to think of that love once again.

Most people will hear this song and think that it’s a nice song; but that is all. They will not hear the depths of the singer’s voice and emotion behind each word. I know, after all it’s just a song. But it’s my song of the century. Sajda…tera Sajda…

For me; if you understand Hindi or Urdu: sit back, close your eyes and listen to this song just once and if you understand the depths of these words, you will surely feel what I am feeling today.

Julie and Julia

Starring:

  • Meryl Streep as Julia Childs
  • Amy Adams as Julie Powell
  • Stanley Tucci as Paul Child, Julia’s husband
  • Chris Messina as Eric Powell, Julie’s husband

Directed by:

  • Nora Ephron

I found this movie to be quite inspiring being a new blogist myself. The story of  how Julie took on such a challenge of cooking 524 recipes in 365 days and blogging about each is fantastic, almost makes you want to run out and buy the cook book and do it yourself. But the way she describes her experiences to her reader’s is simple yet she gets her point across.

As per Wikipedia, Ephron adapted the story from two books: My Life in France; which is Julia Child’s autobiography and a memoir by Julie Powell. You can read the full details and plot here on Wikipedia’s site.

I definitely recommend watching this movie to anyone who needs a little inspiration and a good movie to sit down to!

Apples & Lemon Water Body Cleanse

I read somewhere that the natural way of cleansing your body to begin your weight-loss routine is more effective and safer than using all those chemically enhanced cleansers. So, as I continued researching, I came across a method which I find quite interesting. I’ll be starting it next Thursday as I’m off from work for the rest of week. (Don’t worry, I’ll let you know how it went)

Apples and Lemon Water Body Cleanse:

  1. As soon as you wake up, drink 3-4 glasses of water and a glass of salt and sugar lemon water (you can make it the night before and store it in the fridge). Within 20 minutes your body will begin the cleansing process. You will probably notice that you have to use bathroom more often to get rid of all the waste.
  2. After you have finished in the bathroom, head over to the kitchen and cut up some apples and have them for breakfast. Remember, coffee and tea is not permitted today.
  3. After breakfast, trying going for a small 30-45 minute walk or do some cardio. Just keep in mind not to over exert yourself as you’ll need your energy for the rest of the day.
  4. You will start feeling hungry, so have another 3-4 glasses of water and a glass of salt and sugar lemon.. If you start getting hunger pangs, you can have another apple.
  5. Drink the sweet and salty lemon water every 3-5 hours; it’ll keep your energy levels up. The author of the original post recommends only drinking sweet and salty lemon water in the morning and just drinking sweet lemon water for the rest of the day. She explains that the sweet lemon water will help you get rid of all the sodium in your body.
  6. Lunch and dinner should consist of apples and sweet lemon water.

The next day:

Try not to over eat today. I know you’ll be hungry, but for the above method to work, you need to take it slow and light today. Have a couple of glasses of lemon water (no salt and no sugar). Wait 20-30 minutes and then have your breakfast. Again, make sure to keep it light.

This method can be done twice a month for cleansing purposes and should not exceed 4 times a month for weight-loss purposes.

Well, there you have it! I’ll post my results and experience next week. Until than happy weight-loss! 🙂

Negative Calorie Foods

What are Negative-Calorie Foods?

All foods have calories, that is no doubt. However, there are some foods that have fewer calories than others. The foods with fewer calories that use more calories to burn than those consumed are called Negative Calorie Foods. These foods can work to a great advantage when trying to lose and maintain weight-loss.

Below is a list of some Negative Calorie Foods:

  • Apples
  • Cranberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Papaya
  • Orange
  • Pineapple
  • Lemon
  • Raspberries
  • Asparagus
  • Zucchini
  • Spinach
  • Beet
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Radish
  • Onion
  • Lettuce
  • Green Beans
  • Garlic
  • Cucumber
  • Chile Peppers
  • Celery
  • Brussel Sprouts

You can use any of these foods in combination or alone. I recommend making a salad with a number of these and having it before every meal or making a “vegetable” or “fruit” smoothie and having it every morning.

I’ll post some recipes in the next few days to help you out, so come back regularly to see updates.

Weight-Loss

Okay, so, this is a topic all too familiar to me and my blog. Weight loss is the one thing that is always on my mind. I gained a lot of weight a few years back and the challenges of getting it off have haunted and tortured me ever since. I’ve done endless hours of research on the topic and tried my hardest to follow every diet out there. None of which have actually worked.

So, I got a cousin-in-law involved and she is setting up a daily food in-take routine for me. Yes, it’s another diet. Well, sort of. I’m not really “dieting” but I’m changing my eating habits. One of my biggest problems is that I have to finish everything on my plate, no matter the quantity. By changing my plate size, I’m going to try to trick myself into thinking that there is actually a lot of food on my plate, because the whole plate is covered.

My next change will be to have a salad or some “Negative Calorie” foods before every meal. This will help me feel a little full before I actually begin my main course; which will result in me eating fewer calories. Click here to read more on Negative Calorie Foods!

I am also increasing my cold water intake. The reason for this is that our body uses more calories to heat up cold water to digest, which results in more calories burnt. 🙂 I’m happy about that! But that’s not all. By drinking a glass of warm water with lemon first thing in the morning before brushing, your body will flush out a lot of the toxins and build up from the night before. This helps to jump-start your metabolism. I don’t know if it’s been scientifically proven or not, but I’ve seen results in family members that have adapted this simple routine every morning.

The next step to my weight-loss is doing a simple tummy exercise. Believe me this is not much of an exercise but will result in lost inches. Sitting upright either on the floor or on a chair with your back straight and arms on the side, suck your stomach in, hold for 10-15 seconds and release. Doing this while sitting at work or watching tv on a daily basis will result in much inches disappearing. I know this from first hand experience. When I stopped teaching dance and gained all this weight, I did this exercise to keep off some of the fat around my tummy and it worked!

Well, those are my changes. I’ll be starting them this weekend and I’ll let you know how they go! 🙂

Until then…<3

a stubborn desire…

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