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Winter Remedy: Honey Yogurt Turmeric Mask

I love the cold winter weather. I’m not a fan of the snow on the roads, but the cold never phases me; I guess, living in Canada for the past 30 years will do that to you.

The cold, fresh air in the winter makes my skin glow and my makeup stays put all day. But it does make my face extremely dry. I’ve bought expensive creams and serums to aid with the dry skin; nothing seems to work as good as my household remedies. So here, I’m giving you my best tested home remedy to soothe winter skin.

This is a quick and easy remedy that will allow you to conveniently find all the ingredients right in your fridge/cupboard or local grocery store.

The first and most important of all: honey. Honey has tons of healing properties. It’s known as a natural antibiotic and can be used as an anti-inflammatory and moisturizing miracle worker.

Yogurt has lactic acid in it; which will help dissolve dead skin and tighten pores. It’s also cool and applying yogurt on your face just gives your skin a refreshing feeling.

Turmeric will help fight acne and heal scars. This ingredient also has anti-inflammatory properties which will target pores and calm redness in skin.

Mix the three ingredients together and you’ve got a magic mask to deal with all the cold, windy days of winter. Plus, you’re skin will feel refreshed, smooth and soft and love you for this magic potion.

Yogurt-Honey Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 tbsp yogurt
  • 1-2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder

Directions:

  1. Mix ingredients together
  2. Apply with a brush or fingers evenly on face and neck. You can even apply the mixture to your hair if you have time to wash your hair; otherwise stick to applying it to your face only.
  3. Leave on for 20-25 minutes or until mixture dries on your skin

To Remove:

  1. Wet hands with lukewarm water and rub on face in a circular motion for 2-3 minutes. This will give your skin a good massage and exfoliate dead skin. Make sure to use gentle circular motions as you don’t want to aggravate the skin.
  2. Rinse off with cool water
  3. Apply a light moisturizer, if needed. I personally don’t need it after this mask as it leaves my skin feeling hydrated and smooth.
  4. The next morning, I apply Vaseline to my t-zone and lips and my moisturizer on the rest of my face. The Vaseline creates a barrier for my sensitive area against the cold winter air. Plus, applying a light coat of Vaseline helps my makeup go on smoother.

Try this mask at least once or twice a week depending on how much healing and refreshing your skin needs.

Don’t forget to let me know how amazing your skin feels after trying this or share your remedies with me and get featured on my blog (I’m always looking for new people to feature).

Xoxo ~ Tamana

Recipe of the Week: Aloo ki Sabji aka Dry Potato Curry

My simple and lazy Aloo ki Sabji aka Dry Potato Curry has become a big demand in my family and friend’s circle. Everyone either wants the recipe or wants me to make it for them. My neighbor, too loves my potato sabji and has asked me to post the recipe on my blog for her. So, this is for my dear, V and you sister-in-law.

Here’s what you need:

  • 4-5 medium/large potatoes – washed, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tsp jeera (cumin)
  • 1 tsp saunf (fennel)
  • 1 tsp methre (fenugreek seeds)
  • 1/2 tsp ajwain (carom seeds)
  • 1 tsp haldi (turmeric powder)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2-3 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp dhaniya powder (coriander powder)
  • 1-2 tbsp oil
  • 1-2 tsp dried fenugreek leafs

Here’s what you do:

Heat oil in large wok over medium heat. Add methre and let sizzle until dark brown, add ajwain, saunf and jeera until nicely browned. Add potatoes and let cook for 2-3 minutes. Add salt, curry powder, garam masala, dhaniya powder, haldi and mix well so that all the potatoes are nicely coated with the spices. Let cook for 2-3 minutes, then rub dried fenugreek leafs between hands, so to completely crush them and add to potatoes. Mix all ingredients well, reduce heat to the lowest and cover. Let steam for 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are completely cooked. Enjoy with roti and yogurt!

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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. 🙂