Hacks to Beat the Winter Dryness

Winter is finally here and so are the thick blankets out of those suitcases. The many glasses of coffee/ tea and plateful of bhajjis just don’t seem to do justice. While winters have these positives there are some cons that tag along with it – the biggest one being dry skin. Dry skin during winter is a common feature for all while for some it ends up getting too grave. Dry skin leads to dull looking skin, rashes and skin peel offs. While the TV is full of advertisements of various skin moisturising lotions, creams and moisturising face packs, here are some hacks right from mum’s kitchen to take care and moisturise your skin naturally!

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  1. Coconut oil

Use some coconut oil from the brand of your choice and apply on the dry skin area or all over your skin. Keep massaging until it gets absorbed into the skin. Do not wash off the oil.

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    Petroleum Jelly

Apply petroleum jelly all over your skin and keep massaging till it gets absorbed.

Benefits:

Petroleum jelly is affordable and easily available at any general or medical store. It is multipurpose and can be used for dry skin, dry lips and cracked heels. It has intense moisturising and healing property which helps in the recovery of skin. It works like magic!

Do not use if your skin is prone to breakouts.

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  1. Papaya skin pack:

For this you would need:

  1. A piece of ripe papaya
  2. A banana
  3. 2 tablespoons of honey

Mix papaya pulp and banana together with lumps. Add 2 tablespoons of honey to it. Apply this paste on the dry and damaged skin area.

Benefits:

Papaya contains antioxidants and banana contains vitamins. Combined together it works as an anti-aging agent while honey helps in moisturising the skin. A combination of three helps in anti-ageing, makes your skin firm and helps in rejuvenating.

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  1. Lemon and Honey mix

For this you need:

  1. Half a Lemon
  2. Two Tablespoon honey

Squeeze lemon juice from half a lemon and add on some honey to it. Mix both well and dab the solution on your face and skin with a cotton ball. Leave for 10-15 minutes and wash it off.

Benefits:

Lemon is rich in Vitamin C and honey helps in healing the itchy and dry skin. Both mixed together help in keeping the skin moisturised and glowing.

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  1. Milk and almond face pack:

For this you would need:

  1. A tablespoon of powdered almond
  2. 2 tablespoon of raw milk

Mix Almond powder in raw milk and make a paste. Apply it on face and body and leave it for 10 mins. Massage gently while applying. Later, wash it off with lukewarm water.

Benefits:

Almond contains fatty acids and is rich in vitamin E, while milk moisturises the skin. A mix of both helps in reducing dryness and helps in softening the skin.

These are a few natural hacks to beat the winter dryness. So, don’t shy away this winter. Go out, let your skin breathe and say – HELLO WINTER!

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Surprise your loved ones with a thoughtful gift

With the New Year just round the corner, the air is quite rightly filled with hope, joy and excitement! Tasty treats and drinks are always at hand to put everyone in the festive mood, while friends and family draw near to usher in the New Year together.
This time of year also presents you with the perfect opportunity to show someone how much they mean to you, or to even appreciate what they’ve done for you in the past year. So why not get caught up in the festive spirit, and spread the love with a gift or two this New Year’s Day?
What’s more, we’ve even put together our favourite New Year’s Gift Ideas to help you along your way! So let’s get down to it:

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1. Electronics: Oh well, what’s one to say about this world of gadgets, gadgetry and electronics. They seem to make the world go round, and the modern age seems to live off it like oxygen! So take your pick from the latest Android and iOS phones, gaming consoles, tablets, phablets, digital photo frames, speakers, as well as point and shoot and digital SLR cameras. If you are buying a gift for someone who has everything, you can even explore the world of electronic accessories, wearables and fitness devices for a gift that quite appropriately spreads the cheer, this New Year!

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2. A sapling or plant: This gift connects more readily with the emotion that surrounds the New Year, as it signifies the start of a new life. It makes the perfect gift for a person who has a kindred spirit, and one who will appreciate something inexpensive, but worthwhile all the same. This is also a more responsible gift, and one that helps preserve the planet and protect the environment!

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3. Clothes: You cannot go wrong with some clothes or accessories for the lady or ladies in your life. They are bound to adore anything that makes them look good in the New Year! Also, it might be worth mentioning that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, so do keep that in mind as well!

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4. An exercise device like a treadmill or an exercise cycle: This is a very handy and insightful gift for someone you know quite well, but one who doesn’t have time to hit the gym. That aside, it’s an ideal gift for that special someone who needs to exercise, but instead uses their energies to come up with excuses. Furthermore, most of us decide to be healthier in the New Year, and what better way to give them a push in the right direction, and help them acquire a whole new world of will-power and confidence. Failing this, you could even present them with a gym membership.

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5. Creative stationery: When it comes down to it, there’s nothing like some classy stationery to show someone how much you truly appreciate and treasure them. Stationery makes great gifts for colleagues, bosses or even teachers and lecturers. So go ahead and choose a branded pen, a visiting card holder, an elegant and beautiful diary, or even a pen stand or organizer to sweeten someone’s start to the New Year.
So jump right to it right away, whip out those debit and credit cards, and spread the joy of the New Year with a gift for someone special! Besides, with the many online sales going on this time of year, you are sure to get a fair few fantastic deals on everything! What’s more, when you order you could even get customised products delivered right to your doorstep! So get a-shopping, and get a-giving, today!