How to Get Soft Hands with Three Easy Homemade Remedies – Telegraph

Want to give your hands some extra special love? Why not try an overnight intense softening treatment using only two items:

  1. Vaseline
  2. A pair of socks

Vaseline is known for its ability to lock in moisture and soften even the most callous palms. Many women mention Vaseline as their number one beauty secret.

After finishing all your activities for the day, wrap up by washing your hands with a gentle soap and drying them off. Then get a dollop of Vaseline and rub it into your hands. Go ahead and take an extra 30 seconds to massage your hands gently. Then simply slip the socks over your hands and go to bed. Wake up the next day to supple, soft hands.

Instead of using socks, you could using fabric gloves, but a clean pair of old socks you don’t use anymore work just fine—and don't require a trip to the store.

9 Incredible Benefits of Salmon Fish You May Not Have Known – Telegraph

9 Incredible Benefits of Salmon Fish You May Not Have Known

Sushmita Sengupta | Updated: December 15, 2017 13:58 IST

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Highlights

  • Fish gaining a great rep in the world of health and fitness is Salmon
  • Salmon is primarily known for its heart-healthy properties
  • Include the fatty fish in your daily diet and see the wonderful effects

seafoods) as part of their staple diet. The state and cities built on the banks of rivers too make the most of the extensive range of fishes available. Fishes and their numerous types and preparations make our cuisine even richer and varied. One such fish that has been gaining a great rep in the world of health and fitness is Salmon. Belonging to the family of fatty fish, with Herrings, Mackarels and Sardines,

Salmon is primarily known for its heart-healthy properties and its role in aiding weight loss. But salmon is so much more than that. Here are 9 incredible benefits of salmon, that would compel you to make this fatty fish a mainstay in your diet.

1. Lowers blood Pressure
According to the book 'Healing Foods' by DK Publishing, Salmon is "uniquely rich in omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenic acid (EPA) and decosahexaenoic acid. In combination with its abundant supply of selenium, these omega 3 fatty acids help lower blood pressure, "unhealthy" cholesterol levels in the blood and inflammation reducing the risk of Heart disease. According to Dr. Simran Saini, Nutritionist at Fortis Hospital, "Salmon with its heart-healing properties is extremely good for the

cardio-muscular health too".

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These omega 3 fatty acids help lower blood pressure

2. Source of Healthy fats
Consultant Nutritionist Dr. Rupali Dutta says that Salmon are a good source of

healthy fats. Salmon packs weight loss boosting omega 3 EFAs. A balanced and sufficient intake of EFAs (essential fatty acids) help you burn body fat and giving you energy.

Salmon are a good source of healthy fats.

3. Weight loss-friendly
Salmon is touted to be the one of the best weight-loss foods for its immense proportion of

lean proteins, says Dr. Rupali Dutta. The fats are distributed through its flesh rather than being concentrated in their liver. Salmon fish has

less saturated fat than most red meat, and oodles of protein which makes it one of your best companions for healthy weight loss.

Salmon is touted to be the one of the best weight-loss foods​

4. Bank of vitamins and minerals
According to the book 'Healing Foods', the fatty fish is loaded with vitamins A, D, E and K which can benefit bone joints, eyes, feed the brain, repair muscle and regulate metabolic balance.

5. Improves memory, good brain food
Having a hard time concentrating on something? Or remembering important dates and commitments? Have salmon. According to Dr. Dutta, salmon makes for an

excellent brain food. Rich in omega- 3 fatty acids, the fatty fish helps sharpen your brain and improves your memory retention. It is also known to reduce risk of dementia and loss of mental functions.

The fatty fish helps sharpen your brain and improves your memory retention

6. Antiinflammatory
Salmon's anti-inflammatory properties make it one of the most preferred foods in the health circuit. It is low on pro-inflammatory omega 6 fatty acids which is already abundant in modern diet.

7. Facilitates healthy skin
Eating salmon as part of your regular diet may also give you a radiant skin. According to Dr. Dutta, the essential fatty acids present in salmon encourages your skin to hold water, making it smooth, supple and youthful.

Eating salmon as part of your regular diet may also give you a radiant skin.​

8. Keeps you warm
Salmon could be the best food to load up on winters as it keeps the body warm, says Dr. Saini. Have them grilled, include them in

salads,

sandwiches, gravies and make the most of the fatty fish.

Salmon could be the best food to load up on winters as it keeps the body warm​

9. Provides lubrication to joints
According to Dr. Saini, the essential fatty acids and a storehouse of minerals present in salmon also helps provide

lubrication to joints.

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minerals present in salmon also helps provide lubrication to joints.

Grilled salmon works the best if you are looking to make the most of its health benefits. However, there are several other preparations you can experiment with to enjoy this fresh ingredient. Include the fatty fish in your daily diet and see the wonderful effects yourself.

Best Homemade Facial Cleanser Recipes – Telegraph

Step 1 In My Facial At Home Series

The first chapter in my natural facial at home series has always… and will always be daily cleansing! So one of the following homemade facial cleanser recipes ought to be the first step in your daily routine. It can easily remove any dirt, old makeup and sweat that may have accumulated on the skin throughout the course of an average day.

Homemade Cleanser Recipes

  • The best face cleansers should be gentle yet thorough, so making up a cleanser with a light and easy to smooth consistency is vital.
  • For a stimulating and therapeutic effect, always make sure you choose a cleanser to suit your skin type.
  • By saving money on store-bought cleansers you can apply these homemade facial cleansers liberally knowing that they cost you next to nothing to make!
  • The most effective way to use a cleanser is to place a small amount in the palm of your hand and allow it to warm before gently massaging it into your skin. Remove with a cotton wool or cosmetic tissue, being careful not to drag the skin.

My Best Cleanser Recipes:

Each cleanser method has been tried and tested by me personally and contains variations for each skin type. All of them work very well and are fun to make, so your choice of which method to use is just down to personal preference.


Other Recipes

Some Quick Herbal Facial Cleansers

You can make a great homemade facial cleanser from organic herbs. If the herb you need to use for your cleanser recipe is unavailable you can often find an equally good one, this also gives you the opportunity to transform your cleanser to suit your particular skin type.

  • All skin types – Chamomile, comfrey, elderflower, linden flower, nettle
  • Normal or dry – Calendula, Lady’s mantle, marshmallow
  • Normal to oily – Fennel, lemon balm, rosemary
  • Oily skin – Sage, mint, yarrow

You can find out more about these and many other herbs I use in my recipes here.

Tip

The herbs above are also excellent when used for steaming. For a deep clean pour boiling water into a bowl over the chopped herbs. Cover your head and bowl with a towel (keeping your head at least 1 foot above the water) for 10 to 15 minutes.

To keep your skin looking its best, don’t steam your face more than once a week.

Calendula Cleanser – (for dry skin)

This is a deep cleaning and natural homemade cleanser, It’s one of the best face cleansers and contains fresh calendula heads, which have very soothing and healing properties. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

What you will need:

Method:

  1. Place the calendula heads, cocoa butter and olive oil into a heavy-based saucepan.
  2. Allow the cocoa butter to melt into the olive oil over a low heat; this usually takes about 5 minutes.
  3. Once melted strain the mixture into a fresh bowl and beat until cool.
  4. Pour the mixture into a sterile container with a snug fitting lid.
  5. Using your finger tips apply a generous amount of cleanser onto your skin, massage into the skin paying particular attention to the cheek areas which tend to be prone to dryness.
  6. Lightly wipe off with a damp cotton ball or tissue.

Irish Moss Cleanser – (for oily skin)

Irish moss is not actually moss at all, in fact, it is seaweed that grows in rock pools bellow the tide.

Irish moss is normally always bought dried, and once it is mixed with water again it has a jelly like texture bursting with vitamins and minerals. So I guess it is no surprise that Irish moss is used as a base in many home remedies for clear skin.

What you will need:

  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5ml) Borax (normally found in drug stores)
  • 2 1/2 fl oz (60ml) Hot water
  • 1 teaspoon Irish Moss
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) Ground Almonds
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) Sweet Almond Oil

Method:

  1. Add the borax to the hot water and stir until dissolved, add the Irish moss and leave to soak for about 3 hours, until the mixture becomes soft and jelly like.
  2. Combine the almonds and oil, and then briskly stir into the jelly mixture. Transfer to a sterile container and use within 2 weeks.
  3. With your finger tips massage the gel mix into skin, paying particular attention to the forehead, nose and chin which have a tendency to be a little oilier.
  4. Leave on for 2 or 3 minutes, and then remove with a damp cotton wool ball or a toner.

Witch Hazel Cleanser – (for all skin types)

This Witch Hazel cleanser is light and gentle, perfect for wiping away that daily grime, leaving your skin feeling soft and clean. It should be kept in the refrigerator and used within a week, so only make it in small amounts.

What you will need:

Method:

  1. Pop the elderflowers into a heat proof bowl, and pour boiling water over them, cover and then leave until cool.
  2. Once cool, strain and the transfer 4 tablespoons into a clean jar or bottle.
  3. Add the Witch Hazel and glycerine pop on the lid, and give it a good shake.
  4. This homemade cleanser will separate when left standing, so give it another good shake before each use.
  5. Massage a generous amount into your facial muscles getting the cleanser deep into the pores.
  6. Rinse off with warm water or gently wipe off with a damp cotton wool ball.

A Soapwort Cleanser


This is a great little homemade facial cleanser recipe for anyone who prefers to wash their face rather than using creams or oils.

It will lather up just like soap, but won’t leave your skin feeling tight and dry. And because it’s a very gentle and a natural cleaner it’s suitable for the whole family to use.

You can keep this cleanser in the bathroom and use it directly from the bottle just like you would any liquid soap.

Ingredients:

Choose one of the following dried flowers or herbs to suit your skin type:

  • All skin types – chamomile-comfrey-elderflower-linden flower-nettle
  • Normal to dry – lady’s mantle-marshmallow
  • Normal to oily skin – fennel-lemon balm-rosemary
  • Oily skin – sage-mint-yarrow
  • 1 tablespoon Soapwort Root
  • 2 tablespoons dried (teabag can be used) or 6 tablespoons fresh chopped chosen herb
  • 2 1/2 pints (1.5 litres) mineral water

Method:

  1. Place the soapwort root and your chosen herb into a saucepan, add the mineral water, cover and gently bring to the boil.
  2. Let the soapwort mixture simmer for five minutes and then remove it from the heat and leave to cool.
  3. Strain the liquid, pressing down well.
  4. Transfer to bottles and use this soapwort cleanser as you would any liquid soap.

My 3 Step Natural Facial At Home For Glowing Skin

Step1 – Cleanser

Step2 – Toner

Step3 – Moisturizer

5 Kitchen Ingredients To Get Rid Of Skin Pigmentation – Telegraph

Highlights

  • Exposure to the sun and pollution which has led to numerous skin problems
  • Skin tanning to pigmentation spots, there is no end to the skin problems
  • These chemical-based creams can do more harm than good to your skin

tanning to stubborn pigmentation spots, there is no end to the types of skin problems that are occurring these days.

Pigmentation occurs when dark spots are formed on the skin making it look dull and uneven. In order to get rid of those stubborn pigmentation spots, we often resort to various BB creams, concealers and many other artificial creams. However, these chemical-based creams can do more harm than good to your skin. Hence, it is always better to go for natural ways while treating such skin conditions. Here we have got you some natural

home remedies to get rid of those stubborn pigmentation spots. Read on to know more about them.

1. Potatoes

Potatoes are known for their anti-pigmentation properties. They are known to work quite well on pigmented areas and

blemishes. You would require 1 raw potato and some water. Cut potato into half and dip the sliced part into water. Rub the potato slice on the affected areas in a circular motion for about 10 minutes. Wash off your face with lukewarm water. Repeat this procedure twice or thrice in a week for better results.

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Potatoes are known for their anti-pigmentation properties

2.Yogurt

Yogurt has lactic acid which helps in shedding the dead cells from the skin. To diminish the pigmentation spots, you would require one tablespoon fresh yogurt. Apply the yogurt on the affected areas and leave it for 20 minutes. Rinse off your face with some water.
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Yogurt for Hair: 5 Easy Home Remedies for Your Daily Woes )

Yogurt has lactic acid which helps in shedding the dead cells from the skin

3. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil helps replenish the dead skin cells and also protects it from the harmful

UV rays of the sun. Firstly, wash your face to remove any excessive dirt. Apply the coconut oil to your face and massage it well so that it penetrates deep down the skin's layers. Once you're done with the

massaging, leave the oil on your skin for about 20-25 minutes so that the extra oil gets absorbed. Wash your face and repeat this method thrice in a week.

Coconut oil helps replenish the dead skin cells and also protects it from the harmful UV rays

4. Papaya

Papaya has excellent exfoliating properties. It helps in eliminating the dead skin cells and promotes the growth of new cells by curing hyperpigmentation. To make a papaya face-pack for yourself, you would require 3 tablespoons of papaya extract,

milk and organic

honey. Take a bowl and add these ingredients. Mix well until they are properly blended. Apply it on your face and allow it to stay for about 20 minutes. Rinse off using cold water.
(Also Read:

5 Natural Summer Fruit Packs For A Nourished Skin )

Papaya has excellent exfoliating properties and it helps in eliminating the dead skin cells

5. Sandalwood

Sandalwood is great for your skin as it helps lighten the pigmentation spots to a great extent. To use sandalwood paste for your skin, you would require some sandalwood and

rose water. Take a bowl, add both of these ingredients and mix well. Apply this paste on your entire face and leave for about 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water in the end.
(Also Read:

8 Ways to Use Red Sandalwood for Glowing, Acne-Free & Beautiful Skin )

Sandalwood is great for your skin as it helps lighten the pigmentation spots to a great extent

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