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How to exfoliate skin in winter December 19, 2013 18:45

With the winter season is upon us, it is important to  change your skincare regime to suit the season. Dermatologist Dr. Chiranjiv Chhabra says, “Dry skin looks dull because it is caused by dead skin cells, and both need to be taken care of by exfoliating on a weekly basis.” Beauty expert Shahnaz Hussain suggests making a scrub combining honey and brown sugar into a paste to use as a scrub to exfoliate and moisturize the skin. Skin specialist Dr Rashmi Shetty says that rather than going for harsh scrubs that could abraze skin, one should go for natural product like lemon juice . Apply and keep it on for five minutes before washing off. (AW: Suchorita Dutta)

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Care for your hands December 17, 2013 18:25

Someone has rightly said, "Hands are the biggest giveaways." No matter how much you slather your face and feet with dollops of expensive skin creams and oils, if you ignore your hands, they will wrinkle and line and reveal your real age. That is why it's important to care for them. Just nail painting and filing isn't enough. Your hand, just like your skin needs enough tender, love and care to stay young and beautiful. So care for them. Here's how. Sunscreen: Slathering sunscreen on your face isn't enough. You need to apply some to your hands and arms before you step out as well. Doing so won;t just stall wrinkles and discolorations, but also keep them supple all through. Antioxidants: When applying some antioxidant cream on your face, slather some cream or serum on your hands too protect your skin from the harmful effects of the environment. Moisturise: Keep a hand lotion handy and use it regularly to keep your hands moisturized. Protect your hands: Just massaging creams and lotions ain't enough. You need to protect them during household chores like dishwashing, gardening, scrubbing etc. Sock up gloves while doing work, so that you don't just protect the skin on your hands but also save your finger nails from developing infections. AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury

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Do you need a haircut now? December 16, 2013 17:56

Whether you have got split ends or shedding hair like a dog or or your hair is just under the weather, a quick, stylish snip could solve all your mane woes in a snap. If you have been putting off a haircut until now, these below mentioned cues will help you reach a decision faster. Out of place A perfect haircut is one that complements your face, adds volume to your hair and highlights the best features. If your current hairstyle is not doing any of these, it's time for a snip. You can request your stylist for a haircut for a quick hair revamp with a cut that suits your face and style. Out of ideas Do you often find yourself going for a pony or a plait everyday. If yes, it's time to get a haircut. That way, you will be able to style your hair better, look better. No compliments? Has  the compliments stopped coming in? Or has all focus shifted to your clothes, bags shoes now? If yes, then you possible need to do something about your looks and hair. Get in touch with a professional  and opt for a hairstyle that you think will suit you best. Once you've got a great cut, color and style. The feel-good compliments will start pouring in again. Dejected? Had a breakup? Go for a haircut now! Nothing will feel more liberating and make you more happy than a new found look and new found confidence. AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury

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Pamper your pout naturally December 13, 2013 18:39

Don't let the nip in the air chap your lips! And no, you don't really need those chapsticks or greasy tinted lip balms to pamper your pout. Not only do they dry the skin further, but also strip them off their natural health and color. Trust the natural stuff hoarded in your kitchen shelves to bail you out of this beauty blue. Read on and get making your own DIY beauty balm at home. Moisturize your lips with shea butter every night before bedtime. After brushing your teeth, gently brush your lips as well. This will exfoliate them and get rid of chapping, and will also plump up your lips temporarily. A dab of honey on your lips will act as a humectant and draw moisture from the air into your skin, thereby keeping your lips soft, plump and kissable. AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury

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Never oil hair in dandruff December 12, 2013 18:30

For us Indians, hair oil seems to be the ultimate remedy for all hair woes. But mind you, oiling your hair when suffering from dandruff can only aggravate the itch and flake. Don't trust us? Read on. Dr. Vijay Singal, a renowned Indian dermatologist at Delhi based Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute reveals that though hair oil is known to moisturize hair, applying oil on your shaft when suffering from dandruff can prevent moisture from entering into the scalp, leading to formation of more flakes due to choked pores. Makes sense! Oiling hair when already infected with dandruff will only intensify the itch and hair fall. Rather opt for other natural remedies like lemon juice, aloe vera or yoghurt to soothe and cure dandruff from the roots. (AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury)

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Vacuum your face for glowing skin November 28, 2013 18:36

From blood facials to vacuum cleaners, when it comes to beauty, celebrity Kim Kardashian definitely leaves no stone unturned. So if you too dream of a flawless complexion like hers, make sure to vacuum you face for that extra glow. And no, we ain't joking! Vacuum treatment is a beauty process where in a vacuum tube or cup is put on the face and gently moved over the lymph nodes, draining out the impurities, cutting cellulite and boosting circulation. "Circulation not only nourishes the skin by improving oxygen supply, it also helps remove metabolic waste products, breaks up fat adhesions (cellulite), opens blocked lymphatics and plumps up under-developed or hollow parts of the body,” says Dr Apratim Goel, a noted cosmetic dermatologist and laser surgeon. “Also, this stimulates fibroblasts (cells that produce collagen), which firm the skin. It is also known to stop hair loss and stimulate hair growth. However, the reverse treatment, high-pressure jet spray, is also in vogue and is a buzzword in the cosmetic industry today," he adds. If you are looking to rejuvenate your skin, remove your blackheads or just look your radiant best, your vacuum cleaner could be really handy. AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury

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Keep skin happy during long flights November 23, 2013 17:23

Frequent and even long flights can zap off moisture and beauty from your skin, leaving it high and dry. Next time you are flying, pay heed to a few things. Your skin will thank you for it. Before a flight, don't forget to guzzle enough water to stay hydrated all through. Also, steer clear of caffeine and alcohol during that time. This will prevent your skin from getting unnecessarily dehydrated. Low humidity levels up in the air can also leave your peepers dry and itchy. Get hold of dry eye drops to keep your eyes well-moistened. In case, your condition is severe, check with your doctor for a prescription drop. Also, never wear contact lenses while flying. Opt for glasses always. Men must avoid shaving before flight as it can irritate the skin and cause dryness. If you must do, don't forget to apply after shave oil later. AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury

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Handle your feet with care! November 22, 2013 17:09

Extensive walking, moving around barefoot, wearing the wrong shoe and not covering up enough often leaves your feet freckled and frayed. Just like your facial skin, even your feet skin require daily pampering. If ignored, your peds could end up cracking, drying and flaking - an embarrassing beauty problem indeed. Give your peds a much needed care this winter with daily care. Start by slathering enough moisturizer on your feet when damp. That way, you skin will soak up more moisture. Also, make it a daily routine to douse your feet in a tub of lukewarm water and scrub it well with oatmeal or gramflour and pumice stone. Follow it up with a rinse and a moisturizer. Slip into a pair of socks and let your feet enjoy a night long rest. It's equally important to choose the right kind of a footwear as a wrong one can crack and blister your feet. So tread with caution and enjoy happy feet. AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury

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Beauty on a budget tips for you November 21, 2013 18:29

With the winter almost here, you are probably planning to horde up your shelves with creams, balms and lots more. Good news: while you have to get this winter must-haves into your closet, you don't really need to break a bank to indulge in this season's beauty offerings. We bring you a slew of affordable beauty tips that will help you shine in winter without burning a hole in your pocket. Instead of loading up different creams for whitening, hydrating, concealing and sun protection, invest in one single BB or CC cream. These all-in-one creams offer all the benefits in a single tube. So go for one! Rather than investing in a bronzer, foundation and shimmer compacts, go for a tinted moisturizer that not only comes cheaper than the other three, but also offers SPF too. Sounds good! Why fritter a fortune on beauty stores when you can shop for your favorite beauty and skincare products online? Most online retail stores not only leave you spoilt for choice, but dole out exciting discounts too and that too all around the year. So grab your deal! AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury

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Pop a pill to stay beautiful November 20, 2013 17:27

Bid adieu to dry, cracked, irritated winter skin with the first-of-its kind of beauty pill that promises to keep fine lines and rough skin at bay! Yes, you heard that right. The beauty supplement apparently comes loaded with micro-nutrients that is known to halt skin deterioration and decrease fine lines. A recent study has established that beauty vitamin supplement tablets containing biomarine collagen, pine bark and grape seed extracts can not just delay ageing, but also leave your skin supple and nourished all through the winter. Truly a radical development in beauty and skincare! What say? AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury

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Winter proof your hair! November 19, 2013 16:58

The winter is here and so are frizz, dry, split mane! Banish your hair blues with our expert tips and flaunt great tresses all along. The first step to great winter here is to cut down on shampooing. Unlike summers, shampooing too frequently in winters might leave your mane moisture-strapped. When nip is in the air, both the hair and the scalp tend to dry out faster. So cut back on your headbath and you will have lesser frizz to manage. No matter how greasy your hair might be during winters, oiling it is an absolute essential. Oiling your hair keeps the mane well hydrated. So stick to that. Also, don't skip the conditioner after shampooing. It's important to keep the frizz in control. Avoid brushing your mane too much as that can make your hair grease up fast. AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury

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Banana Pack for Dry Skin November 18, 2013 16:49

Beautiful Skin Naturally The winter is here and many of us have to deal with dry skin. Instead of wasting precious money on the expensive lotions and potions available at the supermarket try a simple face pack made from overripe bananas. The ingredients for this natural home remedy is readily available in your kitchen. Ingredients 1 Ripe Bananas 1 tablespoon Honey 2  tablespoon Yoghurt Method Step 1: Take a bowl and mash the ripe banana into a smooth paste. Step 2: Add the honey and yogurt to the banana mash and mix well Step 3: Apply evenly over your face and neck. Avoid the areas around the eyes. Step 4: Keep the pack in your face for 15-20 minutes. Step 5: Wash it off with water and wipe with a soft towel. Try this easy skin care for a gorgeous skin in winter. (Picture Source:  i1.ytimg.com) (AW: Pratima Tigga)

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