Orange Crush

Yesterday was first official day of Fall. With changing in seasons, your skin is the one that suffers the most. So, its time to adjust your skin care routine for fabulous fall skin. And what better than some DIY care. We all know that oranges are good for our health, mainly due to their high Vitamin C content. They are also packed with Vitamins A and B, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Soluble fiber and other nutrients. But, did you know that orange peel itself holds way more Vitamin C and nutrients than the orange pulp or juice? 100g of fresh orange peel provides 136mg of vitamin C whereas its pulp about 71mg/100g.

Your skin loves vitamin C. The more the better. After enjoying this tangy fruit, most of us throw away the peels. But in doing so, we’re missing out on many benefits, as the peels have unique health, beauty and other uses. You can even include shredded orange peels and zest in your regular cooking. So, take advantage of the nutritional benefits of orange peels through countless ways, as you do with the fruit.

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  • Collect enough orange peels according to how much powder you want to make. It’s always better to have a bottle full of it if you intend to use it regularly.
  • Wash the peels and set them out in a tray to dry in a place where there is good sunlight. This may take 2-3 days depending on the weather. The peels must be completely dry and should look dehydrated.
  • Once the orange peels are sun-dried you can grind them into powder and store it in an airtight container.

Once this powder is ready, you are ready to go!

Here are the top 10 uses of orange peels.

1. Face Mask:

Skin blemishes and dark spots can be reduced with orange peels. They work as a natural bleacher that helps improve your skin tone. Furthermore, their Vitamin C content maintains your skin’s suppleness, prevents dullness and adds a healthy glow. It even protects the skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) sun-rays.

This orange peel powder face mask can be used to exfoliate and cleanse your skin leaving it fresh and healthy. So chuck those exfoliators, scrubs and cleansers and go for this all-natural home-made face mask!

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You will need:

  • 1 tsp orange peel powder
  • 1 tsp yogurt
  • 1 tsp honey

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Apply all over your face and leave it for 10-15 mins. Wet your fingers and scrub lightly over the areas where there are blackheads. For over all exfoliation, scrub all over the face slowly in circular motion. Then rinse it off with lukewarm water and pat dry and notice the fresh glow on your skin. Apply moisturizer if you have a dry skin.

Why this works:

Honey has antibacterial properties and helps sooth and cleanse your skin. It also brings a healthy shine to the skin. Yogurt helps improve complexion and acts as a natural bleach when used regularly. It also helps moisturize and prevents wrinkles and fine lines. Orange peel powder helps get rid of pimples, blemishes or dark spots and is an excellent exfoliator. It is best for oily skin as it helps in oil control and takes away excess oil. All three combined together make an excellent face mask for a glowy skin.
Note: Use for at least 2 weeks to see a noticeable difference. Desired results also depends on skin type and regularity of use.

2. Fights Aging Signs:

The powerful antioxidants in orange peels fight off free radicals. These free radicals damage healthy skin cells, which accelerates skin aging and promotes wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin. Furthermore, the peels work as a great skin toner, thanks to their astringent properties.orange-peel-face-mask

  • Mix 1 tablespoon each of orange peel powder and oatmeal powder with enough honey to make a paste.
  • Apply this paste on your face and neck area.
  • Allow it to sit for 30 minutes, then rinse it off with cold water.

Use this anti-aging face mask once a week for best results.

3. Removes Blackheads and Whiteheads:

Being slightly abrasive in nature, orange peel powder works as a natural exfoliating agent that can remove dirt and dead skin cells from your skin. This helps prevent the formation of blackheads and whiteheads. It even reduces the occurrence of acne.opm

  • Prepare a paste with equal amounts of orange peel powder and plain yogurt.
  • Apply it on your face and neck area, using gentle circular motions.
  • Allow it to sit for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • With wet hands, gently rub off the paste.

Use this remedy every other day to reduce blackheads and whiteheads. Then, repeat once a week as a preventive measure.

4. Whitens Teeth:

Fresh orange peels can also reduce the yellow tinge accumulated on your teeth. The peel contains a compound known as d-limonene that helps reduce teeth staining, especially smoking stains.

  • Simply rub the inside of an orange peel (the white portion) over your teeth for 2 to 3 minutes, then rinse your mouth and teeth with lukewarm water.
  • Do this twice daily until you are satisfied with the results.

Alternatively, mix some orange peel powder and a little water to make a paste. You can also add dried leaves in it. Put this paste on your toothbrush and use it to brush your teeth. Repeat twice daily for a few weeks.

5. Aids Weight Loss:

Orange peels can help you lose weight. Many nutritional components of oranges are present in the peel, especially vitamin C. This antioxidant vitamin helps burn fat. In your weight-loss diet, include orange peel tea instead of coffee and sodas.

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To make this tea:

  • Dry the peels from a few oranges in a cool, dry place.
  • Put 1 tablespoon of the dried peels in 1 cup of hot water.
  • Cover and steep for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the peels and add a little raw honey.
  • Drink 2 cups of this herbal tea daily.

Note: Make sure you use the peels from organic oranges and wash them thoroughly before drying.

6. Lowers Bad Cholesterol:

Orange peels can even help reduce the low-density lipoproteins (LDL or the ‘bad’ cholesterol) in the body that increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and heart attacks. The rich pectin, a natural soluble fiber, in the peels helps reduce cholesterol as well as blood pressure levels.

7. Regulates Bowel Movements:

Orange peels even improve digestion. The high dietary fiber in them helps regulate bowel movements, which prevents constipation. They also help treat various digestive disorders, including indigestion, gas, irritable bowel syndrome, bloating and heartburn.
Plus, the pectin in orange peels is beneficial for the growth of friendly bacteria in the large intestine.
After eating a meal, drink a cup of orange peel tea to improve digestion.

8. Works as a Natural Air Freshener:

The sweet, lemony aroma of orange peels works as a great air freshener. You can use them to mask unpleasant odors in different areas of your home or office, including kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and living rooms.

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  • Put a handful of fresh orange peels, a little lemon juice and a few cinnamon sticks in 2 cups of water and boil it for 10 minutes. Strain, allow it to cool and then transfer the liquid into a spray bottle. Use it as needed.

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  • Put some orange peel powder in small sachet and place them in different areas around the house to mask bad odors.
  • Place some dried orange peels at the bottom of your trash can to keep odors at bay.

9. Repels Mosquitoes and Ants:

The citrus smell of orange peels deters ants and also works to repel mosquitoes, flies, and even cats. Insects do not like the limonene (which contributes to the citrus smell), found in abundance in orange and other citrus fruit peels.

  • Grind some orange peels and place the powder in areas where ants, flies and other pests are prone to congregate.
  • To prevent mosquito bites, rub fresh orange peels all over your skin.
  • Put orange peels around your windowsills, doors and other entry points to keep stray cats away.

10. Makes Good Compost for Gardening:

Orange peels make a great addition to the compost pile. Being rich in nitrogen, they make the soil more fertile to support healthy cultivation of fruits and vegetables. They will even make the compost pile smell fresh and deter cats and dogs from digging in or using your garden as a litter box.

  • Thoroughly wash the peels of a few oranges and other citrus fruits under running water to remove pesticides and harmful chemicals.
  • Chop them into pieces for faster degradation.
  • Mix them into your compost pile.

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Once the compost is ready, use it for gardening.

Additional Tips:

  • Wash the peels under cold water to remove as much of the pesticides as possible before drying them in the sun.
  • Always dry the peels thoroughly before grinding them to make a powder.
  • Store the dried powder in an airtight container.
  • Do not store fresh peels in the refrigerator.

Good to Glow

So, it’s a wonderful time of the year! The time when living is easy and work is hard. With temperature rising <uh, its so hot>, your brain might decide to take a break as well. Summer also brings along lot of events like Graduation parties, July 4th celebrations or <no reason whatsoever> traveling. With the excitement of summer and rest of the plans, our skin gets the bad part of the deal.

As any other person enjoying summer, I have been traveling a lot. The heat, salt water, humidity and difference in temperature (depending on my destination) take their toll on your skin, but the #1 offender is sun exposure. And when traveling, you cannot carry your complete skin-care vanity. In that case, I always go for travel sets. And, maintaining a great face on the road is been easy –  and fast – thanks to these travel size masks and creams.

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Mallin + Goetz Clarifying Clay Mask has absorbent kaolin clay to draw out impurities and is perfect for oily and acne prone skin. It conquers shine and blemishes in under 10 minutes a week. Just like that.

Kiehl's Turmeric &amp; Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masqueshopnow

Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque is made with inflammatory turmeric, and tiny cranberry seeds exfoliate the skin. This creamy formula is packed with potent natural ingredients that brighten and energize dull, tired skin in minutes.

Aesop Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Masqueshopnow

Aesop Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Masque leaves skin soft and dewy after applying eucalyptus-and rosemary-scented gel. The skin feels and looks awesome after using this product. Definitely recommend to anyone.

JK7 Beautifying &amp; Rejuvenating Cream

JK7 Beautifying & Rejuvenating Cream employs natural ingredients, including marshmallow and gingko biloba, to help reduce fine lines, prevent premature aging and calm skin. This rich cream is easily absorbed and helps to reduce fine lines.

JK7 Perfecting &amp; Replenishing Face Mask
JK7 Perfecting & Replenishing Face Mask offers a delicate, floral scent and an “instant face-lift” promise with green tea, chamomile, pomegranate and Vitamins A, C and E, among other ingredients. This rich natural face mask is deeply replenishing for all skin types. It can also be used as a quick face lifter and freshener before a special event.

Kiehl's Cilantro &amp; Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masqueshopnow

Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque has an antioxidant-rich formula meant for wear at night to revive skin and protect against environment impurities. With regular use, lines are minimized, rough texture is smoothed and dullness is diminished.

 

Dang, You Look Gooooood!!!

It’s sandal season!! And we did go on shopping spree with Quite The Feet! But, let’s face it. Good intentions aside it’s easier to hit the snooze than get out of bed and hit the pavement. And, we are probably scared of the sight of our own feet. So, whether it’s figuring out how to sculpt your body or finally learning how to carve out “me” time, we got you covered with some luxury at home.

Lounging in your living room while soaking your feet sounds divine? Then, Welcome to our new evening ritual. We got some DIY fresh and relaxing ways to get those great feet sandal season ready.

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Lemon Soak:

To make your soak, combine one gallon of warm water and two cups of fresh lemon juice in a small basin or tub.

Lemon Scrub:

Gather 1/4 cup organic granulated sugar, 1/4 cup olive oil and 2Tbsp fresh lemon zest in a small bowl.

Moisturizer:

Use any pure oil or all-natural lotion you might have in your beauty stash.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Begin by removing old nail polish.
  2. Trim and file nails to desired shape and length, and round the edges to avoid ingrown toenails.
  3. Soak feet in the warm, lemon foot-soak for about 5 minutes.
  4. Gently push back cuticles with a wooden orange stick, available online or at any pharmacy.
  5. To exfoliate, take a scoop of the lemon-zest scrub in your hand and apply in a circular motion to feet, giving extra attention to heels, between toes, and calluses.
  6. Rinse feet under warm water, and then towel-dry.
  7. Massage lotion of choice into the skin, again, giving extra TLC to heels and toes.
  8. Remove excess oils from the nail with a bit of non-acetone remover on a cotton ball.
  9. Apply polish — or just enjoy your soft feet!

NOTE: You can do create your version of Sweet Orange Pedi by replacing Lemon with oranges.

Keeping same instructions, we got few more variations to your homemade spa. More is even better!!


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Peppermint Soak:

Make a soothing foot bath that relaxes and refreshes sore feet by adding 10-15 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil to warm water.

Peppermint Scrub:

Mix 1/4 cup traditional white or brown sugar, 1/4 cup olive oil and 5 drops of peppermint essential oil in a bowl.

 


SOOTHING LAVENDARlavendar

Lavendar Soak:

Combine 1/2 cup Epsom Salt, 2 Tbsp Baking soda (optional), 6 drops of Lavendar Essential Oil to warm water.

Lavendar Scrub:

Mix 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract and 5 drops of lavendar essential oil in a bowl.

 


SWEET HONEYhoney

Honey Soak:

Put 2 Tsp Honey in hot water and stir it to dissolve it. If you want to, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oils.

Honey Scrub:

Combine 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract and 1 tsp honey.


 

BONUS:

Whew! Did you make through all these? Well, you can make your own sugar scrub by including your favorite essential oils. Please, share if you have your faves.

Have a scrub-a-licious day!!

 

Beauty Resolutions Worth Making

It seems that when Jan.1 rolls in, a lot of pressure comes with it – hit the gym, bring your “A” game at work, or whatever made to the “things I need to improve” list. Quite often, resolutions turn into not-so-fun obligations, and, quite honestly we are over it.

A week later? Ah! forget all that. Instead of thinking about things you could have done differently, make your mission to feel the best you possibly can – to treat yourself. We find that when we take time to pamper ourselves, we are able to handle stress more easily and generally kick ass at life. And perhaps, we are biased, but we find beauty resolutions most fun and relaxing of all.

After all, who wouldn’t agree that trying a daring lip color is much more appealing than, keeping check on carb intake?  Yes, we think so too. Ahead, you will find some new beauty trends that easy, achievable and totally worth making. Don’t believe us? Just try one out – trust us, we guarantee you will feel spectacular.

Give your limbs some extra TLC

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It’s no secret that a countless of variables – like stress and weather – can take tool on our bodies. So, pretend that your body is a friend who had a rough day, and give it some extra love. Not sure where to start? With winter officially here and dropping temperature, most of us are suffering from annoying skin ailments like dry skin and irritation. Try bath with essential oils, or using Ponds body cream to bring yourself back to life. Massage over face and neck in morning to smooth and soften skin before applying make-up, or in the evening for deep, overnight hydration. The rich and creamy formula is easily absorbed by skin to nourish deeply while significantly reducing dryness caused during winters.

Mask It

tea-tree-face-mask_l-1Hair and face masks are perfect ways to pamper – not to mention, they offer both immediate and long-lasting results. If you’re looking for instant gratification in your appearance, we highly recommend trying one of these a couple times a week. As for your locks, treat them to a reparative mask. Stay on track by marking your mask days on your calendar.

Pencil In A Spa Day

spaSpeaking of your calendar, if there’s one mantra to prep yourself for the week, it’s indulging yourself in a spa day – or night – once a week. This can be as simple as putting on a mask, lighting some candles and listening to some relaxing music. Or, you can go all-out with a facial and a mani-pedi. Whatever your style is, make it your own and make it blissful.

Go Outside Your Makeup Comfort Zone

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It’s easy to stick to your fail-proof, safe makeup menus – the ones we can practically do with our eyes closed. But, since it is new year, we suggest venturing outside your normal routine, finding new you, and trying something new and daring. You can never go wrong with a statement lip or switching your basic black liner for an eye-catching ombré. Prepare yourself for bountiful compliments.

Make Exfoliation A Priority

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Everybody loves baby-soft skin. In order to achieve the soft, glowing skin we all crave, proper exfoliation is essential. Cleaning off dead cells two to three times a week (depending on skin type) leaves you feeling super refreshed, gives you a gorgeous glow keeping your skin youthful and allowing other products to work better. There’s nothing worse than spending your hard earned #money on quality skin care products and finding that your skin isn’t getting any benefit from them.

Try A New Brand

newbrandYou don’t need to be a beauty buff to be familiar wit brands like NARS, MAC, and Urban Decay. These labels constantly impress us with new releases but it’s easy to forget that beauty is a world full products working hard to themselves known. Sometimes, a local brand can do wonder that an expensive brand can only promise.

When In Doubt, Chop It

We always encourage going with your gut. If you’re sick of the same hairstyle you’ve had for years, or yours are looking lifeless, it’s time for an update. Many celebs have made the change from long to lob this past year – and if they can take the plunge, so can you. Merely chopping off couple of inches can make you look few years younger. Otherwise, changing color or adding highlights can do wonders.