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Petroleum Jelly: Erstwhile Beauty Secret or Silent Killer?

Every Indian kid grew up with that little bottle of Vaseline that was constantly being slathered on parched lips, dry elbows and cracked heels. Especially in winter. It was always there in the background ready to be put to good us! But did any of us stop, and think about what was in them? I was an extremely curious kid and honestly enjoyed reading labels of every single product in the house. A bit nerdy? Yes. A great way to learn about what we were getting exposed to? Hell, yeah! So when I saw the words “Petroleum Jelly” as the only ingredient in Vaseline, I decided to research further. For some reason I always assumed it to be an inky...

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The Oil Cleansing Method: For Dry Skin

When I was growing up nothing was more satisfying than a nicely foaming face wash that left my skin radiant, matte and almost reptilian! But, hey! I still did it over and over again because of the suds. Having grown up with dry flaky skin that was scaly to touch I have been slathered with a plethora of oils ranging from almond to coconut. But my love for face washes saw me strip my face of oil every single day and try to replenish it with others. Was that a logical skincare step taken by a sane human? No! Did I still do it? Hell, yes! When I grew up though I realised the importance of oil for the skin...

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DIY: Coconut Coffee Body Scrub

Has there ever been a time in your life when you’ve read about the benefits of exfoliation and jumped straight on the bandwagon by buying a huge pile of scrubs? These are expensive abrasives that have so many chemicals in them! What if I told you that there is a simple way to slough off all the dead cells from your body? Sounds too good to be true? To top it all off, it also doesn’t have a single chemical in it and you can just use things you’d find in your house to make it. Intrigued yet? Here is a simple 4 ingredient exfoliant that will leave your skin polished, moisturised and sans dead cells!   Ingredients: 1 part...

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Oil Pulling: The Secret Ayurvedic Trick for Oral Health

As Indians we have inherited a rich heritage, of not only art and culture but also science. We come from the land of Vedic Maths and Ayurveda and yet we constantly look to the West as the golden standard for health and wellness. Thankfully they have begun to look Eastward for unique ways to improve their health whether it is acupuncture or even an ancient geisha face mask. It is ironic that I thought that I learnt about oil pulling from an article in Cosmopolitan, when my mother had actually been entreating me to do it for the longest time! Let’s chalk this up to another “Mama Knows Best” moment in my life. But nevertheless, after reading about this in...

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Clove Oil: The Acne Killer

  I don’t know about you folks but when I was growing up there were a good 2-3 years when my skin decided that it was going to be a pain to deal with. Sun allergies, breakouts and hyperpigmentation were my personal poltergeists. The only skin condition I did not have to contend with was acne and, boy! I couldn’t have been happier about it. My friends were using Accutane, Tetracycline other powerful anti-acne medications that had so many side effects. They were so ashamed of their excessive pimples that they felt that the side effects didn’t matter. Even as a child I always felt that mother nature would certainly have some solution to acne but not having proper access to the...

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