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BLOSSOM KOCHCHAR

Here are a few tips to glow for the seson ahead.

Face

Scrub: Crush a few almonds or cereal such as broken wheat. Add to it, a few drops of Ylang Ylan oil and mix them with two tablespoons of honey. Gently rub the granular paste on the face for a few minutes. Rinse off with cool water.

Pigmentation: Mix milk powder, papaya and four to five drops Hydrogen Peroxide 20, and apply on the face. Rinse after 15 minutes. You can also use lemon juice instead of hydrogen peroxide. It will lighten the scars, but may take time.

Deep cleansing: Mix a teaspoon of Milk of Magnesia with a teaspoon of rose water. Apply on the face with damp cotton or fingers. Rinse after 10 to 15 minutes.

Body, back and neck

Always massage your neck when applying cream on the face.

Scrub: Mix sugar granules and a few drops of exotica oil to a cleansing cream, and rub gently on the body. Leave it on for 20 minutes, and take a shower. After this, use hand and body lotion with SPF, for the body, including neck and back. Use this scrub once a week. For oily skin, use it twice a week.

Cream: Every night, before going to bed, take one tablespoon of milk cream and mix it with a few drops of glycerin, castor oil and rose water. Apply all over the face, neck and hands. Leave it overnight, and rinse with cold water in the morning.

Dark circles: Grate a potato and add two drops of lavender oil.

Put this on a gauze. Keep the gauze on the dark circle, and rinse after 15 minutes.

Hands

Soak your hands in warm olive oil for about five minutes. Wash, and use hand cream. Use cuticle softener for the nails.

Cracked feet

Take 100 ml of coconut oil, a small candle and two bits of camphor, and heat them in a pan. Apply the paste after cleaning the feet with loofa. Leave it overnight, and rinse it in the morning. Use a foot cream. The paste must be applied only at night, as the wax will gather in the cracks at day time.

Hair

Dry hair: After shampooing, apply half-a-cup of milk and a few drops of Ylang Ylang oil to the hair. Rinse after five minutes. Oily hair: Mix half-a-cup of water with one tablespoon of rose water, one teaspoon of vinegar and a few drops of Patchouli oil.

Apply it on the hair, and rinse after five minutes.

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