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Perfect Skin Care for you this month! Vol. 1 – September 2014

Upcoming Reviews on the blog

Well, as you all are well aware by now that I have started blogging full time and I am revamping the entire site slowly. So, expect a lot more changes in the coming times and so this is one of the new features on the blog. Basically, it will just be a round up of what has been happening behind the scenes and what you can expect in the coming month. So, lets get started :)

A lot happened this month and I am extremely happy with myself. Hope you are liking the new content.

This month

Here are some of the highlighted posts of the month:

Products Reviewed:


Books Reviewed:

A Special Note: I am participating in the Game of Blogs contest by Blogadda where each team of 10 members have to create and develop a story around the characters provided by Blogadda. And, I am extremely happy to announce that even after the initial hitch-backs in the story development, we, #StoryWeavers, are the seventh team to make it through second round. So, yay to us :) And, please wish and pray for us so that we make it through the third one as well which is also the last round.

Next Month

books to be reviewed by Perfect Skin Care for you
That’s my bed side table!

I am planning a change in the blog header so yup that is up for unveiling it after the holidays.
I have also made a lot of changes to the blog layout which I shall be documenting in a Blog Diary Series coming soon.
What am I currently using and testing?

  • Omved Purifying Shampoo and Gentle Conditioner
  • There is this new soap I got from Hyderabad Goes Green Shop – Holy Lama Naturals Kewra
  • Pro Naturals Morrocan Argan Oil Hair Repair Treatment
  • Vaadi Herbals Instaglow Almond & Honey Face Pack
  • Vaadi Herbals Face & Body Scrub Walnut & Apricot
  • Barever Natural Hair Inhibitor (this will take a little longer to review)

What am I currently reading?
  • Robert Calasso’s Ka
  • George Martin’s A Feast for Crows
  • Deepak Chopra’s Perfect Digestion

Learned a lot from Deepak Chopra’s book. Will be doing a short post on the book soon.
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Exercising and Pregnancy {Pregnancy} [Part - III]

Read the previous part of this series here. This is the last post of this series.

Guest Post by Punam

General cautions for pregnancy exercise

While most forms of exercise are safe, there are some exercises that involve positions and movements that may be uncomfortable or harmful for pregnant women. Be guided by your doctor or physiotherapist on those positions but let me share some of the generic cautions:

  • Avoid raising your body temperature too high – for example, don’t soak in hot spas or exercise to the point of heavy sweating. Reduce your level of exercise on hot or humid days.
  • Don’t exercise to the point of exhaustion.
  • If weight training, choose low weights and medium to high repetitions – avoid lifting heavy weights altogether.
  • Don’t exercise if you are ill or feverish.
  • If you don’t feel like exercising on a particular day – then don’t! It is important to listen to your body to avoid unnecessarily depleting your energy reserves.

Exercises to avoid while pregnant

During pregnancy, avoid sports and activities with increased risk of falling like:

  • Contact sports or activities that carry a risk of falling (such as trampolining, roller blading, downhill snow skiing, horse riding and basketball)
  • Competition sports – depending on the stage of pregnancy, the level of competition and your level of fitness
  • After about the fourth month of pregnancy, exercises that involve lying on your back – the weight of the baby can slow the return of blood to the heart. Try to modify these exercises by lying on the side.
  • In the later stages of pregnancy, activities that involve jumping, frequent changes of direction and excessive stretching (such as gymnastics).
  • If you’re not sure whether a particular activity is safe during pregnancy, check with your doctor.

Pelvic floor exercises and pregnancy

The pelvic floor muscles are weakened during pregnancy and during normal birth (vaginal delivery), so it is extremely important to begin conditioning the pelvic floor muscles from the start of the pregnancy. Appropriate exercises can be prescribed by a physiotherapist. It is important to continue with these throughout the pregnancy and resume as soon as is comfortable after the birth.

Abdominal exercises and pregnancy

Strong abdominal muscles support your spine. The internal core and pelvic floor abdominal muscles act as a natural ‘corset’ to protect the pelvis and lumbar spine. Traditional sit-ups or crunches can be ineffective during pregnancy and may make worse the condition known as diastasis recti abdominis (a painless splitting of the abdominal muscle at the midline).

Appropriate core stability exercises are recommended during pregnancy to strengthen the muscles of the abdomen:

  1. Concentrate on drawing your belly button towards your spine.
  2. Breathe out while pulling in your belly.
  3. Hold the position and count to 10. Relax and breathe in.
  4. Repeat 10 times, as many times a day as you are able.
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Posted by admin - 29/09/2014 at 6:57 am

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Tips For Successfully Ridding Your Skin Of Acne

One of the most common skin conditions in the world known to man is the condition known as acne. It has existed for many years and affected many generations of people, with more generations to come. Nearly everyone experiences the bane of acne, but every one can beat it, especially if they used the tips found in this article.

If your acne consists of inflamed spots or cysts, consider using Hydrocortisone to reduce the swelling. Hydrocortisone is an over-the-counter mild topical steroid which can reduce inflammation and redness on the skin’s surface. Be sure to only use this skin ointment on the inflamed pimple, and do not overuse this product as side effects can include skin thinning and discoloration of the skin.

To get rid of your acne, be sure to drink water continuously throughout the day. Keeping your skin hydrated allows dead skin cells to be shed easily, preventing them from leading to blocked pores or more acne outbreaks. When your skin dries out dead skin cells sometimes are not shed completely, which can lead to the above complications.

A simple and relatively inexpensive home remedy for acne can be found in baking soda. Baking soda acts as a natural exfoliant by helping to remove dead skin cells. It also cleans and unclogs pores. To use, simply create a paste by combining a little water and baking soda, and wash away after 15 minutes.

If you want to reduce the amount of acne you have, you should avoid any stressful situations. Calm yourself down, and relax a little! The stress will cause more acne breakouts, and these will probably make you even more stressed! Try to find your happy place. Try to stay in a calm environment.

To help keep your face acne and blemish free try an anti-blemish cream. There are several options available to try. These creams will help rid your face of blemishes and blackheads, and keep them from occurring again. When using a cream, it is important to apply it on a regular basis.

Remember that natural or organic products are not necessarily better at helping acne. Sometimes these natural ingredients are just as irritating to the skin as their man-made counterparts. Although organic products are often environmentally safer, many of them do not contain any proven abilities to prevent acne. Always check the labels carefully to find out what is actually contained in these natural products.

Acne is a natural bodily response. You should never invest in a product that you see on the internet or that you see on TV that guarantees your acne will go away in an hour. These products almost always are all hype, which will leave you without money and with acne.

We are all much more prone to breakouts when we are stressed. And, ironically enough, skin problems can further add to our stress, thereby compounding the problem! Make sure you are managing your stress by exercising regularly, getting together with friends or engaging in other activities you enjoy, and getting plenty of rest.

Keep the water flowing if you want to make a dent in your acne flare-ups. When our skin is dehydrated, you will shed the dead skin cells effectively which can cause blocked pores and increases in your acne problems. Try to drink at least 2 liters of water per day for optimum affect.

Reducing the amount of dairy and red meat in your diet may help reduce your acne symptoms. Both dairy and red meat can be difficult for our bodies to digest. Due to this, we compensate by releasing excess waste products through the skin, as oils, which translate into acne flare-ups. Try cutting back on how much you consume of these items and see if you notice a difference in your skin.

Don’t over wash your face with harsh chemicals. This can irritate your skin and end up making acne worse. These harsh face washes/scrubs can strip all the oil from your face making your skin will compensate by producing more oil. Just use gentle cleansers and make sure you never use any product with alcohol.

In addition to other dietary changes you can make to target acne, consider reducing your red meat intake. Red meat is often cultivated with growth hormones. These hormones, when ingested, can disrupt your body’s natural physiologic balance. This causes problems with your immune system and strips your skin of its natural defenses.

Stay away from popping your pimples. It may seem tempting to quash a large whitehead when it pops up, but your skin will be more likely to scar over. Furthermore, popping pimples encourages the spread of bacteria and infection across your face. Popping pimples can not be hygienic by its very nature, so stay clear of implements that assist in the process too.

An important tip to consider when concerning acne is to try to used aspirin to clear up your skin. This is important to consider because different techniques work for different people and the salicylic acid that is present in aspirin may be what is right to clear up your face or other areas. Crush up aspirin and add enough water to make a paste, then apply to the face. Consult with your doctor first.

Reducing the amount of dairy products and red meat in your diet, can help fight acne. Both of these foods require a lot of energy to digest. When the digestive system is working full-blast, excess waste products wind up backing up throughout the body, including in the skin. These wastes are significant contributors to acne problems.

Water is an integral part of acne prevention. The reason for this is that water is essential for removing dead skin cells from your body. If these dead skin cells are not quickly removed, they can block pores and cause breakouts. Therefore, to keep your skin clear, you must make sure to drink a sufficient amount of water every day.

As previously mentioned, acne is a commonly existing condition among many people and it has existed for many years. Though this condition has existed for years, it can be defeated with help. If you use the tips provided in this article, you should be able to destroy acne without even breaking a sweat.

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Posted by admin - 29/09/2014 at 2:29 am

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Benefits Of Using Egg & Oil Face Pack

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Nutmeg for Dry and Oily Skin {Reader’s Tip}

This is one of the tips I found in the comments while browsing through them.

Hey friends..! Try this.. really works.. Oily skin : Nutmeg paste prepared with water (apply it on face, leave it for 20mins and wash it off). Dry skin : Nutmeg paste prepared with raw milk (apply it on face, leave it for 20mins and wash it off). You can use honey instead of water too. Hope this will help you all :) on Difference between Pimples and Acne {Reader’s Query}

As the reader said, nutmeg works wonders on the skin. Yes, the tip is extremely useful. And, do not forget to check out other Reader’s Tips.

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Posted by admin - 27/09/2014 at 7:08 am

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Tips To End Your Embarrassing Acne Problem

If you suffer from acne, you know how it can affect your life. Your confidence suffers, and people see you in a different light. If you’d like to cure your acne, read on. This article will go over many proven tips and techniques to clear up your skin and help your life.

Many teens and young adults find themselves in an unfortunate battle against acne. Keeping your skin free of oils and grime that naturally plague us daily is the best preventative measure. Washing your face with soap while showering will greatly reduce your chance of future breakouts, as well as stopping any breakouts before they expand.

To avoid the chances of creating more acne problems for yourself, avoid touching your face. Touching your face transfers dirt and bacteria to your pores, and can also cause already irritated areas to become even more irritated. Also avoid popping any pimples or blemishes with your bare fingers, as they will only make matters worse.

Try using salt water to clear up your acne. If regular facial soap and water aren’t quite getting the job done, try washing your face with salt water instead. It will work to remove oil without drying out your skin. Just be careful about getting it in your eyes or inside open abrasions.

Limiting the amount of caffeine that you drink can help you reduce acne. Caffeine encourages your body to give off an abundance of stress hormones. These hormones make acne worse, so it is important to stay away from things like chocolate, coffee and tea. Reducing these foods should cause you to see a noticeable difference in your skin.

If you have a blemish that will not go away, go into your freezer and use a piece of ice. Ice will help to reduce the swelling of your pimple so that it is much less noticeable when you go out with your friends. Additionally, this treatment will hasten the healing process, so that you are back to normal quicker than usual.

Try holding your cell phone or house phone away from your cheek when talking. This will help you avoid reapplying the dirt and bacteria from your phone back onto your skin, which can clog pores and cause acne. This may seem hard, but after a few practices, it will be second nature.

Instead of investing in an expensive cream for acne, look around at products you already have that may help alleviate breakouts. At night before you go to bed try dabbing a small amount of toothpaste, yes toothpaste, on your blemish. This will help you resist the urge to squeeze the pimples, and you will wake up with lessened redness and irritation.

Even though it is tempting to hide pimples on your face behind your hair, try not to let your hair touch your face. Oil, bacteria and styling products in your hair can be transferred onto your skin and aggravate your acne more. Headbands, Alice bands, clips and slides are great accessories that keep hair off your face.

For people with excessive acne or acne scars, it is wise to visit a dermatologist. They can have methods of helping to clear and prevent acne that cannot be bought in a store. Also, they can prescribe special creams and lotions that a person can use daily at home.

Try to avoid wearing makeup frequently. Makeup is known to clog pores and create acne and blackheads. If you must wear makeup, try to make sure it is a water based product and do not forget to wash it all off before going to bed. The longer you leave it on, the more like it is to get breakouts.

An important tip to consider when concerning acne is to use a mixture of water and baking soda as an acne or pimple clearing solution. This works to remove your skin of dead tissue and prevent the skin cells from clogging your pores. This can be used on a daily basis.

If you want to get rid of your acne quickly, try combining aspirin with lemon juice. Crush the aspirin and mix it with a little lemon juice. Put the liquid on your blemishes and leave it on overnight. Aspirin has a certain type of acid in it that helps your skin heal. Lemon juice has similar healing qualities.

Stick to natural products if you have acne-prone skin. Many facial products contain harsh chemicals. These chemicals strip the skin of its natural oils. This causes your skin to become dry, or in some cases, actually triggers an increase in oil production in the face to compensate for the lost oils. Both outcomes often result in even more acne.

Aspirin can prove to be a cure for acne blemishes. Aspirin contains high levels of salicylic acid, which can help to rid your skin of blemishes and is easy to use. Just crush a couple of aspirins and mix with water. Put this mixture directly on your blemishes and watch them disappear quickly.

Have a few different pillowcases that you use and wash them frequently. Make sure you change our your pillowcase every night, as this will prevent oil buildup and other things while you are sleeping. This, along with many other smart and simple steps, can go a long way in preventing acne.

If you decide to buy acne creams and astringents, choose carefully. Everyone has unique skin, so that product your friend is gushingly advocating may not work at all for you. Advertisements can be very confusing as well. The best option is to go to a dermatologist and discuss what medications would be best for you.

A good tip concerning acne is to simply not pick at it. If you pick at your acne you can make the acne even worse. If you’re going to pick at it you should at least wash your hands first so that no bacteria has a chance to get in.

If you’ve been suffering from acne for a long time and think you’ve tried everything, hopefully you found something to help you in this article. As was stated at the beginning, acne can affect your life negatively. Don’t let acne hold you back; apply these tips today and see the difference.

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Posted by admin - 26/09/2014 at 7:30 pm

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Loving It / Using It Vol. 9 – Le Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream Vanilla

Since I have come to know about shea butter, I have always wanted to get the raw material and make body creams with it. But, since that never really happened, I was happy to experience this product and see if shea butter really does what all its touted to do!
And, honestly, I am loving shea butter. So, check out what I think about the product.



  • Price: 22$ for 8oz. Expensive!
  • Smells subtly of vanilla but nothing overwhelming.
  • Packaging. Comes in a wide-mouthed plastic container with a lid. The product has to be scooped from the container. The irritating part is that the product gets under the nails!
  • Moisturises well. It really takes care of the dry skin. In fact, the cream is also in part responsible in healing my cracked heels. It is perfect for heel care.
  • Ingredient list not mentioned.
  • Does not travel well. The cream can melt in tropical temperatures and leak!
  • A small quantity is enough. And, it is definitely a winter or dry season product.
  • Absorbs immediately into the skin
Loving It / Using It : Loving It
Overall Verdict
Definitely recommended!
Have you used the product? Would you like to try out the products after reading the review?
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Loving / Using It Vol. 1 – Garnier Pure Active pore unclogging wash
Loving / Using It Vol. 3 – Kama Ayurveda Rose Jasmine Bath & Body Oil
Loving / Using It Vol. 4 – Dabur Vatika Enriched Olive Hair Oil

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Dry Skin Causes and how to heal it? {Skin Care}

Beginning of Navratres (Indian festival which precedes Dusshera) signify the start of fall for me. The end of October signifies winter season and shivratri signifies the upcoming spring season. Yeah, I know it is actually holi but the thing is Hyderabad gets hot so quickly that there is literally no spring but only summers and rainy season starts in the mid of June.

This is my seasonal mind and body clock. Of course, things work very differently in the real life, thanks to the global warming :)
Anyways, since the fall is already here, have you noticed your skin drying up more than usual? Well, my skin has been getting drier and drier since the weather has given way to rains. And, I thought I would share some of the tips to avoid dry skin. Well, you might already be aware of some or all of them but let me just reiterate them!

Hair Removal

Waxing or shaving are both drying for skin so whenever you do it, make sure you treat the skin gently and thoroughly afterwards.
After waxing, wash the area with warm water and follow with ice cubes and aloevera gel in case of irritation and moisturise there after.
For shaving, a better and natural option is to use homemde shaving oil made of castor and coconut oil.


Dry Brushing and Exfoliation

Well, it is extremely important to remove the dead skin cells so that you can allow the skin to heal and regenerate.
Dry Brushing is my favourite way of getting rid of the dead skin cells but you can also use homemade scrubs or the commercial ones available in the market.

Massages

Get some oil on your skin. Almond oil is rich in Vitamin E, coconut oil is rich in fatty acids important for skin and sesame oil is the recommended ayurvedic therapy for skin. Use essential oils for a relaxing and luxurious therapy. Do this after dry brushing for more effectiveness.

Turn down the shower temperature and time

Reduce the heat of the bath water and the length of time you take your shower. Hot water is extremely drying and helps the skin to age quickly. Make it warm and short and extremely relaxing.

Use natural products

Whether it is your soap or face wash or the body lotion you use, try to get the natural and organic products. Alcohol toners are a strict no no. And, natural oils are the best moisturisers.

Over indulgence is bad!

Do not exfoliate your skin daily or over do on the AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) or BHA (beta hydroxy acid) exfoliators or peels. Even fruit based face masks like papaya or pineapple or sugarcane juice must be used sparingly. It is best to stick to besan + milk as lactic acid is milder than others. Also, people with acne must be careful and not use dairy products.

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Choices are what makes us! [Game of Blogs - Part 15]

Story Weavers
Read the starting chapter of the story here and the previous part of the story here.
Cyrus was trying to capture more of the videos. He was happy that the first upload was successful. He was not aware of the furore it had caused in the outside world.
He had started blogging just because it was the trend now a days. But, being an introvert and having low self-esteem, he had not really told anyone of his blogging proclivity. He had started writing all that he could not really express to people who knew him intimately. And, he had found a dedicated reader soon enough with whom he interacted on a very personal level.
The first upload had not gone really smooth. It was quite an adventure. In fact, this was the first real adventure in Cyrus’s life. He was not dimwitted in real life but yes definitely short of common sense and looked dumb in his big specs which covered his entire face. He had somehow managed to think of his mobile and what he could do with it! He despised mobiles. It made him feel so unwanted. He had no one to whatsapp him, no friends to like his pictures on facebook, hardly talked to his parents once a week and that too the bare felicitations.

Fortunately, for today’s meeting, he had to carry the gadget. And, he was gonna make sure that it is used properly. But, first, he needed to take it out of his secret pocket which was not possible with these masked hovering around him. He gathered all the courage and spoke to the masked man standing just a few steps away from him, “Sir, can I please use the washroom. I have a chronic prostrate issue because of which I need to visit the bathroom frequently”. He knew simple request to use the washroom was not gonna work so he had to make this excuse. And, as expected, the masked men who heard him laughed and used derogatory words but allowed him to use the loo. One of them escorted him to the loo door.
Since he could not risk not using the loo, he thought he might as well do it and take out his mobile in the same process. The main concern would be how to keep the mobile away from their eyes and record at the same time. So, he pretended to use the washroom for a longer time and said to the man waiting outside, “Sir, I need to use the washroom for some more time”. The reply was a rude explicit but the man acquiesced. Cyrus changed his phone to silent no vibration, switched on the recording mode and arranged his shirt to let his shirt tails hang and fixed the mobile in his jeans keeping the lens peeping out in the gap of shirt tails so that the camera could record everything. He splashed around some water, flushed the toilet …read more

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