Be the Real You

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SPA.This one word can do wonders to our thinking.Relaxing us even when we just think of it.And actually experiencing it would feel as if we have been given a piece of heaven.

We live in a health conscious world.But its also a world where you need to use your money judiciously.The rising prices of the most common civic amenities takes a toll on our body and mind.Dont forget pollution and dust.We spend so much time working to fulfill our daily need that spending thousands of rupees on a massage or a facial seems futile.But the problem lies in the fact that you need to look presentable to climb the stairs to success.So how do we go about it?What should we do to get the glow back without burning a hole in our pockets?

Natural therapy is the answer to this.Nature has lots of things to offer us.Hence its high time that we stop demeening it .Things that we use everyday can help us get the flawless skin,hair,body we always wanted.We just need to find time for  ourselves.Not much,just a few minutes to pamper our body for the tough things it does everyday.

Here are some tips to get you starting.You wouldn’t have to spend a single penny out of the box as all the ingredients would be available at your home right there in the kitchen.

Brown Sugar Lemony Body Scrub
This particular scrub has lemon, which works as a natural disinfectant. It will open up and cleanse clogged pores. The oils from the mixture will leave you with soft, healthy glowing skin.
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sea salt
2 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
1 tbsp of honey
2 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp of your favorite essential oil (I recommend bergamot for energy, eucalyptus or spearmint for stress relief and lavender or jasmine for something more relaxing.)
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until it turns into a paste. Apply to moist skin in circular motion using your fingertips to help skin cells slough off faster. Rinse off with warm water. Apply your favorite moisturizer. Results: smooth, soft glowing skin.

Milk Foot Soak
Add 4 cups of warmed whole milk, 2 tablespoons of Epsom Salt and 6 drops of your favorite essential oil such as lemon, sandalwood or lavender to warm footbath. Soak for 20 minutes. Use the Brown Sugar Lemony Body Scrub to remove dead skin on feet.

Invigorating Coffee Scrub
Coffee contains Magnesium and Vitamin E. It also acts as an antibacterial, exfoliating and stimulating agent. Brew a fresh pot of coffee. Use 3 tablespoons of the fresh grounds and 1 tablespoon of salt and mix in a bowl. Scrub mixture over body within 20 minutes of brewing before oxidation occurs.

HAIR

Olive Oil Deep Hair Conditioning Mask
This is an excellent treatment if you swim in a chlorinated pool on a regular basis. Beat two eggs (three for long hair) and add in three tablespoons of olive oil. Add your favorite essential oils for fragrance (optional.) Apply a liberal amount to hair from root to tip. Wrap hair in warm towel and rest for about 30 minutes. After you rinse, you will notice how soft, shiny and manageable your hair will be. Do once a month (twice for dry hair).

Natural Blonde Highlights
For natural blonde highlights that are worthy of the finest salons, add 1/4-cup lemon juice to 3/4-cup water and rinse your hair with the mixture. Lemon juice acts as natural bleach. Apply a small amount of leave-in conditioner to hair to moisturize. Sit in the sun until your hair dries. Remember to moisturize with sunscreen before lying out. To maximize the effect, repeat once daily for up to a week.

TEETH

Strawberry Bleach Mask

Some people get conscious because of their teeth in front of others.This is one such remedy which can give you a reason to smile.
Celebrities, such as Catherine Zeta-Jones, swear by this. This natural mixture will remove any stains and discoloration on your teeth. Crush one ripe strawberry and mix 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Apply the mixture on teeth with toothbrush and let it set for 5 minutes; then brush with your regular toothpaste. Repeat once a week.

FACE

Each and every one of us is conscious about the way we look these days.A good face in the mirror makes us feel more confident of ourselves.Hence I get you some tips to be the ultimate eye candy.

Honey Oats Face Scrub
Combine 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon finely ground almonds, 2 tablespoons dry oatmeal and some lemon juice or yogurt to a luxurious and exfoliating facial scrub. Massage mixture gently onto face; then rinse with warm water. Use favorite moisturizer afterward.

Yogurt & Honey Mask
Mix 1-part plain yogurt and 1-part honey and apply to clean, moist face. Let it set for 10-15 minutes and rinse well with warm water. The mixture moisturizes, hydrates and soothes the skin. Honey can be used as a minor acne treatment.

Banana Facial Cream
Mash 1/2 of a ripe banana until creamy. Apply on face and leave for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and cold water to close pores. Pat dry.

I believe that some of the tips would surely help you to get the real you back.These remedies are cheap,easily available and would not take much time of your day.The best part of them being is that they would give you the results of a professional salon after a minimal expense! So get started and be what you always wanted to be.

Greetings everyone!I am Surbhi Sharma, an undergraduate science student from Delhi University.