Steaming Your Face At Home

Steaming deep cleans your face of dirt and many impurities and forces skin to perspire which prevents pimples. It also helps in opening the pores, and this helps the skin absorb the benefits got from exfoliating. If you don't have an electric steamer then boil water in a pot and when it starts boiling reduce the flame, lower your face over the pot covering you head with a towel so the steam is directed to your face. Steam for 3 to 5 minutes. Take a cotton ball and gently wipe your face to remove dead cells and improve blood circulation. Dry face with a soft towel. People with an oily skin should steam their face twice a week and those with a dry skin may steam once a week. People with sensitive and delicate skin should avoid steaming.

Face Steaming :


  • To give a fresh feeling you can add rose petals, mint leaves or 1 drop of any aroma oil to the boiling water. If you add any essential oils or herbs to the hot water then keep your eyes and mouth closed.

  • You can steam your face once a week, for people with dry skin apply a little moisturizer before  steaming.

  • Green Tea is one of the best ingredient to add to water for steaming. Add 2 teaspoons of green tea to boiling water and steam for 10 minutes.

  • Lavender or Rosemary essential oil can be used for a stimulating cleanse.

  • Tie your hair with a hair band or towel before steaming.

  • Always use soft distilled water as hard water can dry or irritate skin.

  • If you have blackheads then while steaming add a few drops of apple cider vineger to the water to soften the blackheads. 

  • A few tablespoons of milk added to the boiling water has a soothing effect and pores will be cleansed. This helps to keep acne under control.

  • Eucalyptus oil has an anti-inflammotory effect and you can feel relaxed and also enjoy the smell.

  • Rose petals for dry skin and mint leaves for oily skin is advisable. 

12 Fatigue Remedies

Fatigue means lack of energy, tiredness whether it is mentally or physically. Fatigue may be due to several reasons. No one is certain about what causes fatigue. It can be caused by an immune system that isn't  working well. Lack of certain vitamins and minerals have also been shown to be associated with fatigue.

Remedy For Fatigue  :

  • Eating almonds is a simple home remedy for fatigue. Soak 5 to 6 almonds in water overnight. Next morning grind all  the kernels into a fine paste. Mix it with a cup of warm milk and sugar. Take it first thing in the morning it acts as a general tonic and relieves fatigue.

  • Another good home remedy for fatigue is using ground cinnamon. Daily sprinkle fresh ground cinnamon on your porridge, cereal, toast or whatever you have for breakfast.

  • Try taking a glass of grape and lemon juice in equal parts helps fight fatigue.

  • Taking Vitamin A daily helps protect the body against chronic fatigue syndrome.

  • Taking mint tea daily also relieves fatigue.

  • Iron deficiency causes fatigue, a food rich in Iron will help overcome fatigue.

  • Walk or exercise regularly 3 or 4 times a week for at least 30 minutes.

  • If you are overweight, begin a weight loss program after consulting your doctor.

  • Nuts and grains, fruits and vegetables should be included in the diet.

  • Alcohol and smoking should be avoided.

  • Eat small meals at regular intervals than eating 2 or 3 large meal a day.

  • Banana, milk, nuts, green leafy vegetables, peas, pulses, whole-grain cereals, carrot juice, beetroot juice and cucumber juice helps overcome fatigue.

Zero Calorie Foods List

If you are overweight then it means that you are taking in more calories than your body can use up. These surplus calories are eventually stored up as fat in the body. The energy value of food and drink is measured in units of heat callled calories. Food is like a fuel which burns internally to produce energy. Most of our food contains carbohydrates, fats and proteins which are called nutrients. These nutrients determine the energy of food. On an average you spend about 1 calorie a minute. Your day to day activities determine the amount of energy you use per day. Every action of our body needs energy that is calories. So people in different profession use up different amounts of energy. This energy is replaced by what you eat and drink.

Normally women need about 2000 calories and men about 2500 calories. If you select low calorie items from your calorie chart, you can eat quite a lot. So make sure your body burns more calories than it consumes. Just look at this, if you eat 25 grams of carbohydrates or proteins it has approximately 100 calories and the same amount of fat contains about 250 calories. So this is how you should look and eat sensibly.

Little or No Calorie Foods :

Cabbage 1 Cup                                       20 Calories

Boiled Cauliflower 1 Cup                    20 Calories

Cucumber 1 Small                                  6 Calories

Egg White 1                                            15 Calories

Cooked Oats 1 Cup                               50 Calories

Bran Flakes 1/2 Cup                             30 Calories

Tomatoes 2 Small                                  30 Calories

Mushrooms 1 Cup                                 25 Calories

Parsley 1 Tablespoon                             1 Calorie

Radish 1/2 Cup Chopped                    10 Calories

Raw Spinach 1 Cup                               10 Calories

Turnips Cooked 1/2 Cup                     20 Calories

Lettuce Leaves 2                                     5 Calories

Green Pepper 1                                      15 Calories

Laugh Lines

Laughter line is a wrinkle in the skin at the outer corner of your eyes. Your face usually reflects the kind of food you eat, the amount of sleep you get and your feelings and emotions but when it comes to laughter lines the causes are different. On an average we blink thousands of times per day and every time we smile, frown or screw our face we involuntarily stretch our delicate skin around our eyes. As our result our eyes are usually one of the areas to show the first signs of ageing. Laughter lines usually appear in the form of fine lines, crows feet, wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness under the eyes. The lines can also be due to dryness of the skin in that area. A simple skin care regime can prevent this.

How To Get Rid Of Laughter Lines :

  1. An intake of lots of water works wonders.

  2. Massage the area with olive oil or castor oil in a circular motion .  

  3. Refrain from bleaching the area close to the eye region.

  4. Splash your eyes with cold water first thing in the morning.

  5. Large sunglases when stepping out in the sun is a must to prevent laughter lines.

  6. Use sunscreen of atleast SPF15.

  7. Carrot, spinach or parsley juice when applied for 15 minutes regularly in the morning helps reduce the fine lines.

  8. Green tea is packed with powerful antioxidants so a cup of tea daily will help.

  9. Vitamin E, Flax seed or Fish oil pills can be taken daily.

  10. Applying fresh Aloe Vera gel helps combat laughter lines as it contains malic acid for a healthier skin.

  11. Avacados, banana and papaya provide moisture and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

  12. Exercise and yoga help reduce laugh lines.

  13. Quit drinking and smoking.

  14. Cosmetic treatments like chemical peels, microdermabrasion, dermabrasion, laser and plastic surgery are expensive but when the damage is more they give quick and immediate results.