Aloe Vera and Skin Care- Benefits, Tips, DIYs and Giveaway

Aloe Vera is a very huge part of the flora of Rajasthan ( The desert state of India). We consume Aloe Vera in many forms here. It is used raw in curing many skin care diseases and is consumed in the form of a curry to cure many systematic diseases. The juice of this particular cactus is good for both, your skin and internal organs.

In this post I am going to talk about the benefits Aloe Vera has on our skin. I will also state some of my home remedies for skin and hair care. At the end of the post is a giveaway for all the people crazy about skin care products.

Aloe Vera and Skin Care:-

Known as the ‘Plant of Immortality’ by the ancient Egyptians this plant of the Asphodelaceae family has been used as a medicinal plants for centuries. It is a cactus and is therefore very common in the deserts.

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Here are some benefits and DIY tips regarding the use of Aloe Vera:-

  1. To treat Sunburns:-

Aloe Vera gel when applied over the effected area helps in restoring the damaged epithelium and moisturizes the skin helping it heal faster.

TIP– chop open a leaf of Aloe Vera and collect the gel in a small container. Add few drops of distilled rose-water to the gel and apply on the skin for protection from the sun.

2. Improves digestion:-

Many digestive disorders are known to cause acne and patchy skin. Aloe Vera is said to regulate your digestive system. It is also said to heal gastric ulcers. In Ayurveda it is also prescribed for arthritis and rheumatism.

TIP- To help cure arthritis and Rheumatism drink some Aloe Vera juice daily. Another helpful tip is to chew pieces of the fresh leaf to cure internal diseases.

3. Anti Aging effects:-

With age our skin looses its elasticity and starts to sag, leaving behind fine lines and wrinkles. Aloe Vera contains antioxidants, beta carotene, vitamin C and E all of which help keep the skin hydrated and firm.

TIP- Cut a fresh leaf of Aloe Vera and rub the sap on your washed and cleaned face before going to bed every night for best results.

4. Natural Moisturizer:-

Aloe Vera moisturizes the skin by seeping deep in the layers of epithelium, therefore the skin doesn’t feel greasy.

TIP- Men can use Aloe Vera gel as an aftershave treatment as its healing properties can treat small cuts caused by shaving. Women should apply some Aloe Vera gel before applying your makeup, as it prevents the skin from drying.

5. Treating Acne:-

Aloe vera gel contains hormones that provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. Giberellin in aloe vera acts as a growth hormone stimulating the growth of new cells which helps in natural healing of skin without any scarring. Aloe is soothing and can help in skin inflammations, blistering and itchiness, while helping the skin to heal more rapidly. Additionally, in Ayurvedic medicine, Aloe is used to effectively heal chronic skin problems, such as psoriasis, acne and eczema.

6. Hair growth:-

Aloe Vera contains a lot of vitamins and minerals, the deficiency of what is a huge cause of hair fall. Use aloe vera gel to treat the areas of the scalp that are going bald. Aloe vera contains an enzyme that helps promote new hair growth for some people. The gel can be applied directly to the scalp, as aloe vera typically has no side effects.

TIP- Make an aloe Vera shampoo. When combined with wheat germ oil and coconut milk, aloe Vera gel makes a shampoo to promote hair growth. Use the shampoo as often as you wash your hair.

7. For your eyelashes:-

Everyone wants thick, dense, long eyelashes. The huge amount of minerals in Aloe Vera help keep the lashes long and dense.

TIP- Mix some Aloe Vera gel with a tea-spoon of black castor oil. Store it in a small container and apply it at the roots of your lashes everyday before going off to bed.aloe-vera-gel-on-wooden-spoon-1

GIVEAWAY

A lot of brands have taken advantage the benefits of Aloe Vera by including it in their products. Aloe Vera gel is the most important and most used form. I am giving away Aloe Derma Hydrating Gel by O3+.

The O3+ Aloe Derma Hydrating Gel hydrates the skin while Soothing , cooling and reducing any form of redness and rashes.

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  1. Follow me on INSTAGRAM.

  2. Like and Repost the giveaway post  on Instagram.

  3. Tag 5 friends in the comments below.
  4. use #AloeBenefits in the comments and repost. Don’t forget to tag me and your friends in the repost.
  5. Giveaway is open till 30 April. The winner will be chosen  randomly through the #.

I will see you soon with a winner’s name and a brand new post. Until then, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Facebook.

LOVE-BARKHA

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MARCH FAVOURITES 2017!!

HOLA,

With the temperatures rising suddenly, march turned out to be the most uncomfortable month ever. But there are a few good things that came out of the month of march. Skin care and makeup excites me and I love sharing my passion with you guys.

Here are a few of the products that I really enjoyed this month. I hope you will try these too and share your thoughts with me.

  1. LANCOME Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate:-

As soon as we girls hit our mid twenties, the anti aging battle begins. When it comes to high end brands, LANCOME has always been my favourite. I trust their products and have never been afraid to try them. Advanced Genifique boosts signs of youthfulness and helps skin’s recovery during the day and night.

the serum is suitable for all skin types for women of multiple ethnicities and ages. I have been using the concentrate for about an year now and have absolutely been loving it. It is expensive (Rs 5,982.39/- for 30 ml) but worth every penny.

To  read a complete review of this product click here.wp-1464847174235.jpgwp-1464845025288.jpg2. Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman, Bold Metals Collection, Essentials Brush Kit, 3 Brushes set:-

Everyone is aware that Real Techniques makes the best affordable makeup tools. Their Bold Metals collection is amazing. The synthetic bristles are super soft and compactly packed, they look great and do an amazing job.

The bold collection is quite expensive as compared to the other makeup brushes by Real Techniques Sam and Nic collection but trust me, they are worth stretching your wallet a little bit more. They  look beautiful  and do a great job of making you look beautiful 🙂IMG_2235.JPGIMG_2236.JPG

3. Rimmel London Lasting Finish By Kate Moss- shade 30:-

For their price these lipsticks really surprised me. The KateXRimmel collection is just what we all love. Its affordable, the packaging is chic and the quality is amazing.

I love berry shades so it will not come as a surprise when I  say my favourite LAsting Finish lipstick By Kate is the shade 30. Its a deep berry shade with glossy finish. The lipstick lasts for a good 7-8  hours without you having to touch up and is prices at just Rs275.

They are also easily available in India on Nykaa.IMG_2210IMG_2213.JPGIMG_2216.JPGIMG_2211.JPG

4. Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation:-

This is my  favourite foundation ever. I  have used many high end foundations but The Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation is just what I always go back to. If you have this, you do not have to spend all that extra cash for flawless coverage.

Priced at just around Rs 700 for 30 ml of product, this is a medium coverage foundation is just the best. It comes with SPF 20 for sun protection. If you wear makeup daily I would seriously urge you to try this affordable but amazing product.IMG_2221.JPGIMG_2222.JPG

5. Aryanveda Anti Wrinkle Gel Treatment Pen:-

I bought this product from the Nykaa Christmas sale and have been using it since then. I must say that Aryanveda is one skincare brand that I have really grown fond of. I have tried 6 different products from Aryanveda and have loved each and everyone of them.

With the stressful life and unhealthy diet it is quite easy to for your skin to age faster than you. On one of my skin care examinations my Skin care specialist pointed out the wrinkles being formed around my eyes. Well that wasn’t easy to see and was sad to notice how badly I had been ignoring my skin.

After using the Anti Wrinkle Gel  by Aryanveda for 4 months, I can confidently say that it does work. It has tightened the skin around my eyes and mouth and buying it is also not am hassle.

It is  priced at Rs 250 on Nykaa.068IMG_2206.JPG

6. Maybelline COLORsensational Lip Liner:-

The Maybelline COLORsensational Lip Liner was an impulse buy as I was just looking for a nude lip liner. This lip liner helps keep your lipstick in place and prevents it from smudging. It contains a bit of glitter and i don’t usually like glitter on my lips but the shade 150 STELLAR PINK looks quite stunning with a bit of glitter.

The shade is nude so it looks can easily be covered up with any other lip color.

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7. TONI & GUY heat protection mist:-

I hate boring and the thing that is capable of getting boring the fastest is you hair. I try a lot of new hairstyles and most of them require me using hair styling tools. Constant exposure to heat can take a heavy toll on the quality of your hair, so heat protection is a must.

Toni & Guy launched their hair products after their success in the salon business. Their heat protection mist is my most used product followed by their textured sea salt spray. The 150 ml spray bottle comes with very attractive packaging. The locking mechanism is super cool and helps the liquid from spilling out.

Buy this spray by clicking here.IMG_2209.JPGIMG_2219.JPG

These are my favs for March. Hope you will try them and enjoy them ass much as I did. Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these products.

Do keep in touch through Instagram and Facebook. Email me your suggestions at barkha.vyas06@gmail.com

Hope you guys have an amazing new month.

Love-Barkha 

My Nykaa haul!!Christmas Holiday Sale

Hey Guys,

Christmas is almost here. 🙂 The two things i enjoy that come along with Christmas are the winter season and all the SALES. Nykaa has their Christmas holiday sale on. You can shop with upto 40% off on 200 + brands. http://www.nykaa.com/ is a online shopping  website where you can buy skin care, hair care and makeup products at very attractive prices.  Being a skin care and makeup freak I had to spend some money here…

Lets take a quick look at what I bought.:)

065.JPGBiotique Bio Cucumber Pore Tightening Toner 

MRP– Rs. 175

Sale price– Rs. 140 (20%off)

I have tried many Biotique products and have absolutely loved them. So, when I found myself looking for a new toner to try I had to go for this one.

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Aryanveda Anti Wrinkle Treatment Gel Pen

MRP– Rs. 250

Sale price– RS175 (30% off)

I just started noticing fine lines and wrinkles around my eyes. Ageing is such a sensitive issue and I wanted to feel safe with a natural and ayurvedic product. Having tried Aryanveda products earlier I was quick to add this product to my cart.

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Nykaa Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner – Super Black 01

MRP-Rs. 299

This eyeliner was not on sale but I had to have it. This is a new launch by Nykaa and I have been dying to try it out. I will soon be publishing a first impression post on it.

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Neutrogena Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating Cooling Toner

MRP– Rs. 340

Sale Price– Rs. 299 (12%off)

Blackheads are one of my major skin issues. I just pick up everything that can help me get rid of them. I hope this toner will reduce my worries. Looking forward to trying it out.

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NYX Full Throttle Shadow Palette

MRP– Rs. 825

How could I have not ordered any makeup 🙂 I wanted these shades for a new look that I had in mind so I went ahead and bought it, not worrying about it not being on discount.

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NYX Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Matte Finish

MRP– Rs. 875

This was a necessity. I had run out of my makeup setting spray a few weeks ago and with the party season right around the corner I knew I really really needed one.

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Colorbar Perfect Match Primer

MRP– Rs. 825

Sale Price– Rs. 660 (20%off)

Primer is a the first step of makeup application so I had to  get it. Also this deal on the Colorbar Perfect Match Primer seemed irresistible.

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Batiste Dry Shampoo Fruity & Cheeky Cherry + Floral & Flirty Blush 

MRP– Rs. 598

Sale Price – Rs 299 (50% off- Buy 1 get 1 free)

Winter is here and we all get lazy with washing our hair during these cold climatic conditions. I bought this dry shampoo combo because of the amazing deal and its travel size bottle is all I need for this holiday season.

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NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick

MRP– Rs. 475

Sale offer– Free on purchase of NYX products worth 1500

Ya, this amazing lipstick is free with my order. I love its formulation, shade and its sleek packaging.IMG_20161214_125019.jpg

Nykaa December, 2016 Promotion Female Handbag Pouch

Nykaa has a promotional offer going on in which you receive a makeup pouch with all your orders above 3000 Rs. I got this golden trendy looking one 🙂

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That is all!! I did forget to order some more things and will be placing another order soon.

Let me know in the comments if you want me to review any of the products mentioned in this post.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog and follow me on instagram and facebook. I love keeping in touch with you guys.

do write to me at barkha.vyas06@gmail.com

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas everyone!!

Love-Barkha