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Nature to the Rescue

BIt isn’t uncommon to hear of overzealous brides who test the extremes of their body a couple of weeks right before the big day in order to acquire the perfect bridal flawlessness. Starting this late on your beauty routine results inevitably in chaos, panic, and a whole lot of stress, which in turn affect your body’s health enzymes and result in negative changes to the most crucial trio you should look after: the hair, the skin, and the nails.

Atleast three months before the wedding, jot down a short plan of effective home remedies with your mother that you can follow daily right in the comfort of your own kitchen to save up on time, effort, finances, and ultimately stress, to get a radiance that most spa and salon treated brides would envy. Read on to discover a few of the best magic cure-alls you wouldn’t get at the chemists.

Shiny, flake-free tresses
Don’t go berserk with medications and chemical treatments on hair that is damaged. This will only result in increased stress on your roots which might get disguised for the moment, but will cause severe hair loss and greying in the long run. Instead, start a hair regime six weeks before your wedding day. Rub a mixture of yoghurt and lemon juice into the scalp for 10 minutes and rinse, to bid farewell to dandruff, itchiness and greasiness. Lemon is a natural cleanser, and yoghurt is a great conditioner. You can alternate this method with two teaspoons of fenugreek seeds soaked overnight and ground into a fine paste, which can then be applied to the scalp an hour before washing off, with the same great results. Do this atleast twice each week.

Acne-free flawless skin
Preparing for a wedding is probably the most stressful event in the life of a bride. Constant tensions, planning, and poor rest can lead to nightmarish breakouts right on the eve of the big day. That is why it is imperative to pamper and nurture your skin daily. For acne that doesn’t budge, apply a paste of turmeric and aloe vera. Turmeric is a miraculous potent, with great antibacterial properties, while aloe vera heals the scarring. You can also use sandalwood paste and rose water mixed together for a great toner and irritation soother. Apply a mixture of garlic paste and turmeric powder as a spot treatment for emergency breakouts. Remember that these remedies work best with time, so the earlier you start, the better your skin gets.

Smooth, non-chapped lips
The skin on the lips is much thinner and delicate than the skin on the other parts of the body. Hence it is more prone to dryness. Dry lips are an indication that the level of water in your body is running low. Load up on the fluids, and try a few of these remedies. Soak almonds in water overnight and grind them into a fine paste, which can be applied to dry lips thrice each day


. Each night before going to bed, apply some milk cream to your lips for 15 minutes and then wash off. This will soothe and heal the dryness, and prevent any abrasions and cracks. Alternatively, rub your lips gently with your toothbrush to get rid of flakes. Wipe with a warm towel, and then apply a generous coat of honey till your lips feel moist again.

Hair removal pains
The most common complaint women have after a session of waxing or threading is the unwelcome sight of small boils and red rashes all over the skin. Ingrown hair is a very common occurrence and if left untreated, may develop into an infection. Combine two tablespoonfuls each of ground oatmeal and sugar. Rub this gently into the area of the ingrown hair and wash off with warm water. Use a scrub of powdered green gram or chickpeas with water to exfoliate the skin and free the ingrown hair. To keep infections at bay, mix one part each of white vinegar and water, and apply on the irritated skin for ten minutes. Don’t wash off, instead wipe gently with a wet cloth. Following these methods routinely eliminate most skin troubles and ensure great photo ready skin.

Eye baggage
Weddings and sleeplessness go hand in hand. Although this is unavoidable, what every bride definitely wants to avoid is the bulky, unpleasant appearance of under eye circles, and purple bags. Try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night, and reduce the intake of anything that increases water retention, such as excess salt and drinks. Use cold compresses of used tea bags on your eyes for 15 to 20 minutes each night and morning. Place slices of raw potato or cucumber on your eyelids to reduce swelling and tiredness. Alternatively, you can apply cold buttermilk with turmeric to the region around your eyes for 10 minutes before washing off. Do this five times a week for incredible results.

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