Tan removal – Natural Remedies, DIY

The sun at this time of year is particularly bright and strong, so even a few minutes outside without SPF can damage our skin considerably. It can lead to unwanted skin darkening & tan as well. While some will revel in skin tan, others may be more conscious and would want to preserve their natural skin tone. To be honest, skin tan is just one thing, but too much sun exposure causes various skin problems like: wrinkles, acne, fine lines, age spots etc. To this end, it’ll be great if you apply high level SPF before stepping outdoors and maybe use umbrella. This post is for all those who suffer from skin tan no matter how much they try to escape. I’m one of those people who gets skin tan in seconds!

Now a day we have many promising skin lightening and brightening products available in the market. Most of us tend to go for quick bleach or de-tan facials or use products that might be loaded with chemicals. It’s important to consider carefully what product claims and what ingredients it has to offer. These options are not only expensive, but take toll on our skin in the long run. I personally rely more on natural homemade concoctions and it actually does better job on me than any processed chemical products.

So, today I’m going to share few of those super easy amazing homemade sun tan removal packs & scrubs that will help you achieve glowing and even toned skin.

Tan removal remedies

  1. Peel Galore
  2. Orange Mask
  3. Orange Lavender Body & Face Scrub
  4. Lemon Zesty Scrub
Peel Galore –

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp orange peel
  • 1 tsp lemon peel
  • 3 tbs raw milk

Make a smooth paste adding all the ingredients together. You can adjust the consistency by adding more peel powder if it’s too runny or add more milk if it’s too compact.

Once ready, apply the paste on your face/body. Let it dry for about 20-30 minutes. Now take some more milk and pat it over your face/body to make it little wet. Make circular finger movements and exfoliate for 1 minute. Be very gentle while you exfoliate and wash it off with tepid water. You can use this scrub pack thrice a week.

If you’re using dried lemon/orange peel powder, all you need to do is to add raw milk into the peel powders. But if you’re using fresh peels then you need to make paste in a mixer by adding milk to it, as required.

P.S. You can use both orange and lemon peel in the pack or any one of your choice. Make a small test on your skin before you try this face/body pack as it can be harsh for people with sensitive skin. You must avoid this pack if your skin has any aberration as it may aggravate the situation for you.

It’s one of the most effective scrub pack in reducing tan and gives you a golden glow.

  • Milk plays a very important role in maintaining the beauty of the skin and keeping many skin problems at bay. It has many skin benefits.
  • It’s excellent cleanser
  • shrink pores
  • good moisturizer
  • treats sunburn
  • makes skin supple and soft
  • great for improving complexion and gives radiant skin.

The Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, attributed her smooth skin and beauty to a secret ingredient, and that is milk!

  • Did you know lemon peels are nutritional powerhouse and contains 10 times more vitamins than juice itself! It has sooo many health and skin benefits. However, I’ll stick to specific benefits relating to the topic.
  • It helps to lighten age spots, blemishes, acne scars
  • has skin bleaching properties
  • enhance skin’s clarity
  • glow and suppleness
  • Has antibacterial and antioxidant benefits
  • removes fine lines and wrinkles.
  • As we all know, orange fruit is one of the best source of Vitamin C, which is good for health and skin care as well. However most of the benefits of orange are in its skin as it has more vitamin C than the fruit itself, lying dormant beneath the skin peels. Hence, we should never discard the peels and make good use of it. Always wash, clean and dry the orange peels whenever you’re having them. Choose orange with thin skin.

Process of making dry orange peel powder:

Wash orange peels thoroughly and dry them in shadow till it loses all its moisture and turn crispy. Once all dried grind them thoroughly to make fine powder. Store the orange peel powder in airtight dry container. It stays good for a long time. Mine stayed for 2 years or maybe more than that!

You can include orange peel powder in various face and body packs and see the visible difference in you. Orange peel is pretty much a boon for our skin as it helps us combat various skin issues like

  • acne
  • dark circles
  • blackheads
  • tan
  • dark spots
  • patches
  • anti-aging benefits
  • reduce blemishes and scars.

It has natural bleaching agents that helps make skin visibly brighter. Using it with milk or yogurt gives you that extra glow and remove tan. 

P.S. You can make lemon peel powder in the exactly same way as orange peel powder. The only difference is you need to peel or scrape off the cover using a peeler. We don’t need the white material underneath the lemon. All we need is the yellow/green part.

Orange Mask –

Here’s a super quick  face pack that’ll give your skin a brighter and smoother look.

You’d need:

  • Dried orange peel- 1 tbs
  • Yogurt- 1-2 tbs

Just mix dried orange peel in curd/yogurt and make a paste. Apply on the face and leave for 20 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water.


You can also make luxurious body and face sugar scrub using lemon and orange peel powder.

Orange Lavender Body & Face Scrub

Ingredients:

  • Ground white/brown sugar – ½ cup
  • Orange peel powder – 1/4th cup
  • Orange essential oil – few drops
  • Lavender oil/Olive oil (Extra Virgin) – 2 tbs
Lemon Zesty Scrub –

Ingredients:

  • Ground white/brown sugar – ½ cup
  • Lemon peel powder – 1/4th cup
  • Lemon essential oil – few drops
  • Lavender oil/Olive oil (Extra Virgin) – 2 tbs

Mix everything together in both the scrubs and keep it in a dry airtight container. Make them in small batches and do your own little experiment.

You can add some orange zest and lemon zest respectively for freshness in the scrub when you use them.

  • You can add few dried rose petals too. It’ll give out great aroma and is a powerful antioxidant, relaxing and tones the skin. 
  • Basically olive oil is a hidden beauty secret. It’s hypoallergenic and great for sensitive skin. It also reverses aging effects, UV damage and is loaded with antioxidants and vitamins.
  • Lavender oil is suitable to most skin types, is one of the most versatile and multi-purpose oil. It provides overall health to skin due to it’s antiseptic properties and skin-healing benefits. It is highly soothing and also promotes tissue regeneration helping with anti-aging treatments.
  • Both brown and white sugars are used in facial and body scrubs as exfoliants because they are granular. Sugar is a natural humectant, meaning it pulls moisture from air into your skin. They contain glycolic acid which helps the skin cells to regenerate faster for a much youthful appearance.
  • Brown sugar is often used in facial scrubs as it has finer grains than white sugar. Plus it is high in vitamin B due to molasses, which is an antioxidant that helps to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. White sugar is used more for body scrubs. So you can make your own choice as per your needs.

Enjoy summer and have fun!

XOXO

Tripti

2017-06-25

Nursing in Public made easier – Nursing Dress from Threads & Shuttles Review

Hey guys,

Being a new mother comes with many twists and turns in the name of responsibilities, health, hormonal changes, new roles, and of course, sleepless nights that never stop 😉 Amidst all this, breastfeeding is one of the most challenging roles. You go out to a mall after a long long time after you baby was born, and the baby feels hungry and demands to be breastfed. A new mother would either find a feeding room or a quiet corner and a stole to cover up. So much thought goes into covering up the breasts, because the number of stares she will get are innumerable.

Breastfeeding in public is still a taboo not just in India, but in many parts of the world. Covering up while feeding in public is a very normal instinct, no matter how uncomfortable a mother is. Also, this restricts the type of clothes most moms would wear. I could not wear dresses and suits while nursing. I only wore tops/ t-shirts with jeans, skirts and shorts. Until I discovered a very reasonable and trendy brand for nursing wear – Threads & Shuttles (T&S).

The brand Threads & Shuttles was started by Sapna Krishan, who was an instructional designer with IBM. Sitting idle after her baby was born, and realizing the need for nursing wear for NIP (nursing in public), she decided to launch T&S. They now have managed to add all kinds of nursing wear to their collection – short dresses, nursing covers, kurtis, tops etc.

Sapna also has her own blog which records the breastfeeding journeys of different mothers to motivate more of our kind across the world.

Thanks to T&S, I finally wore a dress after almost two years of breastfeeding my daughter. You can read my review of the dress here:

 Price:

INR 1300 + shipping

 Availability:

Facebook page of Threads & Shuttles (Link)

 Packaging:

It came in nicely packed with a ribbon wrapped around it…a perfect gift wrap.

Review:

The dress is a trendy design, with 2 discreet zippers on each side, for easy feeding. The zippers are covered with a flap, which makes it look like any other dress, and not just a nursing dress. With a fun bright print, I loved the color combination of bright pink and grey. A pure cotton dress, it is perfect for summers and absolutely comfortable.

 What works:

  • The material is soft cotton, comfortable for summers
  • The zippers are not noticeable and it doesn’t look like a nursing dress at all
  • The print is amazing with bright color and a catchy print
  • The zippers on either side make is very convenient to NIP (nursing in public). Even a new mom doesn’t need to hesitate to feed if she’s wearing this dress
  • It is a very affordable dress and solves double purpose of wearing a nice piece of clothing and nursing conveniently
  • The dress can easily be worn by non nursing mothers too. After all, it’s a cute dress 🙂

What doesn’t

  • The availability of the dress on any other website

My opinion about this product:

In my opinion, it is a must have apparel for a nursing mother, a lot more convenient than carrying a nursing stole, I feel. A wardrobe of a nursing mother mostly revolves around loose tshirts, front open tops, but a dress like this would be a nice addition. Also, it’s really value for money. A big thumbs up from my side for this!

Rating : 4.8/5

Love,

Soumya

UberSassy Sattu Parantha!

The process of preparing Sattu is ancient and is popular over a wide area of North India, particularly Bihar state. It is prepared by dry roasting Bengal grams. The traditional way of preparing Sattu involves the use of an iron vessel in which the grams are roasted in sand. Afterwards they are sieved and then ground to a fine flour.

It is one of the healthiest food on earth, and must try this Sattu prantha recipe that I’m about to share with you all. It’s packed with nutrients and is quite delicious. Tangy enough to tantalize your taste buds and is a wholesome meal. It can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It has a tendency to make the throat go dry, so serve it hot with baingan/eggplant bharta, curd, chutney, pickle or sauce. Sattu can be easily available at any Indian grocery store. However if you cannot get it near your house, you can easily prepare it at home by grinding roasted chana daal/bengal gram to a fine powder.

So let’s gather our ingredients 🙂

For Stuffing:

  • 1.5 cup – Sattu ( roasted Chana daal/Bengal gram powder )

  • 5 – Cloves garlic, chopped fine or grated

  • 1 inch – ginger, cleaned and grated

  • 1 – Onion, medium-sized, finely chopped
  • 2-3 – green chillies, chopped
  • 1 tsp – Red chilli powder
  • 3 tbs – Coriander leaves, chopped
  • 2 tsp – Lime juice ( freshly squeezed preferred )

  • 1 tsp – Ajwain/ Carom seeds
  • 1 tsp – Kalonji/ Nigella seeds
  • 2 pieces – Mango pickle, mashed or 1 tsp amchur/dry mango powder
  • White salt + pink salt – to taste
  • 2 tsp – Mustard oil : it gives out the pungent taste adding more flavour.

For Atta/Wheat flour dough:

  • 2 cups – Whole wheat flour

  • 3/4th – 1 cup – Water
  • 2 tsp- oil/ghee (ghee/clarified butter preferred)
  • 1/2 tsp – salt
  • Extra flour for rolling
  • Ghee/Clarified butter or oil (Mustard/Canola/Sunflower) for cooking
       Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 100 g (100g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 51.93Calories 430.62
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 5.77g 9%
Saturated Fat –
Cholesterol –
Sodium –
Total Carbohydrate 64.28g 21%
Dietary Fiber 1.05g 4%
Sugars –
Protein 22.88g
Vitamin A – Vitamin C 2.4%
Calcium 24.9% Iron 5.184%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Nutrition summary:

Calories431 Fat5.77g Carbs64.28g Protein22.88g
There are 431 calories in a 100 g serving of Sattu Sattu.
Calorie breakdown: 13% fat, 64% carbs, 23% protein.

Source- http://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/usda/chickpeas-(garbanzo-beans-bengal-gram)-(mature-seeds)

Let us begin with step by step process for easy execution.

  • We will start with the preparation of the filling for this delicious tangy parantha. Mix all the ingredients mentioned in the stuffing section with sattu. Add one or two tablespoon water to make the stuffing moist, so that it’s easy to bind. You can do a small test by closing the fist with the stuffing and see if it stays in the place. Adjust the salt and other spices as per your taste palate.

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  • Now we will prepare the dough. In a large mixing bowl, add the measured amount of wheat flour and salt. Mix them thoroughly together, and then add ghee/clarified butter- mix well. Make a dent in the center of the flour, pour a little water at a time, gather them together. Use your fist and knuckles to push and stretch the dough and knead it to a pizza dough consistency. We need a firm dough, a soft dough might be difficult to manage.

  • Going further to the next step, divide the dough into small portions about the size of a lemon, and shape them round. On a lightly flour dusted surface, take one ball, dip it into the flour and roll it using a rolling pin into a small circle. We do this to avoid the dough from sticking to the surface.

  • Place one or two spoonful of the sattu stuffing at the center of the rolled out dough. Bring the edges together to enfold the filling to form a smooth round ball and pinch off the excess dough, if necessary. Then, roll out nice and round paratha, about 5 1/2” to 6” in diameter. You can use extra flour while rolling the dough. However, use as little as required.

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  •  Heat a tawa or a cast iron griddle/flat pan over medium flame/heat. Make sure the pan is evenly hot before you place the parantha. Cook the parantha evenly from both sides while applying oil or ghee/clarified butter on the parantha and the sides, to a golden brown color. One or two tablespoon of ghee should be more than enough or just spray to a coating for healthier option. Gently press the edges and top of the parantha with a flat spatula until parantha puffs up. This might take a little practice.

Serve it hot with baingan ka bharta, curd, chutney, pickle or sauce.

P.S. It’s a super food and helps with obesity, constipation, high cholesterol, constipation and lots of other stomach disorders. I can share a drink recipe on demand.

 

Xoxo

Tripti