Monthly Archives: August 2014

Curd for hair and skin


I love using something from my kitchen cabinet for skin or hair care rather than just going to market and picking up branded products that contain the same active ingredients as the stuff we use almost every day. You can see for yourself how simple these things can be if you know the ingredients (and your high school chemistry!).

Let’s look at the all too common curd for instance. (home made curd is the best because it is not sweetened and contains live culture ) for my hair and curd with organic rice flour as a body scrub.



Curd for skin /hair care –

The zinc and lactic acid contained in curd are great for a healthy skin. Lactic acid fermentation in and of itself enhances the micro-nutrient profile of several foods hence lactic acid in curd more beneficial than lactic acid in milk.

Zinc accelerates the renewal of the skin cells. Zinc creams are used for babies to soothe diaper rash and to heal cuts and wounds. Zinc has also proven effective in treating acne, a problem that affects especially adolescents, and zinc has been reported to have a positive effect on psoriasis and neurodermitis.

Zinc is also used as an anti-inflammatory agent and can help soothe the skin tissue, particularly in cases of poison ivy, sunburn, blisters and certain gum diseases.
Zinc is important for healthy hair. Insufficient zinc levels may result in loss of hair, hair that looks thin and dull and that goes grey early. There are also a number of shampoos which contain zinc to help prevent dandruff.

The zinc present in curd (about .4-.9 mg per 100 gms of yogurt) also lightens the blemishes, discoloration caused due to poor circulation under the eyes and also the darkening of the skin due to suntan.

Gently massaging curd into the skin is sure to help remove dead skin cells, smoothen out the fine lines, tighten pores, hydrate dry patches and give a much-required shine and glow. The curd that I use for my skin and hair have more fat content as the high levels of fat and live cultures are the best for rejuvenation of the skin.

Due to acidic nature of the curd it is also very helpful in fighting against acne causing bacteria, fungus and germs.

Curd contains anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that help stimulate hair growth by acting as a natural cleanser and helps get rid of unwanted dandruff from the scalp. The anti-bacterial properties of yogurt also help soothe the scalp and reduce itchiness.

Have a glowing Sunday 🙂


Babita Jaishankar

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weekend maddness

Often, when I do a makeover for a person, I tell them that I need to see more of their personality.. the personality that their clothes reflects. I want to see more elements of their lifestyles, something that matches the occasion. for example, take resort wear- going out for a vacation is a time to let go, get free of the stuffiness of their routine lifestyle. so why not? why not do it completely, along with the clothing.. spice your clothes up a bit, go free, romantic, maybe, sexy.. for those few days that you spend away.

On a similar note, long weekend is coming up, and I’ve been hit by a surge of interested, prospective buyers who want to know what they can do for their weekend off… with their clothes, that is. This got me thinking, “What would I do?” So I pulled out my designing skills, and got this together ( this one for getting the pattern right i stitched the sample myself )  , something that I’d love to wear on my few days off, but not anywhere else.. something different. Here’s what i put together and photography by Rashmi did complete justice to the out fit . Accessorized with  a watch and a handmade ring from Amrapalli ._DSC1082 copy_DSC1097 _DSC1107

So just analyze your lifestyle and your personality so you can have a wardrobe that fits   that .


Babita Jaishankar

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Moong and mint – for acne prone skin

It is Sunday, time to pamper yourself with some homemade concoctions for bright and calming skin . The ingredients needed are  –

1. Finely powdered whole green moong dal ( washed and dried )

2. 1 tbsp  Fresh mint juice ( just for the face pack )

3 . Few drops of olive oil ( just for the body scrub )

4. Organic turmeric

Why moong dal and mint for skin care ?

Moong dal  provides significant amounts of thiamine (vitamin B1), folate ( vitamin B9) as well as vitamin B5 and vitamin B6. Vitamin B 1 is an antioxidant that helps to increase blood circulation and protects  from the effects of aging. Vitamin B 5 has shown the capability to reduce oil formation and thus, reduces acne formation. It has also become very popular in skin care industry because of its ability to assist in retaining moisture.  It helps hydrate and hydrated skin appears plumper, healthier and shows signs of aging much slower. Vitamin B5 is also needed for healthy growth and production to fight eczema.

Vitamin B also serves as an effective skin lightening agent. With regular usage you can see your hyper pigmentation decreasing.

In addition to this, it contains high levels of the minerals iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc that cuts the excess oil that causes the acne .

Mint is great for acne and cools and calms skin.


Face pack –

Finely ground moong dal +pinch turmeric+ mint juice, mixed in buttermilk . Apply it and leave it for 20 min and wash it with lukewarm water .

Body scrub –

Ground moong dal + turmeric 1tsp+ olive oil . Use it as body scrub , in circular motion moving upward .

This pack is good for skin affected by hyper-pigmentation and is acne prone .

Enjoy and have a bright and cool Sunday .


Babita Jaishankar


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