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Issue Date 25 - 31 Mar, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Amazing lmond Milk


Amazing lmond Milk

Derived from almonds, a nutrient-dense food, almond milk shares the same nutritional content. It is an excellent source of manganese, magnesium, vitamin B2 and E, tryptophan, phosphorous and copper. The abundance of these essential nutrients and trace minerals in almond milk makes it an important part of diet and beauty rituals.

Almond milk as an antioxidant
It is an excellent source of vitamin E, a known antioxidant. Antioxidants protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Sun exposure and exposure to environmental and man-made pollutants are harmful to the skin; vitamin E acts as a shield by protecting the skin from these harsh elements. Daily skin application of vitamin E-enriched almond milk lotions and creams before sun exposure helps minimise skin damage. Almond milk can also effectively treat sunburn and other minor burns.

It has anti-aging qualities
Free radicals often cause irreversible damage to the skin; they contribute to collagen and elastin depletion. Collagen and elastin are important substances that give the skin its elasticity and firmness, and lack of these is the primary cause of wrinkles, fine lines and other skin blemishes. Vitamin E, present in almond milk, protects the skin from the harmful effects of free radicals, making the skin healthy and younger-looking. Almond milk is also a good solution for dry, flaky skin.

Almond milk hydrates the skin
One of the most common skin problems – that eventually lead to other problems – is dry skin. Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin is found in abundance in almond milk. It helps the tissues of the skin, hair and nails to use oxygen. Riboflavin also assists in synthesising vitamin B3 which aids in circulation that the skin can benefit greatly from. Almond milk also helps in hydrating the skin by trapping moisture in the cells.

Use it to regulate oil
Some common skin problems, such as acne, blackheads and whiteheads, are caused by dirt and oil trapped in the pores of the skin. Almond milk contains essential fatty acids which are important in controlling the amount of oil secreted by the sebaceous glands.

It has beneficial properties for hair
Almonds have plenty of biotin which is necessary for hair health. Drinking almond milk can help prevent hair troubles such as graying of hair, brittle hair and dandruff, and make your hair silky and shiny.


B for anana


Bfor anana

Banana is an excellent source of nourishment for dry, dull and moisture-deprived hair; it provides plenty of moisture and shine to lifeless tresses as they contain natural oils and about 75% water, and is packed with lots of antioxidants and vitamin C. The fruit is also rich in potassium that strengthens hair, minimises breakage by restoring your hair’s natural elasticity, and facilitates repair of damaged hair. For hair that is more prone to frizz and tangling, banana also has vitamin A, B6 and E, as well as zinc and iron.

Mask # 1
You will need

• 1 banana
• 2tbsp coconut milk
• 1tbsp coconut oil
• 2tbsp honey

Method
Cut a banana into pieces and place it in a bowl; add in coconut milk, coconut oil (you may add some more if you have dry, frizzy hair) and honey. Transfer the contents into a blender and blend for 45-60 seconds until the mixture is smooth and there are no more banana chunks left. Apply the mask on your tresses for a few hours before rinsing it off with a mild shampoo.

Mask # 2
You will need

· 1 ripe banana (2 if you have long hair)
· 2tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
· 2tbsp honey
· ½ cup full-fat milk (you can also use coconut milk or yogurt)
· 1tbsp butter (optional)

Method
In a blended a ripe banana, add honey, oil and milk, and blend really well until there are no more chunks left and you have a smooth paste of creamy consistency, this will make it easier to rinse out. Apply this mask, starting at roots and working your way to the ends. Slather as much as you can, making sure you have covered every bit of your scalp and hair. Wind your hair into a loose bun if long and cover with a shower cap or wrap with a towel around your head to prevent dripping. Leave this on for about 30 minutes then rinse hair thoroughly and shampoo as usual.

Mask # 3
You will need
· 1 banana
· 3tbsp coconut milk
· 2tbsp avocado paste

Method
Take medium sized banana and mash it to form a paste, make sure the mashed mixture doesn’t contain any lumps. Now add the coconut milk and avocado paste to it. Mix all the ingredients well and apply on your hair thoroughly. Leave the mixture for 20-30 minutes and then rinse off with plain water. You can mix the cocoa instead of avocado in this recipe to bring a natural colour in the hair.


C is for arrots


Cis for arrots

Carrot is not only tasty and healthy but beneficial for your skin, too. The antioxidants in carrot slow down skin’s aging process and help maintain moisture in it. It also helps to speed up the renewal process of skin cells. Carrot can be used to treat acne. It also helps to heal wounds and pimples; the vegetable is a good antiseptic that strengthens the immune system and prevents infections. Carrots are also rich in Beta Carotene. They are a natural source of vitamin A which has numerous benefits for our skin.

Pack # 1
Carrot face mask with yogurt, turmeric, besan is helpful for tanning and exfoliating skin. This mask will gently do the trick and reveal a younger, smoother skin. This pack can be made by mixing carrot paste with a teaspoonful of yogurt and gram flour (besan), each and three pinches of turmeric powder. Apply it liberally on the face and wash off the mask after 20 minutes.

Pack # 2
Peel off masks are great because they lift off dirt, oil and dead skin from your face. Make a carrot peel off mask by combining a teaspoon of gelatine, half-a-cup of carrot juice and half teaspoon of lemon juice in a microwave bowl, and heat it until the gelatine dissolves. Stir and keep the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes or until it becomes thick and firm. Apply the mask evenly on your face and let it rest until it is dried. Peel off carefully and then wash your face with cold water to tighten pores.

Pack # 3
Try a carrot and oatmeal mask for glowing skin. Peel, steam and make a paste of some carrots then add some oatmeal and some honey to thicken the paste. Leave the mask on for about 10-15 minutes then wash off with lukewarm water.




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