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New Trend: Spray-On Nail Polish


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spray polish

 

Good news for manicure lovers. There is a new trend in town. The spray-on nail polish is a modern invention brought to the nail world.

spray polishspray-paint

Here’s how it works: first of all, you apply basecoat, evenly spray the polish about 4 inches from your nails, wait for it to dry, apply the topcoat to seal it in, rinse your nails with soapy water, and magic! Your nails are done in less than five minutes.

Some may argue that what’s the point, as it gets on the skin leaving a mess, but the difference between spray-on nail polish and the glossy version is that it washes off immediately, unlike nail polish that could be around the finger for days if not cleaned off immediately.

Another difference between both products is that the spray on dries off immediately. Plus it’s really easy to take off and it can be applied directly on top of old nail polish.

Lots of ladies are applauding this foolproof at-home manicure trend.

Now to go over the procedure one after the other:

Start by applying a layer of base coat and then letting it dry for a few minutes, next spray the polish. Bear in mind that it will get a little messy.

spray polish

It is advisable to put down a layer of cardboard or old newspaper on the surfaced you are using, since the spray goes everywhere, especially all over your hands. Painting one finger at a time is nearly impossible, so just spray back and forth at random, as you would with any aerosol can, until you have a nice, even coat across all fingers.

spray polish

Once the nails are completely polished, allow to dry for about five minutes before moving on to apply top coat.

After a few minutes of waiting for the top coat to dry, proceed to the final step which is washing the polish off the hands.

Voila! The finished product looked fabulous! It gives a chrome-like shiny colour and airbrushed finish.

spray polish

This faster, easier beauty trend is undeniably a lot of fun and the result had a unique finish which feels fresh and modern compared to the typical brush technique.

See a video demo of how it’s done.

Amazing DIY Anti-Wrinkle Night Lotions


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Anti-Wrinkle

When it comes to fine lines and wrinkles, we certainly know that they are souvenirs of a long life spent on earth. The effect, however, is that you end up looking old and of course no one wants that. The solution therefore is an anti-wrinkle lotion.

So here are some effective DIY remedies to help you get rid of wrinkles. Read on….

Coconut Oil And Vitamin E Lotion

We certainly cannot start listing the numerous benefits of coconut oil. Combined with vitamin E which is great for skin elasticity and beauty in general, it sure promises to be an effective anti-wrinkle lotion.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Organic coconut oil (Coconut Oil acts as a moisturizer, antibiotic, multivitamin, multi-nutrient and antioxidant.)
  • 6-8 Vitamin E capsules.

Directions:

  • Put the coconut oil into a small bowl and microwave for 15 seconds or until melted into liquid form.
  • Pour the liquefied oil into your container.
  • Poke holes into your Vitamin E capsules and squeeze the liquid into the container while stirring.
  • Place the filled containers in the refrigerator for less than an hour until the liquid returns to solid form. After it turns to a solid, there is no need to keep it refrigerated.

Before going to bed, dab a small amount of this anti-aging lotion eye cream under your eyes and be prepared to look younger, brighter and extra young in the morning.

 

Honey And Almond Lotion

The combination of honey and almond oil onto your skin is certainly great and effective in getting rid of wrinkles.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon almond or olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of petroleum jelly
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

Preparation:

  • Melt the petroleum jelly with heat.
  • Honey, egg yolk, and oil.
  • Pour mixture into a container.

Apply by massaging gently onto cleansed skin. After 30 minutes, wipe the residues off your face using facial wipes or wet cotton pads.

The lotion takes more than an hour to settle into your skin, so it should be applied on the face at least 2 hours before bedtime.

Things You Need To Know About The Baking Makeup Trend


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Baking

If you are current on the makeup trends; then you surely must have heard about contouring, highlighting and of course baking. These makeup techniques are not as new, as they have long existed and thanks to the tutorials on Instagram and YouTube; they have recently been brought to the light and caused a whole lot of craze in the business of makeup.

Sometimes referred to as cooking, baking is simple the application of translucent powder underneath your eye, along the top of your jawbone, and down the centre of your nose. The makeup technique is similar to highlighting, but without using any shimmer.

How To Bake

To successfully achieve a poreless and flawless face; follow these baking steps:

  • Hydrate your eye area using an eye cream.
  • After applying your foundation, apply a concealer upward from the apples of your cheeks toward your temples all the way underneath your eyes, then; blend it in with a damp makeup sponge (a beauty blender).
  • Coat on more concealer and blend it in again with your damp makeup sponge.
  • Dust on a little translucent powder using a fluffy eyeshadow brush over the entire patch of concealer (underneath your eye) to set the base makeup.
  • Using the damp beauty blender, touch up along the top of your jawbone, under your cheekbones, down the centre of your nose; and your forehead with a residue of the concealer in the sponge.
  • Now, “bake” – using a wedge sponge, dampen with a setting spray, then; dip the wedge into the translucent powder to pack the loose powder generously over the areas where you applied the concealer. Leave the powder on for five to 10 minutes.
  • Dust it off with the fluff brush.

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BakingBenefits Of Baking

  • Your eye bags will become less visible and look so seamless with the rest of your face.
  • You’ll get zero concealer creasing that naturally occurs due to the natural creases under the eyes.
  • This technique will up the coverage of less powerful concealers.
  • You’ll look chiselled all day as the powder not only highlights your features, it sets your foundation.
  • If you have a darker skin tone, the highlighting effect will be much more pronounced.
  • No oily skin breakthrough; matte all the way!
  • You’ll appear super flawless in pictures.

If you have any doubts on whether it works or not, think two words – Kim Kardashian. She indeed is a sucker for baking.

6 Reasons To Cut Down On That Relaxer


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Relaxer

Having a good hair is not all about the sleek perms and straightness of your hair textures. While this may look flattering; it is, however, important to know that products used to achieve those result – example, hair relaxer, have their side effects to the health of your hair.

The truth is; relaxers come with its side effect on your hair and frequent usage will cause a whole lot of damage.

Here are some of the damages caused by relaxers:

Dryness

Relaxers are chemicals and they tend to wash away the natural oils and moisture of your scalp and hair, making the hair dry, frizzy and brittle.

When you use hair relaxers more often than you should, your hair becomes dry and breakage is as well bound to happen when this occurs.

Hair Loss

Frequently use of relaxers may have permanent effects in the long run – as the quality of the new hair growth may also be affected.

Additionally, as we mentioned earlier, dryness that occurs as a result of frequent relaxer usage will lead to breakage which is another major contributor to hair loss.

Split Ends

Because of the strength of the ammonium thioglycolate in relaxers; the initial protective layer of the hair may become damaged, therefore it becomes susceptible to breakage and split ends.

Hair relaxers boost the formation of split ends. Repetitive usage can lead to unevenness due to breakage.

Experts suggest avoiding perms and relaxers, especially when trying to grow their hair.

Dandruff

Dryness in the scalp caused by relaxers often leads to dandruff. As already explained; the chemicals tend to wash out the natural oils of the scalp causing dryness and irritation; which may attribute to dandruff.

Hair Thinning

Hair thinning is an expected even, especially when breakage and dryness occur.

According to the Atlanta Natural Hair Care, “Over processing causes more damage resulting in thinning hair, especially around the natural hairline. …it is a clear sign of the damage chemical hair straightening can cause.”

Scalp Irritation and/or Damage

The damage is not confined to the hair; the scalp also gets severely affected by the use of these chemical-based agents.

Small lesions, burns, and scarring have been observed in many cases, which may also cause permanent bald patches in the long run.

Not only this; continual use of hair relaxers in combination with alcohol-based hair care products such as sprays, gels, shampoos, etc., may add to the damage, leading to scalp infection that may also affect new hair growth adversely.

10 Natural Bath Ingredients For Radiant Skin


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Natural Bath Ingredients

The beauty and radiance of your skin all lie within your hands – from the foods you eat to the lifestyle choices you make. While the choices you make matter, it is also important to gain the numerous benefits nature has to offer for a healthy and glowing skin. So the following are some natural ingredients to include in your bath to detoxify, refresh, rejuvenate and add radiance and glow to your skin.

Read on…

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider VinegarAdd a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath, and soak for 5-10 minutes to eliminate discomfort from sunburn, helps with conditions such as arthritis and gout, as well as anything else that is caused by inflammation.

It also helps to draw toxins out of the body, leaving behind toned and moisturized skin.

Baking Soda

Baking sodaAn easy, safe and inexpensive way to soothe irritated skin, relieve body aches and detox the body is by using baking soda in the bath for 10-15 minutes to help rid your body of dead skin cells without irritation.

It is great for neutralizing the chlorine that has been added to most city water sources.

Essential Oils

Essential_oilAromatic baths with essential oils benefit both the body and the mind aspects of conditions such as stress, troubled skin, and achy muscles.

Add few drops of your favourite essential oils to your bath water for a calming aromatherapy bath.

The interesting part about it is you can be pretty strategic with it by including oils according to what you’re problem is that day.

Say it’s a very long day and you’re feeling totally fatigued. There’s an essential oil for that;

Some essential oils –

  • Lavender – Calming
  • Grapefruit – Uplifting
  • Peppermint – Fatigue
  • Cedar wood – Depression
  • Chamomile & Rosemary – Headache

Herbs

peppermintHerbs help to reduce stress, soothe the skin and relax the mind. Tie dried herbs like mint, lavender or rosemary cloth and use it under running water or boil dried herbs in few cups of water and add it to your bath.

Honey

Six Effective Medicinal Uses For HoneyHoney is one of the best natural bath ingredients; and can help deep clean pores while adding moisture to parched skin. Add two cups of honey to a running bath to create body-smoothing bliss. Soak for 15 minutes.

Milk

Glass Of Warm MilkMilk contains fats proteins and vitamins that help to hydrate skin and retain moisture making it soft and supple. Pour in a few cups of milk to lukewarm bathwater and seep in for about 15 minutes.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal

Use Oatmeal bath as a treatment for allergic reactions, dry skin, chicken pox or itchy skin. Add a cup of oatmeal to running water and ensure it mixes completely and soak for 10-15 minutes.

Make your oatmeal loofah to soothe and smooth the skin.

Salts

Epsom Salt BathBath Salt such as Epsom salt exfoliates to soften and smooth the skin. It makes mind relax and eliminates stress.

A nice soak in a tub sprinkled with bath salt helps relax sore muscles, softens and moisturizes your skin. It can even reduce the look of wrinkles, dead skin, and fine lines.

Tea

Tea BagsUse 3-5 tea bags in the bath water or brew 1-2 cups of very strong herbal tea like green tea, peppermint tea or chamomile tea, strain and soak in it for 20-30mins to detox the skin.

Ginger

gingerGinger is a root that contains lots of healthy elements when you eat it, but it can also be used in other ways to help the body, like soaking in a ginger bath. You can either grate fresh ginger into your bath or sprinkling in some ginger powder.

It’s a way to get the body to sweat a lot more and get even extra amounts of toxins out, it leads to feelings of increased energy, feeling cleaner, and warding off symptoms of an oncoming cold.

Brides – 5 Wedding Flower Ideas For Your Big Day


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Flower

Are you planning your wedding and don’t know what flower or flowers you should use and where you need them? We borrowed some tips from London florists, Jess Martin and Charlie Gozem of One Flew Over and here are some ideas for your big day.

Floral crown

Floral crown

A floral crown adds a touch of the festival to your wedding – go full floral! For winter, you could easily add greens and statement blooms in deep berry reds instead.

The floral crown consists of Lisianthus, Clematis, Scabious, Eucalyptus and Cryptomeria

Flower clip

Flower clip

You can use a flower clip when you want flowers in your hair but not necessarily a floral crown. Lots of greenery gives a botanical feel, or you could go for more flowers and bolder colours.

Flower clip can be a mix of Spray rose, lisianthus, Eucalyptus, Autumn eucalyptus, and Laurustinus.

Statement bouquet

Statement bouquet

The statement bouquet is such a great choice for a bride who’s looking for a lovely alternative to the conventional hand-tied bouquet. Picking some English roses, jasmine, and sweet peas will ensure your statement bouquet smells great. Mix it with a white, trailing silk ribbon to add some soft lines.

The statement bouquet contains Peonies, Dacus, Jasmine, English roses, Astrantia, Nigella, Larkspur, Sweetpea, Eucalyptus, and Asparagus fern.

Loose, flower-filled bouquet

Loose, flower-filled bouquet

The loose, flower-filled bouquet is for people that want to be less formal. It is actually the best of all the soft spring blooms. For the finishing, you can add a trailing ribbon.

The loose, flower-filled bouquet contains – peonies, Sweet peas, Delphinium, Ranunculus, Lisianthus, Spray rose, Nigella, Solomon seal, and Eucalyptus.

Winter bouquet

Winter bouquet

The winter bouquet is what you go for when you want to go big on seasonal foliage it’s best. It is made up of Anemones, Roses, Spray rose, Ranunculus, berried Ivy, Autumn Eucalyptus, and Heather.

Best Essential Oils For Radiant Skin


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Essential Oils

Essential oils are the highly concentrated, volatile and aromatic essence of plants obtained by distillation.

These oil extracts have been used in a variety of ways over the centuries; from healing the skin to improving and managing healthy hair.

Here are some of the best essential oils for your skin. Read on….

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil is one of the best essential oils for the skin as it helps heal skin irritations and also cleanse cuts and scrapes. It can be used for all skin types and can also calm down stressed skin.

According to research, lavender essential oil helps your body produce three of your body’s most powerful antioxidants, glutathione, catalase, and superoxide dismutase.

Most likely due to its antimicrobial and antioxidant characteristics, lavender essential mixed with benefit-rich aloe vera or coconut oil has profound benefits on your skin.

Just 10 drops per one ounce of aloe vera or oil will sooth the worst sunburn and bring rapid healing to dry skin, minor cuts, and scrapes.

Rose Essential Oil

Rose essential oil is especially great for dry or aging skin. Researchers have found that it contains several therapeutic compounds known to promote healing, especially antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory compounds.

As a result, rose essential oil helps refine skin texture and tone, and can be helpful in managing skin conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis. Interestingly, one study even found that just inhaling rose essential oil inhibits water loss in the skin!

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree essential oil is one of the more well-known essential oils for acne-prone skin. Its antibacterial properties help ward off acne-causing bacteria and assist wound healing.

It also helps to regulate oil production, which can decrease the severity and incidence of acne breakouts.

Basil Essential Oil

Basil is wonderful to soothe insect bites and is ideal for sensitive skin.

Apply directly to an insect bite or sting, and if you are feeling sore from a hard workout session, add a few drops into massage oil and massage tired muscles.

Carrot Seed Essential Oil

Carrot seed oil is amber-coloured and it is extracted from carrot seeds. It’s great for dry, sun-damaged, mature, or wrinkled skin. If your skin gets cracked and dry during the winter months, or if your skin appears dull and tired, then applying a product with carrot seed oil will help get your glow back. Carrot seed oil is good for both dry and oily complexions.

Lemongrass  Essential oil

Lemongrass oil is a good choice to increase your skin’s glowing appearance because it has detoxifying and regenerative qualities. This native Indian and Sri Lankan oil will help minimize bacterial or microbial growth on your skin.

It can also be used as a fungicidal, astringent, and a way to minimize pores.

Easy Tips To Heal Cracked Heels


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Cracked Heels

Cracked heels is a common skin problem that in most cases are caused by lack of moisture- dryness, improper foot care, an unhealthy diet, aging, prolonged standing on hard floors and wearing the wrong types of shoes all the time.

Frequent wearing of sandals also exposes your heels to harsh conditions, plus the sun and sand can make the skin on your feet super dry, flaky and eventually get cracked.

To get rid of cracked heels and to prevent it; here are some easy tips for you. Read on…

Pumice Scrubbing

Scrubbing the hard, dead skin with pumice stone helps a great deal in getting rid of cracked heels. Before scrubbing your feet, soak in warm soapy water to help soften the skin and make it easier to scrub. Here is how:

  • Mix some liquid soap in a foot tub filled with warm water.
  • Soak your feet in this warm soapy water for about 20 minutes.
  • Use pumice stone to gently scrub off the loosened dead skin cells.
  • Rinse off your feet with clean water and pat dry with a soft towel.
  • Apply some foot lotion or moisturizer and wear a pair of clean cotton socks overnight.
  • Follow this remedy daily until your cracked feet are healed completely.

Use Vaseline

Every night before you go to bed, slather a generous amount of Vaseline on your feet and cover with fuzzy socks and leave them on overnight for super smooth heels the next morning.

Ripe Banana

Another great way to heal cracked feet is by using ripe bananas. It will heal the skin on your feet by gradually taking off dead skin. To use this remedy;

  • Simply mash ripe bananas making it into a smooth paste.
  • Apply this paste to the areas where you notice cracks under your feet and leave it there for about 15 to 20 minutes or overnight.
  • You can do it on a regular basis to heal cracked feet easily.

Lemons

The acidic property in lemons can be very effective in softening tough and dried skin that leads to cracking.

  • Soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes in warm water with lemon juice added to it. Avoid using very hot water, which can cause your feet to dry out more.
  • Scrub your cracked heels using a foot file or
  • Wash your feet and pat dry with a towel.
  • Don’t forget to moisturise

Honey

Honey is a great natural gift to all of us. It can also be great for your cracked heels as it moisturizes your feet excellently well.

Here is how:

  • Fill warm water in a foot basin.
  • Add honey to this and mix well.
  • Soak your feet in this water for about 20-30 minutes.
  • Scrub off the dry skin gently.
  • Repeat this 1-2 times a week.

You can follow this with a foot lotion, Vaseline or a regular moisturiser

Rosewater And Glycerine

The combination of glycerine and rose water makes an effective home treatment for cracked heels. Glycerin softens the skin, which is why it is widely used in cosmetics. Rose water adds vitamins A, B3, C, D, and E as well as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. To use this remedy; mix equal amounts of glycerine and rose water thoroughly and rub it on your heels and feet daily before going to bed at night.

12 Effective Beauty Uses Of Tomatoes


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Tomatoes

Hurray! Tomatoes are back! We were all affected in one way or the other by the gross scarcity that hit the tomato market some weeks ago. It seemed so outrageous when four tomatoes sold for as high as N500 and a basket which used to sell between N1,200 to N1,500 escalated to a whopping N25,000; no thanks to the Tuta Absoluta (also known as tomato ebola) that ravaged tomato fields, driving prices up astronomically. Thank goodness that era is over!

Well, asides from using tomatoes in our foods, here are 7 other amazing and effective uses of tomatoes.

Shrinks large pores

Large pores can lead to excess oil and acne. To combat this, Combine 2-4 drops of lemon juice with one spoon of tomato juice. Apply it on your face and keep it on for 15 minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water. This will shrink the open pores.

Reduces the appearance of acne and blackheads

Mash a tomato and spread its pulp evenly on your face. Keep it on your skin for one hour before rinsing off and finish off with a good moisturizer. Your acne will lessen after regular use.

Tomato has cooling properties to soothe the skin and astringent properties to absorb the excess oil from the face, which helps in lessening the acne.

Controls excess oil

Take out the juice of a tomato and blend it with cucumber. Afterwards, dip a cotton ball in this solution and apply it on your face daily. This preparation controls the oiliness of your face.

Cures sunburn

Apply tomato juice directly on the affected area. Wash off after 30 minutes. It is said that the nutrient lycopene found in tomato shields the skin from the harmful ultra-violet rays.

Enhances glowing skin

Tomatoes work wonders when applied topically on the skin. Applying tomato juice or rubbing tomato halves on the skin evens out the skin and revives the glow giving you a healthy looking skin.

Tomato also contains a high amount of Vitamin C which is known to brighten skin.

Prevents signs of aging 

Tomatoes and its products enable the skin to absorb oxygen and prevent the signs of aging. It provides an amazing natural skin treatment that can make the skin look younger and healthier with less effort.

Brings radiance and elasticity to dry hair

You must have noticed that many hair care products including shampoos and conditioners contain Vitamin A, B, C, and E, which are excellent stimulants for healthy hair. All of these can be found in tomatoes.

Moisture often escapes from the scalp during winters, making hair strands dry and brittle and causing hair breakage. So make sure to keep your hair replenished with the help of tomatoes.

Tomatoes help to lock the much-needed moisture in the hair to prevent it from drying.

After your hair has been washed, apply half a cup of tomato juice, leave it for 20 minutes and then wash off. This will make the hair smooth, shiny and flexible.

Interesting Beauty Uses Of Turmeric Powder


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Turmeric

Turmeric powder is a popular Southern Asia and India spice commonly used in meals and for centuries, it has also been used as a beauty product for mostly the skin and hair.

It contains a pack full of antioxidants as well as antibacterial and healing properties that are highly beneficial to your skin and hair.

Here are some of the beauty uses of turmeric powder. Read on…

Stretch Marks

Some women swear that combining turmeric with water or oil to create a paste and then spreading it on stretch marks twice a day will help make them disappear!

Dark Underarms

For dark areas on your skin such as underarms, knees and elbows, using turmeric paste has been proven by many to be very effective.  To make the paste, simply make a mixture of milk and turmeric powder. Then massage the paste into elbows, armpits or knees for 5 minutes and rinse off.

It is great for your skin as it helps rejuvenate and brighten dark patches on your skin.

Get Rid Of Female Moustache

Turmeric powder not only cleanses your skin, but also helps in getting rid of upper lip hair naturally. Milk is also beneficial for your skin. The combination of these two can help in removing unwanted facial hair.

Here is how:

  • Take one tablespoon of turmeric and milk each and mix them in a bowl.
  • Once the mixture is prepared, apply it gently to your upper lip using your fingers.
  • Wait till it dries, after which you can rub it off your skin.
  • Wash off with cold water.

Note that turmeric can stain your skin so be sure you test it in an inconspicuous place before you use it.

Treat Acne

Turmeric is effective in the treatment of acne due to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties that fight pimples and breakouts to provide a youthful glow to your skin.

Turmeric face mask helps to clear acne scars and inflammation. It also reduces oil secretion by the sebaceous glands.

To make face mask, mix turmeric powder and sandalwood powder and add lemon juice to the mixture. Apply it on your face for 10 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water.

For acne scars, apply a mixture of turmeric and plain water on the marks for 15 minutes.

Treats Dandruff

Dandruff and other scalp issues can be treated by applying a mixture of turmeric and olive oil on your scalp before taking a shower. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash off the mixture with a natural shampoo. It removes the signs of dandruff by increasing the circulation in the scalp and providing nutrition to the hair follicles.

Anti-Aging

Yup! It also works wonders when it comes to the issue of aging. This is so because it contains an antioxidant that fends off free radicals that cause premature aging.

You can make a paste by mixing gram flour and turmeric powder in equal proportions with water.

This paste can also be prepared in raw milk or even yogurt to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Apply it evenly on your body and allow it to dry. Rinse off with lukewarm water and scrub your face gently in a circular motion.

Dark Circles

Nobody likes the appearance of dark circle around the eyes as it automatically makes you appear older. If you have dark circles, you can add a pinch of turmeric to 2 tablespoons of buttermilk and apply it around your eyes for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.

This is effective in eliminating dark circles thanks to the brightening properties of the powder.

Cracked Heels

Turmeric is an excellent healing agent. If you have cracked heels, you can apply a mixture of 3 spoons of the powder with a few drops of coconut or castor oil on your heels for 10 to 15 minutes before taking a bath. Doing this regularly will soften your heels.

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