If You Want to Lose Weight, Here's Why You Should Try Matcha – Telegraph

Ready to take your morning caffeine habit to the next level? It may be time to replace your loose leaves or cup of coffee with matcha. A powdered form of steamed and dried green tea leaves that has been used in Japanese tea ceremonies for centuries, matcha tastes like a grassier, brighter version of the regular stuff. Think of it as the "healthy espresso of green tea," say David Mandelbaum and Jessica Lloyd, owners of matcha purveyor Panatea. So just how healthy is the green powder? A study found that one serving of matcha has 137 times more disease-fighting polyphenols, called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), than a brewed mug of conventional China Green Tips — the equivalent of up to 10 cups of regular green tea! With such an antioxidant punch, it's no wonder that matcha just may be the new superfood. Read on for why it could just be a miracle in a mug.

Weight-loss concentrate: EGCG has been shown in some lab studies to boost metabolism, and other research has shown that EGCG may help stop the growth of new fat cells. While more studies are still needed to confirm results in humans, add to this the fact that drinking green tea instead of sugary drinks can help you save calories, and opting for a healthy matcha-based drink (like this lower-calorie version of Starbucks's green tea latte) may just be a wise weight-loss decision.

Disease-fighter: The concentrated levels of antioxidants in matcha are hard to beat, especially considering catechins in green tea have been shown to have cancer-preventing as well as immunity-boosting effects, including helping prevent high-risk health workers from catching the flu.


Daily detox: Matcha may just help keep your body functioning in tip-top shape; a lab study in rats with type 2 diabetes found that a daily dose of matcha provided a protective effect on their liver and kidney systems. Other research has found that green tea drinkers had a 33 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes by helping reduce blood glucose levels — the more green tea they drank, the lower the risk.

Jitter-free energy: A serving of matcha has less caffeine than an espresso, but its nutrient makeup just may give you more energy. Because the tea leaves used to make matcha are protected from sunlight before being harvested and steamed, the leaves retain much of their natural chlorophyll (which is why matcha is so green), a substance that has been shown to help boost energy. Plus, green tea is an excellent source of the mind-calming amino acid L-theanine, which means you may just feel more awake and alert without the late-afternoon caffeine crash.

When buying matcha, be sure and check each product so you know you're buying high-quality tea with the most health benefits. "The more vibrantly green the matcha is, the higher the chlorophyll and amino acid content," David and Jessica advise. Also, check labels and watch out for additives and sugars, which some matcha products contain. For the perfect cup, David and Jessica recommend heating water until near boiling (180°F) and whisking in matcha powder in a "M" or "W" motion.

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A DIY Face Mask Recipe For Sparkling Skin – Telegraph

If you’ve read my 3 step home facial for glowing skin I probably don’t need to tell you how natural ingredients can do wonders for your skin! Today I’m going to show you how to whip up my diy face mask using cosmetic clay.

  • Similar to my hydrating homemade face mask for glowing skin, this is one of the best recipes I know to get your skin sparkling again! You can use it once a week to help clean and energize the skin by gently exfoliating and improving blood circulation.
  • Clay face masks can help treat blackheads, spots and other blemishes by unblocking pores, alleviating toxins and balancing out or replenishing the natural occurring oils of the face.
  • I’ve found that the natural cosmetic clay itself has the capability to absorb any excess oils, grime and other unwanted toxins from the skin. As well as exfoliating and toning, it will also promote the growth of new cells! The active properties in herbs, oils, fruit powders, milks and essential oils will all give your diy mask even more benefits.
  • Better yet, all the recipes below can be tailored to suit your own needs! If you have oily skin, go for green or yellow clay masks with the addition of organic fuller’s earth. Sensitive skin will thank you for using white or pink clay, as will dry skin.
  • The recipes below will last for 2 weeks without a preservative and 6 months with a preservative. But they must be stored in air tight containers. I found these mini clip top glass storage preserving Jars On Amazon are perfect if I’m giving these as a gift. I usually double up on the recipe too, as the recipes below are only enough for a couple of treatments.

How To Make A Mature Skin Face Mask

This homemade face mask not only helps to combat those wrinkles and encourages new cell growth, it smells absolutely divine.

I’ve chosen white clay so that it’s gentle enough to be used on both sensitive and dry skin. I’ve added honey as well, because it’s great for so many things! Its addition here can help moisturize the skin, kill bacteria and fight those evil wrinkles.

All the essential oils have been chosen specifically for their rejuvenating and regenerating qualities. They will brighten up dull and aging skin, leaving it looking fresh and nourished.

Here’s What You Need To Make This Clay Mask


Step 1. Place the water into a clean bowl and add the preservative if using (see note on small weighing small amounts).

Step 2. Sprinkle in the clay and leave to stand for a couple of minutes until the clay has begun to dissolve, and then stir well.

Step 3. Stir in the milk and honey. You can also add a little more water at this point until you reach a consistency that you are happy with.

Step 4. Add the essential oils and transfer to an air tight container.

How To Use Your DIY Face Mask:

These diy face masks are so simple to use, and just take a couple of steps to get going.

  1. Make sure you cleanse your face, removing any traces of makeup. If you don’t wear makeup, do this regardless.
  2. I always rub a little lip balm on my lips before applying the mask as it stops them drying out. You can learn how to make your very own lip balm, or you could also use Vaseline.
  3. Using either a brush or a clean finger, apply a thin layer across the face, being careful to reach those creases around the nose and mouth. Be careful not to apply too closely around the eyes or on the eye lids; just stay out of this area all together.
  4. At this point, you’ll want to let it dry for around 10-15 mins. If I’m on my own I’ll just get on with the laundry or something to occupy the time. If I’m with the girls I’ll mix up some frozen margaritas, cut some cucumber for our eyes and make a spa day of it!
  5. When it’s time to take it off, pull some faces and smile for a bit. This will help loosen old skin cells and crack the mask to make it easier to get it all off.
  6. Remove by rinsing with warm water. I wouldn’t leave it much longer than 10-15 minutes, as you won’t get any further benefits after that.
  7. You can use any of these face mask recipes once a week as maintenance.

Green Clay Face Mask For Oily Skin

This Green Clay mask is packed full of minerals, smells fresh yet earthy and has a natural pale green colorant. I find this clay is particularly beneficial for problem or acne-prone skin, as it has wonderful cleansing abilities when teamed with the fuller’s earth. It will draw out any unwanted toxins or impurities and then shrink the pores to stop them getting back in.

Both the essential oils have been chosen to combat greasy skin for their wonderful ability to tone and balance out the oils.


This diy face mask is made in the same way as mature skin mask, adding the fuller’s earth with the clay.

Healing Strawberry Face Mask For Sensitive & Dry skin

Pink clay, also known as rose clay, is particularly good at boosting circulation and removing dead skin cells. You’ll be left with a clean and healthy looking glow to the skin.

The fruit powder is packed with vitamins and enzymes and has all the same goodness as their fresh alternative only without the short shelf life!

Rose essential oil is one of the most expensive oils on the market but it’s also one of the most effective in skin care. It moistens and plumps up the skin, reducing fine lines and improving elasticity. It’s also known to stimulate the nervous system, naturally relieving anxiety. And of course let’s not forget about its heavenly floral scent. Packed full of vitamin A, carrot seed oil will help rejuvenate, smooth and soften skin.


This organic face mask made in the same way as mature skin mask, adding the strawberry fruit powder once the clay has been mixed with the water.

How To Gift A Homemade Face Mask

Homemade face masks make for very original and creative homemade gifts, add a label and you are good to go 😉

There you have it! Some great DIY face mask recipes using clay, now check out how to mix up a wonderful homemade face mask for glowing skin in a flash, or try these homemade face masks using just things already in your kitchen cupboard.

Summer Skin Care: Home Remedies For Flawless Skin – Telegraph


  • Summers in India are every beauty conscious person’s nightmare
  • Sun tans the skin, hot winds cause skin damage, and dust clogs the pores
  • It’s time to raid the kitchen and follow some grandma’s tips

Summers in India are getting hotter year-by-year, meaning every beauty conscious person’s nightmare. The

sun tans the skin severely, hot winds cause skin damage and the dust and grime clog the pores. Beauty products abound in the market, each claiming to be the best for you. But, hold on! Before you loosen your purse strings for those oh-so expensive products, it’s time to raid the kitchen and follow some grandma’s tips.

  • Wash your face frequently with cold water to remove the sweat and dust that tends to accumulate on the face. Using cold milk on a cotton ball is also an option.
  • It is important to protect our skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Keeping our skin safe in the sun is quite important. So, don’t forget to apply sunscreen, at least 30 SPF, before you step out in the sun.

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Don’t forget to apply sunscreen, at least 30 SPF, before you step out in the sun.​

  • The skin needs to be exfoliated, at least twice a week, particularly in this season to keep the glow intact. A paste of besan and milk or malai/cream with some oatmeal or turmeric and lemon will do wonders. Just rub this paste on your face and neck gently in a circular fashion and see the difference yourself. Better still, use a paste of multani mitti, or Fuller’s earth, rose water and sandalwood powder for acne prone skin; whereas take sandalwood powder, curd and add a pinch of turmeric powder for mature skin for the same purpose.
  • Cleansing your skin is equally important. There are many home remedies that are known to give good results like yogurt and honey, if applied on the face for 10 minutes will give you a nice and clean skin. Also, don’t forget to moisturise your skin regularly. Take a good moisturiser and apply it daily to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. Use a gel-based moisturiser for oily skin and water-based moisturiser for normal skin.
  • Tanning is another big problem in summers that takes a lot of our effort and time to be treated. But, not anymore! To remove tan, reach out for tomato juice. Tomato and lemon juices are good for all skin type. Mix a little sandalwood powder with these juices if your skin is too dry; multani mitti if it is oily and prone to acne; and curd and sandalwood powder if it is mature. Leave the paste on for about ten minutes and then wash it off with cold water. You could also use a mixture of honey and lime to remove tan. Apply it on your face for 15-20 minutes and then wash it off.
  • Another remedy to treat tanning is quite easy. Make a paste of raw milk and gram flour. Add a few drops of lemon juice and apply on the face. Wait till it dries off somewhat, then wash it off. Lemon juice alone acts as a natural bleacher. But, it dries the skin. Therefore, make sure you apply a lot moisturiser after that.

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Lemon juice alone acts as a natural bleacher.

  • Aloe vera is also a great remedy for summers. Freeze aloe vera juice into small cubes. You can use these frozen aloe vera juice cubes to rub your face when you come in from the sun, or before you apply make-up and even at night. It will leave your face fresh and glowing.
  • Banana is another very skin friendly fruit. Mash a banana to pulp and add some milk or egg white to it. Apply it evenly on your face and keep it for about 20 minutes. Then wash it off with cold water. Get ready to have a smooth skin.
  • Rose water is a good friend of our skin during summers. You can dab it on the face using a cotton ball in order clean and cool the face. Alternatively, you could spray rose water on your face for an instant fresh look.
  • Papaya is another wonderful option for your skin. Mash papaya to make a paste and add some lemon juice to it. Apply the paste on your face and leave it on for 20 minutes. You could also add egg white and honey to the papaya paste and apply it for 20 minutes. And, that’s it. Get ready for a soft and glowing skin.
  • Watermelon juice, coconut juice and cucumber juice are known for their cooling properties. Apply these juices regularly on your face to calm your skin from the outside heat.

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Watermelon juice is known to have cooling properties.

Other Useful Tips:

  • One needs to eat right during summers. Eat light meals, green vegetables and fruits that are high on water content like watermelons and melons. It is always good to avoid oily, spicy food and salty, fried snacks.
  • Drinking plenty of water is a must. Six to eight glasses or 2 litres is the recommended amount. Avoid tea, coffee and aerated drinks, instead opt for fresh fruit juices, coconut water, or butter milk. If you find the taste of water little boring, then infuse it with fruits like apple and strawberries. Alternatively, you could even add lemon or cucumber slices, ginger and mint to your water and drink it throughout the day.

Summer maybe a difficult season, but these tips will definitely help you have a glowing complexion.

Why Protein Powder May Aid Your Weight-Loss Efforts – Telegraph

Check out any fitness junkie’s kitchen, and you’ll probably find a jar of protein powder lying around. Although it has a rep fit for bodybuilding competitions, protein powder isn’t just for people who are looking to boost their muscles—nutritionists say it can also help you lose weight if you use it correctly.

First things first, when it comes to health and weight loss, there is no magic bullet. Whether you want to get healthy or lose weight (and they're not always the same thing), it's a gradual process, and what works for some people doesn't work for others. If you do want to lose weight, it's important to think about why—and whether doing so is a healthy decision for your life right now. For example, if you have a history of disordered eating, you should talk to your doctor before starting a new eating plan. And even if you don't, you'll want to set healthy, rational expectations for yourself. When it comes down to it, weight loss is about a lot more than whether you throw some protein powder into your smoothie. It’s important to factor in whether you’re getting good rest and trying to keep your stress levels down, plus elements outside of your control, like health conditions and hormones. Most of all, treat yourself kindly, and don't rush the process. Success takes time.

Now, whether or not you're trying to lose weight or perhaps quell the constant hunger pangs you suspect are due to eating too little protein, protein powder may help. It's hard to overstate how important protein is, since the macronutrient is essential for building muscle and helping keep you full. And protein powder, which comes in multiple forms, is an easy way to make sure you're getting as much protein as you need (around 10 to 35 percent of your daily calories, depending on various factors) and maximizing its weight loss potential. “Protein is digested slowly and gives you more of a feeling of fullness than other macronutrients, which in turn can help you consume fewer calories,” Kacie Vavrek, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., L.D., at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, tells SELF. It also doesn't cause blood sugar spikes, which make you feel hungry again quickly, as much as more sugary or carb-laden foods.

“Having a protein shake as a snack when you have a long time (more than four hours) between meals can help keep you satiated, so you won't be as tempted to have unhealthy snacks or overeat when you do finally have your next meal,” Albert Matheny , M.S., R.D., C.S.C.S., of SoHo Strength Lab and Promix Nutrition , tells SELF. Plus, protein powder can help you increase your protein intake without adding a lot of extra calories or fat, thus potentially leading to weight loss, he explains.

Consuming enough protein also helps prevent muscle loss, which is important because muscle is more metabolically active than fat—any time muscle is lost, your metabolism can decrease. That's why Matheny recommends making sure to get protein in within 30 minutes after strength training to refuel glycogen (i.e. energy) stores in your muscles. Your body is primed to take in nutrients to help repair your muscles after you work out, which is why timing is important, he explains.

But not all protein powders are created equal. Plant-based forms often digest more slowly than other varieties, Sam Accardi, R.D., L.D.N., lead dietitian for the Charge Group , tells SELF. And if you reach for a whey-based protein powder , check to make sure it's not loaded with artificial sweeteners. Also, protein powder can torpedo your weight loss efforts if you don’t use it properly, Beth Warren, R.D.N., founder of Beth Warren Nutrition and author of Living a Real Life With Real Food, tells SELF. Protein shakes can get a bit of a health halo, but they do contain calories, and taking in too much of anything can lead to weight gain, Warren says.

If you're ready to hop on the protein-powder bandwagon, Warren suggests looking for one with 12 to 15 grams of protein for serving. “The ones that are higher are most often combinations with added sugars, added amino acids, vitamins, and other ingredients that are not needed in excess,” she says. Once you're set on that front, just make sure you're not consuming so much protein you're suddenly feeling bloated —a common sign you're going overboard.

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7-Day Diet Meal Plan to Lose Weight: 1,200 Calories – Telegraph

This 1,200-calorie meal plan is designed by EatingWell's registered dietitians and culinary experts to offer healthy and delicious meals for weight-loss. We've done the hard work of planning for you and mapped out seven full days of meals and snacks. The calorie totals are listed next to each meal so you can easily swap things in and out as you see fit. Note, this meal plan is controlled for calories, fiber and sodium. If a particular nutrient is of concern, consider speaking with your health care provider about supplementation or altering this plan to better suit your individual nutrition needs.

See all of our healthy weight-loss meal plans here!

Plan Ahead

If you will be short on time, you can make the Ravioli & Vegetable Soup ahead. Other things you can make ahead for the week include the Carrot-Ginger Vinaigrette, Maple-Nut Granola and the Avocado-Yogurt Dip.

Day 1

Pictured Recipe: Ravioli & Vegetable Soup

Breakfast (266 calories)
Avocado-Egg Toast
• 1 slice whole-grain bread
• 1/4 medium avocado
• 1 large egg, cooked in 1/4 tsp. olive oil or coat pan with a thin layer of cooking spray (1-second spray)
• Top egg with a pinch of salt and pepper (1/16 tsp. each)
• 1 clementine

Morning Snack (61 calories)
• 1/3 cup blueberries
• 1/4 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt

Lunch (341 calories)
• 2 cups Ravioli & Vegetable Soup
• 1 Tomato-Cheddar Cheese Toast

Afternoon Snack (93 calories)
• 3 Tbsp. hummus
• 1 cup sliced cucumber

Dinner (451 calories)
Salmon & Vegetables
• 4 oz. baked salmon
• 1 cup roasted Brussels sprouts
• 1/2 cup brown rice
• 1 Tbsp. walnuts
• Salt and pepper to taste (1/8 tsp. each)
• Combine 1 1/2 tsp. each olive oil, lemon juice and maple syrup; season with salt to taste (1/8 tsp.).

Coat Brussels sprouts in 1/2 tsp. olive oil and bake at 425 degrees F until lightly browned, about 15-20 minutes. Coat salmon with 1/4 tsp. olive oil or a thin layer of cooking spray (1 second spray), add salt and pepper to taste (1/8 tsp. each). Bake at 425 degrees F until done, about 4-6 minutes. Serve brown rice, Brussels sprouts and salmon drizzled with vinaigrette and topped with walnuts.

Plan Ahead: Make the Maple-Nut Granola for tomorrow. You can also buy granola, to make things easier. Aim for a granola that has around 130 calories or less and less than 6 grams of sugar per 1/4 cup.

Day 2

Pictured Recipe: Delicata Squash & Tofu Curry

Breakfast (266 calories)
Avocado-Egg Toast
• 1 slice whole-grain bread
• 1/4 medium avocado
• 1 large egg, cooked in 1/4 tsp. olive oil or coat pan with a thin layer of cooking spray (1 second spray)
• Top egg with a pinch of pepper (1/16 tsp.)
• 1 clementine

Morning Snack (134 calories)
• 5 dried apricots
• 7 walnut halves

Lunch (295 calories)
Leftover soup
• 2 cups Ravioli & Vegetable Soup
• 1 clementine

Afternoon Snack (93 calories)
• 3 Tbsp. hummus
• 1 cup sliced cucumber

Dinner (424 calories)
• 1 1/2 cups Delicata Squash & Tofu Curry
• 1/2 cup brown rice

Plan Ahead: Hard-boil two eggs—save one for day five. Make the Carrot-Ginger Vinaigrette or opt for a healthy, store-bought Asian-style dressing. When buying salad dressing, choose one made with healthy fats, like olive oil or canola oil. Cook a chicken breast for tomorrow's lunch or substitute precooked chicken or sliced chicken or turkey breast from the grocery store. When choosing deli items, go for low-sodium, preservative-free options.

Day 3

Pictured Recipe: Moroccan-Style Stuffed Peppers

Breakfast (267 calories)
• 1/4 cup Maple-Nut Granola
• 3/4 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
• 1/2 cup blueberries

Morning Snack (35 calories)
• 1 clementine

Lunch (351 calories)
Apple & Cheddar Pita Pocket
• 1 whole-wheat pita round (6-1/2-inch)
• 1 Tbsp. mustard
• 1/2 medium apple, sliced
• 1 oz. Cheddar cheese
• 1 cup mixed greens
Cut pita in half and spread mustard inside. Fill with apple slices and cheese. Toast until the cheese begins to melt. Add greens and serve.

Afternoon Snack (47 calories)
• 1/2 medium apple

Dinner (457 calories)
• 1 serving (1 pepper) Moroccan-Style Stuffed Peppers
• 2 cups spinach
Sauté spinach in 1 tsp. of olive oil and a pinch of both salt and pepper (1/16 tsp. each)

Evening Snack (50 calories)
• 1 Tbsp. chocolate chips, preferably dark chocolate

Plan Ahead: Make the Avocado-Yogurt Dip for tomorrow. You can substitute store-bought hummus for the dip, if desired.

Day 4

Pictured Recipe: Warm Lentil Salad with Sausage & Apple

Breakfast (267 calories)
• 1/4 cup Maple-Nut Granola
• 3/4 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
• 1/2 cup blueberries

Morning Snack (83 calories)
• 1 hard boiled egg
• 1 tsp. hot sauce, if desired

Lunch (336 calories)
• 2 cups mixed greens
• 3 oz. cooked chicken breast
• 1/2 medium red bell pepper, sliced
• 1/4 cup grated carrots
• 1 clementine
• 2 Tbsp. Carrot-Ginger Vinaigrette
Combine ingredients & top salad with vinaigrette.

Afternoon Snack (86 calories)
• 4 dried apricots
• 4 walnut halves

Dinner (444 calories)
• 2 1/4 cup Warm Lentil Salad with Sausage & Apple
• 1/2 cup Quick Pickled Beets

Day 5

Pictured Recipe: Quick Chicken Tikka Masala

Breakfast (266 calories)
• 1 cup all-bran cereal
• 3/4-cup skim milk
• 1/2 cup blueberries

Morning Snack (101 calories)
• 2 medium carrots
• 2 Tbsp. Avocado-Yogurt Dip

Lunch (314 calories)
• 1 Tomato-Cheddar Cheese Toast
• 2 cups mixed greens
• 3 Tbsp. grated carrot
• 1/2 cup cucumber, sliced
• 1 hard-boiled egg
• 1 Tbsp. unsalted dry-roasted almonds
Top greens with grated carrot, cucumber, hard-boiled egg, almonds and 1 1/2 tsp. each olive oil & balsamic vinegar.

Afternoon Snack (93 calories)
• 3 dried apricots
• 1/3 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
• 1 1/2 tsp. chopped walnuts

Dinner (427 calories)
• 1 1/2 cups Quick Chicken Tikka Masala
• 1/2 cup brown rice

Plan Ahead: Cook a chicken breast for tomorrow's lunch or substitute precooked chicken or sliced chicken or turkey breast from the grocery store. When choosing deli items, go for low-sodium, preservative-free options.

Day 6

Pictured Recipe: Korean Beef Stir-Fry

Breakfast (266 calories)
• 1 cup all-bran cereal
• 3/4-cup skim milk
• 1/2 cup blueberries

Morning Snack (66 calories)
• 2 Tbsp. Avocado-Yogurt Dip
• 1 cup sliced cucumber

Lunch (325 calories)
Leftover Chicken Tikka Masala
• 1 1/2 cups Quick Chicken Tikka Masala
• 1 cup spinach
Reheat the chicken on top of the spinach in the microwave.

Afternoon Snack (35 calories)
• 1 clementine

Dinner (507 calories)
• 2 cups Korean Beef Stir-Fry
• 1/2 cup, cooked buckwheat soba noodles (about 1 ounce dry noodles)

Day 7

Pictured Recipe: Wild Mushroom Pizza with Arugula & Pecorino

Breakfast (266 calories)
• 1 cup all-bran cereal
• 3/4-cup skim milk
• 1/2 cup blueberries

Morning Snack (117 calories)
• 4 Tbsp. Avocado-Yogurt Dip
• 1 cup sliced cucumber

Lunch (301 calories)
• 2 cups mixed greens
• 3 oz. cooked chicken breast
• 1/2 medium red bell pepper, sliced
• 1/4 cup grated carrots
• 2 Tbsp. Carrot-Ginger Vinaigrette
Combine ingredients and top salad with vinaigrette.

Afternoon Snack (42 calories)
• 5 dried apricots

Dinner (494 calories)
• 1 serving (1/4 pizza) Wild Mushroom Pizza with Arugula & Pecorino

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3 Amazing Green Tea Face-Packs For A Healthy And Spotless Skin – Telegraph


  • Green tea is loaded with numerous health benefits.
  • Drinking green tea everyday can make your skin youthful.
  • Green tea has anti-bacterial properties and can be added to face masks.

green tea is loaded with numerous health benefits. It is extracted from a shrub known as camellia sinensis which is an excellent source of antioxidants. Antioxidants aid in fighting against harmful free radicals released in the body. Apart from this, green tea is also rich in

vitamin C and E. We have heard about plenty of weight loss and health benefits that are associated with green tea, but did you know that it has numerous beauty benefits as well? Drinking a cup of green tea everyday can provide you with a smooth and spotless skin. Apart from removing toxins from the body, its anti-aging properties can help prevent fine lines and wrinkles too, making you look younger and healthier. Other than this, its anti-bacterial properties fight against acne breakouts as well. However, to reap all these benefits, it is not necessary to have this wonder tea in the form of a drink. You can now make the most of it by converting it into a face-pack. Here are 3 amazing green tea

face-packs for your skin which you can easily prepare at the comforts of your home.

Green Tea Face-Pack For Even Skin Tone

Green tea has the ability to remove toxins from the skin. If you wish to have an even skin tone, then you can bring this green tea face-pack to your rescue. Take 2 green tea bags, 1 and a half tablespoon of honey, and 5-6 drops of lemon juice. Mix the ingredients well until the texture becomes thick and apply it over your face. Allow the face pack to stay for about 15 minutes. Rinse it off with the help of lukewarm water.

Green tea has the ability to remove toxins from the skin. ​
Green Tea Face-Pack To Cure Dry Skin

For this face pack, you will require orange peels as they will help in shedding off the dead cells from the skin. Take 1 tablespoon of green tea, few orange peels, and half teaspoon honey. Blend the orange peels till they become powdery in texture. Once it is done, take 1 tablespoon of this orange peel powder and add it in a bowl along with the remaining ingredients. Mix these ingredients together and apply the pack on your face. Leave it for about 10 minutes and rinse it off with cold water.

Orange peels as they will help in shedding off the dead cells

Green Tea Face-Pack For Anti-Aging

To make this amazing anti-aging face-pack, you will require 1 tablespoon of green tea and 2 tablespoons of fresh yogurt. Mix the ingredients well and apply it over your face. Leave this face-pack for about 20 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water.

Green tea fights with fine lines and wrinkles.
These green tea face-packs are easy-to-make and can be made with readily available ingredients in your kitchen. Go ahead and make the most these face-packs.

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Homemade Stretch Mark Cream – Dr. Axe – Telegraph

Stretch marks can be both frustrating and embarrassing given their scarred appearance — and can develop on both men and women. They are typically found on the thighs, hips, abdomen, breasts, lower back and upper arms.

Stretch marks form in the dermis of the skin, which is the thick layer of living tissue below the epidermis. When the dermis gets stretched for long periods of time, it can break down causing stretch marks — which can look like severe scarring — to develop.

Because the skin doesn’t return to its original state due to being stretched for an extended period of time, stretch marks most commonly appear after pregnancy, weight gain or weight loss. Stretch marks can begin with a purplish coloration eventually becoming glossy and developing a streaked look.

What can you do to prevent or reduce the appearance of stretch marks? While there are surgical methods that are often used, I instead recommend trying natural options right at home, including making your own stretch mark cream.

This DIY stretch mark cream provides incredible moisturizing and can even be used it as a hand cream. It’s composed of several beneficial ingredients, led by coconut oil for the skin. Coconut oil is able to penetrate your skin on a deeper level than your average product because of its low molecular weight and the way it bonds with proteins. (1)

The second key ingredient is raw shea butter, which is proven to help tissue cell regeneration and softening of the skin. The American Journal of Life Sciences reported a clinical study involving 30 volunteers in which shea butter diminished various signs of aging. (2)

Also, this stretch mark cream taps into the power of essential oils, such as lavender oil that acts as both an antimicrobial and antioxidant for the skin. Make sure to check with your physician before using any new ingredients if you are pregnant.

Homemade Stretch Mark Cream

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serves: Makes approximately 6–8 ounces


  • 3 ounces unrefined coconut oil
  • ¾ ounce unrefined cocoa butter
  • ¾ ounce unrefined shea butter
  • 3 tablespoons sweet almond oil
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vitamin E oil
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops cypress essential oil
  • 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 10 drops helichrysum essential oil


  1. Using a small sauce pan, melt the coconut oil, cocoa butter, shea butter and almond oil on very low heat.
  2. Once oils are completely melted, mix in the water until oils and water are combined and smooth.
  3. Remove from heat and continue to mix oil and water until mixture cools to room temperature developing a creamy consistency.
  4. When the mixture is room temperature stir in the vitamin E oil, lavender, cypress, grapefruit and helichrysum essential oils.
  5. Store cream in a dark glass container. If you use a clear glass container, store in a dark place.

Lose Weight Faster With One of These 12 Breakfast Smoothies – Telegraph

If you're looking to sip away the pounds, juice cleanses may not be the best idea. Smoothies, however, could be your best-kept weight-loss secret: the blended beverage offers you tons of nutrition as well as protein and fiber to help keep you full until your next meal. Whipping up a smoothie for breakfast will further help you rev up your metabolism first thing in the morning, so here are 12 smoothies to fill you up as the scale ticks down.

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Top 20 Weirdest Hair Hacks – Telegraph

The Internet is full of weird but useful information, including quite a few very strange hair hacks (like using bananas for curlers and grape Koolaid as hair toner – what?)

These hacks claim to work and surprisingly can be really beneficial for your locks, but for some of them, we are a bit skeptical. So, we’ve selected the best tricks tested by beauty vloggers! They’ve tried these at home remedies and reported on the results so you don’t have to experiment yourself and risk ruining your hair.

You will be surprised at how many of these products you can find around your home, which means you might never want to go back to using your drugstore beauty favorites again! Are you feeling adventurous? Continue reading for our top 19 weirdest hair hacks that you can try yourself!

Hair Hacks for Moisturizing and Replenishing Hair

1) Moisturizer for the Pool

Since it's summer, you will probably be spending a lot of your free time in the pool. However, next time you are about to take a dip, hop in the shower first! Seems a bit strange to take a shower before getting wet, but if you rub a moisturizing conditioner throughout your hair and leave in it, the chlorinated water won’t soak into your tresses. This will prevent blonde or highlighted hair from turning that ugly murky green color and instead, your hair will be absorbing the nourishing ingredients from the conditioner. Hair will then be moisturized, less tangled and easy to comb once you hop out of the pool too. Nice!

2) Egg Hair Mask

Eggs have been known for their ability to replenish hair and restore softness and shine. Though the consistency may seem off-putting, crack a few egg whites into a bowl, apply to damp hair and comb through. The eggs whites will make your hair a lot stronger, which will help it grow faster since the ends won’t be breaking off.

3) Mayonnaise Conditioner

Who doesn’t like a good pamper session? If you’ve run out of actual deep conditioner, a fantastic substitute is just steps away in your kitchen. It’s mayonnaise. Massage a generous amount of mayonnaise on your damp hair from mid hair shaft and comb through to the ends. Focus more on the ends as they are oldest part of your hair and can use the extra loving. Let the mayonnaise mask soak into your hair for 20 minutes. We recommend wearing a hair cap to lock in the goodness and keep the mess from getting all over your house. Then wash and style as usual, and the result will be super glossy locks!

4) Aspirin Repair

We all know crushed up aspirin is a common acne treatment but did you know using powdered aspirin in your shampoo can also help your hair? Every two weeks, crush up one aspirin into your regular shampoo routine and lather up. The salicylic acid content in aspirin helps banish dullness from your hair by clearing build up, revealing healthy-looking hair.

Hair Hacks for Frizz and Flyaway Hair

5) Hand Lotion Anti-Frizz Treatment

Frizz is not your friend. If you find your frizz situation getting out of control while on-the-go and you’ve forgotten to pack any anti-frizz product, rub a coin-sized amount of hand lotion into your palms and use it to smooth out and tame frizzy bits and ends in your hair. Use this solution with care and in emergencies, as some of the ingredients in hand lotion might not be suitable for hair on a regular basis. Frizz plagues us all – here are some more tips on handling it.

6) Hair Hack for Pesky Flyaways

Whether your hair is down or styled in an up-do, pesky fly-a-ways are inevitable. A weird trick to make baby hairs lay flat is to spray a toothbrush with hairspray and brush over your hairline. This will keep everything smooth without making your hairstyle crunchy.

7) Dryer Sheets To Get Rid of Static

Whether it’s from a brand new sweater you bought or cold temperatures outside, static hair is no fun. Save yourself the embarrassment by taking care of the situation before you leave the house. Dryer sheets can be very useful in this scenario. You might look a little nuts but, hey, only you and your bathroom mirror will know. Rub the dryer sheets down your hair to get rid of pesky static bits that are standing on edge. Another bonus is the dryer sheet leaves your hair smelling like fresh laundry!

Dry Shampoo Hair Hacks

8) DIY Dry Shampoo with Cornstarch

Raise your hand if you’ve ever skipped a wash in the morning only to realize you’ve run out of dry shampoo. What a nightmare! Well, thanks to this hack you can head out the door with fresh looking hair with a little help from your kitchen. If you have lighter coloured hair, massage a little cornstarch into the areas you would generally apply dry shampoo and brush out. For darker hair a mixture of either cornstarch and cocoa powder or arrowroot powder and cocoa powder will do the deed. The cocoa powder will prevent any visible white residue and give you a rich, delicious smelling mane.

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9) Overnight Dry Shampoo Trick

Dry shampoo is a godsend, however the white residue left on roots is the only annoying thing about it. A trick to get rid of this unappealing look is to spray dry shampoo into hair the night before and sleep on it. It soaks up the oil overnight and leaves your hair fresh and clean the next morning. By doing this you also save time in the morning by not having to rub the dry shampoo into your roots.

10) Dry Shampoo Alternative

If you run out of your favorite drugstore brand of dry shampoo, a weird at home product you can use instead is baby powder! Pour a little bit onto your hand or brush and gently rub into your scalp at the roots. Just like regular dry shampoo, make sure there’s no excess so you don’t have any white roots. The baby powder will soak up the excess oil and leave your hair fresh which will let you go an extra day without needing to wash your locks.

11) Dandruff Hair Hack

Do you have trouble combating dandruff? An amazing at home product that exfoliates the scalp and prevents dandruff is baking soda! Try it for yourself by mixing 2 tablespoons of baking soda with water to create a fine paste and coat your scalp with it. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes then wash off and it will have worked its magic on your scalp. We love this hack because a healthy scalp means healthy hair!

12) For Your Day 2, 3, or More Hair

We all go a without washing our hair a few too many days in a row. A weird hack to keep hair smelling fresh is to spray your favourite perfume on your brush and comb through your tresses. This will give it an aromatic smell, which will hide the fact you skipped washing it.

Hair Colour Treatment Hacks

13) Kool Aid Neutralizer

We can already sense how many of you 90s kids are going to love this. It’s one of the crazier ones, but we’ve got the intel that it definitely works. How many of you brunettes have left the salon with perfectly ashy hair only to find it turning a gunky brass tone days later? Kyle White, colorist at The Oscar Blandi Salon for over 30 years, suggests that brunettes who find themselves in this type of brassy fix should use grape Kool Aid (yes, Kool Aid) to neutralize those warm tones. Continue to use your purple shampoo as normal and give this trick a go next time you need to nudge your hair in the right direction.

14) Dish Soap to Tone Down Colour

Here’s another kitchen solution ready for double duty. Hair makeovers don’t always go as planned, and it can sometimes cost hundreds of dollars to get them fixed. If you ever find yourself with a colour job that doesn’t suit your fancy or one that simply needs to be stripped down a little, add a drop or two of all-natural dish soap to your regular shampoo. Using a natural product avoids adding any extra harsh chemicals to the mix while helping to dial the intensity of your colour job down by a whopping two to three shades.

15) Tomato Juice For A Blonde Makeover

Multitasking everyday items from the kitchen seems to be a recurring theme when it comes to hair hacks. This one has been tried and tested and still seems just as crazy every single time. If you have blonde hair, chances are you’ve spent a little too much time in a pool or in the ocean and left with a head of green hair – OMG! Rid your blonde hair of those unwanted green tones by soaking your hair in tomato juice. The science side of this hack explains that the red in the tomato juice neutralizes the green and gives your blonde a boost. Leave the juice in for 20 minutes, then shampoo and condition as you would normally. Repeat if necessary. Want to see this trick in action? DIY superstar LaurDIY recently put tomato juice to the test after a vacation in Bora Bora left her with monster green hair.

16) Lemon Juice Highlights

As the seasons change, we all look for ways to incorporate change into our lifestyles. A subtler way to take a leap with hair colour is to use lemon juice as a highlighting product. Apply lemon juice to your hair and comb it through gently to begin the process. All you need to do next is head out onto your balcony or patio for 45 minutes and let the sun and lemon juice get to know each other. Repeat this process every two weeks or so for a gradual lightening of your hair. Stop whenever the intended result has been achieved. We can get down with a hack that puts you in control.

Bizarre Hairstyling Tricks

17) Heatless Sock Curls

There’s something about a gorgeous set of curls that gives your look that added oomph. The catch? Curling our hair manually with a wand often takes forever and makes us vulnerable to heat damage. To achieve these heatless curls, start by sectioning off your hair. Next, pick up a section, spritz it with hairspray, twist it, and roll it into the sock until it reaches the top of your head. Finally, tie the sock into a knot and repeat for all remaining sections. You can also follow up with an extra spritz of hairspray after tying up all the sections. Check out Nicole Skye’s quick and easy tutorial to recreate these yourself.

18) Heatless Banana/Toilet Paper Roll Curls

If you love bouncy curls but using a curling iron takes too much time and damages your hair in the process, you can use bananas or toilet paper rolls to curl hair instead! All you have to do is spray your hair with water and roll it around a banana or toilet paper roll. Once your hair has dried, finger comb through the curls to break them up and finish by spraying with a texturizing product.

19) Extra Volume and Texture with Coca-Cola

This may be the strangest hairstyling hack, but surprisingly Coca-Cola gives hair insane volume and texture! Simply pour Coca-Cola over your hair, then wrap your head in a towel to let it dry. You are left with voluminous supermodel hair!

20) Voluminous Hair with Gelatine

Another at home product you can use for added volume is gelatine. Add gelatine to a shampoo infused with thickening agents and it will boost hair’s volume and add lots of luscious body to your locks. Gelatine enhances the shampoo’s thickening ingredients, and you only need about 2 tsp. of unflavoured gelatine mixed with your shampoo to get amazing results.

That brings us to the end of our whacky hair hack roundup. Who would have thought that items like corn starch, cocoa powder, and kool aid could save our hair in times of need? It just goes to show how everyday items from the kitchen and pantry can be put to use in so many different ways. Which weird hair hack did you find the most surprising on our list? Also which hack did you try and fall in love with?! Let us know in the comments. If you guys try any of the hair hacks make sure to tag us on Instagram @luxyhair and use the hashtag #luxyhair for a chance to be featured.

6-Step Plan for Preventing Diet Relapses – Telegraph

Everyone has lapses—but what’s the difference between those who can recover, and who can’t? When researchers looked at the successful weight losers in the National Weight Control Registry, and compared them to some who’d regained back some of their weight after one or two years, they found that even a small weight gain was hard to reverse: those who’d regained the most weight were the least likely to be able to take it off again. That’s extra incentive for you to act quickly on a relapse—and also to keep weighing yourself regularly. (If you can’t seem to face the scale and have stopped weighing yourself, it’s time to do something. First get on the scale and confront the reality. Start weighing yourself every day, at the same time. A growing body of research supports daily weigh-ins as a method to avoid weight gain or regain.)

It’s a good idea to designate a “red flag” weight—say, 3 to 5 pounds above your weight goal. If you see that weight on the scale, consider it a signal that you need to act immediately with a “back on track” strategy.

1. Step back and ask, “What happened?” Look objectively at what brought on the lapse.

2. Calm down. Take a few deep breaths and remind yourself, “One slip-up does not make me a failure.”

3. Renew your vows. Remind yourself of how far you have come, and how disappointed you’ll be if this one slip-up undoes all your hard work.

4. Learn from it. Think about what pushed you to your lapse (your food diary notes can help). What can you do differently next time?

5. Implement your “back on track” strategy right away.

6. Call for backup. Ask for help from those people who are supportive and who want you to succeed.