by Aarti Kapur Singh
Here are 5 homemade beauty recipes for all the brides-to-be. Say goodbye to pre-wedding shopping stress in a jiffy!
Every girl wants the glow of happiness to reflect on her face on her wedding day. While there is always makeup to portray that, no shimmer powder can match up to the glow that comes from within. Pre-wedding anxiety and stress – physical as well as emotional from the oncoming changes to the endless shopping and planning of details can take a toll on sanity as well as beauty. Help is at hand, in the form of a few kitchen ingredients that can be combined together to make interesting brews that detoxify your body and soothe your mind. What’s more, each one of the following drinks and brews we have listed here also contribute to weight loss. Isn’t that worth the little effort it will take to put them together??
1. All-day detox water:
This is a concoction that you can make by the gallon and keep it in the fridge for sipping all day long. Simply take a jug of water and add a medium sized cucumber (thinly sliced), a couple of slices of grapefruit, a handful of mint leaves and squeeze in a lemon. Let it sit for at least two hours before consumption.
2. Apple & cider potion:
This brew is the gold standard for weight-loss as well as internal cleansing. Take a a jug of water infused with cinnamon (simply boil the water with cinnamon and let it cool). Add cupful of thinly diced apples, half a cup of apple cider vinegar and the juice of two lemons. Apples help promote the feeling of satiety, apple cider vinegar combats acne, breakouts and other complexion issues. Cinnamon also helps speed up the metabolism while the lemon juice prevents bloating and water retention.
3. Green beauty booster:
This concoction should ideally be consumed twice daily. Take fresh parsley, spinach, mint, cabbage and any other leafy vegetables of your choice. Wash them properly and blend them well. Add orange juice and if you like, a pinch of rock salt. Green leafy vegetables are low in fat and are brimming with dietary fiber, folic acid, vitamin C, potassium and magnesium, as well as several phytochemicals and antioxidants that boost internal glow.
4. Papaya, citrus and cucumber breakfast smoothie:
Blend half a papaya and a medium sized cucumber. Add the juice of any citrus fruit (grapefruit, mosambi or orange). Drink this in the morning on an empty stomach. While papaya helps improve skin texture, relieves digestive problems, protects your eyes and heart and even lowers your risk of cancer, cucumbers are low in calories, and are good source of water, vitamin K, potassium and unique antioxidants that give the skin a freshening wake-me-up kick that lasts the whole day.
5. Beetroot and grapefruit snack Smoothie:
Mix a beetroot, an apple, a sweet lime and 2-4 tbsp of lemon in a blender till it becomes smooth. You could add half a spoon of kaffir lime to boost the taste and efficacy. Beetroot promotes blood circulation while grapefruit is rich in several beauty-boosting nutrients such as Vitamin C, iron, potassium, calcium and folates.
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