Friday, 27 April 2012

Women in love, the astro way

Love is eternal, and men and women inseparable! The masculine and feminine forces, although interchangeable, aim in directions opposite to each other. However, it's when they flow into each other, and not in opposition that they come together to create the complete circle called life. Yet, it's undeniably true that both the sexes are 'different' in their approach to various aspects of life. And, love is no different. 

Usually women are said to be more emotional and attached than men. The gender stereotypes and societal roles too contribute to this difference. That is why, even the men and women of the same Zodiac Sign have varying emotional responses to relationships. Read ahead to find out how women of various Zodiac Signs love and love to loved!   

One would need to know right up that the Aries Female has low tolerance for insecurity. An easy display of confidence and composure, hence, shall naturally help one earn brownie points with this outwardly tough, but inwardly innocent babe. And, genuineness is important, for pretensions won't last long with this smart girl. An Aries woman loves challenges and adventures. Not the typical mother hen type, Aries girl won't like to listen to her partner's insecurities. Rather, she wants a hero who can handle everything, even slaying dragons. A paragon of self-direction herself, she admires self-made men - those who have risked failure and loss, and yet risen to conquer all. She also expects her man to stand by while she fulfils her own ambitions. The best match for her is a man who is secure in himself, and can give her enough space to be her energized and passionate self. The Ram girl loves the chemistry of early romance. She hits the ground running, and is totally engaged from the first date itself. Once in love, she is usually generous to a fault, and can be extremely understanding, especially if her own needs are understood and cared for.

The Taurus female is ruled by Venus, a fact that is reflected by her natural and feminine tastes. One who loves to be pampered, the Bull girl admires men who never fail to make her feel special and beautiful. Hence, the basic trappings of romance are essential for her - fine dining, long-stemmed flowers, gourmet chocolates, long drives, dinner by candlelight et al. Although outwardly easygoing, the Taurus female is particular about substance and stability in life and in love. She loves the good life, so she wants to make a wise and realistic choice when it comes to a partner for life. When in a relationship, the Bull gal doesn't believe in playing around. Yet, she expects her partner to be someone with class, taste, manners, style, spirit, and sensibility, not to mention a stable ground (fancy degrees, solid families, moolah - all count). And of course he needs to be loyal and stable; she only expects the commitment she is willing to give. The driving force of a Taurus Female is loyalty. Once she gets someone who fits the bill, she will not hesitate in sacrificing her own needs for those of her partner's.

The Gemini girl has multiple sides to her personality and all she wants is a guy who will be compatible with all of them! She loves the phase of being in love - from the stolen glances to the flirty innuendoes, she is totally involved. There are no half measures for this feisty female; she may flirt and tease, but likelihood of her being unfaithful is meagre. As long as she feels an equal commitment from her mate, and an understanding of her Twin opposing needs of freedom and security, she will be a loyal partner. What the choosy Gemini gal is looking for is an ally for her irreverent escapades - someone who can be alternately nutty and sane. Unpredictability and adventure find favour with this girl. Constantly geared up to expand her horizons, she can entertain her mate with witty tales and non-stop chatter. Blessed with a brilliant sense of humour, this girl usually makes for an easygoing, social and extremely articulate companion. Actually, the Gemini female is on an incessant quest for knowledge, so she makes sure to fill her life with varied activities and friends. People-watching may be a hobby for her.

A sensitive soul, highly intuitive, the Cancer female needs a partner who would be able to respect her myriad emotions and wavering moods. Tough out, soft in, a Crab girl may be extremely shy in the first few meetings, leading one to believe that she has airs. However, this is just the time that she needs to understand the tuning she may share with the other person. She needs to be sure of the reliability of her partner, before she open up. Crabby girl craves stability, and is often attracted to confident, secure individuals; her ideal partner needs to be both tough and tender. The heart rules a Cancer female, and she believes in taking small steps in a relationship, mostly to ensure that she lets only the right people in. Once in love, she may become clingy, though. She takes the longest time to feel secure in love, so once she is involved, she is totally committed. Her family and friends are crucial to her existence, so she expects her partner to get along with them. All these are signs that she takes this relationship seriously, so the smooth-talking players should stay away.
The Leo female makes heads turn wherever she goes; she exudes so much energy, warmth, and light that people are naturally drawn to her. Naturally vivacious and witty, she can brighten up any drab place. The feeling of being in love is what makes the world go around for the Lioness. Style is her eternal mantra so she expects her mate to pull out all the stops when wooing her;  roses, champagne, moonlit walks, expensive gifts - she wants them all. She thrives on the attention, and being overlooked or ignored is something she will never ever forgive, let alone forget. While her family and career may seem well-knit, the Leo female tends to have a not-so-perfect love life. And yet, the Leo girl adjusts, as long as she is sure of his eternal commitment. She is a loyalist, and can charm her way into people's hearts just by the sheer warmth and generosity she offers. It is important for a Leo Female to be in a relationship where she feels respected and loved. She may get so caught up in the moment that she may overlook the signs of heartbreak early on, focusing on the glamour instead.

The Virgo female is a perfectionist, and her mate would do well to remember that at all times. On the other hand, she can be such a softie that she will willingly overlook trivial faults if she feels that the other person is vulnerable. This makes her feel independent and individualistic, as though she can run the whole show, which she does uncomplainingly if she feels respected in the relationship.   She will coolly observe and remember the little things, and question her mate's statements and actions from time to time until she is convinced everything between them is in perfect coordination. The Virgo gal is intelligent and rational in her thought process, so she is not going to be easy to convince of the other's point of view, unless she is sure of the reasoning and research. She doesn't believe in ego massages, so as a partner, one should not expect her to hang on to his every word, or agree with his opinions. Never mistake a practical Virgo Female following her heart over her head; she may be sentimental and romantic, but she's not blind in love.

The Libra girl is often a stunner, and more than aware of the fact, mind you. Most people may be fooled by her aloof demeanour, and believe her to be arrogant. But remember that, she may be choosy, she herself has such a clear and beautiful mind that it's natural that she take time to find someone she can connect with. Once she is able to match frequencies with her mate, it will be a glorious lifetime of conversations over myriad topics. Not the one to shy away from a good discussion, Libra girl will have a lot to teach her companions, especially in terms of her debating skills. And, remember that she is equally capable of defending the positive and negative side of an argument, as her discerning mind easily critiques the issue and synthesizes information to support her argument. This may become a problem, though, as the Libra girl rarely believes in  giving an argument rest. Lover of beauty and quality in everything, this female is a romantic idealist, and in her search for her Prince Charming, she may leave behind many expectant hearts. And, although, she is no dominatrix, she doesn't want to be bossed over either.

Getting to know a Scorpio gal is not an easy task. Usually fanatical about her space, and suspicious of getting too close too soon, she may keep her probable mates waiting, sometimes for too long. She is addicted to love, and is yet afraid to surrender completely, as she fears disappointment and heartbreak. Her style is to gradually discover the qualities of a prospective mate, and let her love and trust grow over time. To this effect, she is grateful for a partner who gives her the time and space to decide. Not one of the players of the zodiac, she loses herself once she has taken the plunge. She will be loyal and trustworthy, and infuse the relationship with an intensity and intimacy that will be overwhelming. And, she will demand an equal, if not more, unrelenting passion and devotion from her mate. Often magnetically attracted to strong personalities, Scorpio girl herself radiates an unusual confidence, sexuality and ambition. No wonder, this smart one always has practicality and future prospects at the back of her mind. She will have a tendency for vengeance.

Sagittarius or Archer is the zodiac's free spirit, a true traveller who's comfortable on the road. True to her form, Archer girl has a huge appetite for life, and her partner/ s must share that quality. Finding someone who would keep up with her endless quest for adventure and expansion is no mean task, but the Archer woman is not the one to be deterred. As a passionate, intellectual and independent fire sign, she throws herself in everything with the force of a speeding train. Ruled by expansive Jupiter (the largest planet in our solar system), she is liable to think BIG. She, thus, needs a mate with a definite vision. And, he has to be grounded enough to reassure her when the going gets tough. Honest to the point of bluntness, she Archer, however, may drive her mate crazy with her dark humour and stinging remarks. But again, as zodiac's optimist, she always manages to see her mate's potential. Physical attraction plays a vital role in the Sagittarius woman's love domain. Yet, there's an innocence about this lady that's so very captivating. Free birds, these women, once they find true love, don't hesitate in settling down, though.  

The Capricorn woman is a formidable force - cool and intimidating at times. As zodiac's most goal-oriented sign, Goat is not the one to play around. In fact, the Goat girl would rather be alone than jump from partner to partner. As the sign of public image, Goats are also status-conscious, and they want the definite material qualities in their partners. The sign rules the zodiac's tenth house of career; no wonder they have CEO written all over them. These ambitious and sensible women, however, need to learn that they cannot and should not fail to feed their relationships with care, affection and love. The loyalty of these tough gals is not to be underestimated, though, even when they appear flirty or flitty on the surface. It also pays to remember that behind their secure exteriors lies a deep reservoir of self-doubt. Family is important to them, and they must find a stable ground to feel secure. It takes a confident lover to win her respect and her heart. The female Goat admires those who achieve, despite the odds. Not the one to leave things to chance, she is a one-woman planning committee. And, she loves it when she makes correct decisions. She would not dominate in a relationship, but would also not take things lying down.

Aquarius is the sign of groups, friendship and humanitarian pursuits. Connecting with a partner on the mental plane is far more important for Aquarius beings than seeing them in the flesh every day. A she-Aquarius has a cool social ease, and she loves her freedom to bits. Her contact list is often full with an eclectic mix of characters. Known to look beyond labels, she would date across the age, race and culture spectrum. But, she likes to be friends first, and stay that way, no matter what. This girl can bring so much fun, creativity and whackiness to a relationship. Her strength of individuality shines through in any conversation. She prides herself on being a progressive thinker, and loves a thorough challenge; she can be a maddening debater. The female Water-bearer is quite unpredictable, intelligent and astute. A keen observer, she loves originality in her men. She likes being in touch with her mate/s via gizmos and modern communication systems. Yet, being sure that she is in love can be tricky. She may be engrossed in an intimate chat with a friend a moment, and the next, she may pull away - her line disconnected, her phone unreachable.

The ocean-sized eyes of Pisces girl let you know this is no ordinary woman. Often watery, and quick to brim with tears or twinkle with joy, they don't let the Fish miss anything. A kind, sincere heart is a real draw to her. The shy and considerate romantic Fish girl loves the idea of being in love - at least, in theory. Ruled by Neptune, the planet of fantasy, most Pisces girls prefer to be swept off their feet by romance. Glamorous and intuitive Pisces also rules the imagination, and that is why Pisces girls have their unique way of making everything feel tinged with magic and fantasy. Their intense creativity, desire to make the world a better place, and love for all creatures makes them a total catch. Gentle, nurturing and sensitive, they form reliable and ardent lovers. However, they get disillusioned quickly, which may lead them to the famous Pisces escapism. These girls may also be drawn to most unlikely of the people, including tortured souls and people with a dark side. Unfortunately, this vulnerability may make them victims of betrayal and deception. Once she lets her guard down, she is also liable to be treated as a doormat, given her submissive nature.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Home Remedies for Acne and Pimples

Acne or pimples are among the most common of skin problems with a global prevalence.
Earlier, it was believed that only those in their teens or late-teens are prone to developing acne. Now, pimples due to stress, lifestyle choices, hormonal changes and various forms of adult acne have been discovered.

Further, there is little clarity about how acne can be comprehensively cured. Most over-the-counter creams and lotions are ineffective. Further, some of them tend to irritate the skin. This article takes a different approach to treating acne and pimples, i.e. using home remedies that are safer and help to promote overall, healthy skin. Your choices for treating acne in a natural way include:

Treating Acne at Home with Orange Peel

Orange Peel is an easy home remedy. It provides the skin an instant boost of vitamin C that helps to neutralize the inflammation of pimples. To prepare the peel, you need some shreds of orange skin. Just grind them and add some water. Use the paste like a face mask. Keep it on for about 15 minutes. However, if you have an established allergy to vitamin C, avoid this. Another useful home remedy that utilizes the healing power of vitamin C is using lemon juice. Mix equal amounts of lemon juice with honey. Apply this in the form of small drops, dabbed on the acne. Allow this to dry for a couple of hours and then rinse your face.

Treating Acne due to Blood Impurities

Garlic is among the most potent of natural destroyers of toxic compounds found in the human body. When consumed whole, cloves of raw garlic help to boost the metabolism. This helps the body to detoxify within a few days. This is particularly useful for pimples due to impurities in the blood.

Treating Summer Break-out of Acne

Coriander juice is very cooling and an ideal acne aid for the summer months. Mix some coriander juice with half a tablespoon of turmeric powder. This mixture needs to be lightly dabbed on the skin before going to bed. Wash the face in the morning. The other option is to use mint juice instead of coriander juice. This is particularly useful for the small zits that appear on the forehead during summers.
Acne Home Remedy for Dry Skin
People with dry skin have a dual problem. Firstly, their dry skin creates too much of debris that tends to clog the pores and causes acne. Secondly, they cannot use moisturizing aids due to the presence of acne. The solution lies in using a paste made of honey and some ground almonds. This is best done when the temperatures aren't scorching. The paste needs to be applied all over the face and left for about 20 minutes. Rinse the face with cold water and wipe it with a dry towel.

Fenugreek & Cumin for All Types of Acne

Fenugreek is among the more recommended of home remedies for treating pimples if you have a comedogenic skin. This means your skin has a tendency to develop acne when exposed to the sun or harsh climatic conditions or due to the smallest of changes in your lifestyle. Here, a paste made of fenugreek seeds is a useful preventative aid. However, if you want to control the sudden breakout of pimples, you need to use cumin. This is a rich source of zinc. Just ground some cumin, mix it with water and apply the paste on the pimples before retiring to bed. In the morning, you will find the size and redness of the zits remarkably reduced.

Dietary Recommendations to Treat Pimples: Skin Vitamins & Zinc

Some vitamins are particularly healthy for keeping the skin healthy and helping it recover from an acne breakout. This is why vitamin A is among the most common of ingredients among acne treatment creams. To ensure your vitamin A intake is sufficient, try to eat more of sweet potatoes, eggs, lean meats and pumpkin. Vitamin B3 or Niacin is the other, most important of skin vitamins. Ensure that your intake of mushrooms, fish, brinjal, green peas, carrots, spinach, fennel, cauliflower and chicken is high to sustain appreciable amounts of niacin. Vitamin E is among the most critical of skin vitamins from the perspective of helping it prevent the onset of acne. Thus, you need to ensure greater intake of tomatoes, sprouts and papaya. Oats, mushrooms and spinach are good sources of dietary zinc. This rare, micro-nutrient is the hidden ingredient in most pimple-zapping cosmetic aids.
Here, the emphasis is on exploring acne cures that don’t put forth risks associated with steroidal and chemically-formulated creams. Pills recommended for curing acne often contain hormone-affecting compounds that can be quite harmful.

Is your skin sun kissed or sun burned?

As you tire of soothing your parched throat and struggle to shield yourself from the sun, you angrily wipe the sweat beads off your face. In all certainty, summer is here. Stepping out into the open - to take public transport, to deal with the parking boys as you hand out your car keys or to get yourself a cold drink during lunch break, each day is a battle against the unrelenting weather. 

It is easy to forget that your skin needs special attention because you are caught up meeting deadlines and taking up more work to make the most of the longer summer days. Use this checklist to prepare your skin for, protect it from and flaunt it despite the onslaught of the hot and humid season.


Whether or not you believe in the saying what you eat makes who you are, you would agree that eating light food and drinking plenty of water keeps you cool even on the hottest days. What is also true is that eating green vegetables and fruits keeps your skin healthy during the summer months when the skin is prone to infections and outbreak of acne.

Watch your diet

  • Treat your body regularly with green vegetables. Add cabbage, kale and sprouts to your daily meals in order to keep your skin healthy even when exposed to the harsh weather conditions. Salads made with seasonal vegetables such as cucumber, tomatoes and mint leaves will refresh your skin.
  • Avoid eating fried and fatty food because they add to the heat in your body and may result in acne.
  • You must ensure that you eat loads of fresh seasonal fruits each day. Look for juicy fruits such as watermelon, oranges and papaya since these contain water that keeps your skin hydrated.
  • Consumption of fish oil that is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids helps retain skin moisture. Don't forget to eat nuts such as almonds to get your quota of good fats. Opt for peanut butter over normal butter to balance your intake of fatty acids.

Drink like a fish

  • Drinking water is the best way to hydrate oneself in summer. If the skin is not well-hydrated it can crack, chafe and peel. The skin may also become sweaty and oily on humid summer days, so hydrating it will help wash the oil away.
  • Avoid caffeine or aerated drinks as they are acidic in nature and work as diuretic, leading to severe water loss.
  • Introduce a lot of cool drinks such as coconut water, fresh lime, fruit juice, aam panna and glucose-based drinks in your diet. Even low-fat dairy fluids like lassi and buttermilk are helpful. Crushes, smoothies and milk shakes will also help your skin beat the heat.


Whatever you do, stepping out into the sun is something most women cannot avoid. Exposure to its harsh rays not only dries your skin, it can also lead to early wrinkles, dark spots and patches. Protecting it is the primary concern during summer.

Screen the sun

  • Sunscreen protects the skin by copying the function of the body's natural screen, melanin. When picking a sunscreen, you should look for protection from both UVA and UVB rays. A sunscreen within the range of SPF 15-30 is ideal for the Indian skin. The SPF value that you pick should depend on the amount of sun exposure you face.
  • Sunscreen should be applied at least 20 minutes before going out in the sun. In case you have very oily skin and the sunscreens make you sweat, you should apply a light moisturiser with adequate UV protection.
  • Re-apply the sunscreen every four to five hours, irrespective of its SPF value, to ensure proper protection from the burning sun.
  • Select a sunscreen with moisturiser or wear it about 10 minutes after you apply a moisturiser.

Wrap yourself up

  • It is best to wear cotton clothing in summer. Avoid silk or synthetic clothes since they can irritate the skin. If possible wear full-sleeved clothes to prevent your arms from tanning.
  • Cover the exposed parts of your body with an umbrella, a hat or a scarf.
  • Wear proper sunglasses to shield the sensitive skin around your eyes from the sun.
  • Flaunt
  • When the sun brings you down, flaunt your flawless skin to lift your mood. But don't forget to first reverse the damage the sun has already done.

Can the tan

  • To reduce the tan, use a natural bleach. Curd helps reduce the tan drastically but you will need to repeat it for a few days.
  • A temporary sun tan will fade on its own within two-three weeks. However a deep tan may require exfoliation treatments such as body polishing, mild face cleaning, herbal facial with fruits, natural and organic ingredients, manicure and pedicure.
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Replenish the moisture
Dehydration affects the skin the most during summer months. Due to the heat, you sweat and your body ends up losing water as well as necessary minerals. The skin needs a light moisturiser to replenish and retain its natural moisture content. Even if it's oily in summer, use an oil-control moisturising cream that will help your skin remain smooth, supple and look fresh. 

Cool home remedies

  • Mash ripe papaya and apply it on the face. Leave for 15-20 minutes before washing it off.
  • Use a paste made of two spoons of besan, a pinch of turmeric, raw milk and lemon juice.
  • Apply aloe vera gel to reduce and ease the inflammation caused by sun burns.


The No-diet Plan: The Easiest Way to Lose Weight Without Feeling Deprived

Let's face it, dieting is not fun. Eating is fun and moreover, necessary. However, if you, like many of us, have padded out with a few extra pounds this winter, you might be considering a slim-down plan for summer. 

Here's a secret: losing five to ten pounds doesn't have to be torture. Unless your eating habits have truly gone off the rails (in which case you should speak with your doctor who may refer you to a registered dietician or nutritionist), you don't need to, and shouldn't, drastically alter your regular routine. 

Crash diets are unhealthy. They cause unpleasant side effects such as dehydration, kidney stones, bad breath, and dizziness. Dramatically cutting back on calories can also lead to weight cycling—when you gain back more than you initially lost. In fact, the majority of dieters regain all those hard lost pounds plus more within a couple of years. 
The no-diet plan 

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says the safest and most realistic weight loss goal is about one pound a week. Losing one pound means cutting back on about 3,500 calories. By eliminating 500 calories a day you will shed a pound a week at a healthy rate without feeling deprived. 

Rather than thinking of this strategy as a diet, look at it as a budget. If you are broke, you make a tasty, cheap cup of coffee at home rather than ordering a grande at Starbucks (or at least you should). How can you make the daily swaps in your eating and activity patterns that will be the least painful? 

Here are ways to cut or burn 50, 100, and 200 calories. Mix and match what works for you as long as the items you choose add up to 500 calories a day. You will soon be on the way to a sleeker physique, just in time for beach weather. Another benefit of swapping, trimming, and adding doable exercise is that your smart new habits will help you keep the weight off over the long run. 

50 calories 

Eat one piece of toast in instead of two, or have an open-faced sandwich 
Mix juice with half water 
Swap one cup of skim milk for one cup of whole milk 
Eat one small handful of nuts rather than one large handful 
Leave the cheese off your sandwich 
Swap mustard for mayo 
Leave the butter or oil off your vegetable 
Swap a turkey burger for a beef burger 
Swap vinaigrette for creamy salad dressing 
Skip one cookie 
Stand or pace when you are on the telephone instead of sitting 
Push a baby in a stroller for 15 minutes 
Cook a simple meal instead of ordering take out 
Mow the lawn 
Take the stairs (ten minutes per day) 
Do a quick stretch and free weight routine while watching TV 
Give a 15-minute massage .

100 calories 

Eat one medium apple or orange instead of drinking a glass of juice 
Skip eight ounces of juice 
Eat a small sandwich instead of a regular sandwich
Eat one rather than two eggs 
Eat one tablespoon of peanut butter instead of two 
Eat plain cheese or vegetable pizza instead of pepperoni or sausage pizza 
Eat broth-based soup instead of cream-based soup 
Eat a half-cup less rice or pasta 
Eat a baked potato instead of French fries 
Eat baked chips instead of fried chips 
Choose a skinless portion of chicken 
Cut a six ounce steak in half and save the rest 
Swap one cup of frozen yogurt for one cup of ice cream 
Eat a half a piece of cake or pie instead of a full serving 
Eat a cup of fruit instead of candy 
Skip a glass of beer or wine 
Choose light beer or wine instead of a cocktail 
Downsize your plates, bowls, and glasses 
Play with kids at the park for 30 minutes 
Walk a dog for 30 minutes 
Take an easy 45-minute bike ride 
Go shopping for an hour 

200 calories 
Swap one cup of Kellogg's All Bran or Corn Flakes with a teaspoon of sugar for one cup of granola 
Eat an English muffin with fruit only jam instead of a bagel with cream cheese 
Eat carrots and hummus instead of chips and guacamole 
Skip the bread and butter when dining out 
Skip dessert 
Skip a cocktail 
Skip a can of soda 
Bring air popped or light microwave popcorn to the movies 
Drink an espresso instead of a latte with sugar 
Order a salad and an appetizer instead of a starter and main course 
Skip seconds 
Eat sorbet instead of ice cream 
Dance for 30 minutes 
Go bowling for an hour 
Clean your house or garden for an hour 
Rearrange your living room 
Jog for 30 minutes 
Go to a yoga class 
Hand wash your car 
Park ¾ of a mile away from work and walk the rest (both ways) 

Get rid of tanning through natural ways!

During summers, scorching heat of sun affects our skin adversely resulting in tanning. Though we apply fairness creams to getfair complexion but these creams contain bleach which is harmful for our skin, so these summers try some natural ways to get a fairer look. Check out these home tips:

1.    Mix rose water, cucumber juice and lemon juice and apply this pack on your face; it will help you get rid of tanning as lemon contains citric acid which removes tan while rose water and cucumber juice work as cooling agents.

2.    Take honey and mix some lemon juice, apply it on the affected area, it is one of the best anti tan packs.

3.    If you want to get rid of tanning and make your skin soft then apply fresh coconut water on your face regularly.

4.    Aloe Vera gel is a perfect remedy; it will make your complexion fair in less than a week if applied regularly. But make sure that you have to use sunscreen while going out in sun as it makes your skin photosynthetic and can bring tanning if used without sunscreen.

5.    Apply a face pack consisting of turmeric powder and lime juice thrice, it will bring fairness.

6.    Take some gram flour, curd and lime juice. Mix it well then apply on the affected area.

7.    Massage the papaya pulp over sun tanned area, it is very good for skin and helps anti aging.

So, use these natural home tips and get fair complexion with every passing day.
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