Menstrual Periods have long been looked down upon for all the taboos and all the pains related to it (pun intended). Mothers or grandmas are not so open to talk about it and girls are often left in the lurking, trying to figure out what hormonal changes are taking place in the body. And once you are accustomed to this monthly visitor, it is one factor that makes you so moody for the one week that it stays. Has it ever crossed your mind why?
Apart from all the judgmental opinions and random opinions, a major factor that keeps you at the edge of your patience is the process to deal with menstruation. Sanitary napkins, the itchy and wet feeling are all responsible for your mood to go haywire. Surprisingly, it is all psychological once you get rid of sanitary napkins; and you can check this for a fact, with women who are using menstrual cups.
The downside of sanitary napkins or tampons begins with the chemicals used in them which can be harmful for your body. Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is being talked about all around and it is one issue you need to be aware of. It is caused by a bacteria that can be found due to certain types of highly absorbent tampons, in cases of menstruation, and ignored cases can lead to death.
Did you know? Sanitary pads and tampons take hundreds of years to decompose and on an average, one woman leaves behind 17,000 sanitary napkins on the planet. That’s a lot of non-degradable stuff that one woman is responsible for! If this is a fact that made you think about an eco-friendly way to go through periods, then your answer is menstrual cups.
Quick information about the cup:
➔ Menstrual cups are fast picking up pace as favourites in India, while they have been around for almost 10 years in other countries.
➔ The cup is made from absolutely body-friendly silicone that is used in cosmetic surgeries and hence, is safe to be inserted inside the body.
➔ The soft material of the cup is a factor that helps menstruation be easy and is also the reason why it is fairly simple to remove and insert the cup.
➔ It takes about 3-4 cycles to understand the insertion/removal method, to gauge when the cup is full and to get the cup into your period routine.
➔ Once inserted, the cup is safe to be kept inside the body for about 8-10 hours. Except on heavy flow days when you might need to empty it frequently.
All that you want to know about these little cups of joy, is right here. Complete with the pros and cons:
❏ First and foremost, this is the most eco-friendly way to go through menstruation without producing any toxic waste for the planet. Body friendly silicone used for these cups is reusable and can last up to years, unless lost or damaged.
❏ Based on personal experiences, the first change women world over noticed is how hygienic using cups is. No smell, no blood on the outside and no itching. Sterilising the cup before and after use makes sure everything is disinfected, unlike storing unused pads for a longer time and using them when required.
❏ Women also agreed that they got to understand their body better and their comfort level with their own bodies increased.
❏ Pocket-friendly! The cost of the cup is redeemed in one year of its use as it totals up to the money spent on sanitary napkins and tampons in a year. Plus, reusing it for years ahead is more than redeemed!
❏ Can be used while exercising, including swimming!
❏ Sterilising the cup in an emergency can be troublesome. Especially when you’re travelling.
❏ Some women find it uncomfortable to sterilise the cup, in the presence of the whole family.
❏ Some women might not be comfortable with inserting something inside their vagina.
We personally recommend trying to use menstrual cups at least once, and we can vouch for the fact that you wouldn’t want to go back to using sanitary napkins/tampons after that!
Cooking seems absolutely incomplete without the use of spices. Have you ever thought how bland food would be without them? The use of spices in daily life makes it easier to find it at home. And if you’re wondering where we are going with this, we are going to tell you secrets to better skin with spices that are sitting right there in that kitchen cabinet.
This aromatic spice has skin tightening properties, but needs to be used carefully on sensitive skin. Cinnamon has been used since ancient times to get glowing skin and for lightening wrinkles. It is used world over in scrubs since it acts as a good exfoliating agent, which is one of the keys to getting a younger looking skin. All said and done, cinnamon is a strong spice that can be harsh on sensitive skin and hence, it is always advisable to do a skin patch test first.
In India, turmeric tops the list when it comes to beauty. Be it weddings, festivals or grandma’s customised face masks, turmeric has made its presence felt. An antiseptic agent, it is believed to enhance your complexion and fight the signs of ageing. Because of its antiseptic properties, turmeric is also used to treat acne. Turmeric and gram flour mixed with milk or water has been a recipe for flawless skin since ages.
The zesty ginger is packed with the punch of goodness for the skin. Its consumption and application are deemed to be useful for the skin. Ginger juice, overtime, helps fade scars and aids rejuvenation of skin due to its antioxidant properties. It is also the reason why radiant skin is acquired through the use of ginger. The common problem of acne can be fought with this spice that is sitting there in your refrigerator and apparently, this is a good solution especially for people with sensitive skin.
Yes, you read that right, we’re talking about pepper as in black pepper. The hot and spicy one is supposed to be a good scrubbing agent to remove blackheads. Isn’t that great? An inexpensive, homely and non-painful way to remove blackheads! The heat from pepper powder loosens pores on the skin which is why the ease. It is to be mixed with other ingredients and not to be applied on its own, please take note of that.
Fennel is both a spice and a herb used generally as a mouth freshener. Have you ever noticed how it has a cooling effect when you consume it? The cooling quality is what lowers skin irritations when fennel powder is applied on the skin. This powder, mixed with more ingredients, acts as a mask that is responsible for a toned, glowing and flexible skin. Apparently fennel has antioxidant and antiseptic properties that help fight acne and fade their scars too. For a wrinkle free, delicate skin, bring out that fennel from your shelf.
So when it comes to skincare, you now just have to head to the kitchen!
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Dandruff is an uninvited guest that nobody wants to entertain in any season. Flaky scalp and itchiness are mood spoilers and of course, bad for the hair too. Dandruff is caused by faster shedding of skin cells than what is normal. The causes can be various including psoriasis, stress, skin conditions and more. In most cases, it is none of these but simple ones like unsuitable hair products, dry skin, accumulated grease and the likes.
This is when you should resort to using organic, natural products to eliminate the chances of reactions due to chemicals. One step closer to nature is two steps closer to health, right? Rustic Art’s simple products and a hair care routine can help you deal with dandruff in a much better way. Here’s how:
1. Hair Therapy Gel
Rustic Art’s organic hair therapy gel has the goodness of aloe vera, tea tree, vitamin E and uses natural preservatives for a product that is completely organic and vegan. Aloe vera is known for its antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It also helps retain moisture and hence, proves useful in dandruff treatments. The gel is effective in preventing dandruff while also being able to treat itchy scalp due to the same; apart from being helpful in conditions like head lice, psoriasis, baldness and cradle cap. Our gel helps promote hair pigmentation, repairs clogged hair follicles and aids shiny-bouncy hair.
2. Nourishing Hair Oil
Traditional hair oil massage and leaving it overnight has been advised since many years by grandmothers and mothers alike. Fenugreek, henna, sesame oil, hibiscus, curry leaves, amla and bhringraj are just a few ingredients that have been applied for better hair since times immemorial. Our organic hair oil is an amalgam of these and a lot more ingredients with deep nourishing properties. This oil is suitable for all hair types and regular massages help cure dandruff overtime.
3. Herbal Shampoo
Cleaning your scalp is an essential when it comes to dandruff as accumulation of hair follicles can be one of the reasons for it. Rustic Art’s herbal shampoo helps clean the scalp well with ingredients like wheat protein and wild rose, that also strengthen your hair.
Deeply nourishing conditioner that helps hair stay healthy while providing strength to the roots. With favourable ingredients like avocado butter, coconut milk and green tea, this conditioner detangles and protects the hair against damage, making it bouncy and lustrous.
No more itchy scalp and greasy hair, dandruff prevention and control is now quite easy!