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Rosy cheeks have always been associated with beauty, vitality and blooming good health. Women have been longing for that radiant flush of health since the beginning of the first great civilization on earth. There is evidence to suggest that women from ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations have been using substances to make their cheeks flush with vitality. Rosy cheeks indicate good blood circulation. In addition, the colour of the flush indicates whether the blood is healthy or not. Academic research on the subject has concluded that people are more attracted to those with a healthy, light blush than to those with a deep red blush.

Anybody can make their lackluster cheeks glow with life. It is not impossible and it is not painful. The main ingredient in this formula is perseverance. A healthy diet and a good exercise regime, combined with home remedies, would add health and colour of a rose blossom to one’s countenance.

Healthy diet
Beauty is not just skin deep. Lovely skin and vigour roots from physical wellbeing. A balanced diet is essential for maintaining good health. Never skip meals. Include a healthy dose of fish in your diet, this would ensure you get a healthy dose of omega 3 fatty acids. Dairy products such as yoghurt and milk would provide essential nutrients and minerals. Add lentils, this would increase protein intake.

It is also important to add carotenoid rich foods to the diet. These are the yellow, orange and red pigments found in fruits and vegetables, which would add colour to your cheeks. Eat carrots, tomatoes, peach, melon, papaya, pumpkin, beetroot and every colorful fruit and vegetable you could get your hands on. Add citrus fruits and leafy vegetables to fulfil vitamin C and E requirement. Drink plenty of water to keep your system properly hydrated.

Exercise
Follow a regular exercise regime to boost blood circulation. This would detoxify, de-stress and improve the oxygen and nutrient supply throughout the body.

Oatmeal scrub
Exfoliation is the first important step towards getting rosy cheeks. This would remove dead skin, dust and dirt from the surface of the skin to give it a clear pinkish glow. Take a teaspoon of uncooked oatmeal and mix with half a teaspoon of honey. Apply on skin and gently massage in clock wise rotations using the tips of your fingers. Leave on for five minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. Repeat every other day for best results.

Lemon juice
Mix half a teaspoon of freshly extracted lemon juice with half a teaspoon of fresh cucumber juice. Add few drops of honey and milk. Add enough flour to make a paste with a thick consistency. Refrigerate for five to six hours. Then apply the mask on face and leave on for 15 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water and repeat twice a week.

Vegetable juice
Extract fresh beetroot, pomegranate or grape juice. Take about one teaspoon of this juice and add some sugar crystals to it. Apply this on your cheeks and gently massage in circular motion. Leave on for 15 minutes and wash with cold water. Repeat thrice a week.

Bananas
Take a ripe banana and mash it. Then, apply all over the face and leave on for 20 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water and repeat daily for lustrous cheeks.

Almonds and rose petals
Grind an almond to fine powder and add crushed rose petals from a single rose. Add a teaspoon of freshly extracted mint juice and few drops of honey. Mix well. Apply on cheeks before going to bed and wash off with lukewarm water in the morning. Rose petals would add its colour and texture to your cheeks in just one week.