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A Naturally Sweet Face: Why You Should Swap Your Facial Cleanser With Honey

A Naturally Sweet Face: Why You Should Swap Your Facial Cleanser With Honey

As the editor of a digital wellness magazine, I’ve had the opportunity to try – and review – a lot of different products and skincare routines. And I mean a lot. From experimenting with hardcore chemical peels in my pre-organic days, through to exploring shiny new natural skincare lines in more recent times, I’ve pretty much done it all. However, as with most good things, it turned out that what I was looking for (smooth, soft, pimple-free skin) was right in front of my eyes … and on the top shelf of my pantry: honey. Yep. Honey. 

Now, I don’t mean a pre-made and pre-packaged honey cleanser that you buy from a store, but rather whole, honest to goodness, straight-from-the-jar honey. The type of honey that you put on your toast. The type of honey you mix in with your raw treats. The type of honey that is practically radiating with delicious, skin-promoting goodness.

So, how can honey give you the skin of a goddess?

The health benefits of honey have been recorded as far back as 320 BC by Aristoxenus and between 384 – 322 BC by Aristotle. The ancient Romans, as well as Vedic and Islamic texts jumped on the bandwagon long ago and waxed lyrical about honey’s healing qualities.

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Here are some highlighted benefits of using honey as a skin cleanser.

1. Honey is a natural anti-bacterial.

According to Dr. Rowena Jenkins from the University of Wales Institute, “Manuka and other honeys have been known to have wound healing and anti-bacterial properties for some time.” Anti-bacterial pretty much means that it will kill any bacteria – like those that clog up your pores and cause pimples.

2. Honey is a natural healing agent. 

Did you notice the first half of Dr. Jenkins comment? Honey has known wound healing abilities. This means that any existing pimples or cuts you have may be healed and soothed by applying honey topically.

3. Honey can reduce inflammation. 

This goes hand-in-hand with its anti-bacterial and wound healing qualities, which in short means goodbye angry, red, and inflamed skin!

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4. Honey is super hydrating. 

Science hasn’t been able to back this up yet, but I know from my own personal experience that honey is a lot gentler than most typical cleansers, leaving my skin feeling decadently nourished.

5. Honey contains antioxidants. 

Antioxidants are the little guys who fight free radicals — which as cool as they sound, aren’t very good for you. Free radicals have been linked with inflammation and – wait for it – premature aging of the skin. In short, honey supports you in achieving soft, healthy, and younger-looking skin by sending in troops to fight those wrinkle bandits on your behalf.

6. Honey has a low pH. 

Studies from the University of Waikato reveal that most honey formulations fall between 3.2 and 4.5 on the pH scale, which is far too low for bacterial species such as E. coli, Salmonella, and Streptococcus to thrive. Our skin also prefers low pH and slightly acidic materials.

7. Honey is a potent acne fighter. 

Firstly, because it’s an anti-bacterial. Secondly, because it reduces inflammation. Thirdly, because it contains antioxidants. What a beautiful triple whammy!

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How does it work?

Just like your store-bought cleansing products, using honey as a facial cleanser is as easy as opening up the tub, scooping out about between a teaspoon to tablespoon of honey, and then massaging it gently into your skin. I recommend wetting your face and hands before scooping the honey out. As soon as you add water, honey ceases to be sticky.

Please note: honey doesn’t do the best job at removing make-up. So if you need to scrub off foundation or mascara then I recommend exploring some other pre-cleansing options like jojoba oil or argan oil.

What honey should you use?

The more natural, the better. Aim for something that’s unpasteurized, raw, organic, and unfiltered. A lot of honey is heat treated, which eliminates the good stuff like nutrients and enzymes.

#Protip: Try Manuka honey. This is what I used during my honey experiment (to great success). It’s pretty much the star of the honey market. It is more expensive though, so keep that in mind when you’re checking out your options.

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But wait, what’s the matter with your existing cleanser?

Good question. And honestly, I’m not sure … mainly because I don’t know what type of cleanser you use. But I won’t lie: there are a lot of good cleansers out there. I’m not totally anti-cleanser. In the same vein, there are a lot of cleansers that are too alkaline and chemical-based too.

If you’re looking for a more natural alternative – or if you’re simply keen to give something new a try – then why not try honey for a few days? At the very least, you’ll give your skin a break from your regular products. As a bonus, you’ll smell deliciously sweet all day long.

Featured photo credit: picjumbo.com_HNCK4959 via google.com.au

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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