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10 Weird But Surprisingly Effective Summer Beauty Hacks

10 Weird But Surprisingly Effective Summer Beauty Hacks

As I am at the seaside with my friends at the moment, I decided that it would be interesting for all three of us try different beauty hacks. These are some weird beauty tips that are said to be truly effective by numerous websites. Let’s see if they really work.

1. Squeeze lemon juice onto sweat stains before laundering to remove the stain completely

This one seems legit. I wasn’t planning on washing my clothes while on vacation, but I really wanted to give this a try. Sweat stains are a problem because they can destroy your favorite shirt — along with the majority of your clothes.

I took a white shirt with a stain and squeezed lemon juice onto it. Immediately, I put the shirt in the washing machine. When the shirt dried, the stain was really gone. This time, science prevailed – lemon acidity removed the whole stain.

2. If you apply dry shampoo to your roots at night, it will absorb oil and sweat by morning

We have an air-conditioner in our room, but we made a sacrifice to test this out.

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My friend with oily hair applied the dry shampoo to the roots of her hair before she went to sleep. The next day, my friend’s hair was neither oily nor sweaty, so this one was also a success.

If you suffer from oily hair, I recommend that you try this tip out during the warm summer nights. You’ll find you won’t need to wash your hair every morning before you go out anymore.

3. Apply coconut oil to your skin after shaving

I have a really sensitive skin, and I tend to use a lot of homemade creams for sensitive skin. Girls with the same problem know how much trouble it can be to live with skin that gets easily irritated and red.

After shaving, I applied coconut oil, and it really made my dry and sensitive skin smoother. It calmed my skin and subdued any redness. Also, after drying in the sun, there was no oily residue left behind.

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4. Put nail polish in the fridge to avoid bubbles when painting your nails

Nail polish ingredients react with the heat, which makes your nail polish thick and bubbly. By putting the nail polish into the fridge for an hour, it’s said that you can avoid this consistency.

When I tried this tip and applied the nail polish, it didn’t have bubbles, which didn’t really surprise me all that much. However, I was surprised by how quickly it dried. This is very useful during the summer days, as you don’t need to wait so long for it to dry.

5. Coconut oil will make your hair softer and healthier

This is advice that I stand by. I have curly and dyed hair, and on top of that it is dry. Before I went to sleep, I applied coconut oil to my hair, and in the morning it was softer. However, it didn’t have quite the same effect as the homemade masks, which are made of olive oil, honey, and some other ingredients. Although, the effect seemed to amplify by doing this for a few consecutive nights.

6. Baking soda will whiten your teeth

This is one that you have probably heard before. As a smoker, something I’m not proud of, I have been using this method for a couple of months to deal with stains from smoking. Baking soda both cleans and whitens your teeth, but be sure to use it just once a month, as it can be quite abrasive.

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Mix baking soda with water until it reaches a paste consistency, and brush your teeth as you brush them with regular toothpaste. Give it a try and after some time you’ll see the results, but don’t expect to see them after one day.

7. Use baby powder remove the sand after a day at the beach

We all hate it when we go from the beach to the café and the sand on our feet comes along with us. So, I was really happy to try this tip.

When I applied baby powder to my legs, I was able to easily wipe off the sand. At first, it seemed that I would make a mess, but the powder actually absorbed the sweat and saltwater quite well. It made walking after a day spent on a sandy beach a lot easier.

When doing this, know that people will look at you strangely, but also know that the comfort you’ll gain from being sand-free will be worth it.

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8. Treat sunburns with aloe vera gel ice cubes

I have very sensitive skin, so I am very careful when it comes to getting sunburned. The day before, I put aloe gel in ice cube trays, as it is said that aloe vera works better when it is cold. After, I went on a hunt to find someone with a sunburn. Luckily, a girl on the beach agreed to give it a try.

She used the aloe vera ice cubes to treat her shoulders. The next day, she reported that it helped her get rid of the pain and calmed the redness. Another success.

9. Put your razor in olive oil to keep it from rusting

It is easy to spend a fortune on a good razor for summer vacation. Luckily, it’s said that keeping your razors in olive oil will keep them in good condition. I’ve been trying it for a few days, and it seems to be working so far. In addition, you can make a shaving cream with the olive oil.

I find this very useful, as many infections can occur due to rust, and this also protects your skin from getting nicked.

10. Use hairspray to avoid melting your eyebrows

Using a pencil to draw in your eyebrows can be disastrous in the summer heat. Melting in the sun can leave you looking like you just came out of a horror movie.

One night, when we were going out, my friends and I decided to risk our appearance by trying this tip out. We shaped our eyebrows with a pencil and used hairspray to keep them from melting. At the end of the night, we still had our eyebrows in exactly the right place.

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Last Updated on January 15, 2019

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, go to my website (find my website here in my profile) and take the smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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