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5 Ancient Beauty Tips That Work Better Than Photoshop

5 Ancient Beauty Tips That Work Better Than Photoshop

Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and wished you could magically change how you look with some kind of secret formula? Don´t worry, it has happened to people all over the world not only now, but for thousands of years. The good news is that contrary to what you think, you don´t need plastic surgery, cover your face with tons of makeup or spend all your savings buying the newest cosmetics treatments in order to look better. It seems that we have forgotten that there are many useful tricks and tips that were invented much earlier than Botox and concealer that actually work! And we are not talking about some strange old magic potion; most of them are the main source of inspiration for the best cosmetic products available nowadays.

If we do some research, we will find out that most of the products we use today are rooted in ancient discoveries, therefore we can still learn a lot from about beauty by looking back into history. So let´s have a look at the past for the best beauty solutions to include in your daily routine.

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1. Cleopatra´s Milk Baths

If somebody asked us to mention someone from history with the most exquisite beauty, the most probable candidate would be the Egyptian queen Cleopatra, and almost everybody has heard of the myth about her strange bathing habits. It is believed that during her reign in the first century BC, Cleopatra used to take milk baths as a skincare treatment. Maybe filling your bathtub with fresh donkey milk does not sound very appealing, nor even possible, but it has been proven that milk baths exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. Why? Milk baths contain lactic acid and alpha hydroxyl acid, which dissolve the proteins that hold dead skin cells together, leaving your face and body extremely healthy, clean and soft. Luckily, if you are looking to get these results for yourself you don´t need to Google where to purchase gallons of donkey milk and then soak in it like a cookie. Just look for soaps and bath creams with these same components and enjoy the benefits of a modern Cleopatra.

2. Dead Sea Salts

The Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans…and later on, expert dermatologists and cosmetic professionals have found the answer to their prayers in the waters of the Dead Sea. Its salt content of 29%, compared to the 4% in the oceans makes its water extremely rich in minerals and nutrients that can work miracles on your skin. Applying Dead Sea salt to the skin has shown benefits such as a 40% reduction in the depth of wrinkling, and due to its high concentration of magnesium it can also help cure various skin problems by improving hydration and reducing inflammation. Is it too far for you to go for a swim in the Dead Sea? You can always follow King Herod’s advice and enjoy the advantages of these salts from home with certain products. For example, revive dry, tired skin with a hydrating sheet mask containing deep sea soil as an easy option. It won´t take you more than 10 minutes and your skin will definitely thank you.

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3. Middle East Body Sugaring

It seems clear that if you are looking for a healthy looking face and body, the best use of sugar is not putting it into your mouth, but applying it to your skin. You can use it as an exfoliator, creating your own DIY body scrub, or go one step further and use it for the removal of unwanted hair. A long time before wax and razors were invented, this technique to get rid of unwanted hair was used in Middle Eastern countries such as Egypt and Lebanon. The benefits? It is a natural method with no harsh chemicals, more effective and less painful than waxing, it is cheaper because you can do it at home (you only need sugar, lemon, water and patience), and while removing hair you will exfoliate your skin at the same time.

4. Mediterranean Olive Oil

Apart from the many antioxidant benefits that you will gain by incorporating olive oil into your diet you should also consider including it in your daily beauty rituals. It was the standard hair care product for ancient Greek women and its use has been gaining popularity since then. It has been proven that olive oil is able to rejuvenate damaged hair in the most effective and natural way, so if you want a quick natural repair, massage it into your hair for instant softness. In addition, olive oil is a good component to take into consideration for DIY natural skin treatments; in fact ancient Egyptians used olive oil alongside beeswax as a cleanser, moisturizer, and antibacterial agent, so do not hesitate to incorporate it into your home made masks and natural creams.

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5. Asian Tea

If there is something that we can learn by admiring the flawless skin of Asian women, it is to never underestimate the effectiveness of their natural ancient beauty rituals. It may be difficult to follow the full beauty procedure of a geisha, but there is certain knowledge that we can adopt easily when creating a new beauty routine, and one of the easiest is certainly tea. Numerous claims have been made on the health benefits of green tea based on its chemical composition, especially because this type of tea has a high concentration of beneficial polyphenols, which are believed to fight free radicals, reduce skin problems and eliminate bacteria and toxins from your pores. Considering the well-documented antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of green tea, its components will likely slow down the development of some signs of aging. Whether green tea can actually diminish wrinkles or not is uncertain yet, but using it for its other proven beneficial effects are worth a try. Drink it or apply it to your skin with a DIY cream or cosmetic product (you will find it is an ingredient in a great amount of creams and treatments).

Featured photo credit: Dennis Wong via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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