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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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