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3 Beauty Hacks That You Can Make At Home

3 Beauty Hacks That You Can Make At Home

Beauty shouldn’t be complicated but in today’s world, there’s always a new and improved line that you MUST try for the sake of being beautiful: a miracle product that will reverse your frizzy hair, eliminate your dry skin or make your wrinkles disappear. While many of these products make the promise of providing an easy beauty solution, some also promise a safer alternative offering a “natural” version free of toxic chemicals. If you take a closer look at the label of your favorite beauty products or their “natural” counterparts, you’ll notice they are very complicated, filled with chemicals you probably can’t pronounce, much less want to put on your skin.

Beauty doesn’t have to be complicated, in fact, I insist that it shouldn’t be complicated at all. With a few simple, safe and natural ingredients you can start making your very own beauty products from eyeliner to lotion and everything in between. These are beauty products that can be customized to address your areas of need and best of all chemical free. Here are 3 beauty hacks that you can make at home.

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1. Body Lotion

Lotion is the first must try beauty hack since it’s very simple to make, only requiring 2 main ingredients as a base, a butter of choice and an oil. Shea butter is a popular choice because of its benefits include moisturizing, reducing inflammation and skin smoothing but if that is too thick for you, making Avocado Butter is a nice, lighter alternative. A few oil options include Castor, Coconut or Avocado; they all offer their own benefits so this is a great place to start customizing. You can always jazz up your lotion by adding a mix of oils and butters and essential oils for fragrance and aromatherapy benefits. Here’s your basic lotion recipe, as shared by Detoxinista.

2. Facial Cleanser and Makeup Remover

The options for store-bought facial cleansers and make up removers are infinite. How can one settle on the best option for them when there are so many to choose from? Not to mention there is usually a different product to remove makeup, one to cleanse the skin, one to tone, moisturize, fight wrinkles and the list goes on…and on. By the time you’ve selected your staples for your beauty arsenal you are six deep into products just for your face! Who has time for that?!

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Save yourself time AND money by trying oil cleansing. Yes, you read that right, I want you to cleanse your skin with oil. Before you knock it, try it. Die-hard fans of the oil cleansing method boast clearer skin, reduced acne and naturally glowing skin. The best part is all you need is the oil and a cloth and it doubles as a makeup remover! Wellness Mama goes more in depth about the science behind the Oil Cleansing Method, how to do it and how to make a custom oil blend for your skin type.

3. Eyebrow Tint

Semi-permanent eyebrow tinting, aka eyebrow tattooing is becoming more and more popular. A full face makeup look is not complete without perfectly sculpted brows and let’s face it, many of us don’t grow beautiful naturally sculpted brows so we have to rely on brow pencils, stencils and eyeshadow to achieve the look.

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Even creating a natural makeup looks seems a bit odd with sparse brows, but who has time to fill in their brows everyday? A more semi-permanent option is an eyebrow tattoo where the pigment is tattooed on creating the look you want with less time spent in the mirror applying makeup. Here’s a few things to consider: the tattoo is semi-permanent; if you don’t like the shape or color, you can’t just wipe it off and start over. The procedure is costly; reputable technicians start around $650 and go up from there. Lastly, it’s a TATTOO on your face!

Yup, that last one might be enough for you to want to throw in the towel but here’s an easy, natural eyebrow tinting beauty hack that you can make at home using only four natural ingredients and it can last up to two weeks! Chiutips on YouTube shows you how:

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Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.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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