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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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Last Updated on November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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