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Celebrity Beauty Tip: Use Homemade Facial Masks! (With Recipes)

Celebrity Beauty Tip: Use Homemade Facial Masks! (With Recipes)

How much do you spend a year on creams, moisturizers, skin rejuvenators, and facial masks? You are probably spending way too much. At least, that’s what many beautiful female celebrities would tell you.

Homemade Facial Masks Work

Maybe it’s time to take a step back. In our hurried, harried existence, it seems just so easy to buy the latest trendy facial masks and feel good because we have what is touted as the best. Lots of celebrities, however, are using facial masks that were actually popular in your grandmother’s day and before. Here are their recommendations, followed by recipes to make your own. Super simple and super easy!

1. Miranda Kerr Loves Cucumbers

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    We have all seen photos of women with cucumber slices on their eyes, as a natural rejuvenator to get rid of dark circles and to tighten droopy skin. But cucumber is a humble little vegetable that has lots of nutrients that are found in most facial creams and masks. And there are recipes for both oily and dry skin.

    For Oily Skin:

    1. Wash face with warm water to open up your pores.
    2. Puree ½ of a cucumber (blender or food processor). Add 1 T. oatmeal and 1 T. honey and mix well. Massage the mixture into your face in a circular motion, and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with cold water and pat dry.

    For Dry Skin:

    1. Wash face with warm water
    2. Puree ½ of a small cucumber and add 1T yogurt
    3. Massage mixture into face with fingers and let sit 10-15”
    4. Wash off with cool water and pat dry.

    2. Julia Roberts Uses Honey for Her Dry Skin

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      Honey has been touted as a facial ingredient for years. It is filled with beneficial skin nutrients and is a wonderful hydrator for dry skin. Here is a recipe that combines honey, avocado, and coconut oil for hydration. You can do this as often as you like.

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      • 1 t. honey
      • 1 t coconut oil
      • ¼ very ripe avocado – you want it ripe so you can mash it easily with a fork.

      Mash the avocado with a fork. Add the honey and coconut oil and mix. The mixture will be thick. Put a thick layer on your entire face. Let is stay for 15 minutes. You will need to gently scrub this mask off. Then rinse quickly with cold water to close your pores. Amazingly silky skin!

      3. Katy Perry Prefers Egg Whites

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        Egg whites are great for tightening up large pores and exfoliating your skin, removing dirt from those pores. This is one of the easiest recipes ever, for all you need is one egg white.

        1. Separate the white from the yolk
        2. Beat or blend the white until foamy
        3. Apply it to your face after you have washed it with warm water to open your pores
        4. Let it stay on for 15 minutes. You will feel your skin tighten.
        5. Remove the mask with a washcloth of warm water.

        Katy Perry also mixes egg white with almond oil as a wrinkle prevention.

        4. Jessica Biel’s Favorite is Avocado

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          For dry skin, avocado is a perfect ingredient. A ripe avocado, mashed and put directly on your face is perfect for winter dryness. You just let it stand until the avocado dries up and then wash it off. Soft, smooth, hydrated skin!

          A nice variation of this is to add honey to the avocado, for even more hydration. Here’s a quick recipe:

          1. Mash a ripe avocado
          2. Add a mixture of 2 T hot water and 1 t honey
          3. Massage into face and leave on for 15 minutes. This mixture will not dry out like jut avocado will.
          4. Wash off with warm water and then splash with cold to close up your pores.

          5. Gal Gadot Goes Au Natural

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            This new “Wonder woman” hates makeup, although it is a fact of life in the movie industry. While she sometimes uses a cleansing oil to remove that makeup after a long day, her preferred method is this:

            1. Wet a face towel
            2. Put it in the microwave for a minute or so
            3. Lay the towel on your face and let the heat pull the makeup off as you gently wipe your face with that towel. Then wash your face as normal. Adding essential oils or lavender is a great stress reliever too.

            6. An Apple a Day for Chanel Iman

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              Iman’s facial preference is apple and honey.

              Mix ¼ of an apple and add 1 t honey. Apply to face and wash off after it has dried.

              Apple and honey face masks are used to revive tired looking and stressed skin. Because of the nutrients is both, and the antioxidant effects, this combination is dynamite. If you want a mask that is a bit thicker, follow this recipe:

              • 1 apple peeled and cored, cut up into pieces
              • 2 t honey

              Puree the apple in a blender or food processor. Add the honey and mix well. Plaster on your face and wait 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water; splash face with cold water, pat dry, and you are good to go with your glow.

              7. Hayden Panettiere Recommends Lemons and Vinegar

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                If you want more than just an acne wash and want to brighten your skin as well, here is a variation of Panettiere’s recipe:

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                • 2 T sour cream
                • 2 T honey
                • 1 t apple cider vinegar
                • 1 t lemon juice

                Wash you face with warm water. Apply this mixture and leave on for a minimum of 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water, followed by a cold splash. You can apply this mask twice a week for brighter, clearer skin.

                8. Beyonce Chooses Strawberries

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                  Beyonce suffers from oily skin, and her remedy it to cut a strawberry into two pieces, and rube them over your face as a “scrub” for about 5 minutes. Leave the juice on your face for another 5 minutes and then wash your face. You will have a smooth and no oily feel.

                  A variation of this facial treatment is to make a paste of strawberries and mix in a bit of lemon juice. You will need the following:

                  • 2-3 strawberries mashed very well (blender works well)
                  • 1 t. lemon juice

                  Combine the strawberries and lemon juice. Lather the mixture onto your face after you have washed it with warm water. Leave on for 15 minutes and then rinse off with warm water, using your fingers instead of a cloth. Rinse with cold water to close your pores. The added lemon juice gives a bit more “kick” to oil removal.

                  9. Anne Hathaway’s Favorite Fruit is Banana

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                    Hathaway suffers from dry skin. Her remedy is a face mask made up of 1 banana, 2 T. honey and just a bit of water. Apply to your face and wait for 20 minutes. As smooth as the best moisturizer you can buy!

                    A variation of this mask is to add some lemon juice to act as a pore cleaner and also to lighten dark spots which tend to show up with middle-age. Here is the recipe:

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                    • 1 very ripe banana mashed
                    • 1 t. honey
                    • 1 t. fresh lemon juice (from a real lemon, please)

                    Mash the banana until it is lump-free and mix in the other two ingredients. Wash your face before using. You should layer the paste on pretty thickly and leave if for at least 15 minutes. Wash your face with warm water but no soap. Beautiful and super cheap.

                    10. Tyra Banks Declares War on Acne Breakouts

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                      Banks’s answer is to mix baking soda with a small amount of water until you have a paste. She is “sold” on the effects of this paste, but cautions that it should not be used more than 3 times per week.

                      Baking soda has been a known exfoliant for years and an ingredient that can help to clean out over-productive oil glands. When red with other common household ingredients, however, you can get even better effects. Here is a two-step process that will leave your pores cleaned out and give your skin a wonderfully smooth finish.

                      Step One: Mix 1 T. water with 1 ½ T. baking soda. It will be a thick liquid. Slather the mixture on your face and leave it on for 10 minutes – longer if your skin is super oily.

                      Step Two: Mix 1 T. baking soda with 1 t. orange juice (no pulp). Rub this mixture in in a circular motion and leave on for 20 minutes this time. Rinse your face clean and apply a good moisturizer.

                      Our skin is important, and our facial skin probably the most important of all. After all, it is the very first piece of this largest organ of our body that is seen by others. We feel good when our face looks good. And that “feeling good” can enhance our mood, our attitude, and our whole outlook on an otherwise busy and stressful day.

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                      Last Updated on September 10, 2019

                      7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                      7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                      Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

                      Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

                      This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

                      One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

                      Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

                      Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

                      1. Gratitude

                      Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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                      The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

                      Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

                      So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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                        2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

                        This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

                        For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

                        What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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                        Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

                        3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

                        This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

                        Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

                        An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

                        Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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                          4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                          According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                          There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                          5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                          Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                          Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                          6. Rise Earlier

                          The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                          For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                          So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                          Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                          7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                          Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                          Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                          It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                          Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                          Reference

                          [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                          [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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