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How to Make Natural Avocado Face Masks

How to Make Natural Avocado Face Masks

Avocados are amazingly nutritious. Packed full of vitamins and high in healthy fats, eating avocados are a good source of nourishment as part of a healthy diet. However, its health benefits aren’t just restricted to inside our bodies—using avocado on the skin can be hugely beneficial as its key ingredients give your skin an added boost.

The oil in avocados acts as a natural moisturizer, and together with protein, potassium and vitamins A, B, D and E, these act as the perfect skin replenishers for all types of skin, from those suffering with acne to more mature skin.

The best way to use avocados is to use them in the form of face masks which are easy, cheap, and effective to make at home. Mix avocado together with other natural ingredients and you have a lot of great avocado face masks that you can try that will leave your face soft, smooth, and glowing. Here are 5 great yet simple avocado face masks that you can try at home (just try not to eat them before using!)

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Simple avocado face mask

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    Avocado on its own has so many great benefits for the skin. The oil acts as a natural moisturizer similar to coconut oil and Argan oil so it soaks gently in and is great in softening and smoothing wrinkles. The vitamin E adds more nutritious value to your skin, so just using it on its own can create a really simple and effective face mask.

    • Use half a ripe avocado and mash it up into a bowl so it forms a smooth pulp.
    • Carefully apply it to clean skin and leave for 10–20 minutes.
    • Clean off with a damp cloth using warm water.

    Avocado and honey face mask

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      This is a great classic face mask using avocado and honey. Honey is wonderful for your skin as it contains anti-bacterial properties that help with acne as well as boosting complexion. It also carries anti-oxidants that are beneficial in slowing down the ageing process so it’s great for mature skin. Combine this with avocado and you have a beautiful face mask that you can use regularly to give your skin a boost.

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      • Get half a ripe avocado and mash it up into a bowl.
      • Add half a tablespoon of honey (preferably raw but a good organic one will do the trick).
      • Mix the two together until it forms a paste.
      • Apply it to clean skin and leave for 15–20 minutes.
      • Clean off with warm water and pat the face gently with a towel.

      Avocado and egg white face mask

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        Egg white is a wonder for the skin. It helps remove excess oil so if you’re prone to an oily face and acne then this face mask will help fight the spots and prevent blackheads. It also softens and smooths skin and has been known to lift sagging skin around the cheeks as the egg white will tighten as it dries. You will find it quite messy and slightly harder to remove so it’s advised to use this mask before having a shower to make it easier.

        • Mix half a ripe, mashed avocado with the white of one egg.
        • Apply the mixture to clean skin starting at the bottom of the face and working up.
        • Leave on for 15–20 minutes, preferably lie down while it dries as the tightening of the mask will pull your skin down if standing.
        • Clean off gently yet thouroughly with warm water (best done in the shower).

        Avocado and oatmeal exfoliating face mask

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          Oatmeal is a great exfoliator getting rid of excess oils and dead skin on the face—what’s better is it’s natural and cheap to make. Teamed with avocado this makes a wonderful all-round face mask that can be used on dry skin. While the oatmeal soaks up and removes sebum, the avocado adds needed moisture and nourishment. This is a great combination that you can use regularly in your beauty regime.

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          • Add half a ripe avocado with half tablespoon of oatmeal.
          • Mix together thoroughly and apply to a clean face in gentle circular motions to give yourself an exfoliation.
          • Continue to leave the mixture on for 15–20 minutes.
          • Clean off gently with warm water and pat your face dry.

          Avocado and yogurt face mask

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            Using yogurt on the skin means you get even more moisture for your buck. Acne-prone skin will benefit from this mask as the lactic acid in the yogurt kills any bacteria and the acid also helps even out the pH balance of your skin.

            • With half a ripe and mashed avocado add in a tablespoon of plain, organic yogurt.
            • Mix together and apply to a clean face.
            • Leave on for 15–20 minutes.
            • Gently wash off with warm water and splash on some cold water to close any pores (particularly good for acned skin).

            Of course you can add any combination of these ingredients to experiment with your own avocado face mask and can be a great addition to your usual beauty regime. Using these masks at least once a week will improve and nourish your skin greatly so if you have an avocado or two hanging about then try something different with them today.

            Featured photo credit: Kerdkanno via shutterstock.com

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            Last Updated on August 13, 2018

            5 Exercises To Improve Intimacy and Create a Better Relationship

            5 Exercises To Improve Intimacy and Create a Better Relationship

            Making love can be simultaneously the most pleasurable and the most stressful experience that we share with another human being. It is a natural conclusion of the ritual of intimacy we engage in with a person we find attractive on both a physical and psychological level. Yet, we are far removed from our animalistic roots, and that which was once a matter of instinct has become somewhat complex. This is a good thing; we have grown as a society, and there are many factors involved when it comes to the relationship between sexual partners. However, we have also lost a great deal of the physical prowess our primitive ancestors had.

            They engaged in a huge amount of physical activities daily — activities that ensured their cardiovascular system and muscles were in great shape, which allowed them to have healthy libidos, strong erections, and the muscular strength, limberness and endurance to maintain different positions for a long time without getting exhausted. Luckily, we can regain some of these animalistic traits with the right kind of training. Here are some essential exercises that will help improve your relationship, but making you more confident in intimate settings, which means that you’ll have more satisfying intercourse.

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              1. Cardio for Stamina

              If you’re out of shape, the first thing you’ll notice during intercourse is that you start to breathe heavily, sweat profusely and tire easily. This means you’ll have to shift your posture frequently and limit yourself to a few positions you feel comfortable with or significantly slow down the pace. A high BMI has also been linked to potential problems with erectile dysfunction. Cardiovascular exercises like running, jumping rope, swimming and cycling will build up your aerobic stamina and enable you to perform longer before becoming fatigued, thus having better intercourse. They’ll also help manage your weight, possibly helping performance.

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                • Running – 10-20 minutes a day (1-3 miles a day is more than enough)
                • Jumping rope – 5-20 minutes a day
                • Swimming – 30 minutes a day
                • Cycling – 30 minutes a day

                The time in minutes denotes time spent actively performing the exercise, and you need to factor in a bit more time for warming up before and cooling down after the exercises.

                These exercises can be performed every day or every other day, and the goal is to work on both endurance and speed. Don’t just go at a snail’s pace; constantly try to improve your time or add some mileage.

                2. Strength-Training for Your Lower Body and Core

                The next thing you’ll need to focus on is improving both the strength and muscular endurance of the hip flexors, abdominals and spinal erectors. These are the muscles engaged in thrusting and circular motions, and they also stabilize your body in a number of different positions. The legs also play an important role, particularly in standing and kneeling positions. Here are a few exercises that will help you strengthen up this area:

                Barbell squats
                  • Heavy barbell squats – set up at a power rack at the gym and make sure you use proper form and weights that you can lift 3-8 times. Do this exercise before anything else in the gym for 4-5 sets to get big and powerful legs, as well as tighten up the muscles of the core. This is useful for both men and women, particularly if you enjoy the woman-on-top positions and standing positions. You can do hack squats on the machine if your gym lacks a power rack, but you won’t get the core-strengthening benefits

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                  Zercher squat
                    • Zercher squatsthis type of squat is a perfect way for guys to strengthen their body for standing positions where the woman is lifted off the ground. Build up a foundation of strength first, and then use lighter weights and go for 10-12 repetitions to focus on muscle endurance.

                    Glute bridge
                      • Glute bridgethis exercise is great for working the glutes and hip thrusters, and should be done for ultra-high reps —up to 100 — to increase muscle endurance. Once you become stronger in this movement, you can upgrade to the barbell glute bridge and keep the reps high — around 10 to 15.

                      Hyperextensions
                        • Hyperextensions – excellent for strengthening the spinal erectors, this exercise (or a variation of it) may be done in most gyms and even at home. Do 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 12 repetitions at the end of your workout.

                        Ab wheel rollout
                          • Ab wheel rollout – this is a great exercise for strengthening the abs, and requires only a piece of inexpensive equipment. It will help you stay stable and hold positions longer without getting tired during intercourse. Do three sets of this workout for as many repetitions as you can.

                          Cross body crunch
                            • Cross body crunchthis exercise improves your ability to perform explosive twisting motions, particularly good for improving your stamina in the spoon position where you’e lying on your side. Do 2 to 3 sets of this exercise at the end of your workout.

                            Incorporate these exercises into your routine 2 to 3 times a week.

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                            3. Upper-Body Strength Training

                            Upper-body strength plays an important role in many popular sex positions where the arms are used to provide a stable base or hold onto the partner. These including missionary, doggy style, the stand and carry (with the woman holding onto the man’s neck) and others. Use these simple exercises to improve upper body strength and endurance:

                            Plank exercise
                              • Plank – while bench pressing is great for building a big chest, you will find yourself in need of static strength, muscle endurance and a strong core. This exercise is a great way to increase the amount of time you are able to hold positions that require you to support yourself with your arms. For added difficulty, straighten out your arms like at the top of a pushup and hold as long as you can.

                              Close grip pushups
                                • Close pushups – a pushup variation that focuses on triceps, which are the first to give out during a prolonged missionary or similar position. Go for very high reps, 20 t0 50, to work on muscle endurance.

                                Chin ups
                                  • Chin-ups – A great upper back and biceps builder, this exercise will also target the core if you try to be as straight as possible when lifting yourself up. You can jump to help make things easier, or just hold as long as you can if you aren’t strong enough to perform a single chin up. Do 3 to 4 sets for as many reps as you can.

                                  These exercises, done about three times a week, will help you develop a strong upper body that can keep going and hold you up for extended periods of time.

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                                  4. Pelvic-Floor Exercises

                                  You don’t have to perform these at the gym, although you could do them after your workout without anyone even noticing. The idea behind Kegel exercises is to improve blood flow to the sex organs and strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor in both men and women. By locating these muscles and tightening and relaxing them for intervals of 5 seconds for 10 to 15 repetitions at a time, several times a day, you can improve pleasure and performance during sex. Women can tighten their vaginal walls for increased pleasure to both them and their partner, while men can delay ejaculation by tightening these muscles.

                                  5. Flexibility Moves for Legs and Hips

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                                    If you want to avoid getting cramps — or even worse, pulling a muscle during intercourse — you should do a few simple stretches every day. The more limber you are, the more comfortable you’ll be with more exotic poses. Here are a few simple stretches to improve hip and leg flexibility:

                                    Take a few minutes to warm up with some light running or jumping jacks before stretching, and spend some 10 minutes on these stretches. You can do them in the morning and at night, or shortly before intercourse.

                                    With just a few hours a week devoted to exercise, you can improve your relationship significantly. If you focus on these exercises, over time, you just might become dynamite in bed.

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