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11 Natural Cures for Unsightly Facial Blemishes

11 Natural Cures for Unsightly Facial Blemishes

Blemishes on the face can leave a person feeling self-conscious and embarrassed. In order to clear them up, many rush out to their pharmacy and purchase a variety of cleansers to combat these unsightly invaders. The problem is that these cleansers can be harsh on the skin, leaving it dry and uncomfortable.

The solution to this problem is to use natural remedies to reduce and eliminate blemishes, with items that are already in the house.

1. Aloe Vera

The gel contained in an Aloe Vera leaf is full of polysaccharides, which not only stimulates new skin cells to grow, but is also an effective healer for blemishes. Just break off a piece of the leaf, rub the gel onto the affected area, and then allow it to dry completely before rinsing it off.

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2. Cucumber

Cucumbers have many benefits that can help a person improve their skin. This vegetable is an astringent that can help clear up any blemishes or scars. It contains vitamin C and antioxidants that reduce inflammation. Cucumbers also improve the texture of the skin. Plus, it is cool and soothing. To use cucumbers to eradicate blemishes, simply peel and blend it, then apply the juice to your skin with a cotton ball.

3. Calamine Lotion

What causes acne is a buildup of excess oil in the skin. Calamine lotion can help to reduce this by absorbing this oil and leaving the skin free of blemishes. Just rub it gently over your face, or any other area where blemishes appear, as often as necessary.

4. Grape Seed Extract

This is both a strong disinfectant and a potent antimicrobial agent, making it a double threat against blemishes. Apply a mixture of 4-40 drops of this extract and 4 ounces of water to the blemishes a few times a day for speedy healing.

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5. Carrots

Mashed or juiced carrots applied to any facial blemishes can help clear them up. To cleanse the whole body as well as the skin, mix three parts of the carrot juice with two parts water and one part beet juice, then drink it. This can also help to stimulate liver functions.

6. Garlic

Garlic has numerous health benefits, so it is no wonder that it is so effective when dealing with blemishes. Simply rubbing raw garlic over acne can help heal it quickly, as well as relieving any pain the blemish may cause.

7. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is effective in removing excess oil, killing bacteria, and reducing dark spots. Fresh lemon juice applied to the skin can help flush out the pores. Mixing it with honey and turmeric to make a paste can also be used daily for clearer skin.

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8. Tomato Juice

A simple routine of massaging the skin with tomato pulp each day, waiting 10-15 minutes, and then rinsing the juice off with cool water can help a person to clear their skin of any blemishes. This is due the tomato’s astringent properties, as well as its high antioxidant and vitamin C content.

9. Potato

The starch in a potato is excellent for reducing pigmentation. Rubbing a raw potato, or applying potato juice, to any of these areas will lighten them and leave the skin looking beautiful. It can also help reduce any dark areas under a person’s eyes.

10. Papaya

To treat skin blemishes, as well as reducing pigmentation marks, mix a mashed papaya with warm milk and massage it over the face.

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11. Orange Peels

Orange peels contain vitamin C and antioxidants, which leave the skin looking fabulous. The peels can also clear the skin of acne and scars. They can be minced and mixed in water to make a pack for the face. Orange peels can also be mixed with organic honey and plain yogurt to make a paste that can be used a few times a week until the skin is clear.

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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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