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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 October 20, 2020

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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