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8 Natural Beauty Ingredients Hiding In Your Pantry

8 Natural Beauty Ingredients Hiding In Your Pantry

Beauty products can be expensive. Many of them can dry out the skin and hair, requiring more products to fix the problems the first ones created. Many of them contain no natural ingredients, and the ones that do are far too pricey to be worth using.

Why shell out those hard earned dollars on costly beauty products when natural ones can be found right in anyone’s kitchen pantry?

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Here is a list of 8 fabulous ways to use household ingredients as part of a beauty regimen, for only a fraction of the price.

1. Brown Sugar

The fine granules of brown sugar work great as an exfoliant. It can even be made into a body and face scrub by using equal parts of the brown sugar mixed with coconut, sesame (or olive) oil, with a bit of scented essential oil added for a more relaxing experience. Brown sugar also helps detoxify the skin due to its antibacterial properties.

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2. Avocados

A mashed avocado mixed with a bit of water makes an excellent mask, as it contains natural oils that will brighten the skin. It is also an antioxidant, and is high in amino acids, which makes it great for reducing the signs of aging, as well as being a wonderful moisturizer for dry skin.

3. Organic Yogurt and Oatmeal

Organic yogurt contains lactic acid, which can moisturize and exfoliate the skin. Oatmeal is full of beta-glucans, which smooth and tighten the skin when applied as a facial mask. Mix them together, smooth them over the face, and then after 5 minutes, rinse it off with warm water. The skin beneath will be soft, refreshed, and glowing.

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4. Turmeric

Though mainly used as a tasty addition to curry, this spice is great for killing the bacteria that causes acne, as well as reducing any excess oils produced in the skin. Turmeric is also added to the acne treatment ingredients list of many commercial acne treatment creams. A simple paste made of Turmeric and water can make an excellent spot-treatment for any blemishes on the face.

5. Tea Bags

After brewing a pot of caffeinated tea, let 2 of the bags cool, and place them beneath the eyes where dark circles usually develop. They can also be put into the fridge before use, as the cold will help to reduce the swelling quicker. The blood vessels will shrink, reducing the puffiness, thanks to the natural caffeine in the tea bags.

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6. Bananas

Bananas are highly beneficial for faster hair growth because they are packed with Vitamins A, E, and C. They are a natural moisturizer, and can be used either mashed up by themselves, or mixed with sour cream and honey, to make a soothing facial mask. They are also terrific for those with dry hair. When mixed with an avocado, it can be applied to damp hair, and left on for half an hour for a thorough deep treatment.

7. Coconut Milk and Coconut Oil

Coconut milk is very effective in hydrating dry, dull hair. Mix half of a cup with one medium-size crushed avocado and massage evenly through dry hair, leaving in for 20-30 minutes before washing out. Coconut oil is also a great natural hydrator for body and hair.

8. Apple Cider Vinegar

There are two uses for apple cider vinegar in a natural beauty regimen. The first is to rinse the hair with it after shampooing, but before conditioning, to give the hair noticeably higher levels of shine and body. The second use is as a facial toner. 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar can be applied to the face after cleansing to brighten the skin, then moisturize the face as usual.

Conclusion

For those looking for natural and healthy products to add to their beauty treatments, the pantry will never look the same again, thanks to these 8 items and their many fabulous uses. They are cheaper than store-bought products, and have no added chemicals to harm the areas they are used on. Just be sure not to forget that these products can be used in the kitchen as well as the bathroom.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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