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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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