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4 Unique Dermatological Hacks on Planet Earth

4 Unique Dermatological Hacks on Planet Earth

Prioritizing beauty is something that people do all around the world. We have grown to appreciate beauty as an important part of our lives. We wake up every morning, staring at the mirror, criticizing ourselves or maybe admiring our beautiful curves and attributes. In the working world, our appearance matters as much as our skills and talents, as the world continues to judge based on first impressions .

Plastic surgery has become one of the most profiting industry, with South Korea leading the nations in these procedures. Perfection has become the main priority and one’s skin becomes the symbol of perfection. Having perfect and flawless skin symbolizes an individual’s social status, which leads to millions of people seeking expensive procedures to fit into the mold of society.

However, there are certain less evasive ways to ensure healthy skin. Some of these unique methods may raise eyebrows, but these are natural elements which guarantee positive results.

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1. Lemon & Agave Age Fighter
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    Although we are supposed to grow old gracefully, we sometimes find it hard to accept the fact that it is happening. We find it hard to accept that our bogey music festival lifestyle has come to a halt, and we are choosing quietness and calm adventures instead. Our hands become the first sign of our body aging where age spots become the new decoration.

    However, a simple treatment will allow you to look youthful in your glorious age: a harmonious combination of lemon, agave, and rice can create wonders to your skin. Find a sunny day to combine your magic paste of a whole lemon, agave extract, and a bowl of cooked of rice. Mix them finely and use them as a scrub on your hands.

    Wash them off after about five to 10 minutes and compare the difference. Regular practice of this guarantees the vanishing of your age spots, giving you that youthful glow again.

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    2. Egg White Facial
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      Growing up in a family which focused on being completely natural, I wasn’t allowed to use products which had been chemically tested or contained a high amount of unnatural ingredients. Furthermore, being a person with lots of allergies and sensitive skin, I find the charcoal content in many makeup products cause my face to itch; these products turn me into Bugs Bunny by the end of the day.

      However my smart mother came up with a fine solution: egg whites. Every weekend, I use an egg white facial to acts as both an anti-wrinkle cream and a great exfoliator. The ingredients are pretty simple and are easily available; mix in two egg whites with a dash of vinegar and apply it on your face.

      After 15–20 minutes, wash it off, and your face will feel refreshed and  younger once again. However always keep in mind to keep your face in a pouting position and refrain from talking ; this is to avoid the creation of unwanted wrinkles.

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      3. Placenta Pills
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        Among all the natural remedies, this was one that put me off my meal; however my skepticism faded away after a short trial. Kim Kardashian, the new age goddess of poise and beauty, has gotten her private Kim K placenta pills made for her, so why shouldn’t I? The placenta is an organ which becomes the life sac of a fetus . After birth, the placenta comes out of the mother body along with the baby.

        However, recently it’s been discovered to have various medicinal properties and has been part of Chinese traditional medicine for centuries. Apparently it has the properties of anti-aging, moisturizing, and skin whitening effects. During the introduction of the placenta as medicinal properties, it was usually boiled to retain its nutrients, but recently there are companies whom can transform your placenta into bottled pills.

        Hence, you will be able to try out the placenta in the form of pills instead of being put off by the sight of the organ.

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        4. Chick Peas & Tumeric Acne Scrub
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          Growing up, we have all faced this problem of acne at the peak of puberty. Upon a visit to India, I witnessed the flawless skin of women there. Despite the immense heat, they seem to never break out. Eventually, I found out their secret: it’s just a simple mixture of chickpeas and turmeric root. This scrub prevents them from breaking out into an acne hive.

          Mixing two whole cups of finely ground chickpeas and natural turmeric powder along with enough almond milk into a fine paste. Then using it as a scrub and apply it all over your body and leave it for a duration of 30–40 minutes before showering it off. A continuous use for about 4–6 weeks will give you clear skin with no acne.

          You might end up with a slightly yellow tint, but it eventually fades after a few days.

          For those who prefer a natural way of having flawless skin and being beautiful, do try these methods out. If it worked for me and many others around the world, it will likely give you the same positive result and flawless glow.

          Featured photo credit: Tumblr via lifeprobe.com

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          Last Updated on May 21, 2019

          13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

          13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

          Creating your productivity ritual — a routine that helps you to maintain a peak level of energy can get you the best out of your days.

          Part of creating your productivity routine involves removing activities that drain you (what I call “kryptonites”), and that includes your bad habits.

          Like it or not, bad habits are bad for you — mentally, physically, emotionally and even socially in some cases. While some bad habits are harder to quit than others, it doesn’t change the fact that you need to get rid of them. Here are 13 bad habits to quit right away:

          1. Stress Eating

          I used to be a serious stress eater. I would eat whenever I felt unhappy, stressed, disappointed, anxious, or even… happy! My eating had nothing to do with being hungry, and everything to do with using food to fill my emotional voids.

          While eating would comfort me, this feeling was momentary and would disappear right after I was done eating. Instead, what I had left would be the same emotional void that triggered me to eat in the first place (be it unhappiness or stress), a 2,000 excess calorie intake over what I should have eaten for the day, and anger at myself for having stress ate.

          I’ve since overcome stress eating. I have healthy eating habits and a healthy relationship with food today where I no longer use food as a tool to fill my emotions.

          If you are a stress eater, don’t fret — here’s how to manage your stress better:

          How to Manage Stress (A Step-by-Step Guide to Turn Stress Into Success)

          2. Nail Biting

          Not only is nail biting unhygienic, it is also socially repelling, leads to dental problems like malocclusion of the anterior teeth,[1] potentially cause stomach problems,[2] and lead to severely deformed fingernails in the long run.

          People who bite their nails tend to have shorter nails than the average person; their nail plates also experience scarring and may eventually become absent.[3]

          Understand what triggers your nail biting behavior and replace it with another neutral to positive habit. Make habits to break habits.

          For example, if you bite your nails when you are stressed, go for a walk or listen to music instead the next time you feel stressed.

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          3. Hanging out with Naysayers

          We all know these people — people who play devil’s advocate to every idea you have and every goal you want to pursue. We are already our greatest self-critics, so it doesn’t help when there’s someone beside us, ever ready to pounce on what we say and tear it down.

          Hang out less with these naysayers and spend more time with supportive people who share constructive feedback instead. You will be much happier this way.

          Learn how to get rid of naysayers with these 10 Ways to Ignore the Naysayers and Achieve Your Dreams.

          4. Being with People Who Don’t Appreciate You

          Haven’t all of us been in this situation before? Trying to please people who don’t appreciate us? Bending over backwards to be there for people when they are never there for us?

          While we give without expectations of return, we need to draw a line with people who don’t value us because these people damage our souls.

          Stop spending time with people who don’t appreciate you, and spend more time with people who do instead.

          Unsure who you should get rid of? Learn about it here: 5 Kinds of Toxic People That You Need to Get Rid of Now

          5. Smoking

          Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death globally.[4]

          In just the United States alone, about 500,000 deaths are attributed to smoking-related diseases annually. A recent study estimated that as much as one-third of China’s male population will have significantly shortened life-spans due to smoking! Gender-wise, male and female smokers lose an average of 13.2 and 14.5 years of life respectively — that’s over a decade of life right there.[5]

          Not only that, smoking causes pre-mature skin aging (i.e. wrinkles), yellowing of teeth, bad breath, and worse of all — jeopardy of the health of people around you, including your loved ones. Studies have shown that non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk to many of the health problems associated with direct smoking.[6]

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            6. Excessive Drinking

            All of us know that drinking too much alcohol is bad for us, but do you know how bad it really is?

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            According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, drinking too much — be it on a single occasion or over time — can seriously damage your health:[7]

            • Brain problems: Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, making it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.
            • Heart diseases: Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle, Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat, stroke, high blood pressure
            • Liver diseases: Steatosis or fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, cirrhosis
            • Pancreas problems: Pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.
            • Different types of cancer: Mouth, esophagus, throat, liver, breast

            If you drink a lot, perhaps cutting it out right away will be tough. Cut down the number of glasses you drink each time, followed by the number of times you drink a week.

            If need be, seek help from an AA group — you aren’t alone in this. Change starts from today.

            7. Eating Junk Food (Including Diet Soda)

            Junk food — they are everywhere in our society today. From McDonald’s, to KFC, to Burger King, to 24-hour takeouts, junk food such as fries, highly processed burgers and sodas has become a staple in our society today.

            If you think, “Hey, but junk food is tasty!”, think again:

            A study by Paul Johnson and Paul Kenny suggests that junk food consumption alters brain activity in a way similar to addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin.[8]

            “After many weeks with unlimited access to junk food, the pleasure centers of rat brains became desensitized, requiring more food for pleasure.”

            And you wonder why you seem to crave fast food when you just had some the day before?

            While it may not be possible to remove junk food completely from our diet right away, we can reduce our junk food consumption starting today. Instead of soda, opt for a fruit juice (fresh juice, not the carbonated kind) or mineral water. Instead of fries, switch to mashed potato, a salad, or rice (many food outlets allow for this today). Instead of a fried meat patty, go for a grilled one.

            Where possible, opt for healthy food joints like salad bars and delis as opposed to fast food outlets. Every little step goes a long way.

            Here’re some healthy snacks ideas for you: 15 Healthy Snacks You Should Always Have At Home

            8. Eating Too Much Red Meat

            There has been conclusive evidence that consumption of red meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer; and suggestive evidence that it increases the risk of oesophageal cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and endometrial cancer.

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            In addition, some studies have linked consumption of large quantities of red meat with breast cancer, stomach cancer, lymphoma, bladder cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer![9]

            Personally, I’m a vegetarian so I don’t consume red meat, but for those of you who consume red meat, do watch out and limit your intake — better still, cut it out of your diet. World Cancer Research Fund recommends limiting intake of red meat to less than 300g (11 oz) cooked weight per week, “very little, if any of which to be processed.”

            Of if you’re thinking about becoming a vegetarian, check out this guide: 5 Practical Tips For Starting a Vegetarian Lifestyle

            9. Watching Too Much TV

            I stopped watching TV since eight years ago and I have never regretted it. Every once in a while I will switch on the telly to see what is on, and then I will switch it off because it’s just the same boring shtick over and over again.

            Watching TV, particularly well-written dramas, can be a good way to unwind. However, remember that TV isn’t your life.

            Spending three hours every night watching TV will not change your life for the better. Rather, using that time to reflect on your life, take stock, and take action on your goals will.

            It’s not easy to remove TV from your daily routine right away, but follow these 6 Steps To Remove TV From Your Life.

            10. Being Late

            Not only is being late being rude to others, it also means that you’re always rushing from one place to another, playing catch up in your agenda, and having to apologize to every person you meet.

            Stop being late and not being punctual, but practice being early instead. Target to arrive 15 minutes earlier before any appointment and bring along something to do in those 15 minutes (or longer if the other person turns out to be late). Then you can stop playing catch up and stay ahead in life.

            Learn more tips about how to be more punctual here: How to Be On Time Every Time

            11. Being in Bad Relationships

            Are you always dating the wrong guys/girls? Do you end up with jerks all the time? Well, you may not be able to stop yourself from meeting bad partners but you can certainly stop yourself from furthering contact with them, spending time with them, or even… entering into a relationship with them.

            I used to invest myself in this guy who was nothing but toxic for me. After a good five months of experiencing nothing but getting burned over and over again, I realized that he was a total waste of my time and I deserved better. I decided to cut him off, and it was soon after that I met my soulmate.

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            Learn about why you shouldn’t stay in a bad relationship and how to deal with it if you’re in one: Why Trying Hard to Stay in an Unhappy Relationship Is Not Love, but Fear

            12. Leaving Things to the Last Minute

            Burning the midnight oil isn’t fun — it’s exhausting.

            Those of you who got through college by burning the midnight oil would have learned this the hard way. Not only is it damaging for your body, it is also mentally draining as you’re constantly in a hyper-tense mode, feeling anxious about whether you can finish your work on time.

            Start today on a new note. Rather than react to your deadlines, be proactive about them by planning ahead, identifying what needs to be done for the week, and getting things done in advance.

            By staying ahead of your tasks, you can also use your extra time to plan ahead in your life and get more things done.

            Take a look at this guide and learn how to stop procrastinating: Procrastination – A Step-By-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating

            13. Focusing on the Negatives

            In every situation, there are two ways you can react: zoom down to the problem areas and crib about how things aren’t the way you want, or celebrate the areas that are going well and work on making everything better.

            Many of us see the importance of doing the latter but in practice, we do the former. Why though? Criticizing and focusing on the negatives is easy but it doesn’t empower nor inspire us to be better.

            Make a change — for every negative encounter you run into, I challenge you to identify three things that are good about it. Practice doing this for one week, and by the end of the week you’ll find that your first instinct is to think positive, not negative.

            And here’re even more ways to help you stay positive: 11 Tips for Maintaining your Positive Attitude

            The Bottom Line

            So here you find the 13 most common bad habits and their consequences on your mind and body. The good news’ you can quit them all.

            Just spot out your own bad habits and take my suggestions to quit them. Then you’ll find your life a lot healthier and happier!

            Need more tips to break your bad habits? Check out these articles:

            Featured photo credit: Pexels via pexels.com

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