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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 October 13, 2020

          How to Spot a Burnout And Overcome It Fast

          How to Spot a Burnout And Overcome It Fast

          Burnout at work is an issue that most people who suffer from it, suffer unknowingly.

          Have you ever felt that you can’t start an assignment, have an immense urge to Netflix binge, or couldn’t get yourself to wake up on time even though you have a lot on your plate? The cause for these might be burnout.

          According to Deloitte’s report, “many companies may not be doing enough to minimize burnout.” This is to say that the responsibility is not only on the employee. According to that report, nearly 70 percent of professionals feel their employers are not doing enough to prevent or alleviate burnout within their organization, and they definitely should.[1]

          Too many companies don’t invest enough in creating a positive environment. One out of five (21%) said that their company does not offer any programs or initiatives to prevent or alleviate burnout. It is the culture, not the fancy well-being programs that would probably do the best work.

          This is a significant problem for individuals and companies, and it’s also an issue on a macro level. A Stanford University research found that more than 120,000 deaths per year, and approximately 5%–8% of annual healthcare costs, are associated with the way U.S. companies manage their workforces.[2]

          It is both the employee and the employer’s responsibility—and the latter can certainly take more responsibility.

          In this article, I’ll guide you on how to know if you suffer from burnout and, more importantly, what you can do about it.

          Who Are Prone to Burning Out?

          For starters, it is a good thing to know that you’re in good company. According to a Gallup poll, 23% (of 7,500 surveyed) expressed burnout more often than not. Additionally, 44% felt it sometimes. Nearly 50% of social entrepreneurs who attended the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in 2018 reported having struggled with burnout and depression at some point.[3]

          According to Statista (2017), 13% of adults reported having problems unwinding in the evenings and weekends. According to a Deloitte survey (consisting of 1,000 full-time U.S. employees), 77% of respondents said that they have experienced employee burnout at their current job.[4]

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          Burnout is not only an issue of the spoiled first-world. Rather, it is a serious matter that must be taken care of appropriately. It affects so many people, and its impacts are just too significant to be ignored.

          Some occupations are more prone to burnout, such as people who deeply care about their jobs more than others. According to the Harvard Business Review, “Passion-driven and caregiving roles such as doctors and nurses are some of the most susceptible to burnout.”

          The consequences can have life or death ramifications as “suicide rates among caregivers are dramatically higher than that of the general public—40% higher for men and 130% higher for women”. It is also the case for teachers, non-profit workers, and leaders of all kinds.[5]

          Deloitte’s survey also found that 91% say that they have an unmanageable amount of stress or frustration. Heck, 83% even say that it can negatively impact their relationships. Millennials are slightly more impacted by burnout (84% of Gen Y vs. 77% in other generations).

          What Is Burnout Syndrome?

          So, what is it, exactly? Burnout was officially included in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) and is an occupational phenomenon.

          According to the World Health Organization, burnout includes three dimensions:[6]

          1. Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
          2. Increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job;
          3. Reduced professional efficacy.

          The 5 Stages of Burnout

          At this point, you must have a clue if you’re at risk of burnout. There are different methods for understanding where you are on the burnout syndrome scale, and one of the most common ones is the “five stages method.”

          1. Honeymoon Phase

          As you may remember If you’ve gotten married, there’s always the honeymoon phase. You’re so happy and feel almost invincible. You love your spouse and at this stage, you’re very excited about everything. It’s the same when it comes to taking on a new job or role or starting a new business.

          At first, most of the time, you’re hyper-motivated. Although you might be able to notice signs of potential future burnout, in most cases, you might ignore them. You’re highly productive, super motivated, creative, and accept (and take) responsibility.

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          The honeymoon phase is critical because if you plant the seeds of good mental health and coping strategies, you can stay at this phase for extended periods.

          2. Onset of Stress

          Let’s continue with the wedding metaphor. Now that you’re happily married for some time, you might start noticing certain issues with your spouse that you don’t like. You might have seen them before, but now they take up more space in your life.

          You might be less optimistic and feel signs of stress or minor symptoms of physical or emotional fatigue at work. Your productivity reduces, and you think that your motivation is lower.

          3. Chronic Stress

          Let’s hope you don’t get there in your marriage, but unfortunately, some people get there. At this stage, your stress level is consistently high, and the other symptoms of stage 2 persist.

          At this point, you start missing deadlines, your sleep quality is low, and you’re resentful and cynical. Your caffeine consumption might be higher, and you’re increasingly unsatisfied.

          4. Burnout

          This is the point where you can’t go on unless there is a significant change in your workspace environment. You have a strong desire to move to another place, and clinical intervention is sometimes required.

          You feel neglected, your physical symptoms are increasing, and you get to a place where your stomach hurts daily. You might obsess over problems in your life or work and, generally speaking, you should treat yourself.

          5. Habitual Burnout

          This is the phase in which burnout is embedded in your life. You might experience chest pains or difficulty breathing, outbursts of anger or apathy, and physical symptoms of chronic fatigue.

          The Causes of Burnout

          So, now that we know how to identify our stage of burnout, we can move on to tackling its leading causes. According to the Gallup survey, the top burnout reasons are:[7]

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          1. Getting unfair treatment at work – This is not always something that you can fully control. At the same time, you should remember that even if you’re not calling the shots, it doesn’t mean that you have to accept unfair treatment. The consequences mentioned above are just not worth it in most cases.
          2. Workload – Another leading cause of stress according to dozens of interviews conducted before writing the article. According to Statista, in 2017, 39% of workers said a heavy workload was their leading cause of stress. We live in a busy work environment, and we will share some tips on how to manage that.
          3. Not knowing your role – While not something you can fully control, you can, and probably should, take action to better define it with your boss.
          4. Inadequate communication and support from your manager – Like the others above, you can’t fully control that, but as we’ll soon share, you can take action to be in better control.
          5. Time pressure – As mentioned, motivated, passionate workers are more in danger of experiencing burnout. One of the reasons is that they’re pressuring themselves to do more, sometimes at the expense of their mental health. We’ll address how to work on that as well.

          How to Overcome a Burnout

          After going over the stages of burnout and the leading causes of becoming burned out, it might be a good time to let you know that there is a lot you can do to fight it head-on.

          However, let’s start with what you should not do. Burnout cannot be fixed by going on a vacation. It should be a long-term solution, implemented daily.

          According to Clockify (2019), these are the popular ways to avoid burnout:

          1. Focus on your family life – 60% of adults said that stable family life is key to avoiding burnout. Maintaining meaningful relationships in your life is proven to reduce stress (instead of having many unmeaningful relationships).
          2. Exercising comes in second, with 58% reporting that jogging, running, or doing any exercise significantly relieves stress. Even a relatively short walk might improve your body’s resilience to stress.
          3. Seek professional advice – 55% say they would turn to a professional. There are online websites where you can speak with professionals at reduced costs.

          Aside from the three most popular ways of avoiding burnout, you can also try the following:

          1. Improve Time Management

          Try understanding how you can use your time better and leave more time for relaxation. That’s easy to say (or write) but more challenging to implement. It would help if you started by prioritizing yourself. Understanding the connection between your values and your everyday tasks is a tremendous help. You can use proven methods to improve the relationship between your vision and goals to your daily life tasks’ lists. Check out the Horizons of Focus or V2MOM methods to get started.

          2. Use the P.L.E.A.S.E. Method

          The P.L.E.A.S.E. is a combination of things you should do to be at your best physically. It means Physical Illness (P.L.) prevention, Eat healthy (E), Avoid mood-altering drugs (A), Sleep well (S), and Exercise (E).

          3. Prioritize

          You don’t have to say yes to everything that comes across your way at work (or in other aspects of life). You’d be surprised how easy it can become once you start saying no. Some might even describe it as exhilarating.

          4. Let Your Brain rest

          Culturally, most of us are already wired to think that hard work is essential, and while that’s true in most cases, we sometimes forget that our brain needs to rest for it to recharge. Seven hours of sleep are essential (depending on your age). Meditation might be helpful, too.

          5. Pay Attention to Positive Events

          According to Therapistaid.com, we tend to focus on the bad things in our lives. However, by focusing on positive things, we can change our mindset. One way to practice this daily is by writing three good things about your life every morning or evening. It’s been scientifically proven that doing so for a few months can help rewire your brain.

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          6. Take Some “You” Time

          A Netflix binge is not always good for you, but it might be in some cases. The better the leisure time is, the better you’ll feel in the long term. It’s usually better to read a book or start a new hobby that requires more cognitive skills than just lying on the couch. But as long as you feel good watching a movie, that might be a good start.

          7. New Technologies Might Be Helpful

          There are tons of self-help apps such as Fabulous, Headspace (meditation), Noom (diet and exercise), and others. They’re good to use, but you should also be careful not to run away from your problems only to watch social media for hours. It’s not real, and no one’s life is perfect (even if their Facebook or Instagram feeds might seem so). You should also be aware not to be in an “always-on” mindset.

          Bottom Line

          Whether you’re at the first or the fifth stage of the burnout phases, the goal of this article is to show you that there are always ways to fight it. The first thing is self-awareness—knowing that there’s a problem. The second step is to decide what to do about it.

          You can also consider using Lifehack’s community. You’re more than welcome to share your burnout story on our Facebook page.

          Bonus: Rebound from Burnout in 8 Hours

          Watch what you can do to rebound from burnout quickly in this episode of The Lifehack Show:

          https://youtu.be/MNnyqQWK_zg

          Featured photo credit: Lechon Kirb via unsplash.com

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