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3 Food Lifehacks To Include In Your Beauty Routine (+ Recipes)

3 Food Lifehacks To Include In Your Beauty Routine (+ Recipes)

Not every time you go into the kitchen with a bag full of ingredients you have to actually cook — nor eat! There are times when you are mixing natural ingredients to make an awesome, affordable concoction for your skin and hair. These are lifehacks for your beauty routine and you should master them if you want to have smooth and glowing skin. The plus: you can always change your mind and have a quick snack instead!

Show your face some love

Face masks are great for cleaning and hydrating your face skin, so we’re going to start with them. Natural ingredients, like fruits and yoghurt, have natural anti-inflammatory properties and provide a deep cleaning of your skin, reducing the amount of oils, without hurting the outer layers of skin.

All face masks made in your own home must be used right after they are prepared, so your face can benefit from all the nutrients in the natural ingredients. You simply apply the mask all over your face, except the eyes, and sit for 15-30 minutes.

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Recipe: Yogurt and Watermelon Face Mask

This recipe uses a mix of yogurt, which contains lactic acid, a source of alpha hydroxy acids, known to moisturize and soothe irritated skin. The acids exfoliate the skin gently and can reverse the signs of aging, according to certain studies. The watermelon contains vitamin C, which stimulates the production of collagen, the substance which helps our skin stay supple and firm.

To make the face mask, mix ½ cup of watermelon cubes and 3 tablespoons of yogurt. Mix them well and apply the mixture on your face for 20 minutes, then rinse.

Body scrubs help you look ravishing

One of the most beautiful assets of a woman is her skin, which is also the biggest organ. However, our skin is forced to take a lot of damage from pollution and the sun’s rays, as well as from our diet. Applying body scrubs on a regular basis is important to keep your skin looking its best.

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Exfoliating your body is scientifically shown to remove the dirt and the dead skin cells from the outer layers of the skin, allowing new cells to grow and leaving you with a smooth and silky touch.

When you use a scrub, try not to rub too harshly or use it more than once or twice a week, as this is going to damage your skin, leaving it prone to irritation and ailments. Applying a scrub once a week is just enough to remove the old dead cells and allow the new ones to thrive.

If your skin feels scaly, you can skip this rule and scrub more often — but don’t overdo it!

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Body scrubs contain one part oil, such as liquid coconut oil, and two parts grit, which can be sugar, salt, coffee grounds, or cereals. Depending on your needs, you can make the exfoliator stronger or softer by changing the ingredients. Brown sugar and sea salt are coarser, so they work best for your knees and other non-sensitive parts of the body, while simple table salt works best for your face as it is gentler.

To make a body scrub, mix the grit with the oil in a wet ball, which can preserve its shape without leaking between your fingers. Rub the exfoliator ball in circular motions on your body, making sure you are not overdoing it and causing irritations.

Recipe: Coffee and Sugar Body Scrub

For a good body scrub, mix ¼ cup of coconut oil, ½ cup of sugar, and 2 tablespoons of ground coffee. The coffee is rich in antioxidants, especially polyphenols, which reduces swelling. You don’t have to use fresh grounded coffee. The remains after you brew your morning energizer are perfect for the scrub because they preserve their beneficial properties. Coconut oil was proven to reduce the number of bacteria on the skin surface and improve the skin condition by preventing it from becoming dehydrated. Together with the sugar, this mixture is going to leave your skin fresh and smooth.

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Hair beauty routine

We have two main problems with our hair: it becomes dirty too quick and it’s always in need of moisture. Both of these problems can be addressed with natural hair masks made from stuff found at the grocery store. To condition your hair, apply the mask or treatment on the length or at the roots, depending on the mask, then wait 15 minutes before rinsing. You can also leave some hair masks to act overnight, when needed.

Recipe: Coconut oil conditioner

Coconut oil can do wonders for your hair, and it’s one of the best remedies against dry hair. When your strands become strawy, soak them in liquid coconut oil for 30 minutes. You can also let the coconut oil sit on your hair overnight for deeper conditioning. One of the greatest benefits of coconut oil hair conditioner is that it is attracted to the hair proteins, which means it can penetrate the hair shaft, ensuring a deep moisturizing. Coconut oil also prevents hygral fatigue, which is due to the repetitive sequences of expansion-contraction your hair goes through when it’s wet, then dried out.

Everyone is different and our skin and hair are also different. Try these recipes and see how well they work for you, then adjust them until they are perfect. Don’t be afraid to apply your own homemade mixtures on your skin and hair, as a good treatment doesn’t have to be expensive in order to work. Most often, simple ingredients are the most effective, so rely on your kitchen pantry for your beauty routine.

Featured photo credit: Daily Suze/Flickr via flickr.com

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Last Updated on November 20, 2018

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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2. You put the cart before the horse.

“Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

3. You don’t believe in yourself.

A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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6. You don’t enjoy the process.

Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

7. You’re trying too hard.

Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

8. You don’t track your progress.

Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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9. You have no social support.

It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

10. You know your what but not your why.

The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

  • The more specific you can make your goal,
  • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
  • The more encouraged you’ll be,
  • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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