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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 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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