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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 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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