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How to Say Goodbye to Pimples and Welcome Flawless

How to Say Goodbye to Pimples and Welcome Flawless

We pamper our skin using many cosmetic products. Starting from face wash in the morning to night cream before going to bed, we never compromise when it comes to skin care. But acne and pimples spoil everything! They are a threat to our flawless skin and affect our beauty. There is a wide range of skin products that promise to remove acne, but most of them fail to do so. How would you feel if you wake up in the morning and find that the pesky pimples and acne are gone? Let’s look at eight methods which may actually do just that!

1. Honey and Yogurt

To get rid of the redness and irritation is to apply a mixture of one tablespoon honey and the same quantity of milk or yogurt to the skin. The pack must be applied in layers and after each layer has dried up, the next one should be applied to a mask is formed. Keep it overnight and rinse thoroughly using water the next morning.

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2. Papaya

Papaya, as we all know, is good for the skin and helps in removing dead cells and excess lipids from it. Also, the enzyme in papaya is helpful in preventing inflammation in the skin. To use papaya for treating acne and pimples, first form a fine paste with the flesh of the papaya and apply it to the skin. Keep it for some time, till it dries up. The next morning you can wash it off your face.

3. Egg Whites

The vitamins and amino acids present in the egg white helps to remove the dead cells from the skin. For this, the white portions of three eggs must be separated and mixed thoroughly. The whisked egg must be applied to the area of acne. After it has dried up, it should be re-applied. Four layers must be applied in this way util a mask forms. This is one of the most effective natural remedy ideas to remove pimples.

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4. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice has astringent properties and thus helps in curing acne. No complex recipes are involved. You just need to apply the juice to the skin and leave it there. If you look for the 23 ways to get rid of Whiteheads, you will find the use of lemon juice over there as well.

5. Strawberries and honey

Strawberries contain salicylic acid. This acid is an important ingredient in several skincare products. It helps in removing the epidermis layer quickly. It also helps in opening clogged pores and removing bacteria. You can use it by mashing up three strawberries, without making them watery, and blend them with honey. The paste should be applied to the skin after rinsing it off with warm water. It should be kept on for 30 minutes or overnight. Allow it to dry and then wash it off.

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6. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar not just effective against several diseases, but also helps in curing pimples and acnes. It kills off the bacteria present in the skin and helps in maintains the pH balance of the skin. A mixture of one part of vinegar to three parts of water must be used. The mixture must be applied using cotton balls and kept overnight.

7. Baking Soda

It is available at a very reasonable price and helps in removing acne. It is totally natural. It exfoliates the skin and clears it up, thus helping in treating acne. A mixture of warm water and baking soda should be made and applied to the skin. It should be kept for an hour or so and then rinsed off using water.

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8. Orange Peels Extract

The orange juice and peels of oranges are also effective in removing pimples and acne from the skin. You should rub the orange peels against the skin and apply the juice using your fingers in circular motions. Make sure that your hands are properly washed and free of bacteria before applying the orange extracts on the skin.

You can go for any of these methods and get a pimple free, flawless skin!

Featured photo credit: How to Say Goodbye to Pimples and Welcome Flawless via lifehack.org

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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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