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9 Easy Beauty Hacks Using Coconut Oil

9 Easy Beauty Hacks Using Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has quickly become one of the most talked about and celebrated natural oils – and with good reason. Coconut oil is rich in vitamins K, E and Iron. It also contains lauric acid with natural anti-bacterial qualities. Considered a wonder fruit, it has numerous health benefits that help increase metabolism, regulate cholesterol levels and reduce damaging effects of various diseases such as diabetes.

Aside from these, there are many other good uses for coconut oil that will keep you and your beauty routine healthy. Here are 10 coconut oil uses that will fit right into your beauty regimen:

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1. Using Coconut Oil for Hair Conditioner

Women in the olden days use coconut oil for hair care. It is known to be the secret for long, thick, and shiny locks. Even most shampoos today include coconut oil as one of their ingredients. Coconut oil gives hair intense moisture. It also fights dandruff and keeps your scalp healthy.

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    • To condition your hair with coconut oil, simply heat the oil until it’s slightly warm before combing it through your hair. Wrap your hair with a towel or shower cap before washing it out a few hours later or the next morning.
    • If you suffer from frizzy dry hair, you can also use coconut oil to treat it. Simply rub a little bit of coconut oil in your hand and run your fingers through your hair to smooth it over. Massage your hair through its roots and scrunch them a bit for some volume.

    2. Using Coconut Oil for Lip Balm

    Coconut oil makes for a wonderful lip balm. It’s nourishing, moisturizing and has this great natural coconut scent that smells good. It can also soothe chapped lips and give you soft and supple healthy-looking lips.

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    • For dry, flaking lips mix some slightly warm coconut oil with sugar and a small drizzle with honey. Use this to very gently exfoliate your lips and rid them of dry skin. Use your finger and make a light circular motion. This concoction will leave your lips kissable and luscious.

    3. Using Coconut Oil Pulling To Whiten Teeth

    Coconut oil possesses anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, which makes it great for treating mouth bacteria and removing plaque. It is a known technique to keep your teeth white and breath fresh. It also promotes gum health and reduces risk of tooth decay.

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      • Coconut oil pulling is a traditional Ayurveda practice of swishing a tablespoon of oil around your mouth for a recommended period of twenty minutes or so.

       4. Using Coconut Oil as a Makeup Remover

      Coconut oil is a great makeup remover because it solubilizes water-resistant substances  in various makeup products like mascaras and eye shadows. It also promotes clear skin, reduces wrinkles, and leaves your face moisturized.

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      • For a brilliant makeup remover, dip a cotton wool pad in coconut oil and use it wipe makeup off. It removes eyeliner and mascara particularly well. As a bonus, coconut oil will seep into your eyelashes, condition them and promote growth. Cconut oil also enhances the pigmentation of your lashes and can be used to smooth down any untamed eyebrow hairs.

       5. Using Coconut Oil as a Body Lotion

      Coconut oil can be used as a body lotion on its own or even added to your current body lotion. Coconut oil contains antioxidants that help reduce skin aging by fighting off free-radicals. Coconut oil works great for treating acne and eczema.

      • Simply apply a tablespoon coconut oil and mix it with your current body lotion. Best applied after a hot bath or shower, coconut oil will lock the moisture into your skin. It helps soothe irritation, heal bites and scratches leaving your skin soft and smooth

      6. Using Coconut Oil as a Shaving Cream

      Coconut oil as a shaving cream will moisturize skin and prevent razor burns.  When applied with aloe vera, it can also make your skin smooth and reduce rash and irritation.

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        • Apply a teaspoon of coconut oil per leg after bath or shower and use as a shaving cream. The oil will prevent any rough friction from your razor as well as help soften the hair for a smooth shave. You don’t have to worry about using too much of the oil as any left-over oil will act as a moisturizing after-shave!

        7. Using Coconut Oil for cuticles

        Coconut oil as nail cuticles will help strengthen your nails and even have anti-aging effects to your hands. This is due to the antioxidants that will help reduce the appearance of age spots and wrinkles.

        • Use coconut oil as, or mixed into, your hand lotion and apply. Massage the oil into your hands paying special attention to your cuticles and nails.

        8. Using Coconut Oil as Body Scrub

        Coconut oil can also be a great exfoliating body scrub that will keep your skin moisturized and feeling young and fresh.

        • To make an exfoliating body scrub simply mixes coconut oil with either some sugar, sea salt or a mixture of the two. You can also add lemon and honey or any essential oils for a great smelling scrub that will leave your skin nourished and glowing. Other variations include adding freshly crushed lavender to the scrub, olive oil or vanilla extract.

        9. Using Coconut Oil for Foot Scrub

        You can also use coconut oil for foot scrub. The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities of coconut oil will keep your feet free of any fungi. The scrub exfoliates and softens the sole of your feet. It will also treat dry cracked heels.

        • Using the coconut oil gently scrub it on your feet and between the toes. You can use this as treatment for athlete’s foot. Experts recommend scrubbing foot with coconut oil at least once a week.

        It’s clear that coconut oil can do it all. From conditioned, silky locks to beautifully soft feet: coconut oil is truly a girl’s best friend. Adding this ingredient to your beauty routine is not only an affordable choice but a very smart one.

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        Last Updated on January 17, 2019

        8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

        8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

        In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

        Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

        Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

        Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

        Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

        The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

        There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

        How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

        According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

        Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

        Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

        The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

        Listen carefully:

        We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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        The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

        Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

        8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

        There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

        Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

        1. Pray Daily

        You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

        When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

        Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

        Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

        2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

        A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

        By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

        Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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        If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

        This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

        How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

        3. Smile Often

        Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

        Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

        Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

        The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

        4. Organize Your Working Desk

        A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

        When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

        Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

        Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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        5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

        I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

        Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

        What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

        6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

        God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

        I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

        I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

        7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

        You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

        How do you do that? This is my formula:

        First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

        If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

        If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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        If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

        Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

        8. Go Exercise

        Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

        The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

        You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

        12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

        The Bottom Line

        It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

        It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

        Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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