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6 Organic Home Remedies for Dry Winter Skin

6 Organic Home Remedies for Dry Winter Skin

Just as you change your wardrobe for winter, you skin-care regimen should be adjusted to cope with skin changes during the colder, dryer months. Cold weather can lead to drier, flaky and even itchy, red skin. In conjunction with dermatological care, there are several organic, home-remedy options available to assist with ensuring your skin stays supple and clear as the weather changes.

1. Exfoliate once a week with a honey and sugar scrub

Honey is a natural humectant, which means it pulls moisture from the air into dry skin. Additionally, honey is high in antioxidants, which studies have shown provide antiaging effects and protection from the elements of the environment. Organic honey is important because it contains higher levels of antibacterial properties to reduce inflammation. Used together with sugar, a honey scrub will leave skin refreshed, clean and with a healthy glow.

Mix 1/3 cup of honey with 1/3 cup of sugar and massage gently onto face for about two minutes. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. This scrub can be used on more than just the face, concentrating on dry, cracked areas like heels and elbows.

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2. Use a weekly organic mask

There are several types of organic fruits that can be used to create a mask to treat skin including bananas, papayas, and avocados. (Yes, an avocado is a fruit!) Organic fruits are more beneficial because they are grown without utilization of chemicals that may cause unwanted skin reactions. Avocados are high in antioxidants and contain vitamin A, a form a retinol, which assists in boosting cell growth and collagen. Bananas contain a variety of skin-supporting ingredients, including potassium to hydrate and moisturize, vitamin E to increase the skin’s UV resistance and lectins to protect against bacteria. Papaya is beneficial to dry skin due to a high water, B-complex, and vitamin C content and is used in a number of dermatological products. The London Dermatology Centre can assist with determining the best type of mask for your skin type.

One mask option is to mix a very ripe banana, one avocado, and an egg white into a paste. Apply to face, neck and other dry areas for about 15 minutes. Rinse off and pat dry. You can experiment with different combinations and preferred essential oils.

3. Throw in an egg white

Egg whites can have amazing effects on skin, including tightening and reducing large pores, helping reduce acne and blackheads and reducing wrinkles and fine lines. While all eggs can produce similar results, organic eggs are free from pollutants such as heavy metals and animal antibiotics.

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Include an egg white in any organic mask or use alone. To reap the benefits of an egg-white mask, separate the yolk and the egg white, use a fork or whisk to froth, smooth onto face and allow to froth for about 15 minutes. Rinse off and pat dry. For easier application, soak paper towels in the egg whites and apply towels to face.

4. Moisturize with a yogurt

A weekly yogurt hydration treatment can help keep away the dull skin in the cold, dry months of winter. Yogurt contains lactic acid, which is an alpha hydroxy acid that dissolves dead skin cells, making it a great exfoliate and moisturizer. Yogurt can calm the stresses brought on by winter wind and sun.

Smooth two tablespoons of organic, plain yogurt onto a clean, freshly-washed face, leave for about 10 minutes, rinse off and pat dry. Repeat two to three times per week. Add one tablespoon of honey or a few drops of essential oil, if desired.

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5. Take an oatmeal bath

Nothing helps calm dry, irritated skin like an oatmeal bath. Colloidal oatmeal, or oats finely milled and suspended in liquid, is used for skin because the suspension of oats in the liquid allows for easy skin absorption. Colloidal oatmeal is not a breakfast food and really should not be eaten.

Run a bath with lukewarm water, add two cups of colloidal oatmeal and allow it to disperse in the water. Add a few drops of lavender oil, if desired. Soak for about ten minutes and pat dry.

6. Use natural oils to alleviate dry areas

There are a variety of natural oils that can assist with dry, irritated skin. Some oils are more appropriate for facial use, while others can benefit the entire body, hair, and nails. Not all oils are alike. The farming of organic oils is regulated by the USDA National Organic Program to ensure purity. Some popular essential oils used in skin care are:

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  • Almond oil contains a lot of Vitamin E and helps with hydration, as well as reducing puffiness and dark circles around the eyes. Dab almond oil on elbows chapped lips and dry nail cuticles.
  • Sunflower oil contains Vitamin E and Omega-6, or linoleic, fatty acid. Omega-6 assists with decreasing skin inflammation and developing new skin cells. Put a few drops of sunflower oil on a cotton ball and pat on a freshly clean face like a toner.
  • Coconut oil is known for its moisturizing properties, as well as healing properties. Utilizing extra virgin organic coconut oil can not only leave skin feeling nourished, but it can help reduce the appearance of scars. Keep a jar of coconut oil next to your bed and lather on hands and feet every night.
  • Lavender oil is a calming oil that can be added to baths, masks and moisturizers for a spa-like effect. In addition to mind and skin calming properties, it also contains high levels of antioxidants to reduce skin stress. Dab lavender oil under your nose before going to bed for a restful sleep.

Verdict

Taking care of your skin is not just about what you put on it, but also what you put in it. Make sure to drink plenty of water, choose healthy food options and get plenty of rest.

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Last Updated on November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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