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10 Home Remedies For Dry Skin That Will Leave Your Skin Feeling Silky And Smooth

10 Home Remedies For Dry Skin That Will Leave Your Skin Feeling Silky And Smooth

Dry skin is one of the most problematic (and annoying) skin types that we can have. If you’re anything like me, you’ve tried tons of exfoliators that cost more than you expected to pay. Did you get results? Funny, neither did I. Dry skin isn’t something that you can just forget about, either. In serious cases, your skin will start to crack open and start to itch like crazy (ouch)! That’s not all, either. Dry skin can quickly turn into wrinkles and no one wants wrinkles (especially before their time).

Before you give up on moisturizers altogether, try some of these home remedies that we found to be great solutions to dry skin problems. These helped me a lot and I’m sure they’ll help you too!

Vanilla Body Cream

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    Mmm, who doesn’t like smelling like vanilla? If you’ve got a food processor (or blender), you’ll be able to whip this up in minutes. What you’ll need for this is:

    2 tbsp Shea Butter
    2 tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil
    4 tbsp Sweet Almond Oil
    1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Absolute Oil

    Place all of the ingredients in your food processor (or blender) and blend until smooth. Then, place the mixture into a glass (or plastic) jar.

    Voila! You’ve got yourself some amazing body cream that will work wonders on your dry skin. The ingredients above will make about 4 oz and lasts about six months. For the best results, keep this mixture in the fridge.

    Olive Massage Oil

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      Wait, what? Who wants to rub olive oil on their body? It might sound weird, but boy oh boy it works wonders. For this recipe you’ll need:

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      2 tsp 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil
      1 to 2 drops Lavender Essential Oil

      Mix these two ingredients and you’ve got yourself a date with smooth skin. This mixture can be used for a quick application or as a leave-in moisturizer. Make sure that you wipe off the excess oil with a washcloth if you don’t want to use it as a leave-in moisturizer. Otherwise, use a small amount on the affected areas and do not touch it until it’s dry. Be careful that you don’t use too much lavender, though! Too much can irritate your skin.

      Oatmeal Facial Mask

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        Oats aren’t just used for cereal and oatmeal. In high-end skincare products, you’re almost guaranteed to find oats as an ingredient. Here’s a quick recipe to make a moisturizing facial mask! You will need:

        3 tbsp Oats
        1 tsp Honey
        1/4 cup Milk

        For this recipe, you’ll need two tools: a saucepan and a bowl. Warm your milk over low heat in the saucepan and place your oats in the bowl. Be sure to not boil the milk! When the milk is warm, pour it over your oats, mix it together, and wait about 5 minutes before you add the honey.

        Once the honey has been applied, stir it up a bit more and apply the mixture on your face. Let it sit for about 20 minutes (listen to some mindful meditations while you’re relaxing) and wash it off with a washcloth. Oatmeal contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that will rid you of your dry skin as soon as after a few uses. Neat, right?!

        Sour Cream Facial Mask

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          Before you cringe and skip past this one, know this: sour cream has lactic acid that exfoliates dead skin cells and leaves your skin feeling smoother than ever. It might gross you out at first, but the end result will leave you wanting more. For this recipe you will need:

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          2 tsp Sour Cream
          3 tbsp Gram Flour

          Pour gram flour into a bowl and mix the sour cream in until it becomes a paste. Apply this to your face (or affected area) and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water and feel how smooth your skin is. In order for this recipe to work to its fullest potential, apply it every two days.

          Honey Avocado Facial Mask

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            Mmm, mmm! Avocado is one of my favorite foods and it’s also one of my favorite skincare remedies! Avocados are jam-packed with Vitamins A and E, which helps your skin glow. It also contains natural oils that moisturize your skin! For this amazing recipe, you’ll need:

            1/2 Avocado
            1/4 cup Honey

            Thoroughly mash the avocado in a bowl, ensuring that you don’t leave any chunks behind. Add the honey and stir until the mixture is smooth. Apply the mixture on your face and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and relax for the rest of the day. This is a great way to calm down at the end of a busy day and will leave your skin happy (as well as healthy).

            Yogurt Body Scrub

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              Yogurt is good to eat and apply to your skin! This recipe will leave your skin cells singing with joy. This is great for people who enjoy sugar scrubs over lotion. Store-bought sugar scrubs can be pretty rough on your skin, which will cause your dry skin to feel more irritated. With this gentle mixture, you’ll never have to buy another store-bought sugar scrub again. For this recipe you’ll need:

              3 tbsp Granulated Sugar (a good alternative is coconut sugar)
              1/4 cup Plain Yogurt (try using Greek Yogurt for a healthier glow)
              3 tbsp Honey

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              In a large bowl, add the yogurt and honey, and mix until well-combined. Next, pour in your sugar and mix well. Apply this scrub to the affected areas on your body, and massage it in a circular motion for about 2 minutes. Next, leave the mixture on your skin for about 5 minutes and rinse off with cool water. Yogurt contains lactic acid that exfoliates your skin, sugar removes any dead skin that was left over, and honey hydrates your skin. It’s a triple whammy, and it’s amazing.

              Egg Lotion

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                Alright, before you scroll past this one, hear me out. Eggs are packed with protein, which works wonders for your skin. Honey, castor oil, and olive oil will leave your face feeling soft, while ridding you of dry and flaky skin. Orange juice contains Vitamin C, which is known to get rid of blemishes. Try this out for yourself, don’t take my word! The results will leave you breathless. For this odd recipe you will need:

                1 Egg
                1 tbsp Orange Juice
                1 tsp Castor Oil
                1 tsp Olive Oil
                1 tbsp Honey
                1 tbsp Rosewater
                1 tsp Lime Juice

                Put all the ingredients into a bowl (minus the egg). Take your egg and separate the yolk. Place the yolk in with all of the other ingredients (toss the rest of the egg), and mix. Apply this mixture to your skin for 10 minutes and then hop in the shower to rinse it off. Your entire body will feel smooth, your dry skin will start to go away, and you’ll smell pretty darn good. This recipe will amaze you.

                Chocolate Facial Mask

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                  Mmmm, chocolate! Contrary to popular belief, chocolate is known to have amazing benefits for your skin! It’s known to leave your skin smooth, glowing, and softer than ever. Who said chocolate was just for eating, anyways? For this delicious recipe you will need:

                  5 tbsp Cocoa Powder
                  5 tbsp Honey
                  2 tbsp Maize Flour
                  2 tbsp Mashed Avocado

                  Grab a medium-sized bowl and mix all ingredients together until you have a smooth paste. Apply this to your face (or affected area on the body) and leave it on for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and do this daily (before a bath or shower) to achieve optimum results. Your body will feel smooth and smell delicious. With this recipe, you’re killing two birds with one stone. Enjoy!

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                  Banana and Coconut Mask

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                    Are you sick of buying bananas only to throw them away three days later? Bananas have more than one use to them and are known to be an excellent moisturizer for dry skin. You’ll never want to toss out a banana again! Coconut oil leaves your skin smooth and shiny. This recipe is as good as it gets. You will need:

                    1/2 Banana
                    1 tbsp Coconut Oil

                    Mash the banana with a spoon in a bowl. Once it’s completely mashed, add the coconut oil, and stir until you get a creamy paste. Apply the mask on your face (or affected area) and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cold water and relax. Doing this twice a week will ensure that your skin stays hydrated and smooth.

                    Mango Mask

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                      If you’re looking for something to moisturize your skin to the fullest, look no further. Mango is filled with Vitamin A, which moisturizes and hydrates dead skin. It can also heal flaky skin and rejuvenate dull skin. Olive oil is a great moisturizer and honey is nourishing for your skin. For this recipe you will need:

                      1 Mango
                      1 tbsp Honey
                      3 tbsp Olive Oil

                      Take the skin off of your mango and throw the pulp into a blender until there are no chunks. Add the honey and mix well. Finally, add the olive oil to this mixture and mix until you have a creamy paste. Apply this mixture to your face and leave it on for an hour. Rinse it off with warm water, and your skin will be thanking you. This is a great way to end a stressful day, too! Just put this mixture on, put on some calming meditations, and relax. You’ll be happy with the results!

                      What do you think about the list above? What’s worked for you in the past? Let us know in the comments down below! Be sure to share this article with friends and family members that suffer with dry skin, too!

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                      The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                      The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                      It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

                      If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

                      One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

                      Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

                      In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

                      Why you can’t sleep through the night

                      The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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                      Stress

                      If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

                      Exposure to blue light before sleep time

                      We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

                      While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

                      Eating close to bedtime

                      Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

                      Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

                      Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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                      Medical conditions

                      In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

                      The vicious sleep cycle

                      The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

                      Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

                      You get a bad night’s sleep
                      –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
                      –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
                      –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                        You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                        How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                        To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                        1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                        What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                        Here are a few suggestions:

                        • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                        • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                        • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                        • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                        • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                        2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                        What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                        • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                        • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                        • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                        • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                        3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                        Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                        Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                        Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                        Sleep better form now on

                        Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                        I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                        As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

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