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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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                      13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

                      13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

                      Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie can you help me fix my fear?”

                      Why is this so critically important to you?

                      The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

                      Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share you with 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

                      1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

                      Right now around the world people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

                      When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear like so many other emotions can mean so many different things to so many different people:

                      • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
                      • The man facing the judge.
                      • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
                      • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr Smith.”
                      • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
                      • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

                      These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

                      Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

                      Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

                      2. Accept Your Fear

                      Firstly if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

                      We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

                      And here’s what can be done.

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                      3. Get Some Perspective

                      I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

                      And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

                      That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

                      We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

                      So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

                      • Are you really at risk?
                      • Will this kill you?
                      • Which leads us on to..
                      • If the worse was to happen what would it be?

                      4. Hold a Hand

                      As a coach, it is my job to holds someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

                      Like the child petrified of the thunder storm or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

                      We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

                      Ask yourself:

                      • If the worse were to happen, what would that be?
                      • Could that really happen?
                      • If the worse did happen, how would you recover?
                      • If the worse were to happen, what would you need to do next?

                      By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through it’s wily evil ways and move forward.

                      5. Know Whose Hand You Hold Either Physically or Emotionally

                      This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

                      Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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                      The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

                      It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

                      For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

                      Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

                      6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

                      I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

                      Not everyone was looking for greatness, however they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

                      Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in the 2nd world war. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind he was free.

                      Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

                      Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

                      Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

                      7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

                      Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what hell you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

                      I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music. hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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                      It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded that nothing stays the same and I can find away.

                      One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

                      Did that moment fix the disaster that my clients life felt? No, however it gave them a moment of calm and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

                      It may feel like madness to do something you love, however it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

                      8. Assume the Worse

                      If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

                      Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed?

                      • Think about what age it may have made them feel?
                      • Think about how they feel about champagne?
                      • What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

                      And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

                      When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

                      Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

                      9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now.

                      If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

                      Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

                      Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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                      10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

                      One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

                      11. Go with Fear

                      When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

                      I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

                      Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

                      One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

                      However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

                      We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

                      12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

                      And in that clients words “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

                      The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

                      What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

                      13. Own Your Fear

                      Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

                      We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

                      You can’t help but feel good when you see that can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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