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Top 10 Natural Exfoliants That You Can Use For Your DIY Face Masks!

Top 10 Natural Exfoliants That You Can Use For Your DIY Face Masks!

If you want to have perfect skin, you need to start exfoliating.

Exfoliating is the process of removing dead skin cells from your face. Normally your skin will shed the dead cells naturally, but sometimes they can stay attached to the top layer of your skin for up to a month. This can make your complexion look rough and tired, and it can even make stop your skin from secreting oil properly. This can cause blackheads, red spots and blemishes, so it is very important to exfoliate.

When the dead skin is removed you will only be able to see skin cells that are alive, so your face will look healthier and your skin will glow.

Why Choose DIY Face Masks?

You can buy exfoliating face masks in most beauty and health stores, but most of these contain microbeads. Microbeads are rough on the skin so they can be irritating, and they are also really bad for the environment. This is because the beads are so small that they don’t get filtered out by water treatment facilities, so they end up back in the water supply. This is harmful to both humans and marine life.

This is why it is best to choose a natural exfoliant.

10 Natural Exfoliants

1. Oatmeal

    Oatmeal is a gentle natural exfoliator that helps to absorb oil, so it is ideal for people with greasy skin.

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    Mix one tablespoon of oatmeal with one tablespoon of brown sugar, then add a tablespoon of raw honey. You can also add Jojoba oil and other essential oils for extra benefits. Click here to see the full ingredient list.

    2. Baking Soda

      Baking soda has lots of benefits, and one of the main ones is being a natural exfoliator. It is very cheap in comparison to other natural exfoliators, and it is very gentle so you can use it even if you have sensitive skin.

      Make your own baking soda face mask by mixing one tablespoon of baking soda with a few drops of water and one vitamin e soft liquid gel pill. Click here to learn how to make the mask at home.

      3. Lemon

        Lemon contains alpha hydroxy acid, which helps to remove the glue-like protein that causes dead skin to stick to your face, so it is the perfect natural ingredient for an exfoliator.

        Simply mix half a fresh lemon with half a cup of granulated sugar, then add one teaspoon of olive oil and one teaspoon of organic honey. Click here for the full ingredient list.

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        4. Sugar

          Sugar is one of the best natural exfoliators as the grains are small and rough, so they are ideal for removing dead skin. Sugar also contains glycolic acid, which will help to break down dead skin cells and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

          Make our own sugar exfoliator with half a cup of sugar and half a cup of olive oil. Click here to learn how to make the mask yourself.

          5. Yogurt

            Yoghurt isn’t just a tasty treat – it is also an excellent exfoliator as it contains alpha hydroxyl acid, one of the main ingredients found in prescription skin care product. Yoghurt will also hydrate your skin as it exfoliates, so it is well suited to people with dry skin.

            Simply mix one teaspoon of yogurt with one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of oats. You can click here to see the full ingredient list.

            6. Almonds

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              You may not think that almonds are a good exfoliator, but if they are ground up finely they are great! The texture is perfect for exfoliation, and the nutrient-rich almonds will make your skin glow.

              Mix quarter of a cup of ground almonds with three teaspoons of raw organic honey and quarter of a teaspoon of ground cinnamon. You can also add one teaspoon of argan oil for added benefits. See the full ingredient list here.

              7. Sea Salt

                Sea salt is a wonderful exfoliator as the granules are coarse and large. It is worth noting that due to the size of the grains, this is a strong exfoliator so it should be avoided by people with very sensitive skin.

                Simply mix one cup of finely ground Himalayan salt with one teaspoon of coconut oil and two teaspoons of sweet almond oil, then add one teaspoon of castile soap. See the full ingredient list here.

                8. Honey

                  Raw honey is great for your skin as it has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, antiseptic and anti-fungal benefits. This helps to reduce the chance of skin infections and redness, and it can also help to fight against acne. It also attracts moisture while exfoliating, so it is a moisturizing exfoliator that is suited to dry skin.

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                  Make you own exfoliator using one teaspoon of raw honey and half a teaspoon of baking soda. Learn more about the exfoliator here.

                  9. Coffee

                    Coffee can wake up your skin and help to decrease puffiness around the eyes. It also has a great texture for exfoliating; it is rough but also crumbly so it will remove skin without irritating your face. You can either use fresh beans or ones that have already been brewed!

                    Combine half a teaspoon of coconut oil with half a teaspoon of finely ground coffee beans for this exfoliator. Learn how to use the mask here.

                    10. Papaya

                      Papaya is a great exfoliator as it contains the enzyme papain, which helps to dissolve dead skin cells without irritating the new skin cells. This is very similar to the prescription medication tretinion, but without any side effects such as skin flaking!

                      You can make your own mask using just four teaspoons of blended papaya and one tablespoon of honey. Click here to see how to make your own papaya mask.

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                      How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                      How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                      Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

                      But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

                      Sight – Visual Stimulation

                      The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

                      1. Maximize your exposure to light.

                      Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

                      Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

                      2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

                      Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

                      Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

                      Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

                      3. Take note of your environment.

                      Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

                      By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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                      Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

                      What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

                      4. Engage in conversation.

                      Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

                      Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

                      Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

                      Why Listen to Reply Instead of Understand Is the Key to Failure

                      5. Listen to upbeat music.

                      Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

                      Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

                      Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

                      If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

                      6. Work your nose.

                      Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

                      If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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                      Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

                      Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

                      If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

                      7. Have a good breakfast.

                      Start off with the most important meal of the day.

                      Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

                      Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

                      Need some breakfasts inspirations? Check out these ideas:

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                      8. Drink lots of water.

                      Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

                      So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

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                      9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

                      Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

                      Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

                      Here you can find some healthy snack ideas:

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                      Touch – Tactile Stimulation

                      Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

                      10. Splash cold water on your face.

                      Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

                      This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

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                      11. Use acupressure.

                      Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

                      Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

                      12. Get moving.

                      Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

                      And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

                      You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

                      Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

                      Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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