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10 Natural Skin Care Recipes

10 Natural Skin Care Recipes

You may have found that money is too tight to indulge in expensive skin care products. The good news is that you don’t have to ‘make it rain’ in order to look after your skin. This list of recipes and tips will leave you with healthy skin, as well as a full wallet.

1. Mocha Frappuccino Face Mask

Recipe Source This recipe from crunchybetty.com is my absolute favorite natural face mask to use. The cocoa, dairy products and honey are natural moisturizers and therefore leave your skin incredibly soft. In addition, the coffee and cocoa contain high quantities of antioxidants, which is great for anti-aging and detoxification. As a bonus, you’ll get a neat little caffeine kick after using the mask. As such, I would advise against using it at night. I won’t make that mistake again… If you’re a Zoolander fan, add some orange zest for further deliciousness and hilarity.

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2. Vinegar Foot Soak

Recipe Source If you’re plagued by dry or cracked feet, this could be the solution (get it?) for you. Vinegar contains acetic acid, which is gentle on your feet and will soften your heels.

3. Cucumber Eye Mask

You’ve probably seen people put cucumbers over their eyelids on TV or in movies, and surprisingly, this actually works! The vegetable works as an anti-inflammatory and helps to rehydrate your eyes and the skin around them. Simply apply thin, refrigerated slices to your eyelids for around fifteen minutes. Voilà!

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4. Sugar Lip Scrub

Is the weather leaving your lips dry and chapped? This can be fixed easily with a simple and delicious sugar-based lip scrub. Combine two teaspoons of sugar with three teaspoons of olive or vegetable oil. You can then customize your scrub with the flavor of your choice. Personally, I add a drop or two of mint extract and sometimes even add some cocoa power. Mmm, choc-mint lips! If mint isn’t your thing, you can use whatever you like. Even honey works! Mix your ingredients together until well combined. Apply to you lips and rub in gently. Leave it on for a minute or two, and then rinse.

5. Banana, Honey and Cinnamon Face Mask

Recipe Source Cakes aren’t your only option when it comes to browning bananas! This recipe from Sincerely, Kinsey is particularly good if your skin is dry. Both bananas and honey are moisturizers, and the former is particularly good at soothing irritated skin. As for the cinnamon, it has been known to open up your pores and fight acne.

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6. Sea Salt Body Scrub

Recipe Source Sea salt makes a great and frugal scrub. Not only does its coarseness help get rid of dead skin, but it is also an effective detox agent. As you can see, there are many ways to customize your scrub, so you can not only feel fantastic, but smell good too. If you like to keep it simple, sea salt and vegetable oil alone will do the trick.

7. Green Tea Face Cream

Recipe Source This recipe takes a little more time and effort, but it will be well worth it. Like coffee, green tea contains an abundance of antioxidants, which help to repair your skin and fight off aging. In addition, the almond and coconut oils are highly moisturizing. Lastly, rose hip seed oil is known to to help regenerate and repair skin.

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8. Makeup Remover

One of the worst things you can do to your skin is leave your makeup on every night. It will block your pores, as well as dry your skin out. Fortunately, you don’t need to invest in expensive facial wipes to remove your makeup. Avocado oil, petroleum jelly, Crisco and vegetable oil will do the job just as well.

9. Avocado Face Mask

Recipe Source I know, another face mask. But hey, they’re so healthy for your skin, and at least this way I’m giving you options! Avocados are celebrated for their natural healing properties, as well as their delicious taste. They’re particularly beneficial for those with dry skin because they hydrating, soothing and work as an anti-inflammatory. As the link will show you, you can customize these masks and add ingredients of your own choosing.

10. Lavender Hand Cream

Recipe Source Lavender is highly beneficial medicinally. The essential oil contained within the herb is found to treat insomnia, depression, anxiety and is also an anti-inflammatory.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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