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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 September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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