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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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