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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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Tegan Jones

Tegan is a passionate journalist, writer and editor. She writes about lifestyle tips on Lifehack.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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