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10 Surprising Ways To Replace Beauty Products With Lemon

10 Surprising Ways To Replace Beauty Products With Lemon

Lemons are not just bright and tarty, looking perfect in your cocktail glass. They are, as well, an incredible source of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and potassium – agents that significantly improve our hair, skin and nail condition. If you love lemonade and lemon tarts, you’re also going to love saving a few bucks on your beauty products and use these incredible lemon-based alternatives instead!

1. Lemon revitalizing mask

Keeping your skin fresh and bright does not always require huge spendings or special appointments to the cosmetologist. Take advantage of the lemon beauty benefits instead! Vitamin C will help neutralizing the free radicals which cause early aging signs, while other lemon juice properties will lighten blemishes, freckles and aging spots.

Here’s a simple DIY mask anyone can prepare at home:

  • 2 tbls of natural yogurt
  • 1 tbls of freshly-squeezed lemon juice

Mix them up and apply onto your face and neck for 20-30 minutes. You can leave it up to an hour for a better lifting effect.

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2. Lip exfoliator

If you want to have softer smoother lips, apply a drop of lemon juice on each before going to bed. Gently rub it off in the morning to get rid off dried skin particles and cells. However, better avoid the procedure if you already have chapped lips.

3. Organic Face Scrub

Lemon juice is know to have antibacterial properties that reduce acne, tighten pores and smooth the skin. Instead of using another acne wash with loads of harsh chemicals, try this simple recipe. It works particularly well on oily skin!

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (that serve as an exfoliant)
  • 1/2 tbls honey

Mix everything in a bowl. Gently massage the substance onto your face for 30 seconds, than rinse with warm water.

Alternatively, you can try this amazing scrub that can be used both from head to toes.

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  • 1/2 fresh lemon
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tbls of organic honey
  • 1 tbls of olive oil

Take a bowl and blend together lemon juice and olive oil. Add honey and whisk the mixture till it becomes consistent. Afterwards, pour sugar and mix again well. You can add or reduce the amount of ingredients till you reach the perfect consistency up to your liking.

4. Dry Hair Conditioner

Lemons are true life savers for damaged and dry hair. Joining the no poo movement will not only save you a pretty penny, but also make your hair more shiny and less fizzy. This simple conditioner is a great add-on to the traditional recipe!

  • 2 tbls fresh lemon
  • 3/4th cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of raw honey

Whisk everything up well and apply the mixture on your hair. Cover it up with a plastic wrap for 30 min. Afterwards, thoroughly rinse off with warm water and use some shampoo if you don’t feel ready to go all natural yet.

5. Dandruff treatment

Now that’s a bit of an embarrassing problem some of us face once in a while. Lemon juice can soothe your scalp and make it less itchy, thus avoiding those tiny skins flaking off on your clothes. Here’s a simple hack to get rid of dandruff within a week:

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  • Rub one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice down the scalp on dry hair
  • Shampoo as usual and rinse off
  • Mix two cups of water and two tablespoons of juice, massage gently down the scalp. Do not wash off.

Alternatively, you can apply a mask of 1/2 fresh lemon juice mixed with 1/4 of a cup coconut oil for 15 min at least twice a week.

6. Natural Hair Highlighter

Lemon juice is an excellent organic bleacher. If you’d like to get those amazing sun-kissed highlights, apply lemon juice using different methods to reach the desired effect.

  • All-Over Lightening: rinse your hair with 1/4 cup lemon juice mixed with 3/4 cup water. For extra effect, chill in the sun till your hair dries.
  • Streaky Highlights: apply cold lemon juice in a zigzag across your part. Comb both sides away from part.
  • Streaky Highlights For Pulled Back Hair: starting applying lemon juice in short lines from the center of your forehead down your hairline. Go from center to the ear, one side then another. Brush back from forehead.

Don’t forget that the trick will not work on natural black hair and may give unpredictably odd effect on dyed hair as well.

7. Pre-Bath Gel

To reduce the negative effects of chlorine on your skin and keep it well-moisturized and silky-smooth, consider applying this tasty gel all over your body before soaking into a bubbly bath. It’s probably the oldest skin rejuvenation method that still gives incredible results!

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  • 8 tsp natural yogurt (or curds)
  • 3 tsp lemon juice
  • 5 tsp starch (rice)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp any oil vegetable

Blend everything up and apply all over your body. Leave for 15 minutes and then rinse off before taking a bath.

8. Teeth whitener

Do you want to have a Hollywood-white shiny smile without spending much at your dentist’s office? Use this simple technique:

  • Mix 1 tsp baking soda and 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Apply on each tooth with a clean Q-tip
  • Use your toothbrush to scrub your teeth and rinse.

9. Nail strengthener

Hopelessly trying to grow long healthy nails? Fret not! Vitamin C can drastically strengthen your nails and speed up the growth. Just let them soak for 10 minutes in a bowl of lemon juice mixed with a spoon of oil one-two times a week. Also, lemon juice will help you get rid of yellowish color and dark nail polish stains.

10. Elbow and knee bleacher

If you don’t like the way your skin looks after the tan is gone (especially a fake one) don’t spend hours scratching it off, thus damaging the skin. Instead, slice one half of a lemon and gently rub them. Now watch the dark areas disappearing like magic. Just be sure you don’t have any cuts – ouch!

Featured photo credit: Jill Clardy via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 17, 2019

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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