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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 November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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