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18 Beauty Hacks You Can Make At Home

18 Beauty Hacks You Can Make At Home

One of the most therapeutic DIY projects in the world is creating your own beauty products from stuff you already have in the kitchen. You can create hair conditioner, face masks, body scrubs and even limp plumpers, using a combination of everyday ingredients, so we’ve collected 16 of the best mixtures you can throw together yourself!

A lot of these DIY beauty hacks include olive oil, coconut, honey and baking soda so it may be worth stocking up if you haven’t got all of those products at home right now. But once you’ve added them to your shopping list, they can go a long way.

1. DIY Coffee Scrub

    All you’ll need is ground coffee and olive oil to make this great coffee scrub that is particularly good at helping stretch marks fade. Get the full tutorial here.

    2. Apple Cider Vinegar And Ginger Bath Soak

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      All you need is salt, ginger and apple cider vinegar to make this detoxing bath soak. Soak yourself for 45 minutes for quick results!

      3. Green Tea Bags To Cure Puffiness

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        Tighten and de-puff your under eyes by placing cool green tea bags on your skin for around five minutes. The caffeine will help your skin recover and tighten quickly.

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        4. Honey, Cinnamon And Coconut Face Mask

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          Stir one tablespoon of honey with half a teaspoon of cinnamon and coconut flakes and massage the mixture onto your face. This mask is full of anti-oxidants and it will make your skin incredibly soft!

          5. Oatmeal To Calm Itchy Skin

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            Oats are full of lubricating fats and sugars that will moisturise your skin and calm itchiness, sunburn and redness.

            6. Oil And Avocado Hair Mask

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              Mix two tablespoons of honey with a medium-sized avocado and apply to dry hair for 20 minutes. Your hair will be moisturised by the avocado’s unsaturated oils and the honey’s humectant qualities.

              7. Vaseline Blackhead Remover

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                Gather your supplies: Vaseline, cling film wrap and a washcloth, and follow the above steps to unclog your pores and remove blackheads.

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                8. Brown Sugar, Honey And Olive Oil Lip Scrub

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                  Mix a little brown sugar in with the honey and olive oil to get an exfoliating lip scrub.

                  9. Peppermint Lip Plumper

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                    Add peppermint to your favourite lip gloss to make your lips look fuller instantly.

                    10. DIY Sea Salt Spray

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                      All you need is coconut oil, salt, water and conditioner to create your own sea salt spray which give your hair some added texture and body.

                      11. Lavender, Honey And Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

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                        Hydrate you skin while toning it, using this DIY toner. Get the full tutorial here.

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                        12. Strawberry Hand Treatment

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                          Follow the above instructions and you’ll have the softest, strawberry-scented hands ever!

                          13. Oatmeal And Chamomile Face Mask For Sensitive Skin

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                            Start by brewing a strong pot of chamomile tea while you mix half a cup of oats, one tablespoon of baking soda, one tablespoon of honey and two tablespoon of white sugar.

                            Pour the tea in slowly until it looks similar to the mixture above, then apply to a damp face for five minutes. You’ll have soft and exfoliated skin in no time!

                            14. Green Tea And Coconut Face Mask

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                              All you need is a tablespoon of coconut and some loose green tea to make this super hydrating face mask! Follow these instructions to make your own.

                              15. Coconut And Rosemary Conditioner

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                                Using 5 grams of rosemary leaves and 150 ml of coconut milk, you can make this great hair conditioner. To make your own, use this tutorial!

                                16. Coffee Filter Blotters

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                                  Coffee filters are made out of very similar materials to blotting papers, so keep a few close to you on hot days to reduce shine.

                                  17. Olive Oil Face Wash

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                                    Although adding oil to your face may seem counterproductive, rubbing olive oil onto your skin will actually act as a magnet that will draw oil of your pores, leaving your skin clean and glowing.

                                    18. Starch As A Dry Shampoo

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                                      Since most dry shampoos contain starch anyway, you can use household sprayable starch if you get desperate.

                                      Featured photo credit: Part of attractive woman’s face with fashion red lips makeup via shutterstock.com

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                                      Last Updated on January 14, 2019

                                      7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

                                      7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

                                      From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

                                      What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

                                      1. Take the scenic route.

                                      Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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                                      Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

                                      2. Distract yourself.

                                      No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

                                      3. Listen to music or podcasts.

                                      There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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                                      4. Bring a friend.

                                      Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

                                      Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

                                      5. Accessorize.

                                      There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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                                      For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

                                      6. Compete.

                                      A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

                                      7. Relax.

                                      The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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                                      With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

                                      Featured photo credit: tpsdave via pixabay.com

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