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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.

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                                      Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                                      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                      There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                                      One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                                      In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                                      Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                                      1. Cat Camel Stretch

                                      Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                                      Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                                      Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                                      Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                                      2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                                      This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                                      Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                                      The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                                      Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                                      Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                                      3. Jumping Jacks

                                      Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                                      Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                                      4. Abductor Side Lifts

                                      Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                                      Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                                      5. Balancing Table Pose

                                      This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                                      Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                                        6. Leg Squats

                                        Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                                        Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                                        The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                                        7. Push Ups

                                        You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                                        An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                                        Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                                        This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                                        8. Bicycle Crunches

                                        There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                                        Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                                        9. Lunges

                                        Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                                        Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                                        This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                                        10. Bicep Curls

                                        You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                                        Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                                        Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                                        Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                                        Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                                        These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                                        You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                                        Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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