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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 September 18, 2020

                                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                      Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                                      Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                                      1. Exercise Daily

                                      It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                                      If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                                      Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                                      2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                                      Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                                      One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                                      This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                                      3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                                      Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                                      Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                                      Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                                      4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                                      Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                                      The basic nutritional advice includes:

                                      • Eat unprocessed foods
                                      • Eat more veggies
                                      • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                                      • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                                      Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                                        5. Watch Out for Travel

                                        Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                                        This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                                        If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                                        6. Start Slow

                                        Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                                        If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                                        7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                                        Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                                        My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                                        If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                                        I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                                        Final Thoughts

                                        Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                                        Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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