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5 Surefire Strategies To Ditch Acne For Good

5 Surefire Strategies To Ditch Acne For Good

When we’re in high school, my best friend had super low self esteem. It was brought about by a terrible acne problem. He would look at the mirror and he’d see disaster! What was alarming about this was that it happened every single day. Lifehack knows you don’t want this problem in your life, so here are 5 strategies you can unleash to ditch acne forever.

#1. Healthy Eating

Change your diet. It’s one of the best things you can do to ditch acne. Throw away grains, processed food, processed oils, and sugars. All of these have an alarmingly high rate of being extremely inflammatory to the gut. Removing them from your diet will give you an idea which foods are causing your acne to breakout.

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After this step, you can start incorporating these foods back into the picture. Do it slowly so you can thoroughly observe what will happen. As you go through this, be patient. This step will reveal which one of them is the culprit. But ultimately, taking out processed junk all together is the the best move. Try it out and you’ll be gladly surprised.

#2. Lemon Juice

Dip cotton in lemon juice and gently rub it on your face. This will dry up your pores and will soothe the redness on the areas with acne. You can also use lemon juice by mixing it with warm water and drink it upon waking up. Lemon is an effective anti-inflammatory agent and will flush toxins out from your body, particularly from the kidneys and liver.

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#3. Raw Honey

Purchase genuine honey. Check the label; it should say unpasteurized or raw. Better yet, use Manuka honey which has anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Mix 2 tablespoon of honey with a little water to make it pliable. Apply it on the affected area, using it like massage cream. Honey is a good skin moisturizer–especially ideal for people with sensitive skin. Leave the mixture on the face around 12 minutes.

#4. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is one of nature’s great anti-fungal. We’re referring particularly to the clear and sticky gel flesh of an Aloe plant. Get an aloe leaf, cut it in half to scoop out the gel and apply it directly onto the skin that’s affected.

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#5 Tea Tree Oil

You think it’s only for full body massages? Nope. It’s also been proven many times, Tea Tree oil is more potent than most oils available so it’s highly recommended for curing acne. Apply it on the skin affected using a cotton bud soaked in Tea Tree oil.

Original Source: 5 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Acne Once and For All by Merwin Davies via Eat Live Life

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Featured photo credit: Home Remedies On How To Get Rid Of Acne Fast/Skrasant via flickr.com

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Last Updated on November 20, 2018

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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2. You put the cart before the horse.

“Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

3. You don’t believe in yourself.

A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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6. You don’t enjoy the process.

Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

7. You’re trying too hard.

Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

8. You don’t track your progress.

Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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9. You have no social support.

It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

10. You know your what but not your why.

The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

  • The more specific you can make your goal,
  • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
  • The more encouraged you’ll be,
  • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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