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What To Do With Extra Dinner Ingredients? 35 Simple And Natural Beauty Hacks Everyone Should Know

What To Do With Extra Dinner Ingredients? 35 Simple And Natural Beauty Hacks Everyone Should Know

Real beauty shines from the inside out. You have been eating healthy but cannot afford to let the extra ingredients spoil?Make optimum use of all the good stuff with their beneficial nutrients to solve your beauty woes.

1. Get frizz free hair with coconut milk.

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    Massage coconut milk onto your scalp and leave on for about 30 minutes. Rinse and shampoo.It contains vitamin E and healthy fats, which can prove effective in moisturizing hair.

    2. Deep condition your hair with beer shampoo plus conditioner.

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      Mix two tablespoons of shampoo with three-quarters of a cup of beer. Massage it well to hair and scalp and rinse off with water. It contains the mineral silica that improves hair thickness.

      3. Eliminate dandruff with egg yolk.

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        Egg yolk can be mixed with yogurt and massaged on the scalp. Wear a shower cap. Wait 30 minutes before shampooing.Egg yolk consists of large quantities of fatty acids and vitamin A. The fatty acids in egg yolk remove dandruff and Vitamin A stimulates the scalp’s natural oils which decreases dryness in the hair.

        4. Get shiny soft hair with apple cider vinegar.

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          Add quarter cup apple cider vinegar to 3 cups distilled water. Pour over your hair as the final rinse. It will leave your hair feeling soft and removes buildup. Good for all hair types. ACV contains potassium which is a required nourishment for healthy hair. Apple cider vinegar also balances the ph level of your hair.

          5. Regrow hair with onion.

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            Rub the juice of a onion on your scalp thoroughly and shampoo after 15 minutes.Onions are high on sulfur content that helps in increasing blood circulation,opens up the pores of your hair follicles that were blocked and prevents scalp infections.

            6. Reduce facial hair with turmeric.

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              It has been found that turmeric curbs growth of facial hair. Blend a pinch of turmeric in three tablespoons of milk and apply all over your face. After five minutes scrub your face with any natural face scrub and wash it off. Over time you will see the difference.

              7. Treat sunburn with cucumber

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                Apply cucumber juice on sunburn and leave it on for 10 minutes. Cucumber juice has analgesic properties. It is also a natural toner which you can follow up after your cleansing routine.

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                8. Restore stressed out skin with coconut water

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                  The antioxidant factors present in coconut water help in the removal of free radicals resulting from sun, pollution and emotional stress. Splash it on your face and wash off after 15 minutes.

                  9. Soothe a puffy face with pineapple.

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                    Pineapple juice provides collagen and amino acids that make your skin look healthy and young. Apply thick pineapple juice and wait 10 minutes before washing it off.

                    10. Get smooth elbows and knees with orange

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                      Cut an orange slice in the middle and rub on rough elbows and knees then wash off.The vitamin A in Orange removes dryness which is caused by deficiency in vitamin A.

                      11. Pumpkin facial scrub

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                        Take half a cup of puréed pumpkin, cooked or canned. Add half cup brown sugar.Mix the ingredients into a paste. Using circular motion, apply to face and gently scrub. Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash it with lukewarm water.Pumpkins are rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that exfoliate dead cells and are rich in antioxidants that will refresh your face.

                        12. Cleanse dry skin with yogurt

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                          Just rub a tablespoon of yogurt in circular motion all over your face and leave on for 10 minutes before washing it off. This natural moisturizing cleanser with lactic acid will make your face glow.

                          13. Get long lashes with green tea

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                            Squeeze out the liquid and keep used Green Tea bags over your eyes. Green tea has flavonoids that unclog follicles and stimulate hair growth.

                            14. Cure dark under eye circles with potato

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                              Grind half a potato and divide into two. Tie them in muslin cloths and place them over your eyes.Stay that way for 10 minutes then remove and rinse thoroughly. It removes puffiness too. Potatoes have Vitamin C and minerals that have bleaching properties that are beneficial to the delicate eye area.

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                              15. Whiten your teeth with strawberry

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                                Cut a strawberry into half and rub your teeth to get whitest white clean teeth. Strawberries contain malic acid, a tooth whitening agent.

                                16. Remove Blackheads and Acne with honey-cinnamon

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                                  Mix two tablespoons of honey with one teaspoon cinnamon powder and apply on your face especially on acne. Wash it off after 20 minutes or until it dries off. Applying this moisturizing face mask will help in removing blackheads, fine lines, acne and acne scars and revitalize your skin. Don’t be bothered by tingling sensation caused by cinnamon. Honey counteracts by its soothing effect. Honey has anti microbial properties while cinnamon clears up clogged pores and brings oxygen to the skin surface.

                                  17. Soft beautiful hands with almonds

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                                    Mix ground almonds with milk or honey and gently massage on your hands. Leave on for five minutes and wash off.Almonds are rich in Vitamin E and omega-3 that helps to keep the skin soft and healthy.

                                    18. Exfoliate your body with olive oil

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                                      Mix a quarter cup Olive Oil to half cup Brown Sugar to make a low-cost body exfoliator. Olive oil does not strip off natural oils during exfoliation while it’s antioxidants make your skin healthy. Brown sugar is a natural exfoliator.

                                      19. Close open pores with tomato

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                                        Rub tomato halves on your face to close open pores. Or apply it’s juice and wash off after 10 minutes. The vitamin C tones the skin and shrinks open pores effectively.

                                        20. Soothe tired achy feet with sea salt

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                                          Combine half-cup sea salt and five drops lavender essential oil in a basin filled with warm water. Soak your feet and feel the tiredness melt away. Lavender relaxes while sea-salt stimulates circulation.

                                          21. Achieve blemish- free skin with watermelon

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                                            Grind a watermelon slice and squeeze it’s juice. Apply the juice all over your face. Wash it off after 10 minutes.Watermelon contains 92 percent water that hydrates your skin thus promoting collagen and acts as a toner giving young blemish free complexion.

                                            22. Remove dullness of skin with mango

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                                              Rub a slice of mango on your face and let it dry then wash off to experience smooth, soft and tight skin. Or just use the peels. Rub the insides and cover your face with the peels for 15 minutes. Remove and rinse.Vitamin A and Beta carotene in this fruit restore, rejuvenate and revive your skin with vigor as well as add shine to your skin.

                                              23. Get rid of acne scars with nutmeg

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                                                Mix a quarter teaspoon ground nutmeg with milk to make a thick paste enough to dab on the scars – do a spot treatment. Let it dry then wash off with lukewarm water. Or spritz rose water to remove as well as to calm the tingling sensation. Do it daily and see the scars disappear.

                                                24. Rejuvenate your body with oatmeal

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                                                  To exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin, try oatmeal bath. Mix 2/3 cup cooked in water oatmeal, 2/3 cup powdered milk, and two teaspoons lavender oil in a blender. Put the mixture in a muslin fabric and tie off to make a bag, to drain the excess water. Apply this mixture on your body. Wait till it dries and wash it off with lukewarm water.Oatmeal baths contain vitamins, minerals and lipids which helps lock in moisture and softens skin.

                                                  25. Get fragrant glowing skin with rose petals

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                                                    Used few rose petals for garnishing dessert? You can make use of the remaining by scattering them in your bath. You can also add mint/ basil leaves and soak.Rosa damascene and Moroccan rose are ideal. Rose has high amounts of Vitamin C, is great for sensitive skin, is moisturizing and closes open pores. This fragrant bath will leave your body glowing.

                                                    26. Moisturize your feet with banana

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                                                      Mix mashed banana with whipped cream to make your own foot cream. Smear it on your feet, keep on for 15 minutes and wash off. Banana contains Vitamin A that restores the lost moisture and repairs the damaged and dry skin.

                                                      27. Make your nails healthy with lemon

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                                                        Rubbing lemon halves on your nails will make them strong and it’s natural bleaching properties will remove discoloration as well.

                                                        28. Detoxifying toner using champagne

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                                                          Champagne contains only 14 percent alcohol which is from the fermentation of grapes. Its antioxidants help even out the skin tone. Bubbles helps constrict pores making skin tight thereby providing that radiant glow. It’s great for normal to oily skins. Just dip cotton wool into a teaspoon of champagne and wipe your face with it.

                                                          29. Combat aging skin with peach

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                                                            Peel and mash two peaches and add two tablespoons whipped cream. Apply to face and let it rest for about 20 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water. It is a great source of Vitamin C that is beneficial for youthful skin.

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                                                            30. Bleach your face with spinach

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                                                              Grind spinach leaves and add few drops of lemon juice to make a wonderful natural bleach. Leave it on for about 20 minutes before washing off. Vitamin K, folate, vitamin A in spinach and vitamin C in lemon give a radiant, clear complexion.

                                                              31. Cure cracked heels with coconut oil

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                                                                Massage your foot with coconut oil, wear socks and let it work overnight. Coconut has comuaric acid that improves skin health whereas it’s fatty acids moisturize.

                                                                32. Refresh tired face with carrots

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                                                                  For skin rejuvenation, grated carrot, or its juice, applied on the face for 15 minutes and washed off, is excellent. It contains Vitamin A,beta carotene and antioxidants that revitalize skin tone leaving you with a healthy glow.

                                                                  33. Cure dry chapped lips with cilantro

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                                                                    Rub cilantro leaves or apply it’s juice to get soft kissable lips. It’s anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties act like a balm on dark dry lips.

                                                                    34. Get glowing with avocado

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                                                                      A scrub that is great for all skin types. Rub the fruit all over your body to make your skin glowing and fresh. It contains
                                                                      Carotenoids, Vitamin E, Oleic acid and Omega 9 fatty acids- all of which keep your skin healthy, young and moisturized.

                                                                      35. Treat sensitive skin with chamomile

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                                                                        Take two tablespoons unprocessed wheat bran or oats, three tablespoons chamomile tea infusion,one teaspoon honey. Mix ingredients together and apply. After 10 minutes rinse off with rest of the chamomile infusion. Chamomile is healing, rich in anti-oxidants and moisturizes resulting in a glowing complexion.

                                                                        Pampering yourself provides relaxation and looking your best can boost your self- confidence. Try these cost- effective, time- tested all natural remedies and glow from inside and out.

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                                                                        Last Updated on November 11, 2019

                                                                        How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                                                        How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                                                        Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                                                                        To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                                                                        Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                                                                        1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                                                                        Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                                                                        Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                                                                        To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                                                                        2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                                                                        Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                                                                        If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                                                                        Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                                                                        3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                                                                        Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                                                                        Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                                                                        4. Feed Your Brain

                                                                        Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                                                                        This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                                                                        Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                                                                        Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                                                                        5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                                                                        According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                                                                        Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                                                                        Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                                                                        6. Write it Down

                                                                        If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                                                                        It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                                                                        You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                                                                        7. Listen to Music

                                                                        Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                                                                        8. Visual Concepts

                                                                        In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                                                                        Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                                                                        Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                                                                        9. Teach Someone Else

                                                                        Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                                                                        Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                                                                        10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                                                                        Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                                                                        So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                                                                        Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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