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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.

                                                                        Featured photo credit: Simple and Natural Beauty Hacks/Yaksheeta Sri via flickr.com

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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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