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Beauty Tips!

Natural Way To Exfoliate

Sea salt removes dry, flaky, dead skin.

Wet face (or anywhere on the body), apply a couple of tablespoons of sea salt, then GENTLY massagewith a wet washcloth or fingers. Focus on the T-zone and cheeks, but avoid the eye area.

After one or two minutes, rinse with cold water to tighten the pores. It is important to do this regularly, or face-creams will not penetrate.

You can do this maximum once per week.

Fruity Lip Gloss 

2 Tbls solid shortening
1 Tbls fruit-flavored powdered drink mix
35 mm film container

Mix shortening & drink mix together in a microwave safe bowl till smooth!
Place in microwave on high for 30 seconds until mix becomes a liquid!
Pour into clean film container, or any other small airtight container!

Place mix into fridge for 20-30 minutes or till firm!

Dark Circles Under Eyes…

To lighten dark circles under your eyes, wrap a grated raw potato in cheesecloth and apply to eyelids for 15-20 minutes.

Wipe off the residue and apply an eye cream.

Home made Facial Mask

Face mask for dry skin

1. Take 1 tbsp olive oil and mix with 2 tbsp of fresh cream, leave it on the face for 10 minutes and then wash your face with warm water.

2. Mix 1 tbsp of honey with 15 drops of orange juice and 1 tbsp of fuller’s earth and add 1 tbsp of rose water. Mix well and apply on the face, wash off after 10 miuntes.

Face mask for oily skin

1. Mix a tbsp of honey with 1 egg white and apply thickly on the face and neck. Leave for 10 minutes and wash off.

2. Mix 2 tbsp of papaya pulp with 10 drops of lemon juice and leave it for 20 minutes and then rinse well.

3. Take fresh juice of any of the fruits (orange, sweet lime, watermelon or papaya) and apply on the face as a mask. This is very relaxing, it cleanses the skin, closes pores and stimulates blood circulation.

Carrot Facial Mask

Ingredients Needed:
2-3 large carrots
4 1/2 tablespoons honey

Cook carrots, then mash. Mix with honey. Apply gently to the skin, wait 10 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.

Glowing Facial Mask

You will love your radiant skin after using this recipe…

All you need is:
1 tbsp fuller’s earth
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp mashed papaya

Mix and put on face for 20 minutes then rinse off.

Honey Facial Mask

Perhaps the best facial mask is honey.

Place a cloth in warm water and apply to your face to open the pores. Smear on honey, and leave on for 15 to 30 minutes.
Rinse off with warm water, then use cold water to close the pores.
Use once a week.

Orange Yogurt Mask

Ingredients Needed:
* 1 tsp plain yogurt (I chose Balkan Style)
* the juice of 1/4 of an orangeStir to mix and then dip fingers into mixture and smooth onto face. The sensation is both cool and relaxing. Leave on for a five minutes and then rinse. If you are feeling sluggish, this is the perfect mask for you.

* Yogurt will cleanse and nourish your skin
* The orange is full of Vitamin C and AHA’s

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Olive Oil Benefits

There are many olive oil benefits that you should know about. Used first by the inhabitants of the ancient Roman Empire, the olive oil has a large range of health benefits, when used, both internal and external. With the spread of olive oil consumption around the globe, this miraculous ingredient can be used as food or even as medicine.
In early Greece the health value of the olives was discovered. Used in various medicinal practices, the olive oil was seen as a miracle cure, capable of assuring the healthy development of children, curing various elderly problems and giving all the needed nutrients for anyone that consumes it.
Because of the regular usage of olive oil, in time, the Mediterranean cultures have developed one of the healthiest societies. A new research is now comparing various cultures from around the world, looking for various statistics like average life span, heart and cardiovascular problems. Standing out from the crowd, the Mediterranean cultures have far less heart and cardiovascular diseases, and the overall life span for individuals is one of the largest in the world.
There are far more olive oil benefits that we should know about. It helps digestion, making it easy for the body to assimilate various foods giving a boost to the whole metabolic process. This in turn can turn the body capable to defend itself against viruses, bacteria and many diseases. Olive oil is also one of the best allies in the fight against the stomach ulcers.
Olive oil is extremely rich in iron and A, B1, B2, C, E and D vitamins. The E vitamin is one of the most important helpers in the fight against the aging process, while the other vitamins assure a balanced diet and improve the body effectiveness and development. Another great benefit of the olive oil is the addition of “good” fat acids to the daily diet. These acids help the skin, making it more elastic and smooth.
When used for cooking the olive oil is one of the few “fat” ingredients without any cholesterol. To combat the constipation olive oil was used across the history with great results, improving the ability of the digestive tract to assimilate foods and liquids. In order to rip those valuable olive oil benefits you can use it in a number of ways starting with the simple ones like salad dressing or making your tasty fried foods and going as far as using as a skin care treatment by dropping a couple of spoons in the bath or rubbing it on the skin.
Children and even babies could be helped if they use olive oil regularly as part of their diet. You can also use olive oil in your coffee or even your tea each day, or if you are in a hurry, take an olive oil based supplement.
Make sure to use these olive oil benefits, for you and for your family, by keeping an olive oil bottle around you when cooking or preparing a meal. You can also use an olive oil based natural supplement if you are in a hurry. Keep in mind not only the health value but also the nutritional value of the olive oil and use it regularly, keeping your body in shape, safe from heart or cardiovascular problems.

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Get Rid Of Pimples

Pimples are nothing but a tiny little infection in the skins pores. They are a produced as a result of a bacterium that lives on the surface of your skin. This bacterium is harmless until it gets into the pores of the skin. When you try to break the pimple the bacterium and pus can spread underneath the skin to form new pimples. If you keep on disturbing the pimple you can also end up with scars. The best way to get rid of pimples is to hide its presence and let it subside on its own without disturbing it too much.

There are number of simple steps to get rid of pimples quickly. These are some of the simple steps that can be followed regularly.

  1. Apply ice to the pimples few times a day. This will reduce the swelling and will try to make the pimple less noticeable.
  2. Toothpaste can be applied to the pimple which again reduces the swelling and helps you to get rid of the pimples the next morning.
  3. Drink a lot of water. This facilitates removal of toxins from body.
  4. Try to avoid junk food and also eatables containing excess sugar and vegetable oil.
  5. Another way to get rid of pimples is the use of garlic. Massage the garlic on your face few times a day for about a week.
  6. The best away to get rid of pimples is to eliminate stress. Once stress level goes down its easier to get rid of pimples fast.
  7. Regions that are prone to pimples must be washed with a cleanser at least twice a day.
  8. Avoid oil based moisturizers and makeup.
  9. Consult a dermatologist and ask them for a pimple cream.
  10. Sleep well in the night as it strengthens the immune system to fight off bacteria and other infection.

Getting rid of pimples quickly is not always easy in a short amount of time. Maintaining overall skin health is very important. The tips given above can make you hide the pimples until they disappear on their own. Pimples are embarrassing and one really gets frustrated when trying to get rid of them. There are many effective ways to get rid of pimples fast. By following these steps mentioned above you will have a beautiful and healthy skin.

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10 tips for beautiful skin in the winter

When the days shorten and the temperature dips, your psyche and your skin may both rebel against the changes. Seasonal changes are normal, and one way to boost your psyche is to pamper and nurture your skin back into its natural healthful, glowing state.Without a change in your skin care routine, skin tends to dry and flake in the winter, regardless of your skin type. Moisture in the air is scarce, and even scarcer inside thanks to artificial heat. The cold wind beating against unprotected skin results in windburn, and you can get sunburn in the winter as well. Skin was not meant to withstand continual assault for three or more months each year.There are steps you can take to protect your skin. You’re protecting more than your beauty, you’re protecting the body’s largest organ. Follow the tips and tricks below to normalize your skin during the year’s harshest season.

1. Start your day with an ancient Ayurvedic ritual: drink a hot glass of water with lemon juice to assist your body in removing toxins.

2. Nourish your skin from the inside. Eat right, take proper vitamin and mineral supplementation, exercise regularly, and sleep right. It’s winter for heaven’s sake—nature hibernates. Crawl into bed an hour early with a hot beverage and a good read.

3. Drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin and offset the lack of humidity. Alcohol, coffee and tea dehydrate the body, so while your liquid intake may be higher in the winter, make a special effort to include hydrating beverages. If you really don’t like the taste of water, add lemon or lime juice, or eat more foods with a high water content.

4. Incorporate another Ayurvedic practice: brush your dry skin with a skin brush before your daily shower or bath. Not only does this practice remove dead debris from the outer layer of the skin, it encourages toxin release as well.

5. Limit your exposure to hot water. Warm water will cleanse the skin just as well as hot water without the drying effect. A hot bath every now and then isn’t going to damage your skin, especially if you’re soaking in a pampering bath with sea minerals or pure essential oils, but avoid regular hot baths. Quick showers in warm water help minimize excessive drying. End your bathing routine with a skin oil, lotion, or butter.

6. Switch to a heavier, richer facial moisturizer to lock out winter’s harsh elements and to seal in moisture in over-heated rooms lacking in humidity. A moisturizer with humectants attracts moisture, while one with emollients locks in the moisture. Moisturizers with humectants are lighter than emollient-rich moisturizers, so your skin type will dictate which one you should use. If you’re still using products with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), discontinue their use during the winter, and replace them with enriched products containing vitamins and botanicals. You might also need to change to a richer makeup foundation. Even in the winter, your foundation should contain at least some Sun Protection Factor (SPF).

7. Wear lip protection. Forget any nonsense you may have heard about your lips “becoming addicted to moisture.” They require moisture, because they contain no oil glands. If your lips chap before you switch to a more emollient lip balm, exfoliate with one of the new lip exfoliants. A lip balm with any of the butters, such as shea butter, cocoa butter, etc., is a good choice. A waxy lip balm serves a dual purpose; it keeps lipstick in place as well as sealing in moisture. Reapply as often as necessary.

8. If you like your environment on the warm side, run a humidifier to add moisture to the air. The warmer you keep your environment, the less moisture in your air.

9. Exfoliate your skin once or twice a week and your face as needed to remove dead, flakey skin. Hands and feet require more frequent exfoliation in the winter. You’ll find that your heels flake and crack more in the winter. Follow exfoliation with a rich moisturizer. You don’t need to spend a king’s ransom on special hand and feet exfoliants. You can create your own concoction with salt or sugar and a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil. This blend exfoliates and moisturizes at the same time. Add a little essential oil, and you have your own high-priced product for pennies on the dollar. Rub into your hands and feet in a gentle circular motion, and rinse well. For extra-deep conditioning, exfoliate right before bedtime, moisturize, and don gloves and socks while you sleep.

10. Protect your skin from the elements. If you spend time outdoors, particularly skiing, add a sunscreen to your regimen. In the winter, brisk winds add to the damage from the elements. Your body may not feel warm, but you can still get a sunburn. Studies show that we receive more ultraviolet rays in the winter than was previously thought.

You may find that your winter skin-care rituals require more time, and that you must be more vigilant in caring for and nurturing your skin in the winter months. The good news is that proper care and feeding of your skin during the winter months will pay off in skin that’s summer-ready when the seasons change.

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Tips for a smart waist

All people who have stored much fat around their bellies look much anxious for their smartness. It happens due to over eating, no exercise and excessive sitting in routine. Having flat belly is dream of all women and young girls while having six packs on their bodies is dream of males. People having apple shaped or pear shaped bodies must take some steps to reduce their fats. Here are some special and useful tips to reduce fats from belly. Not only your look is affected by these fats but this will cause many diseases like heart problem, asthma, diabetes and blood pressure. Over weighting is not good for both health and look. Keep following points under consideration and lose fats of your belly:

  • Eat food with fewer fats and more proteins and fiber. Avoid over eating. Take chlorine controlling diet.
  • Add exercise and daily morning walk in your routine activities. Sports will be best tool to control fats in your body.
  • Leave drinking cold water for sometime as it will be better to drink some hot water.
  • Drink plenty of water to look fresh and tighten your body. Drink 10-12 glasses of water in a day.
  • Avoid too much junk food as this food causes lot of belly fat. It will optimize your appetite level and then over eating will lead towards over weight.
  • Take proper sleep time as many people eat more and more to spend their nights at work.
  • Jumping rope is very effective tool to reduce belly fats.
  • Don’t drink water during and after taking meal. Drinking water at the end leads towards over belly fats. This seems some non-serious fact but it is proved. Drink water of your desire before meal and drink after minimum one hour after meal. Do some walk after eating.

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Get rid of dark circles!

Dark circles are a very common skin problem, which is troubling every second person in today’s stressful lifestyle. People get rarely any time to get proper sleep and they lack of nutritional diet also, which is one of the many reasons of getting dark circles. Many people inherit this dark circle problem where they get it for no other reason.

People who face this dark circle problem can try certain easy remedies to reduce the darkness of the circles but none of them promises to diminish the circles completely. One needs to sleep properly and eat healthy diet to diminish the dark circles from the face. Some cosmetic creams promise to reduce the dark circles but they might give you puffiness around your eyes.

Remedies for dark circles: try certain homemade solutions to reduce the dark circles but keep trying till you see the results because it takes to reduce the dark circles from the skin. Be careful while putting anything around eyes because the skin around the eyes is very sensitive and if something enters into the eyes it can harm them.

  • Take proper sleep. At least 8 hours sleep is must for an adult to keep the body and mind fit and to keep the dark circles at bay.
  • Drink plenty of fluids at least 2 liters of water a day to keep the skin smooth and supple.
  • Eat healthy nutritional diet. Include dairy products in your diet and consume green vegetables and fruits in your daily diet. Food rich in iron helps in reducing dark circles because eat times one gets them because they lack iron in their body and consuming sufficient iron and reduce the dark circles.
  • Potato juice has bleaching agents in it, so you can take potato juice out and apply it on your skin. You can soak cotton balls in the juice and can keep them on your eyes for at least 20 minutes while having rest. It helps in reducing the dark circles.
  • Grated cucumber juice is very useful for dark circles. You can apply it on the eyes the same way you apply potato juice.
  • Tea water too reduces the puffiness and dark circles of the eyes and rejuvenates the eyes by refreshing them. You can boil tea in water and restrain the leaves. You can refrigerate this water in the freeze to make ice cubes. Keep these ice cubes on the eyes in a cotton cloth for 20 minutes.
  • Always go out in sun wearing sunglasses and after applying sunscreen lotion on the skin around the eyes.
  • Take a teaspoonful of milk powder and apply honey to it. Put this paste on the skin on the dark circles. It helps in reducing the dark circles.
  • In the night apply a good company’s under eye gel or cream to reduce the darkness around the eyes.
  • You can hide your dark circles with a lighter shade of conceler when putting make up on your skin.

Trying all such methods will definitely help you in reducing your dark circles.

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How to Prevent Sunburn From Peeling

No matter how many times we are warned by health professionals that excessive exposure to the sun can increase our risk of skin cancer, we still tend to worship the big yellow ball in the sky like never before. The tan is still a major benchmark in societal beauty, a sign of life and virilty. Also, it makes you look thinner. So as long as the sun is around, so will be the sunburn. Here’s how to prevent that red skin from peeling off.


Things You’ll Need:

  • Aloe vera (plant extract or lotion)
  • Aspirin
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Sunscreen
  1. Don’t get sunburned in the first place. Depending on when you read this, this advice may be like shutting the barn door after the horses have escaped. Nonetheless, the best way to avoid a peeling sunburn is to avoid the sunburn in the first place. This can easily be done by limiting your exposure to the sun, especially on days when the UV index is high. Always use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher when you’re going to be in the sun for more than a few minutes, and reapply every 2 hours as needed. A hat and a shirt are essential on days where the UV index is above 8.
  2. Enjoy the healing power of aloe. So you went and got sunburned anyway? Oh well, it’s time to take care of your skin as well as we can. Thankfully, just as nature has given us the piercing rays of the sun, it has also provided us with a soothing plant to heal our burns. It’s called aloe vera, and its extract is a powerful remedy for a sunburn. Apply it either in a prepackaged lotion form or directly from the plant (if you have such a plant available). The oil from the plant will make your skin feel better, and will help to cut down on flaking and peeling.
  3. Take some aspirin. Aspirin can really stop a sunburn in its tracks if taken early enough. It can reduce the swelling and redness in the skin, as well as alleviate the worst of the pain. For best effects, the aspirin should be taken every few hours on the first day of the sunburn. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen work in similar ways, but they are not as effective at slowing down the pure mechanism of the sunburn itself.
  4. Moisten with an apple cider vinegar bath. This is one of the most effective ways in which to prevent peeling. Purchase a good apple cider vinegar bath at your local health food store. Mix it in with your bath, lie back and let the healing begin. The vinegar helps to restore a healthy Ph balance to your skin, which is an important component in the healing process.
  5. Avoid the sun until you are fully healed. Too many people make the mistake of thinking they can “work through” a sunburn. This is a fallacy. Once your skin is already damaged, it is twice as dangerous for you to be out in the sun. You are inviting serious sickness and a severely increased risk of skin cancer when you do this. Whatever you do, wait until your sunburn is fully healed before making another venture out into the sun.

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