Home Remedies for Acne

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The face is a canvas remembered by the people you’ve come into contact with. If you’re stressed, sweaty, or greasy, your face can harvest unwanted pimples, blackheads, and other acne. On the whole, every person has or has had acne, and it’s not an accessory that those would like to keep. Blemishes shouldn’t ruin your day, or how others view you. Here are a few tips and tricks by CrunchyBetty to help you fight your acne by using home remedies.

  • Utilize fruit juice! Dabbing certain juices on the pimple will eliminate the oil and lessen the appearance. These juices, like lemon, apple and tomato, have strong astringent properties to help eradicate blemishes.
  • Make a mask! There are many masks in the market, such as clay masks, that can alleviate your anger. If you want to make your own using household goods try the aspirin and honey facial mask.
  • Plants will protect too! Try rubbing cabbage leaves until brusied to make a fine juice. Other plants that can help your face are mint and aloe vera.
  • Terrific teas! To use a liquid version, make a basil tea and let it cool before dabbing on the face. You can also turn the tea into ice cubes and massage the face for a few minutes.
  • Other simple solutions include the use of garlic, neem, egg, honey, and witch hazel.

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Endearing Eyelashes

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Are your lashes falling flat?

As we age, our eyelashes diminish in volume, strength and length. There are numerous applications available to help battle this inevitable outcome, like mascara and growth serums. Eyelashes function as barriers for the eyes, they protect from strong winds and debris that flow through the air. Our lashes are also widely regarded as symbols of beauty.

According to healthywomen.org, eyelashes go through four stages, “growth, resting, shedding and re-growth.” These stages continuously cycle until the desired features of the lashes start to decline with age. Other issues that could cause thin and brittle eyelashes include scrubbing or rubbing the lashes too hard, hereditary reasons and medical conditions.

To help the appearance of short and brittle lashes, many topical fixes can be used as well as stronger treatments. Mascara is the most popular form used to make eyelashes fuller and longer. Vitamins, serums and moisturizers are other products that can help with lashes. False eyelashes can be placed on top of brittle lashes for  a stronger look.

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Exclude these Foods from your Fridge

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Wondering where to put your groceries? Not all foods fair well in the refrigerator. Organization and sustainability are key goals in keeping the freshness in food. Treehugger researched why certain foods spoil in these cold spaces, and found that “…many fruits give off ethylene gas as they ripen.” This gas absorbs the contained fruit or vegetable and causes it to quickly ripen, the only exceptions being potatoes and onions. Those vegetables “suppress the sprouting process,” of the food it is contained with. The site also included a variety of storage options, apple and carrot ideas are shown below.

 

 

EatingWell blog provides information on several foods that shouldn’t be kept in the refrigerator.

  • Up first, tomatoes! This typically red fruit has the taste of a vine growing vegetable, and has an aversion to cold temperatures. Keep tomatoes out on the counter, away from direct sunlight.
  • Basil, a leafy green herb, is best kept in the heat. In colder temperatures this plant will wilt prematurely.

  • With the exception of scallions and chives, onions should be kept in dry areas with minimal light. Keep onions in well ventilated areas, “a lack of air circulation will cause onions to spoil.” EW
  • Others include: avocados, potatoes and honey.

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3 Beneficial Vitamins For Your Skin

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The summer sun is sizzling! These warm rays help to regulate our biological clocks and provide vitamin D. The sun gives off negative effects as well, like harsh ultraviolet rays that accelerate aging skin. Protect your skin with a high SPF sunscreen or a natural lotion for the face and body. For general healthy skin, use products with an abundance of vitamins. Ingesting daily vitamins is beneficial to the body inside and out. The best topical vitamins for the skin are vitamin A, C and E.

Vitamin A: Aids in eyesight and helps to replenish epithelial cells for skin and cellular health. Vitamin A is found in many foods such as carrots, liver, oranges, lemons, squash, ect. Dr. Des Fernandes, a skincare expert, can spot any face rich in vitamin A. “The skin is smoother, pigmentation is lighter and wrinkles are less apparent.”

Vitamin C: This vitamin helps to restore the immune system, aids in preventing skin wrinkling and quickly absorbs in capsules and food. Vitamin C clears the complexion and can be applied topically to heal wounds and scarred tissue. Citrus fruits are the most known food with the highest amount of vitamin C. Cantaloupe, spinach and broccoli contain high values as well.

Vitamin E: Vitamin E nourishes and moisturizes the skin. It  is an antioxidant that is safe to use on sensitive skin, this vitamin has anti-aging effects and protects from sun damage. Other benefits include reducing the risk of blood clots and boosting the immune system. It is found in nuts and also in many fruits and vegetables.

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Inspirational Quotes

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Feeling a little run down this week? Take a relaxing few minutes and let these empowering quotes pick you back up!

  • Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. – Anais Nin.
  • I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well. – Diane Ackerman.
  •  It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on Earth and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it were the only one we had. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.
  • Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. –  Oscar Wilde
  • Don’t confuse poor decision-making with destiny. Own your mistakes. It’s ok; we all make them. Learn from them so they can empower you! ― Steve Maraboli
  • I remembered that the real world was wide, and that a varied field of hopes and fears, of sensations and excitements, awaited those who had the courage to go forth into its expanse, to seek real knowledge of life amidst its perils. – Charlotte Brontë
  • Integrating the mind is the essence of life. Decide you will always say and do only what you feel is right. Then, you will come to tremendous clarity and conviction in the inner and outer worlds. – Paramahamsa Nithyananda
  • Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that.  – Howard Thurman
  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle
  • The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. – Mark Twain


Facial Yoga

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Yoga can help give your body the exercise and revitalization it needs. Your face is a vital area that holds stress and tension. These quick tips and tricks from WomenFitness allow you to relax and fluctuate your face.

clench or tighten your teeth and open your lips as wide as you can. Stretch your lips, cheeks, chin and neck to their limit. Hold and release.

This yoga exercise helps for blood circulation, muscle relaxation and anxiety relief.

Take a slow, steady inhale of breath and constrict every muscle in your body. On a slow, steady exhale, relax those muscles, stick out your tongue, widen your eyes and open your hands.

This exercise circulates the blood flow in the face, and releases tensions that can cause wrinkles.
 Beauty Aid:
           Apply a small amount of Eden Allure Pure Argan Oil from Morocco onto freshly washed face. Rub in circular motion until it absorbs. The oil contains vitamins and fatty acids that moisturize, neutralize free radicals and improve elasticity of the face.

Natural Energy Boosters

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  • Tap your Thymus: The thymus is below your collar bone in the center of your chest. 20 seconds of tapping along with deep breathing, ” triggers the production of T-cells, boosts energy, relieves stress, and increases strength and vitality.”
  • Sit outside in the sun for 10-15 minutes.
  • Have a cup of green tea in the afternoon.
  • Move your body! Are you feeling tired while at the office? Take a few minutes to stand up and walk around. Your body needs to circulate the blood flow and re-energize! Blinking is another splendid simple exercise to replenish your eyes and brain. Take some time away from your many screens and having a blinking mini frenzy.
  • Drink a smoothie or delicious drink full of fruits and vegetables. Do you have a juicer? Try this recipe by Shape: combine 2-4 leaves of kale, 2-4 leaves of romaine lettuce, 1 inch ginger root, half a lemon (with the seeds removed), one apple (cored), and a clove of garlic (optional for cleansing and boosting immune system).

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Safety in the Sun

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This summer get ready for new products and new ways to protect yourself in the sun. The age old tricks and tips are due for an update in this modernized age of advanced research. Health.com fills us in on how the old rules have changed and how you can protect yourself in the summer sunshine.

Old rule: Apply a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with SPF 15
New rule: Wear an SPF 15 (at least) plus an antioxidant-enriched moisturizer.
UV damage is no longer the only thing to worry about, the sun also generates free radicals breaking down your collagen and elastin fibers. Try a moisturizer full of antioxidants, or load up on soy or green tea that can help the free radicals from attacking.

Old rule: Cover-up when you’re in direct sunlight.
New rule: Wear sun-protective clothing, dark colors or tightly woven fabrics
Clothing is the best way to shield the sun’s harmful rays. Fabrics have UPF ratings that measure their level of UV protection. A plain white T-shirt has a UPF rating of <10, but the recommended rating is at least 30! Accessories, like hats, can be very helpful too! So, put on that floppy beach hat, it is a stylish life saver.

A few Facts:
-Using a tanning bed increases your risk for melanoma by up to 75%
-90% of the signs of aging (wrinkles, brown spots) are caused by UV radiation
-Supplements are the safest way to get vitamin D, try a daily 400 to 1,000 IU

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