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Natural Exfoliators for the Face

pexels-photo-128865Exfoliation is an integral part to a good skin care regimen. We’ve been lead to believe that exfoliation can only be achieved through the means of products provided in the market or through skin care clinics. That’s not actually true; you can do a thorough cleansing session at home using ingredients found in the kitchen. In fact, here are some natural exfoliators you can use next time you want to rid yourself the layer of impurities.

Oatmeal is a great exfoliator for starters. Not only is it common but it’s also not too harsh on the skin. It’s great for individuals with sensitive skin since it doesn’t leave the skin dry right after. You’ll want to ground the oatmeal until fine and mix it with honey. Apply onto your face and leave it for 30 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

Lemon juice is great due to the acid it contains which can remove dead cells. Mix a quarter of lemon juice with some sugar until the sugar dissolves entirely. Dab the mixture with a cotton swab and leave it for at least 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

If you don’t have lemon juice, you can also mix sugar with oil such as jojoba oil, coconut oil and etc. Sugar is an ideal exfoliator, though a little hasher than oatmeal; using pure ones is ideal. Rub the mixture to your face using a circular motion and rinse afterwards.

Milk is not a surprising choice of an exfoliator. Milk contains lactic acid and acid helps in removing dead skin cells. Not only does it aid your skin in hydration, promoting a fairer appeal and lightening it, it also helps remove the layer of dead skin cells. Simply lather a good amount of milk on your skin or add up to 4 cups of milk to your bath.

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Top DIY Face Masks to Try

Face masks are one of the few ways to being able to take better care of our skin, especially our faces. Normally, we’d see them catered in three forms, be it the clay version, the actual mask type or being splashed on your faces. One of the downsides of using these kinds of masks are we don’t know what’s in them. True, the manufacturers do their share of putting down what’s in it but we normal people aren’t so well versed with the chemicals that were used. If you’re one who’s skeptical of all the market made items, it’s always a good idea to go natural.

If you’re worried about where to get the ingredients for DIY face masks, no need to break a sweat. Many of the ingredients for DIY face masks can be found at home or bought from your local store.

Honey mask

spoon-honey-jarHoney has been known to provide a lot of good benefits. As a face mask, you’ll want to mix it up with some chamomile tea. Add a small amount of nutritional yeast to the concoction and apply as a thin layer to your face. Let it sit for 20 minutes before rinsing with cool water.

Brown Sugar with Coconut Oil

Coconut has a lot of benefits, which also extends to using coconut oil. For this particular face mask, you’ll want to use any type of coconut oil though virgin coconut oil is on the top of the list. Brown sugar aids in exfoliation thus you can cleanse your face will also promoting a smoother and healthier skin due to the coconut oil. Simply mix the two ingredients and apply a good amount to your face using a circular motion. Let it dry and rinse with warm water.

Eggs whites mixed in orange juice

Egg whites are high in protein while orange juice has cleansing and whitening properties. If you’re someone who has acne problems, this DIY mask is ideal for you. You’ll have to be careful with egg whites and make use of the pasteurized ones as well as not overdoing on the citrus. Mix the two and apply to your face; let it dry until the egg white hardens. It’s going to smell so if you don’t like unpleasant scents, rinse the mask off after fifteen minutes tops. The protein in egg whites helps fight sort out the acne while orange keeps your skin hydrated.

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Outdoor Tanning: Things To Remember

pexels-photo-286330Outdoor tanning is usually just sunbathing. Being outdoors means making the most out of being outside, which we do when sunbathing. There are actually a lot of things to remember if you want to make the most out of your sunbathing experience. If you’re hoping to make the most out of your sunbathing during these warmer days, here are some of the tips to consider:

– Exfoliate before getting your share of the sun. If you’re not keen on exfoliating your skin prior to sunbathing, you’ll end up with uneven tan or a tan that’s easily peeled off. Exfoliation helps clear out impurities as well as gives way to younger, healthier skin. With a fresh palate to work with, your tan stays longer than you’d think.

– Apply a good amount of sunscreen. No one wants to experience sunburn. Not only is it very painful but sunburn also ruins your overall tan since the afflicted skin is peeled off to give way to healthier skin. You’ll want to let the sunscreen set for at least thirty minutes before heading out. Additionally, reapply sunscreen every two to three hours. If you’re especially sweaty, you’ll want to cut that down to two.

– Tanning oils are your best friend when it comes to sunbathing. Using tanning oils improves your skin’s susceptibility to absorb much of the sun’s rays. This means being able to make good use of the time you have during sunbathing and also cutting down the time you’re basking under the harsh rays.

– Take into consideration the time you’re going to be sunbathing. The sun has different positions and if you’re not keen on what time you’re basking, you might end up with an uneven tan. It’s best to commit to at most two to three hours in the afternoon for sunbathing since this is when the sun is at its peak and the rays aren’t that harsh on your skin.

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Peeling Face Masks To Remove Tan

pexels-photo-312925 (1)Getting a tan can be easily done with the warmer days coming by the corner. While it’s easy to get a tan, trying to remove it in record time might prove to be quite the difficulty. It’s been carefully detailed all over the internet how to get a tan; be it sunbathing, through indoor tanning or self tanners. And yet, not everyone knows how to get rid of a tan aside from waiting for your skin to fade back to the natural color that you were born with.

If you’re hoping to get your old tan out of the system in a short amount of time, here are some tips to help you get your color with the aid of natrual face masks:

  • Honey and Papaya. It’s been known that Papaya has a whitening agent which is why it’s been used in a lot of whitening soaps. Meanwhile, honey aids in keeping your skin moisturize and work as an antibacterial mask thus you’re not only giving your skin the whitening agent it needs but also keeping harmful bacteria off of it. You’ll want to mix a quarter of papaya juice, some honey into a gelatin mixture. This makes it easier for the mask to be applied and removed. Apply to your skin and let it dry; peel it gently then wash with lukewarm water.
  • Cucumber and Tomato. Cucumber is actually a great asset to skin whitening while tomato provides a good amount of moisture to your skin. You’ll need some milk for some extra whitening power and being a good base for the two ingredients. Mix all of these together and apply to your skin. Leave it for at least 20 minutes then rinse with cool water.
  • Green Tea and Aloe Vera. These are two very moisture rich ingredients but when combined together create a face mask that aids in removing dead skin cells and your tanned layer of skin. Mix these two ingredients with gelatin power and apply to your skin. Peel gently once it has dried and rinse as needed.
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Beach Activities to Tone Your Muscles

girl-1506653_1280Getting to the beach is one thing, trying to make the most out of it is another. There are a lot of things that one can do by the shore. If you’re hoping to spice up your summer outing, here are some activities to get your calories burning and your body toning:

– Volleyball. It’s been known that sports help in toning your muscles. Beach volleyball is no surprise. Much like the sport normally played in a volleyball court, playing beach volleyball helps you tone your body. By constantly moving and trying to bring the volleyball to the other side of the playing field, you’re getting your legs in quite a workout. Constantly receiving the ball also does a number on your arms as you have to put a good amount of strength to do a good receive.

– Swimming. Swimming is a common activity to do by the beach. If you do laps in the water, not only will you have sore muscles but you’re actually sculpting your body. Most swimmers have a lithe form due to their constant exercise against the body of water. Water puts resistance on your actions without putting your joints a lot of stress. If you’re eager to shed off some pounds while sculpting your frame, swimming is a good activity to do by the beach.

– Running. Contrary to the usual running on dry land, why not try it on water? While it might sound weird, running along the shoreline through the water actually proves quite the workout. The water adds some resistance thus you’ll have to exert a lot more force than usual. Running has been proven to help trim the flabs thus having some water resistance added gives you the ability to work your muscles more as you do the activity.

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Tips for Sunburn Recovery

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Sunburn can be one of the nastiest side-effect from being under the sun too long. Be it from your day at the beach or simply going outdoors for long hours, sunburn is not a good thing. To avoid getting sunburn, it’s a good idea to lather a good amount of sunscreen as well as to periodically stay in the shade.

Nonetheless, if you’ve already got your red mark from being too sun-kissed, here are some ways to soothe the pain of having sunburn:

  • Avoid soap. Soap aggravates your skin due to the chemicals. This not only is painful to the touch but also slows down the process of your skin recuperating from the burn.
  • Cool down quickly. If you’re near any body of water, take a dip. Cooling your skin stops in aggravating the burn further. You can take a cool shower; don’t stay too long though. Using ice cubes directly on your skin or staying in a cold shower too long can cause your skin to dry thus making your sunburn more painful than it is.
  • Moisturize as much as possible. Some natural moisturizers such as aloe vera or olive oil are good balms to sunburn. Hydrated skin can easily heal from the burn thus you’ll want to make good use of these.
  • Chug down some fluids. It’s not only your skin that has been subjected by the sun’s intense heat but also your body. By replenishing the liquids in your body, this helps out on getting the hydration back to your skin from inside. Being hydrated helps speed up the healing process of your skin.
  • Never peel off skin. Blisters is a common occurrence for sunburn as well as peeling skin. Contrary to what you think, peeling the skin is a no-no since the skin underneath has not healed yet. It’s best to let the skin peel off by itself so that you won’t cause further damage.
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How To Repair Damaged Hair From Sunbathing

pexels-photo-27725Trying to get the most of out your sunbathing can lead to a lot of harm to other parts of your body. If you’ve skimped on getting some UV-protected sunglasses, it can cause a lot of harm to your eyes thus you’ll want to get some special specs when you’re basking your day away. Your hair is not immune to the sun’s rays thus you might have sun-damaged hair after your sunbathing.

Damaged hair is brittle and dry, which doesn’t bode well with your newly acquired tan. No need to worry, there are some natural ways to soothe your damaged hair from hours on end under the sun.

Aloe vera is a good tool to soothe dry, sun-damaged hair. Mix some aloe vera with lemon and apply to your hair. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.

If you don’t have some aloe at hand, you can make a banana smoothie with some honey in it. Bananas help raise the moisture content in your hair thus reinvigorating you’re the damaged cuticle. Massage the smoothie onto your hair and let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing it off.

Olive oil has been proven to be quite the aid to one’s body especially your hair. You can make a natural hot oil treatment using olive oil. Heat around three tablespoons of olive oil and massage unto your scalp. Make use of a plastic and cover your hair to let the warm oil do its work. Leave it for about 45 minutes to an hour then wash with warm water. You can do this twice a week and it will quickly bring back life to your damaged hair.

If you’re up to it, egg is also an excellent remedy to damaged hair. The fat in the yolk is an excellent aid to bringing back life to dry hair. Beat the egg with some honey and olive oil mixed into it and apply the concoction to your hair. Leave it for 20 minutes then wash with warm water. You can also wash it with shampoo and conditioner for better results.

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Natural Ways to Whiten Underarm

pexels-photo-175954Dark underarms are a bane to a see. These are usually the side-effects when one has done their fair amount of shaving off their underarm hair or due to the usage of certain deodorants. Whichever the cause may be, it’s off-putting to have dark armpits that stick out whenever you raise your arms.

Not to worry, there are some natural ways to solving the dark problems.

– Lemon. Lemon has been known to be one of the natural bleachers that nature has to offer. You’ll need to have at least a wedge of lemon and rub it on the dark area. Let it sit for a minimum of 10 minutes and then thoroughly wash your underarms. Since the acidity of lemon is quite strong, it’ll easily dry your skin. Have a moisturizer at hand once you’ve dried your underarms from this treat.

– Orange Peel. Now you’ll have something to do with the peels from your oranges! Since orange is from the same family that lemon is, it’s no surprise that this tangy fruit also has bleaching properties. It’s a good idea to have the peel dry and powdered before use; once you’ve done so, mix it with some milk and rose water. Rub the concoction on the dark spots and let it sit for 15 minutes. Wash thoroughly with cool water; do this thrice a week.

– Coconut oil. It’s been said that coconut oil has a lot of Vitamin E which is commercially used to lighten skin. Massage some coconut oil on your underarms for a good 15 minutes and then rinse with soap and water.  You can do this twice every day. Additionally, coconut oil is a good natural deodorant thus you can ditch your chemically-crafted deodorant for a much healthier approach to taking care of your underarms.

Tanning Oils for Your Skin

filipendula-ulmaria-meadowsweet-achillea-millefolium-yarrow-161503Tanning through the means of sunbathing has become quite the conventional approach, if not the most famous one, in the tanning industry. While the usual aid in tanning by soaking up much of the sun’s rays is through sunscreen, there’s actually another agent that is more applicable to helping you tan. Sunscreen may help you tan but its initial approach is to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. On another matter, there are some natural tanning oils that are more susceptible to expediting the occurrence of a tan.

To get a better grasp of why these oils are a better choice than sunscreen, tanning oils actually help in honing out the UV rays so that you can get the tan easily. Not only that, unlike sunscreen, you’re also treating your skin to some nourishment and assured that there aren’t any chemicals that can cause some damage to your skin.

If you’re hoping to change your tanning aid, here are some tanning oils that you can use for your next sunbathing session:

– Red raspberry oil is a good choice when it comes to tanning and giving you an added bonus to protecting your skin. You can mix it up with some coconut oil to get the SPF protection of up to 18. While it may not be an exact number, red raspberry oil is a good start.

– As was mentioned, coconut oil is not far off from being one of the ideal tanning oils. This particular oil is a treat if you have sensitive skin since it does not cause any irritation. Coconut oil is rich in fat thus able to provide some semblance of protection from harm when exposed to UV rays during sunbathing. Not only that, coconut oil is rich in antioxidants thus helping your skin get the protection it needs from harmful things from the environment.

– One of the particular oils to use is olive oil. While commonly used in the kitchen, using refined olive oil with a tincture of iodine and carrot juice; iodine has the dark tone while carrot has beta-carotene which helps in getting you the golden glow. Additionally, iodine helps in protecting your skin from possible sunburn so you can lather this concoction to your skin with ease.

– Hazelnut oil is also among the ideal tanning oils to use. It’s easily absorbed into your skin and also contains a lot of fat to protect you while tanning.

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Fake Your Tan the Healthy Way

pexels-photo-196640With how wondrous having a tan is to one’s look, there’s actually a dangerous way to getting a tan. The much known way to earning one’s tan has been through sunbathing and the second method on the list would be tanning through the means of using tanning beds. It’s been proven that sunbathing and tanning beds have caused the rise of skin cancer among tan addicts. This is due to the consistent exposure to UV rays. The radiation encourages cancer in the individual’s system thus making skin cancer, or melanoma to some, the top 4 cancer in the world.

While breaking a much loved habit can be quite difficult, you’ll want to avoid lounging about the beach during summer any time soon knowing that your sunscreen is not enough to protect you from skin cancer.

Don’t let that thought deter you from getting your tan. There recent introduction of self tanners in the market has made tanning a lot safer than before. While this may be dubbed as a fake tan, self tanners still aid in giving you the much desired tone without having to squander much of your time under the sun or sandwiched between the contraptions of a tanning bed.

One of the downsides of self tanning is, it can be quite tedious. Compared to sunbathing and tanning inside a tanning bed, using self tanners takes some practice since you’re putting the tan on your skin. Beginners might be dissuaded but if you’re eager to get your tan without putting yourself in harm’s way, self tanners are a great improvement from the conventional methods of tanning.

One good thing about self tanning is you can incorporate natural ingredients to darken your tone, from coffee to cocoa powder or organic self tanners such as Thermalabs, you’re assured that you’re also nourishing your skin