Natural Home Remedies for Some Hair and Skin Problems

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Oftentimes we are faced with some problems arising from our skins and our hair and these are the two things that say a lot about who we are. We spend a lot of money in making sure that our skin and hairs are in their best condition. It, therefore, has become normal to head out to the drugstore to get products that can offer us complete or some sort of relief. The good news is that you may not need to do that again as some of the things you already have in your home may be all you need to fix that problem.

Chipping or peeling lips

This is a common condition we experience when faced with harsh weather conditions, poor nutrition or when crossing a phase in life. To restore that lustrous lip you used to have, wet a soft face towel or any other soft material you can lay your hands on and dip into a bottle of brown sugar. Gently rub it on your lips for about a minute and watch as the chapped dead skin gives way for new layers of skin on the lip. After that wash it off and apply coconut oil for deep moisturising. You can also decide to mix half teaspoon of honey with olive oil (1 teaspoon) and apply on the lips overnight. You will love the result in the morning.

Acne problems

Acne is not a new problem for many people. For a home treatment, you will require getting four drops of tree oil and three tablespoons of aloe vera gel. Mix the two together and rub on the problem areas. If you have time you can do it up to two times in a day. The polysaccharides and gibberellins that are present in aloe vera help in tackling the bacteria that causes acne. It also fights against inflammations, heal spots or scars and then encourage new skin growth. The tree oil also has its own antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that fight against chapping.

Stubborn or frizzy hair

An unkempt hair is in the least attractive. If your hair proves stubborn to manage, get half of an avocado pear and mix with two teaspoons of olive oil. Massage the two mixtures into your hair when it is a little damp. You can leave it on for 10-20 minutes and rinse off afterwards. Apply a conditioner to it and the result you will get when dried will amaze you.

Dry Skin

For dry skins, you will need to mix 5 tablespoons of white sugar, juice of half a lemon and a teaspoon of olive oil. Apply on the body with your palms or with your sponge if you prefer and leave it on for 3 minutes before washing off in the shower. The dead skins are tackled with the natural alpha-hydroxy that is found in lemons which loosen the “glue” that holds down the dead skin to the body. The sugar acts as an exfoliator to get rid of the dead skin and encourages production of news skin. The skin gets its nourishment and moisturising from the Vitamin E that comes with the olive oil.

Dry Cuticles

If you have the problem of dry cuticles especially if you want to apply nail polish or to fix false nails, you’ll need to get rid of the cuticle on your nail to achieve the best result. For this, you will only need coconut oil and your body cream. Take some drop of the coconut oil and a tiny portion of your cream and mix together. Rub it into each cuticle. You can also put on plastic gloves for about 10 minutes for better results.

Ingrown Hairs

This one might sound a little weird but to treat ingrown hairs you will need to dissolve four tablets of Aspirin in a half glass of warm water, stir until dissolved and then add 1 teaspoon honey to it. Rub in the mixture into the affected areas and wait for 10 minutes. Then rinse off with warm water. The salicylic acid contained in Aspirin serves as a very effective exfoliator and also has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the swelling that accompanies ingrown hairs. However, if you have sensitive skin, do well to steer clear of this treatment.

Bonus – (Brown or Stained teeth)

This one is a bonus. We know many people long for a white and sparkling teeth but get discouraged when they are told the huge amount of money they have to pay at the hospital to get the result. Not to worry, you can achieve that at the comfort of your home for few pennies. For this, you will need 1 teaspoon of water and 3 teaspoons of baking soda. Mix it together to form a paste. Then with your toothbrush, dab it into the paste and rub against your teeth for not more than 2 minutes and rinse off with water. You will notice a difference in the colour of your teeth and a fading of the stains. You can do this once in a week or two times at most. It’s not to be done daily because of the acidity of the mixture which may affect your teeth negatively when used daily.

Article written by  chelahmilcah

Wrinkles on your face? Ditch the cream, say hello to face oils

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There comes this time in your life when that supply elastic young facial skin that you use to have in your teen years starts changing in appearance. You start noticing wrinkles and fine lines especially around your laugh lines, eyes and sometimes on the forehead. You feel frightened and wonder if you have started joining the senior people’s team when you are just a little above 30.  Don’t worry, you are still young and can still rejuvenate the suppleness of your facial skin.

Stars like Emma Stone and Gwyneth Paltrow have long depended on the powers of face oil to keep that young and radiant look. Face oils help to give you a younger-looking and healthier facial skin without the unnecessary harsh or toxic properties that come with many beauty products. There have been speculations surrounding the use of face oils and if it’s good for the skin. Face oils are to our skin what oils rich in fatty acids do to our bodies in keeping it healthy.

The wrinkles appear because as we age, we produce less oil and expose our skin to dryness and wrinkles. This is where face oil come in. Oils help act as a barrier to dehydration and to lock in as much moisture as possible. The upper layers of our skin absorb the oil directly into the top layers of the epidermis. In just as little as few weeks with an application, you will notice the difference that your friends will confirm.

Between face oil and creams, which should you choose?

Creams contain less oil and more of water and waxes. Wax builds up and may clog the pores and, therefore, may prevent the oils contained in the cream from reaching into the layers of the skin. Natural oils, on the other hand, give you all the goodness of oil without any barrier.

Face Oils for is good for mature skins by preventing oxidative and per-oxidative damage. This will result in skin that is more resilience with a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles.

It is also good for blemish-prone skins otherwise known as oily skin. Harsh soaps and scrubs can strip your skin of the natural protection. Lipids from oils dissolve lipids and, therefore, break up the congestion on the skin.

You, however, need to be careful when choosing face oils. The first thing is to look at the ingredient contained in the face oil product. Oils from citrus photosensitize the skin and can be detrimental instead of helpful to the facial skin.

What to look out for searching for good face oil is the extraction method. Go for the face oil that is expeller pressed, steam CO2-extracted or steam distilled than solvent extracted oils.

Helichrysum, Carrot Seed and krill have the best anti-aging properties. They rejuvenate the skin. Tree oils are also good but mainly provide antiseptic benefits that lift the spirit.

So in conclusion, we can say that it’s safer to go with face oils than creams if your aim is to ward off untimely wrinkles and attain a healthy, supple-looking skin.

Acne breaks out a day to that party? Use these makeup tips to tackle it

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So you are all excited about Saturday night’s alumni party cos all your friends, school mates, lecturers especially that particular one that used to give you a hell of a time (and now you are going to show him you actually turned out just fine), are going to be there. And then on Saturday morning, you wake up with an outbreak of acne. What? You were not expecting that and you are all sad about it. Not to worry sweetheart, that acne won’t take your shine. You may not be able to wipe off that acne by the wave of a magic wand, but you certainly can do a very good job at concealing it. That’s right, you heard it. The magic is to cover it with makeup and make sure you catch all the fun that’s going down Saturday night.

Excited to know how you can do that? We’ll get to it in a minute. But first, let it be clear that acne and makeup are two things that do not always agree. You may want to use makeup and cover up all that reddish or brownish pop out on your face but instead, you end up making it worse. It’s very pertinent to know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to makeup and concealing breakouts. Knowing what to do can make a world of difference and can help you avoid getting the exact opposite of what you do not want to have; obvious acne covered face.

Now let’s get down to what you need to do before you lose all patience with reading this.

The first thing you need to do is get your skin ready for the procedure. You do not want to pile up makeup on an already acne infested face. You must make sure that your face is washed thoroughly and free of any oil or dirt.

The next thing is to apply a non-greasy moisturiser. Most of the time, acne is as a result of too much oil on the skin that could block the pores and cause a breakout. Switching to a non-greasy moisturiser not just for your face alone, but for your whole body is highly recommended.

And then we move on to the makeup proper. The next thing you will put on your face is a silicon based primer. That’s what will make sure your makeup stays put no matter how hard the acne tries to break free and expose the work you did at concealing it.

The next step is to get a concealer that is a shade darker than your colour. With a clean hand, and using your ring finger, take a little portion of your concealer and apply them on the face and on the acne in soft strokes. Don’t go heavy on it; apply just enough to cover it. For this purpose we suggest getting a concealer with a mattifying effect.

Next is to get your favourite foundation that matches your skin colour especially the neck. You can apply it generously on the acne problem area, and after that, you also apply it to the non-problem areas but not heavily. The idea is to draw attention from your acne to the part of your face that is clear. You will then take your highlight to highlight not the acne part this time, but the clear part of your face. This is the absolute wonder that will make sure that everyone notices everything about you but your acne.

So there you have it, you can still rise above that acne and never ever let an acne breakout stop you from having the best time of your life.

Ways To Help Your Breasts Stay Younger

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Did you know that the breasts are always two years older than our real age? They age the quickest than any other part of our body. That is what a research by Professor Steve Horvath found out. Considering the aesthetics it adds to our body and total appearance, we cannot ignore these two lovely bumps on our chest. We all like showing off beautiful cleavage when out in the open, but not taking care of your breasts can reduce the number of years you can show it off.

We pay so much attention to our face, our skin, our hair, our nails and what have you, but seem to pay little or no attention to the one thing that complements our outlook. Age-proofing your breasts is the best way to protect it from wearing out too quickly even before the natural forces like childbirth and ageing set in.

You may want to know why our breasts seem to age out too soon. According to a biochemist, Nausheen Qureshi, she said that the breast skin is quite sensitive, very thin and is a victim of the hormonal changes we experience during our lifetime. There is a decrease of collagen as we age. Also, childbirth adds its pressure when it forces the mammary glands to produce milk for the newly born. We are cannot overlook the effect of the sun on our breasts too.

Here are some of the preventive steps to protect your breasts from ageing quicker than you do.

  1. Some people were told that it is wrong to apply moisturiser on the breast to avoid cancer. Well, that is nothing but a myth. Actually, your breasts can benefit greatly from a good moisturiser that is high in Vitamin B3 or niacinamide and also antioxidants. They are very rich in anti-ageing properties. You may also want to consider collagen breast masks that tighten the skin and also makes for cellular metabolism.
  1. Apply a sunscreen on the breast. Sunscreens are not just for your face alone. As long as your breasts are receiving the effect of sun, you need also to give them their portion of sunscreen application. Sunscreens protect the skin from the rays of the sun not excluding the breast. Look out for those with Vitamin E.
  1. Watch out for that product with big promises! Whenever you see a beauty product that promises to do wonders for your skin, take a look at the ingredients. Once you cannot understand most of the ingredients drop it and look for the ones that relate to you. It has been found that chemicals in the beauty products we use some of the time work against us.
  1. Many times, we tend to overlook the fact that our breasts need extra support. This is mostly found at ladies with smaller breasts. However small your breasts may be, you need to help it retain that youthful look by supporting it with a good bra and accurate cup size. It is wrong to work out without a good sports bra. Underwire bra is a no-no when it comes to working out. Also, the need to ensure you measure your breasts so as to get the right bra size cannot be overemphasised.

Having said all this, we want to point out that prevention is better than cure. Start early in life to protect your breasts and teach your teenage girls to the same. And even if your breasts have gone south, you can still use some exercises like push up and the rest to give it a natural boost and firmness.

Article written by chelahmilcah

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