Home Remedies For Glowing Skin

Lemons

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You Will Need

2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons sugar

What You Have To Do

1. Mix the ingredients and apply the mixture on your face.
2. Scrub in a circular motion and leave it on for 10 minutes.
3. Rinse off with warm water to reveal glowing skin.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a week.

Why This Works

The sugar granules help to get rid of dead cells. Lemon cleanses, bleaches, and also removes tan. It is one of nature’s best skin brightening agents.

Carrot Juice

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You Will Need

4-6 carrots
A small piece of peeled ginger
Water

What You Have To Do

1. Cut the ginger and carrot into pieces and extract their juice.
2. Add some water to dilute the juice to the required consistency.
3. Drink this juice, preferably in the mornings.

How Often You Should Do This

Drink carrot juice every other day.

Why This Works

The antioxidants present in carrots will cleanse the body of free radicals, and this will start reflecting on your skin. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A, which will not only improve the skin’s texture and health but also improve your eyesight.

Green Tea

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon green tea leaves
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cream
What You Have To Do

1. Boil the tea leaves in water. When they impart color, remove from the flame. Cool it and add two teaspoons from it in a bowl.
2. To this, add the brown sugar and cream, and mix well.
3. Apply all over the face and scrub gently in circular motions.
4. Rinse with cold water after 10 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this once or twice a week.

Why This Works

Green tea leaves are rich in flavonoids, which maintain the collagen production in the skin. It maintains the elasticity of the skin, makes your skin glow, and reverses the signs of aging.

Cod liver oil

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You Will Need

Cod liver oil capsules

What You Have To Do

1. Prick open the liver oil capsules and apply the oil present inside on the face and neck.
2. Massage it for a minute or two. Leave it on for about 10 minutes.
3. Rinse with water. You can also use a mild cleanser.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply cod liver oil once every day.

Why This Works

Cod liver oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A and D, EPA, and DHA. These nourish the skin, repair damaged cells, and give the face a radiant glow.

Olive oil

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What You Have To Do

1. Take a few drops of oil on your fingertips, and apply it all over the face and neck.
2. Massage in upward circles for two to three minutes, especially on your cheeks, nose, and forehead.
3. Dip the towel in the warm water, remove the excess water, and place this on the face for 30 to 40 seconds.
4. Dip the towel again in the warm water and gently wipe away the oil with it.
5. Pat your skin dry with a paper towel if required.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this every night before going to bed.

Why This Works

Olive oil is an excellent skin moisturizer and renders a natural shine as well. The flavonoids and polyphenols present in it protect the skin from free radicals and prevent damage. It repairs the skin cells and makes it healthy and glowing.

Water

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The most BEST home remedy for healthy glowing skin is remaining hydrated by drinking lots of WATER! The National Health Service (NHS) advises drinking around 1-2 litres of water. That’s roughly six to eight glasses a day. In hotter climates, the body will usually need more than this.

What home remedies do you use for healthier skin? Comment below

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Maintaining Healthy Relationships

Your mental health has a great impact on your ability to form and maintain relationships, whether it be with a spouse, parent, child, or friend.
Here are five tips tips on building  and maintaining healthy relationships:

1) Don’t sweat the small stuff. Sometimes, we lose the ability to celebrate our victories by often focusing only on our faults and failures. Always make an attempt to look at the bigger picture, including the things you are doing well in!

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2)  Accept and celebrate differencesOne of the biggest challenges we experience in relationships is that we are all different. Coming from different backgrounds and being exposed to different things in life, sometimes can lead us to expectations that people will think like we do and, in this way, it is so much easier to create a rapport. Life would be so much easier if everyone totally understood where we were coming from. However, it would also be very dull if we were all the same and, while we may find it initially easier, the novelty of sameness soon would wear off. So accepting and celebrating that we are all different is a great starting point.

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3) Express Yourself. Express your feelings; I cannot stress this enough! Keeping your feelings inside (whether good or bad) is never a great idea. Talk it out, release your thoughts, worries, and concerns. Holding your emotions in will eventually cause bad feelings to accumulate and further damage your relationships. Communication occurs when someone understands you, not just when you speak. One of the biggest dangers with communication is that we can work on the assumption that the other person has understood the message we are trying to get across. Developing effective communication skills is vital in maintaining relationships that are important to us.

 

4) Develop empathy.  Empathy and understanding build a connection between people. It is a state of perceiving and relating to another person’s feelings and needs without blaming, giving advice or trying to fix the situation.

5) Sometimes, being present is all that is required. Being present in the time you give to people is also important, so that, when you are with someone, make every attempt to truly be with them and not dwelling in the past or worrying about the future. This may also require stepping away from technology and putting our phones aside.clasped-hands-comfort-hands-people-45842

January’s Book Review

So, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to dedicate time to read at least one book a month. Here is the review for my book for January.

Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell
Published by SmileyBooks; 1 edition (February 1, 2010)
Paperback: 283 pages
Source: Purchased from Amazon for $11.99

This book not only challenges the narrative of inferiority of African Americans in the US, but also provides an interesting analysis of the “brainwashing” that has infected the psyches of many African Americans. It breaks down how deep rooted insecurities  reaching back to the days of slavery still has a grasp on Black Americans today.

Burrell shows how words and images in music and the media have been used for years to manipulate how blacks are viewed in this country and subsequently how many of us have unconsciously viewed ourselves. While many will argue that racist media propaganda died with the end of the Jim Crow era, Burrel breaks down how mainstream news outlets today still focus heavily on the negative aspects of the African American life, while at the same time ignoring or downplaying our contributions. From the damning portrayal of light skinned black women as sex vixens in music videos to black comedians  and their jokes on serious issues of dysfunction such as “bitch black women, deadbeat dads, bad ass kids and battling black parents”.

If he has done nothing else, Burrel gets the audience thinking and perhaps starting to devise solutions to changing the way blacks perceive themselves and eventually how others perceive us.

I would highly recommend this book to any individual that wants to be enlightened.

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If anyone is interested, I will be reselling my copy (used, with normal wear and tear) for $7.99 +shipping and handling.

10 Ways to Keep That Smile Bright

1. Take Good Care of Your Toothbrush

Maintaining your toothbrush is an important part of having a healthy smile.
Take care of your toothbrush. Organisms that are removed from your mouth and teeth tend to thrive in dark, moist environments.In order to prevent overgrowth of these germs on the brush, rinse it well after brushing and store it in an upright position open to the air in order to keep it dry. Replace brushes frequently. The American Dental Association recommends replacing toothbrushes every three to four months, although with children you may need to change them sooner. Keep an eye out for frayed, worn bristles.

2. Don’t forget your tongue

Brushing your tongue is equally as important as your teeth. Brushing your tongue helps fight the bacteria in your mouth. Tongue brushing is not only essential for keeping your teeth healthy, but it also helps to stop bad breath. Try using a toothbrush with a cheek and tongue cleaner.

3. Gargle

Using the traditional Listerine helps control the growth of organisms and prevent bad breath. Another great alternative is gargling apple cider vinegar. Do this in the morning and then brush as usual for healthy teeth. The vinegar helps help remove stains, whiten teeth, and kill bacteria in your mouth and gums.

4.Baking Soda/Hydrogen peroxide

The home remedies of brushing baking soda and rinsing with hydrogen peroxide works so well: a few toothpaste companies have started adding them as activated ingredients in their products. Baking soda removes stains and whitens your teeth. Use it just as you would toothpaste. I started using activated charcoal last year which has the same consistency and it works great.

5.Consistent Brushing

Brush your teeth a minimum of two times per day, preferably in the morning when you get out of bed and at bedtime in the evening. They’re the two most crucial times, because saliva (which keeps cavity-causing plaque off teeth) dries up at night, so it’s best to have all plaque cleaned off the teeth before sleep. It’s also important to brush first thing in the morning to brush off plaque and bacteria (morning breath!) that may have built up as you slept.

6. Visit Your Dentist Regularly

With social media and everyone constantly taking pictures of themselves, we may become consumed with having pearly whites and forget the overall health of our teeth. Before you go out and buy a pack of white strips or set up an appointment for hyper-whitening with your local dentist, make sure everything else is taken care of, health-wise. Visit your dentist for routine check-ups and cleanings at least twice a year.

7. Avoid Stains on your White Canvas

You’ve probably already heard that coffee and red wine stain teeth, but they’re certainly not the only culprits. There are plenty of other foods and drinks that can stain your teeth such as:

  • white wine
  • blueberries
  • blackberries
  • pomegranates
  • soda
  • barbecue sauce
  • green tea
  • black tea
  • sugary treats
  • marinara
  • curry
  • turmeric
  • paprika
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8. Banana Rub

You can use the inside of a banana peel, which is rich in potassium, magnesium, manganese, and other minerals. Once the minerals are absorbed into the enamel, they help keep teeth their whitest and healthiest.  After you brush and floss, peel a ripe banana and then rub a piece on your teeth for two minutes. Rinse and repeat again before bed.bananas

9. Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is essentially swishing oil around the mouth and using it like a mouthwash. Coconut oil contains fatty acids that are broken down into teeth whitening enzymes when they come in contact with human saliva. In order to oil pull, you put a tablespoon of oil in your mouth, then swish it around for 15-20 minutes. When you swish the oil around your mouth, the bacteria get stuck in it and dissolve in the liquid oil. Making it easier to remove stains upon brushing and rinsing.

 

10. In-office Procedures

To get the fastest and most dramatic results, in-office is the preferred option. Dentists and dental hygienists are able to use stronger agents that quickly and effectively whiten teeth. You can actually see results within an hour, sometimes 10 shades lighter in a single session.  Some in office procedures include:

  • Laser Teeth Whitening

A syringe will be used to apply the whitening solution to your teeth alone, avoiding contact with the gums. Then use a small laser to activate the formula, and the compound will foam as it lifts the stains from your teeth. Once all the teeth have been whitened, the dentist will let the solution remain for a few minutes before wiping it off with a small vacuum. This will run you approximately $400

  • Custom Bleaching Trays
    Unlike the generic trays we use at home, a customized mold of your teeth is taken in order to create the trays that will provide a uniform coverage for the whitening gel. In-office whitening treatments also use a much higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide (home treatments use about 5% whereas professional treatments use up to 43%). Your dentist will then seat the tray firmly against your teeth, wiping off any excess gel. Your dentist will keep the tray on your teeth anywhere from 30-60 minutes before removing it and cleaning your teeth. This will run you approximately $800

What’s the secret to your bright smile? comment below.