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Many people find themselves accumulating way too many T-shirts from an assortment of college clubs, corporate team-building workshops, 5K races, and just your everyday lifestyle on the farm. Rather than let these T-shirts take up place in your dresser, why not put them to good use? Here are six DIY ideas to breathe new life into your T-shirt collection.

Reusable Shopping Bags

Go green with your old T-shirts by making reusable shopping bags. Simply sew the bottom hem shut, cut off the sleeves, and add a sturdy strip of fabric through the armholes to make a shoulder strap. Voila! You have made your very own reusable shopping bag.

T-shirt Tote Bag

Rag Rugs

If you have a pile of 20 or more T-shirts to burn through, this is a terrific winter project that will freshen up your home. Cut the t shirts into thin strips, stretch, and make braids. Feel free to play around with color combinations. Then, coil your braids and sew as you go. Another method is to crochet the fabric strips using a wide-gauge crochet hook.

Make a Braided T-shirt Rug

Braided Headbands

Make a stylish headband to keep your hair out of your face when you hid the gym. Braid fabric strips to get a soft, stretchy and stylish custom-made headband. Add buttons or bows to create a cute detail.

DIY headbands how-to

Tailor for a Better Fit

Maybe you have one special shirt that you actually like… or you would, were it not for the boxy cut. Why not tailor your T-shirt to fit better? For this project, find a shirt that fits you well. Lay it flat on top of your T-shirt (inside out) and trace the side-seams with a pen. Cut along the lines, re-sew. You have just made a cute, girly T-shirt! T-shirts can also easily be converted to flirty tank tops.

A Better Fitting T-shirt

T-shirt Quilt

Quilting is a wonderful folk art that repurposes fabric scraps into beautiful, cozy blankets. This is a great project for someone who would like to savor the memories associated with their fun T-shirts that you just can’t let go of.

Quick and Easy T-Shirt Quilt

Rags

Why purchase expensive cleaning cloths and paper towels? Plain cotton fabric works just as well, and if you use old T-shirts for cotton rags, you won’t have to pay a cent. Cut up old, torn and stained T-shirts into rags for household cleaning.

4 Rags From 1 Shirt

T-shirts provide excellent material for crafts and DIY projects. If you don’t have enough T-shirts of your own but you’d like to try one of these projects, try hitting up a local secondhand store where T-shirts can usually be purchased for only a few dollars. Have fun!

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Why Your Lifestyle Needs Proper Skin Care

Your skin is the first line of defense against disease and infection as it helps to protect your body from all the contaminants we come across each day, and gives protection against the ultraviolet rays. As useful as the skin is to us, it is also the first organ that shows signs of aging. While we might have lived without things like wrinkle creams or moisturizers when we were younger and more resilient, as we age some degree of skin care is inevitable. Keeping your skin healthy should be the most important part of your beauty routine.

Skincare Dos

Wear sunscreen

As much as everyone loves to feel the sun on their skin, it’s good to protect yourself from the direct rays of the sun. UV rays can cause wrinkles and skin cancer, so apply sunscreen whenever you are going to be in the sun, even if only for a little while. Skin around the face, chest, neck and hands, are the most sensitive to UV rays and yet these are always exposed, so make sure to always apply sunscreen to these areas.

Eat healthy foods

Vegetables and fruits are packed full of antioxidants which are chemical compounds that cam help in breaking down cancer-causing free radicals in the body. Free radicals also cause cell damage to the skin. Include colourful vegetables and fruits in every meal for healthy and glowing skin. Also take a lot of vitamins C, E, A and beta carotene.

Treat your skin gently

Contrary to some recent news, scrubbing the skin or exfoliating too often is not good for your skin. Be very gentle when massaging cleanser into your face. Do not rub but go in upward circular motions until whatever you are using is properly absorbed. The skin loses its elasticity as you grow older, so avoid rubbing or pulling it to prevent sagging.

Exfoliate only to remove dead skin cells

The skin renews itself by generating new cells and shedding the old one at the surface so exfoliation helps to remove the dead skin cells. But if you have dry skin, ensure that you do not over-exfoliate because it may become flaky and unattractive. Exfoliating once or twice a week is okay for people with dry skin. People with oily and normal skin however, can exfoliate more frequently; up to 3 or 4 times per week. Make sure to use a gentle exfoliator that is appropriate for your skin type and again, don’t over do it.

Drink plenty of water

Water flushes out toxins and improves circulation. Try to drink at least eight glasses of water to keep your skin looking soft and supple.

Get enough sleep

Apart from the fact that lack of sleep tells on your skin, it also affects your overall health. If you are always tired you are not at your most productive anyway, so why not call it a night and get the rest you need? Sleeping well will not only help to reduce your stress levels but it will also give your skin time to regenerate itself.

Apply eye cream

The skin around your eyes is some of the most sensitive, delicate skin on the entire body. Take care of it by applying a nightly eye cream.

Always moisturize

Moisturized skin is happy skin! Your skin will naturally plump up after applying moisturizer which helps to straighten out the wrinkles. Apply moisturizer when your skin is still damp from your shower or bath – this will lock in moisture and keep your skin looking plump and healthy all day long.

Skincare Don’ts

Don’t smoke

If you need motivation to quit, just take some time to examine the skin of long-term smokers. No offense to them, but even a smoker will admit that it will make your skin yellowish and unattractive with lots of wrinkles around the lips. So quit. Today. Your skin will thank you for years to come.

Never use body soap on the face

These types of soaps are meant for use below the neck. Only use cleansers that are made for the face because they are much gentler on delicate skin.

Don’t be sporadic about your skincare

Cleanse and moisturize every day to offset the pollution and other toxins your skin is exposed to on a daily basis. When you apply skincare products, use them properly. Five minutes in the morning and five minutes in the evening can make a huge difference for your skin over a lifetime.


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