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Losing collagen happens. Which is probably why the skincare industry makes billions of dollars every year on anti-aging creams, serums, and cleansers that promise to reduce wrinkles and give your skin a healthy glow. But these products usually fall short on the results you’re looking for. Instead of paying $20-$100 on a single jar of false promises, try these natural remedies that help you defy the signs of aging!

Eat More Fish

Fish is considered to be a low-fat protein source that does wonderful things for the entire body, including keeping skin looking young. Incorporate fish that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, into your diet to give your skin a plumper, fresh look. Omega-3 fatty acids also contains antioxidants that get rid of toxins, which makes this the top recommendation for healthier-looking skin.

Banana and Honey Mask

If your skin tends to be on the dry side, mash up a banana and mix it up with honey to create a completely chemical free face mask that will do wonders for you. Bananas contain vitamins A, D, and E that protect your skin from harmful UV rays and provide it with a clean and radiant glow. Honey contains antibacterial properties and humectant, which will lock in moisture and keep your face from becoming dry in unfavorable weather conditions. Apply the mixture to your face and let it soak into your skin for approximately 15 minutes before rinsing.

Good Old-Fashioned Water

If your skin is more dry than normal, consider incorporating more water into your diet. One of the biggest causes of dry skin, other than the weather, is simply that you are dehydrated and need more liquids in your body. Drink the recommended amount of water for your body type each day and soon you will notice healthier looking skin. To enhance the skin healing properties of your water, infuse it with citrus fruits or cucumber slices to get more vitamins into your system.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is rich and bold, and can be used for more than just cooking! It has been used to moisturize skin for thousands of years and does not leave a greasy residue behind. Olive oil contains good fats and hydroxytyrosol, which fight off the free radicals that damage your skin. Olive oil also contains a healthy dose of vitamin E which provides your skin with beneficial antioxidants. Rub a small amount of olive oil on your face before you go to sleep at night and wake up to a fresh look, radiant glow (and a noticeable reduction in wrinkle definition).

Pineapple and Lemon Juice Rub

Speaking of wrinkles, give your face a nice citrus rinse with a mixture of pineapple juice and lemon juice. Not only will your skin feel clean and fresh, but the acids found in the citrus juice will go to work smoothing out your skin and making it soft. Citrus juices are rich in vitamin C, which is great for good skin health.

Premature aging? Ha! Dry skin? Oh no. Again, don’t break the bank for expensive creams and wrinkle treatments, use ingredients you most likely already have at home. You will be rewarded with a fabulous glow and take years off the clock in no time.

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DIY Manicure: How to Create Newspaper Nails

A fresh manicure can make you feel like a fashionista and add a stylish twist to plain outfits, but trips to professional nail salons can hit your wallet hard. There are also so many more effective things you could be doing with the hours you spend getting to the salon and waiting to be seen. This quick, do-it-yourself manicure looks like it takes hours to achieve, but it’s simply a matter of grabbing an old newspaper and 10 minutes in your lunch break. To create the illusion of detailed writing on your nails, you will need a light-colored nail polish, clear nail polish, a newspaper, and clear alcohol.

DIY Manicure: Put on a Base Coat

Firstly, paint your nails with a light-coloured base coat. The newspaper lettering will pop against a white nail polish, but pale pink and yellow look great too. Make sure your base coat has completely dry before you move on to the next step. To speed up this process, you can dip your nails into a bowl of ice water for 30 seconds.

Dip Your Fingernails Into Alcohol

Pour a small amount of clear alcohol into a bowl. Almost any alcohol will work; rubbing alcohol and vodka are the best options. Then submerge your fingernails into the alcohol for a few seconds.

Press Newspaper Onto Your Nails

While your nails are still wet from the alcohol, press a strip of newspaper onto your nail. For this step you can either use a section from a full newspaper page or cut a page into strips large enough to cover an individual nail. Use different pieces of paper for each nail, as they can’t be reused. After you’ve been holding the paper onto your nail for 15 seconds, carefully peel it off and see the delicate lettering of your new manicure.

Cover With a Top Coat

To protect your manicure, you can cover it with a top coat of clear nail polish. This will help your nails stay fresher for a few extra days so you can flaunt this striking look for even longer.

This DIY manicure looks beautiful and on-trend, but takes much less time and money than a professional nail treatment. You can even choose specific words to press onto your nails and add a layer of personality to your look. Everyone will be asking where you get your nails done, but no one will believe it was as simple as this!


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