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If you have dry skin, brittle nails, damaged hair, or one of a dozen other conditions, then you need special beauty care methods to cope with them. These tips on beauty care remedies for common beauty problems can improve your skin, hair, and nails, helping your natural beauty to shine through.

Problem Hair Care

Damaged, dry hair is one of the most common beauty problems out there. The things that women often do to their hair in the name of beautiful are often the very things that damage and destroy their hair’s beauty. Coloring, ironing, bleaching, and curling all damage the hair, but most women will not give them up.

To deal with damaged hair, you have to be very careful with your choice of conditioner. Find one with quinoa protein or keratin. They will repair damaged and split strands of hair, and make your whole head of hair stronger. Be sure to apply your conditioner the right way. The ends of your hairs have taken the most damage, and are the most vulnerable to further damage. The hair close to your scalp, however, is newly grown and strong. Using conditioner there is unnecessary, and it just weighs your hair down, making it greasy and flat. Scrubbing your hair there more than you need to just starts the damage early. Instead, apply the conditioner at about ear level and work it down from there.

Blow-dryers cause more hair damage than almost anything else. Try to blow dry your hair no more than is absolutely necessary. When you do use it, keep the dryer always in motion, so that the heat doesn’t build up too much, damaging your hair. Never hold the dryer closer than six inches.

Nourish your hair by working coconut oil into your hair twice every week. This will make it stronger and healthier.

Problem Skin Care

If you suffer from acne and oily skin, then you should wash your face two to three times per day with lukewarm, not hot, water. Use an oil-based cleanser on your face in the morning to pull the oil out of your pores. Use an oil-free moisturizer. Never use harsh soap. Only use water-based makeup.

On the other hand, if you have dry skin, then you must use a mild cleanser each morning. After the cleanser, massage moisturizer into your face. The massage is as important as the moisturizer. It will stimulate your circulation and improve the texture of your skin. Never take hot showers, because they will dry out your skin even more. Avoid harsh cleansing products. Use a nourishing cream each night before you go to bed.

If you have patches of oily skin and patches of dry skin, you need something that will help both problems without aggravating either one. Clean your face once in the morning and once in the evening to get rid of the oil, but not more often, or your dry patches will get worse. Use the mildest cleansers. Use oil-free moisturizers on your dry patches. You should also be careful to use only oil-free sunscreen.

Problem Nail Care

In general, if your nails are constantly splitting and chipping, then the culprit is your diet. Proper nail care requires a balanced, healthy diet. Eat plenty of protein and foods with vitamins B, D, and E. Eating a small handful of almonds every day will do wonders for your nails.

If you have problem nails, wear gloves when you wash the dishes to protect them from the cleaning chemicals. Try not to use nail polish unless you absolutely have to, as it softens your nails. Never use nail files to remove stubborn nail polish or other stains. This will damage your nails even worse than nail polish remover. Instead, try soaking your nails in a bowl of lemon juice and water. Soak your nails in olive oil every day for 15 minutes if you have brittle nails. This will make them strong and healthy looking.

Even if you suffer from problems with your hair, skin, and nails, you can still look beautiful without very much effort. Just following a few simple, short daily routines will let you manage just about any problem.

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Surprising Home Remedies (That Actually Work!)

Minor medical issues are a fact of life. Luckily, you have plenty of items lying around the house that pull double duty. Before heading to the pharmacy to deal with anything from dandruff and athlete’s foot to warts and insect bites, take a look at our list of 5 common household items that work wonders as home remedies:

Athlete’s Foot and Foot Odor

Few things are as frustrating and embarrassing as the itchiness and funky stench of athlete’s foot. But don’t fret; relief is as close as your medicine chest (or liquor cabinet). Mouthwash and vodka have both been shown to reduce the bacteria that cause the telltale symptoms of athlete’s foot. Just wet a washcloth or cotton ball with either one, and carefully wipe down your feet after a shower or workout. Not only will this leave your tootsies smelling fresh and clean, but it will reduce the itching and burning that often accompanies this type of infection.

Need another reason to use mouthwash on your feet? Here’s a good one: the breath freshening and antiseptic properties of your favorite oral rinse also knocks out blisters in a day or so. Simply apply your favorite brand of mouthwash via cotton swab three or four times a day, and watch it dry up without popping.

Insect Bites

Spiders, mosquitoes, and other creepy crawlers have a nasty way of leaving us itchy and stung. The next time you find yourself the victim of a bug trying to make lunch out of you, reach for the antacid tablets. Those fizzy indigestion and hangover tablets contain aspirin and other ingredients that will soothe your irritated, bug-bitten skin. Simply crush up an antacid tablet and use a couple of drops of water to create a paste that you can apply directly to the bite. And because it won’t dry out your skin like most calamine and itch creams can, you don’t have to worry about dealing with itchy skin after the bite is gone, either.

Tension Headaches

Being stressed, excited, overworked, tired or anxious makes you subconsciously clench your jaw and grind your teeth, which puts a strain on your muscles and often leads to a tension headache. Stop the vicious cycle before it gets going with a simple pencil. Placing a pencil between your teeth (without biting down) makes you relax your jaw muscles, which can stave off a tension headache before it really gets a hold of you.

Dandruff

An itchy scalp and shedding flakes are the hallmarks of dandruff. Treating it usually involves switching to an expensive specialized shampoo. But recent studies show that you can create your own dandruff-busting formula by simply adding two drops of tea tree oil to your favorite shampoo. That way you can fight the flakes without the medicated scent or over-drying that comes from traditional dandruff formulas.

Corns and Calluses

An estrogen-like chemical found in both red and black licorice has been proven to soften up the tough skin that causes corns and calluses. Treat your tootsies to a licorice treatment that whips up in no time at all by blending a couple of licorice sticks with a glob of petroleum jelly and a couple of drops of cinnamon extract. Apply the paste to the rough areas of your feet and let soak in overnight. (A pair of socks will keep your sheets and pajamas clean and dry in the process.)


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