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More women than ever before are paying careful attention to everything they put in–and on–their bodies. More than just careful label reading at the grocery store, this also means making the transition from store-bought skin care products and treatments laden with chemicals and preservatives to simple, at-home recipes for softer, smoother skin. Here’s a look at some dry skin treatments that you can make using simple ingredients that you’ve probably already got in your pantry.

Oat Bran and Honey Mask

Not just a great source of fiber, oat bran flakes make a great gentle exfoliant, while honey and yogurt soothe and treat dry, itchy skin.

Crush a handful of oat bran flake cereal in a zip-top bag by rolling over them with a rolling pin or wine bottle. Transfer crushed flakes to a bowl, and add two tablespoons plain Greek yogurt, one tablespoon raw honey, and a half teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil. Mix well, and apply in an even layer to your face, avoiding your eyes. Allow to dry for approximately 12 minutes, rinse with cool water and pat dry.

Delicious Avocado Mash

The rich, buttery oils in avocados help your skin retain moisture and elasticity. Why not stuff the other half with a simple shrimp ceviche to enjoy while the mask does its work? That way, you’ll get the health benefits of this wonder food inside and out! 😉

Mash half a very ripe, soft avocado in a bowl along with two strawberries and a drizzle of honey. Apply to face and neck and allow to soak in for 10 minutes before rinsing completely. Finish with your favorite moisturizer.

Pina Colada Skin Treatment

Bring the scent of a tropical island vacation to your beauty routine with this skin softening treatment. Use it once a week and you’ll notice an immediate improvement in the condition of your skin.

(This easy DIY recipe is courtesy SheKnows.com.) Add 3 tablespoons fresh pineapple and 1 tablespoon coconut milk to a food processor. Pulse until smooth and then stir in 2 tablespoons natural cane sugar. Wash your hands and apply the scrub to your face touching everywhere but the eye area and rinse the scrub with warm water.

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How to Beat Concentration Fatigue with Nature (But Without Mindfulness)

Focusing for a long time on projects and chores can exhaust you, making daily life a drag. You might plod from home to the office and back without enthusiasm, but you can improve your zest for life. Concentration fatigue may be beaten by spending time among nature even if you’re not a hippie. You need not hug trees, meditate in meadows, or immerse yourself in mindfulness to enjoy nature. Here’s how to shake off the stress from concentrating and unwind in the great outdoors.

Stroll and let your mind wander

Famous thinkers from Beethoven to Aristotle loved to walk and think about life, and you can too. Amble through the countryside, or along a sandy beach, and let your mind drift. The physical exercise will help you feel good and setting your mind free will relieve stress.

Have fun with family

Take your family to the countryside and enjoy a picnic or play games together. Other family activity ideas include riding bikes, flying kites, and camping. Or you could search for bugs, look at clouds, and snooze in hammocks. Also, consider carrying out everyday hobbies outdoors together. Listening to music, reading, and doing crafts in the garden is relaxing.

Take care of wildlife

If you want to be productive, consider doing your bit to contribute to the well-being of wildlife. Put up a bee house or bat box, or create a home for amphibians. Or, make a little wildlife sanctuary from dead branches and twigs. Bugs, toads, frogs, and fungi love making their homes in woodpiles.

Walk a dog

Enjoy taking a dog for a walk and watching your furry pal run and play. There’s nothing as sweet as the vibrant enthusiasm of a playful hound relishing freedom. You’ll be in good company and can soak up the non-demanding atmosphere of the natural world.

When concentration fatigue gets you down, go outdoors and your stress will fade. Don’t imagine you need to sit under a tree like Buddha and meditate to enjoy the gentle atmosphere of nature. Have fun with family or your favorite pooch. Or just while away the time walking and thinking freely. Then again, you might support wildlife in the garden. If you look after nature it will nurture you in return.

References: BBC.Co.uk, Verywellfamily.com, and Theguardian.com.


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