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A good skincare regimen will give you healthy, vibrant skin. But as you walk through the skincare products section of your favorite drug or department store, you’re faced with hundreds of creams, cleansers, and exfoliates that promise to give your skin a healthy and moisturized glow, but generally fall short of your expectations. And skincare aides are expensive, too expensive to be stuck in a cabinet somewhere and forgotten! If you are serious about taking care of your skin and want to save some time and money, try these natural remedies that you probably already have at home.

Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is a staple in any well-constructed deli sandwich, but it can also be used as a moisturizing cream for when you have to shave! Whether you are a man or woman, mayonnaise will give you a nice shaving lather and will keep your skin from breaking out in a rash afterward. Using mayonnaise gives you a savings of over $50/year.

Olive and Coconut Oils

While olive and coconut oils are great for cooking, these oils also do wonders for dry skin and hair. Olive oil contains vitamin E and polyphenols, which are potent antioxidants. Coconut oil protects your skin from harmful UV rays. For the best results, simply massage these oils on your skin when you get out of the shower while you’re still damp. Your skin will quickly absorb it and you won’t feel greasy.

Honey

Honey is a gift from nature. Use it as a beauty aid and use it regularly, because contains vitamin B and antioxidants that will moisturize and bring back softness to damaged skin. Mix a bit of honey with sugar and oil (or milk) and make a sugar scrub with it. You can then give your hands, feet, and face a good scrub, rinse and feel the results: super-soft silkiness. A simple honey-and-sugar scrub is an excellent replacement for the chemical peels and synthetic body scrubs found at the store.

Avocado

And you thought avocados were only for making a delicious bowl of guacamole! Well that’s all fine and dandy, but just know that they also turn magical when you use them on your skin. Make a paste using a couple of slices of avocado and apply it directly to your face for about 20 minutes. Once you rinse it off, your skin will be noticeably softer and enriched with vitamins E and C. Avocado masks are much safer for your skin than the chemical peels at the store and it’ll save you hundreds of dollars each year.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera plants have been around for thousands of years and are a natural remedy for sun-damaged skin and injuries; providing much needed moisture to your skin. Not only does aloe vera contain anti-inflammatory enzymes that soothe the skin, but it also has vitamins C and E to actually heal it. Whether you have a sunburn or are looking for a healthy glow, invest in an aloe plant. When you’re ready to use it, just cut off the outer skin of the leaf and scrape out the gel with a spoon and apply it directly to skin.

Fight off the signs of aging, keep your skin healthy and bring out the glow with these natural beauty helpers!

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5 Potentially Unhealthy Things People Do to Their Bodies

Sometimes trying to do the right thing can be difficult, especially when it comes to taking care of your health. Drinking too much coffee, smoking, and not getting sufficient rest are just a few of the unhealthy things people do.

The list doesn’t end there. Here are five things many people do that they might not realize could be potentially bad for their bodies.

Mouth Piercings Can Be Bad for Dental Health

Even though piercing your lip or tongue can look cool, oral piercings may lead to chipped teeth, increased saliva, and tooth decay, which may ultimately lead to tooth loss. However, that’s not all.

Oral piercings may cause gum deformities that surgery might not be able to repair. They also increase the risk of oral infection by acting as a breeding ground for bacteria, interfere with chewing and speech, and cause nerve damage that may lead to a numb tongue or loss of taste.

While some of these issues may be temporary, such as a swollen tongue that could potentially block your airway. Be sure to speak with a health care professional before undertaking any potentially risky procedure.

Not all Tattoos are Created Equal

Here’s the good news: the FDA regulates the inks in tattoos. To protect yourself, be sure to ask about the ingredients in the ink. While allergic reactions are uncommon, nickel and mercury may cause problems for some people.

Now for the bad news: cities and counties regulate tattooing. Therefore, there is no national standardized certification process for tattoo artists or the tattoo parlors where they work. Additionally, whenever you pierce your skin with a needle, you risk infections like staph and hepatitis. The cleanliness of the shop and the tools is vital to your health. Needles should always be new. Ink should be in single-use pots. The tattoo artist should always wear gloves.

Finally, a new tattoo trend you’ll want to avoid is sunburn tattoos. Sunburn tattoos use sunblock to create a design on your skin. You then purposely become sunburned. Wash off the sunblock and viola, you have a temporary tattoo that in the future could lead to premature skin aging and even skin cancer.

Too Many People Don’t Get Enough Exercise

Because of the work we do as farmer, we might thing we’re getting sufficient weekly exercise. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that 80 percent of all American adults don’t get the recommended amount of exercise, no matter what kind of work they do.

Adults need a minimum of 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic exercise weekly. Activity that is more vigorous requires only 1.25 hours per week. Additionally, the CDC strongly recommends muscle-strengthening activities at least twice a week.

Right now, less than 25 percent of the population gets the recommended amount of weekly exercise. This lack of activity increases your risk of developing heart disease and your chances of gaining weight.

Not Enough Regular Physical Checkups

“If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” That might be how the saying goes but when it comes to human beings, just because you feel healthy, doesn’t mean you should ignore routine checkups.

Depending on your age, gender, and medical history, speak with your doctor about these health exams:

• Annual dental, vision, and hearing exams
• Annual physical checkups to assess blood pressure, cholesterol level, weight, eating habits, exercise level, and tobacco, drug, and alcohol use
• Health risk screenings for diseases such as diabetes and cancer
• Colonoscopy (age 50 and over unless there is a family history)
• Prostate exam (for men age 50 and over unless there is a family history)
• Abdominal exam (for male smokers over 65)
• Pap smear (annual for women)
• Breast exam (self-administered monthly) and annual mammogram (for women over 40)
• Bone density test (for women over 65)

Don’t put off health screenings. Too many people forgo checkups when they feel healthy, only to find out later that they could have prevented an unseen ailment.

Being Too Clean May Have its Drawbacks

Lest you be afraid that you might smell, showering daily is outdated. There are several reasons:

First, showering dries out skin and hair. If you want to retain the natural oils in your skin and hair, limit bathing to twice (maybe three times) a week and avoid very-hot water and harsh soaps. Instead, choose a mild soap that moisturizes your skin as it cleans, and be sure to use a conditioner on your hair. After you shower, don’t dry off frantically. Blot your skin dry and then add a lotion to retain the natural moisture.

Next, researchers suggest that your skin contains good germs that you don’t want to wash away. Consuming foods with good bacteria (probiotics) can help to treat, even prevent, certain skins problems such as eczema.

Finally, if you do vigorously work out or encounter people on a regular basis, consider a sponge bath for just the smelly parts. It’s never good to overlook your personal hygiene.

It’s important to take care of yourself. It’s even more important to be sure that the things you do are the best way to keep your body healthy. Take care of your body and your body will take care of you.


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