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Although some people never seem to have an issue with breakouts over a significant portion of their body, other individuals suffer from this problem on a regular basis. Even if you are prone to body breakouts, you can take charge of this issue and reduce their frequency and severity. Use as many of the following tips to help prevent body acne of all kinds.

Hygiene

Let’s face it, we do dirty work. And if pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads seem to pop out frequently, you might want to give your hygiene routine a new look. After all, a good hygiene routine should involve more than just washing your hands after going out to collect eggs, particularly if you are prone to body breakouts. In addition to cleaning your face daily, you should include a weekly exfoliating treatment to help remove the dead skin cells that can clog your pores. You might also want to use soaps, cleansers, and body washes explicitly designed for people with oily skin problems.

Sleep

Many medical professionals recommend getting sufficient sleep each day. You’ll know you are getting enough sleep if you wake up feeling rested. If you are still tired, you probably need more sleep. During sleep, your body works hard to rejuvenate itself, which is essential not only to your body’s health but also to the health of your skin.

Healthy Diet

Did you know that eating a healthy diet can help you avoid body breakouts as well as keeping you fit and trim? A healthy diet is full of vitamins and minerals that are good for your skin. Eating fresh produce and lean meats will help to prevent body breakouts, partly because it avoids the fats and sugars that so often lead to clogged pores. If you want to keep your skin clear, you should avoid eating most types of fast food, sugary treats, and fatty meats.

Proper Hydration

Proper hydration is just as important as proper nutrition when it comes to clear skin. The water you drink helps to remove harmful bacteria and toxins that can contribute to acne breakouts. Unless you drink enough water every day, these toxins build up and lead to health issues, including body breakouts.

If you want clear skin, you need to try and maintain it actively. To do so, you should eat a nutritious diet, drink plenty of water, get lots of sleep, and cleanse your skin thoroughly each day. If your body breakouts are severe, you might want to consult your family doctor.

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Make Your Own Olive Oil

Original post from the OHH blog (see it here).

Our area is loaded with olive trees. We have a tree on our property too. Just recently, I bought a 33.8 oz bottle of extra virgin olive oil (off-brand) at the grocery store. It cost over $8.00. The more expensive brands were closer to $14.00. Do you see where I’m headed here folks? It’s time to try to make our own!

We set up a grinding and pressing station in the empty bedroom of the house. Here’s how:

The sink and counter came from Home Depot. (Makes me sad that we didn’t have either on hand, especially since the hubby’s profession has him tearing these things out all the time. Oh well.) Together they cost a bit over $100.00 and the time spent setting it up took about an hour, plus, the hubby always spends at least an hour in Home Depot regardless of what he went there for! (I’ll have totals for ya at the end.)

The grinder we chose is their top-of-the-line, under-the-sink garbage disposal that can rip anything to shreds. It works wonders and though it was a whopping $300.00, it was a really good investment that will last us a very long time. But it doesn’t come with a cord… if you don’t have an extra one on hand, you’ll have to buy it and wire it in. Another $8.00 and 10 minutes gone.

The press was about $120.00 from Harbor Freight and very easy to put together. (But the hubby is kicking himself because he thinks he could have made a better one for less. Oh well again.) It took about a half hour or so. With just these two things… oil is born.

It took us about an hour and a half to pick a full bucket. In “experienced olive picker” laborer time that would probably be more like 30 minutes. If you have an entire grove to pick you’ll most likely want to hire help to do it, and that cost is unknown. (I’m sure that if you have to factor labor in, the deficit bulges out by a lot!) When you harvest the olives, immediately wash them and plan to grind them the same day, or up to a few days later. Don’t wait much longer than that since they can begin to rot, and/or the flavor of the oil you produce will be compromised. What a waste that would be!

Our olive tree was busting out with olives but we waited too long. This is the last good one. Olives can be darker green to black* and anything in between… but when they get old and shrivel this much, you’ll have oil that quite possibly could be rancid. So move quickly. We ended up taking the ladder to a public area/street corner where there are five olive trees just busting at the seams with fat, ripe olives. They were all over the roadside and nobody cared at all. So we picked our hearts out and trucked home to cold press** them. But I hesitate to add the time it took us to get there and back simply because this is a one-time deal. We’ll be using our own olives from here on out.

We laid down a big block of wood to make sure the plastic bin would have a flat surface to sit on.

We used a painters’ straining bag to add the mash to and then wrapped it with cheese cloth. Minimal cost, stuff we already had (including the buckets) and so I won’t add them in this time.

A block of wood was used to press the mash, so to keep it sanitary, it had to be wrapped in something. I thought that plastic wrap would be a good idea however, it tends to make things slide around (because of the oil) and the bag of mash can end up to one side causing breakage. (Two mishaps and we learned to re-align it when that happens.) If we figure out a better way, I’ll post it here.

(Update: Just received a tip that blew my mind! Glue a plastic cutting board to the wooden block for pressing. It’ll be easy to clean and it won’t slide around. Done!!)

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