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5 DIY Sunscreen Recipes to Try at Home

Did you know that most sunscreens in the stores are full of toxins? They are not only harmful to your skin but are toxic to your body as well. According to the EWG guide to sunscreen, some of the toxic chemicals used in sunscreens which are not approved by the U.S are oxybenzone, octinoxate, homosalate, octisalate, and octocrylene.

Protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is important. But, still, it’s important that you find a way to shield yourself without the use of chemicals and unnecessary additives.

Thankfully you have another option to save you skin from the wrath of the sun via chemical-free ways. You no longer have to slather yourself with sunscreens that are full of chemicals. Instead take a look at these simple DIY sunscreen recipes.

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1. Waterproof Sunscreen
Ingredients:
• 1/2 cup coconut oil
• 1/4 cup almond oil
• 1/4 cup beeswax
• 2 tablespoons Shea butter
• 2 tablespoons zinc oxide

Preparation:
• In a boiler add all the ingredients except the zinc powder
• Stir them well on a medium flame until they are combined
• Pour it into a jar and add the zinc to it
• Wrap a towel around the jar and shake it well
• Let it cool off completely and then transfer it to a refillable silicon tube

2. Herbal Sunscreen
Ingredients:
• 1/4 cup calendula oil
• 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
• 1/4 cup of neem oil
• 1/4 cup of coconut oil
• 1/4 cup of cocoa butter
• 25 drops of lavender essential oil
• 5 teaspoons Vitamin E oil

Preparation:
• In a pan add the coconut oil, cocoa butter, neem oil, and calendula oil and heat it over a medium flame
• Once the oils are combined add the aloe vera gel and mix well
• Remove the pan from the stove and lastly add the lavender essential oil and Vitamin E oil
• One it cools off store it in an airtight container

3. Sun Block for Acne Prone Skin
Ingredients:
• 5 tablespoons coconut oil
• 2 teaspoons zinc oxide
• 8 drops of ylang-ylang essential oil

Preparation:
• Mix all the ingredients together and make sure you don’t inhale the zinc oxide

4. Beach Sunscreen
Ingredients:
• 1 cup unrefined Shea Butter
• 2/3 cup coconut oil
• 15 drops of myrrh essential oil
• 15 drops of carrot seed essential oil

Preparation:
• Add the Shea butter and coconut oil in a pan, heat and combine thoroughly
• Next, add both the essential oils and mix well
• Store the contents in an air-tight container

5. Coconut Oil Sunscreen
Ingredients:
• 1/2 cup coconut oil
• 1/4 cup Shea butter
• 1/8 cup jojoba oil
• 1 teaspoon red raspberry seed oil
• 1 teaspoon carrot seed oil
• 1 teaspoon zinc oxide powder

Preparation:
• Add the coconut oil, Shea butter and jojoba oil in a pan and mix it well on a medium flame
• Once the butter is well melted remove it from the stove and let the mixture cool
• Next, add the zinc oxide and the essential oils to the mixture
• Keep the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes
• Then take it out of the fridge and whip it thoroughly
• Store it in a glass container

Lastly, here are a few things you have to know about the usage of sunscreens:

• A common mistake people make, is applying a small amount of the cream which will not protect your skin completely. Make sure you use at least an ounce of the cream for full body protection
• Sunscreen must be applied 30 minutes before you go out
• Apply sunscreen every 3 hours if you’re out in the sun throughout the day
You can also learn more at fixyourskin.com. Hopefully, this time, you’ll be protected from the sun naturally!

Author Bio:
Hello, Hannah, here from FixYourSkin.com! I have a lot of experience with skin health and have written several articles that have been published. FixYourSkin has a lot of tips, health advice and DIY recipes which can give you great looking skin without any side effects!


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The Ultimate Guide for Anti-aging Skincare

skincare-fbeThe skin is a precious part of our bodies. A glowing, youthful skin provides us with a confidence boost and allows us to look more presentable in public. Excessive exposure to the sun, smoking, harmful chemicals, low protein intake, genetics, and stress can all lead to premature aging. Doctor Oz reports several signs that can show you when you are aging too fast. These signs include cottonmouth in the morning, red and inflamed eyes, graying skin, loss of smell and hearing loss. While these may not all be directly associated with aging signs on the facial area, they all provide evidence that the entire body is aging too fast, which often leads to the skin to start aging too fast as well.

Anti-Aging Products
With millions of people struggling to fight against the signs of premature aging, a range of products has hit the market to offer assistance. The large variety of products available in the modern day to help minimize the effects of aging makes it hard to choose the best anti-aging product for a specific condition. Marketing material of these products can also make it hard to choose, especially when a list of promises is made but never delivered on. Considering the fact that some of these products can also be quite pricey, such as the Chanel Ultra Correction Lift Lifting Firming Day Cream SPF 15, going for an average of $150, we sometimes need to reach deep into our wallets to be able to afford such a product.

Step-By-Step Anti-Aging Skincare
When it comes to buying commercially available anti-aging serums, people often forget that these products usually work in a system. To gain optimum benefits, an array of products is required. In the end, this results in a large expense that might not even be worth the buy. Looking into alternative methods that can help you treat and prevent signs of premature aging can be an effective option. This will help you save money, while also enjoying similar benefits to what these expensive products can offer you.

Anti-Aging Skincare Tips
Before we look at the proper skin care regimen to follow to avoid premature aging of the skin, let us first take a look at some anti-aging skin care tips. We often forget how important it is to take care of our bodies to resemble a more youthful appearance on the outside. These tips can easily be implemented into your daily task list to gain the benefits and enjoy younger looking that that is radiant and “full of life”.

  • Huffington Post reports that sleep deprivation has been linked to early signs of aging. If you are struggling to sleep, ask your doctor to prescribe you a mild sedative to help you fall asleep. You could also try to get into bed earlier and drink some chamomile tea before going to sleep. This will help ease your mind and relax your entire body.
  • Byrdie reports that sleeping with makeup on can lead to collagen degradation and premature aging. Instead of getting into bed while still wearing makeup, take a few moments to remove the makeup with a gentle makeup remover product.
  • Everyday Health reports that excessive exposure to the sun can cause premature aging signs on the skin, including wrinkles. Instead of going out when the sun is at its highest point, schedule your jogging session for early in the morning or later in the afternoon. When you need to go out into the sun while it is very hot outside, where a shade on your head to protect your face from UV rays.



Anti-Aging Skincare Regimen
When you use these tips in your daily routine, you will already be able to benefit from the advantages the tips have to offer your skin. These tips can also help avoid the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles at a premature age. Avoiding these damaging effects on the skin is much better than only taking action once they appear. Following a proper, safe and effective anti-aging skin care regimen can also be beneficial to combat the signs of aging. When using serums to treat the effects of aging on the skin, try to opt for a system such as Skin Element, which uses a multi-step system and provides complete care for the area around the eyes, the face and the neck.

  • Start by washing your face with a non-soap cleanser. Use warm water while washing your face.
  • Use an eye cream to treat aging effects around the eyes.
  • Finish your morning routine with a moisturizer. Ensure the moisturizer has UV protection.
  • In the evening, you should wash and exfoliate the skin, followed by another treatment remedy for the eyes. Use a natural anti-aging serum to treat visible signs of aging and, finally, top the regimen off with moisturizer specifically designed for night use.

A thorough, effective anti-aging skin care regimen can make a huge different on the appearance of aging effects on the skin. With several factors such as sun exposure and chemicals in facial products causing these signs to show up earlier than they should, it is vital to consider what products you are using. If the products are not effective on your skin, it may be time to switch to a better regimen.

References:
1. http://theinscribermag.com/culture/beauty-6-best-anti-aging-skin-care-routine-to-start-in-your-30s.html
2. http://americanfashiontv.com/78931/best-anti-aging-tips-follow/

Author Bio:
Sophie Addison is a popular blogger and skincare expert. She is very passionate about writing on skincare and beauty. She has posted articles on tips for fine lines under eyes, best eye creams, weight loss and fitness news. Apart from work she likes gardening and listening music. You can also contact her on Facebook, and Pinterest.


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7 Skin Care Habits For Complete Radiant Skin

Want radiant, glowing skin everyday? You must know by now that you can’t get away with bad habits. On the other hand, it takes a lot of hard work, commitment and dedication to achieve good things, that includes achieving great skin.

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Here are 7 daily habits you want to wire into your system so that you can be always be happy waking up to beautiful skin everyday:

Habit No. 1: Make clean and clear skin your number 1 goal
If you succeed, everything else — consistently blemish-free, beautiful and ageless skin — will follow. Cleanse your face twice daily only, thrice if you sweat or if you have excessively greasy skin — no more and no less.

Over-cleansing will strip away your skin’s natural oils. It isn’t going to make your skin any less greasy either. On the contrary, because your skin will overcompensate for lost oils, you will get an even greasier skin surface. Always follow through with toner. Keep your products free of drying alcohols.

Habit No. 2: Exfoliate
Don’t let dry skin, hardened oils, dirt, makeup and other impurities build on your skin surface and clog your pores. Encourage regular skin cell renewal and turnover by exfoliating once and only up to twice weekly only.

If you need fairer skin, amping up with skin brightening cream daily may help. If hyper pigmentation, however, is a major skin issue, consider getting a Cosmelan treatment.

Habit No. 3: Eat well
Always keep in mind that what you put inside your body affects your skin in many ways because the fuel that you feed your body also fuels the processes your skin needs to keep it healthy.

The most important skin nutrients that you can get from food are antioxidants from berries and other citrus fruits, and natural anti-inflammatories from fatty fish such as sardines and tuna, avocados, and walnuts. Vitamin E from almonds will also help you achieve beautiful skin.

Habit No. 4: Exercise
If you can’t seem to get the radiant skin you’ve been targeting to achieve with a skin brightening cream, it’s probably because you haven’t been quite physically active. Fluids stuck in random places around your body can cause pigments on your skin too. This is most evident around your eyes.

Leaks resulting from poor constricted veins and poor blood circulation can leave pigments on your skin. Find time to be physically active at least, if not exercise. If you’re interested, there are also five minute exercise routines that can use to your body and skin’s advantage.

Habit No. 5: Keep your skin well protected
The top enemies of your skin that you need to conquer are UV radiation and free radicals. Don’t just pick up any sunscreen that reads “broad spectrum” and that provides long periods of SPF. You must be informed that sunscreens can be severely toxic, most especially those containing the chemical sunscreen actives like Avobenzone, Octocrylene and Octisalate. You should favor sunscreens that use only Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide which are generally safer for your skin.

Make sure you nourish your skin with high levels of antioxidants from your topical creams as well. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals which are produced by your body and which you can obtain from the environment as well. Free radicals cause skin cells to become damaged and even die. Whenever these happen, skin matrix becomes damaged.

Habit No. 6: Get enough sleep everyday
Allow your skin sufficient time to facilitate skin cell repair and renewal of skin surface. To give your skin greater support in achieving brighter skin, get a Cosmelan treatment. It is an in-office procedure that deeply treats your skin with a skin lightening formulation that excludes the potentially carcinogenic, hydroquinone.

Habit No. 7: Never sleep with your makeup on
End the day with squeaky clean skin just as you started your day with a cleanser, a toner and a moisturizer.

Achieving healthy, glowing skin can be a demanding and daunting task. If you don’t start linking up your health goals with your healthy skin goals, your efforts aren’t going to get you anywhere near a healthy, glowing skin anytime soon.

Author Bio
Hi, my name is Jazz Pollard, born and brought up in Chicago, Illinois. I write on beauty, skincare, fashion, and lifestyle. I love makeup and right now living my dream of writing. You can connect with me on Facebook, Twitter.


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CoverGirl Plumpify Blast Pro Mascara –
Product Review

CoverGirlWho doesn’t want more voluminous lashes? Well CoverGirl’s Plumpify Blast Pro Mascara promises 50X more volume, so we had to give it a try.

Before even trying the formula, I noticed that the brush was slightly larger than average, and had a nice spiral shape which I was excited to try. Once I dipped the brush into the mascara, it looks a little clumpy but once I wiped a couple of the clumps off and try it, the formula delivered. I love the large brush, which really does seem to plump up your lashes, but it can be hard to get in the corners so that is one downfall. The mascara formula itself seemed average to me – nothing spectacular, but it did seem to keep my lashes separated and they looked long and full, which is pretty much all you can ask for.

Product: CoverGirl Plumpify Blast Pro Mascara

Description: “Our Plumpify blastPRO Mascara plumpifies your lashes with 50x volume boost for full lashes! This volumizing mascara has a specialized, double-action brush that vertically lifts lashes from their roots, guaranteeing plumping without the clumping — A whole new look in lashes, plumpified!
” – From the CoverGirl website

Price: $9

Stars: 4 out of 5


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Fight Acne With Remedies Around The House

Let’s be honest, acne is no easy obstacle to overcome, especially for teenagers. It’s expensive, tiresome, and at times, even painful. Everyone’s skin is different and our skin is a reflection of our internal health. Skin that glows for example, symbolizes proper hydration, and proper hydration allows our skin to prosper. For the majority of us, however, acne prevents our skin from reaching its full potential. This not only has the ability to damage skin, but it can also damage a child’s self-confidence. Although acne impacts over a million Americans each year, according to the American Academy, doctors are still unable to find a way to prevent breakouts from occurring.

Normally, acne is caused by bacteria, clogged-pores, oil glands, and dead skin. On the other hand, acne can also be influenced by dieting, medication, hormones, and even stress. With all these different possibilities, it’s no wonder why doctors haven’t found a solution yet. Acne in a way, can be caused by just about anything.

This, unfortunately, causes people to turn to harsh chemicals and medication which can make the case worse and may have a negative effect further down the line.

Before you consider giving up on your skin, here are five inexpensive ways to help minimize your chances of breaking out using everyday remedies right at home.

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Photo credit: Magazine.lankahelp.com

Things To Be Aware Of

1. Avoid Eating Processed Food, and Stay Hydrated
That’s right, one of the simplest ways to avoid breaking out is by actually not eating what’s considered to be, junk food. In other words, avoid eating food that’s high in sugar, fat, and that is glycemic.

“What should I eat then?” you ask.

Well, instead of eating fast food, trying to eat fish, oysters, and probiotics. In addition to this, researchers have also found that drinking lots of water can help get rid of acne and prevent future breakouts. Drinking water is a good way to flush out those internal toxins and most importantly, it allows your skin to stay hydrated. This gives your body the ability to fight off infections.

2. Hands Off
The cheapest and most effective way to prevent unwanted pimples is by simply not touching your face. The Huffington Post, estimates that we touch our face anywhere from 2,000-3,000 times a day without even realizing it. With that being said, something as simple as picking up your cell phone, turning a doorknob, or even touching a handrail can cause us to come into contact with millions of germs. This means if you’re prone to acne, your skin is at risk. So you next time you touch your face, remember to wash. It might save your skin from breaking out.

3. At Home Remedies To Try
One thing a lot of skin care companies don’t tell you is that their products don’t work for everyone. Skin, like characteristics, are distinctive and unique. This means for some, your acne can’t be fixed by store bought products that promise overnight solutions. With that being said, if your skin is anything like mine, sometimes you have a slower approach and rely on home remedies to treat your acne on a case-by-case basis.

4. Wash Your Face Twice A Day, To Keep Acne Away
Did you know, throughout the course of the day your face is exposed to dirt, dust, makeup (for some) and, even sweat? This can result in clogged-pores which can lead to blackheads, whiteheads, red pustules, and papules. But as long as you cleanse your face twice a day, your skin won’t disappoint you.

5. Moisturize Your Skin
Your skin is your friend, so take care of it. Although not all over-the-counter skin care products are bad for you, a lot of them will dry your skin out; resulting in your skin peeling, and exposure to bacteria. The next time you’re out shopping for hygiene products, look for a lotion that has “non-comedogenic” on the label, which means it should not cause unwanted pimples.

Remember, don’t take your skin for granted, it protects us from bacteria, injuries and viruses. So take care of it.

Author Bio: Cody Hill
cody-hillGrowing up Cody loved reading, and exploring the wilderness to get out the house. Throughout his childhood, Cody always managed to get his hands on books and loved playing with animals. Now, as an adult, books are still apart of Cody’s life and he loves reading them.

Since Cody is a recent graduate from Boise State University, he unfortunately doesn’t have a lot of content published. Rather than stopping him, however, he’s used it as a motivational factor. Today, if you can’t find Cody online reading articles, you can catch him watching football (go Seahawks!) or chasing his dog, Bruno out in the park.


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