Make your skin (and wallet!) thank you!

Often our pesky skin issues leave us disturbed beyond limit. The best thing we do is splurge on “better” (read, costlier) products. More products, more experiments, may be more chemicals, sometimes more disaster and anxiety, but often the a simpler and amazingly economic approach is all you need..

Keep reading! And adopt these practices too. Your happy skin (and happy pocket!) will be thanking you!

Situation:

Piled on dollops of expensive and much hyped hand and foot cream but still find them drier-than-Sahara! Have you ever faced such a situation? Most of us have.

Solutions:

  • Use a salt or sugar scrub regularly on your hands, palms and feet and it will help you to avoid the build-up of dead, hardened layers of skin. Mix some sugar or salt in with some olive or coconut oil, and the scrub will gently exfoliate the skin and moisturize it at the same time. If you are too busy for a DIY recipe don’t forget to try the ready-to-use scrubs flooding the market. . If you have layers of dead skin, no emollient will be able to reach the fresh skin beneath and hence the eternal disappointment of dry skin.
  • For stubborn hard dead skin of feet – A good tip is to remove all the dry and hard skin from the soles and sides of your feet, using a pumice stone and the file. Removing the hard skin will also remove the unpleasant cracks and instantly improve the health and the appearance of your feet and create a clean layer for the creams and oils to be soaked in.
  • Nothing like an occasional massage with oils like olive oil, almond oil, sesame oil or coconut oil or a thick emollient like Shea butter. Apply the oil, massage in and cover with socks and gloves, so you can leave it all night and it will quickly bring back that smooth and soft feel to your hands and feet.
  • Does the term “petroleum jelly” sound tacky? In fact, it is not. At night, once you put your usual foot or hand cream, you can put a thin layer of the jelly which seals the cream and helps the skin to absorb it well. Good if you wear cotton socks or gloves to maximize the effect.

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You also might like to read:

“Fingernail care: Do’s and don’ts”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/fingernail-care-dos-and-donts/

“Tips to make your toenails and feet feel Fabulous!”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/tips-to-make-your-toenails-and-feet-feel-fabulous/

Situation:

Hundreds of bucks for body scrubs but still not sure if it did anything specifically better than the others.

Solutions:

  • Make your own body scrub with body wash and raw brown sugar – Brown sugar isn’t just good for baking. You can also use it as a body exfoliator. Just take your favorite body wash and pour some brown sugar into the bottle, and then scrub away. If it’s too harsh of an abrasive for you (you’ll be able to tell if it’s making your skin itch slightly), mix in some honey or coconut oil.
  • Give your shower a proper pick-me-up with this energizing java scrub – Don’t throw away those coffee grounds after your morning pot of coffee! Instead, save them and make this DIY Coffee Body Scrub. Combine 1 cup coconut oil, ½ cup sugar, 1/3 cup coffee grounds, 2-3 tablespoon olive oil and mix well. Done! the good news is that you can even store this!

Situation:

Jars of cool gels for the puffy eyes you wake up with. I know, I know, how can you do away with it? Doesn’t all need a glam good-morning selfie?

Solutions:

  • Aloe vera is an anti-inflammatory. Refrigerate a small container or tube of it, and then gently massage a few cool drops under your eyes in the morning to bring down morning puffiness.
  • Plunge a spoon in ice water, and then press the back of the spoon on your puffy lids with gentle pressure.
  • You can also use cold tea bags like green or chamomile tea to reduce swelling of puffed eyes. Leave them on your lids for 5-10 minutes. The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties of the tea will do the work.
  • Soak a cotton ball in cold, unsweetened milk. Squeeze out some of the excess milk from the cotton ball before pressing it to your puffy eyes. Additionally, it moisturizes and nourishes your delicate eye-area.

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Situation:

Have to get hold of the latest volumizing lip gloss. I want to have a full pout!

Solutions:

Read the following post for a perfect pout

“Perfect lips! The care tips revealed!”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/perfect-lips-the-care-tips-revealed/

close up of smiling womans mouth and teeth

  • Scrub your lips gently, dab some peppermint oil. Wait for 5 minutes, dab and repeat the oil. Repeat this for 3-4 times. Full pout is all yours. This process might cause little tingling effect as the lips skin is quite sensitive compared to skin of body. You can substitute this with cinnamon oil.
  • Use cinnamon powder to scrub lips – Add cinnamon powder to any natural oil (olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil) or petroleum jelly and use it as your lip scrub.
  • Use makeup for full pout – Shimmery glosses, lining lips, using concealer around lips, so many are the ways to fake a fuller pout.

Did you find this interesting? Let me know through comments. Don’t forget to add more tips and tricks.

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