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Natural Skin Care Ingredients For All Types Skin

Many modern skin care products contain ingredients that are toxic and harmful, but it is usually in such small quantities, that people don’t take a lot of notice. The problem is, though, with continual use of manufactured skin care products, those toxins can accumulate in the body and do some real harm. When you buy skin care products, you should pay as much attention the ingredients as you would when you buy food and it is advisable to look for products that contain natural ingredients, rather than chemicals and processed ingredients. In fact, the safest things to apply to your skin are things that you would be happy to eat. Here are ten of those perfectly natural ingredients that are safe to use on your skin.

1. Apple cider vinegar

The use of apple cider vinegar in skin care goes all the way back to around 400BC, when Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used apple cider vinegar and honey to treat infections. Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties and it can be used to cleanse and tone the skin. It also contains vitamins and minerals that make it a good detoxifying agent when taken internally.

2. Sea salt

Sea salt is another one of great natural skin care ingredients, it is loaded with minerals, such as sodium, calcium, magnesium and potassium, which are the same minerals that are found in the skin. That means that sea salt can be used to rejuvenate and protect the skin. You can use sea salt in face masks, toners and scrubs. Sea salt also contains anti-inflammatory ingredients as well, so it will reduce redness and soothe breakouts.

3. Avocado

Avocado is one of the best fruits to use as a natural skin care ingredient. It contains loads of natural hydrating oils and it is high in vitamins A, D and E. You can use avocados in face masks and it makes a very good sunburn treatment too. One of the reasons that avocado is so good for the skin is that all those beneficial vitamins and oils are very quickly and easily absorbed into the skin.

4. Honey

You can use raw honey as a moisturiser or as a facial cleanser and it makes a great ingredient for face masks too. Honey is a natural humectant, so it locks moisture into the skin, and it also has antibacterial and antifungal properties. The best type of honey to use for skin care is raw honey, because that will not have been heat-treated, so it will contain more of the nutrients and active ingredients.

5. Coconut oil

Coconut oil is another one of the amazing natural skin care ingredients that has a huge range of uses and benefits. You can use coconut oil to moisturise, cleanse, protect against razor burns, reduce inflammation, and fight infection. This wonderful natural skin care ingredient has antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, so this is definitely one to add to your stock of natural skin care products.

6. Aloe vera

Aloe vera is much more than just a sunburn treatment; it has many different uses in skin care. Aloe vera gel has a wonderful cooling effect on the skin and it can be used to reduce inflammation, treat skin conditions, moisturise, and fight fungal infections. The other thing that not many people know about aloe vera is that it also helps the body detox, even when it is used topically.

7. Almond oil

Almond oil smells wonderful and it also has many uses in skin care. You can add it to homemade lotions, face masks, or facial washes and it’s a really good carrier oil to use with essential oils. Almond oil has antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and it also works as an antiseptic. It’s great for treating dry skin, acne and skin rashes.

8. Shea butter

Shea butter is extremely good for treating dry and flaky skin. You will find shea butter used in many store-bought skin care products, but why pay the extra price? Just add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to natural shea butter and you will have a sweet smelling and highly effective moisturising lotion for a fraction of the price, and you will know exactly what is in it.

9. Lemon essential oil

Lemon essential oil has many uses in addition to skin care. This versatile oil can be used to treat cellulite, freshen up laundry, or it can be used as a household cleaner. When it is used on the skin, it will fight bacteria and infection, reduce acne, brighten up the skin and it will fade scars, age spots and blemishes.

10. Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil has been used for centuries in Australia as a natural skin care ingredient. It is especially good for treating acne and it doesn’t have the same harsh drying effect that commercial acne treatments do. Use tea tree oil mixed with a carrier oil and it will reduce inflammation and fight the bacteria that cause acne.

Avoid Mistake That Make You Look Older

None of us want to look old before our time. But could you be making mistakes that are ageing you faster than you’d like?

Picture the scene: You’re excited about the prospect of a night out. You’re busy getting ready, applying your make-up and you can’t wait to meet the girls for a few cocktails. And who knows? Maybe you’ll meet a guy tonight.

But then you look in the mirror as you straighten up your dress and notice that you look kinda old. Weird.

You take a few selfies to gather a bit more evidence and it’s true – you do look older.

WHAT?

How can this be?

Annoyingly, as we set about making ourselves look attractive and youthful with our make-up, we can actually end up making ourselves look older by mistake.

Makeup can make you look good. But it can also make you look significantly older. So unflattering! Let’s take a look at the 10 mistakes that make you look older.

Wearing Foundation Which Isn’t A Match For Your Skin

This is a big no-no if you don’t want to look older than you really are.

It’s also a big no-no if you don’t want to look kinda weird.

If you’re too light with your foundation of choice, it can make your skin look lifeless and flat. Worse still, it won’t look natural at all. Instead, it will look like your makeup is just floating on top of your skin. As a consequence, it adds years to your true age.

Similarly, if you go in the opposite direction and go to dark, your features won’t be highlighted. Instead, you’ll be adding a heaviness and dullness which ages you.

Our tip is to blend in your foundation carefully. Just tap it softly and make sure that you don’t go any darker or lighter than your natural skin tone.

Going Without Primer

Primer turns your skin into something flawless. You can then apply foundation with confidence. Primer “primes” your skin. Without it, you could be doing yourself a massive disservice.

Using Too Much Concealer Under Your Eyes

Okay, so you’ve got a few dark circles under your eyes that you want to get rid of. That’s fine, and we know that nobody wants those dark circles. But if you apply too much concealer, you might find that you’re actually drawing too much attention to the fine lines and crepiness that was there first.

It’s a much better idea in this situation to use a brush-on highlighter pen that will camouflage your dark circles in a very subtle way.

Applying Lipstick That Is Just Too Dark

It’s a sad fact of life that, as we age, our lips lose some of their definition. To make sure we retain at least the illusion of definition, we need to apply lipstick which adds some fullness.

Dark colours don’t add fullness. Rather, they do the exact opposite and make our lips appear smaller, less highlighted and even less defined. Not cool.

We recommend that you opt for pink, coral or mauve tones, while perhaps doubling up with a layer of gloss, too. You might baulk at the idea of lip gloss and protest that you haven’t worn it since the high-school dance. But gloss serves a really good purpose – it adds a shine that promotes youthfulness.

Some of you might prefer darker lipsticks. It’s okay. We’re not saying that you have to give up your love darker tones forever. Just try to go for a less heavier texture and avoid matte finishes, as these will create flat, unflattering tones that linger.

Ending With Powder

If you want to stay looking young, your skin needs to reflect light. If you apply powders, light reflection is prevented. Worse still, you’ll probably be magnifying lines in your skin.

A lot of us finish with powder. If you’re one of them, it’s time to stop! It might be hard to go cold-turkey on this one straight away, so our advice is that you first start using a translucent powder, before applying it to your chin and nose only at first.

Then, you can start using a pack of blotting tissues instead.

Black Eyeliner

You definitely don’t need to ditch eyeliner altogether (and where would some of us be without it?). But black eyeliner makes you look older than you really are. It’s just so harsh.

Brown is a better option. It’s softer, more diffuse, and doesn’t define your eyes with strict lines. Instead, it defines them with blending and softness.

Moreover, thick liners have a tendency to leave your upper lids looking really heavy.

You’ll see 18-year-olds posing for selfies in thick black eyeliner all the time, and it makes them look about 22. That’s fine if you wantto look older.

Black Mascara

Black mascara too. Brown is better than dark, as it looks more natural.

Too Much Lip Liner

Ladies, you know what it’s like with lip liner. Once you’ve started to apply it, you just can’t stop.

Lip liners are very good at defining your lips, but you must choose a liner with a lot of care. If you apply too much liner, your lips will look pursed and tight. You’ll get the same results if the colour is too dark.

Always choose a liner that matches your lips colour. Don’t try to match up your lipstick’s colour.

Skipping Lip Liner

Perhaps you don’t even apply lip liner at all, in which case you’re also making a big mistake.

Without lip liner, the thin lines around your mouth can be really noticeable, and we develop these lines as we get older. Liner that matches your lip colour will lock in colour all day, ensuring that your lines are hidden away.

Glittery Eyeshadow

A lot of us just love to experiment with colours when it comes to eyeshadow, but it can add a few years to our face. How? It draws attention to our dark circles and saggy eyelids!

Coffee To Your Beauty Routine

Addicted to coffee? Want to explore more ways to get even more use out of coffee? In this article, we take a look at 10 ways you can add it to your beauty routine.

It surprises everyone when we first tell them that we use coffee as part of our beauty routine. The conversation often goes a little something like this after we’ve revealed our unusual beauty secret.

“You mean your morningroutine,” they correct us.

“No. Beauty routine,” we happily insist.

“Morning routine!” they exclaim.

“Beauty routine!”

“OMGGGGGG!”

“Sounds to us like someone hasn’t had their morning coffee.”

There will remain haters and doubters when you tell people you prefer to apply coffee topically rather than just drink it. Yes, it sounds unusual. But the best-kept secrets in beauty often are unusual. And it’s always the adopters who are willing to get on-board with something different that stay looking young, healthy and gorgeous.

Let’s take a look at 10 ways to add coffee to your beauty routine.

Coffee Can Exfoliate Your Scalp

Why do we exfoliate our scalps? Because if we don’t, dead skin cells amass and wreak havoc, creating dandruff and itchiness. Not cool.

So because we absolutely hate dead skin cells (like really hate them), we at Beauty and Tips exfoliate our scalps with coffee.

Ground coffee works as a fab exfoliator indeed, and it also gives your hair back its healthy shine.

All you need to do is take a third of a cup of ground coffee and apply it to a your wet scalp. Then, massage for around a minute in circular motions before rinsing.

Then, leave the house and go on a date.

We’re kidding! You’ve gotta wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner to get rid of the coffee.

You haven’t left the house already, have you? Come back!

Coffee Works As A Lip Scrub

Want softer lips? We all do. Take coffee grinds, olive oil and honey, mix together and apply the scrub to your lips.

The best thing about this lip scrub? It tastes amazing!

Coffee Can Get Rid Of Puffy Eyes

There is literally nothing worse than waking up to puffy eyes on the morning of something important. Perhaps you haven’t slept well and woken up with puffy eyes, or maybe you had one cocktail too many last night. Either way, work starts soon and your eyes are positively bulging.

But before you chug down those morning cups of coffee, consider for a second how setting aside the coffee grounds could benefit your eyes.

You see, as well as providing a much-needed pick-me-up for your brain, coffee can also do the same for your eyes. Yup, the coffee grounds, when applied topically to the area around your eyes, can reduce puffiness.

You need to let the grounds settle for a while for them to be effective, so we suggest that you apply them before taking a bath.

Wash Your Face With Coffee

Why wash your face with just soap and water when you can throw coffee into the mix? That’s right, coffee will double down on dead skin.

Coffee Can Get Rid Of Cellulite

You literally want to die when your daughter comes up to you on the beach as you’re chatting to a cute guy and asks, “mommy, why is there skin hanging from your legs?”

You can either explain to her there and then what cellulite is, politely tell her that she’s seeing things, or tell her to get lost. LOL!

Cellulite – unfortunately – is natural. No one escapes this particular villain, not even celebrities (just Google “celebrity cellulite”). It’s a struggle we’re all familiar with. But you know what? It can be eliminated. And you don’t need to fork out any extra money on creams. You can instead use what’s already in your cupboard – coffee!

Yup, a coffee scrub is just the ticket when it comes to eliminating cellulite. You can easily make your own at home, before treating yourself to a latte afterwards. Heaven (and no more awkward questions on the beach).

Coffee Can Treat Sunburn

Sunburn is not cool, and it’s annoying that it always seems to come at the worst moments – when you’re on vacation!

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, coffee can sooth sunburn. Meanwhile, its powerful antioxidants can reduce your risk of sun cancer by cleansing your system of cancer-causing free radicals.

Coffee Can Brighten Up Your Face

Coffee makes us more alert on those days when we’re just not with it. But as well as brightening up your mind, it can also brighten up your face.

To get brighter skin from coffee, take two tbsp of yogurt (preferably organic) and mix it with a single tbsp of ground coffee. Then, wash your face before applying the coffee and yogurt mix.

You need to leave this mix on your skin for around fifteen minutes for it to be effective, after which you can rinse your face and et the caffeine boost circulation.

If you keep doing this, your skin will be radiant again in no time at all.

And when people start asking you the secret to your complexion, feel free to tell them:

“I sloshed coffee and yogurt on my face!”

“Okay, fine. Don’t tell me.”

Coffee Can Get Rid Of Blackheads

Tired of nasty looking blackheads? Get coffee on the case!

Coffee Is Good For Aching Feet

Who would have known that coffee would be good for our feet? It sounds bizarre, but as we know truth is often stranger than fiction.

So while your dad might never be convinced that coffee should be rubbed into weary feet, you personally should be.

If you do a lot of walking and your feet are constantly throbbing, take a cup of coconut oil and mix it with half a cup of ground coffee and two tsp of vanilla ext rat.

Then, get into a tub filled with warm water, soak you feet and then apply the scrub gently to each foot. Lovely!

Coffee Can Turn Your Hair Brown

Want coffee-coloured, browner hair? Then apply coffee, d’uh!

As overly simplistic and obvious as this sounds, it actually works. All you need to do is apply freshly brewed coffee (letting it to cool first) to your hair, cover with a shower cap, and let soak for half an hour. Then, rinse.

But no, it doesn’t mean you should apply pink lemonade to your hair for pinker hair.