The Ancient Greek Beauty Secrets Every Woman Should Know

 

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Many people know that Democracy and Olympic Games originated from ancient Greece but you may not realize that when comes to Natural Beauty and Health it is also the pioneer of this practice.

 

Ancient Greek women perfected the art of using all kinds of natural herbs, oils and minerals to beautify themselves. They like to use Almonds, Olive Oil, Honey, Sea Salt, Milk, Yogurt, Clay and Essential Oils for their routine skin care. Today I am sharing with you some beauty secrets that ancient Greek women used to keep their skin smooth and glowing.

 

Yogurt Facial Mask

 

Did you know yogurt is really good for your skin?  Greek yogurt is really high in protein and calcium and has happy live bacteria cultures that make your skin glow.  Packed with lactic acid and milk proteins, yogurt offers exfoliating and skin softening benefits. Yogurt also has some antibacterial properties which makes it a very useful cleanser for getting rid of germs.

 

Yogurt is also effective at lightening skin discolorations and removing excess oil from the skin. Steer clear of sweetened yogurts and use the plain and unflavoured ones. The added sugar is harmful to the skin.

 

On the other hand, organic yogurt is also very effective for the skin and face. These are available in the market at the health food store. If you want to prevent from the pesticides and residual hormones which are present in the non–organic dairy products, then use the organic yogurt for creating your own face mask. The organic yogurt contains live cultures and more active ingredients which improves the bioavailability of the yogurt’s nutrient.

 

If you are suffering from some problems like excessive oiliness on your face, dry skin, acne and skin dullness, then a plain yogurt face mask is the best option to care for your face, using just 2 tablespoons of yogurt. The yogurt face mask is very effective and valuable at cleansing, disinfecting pores, moisturizing skin and preventing acne and stimulating its texture.

 

Here are a few twists that you can add to the original yogurt mask:

 

1) 1-2 drops of lemon juice and mix it with yogurt before applying, do not use too much because too much citric acid may irritate your face. Citric acid has lightening properties, making your face brighter. This is good if your skin is particularly dull. Lemon is very helpful to get rid of the dead skin and clarifies the pores of skin.

 

2) 1-2 teaspoon of honey and mix it with yogurt before, honey will calm any inflammation in skin. Even better is to combine both lemon juice and honey! Honey alone can also be used alone as a mask to reduce redness.

 

3) 1 teaspoon of Cane or Brown sugar, if you add cane sugar with yogurt, it sort of became a natural exfoliant.

 

4) 1 teaspoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of grated carrots and mix them with yogurt before applying to your face. This will help if you are suffering from dryness and flaky face.

 

5) Natural ingredients such as aloe vera gel, oatmeal (1 tablespoon), banana (over-ripe and mashed) or 2 tablespoons of grated and pureed cucumber to get effective results for your skin.

 

Remember always do a test patch on your skin before applying it all over the face to see if your skin has allergic reaction. If you find that the yogurt face mask is allergic for you then avoid using yogurt and also if you are feeling that it produces some kind of burning or pain then wash off the mask and contact your doctor.

 

If you feel that your skin feels tight after the use of face mask then applies the non-comedogenic moisturizer to hydrate and defend skin cells.

After rinsing off the mask, remember to use moisturizer immediately, yogurt mask may leave your face feeling a bit tight afterwards.

 

Yogurt face mask is best use on the night before a special event as a quick pick me up. This is also a great mask to use while traveling because your skin won’t look tired and you have lesser things to carry in your luggage. Plus, you can get it at the local food store at your destination.

 

Lavender Sea Salt Body Scrub

 

Lavender essential oil is one of the favourite scents in the beauty universe, and sea salt is naturally exfoliating. As for Dead Sea Salt, it is filled with minerals that soften the skin and speed up the healing of various skin conditions.

 

Often used for treatment of psoriasis, eczema and arthritis, these salts leave the skin smooth and glowing. You can combine the two with any unscented body oil (such as almond, avocado) to make your own aromatherapy. If your skin is dry, flaky and cracked, add olive oil to it.

 

To make your own lavender sea salt scrub, you will need ingredients which include ¾ cup fine Dead Sea salt, ¾ cup coarse sea salt, ¼ cup olive oil, 5-6 drops of lavender essential oil, 2 tablespoons lavender flowers, grounded.

 

First, lightly grind the lavender buds in a mortar and pestle, just enough to release the fragrance and oils, but not too much to damage the buds. You can skip the fine Dead Sea salt and go just with the coarse sea salt, but the mixture of the two is really great.

 

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl (the lavender essential oil to be added at the last step) and mix until completely blended. Add more salt if the scrub is too oily; add more oil if it is too dry. Do not use the salt scrub if you have body wounds and after shaving your legs, because this can sting and irritate small cuts.

 

You will have plenty of opportunity to experiment with Dead Sea Salt body scrub (like with all scrubs, really) by simply adding a few more ingredients:

 

– A few drops of Vitamin E. You can get it in liquid form or as gel caps in which case you need to break it and squeeze the gel out.

 

– Aloe Vera can be a great addition to this recipe. Simply add a squirt or to, making sure the scrub does not become to liquid.

 

– Looking for an extra cleansing experience? Add some ground oatmeal to it or even some brown sugar. How about some ground coffee? It is excellent for cellulite and bumpy skin in general?

 

– If your skin is in need of additional cleanse, add a teaspoon of baking soda.

 

Whatever you add to it, you are looking for a pasty consistency: liquid enough so it is easily spread on the skin but thick enough that it stays there and maintains the grainy texture of the salt. Combine all ingredients in a glass jar or container and shake well. Apply on wet skin in circular motion and rinse off.

 

Clay (Mud) Facial Mask

 

Facial Clay Masks are especially good for oily skins, however depending on which color clay you use all skin types can benefit. I prefer using the French clays as these are high in mineral content.

 

The minerals in clay are great for the skin to cleanse, detoxify, exfoliate, and heal, sooth, and tone. There are different color clays available that are beneficial for different types of skins as each one has its unique healing properties.

 

Green clay helps to draw toxins from the skin and can calm inflammations. It is particularly good for acne.

 

White clay soothes and softens the skin and is suitable for all skin types. This is the gentlest of all the clays.

 

Red clay is suitable for dry and sensitive skins.

 

Pink clay is particularly useful for toning dull, tired, or devitalized skin. It also has excellent cleansing properties.

 

Bentonite clay, Kaolin clay, and Fuller’s Earth are also suitable for using in face masks. The latter is excellent for oily and acne prone skin conditions.

 

To make a clay mask, you will need 1 tablespoon of clay (of your choice depending on your skin condition), 1 tablespoon sour cream, 1 tablespoon raw honey.

 

Mix everything together. Apply on your face and be careful to avoid the eye area. Rinse off after 15-20 minutes. Lactic acid in sour cream lightens scars and blemishes. This mask has a detoxing effect. It draws out all the toxins and impurities and leaves your skin feeling soft, fresh and smooth.

 

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How to make your own foot soak at home?

 

How to make your own foot soak at home? You can make your own foot soak at home by using all natural ingredients that are beneficial for your feet.  Here are 5 recipes for foot baths that you can try making at home to help keep your feet healthy and clean.
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Tired of constantly hiding your ugly dry feet and hideous calluses? Be ashamed no more by giving your feet the treatment they truly deserve. There are many ways in which you can rid yourself of these problems.

 

We abuse our feet and many of us don’t know how to care for our feet’s skin. Just like our face, we should also take care our feet and make it beautiful and healthy. A great way to revitalize tired feet is to soak them especially when you have been on all your feet all day.

 

There is nothing like the feeling of soaking your feet and relieving the achy feeling as they relax. But aside from the good feeling that comes from soaking your feet you will also be able to focus some attention on the calloused and hard skin that many of us suffer with.

 

If you are a busy bee who does not have enough time to waste to visit a foot clinic or foot spa, you can treat yourself to your very own foot soak at home. You don’t even need to dedicate an hour of your free time giving your feet the treatment they need because you can still try to do other things while giving yourself your very own foot spa. There are great products on the market for soaking feet which you can use for making your own foot soak at home.

 

Here are a handful of recipes you can try to make your own foot soak at home, each are easy to make using simple ingredients.

 

Own Foot Soak At Home Recipe #1

 

The ingredients that you need are 2 cups of Epsom salt, 2 cups of sea salt, 1 cup of baking soda, 1/4 ounce of lavender essential oil, 1/4 ounce of tea tree essential oil and 40 drops of peppermint essential oil.

 

You mix the salt and baking soda together in a large, wide, stainless steel bowl, making sure to break up any clumps. Then you add the oils and mix everything together well. Use half a cup of the mixture and add into a basin of hot water and you can start soaking your feet in it. After soaking your feet, be sure to dry them well.

 

If you’re not sure where to get these essential oils, you can get them online from Mountain Rose Herbs. Epsom salts help sooth sore, swollen feet. The salt helps reduce swelling by absorbing the excess moisture out of your feet.

 

Lavender oil is purported to have anti-fungal qualities and is known for its relaxing qualities. Tea tree oil is a great anti-fungal essential oil. The peppermint oil is mostly just invigorating – making your feet nice and tingly.

 

Own Foot Soak At Home Recipe #2

 

The ingredients that you will need are 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1/4 cup of milk and 1/4 cup of water. Mix all the ingredients and add into a basin of hot water and submerge your feet into it as long as you like. For best results, use it 2 times a week

 

Own Foot Soak At Home Recipe #3

 

The ingredients that you will need are 2 cups of Epsom salt, ½ cup baking soda, zest of one lime and 4 drops each of lime essential oil and peppermint essential oil.

 

You mix the salt, baking soda and lime zest in a bowl together first before adding in the essential oils. You can then start to use this by adding the mixture into a basin of hot water and soaking your feet in it.

 

Epsom Salt will soothe aches, eliminate smells and softens up rough skin. Baking Soda is good for exfoliating, leaving your skin soft and smooth and helps eliminate odors.

 

Lime is routinely used for its energizing, fresh and cheerful aroma. It is well known in folklore for its ability to cleanse, purify and renew the spirit and the mind. It is also said to be effective in cleansing the aura. Peppermint is uplifting and fresh.  The menthol induces a cooling sensation, and can help to cool you down, help ease tension headaches and muscular aches and pains.

 

Own Foot Soak At Home Recipe #4

 

The needed ingredients are ½ cup coarse sea salt, 1 cup of brewed coffee, and 5 drops of vanilla extract. Coffee uses in this soak should be grounded from fresh beans.  Don’t use instant coffee because it contains chemicals and flavoring agents which will reduce the beautifying effect of coffee.

 

Mix the coffee and salt together and finish off by adding 5 drops of vanilla extract. Add this into a basin of hot water and dip your feet into it for about 30 minutes. If the water cools, add 1-2 mugs of hot water to balance the temperature. When you are done, dry your feet with a soft towel.

 

Own Foot Soak At Home Recipe #5

 

You will only need 1/2 cup of rice water and 3 tablespoons of baking soda. Cook rice in enough water so you have rice water left, around 2-3 cups. Add baking soda into it, let it cool down a bit and dip your feet for as long as the water is warm. Dry your feet well when you are done.

 

This simple recipe is very effective for smelly feet as baking soda acts as an antibacterial agent preventing excessive perspiration. It kills the existing bacteria and prevents any possible infections. The rice water is good for improving micro-circulation.

 

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5 Homemade Coffee Body Scrub Recipes for a Smooth, Glowing and Beautiful Skin

 

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Drinking a cup of Joe may make you feel beautiful, but can it also make you look beautiful? Heck, yes, it can! This is fantastic news for anyone who is a true Java addict because it gives them yet another excuse to get something more out of their brew.

 

There are many home beauty remedies floating around these days, and coffee is one of the most popular. The reason for this is because coffee contains caffeine as an active ingredient, so this will work to tighten your skin so that it is firmer and stronger immediately.

 

For many years, coffee has also been used in products to reduce cellulite in the body. With the sudden increase in demand of coffee based skin care products, wide range of skin care products including body scrubs, lotions, creams and perfumes are available in market. Coffee is also used in sunscreen lotion and creams as it contains sunblock effects. Coffee facial masks also work effectively on skin.

 

Some researchers believe that even the aroma of coffee can make you alert, active and reduces stress. Other researches show that it can reduce risk of diabetes and even Parkinson disease. One of the most important factors that contribute in making skin fresh and smooth is caffeine.

 

Caffeine is also used in daily skin care lotions and creams. Caffeine present in the daily care lotions help reduces the redness in your skin. Caffeine tightens and firms the surface of your skin and improves your skin tone and complexion. It also dehydrates fatty skin cells to make your skin smooth.

 

Coffee can also be used as a major ingredient in eye cream products. It can tighten the eyes lines and smooth the puffy eye surfaces. Coffee improves the micro cellular flow in your body. It frees your skin from different radicals that causes acne, eczema and skin cancer. It also absorbs bad odors like odor of a fish etc.

 

You can also use coffee to create your own body scrub to help keep your skin soft and glowing by removing the layers of dead skin from the top in order for the healthy skin to show through. The following are some ways you can prepare your homemade coffee body scrub.

 

Homemade Coffee Body Scrub Recipe 1#

 

What you need are 1 cup of ground coffee beans, 1/4 cup raw brown sugar or sea salt and 2-3 tablespoons jojoba oil.  Mix all ingredients together. Take a hot shower to moisten your skin and open your pores. Using wide, circular motions, rub the coffee exfoliant onto your skin with strong, even pressure. Shower off and pat skin dry.

 

Homemade Coffee Body Scrub Recipe 2#

 

What you need are 1 cup of ground coffee beans, 1/4 cup raw brown sugar, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 tablespoons coconut oil and 1 tablespoon sea salt. Mix the ground coffee with raw sugar and sea salt. Add the olive oil and coconut oil. Now you can use this coffee body scrub.

 

Homemade Coffee Body Scrub Recipe 3#

 

What you need are 1 cup of ground coffee beans, ¼ cup of black sugar (granulated works too), ¼ cup of sea salt, and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice (orange or lime juice is possible too). Just mix all the ingredients together and start scrubbing.

 

Sugar is a natural glycolic acid, and is an extremely effective chemical exfoliant to remove dead cells from the surface of the skin. Coffee will stimulate the skin cells and also serve to remove debris that has collected on the surface of the skin. Lemon juice provides exfoliation and cleansing properties while sea salt contains astringent and antiseptic properties.

 

Homemade Coffee Body Scrub Recipe 4#

 

What you need are 5 tablespoons of organic ground coffee, 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of cocoa butter. Add all ingredients into the container and blend finely. Keep it in a dry place in the bathroom to maintain freshness.

 

To apply, add coffee scrub to wet body. Make a gentle massage of the whole body with scrub; don’t forget to pay special attention to elbows and heels. Remove scrub in the shower. Once finish applied body oil to your damp body, then cover with a cotton towel or bath robe.  Allow the body oil to absorb into skin for smoother skin.

 

Homemade Coffee Body Scrub Recipe 5#

 

What you need are 1 cup of ground coffee beans, ¼ cup rolled oatmeal, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon manuka honey, 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel and 3 drops of lavender oil. Mix these ingredients together and apply on your body. Scrub well for 20 minutes before you rinse off with water.

 

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