Fight Aging with Vitamins

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You know Vitamins A, C, and E found in skincare products are good for the skin while sunrays are bad. Yet, why is this? In a nutshell, here is basically how the, previously mentioned, vitamins impact the skin.

Vitamin A:

treats fine wrinkles, age spots, and rough skin caused by sun exposure

-thickens and stimulates the Dermis – where collagen, elastin and blood vessels are – so it reduces wrinkles and increases blood flow to the surface of the skin.

-the deposition of collagen

-slows the breakdown of your collagen and elastin from normal aging

– decreases clustering of melanin granules – so it reduces brown spots or pigmentation

 

 Vitamin C:

-Vitamin C found in the form of L – Ascorbic Acid found in skin care products to keep the skin  refreshed looking and youthful

-helps your skin repair itself

-essential to the production of collagen

collagen:  protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives skin its firmness and strength

 

Vitamin E:

-an antioxidant that protects & repairs your skin

  • antioxidants: agents that neutralize the negative effects of free radicals
  • free radicals: molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles

-prevent cellular damage from occurring

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Non Alcoholic Berry Lime Mojito Recipe

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Ingredients:

1 sprig fresh mint leaves

1 tablespoon simple syrup (equal parts boiling water and sugar, cool before using)

1/2 lime, sliced

Berries (of your choosing)

Ice

Sparkling water

 

Instructions:

1. Tear up the mint leaves. Mix it with the fruit so the mixture becomes almost like a puree. It’s fine to leave junks of fruit in the mixture if this is your preference.

2. Combine mixture with simple syrup.

3. Place ice cubes in a glass and add fruit mixture.

4. Pour in sparkling water and stir. Serve.

Some people add a mint leaf or fruit as a garnish.

 

 

 

 

Part 2: Simple Steps to Live A Green Lifestyle

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1. Try to make your car less heavy since heavier cars burn more gas.

2. Use ceiling fans when possible.

3. Grow your produce. Grow a one container garden if space is an issue.

4. Pull back the curtain to use sunlight when possible to light the home.

5. Unplug products when not in use. These items are still using energy and your power bill will decrease.

6. Just say no to plastic bags. Buy reusable bags to use at the store.

7. Open the windows when the weather isn’t hot to cool the house.

8. Bring your own containers for leftovers to a restaurant, if you really want to kick it up a notch.

9. Of course, recycle when possible.

 

 

 

Part 1: Simple Steps to Live A Green Lifestyle

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1. You can clean with inexpensive household products with products such as lemon juice, baking soda, and vinegar.

2. If your errands are in the same area. Park the car and walk to burn less fuel. Plus, more steps means a burning more calories, too.

3. Insulate your own home to reduce energy consumption. It will help to lower the electricity bill, too.

4. Take shorter showers and turn the water off when brushing your teeth.

5. Make your own easy natural laundry detergent.

6. LED lights are inexpensive and help to reduce the power bill.

7. Install low-flow showerheads.

8. Be creative. Reuse material when possible (sometimes for other uses).

9. If not in a room keep the light turned off.

 

 

 

 

DIY: Flaxseed Gel to Help With Frizzy Curls

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Tools:

Tongs

Pot

Flaxseeds

Water

Strainer which can include panty hose or leg stocking

 

  1. Boil a pot of water about half of quart and place about ¼ cup of flax seeds in the pot.
  2. Constantly stir the water and seeds.
  3. When the water thickens like gel & white foam is produced remove the pot from heat and continue to stir.
  4. Place a strainer over the storage container.
  5. Pour gel into container. If using a panty hose or leg stocking as a strainer use tongs to squeeze the gel through the hosiery.
  6. That’s it! Let the gel cool before using and store in the refrigerator for later use.

 

The seeds can be used again unless boiled for a very long time. The longer the seeds are boiled the less gel you will produce next time.

 

How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent without Borax

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Items Needed

4 ounces shaved glycerin soap or castile soap (cleanser)

1 cup washing soda (cleanser)

1/2 cup of citric acid (helps to remove tough stains)

1/2 cup baking soda (makes laundry brighter, deodorizes, balances pH, and fights stains)

1/4 cup course salt (works as a fabric softner)

 

Instructions

1. Mix the ingredients together and store in a sealed plastic or glass container.

2. Use two tablespoons per load of laundry. Of course, the amount needed may vary with each load.

Mushroom Sliders Recipe

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Big Portobello mushroom heads

Spaghetti sauce

Chopped green peppers

Chopped onions

Cheese (optional)

Salt

This is such a simple but delicious recipe! Just spread a layer of spaghetti sauce on the mushroom. Next, add the green peppers and onions followed by another layer of spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle a little bit of salt over the whole thing. Pop the mushrooms into the oven.

Cook just until the peppers and onions are done. Add the cheese after removing the mushrooms from the oven. Coating the mushrooms in a very small amount of olive oil will prevent a burned snack.

 

Natural Insect Repellants

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The list of oils that will work as a natural insect repellant.  A few things to note:

1. Depending upon the oil reapplication is needed every thirty minutes to two hours. You could mix the oils together and reapply every two hours or as necessary.

2. Essential oils should never be directly applied on the skin without diluting in another product such as lotion. Diluting these oils in a carrier oil such as a soybean oil will work just fine. If not, the skin will experience a burning or stinging sensation and maybe other painful and harmful reactions.

3. Soybean oil is a carrier oil. The remaining oils are essential oils and will need to be diluted. Essential oils should be measured in droplets or very small amounts.

4. Lemon eucalyptus oil is recommended not to use on kids less than three years old.

5. Mix and match.

 

Geraniol

Lemon Eucalyptus

Rosemary

Peppermint

Lemongrass

Clove

Citronella

Soybean

Cedar

How to Protect Hair from Pool Chemicals

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Who doesn’t want a good time in the pool without your hair being living proof of your fun? Read below for easy tips to protect your hair the chemicals of the pool.

Before swim

Rubbing oil through out the hair will help the hair to soak up a lesser amount of pool chemicals. Olive oil and coconut oils are good options. These oils will not immediately wash out of the hair upon water contact. If using an outdoor pool keep the hair covered because the sun will cook the hair, so to speak.

Wetting the hair before a swim works to do the same thing. Both options are taking up space in the hair strand so there is less room for the chemicals to absorb into the hair.

After applying a product to your hair put on a swimmer’s cap for an additional barrier between the hair and the pool chemicals.

After swim

Immediately rinse your hair with plain water for a pre-rinse before applying the cleansing product.

Apple cider vinegar will work to remove chloride from the hair, unclog hair follicles, remove dead skin cells from the scalp, and remove build up from other products. Rinse vinegar from the hair.

Purchase shampoo that is made to get rid of pool chemicals. Look for a shampoo that mentions removing copper deposits since this will remove the green tint left in the hair.

Deep condition the hair after the swim and use a leave in conditioner, as well.

Applying a mixture of aspirin and water will help to get rid of the green in the hair.

Additional tip:

If outside, don’t forget to use sunscreen for the hair and scalp. That’s right, the sun can impact your hair, too.