Health & Spirit

Health and Beauty Tip -- Wear Sunscreen

Even if it isn't bright or overly sunny out, wear at least SPF 15 when you go out -- either sunscreen or foundation with sunscreen in it. UVA and UVB rays can still hit you, even on cloudy days.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Before Shaving

Before you shave your legs, use an exfoliating scrub to soften the skin -- and remember to rinse it off first. Your legs will feel smoother, and your shave will last longer.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Check Your Makeup

If you have problems with breakouts, check the ingredients in your makeup! If it contains lanolin or mineral oil, it may be clogging up your pores and causing blemishes. Consider switching to a water-based foundation.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Cold Cream

There's a reason it's called "cold cream" ... to keep it fresh longer, store it in the refrigerator. This keeps it from going bad, and also feels nice and cool when you use it.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Homemade Bath Salts

Use Epsom salts and your favorite fragrant oil to make homemade bath salts for yourself, or to give as a gift. Make sure to watch out for possible skin allergies depending on what kind of oil you use.

Health and Beauty Tip -- A Drink for Clear Skin

If you've been having breakouts recently, replace your morning coffee or tea with a slice of lemon in hot water.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Softer Feet

To keep your feet from getting rough, massage them with your favorite oil or lotion before you go to bed, and wear socks overnight. This makes the lotion much more effective, and you'll notice the difference in the morning.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Avoid Dry Skin in the Winter

Facial creams and lotions help keep your skin from drying out, but consider investing in a humidifier as well. It may not seem like a health and beauty aid, but you'll see results almost instantly -- not only does it keep your skin from getting dry overnight, but it reduces the risk of colds and other airborne illnesses.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Vitamin E for Dry Skin

A daily Vitamin E supplement will help with dry skin, but consider actually using it on your skin, too. Rub a little on your face right after you get out of the shower and your skin is still moist. Scrubbing your face beforehand makes this even more effective.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Vitamins for Stronger Nails

If you've tried everything to strengthen your brittle nails, increase the amount of foods such as spinach, cheese, salmon, and nuts in your diet. These foods contain vitamin H (also knows as Biotin), which helps strengthen nails, and is also beneficial to your hair and skin. If you're still not getting enough, consider taking a Bioton ...Read more

Health and Beauty Tip -- Baking Soda Facial Scrub

If you have sensitive skin and can't use a store-bought facial scrub, add one teaspoon of baking soda to your regular facial cleanser. This smooths away rough patches and exfoliates without being too harsh on your skin.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Witch Hazel

If you suffer from blemishes on a regular basis and brand-name astringents haven't worked, use a bit of witch hazel twice a day. Witch hazel is an inexpensive and natural treatment for oily skin.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Vitamins for Smoother Skin

Vitamin E helps your skin stay soft and smooth. Be sure to get your recommended daily allowance (about 10 mg), either by adjusting your diet or taking a supplement.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Calming Blemishes

To take the red out of pimples and blemishes quickly, saturate a cotton ball with anti-redness eye drops and apply gently. This may not be a permanent fix, but it lessens the redness considerably when you have places to be!

Health and Beauty Tip -- Salt Bath

When you have a chance to take a long bath, add some sea salt to the water. It's inexpensive, helps remove impurities from your skin, and (best of all) is very relaxing.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Unclogging Pores

After you shower, run some hot water into the sink and lean over it with a towel over your head, so that your face is nearly touching the water. This will open and unclog pores, which helps to prevent blemishes.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Chamomile Rinse

For softer, shinier hair, soak two bags of chamomile tea in two cups of water, and use this as a final rinse when you wash your hair. This also gives your hair a much nicer scent than most shampoos.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Extra Shine

After washing your hair, rinse with cold water for 30 seconds. This is a great, simple way to get some extra shine!

Health and Beauty Tip -- Natural Highlights

Run a bit of lemon juice through your hair, then sit in the sun for 15-20 minutes, for natural, subtle highlights. Be sure to condition afterwards so the lemon doesn't irritate your scalp.

Health and Beauty Tip -- A Tip Before Swimming

Before you hit those indoor heated pools, wet your hair with regular tap water. Your hair will soak this up first instead of the chlorinated water, prevening it from getting as damaged.

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