All-Natural Home Beauty Treatments for Less

by Head Health Nutter on February 6, 2016

Live Lighter is a blog for natural, balanced, healthy living tips. Today we share 5 recipes for inexpensive, all-natural home beauty treatments!

More and more women have gone au naturel when it comes to skincare. Fitness Magazine shares that according to a report from the NPD market research group, nearly 80 percent of shoppers are now opting for natural products.

Aside from this, many women arenow using natural ingredients and creating their own beauty recipes. This is definitely great news as it means less exposure to chemicals and at the same time, more savings for consumers.
Banana & Honey Hair Mask

If you’d like to give all-natural home beauty treatments a try, here are some simple and inexpensive but highly effective recipes:

Banana & Honey Hair Mask

The combination of banana and honey sounds yummy, doesn’t it? It actually works great for keeping moisture inside the hair, especially when the air is dry such as during winter season. The addition of apple cider vinegar is also a boon, helping remove the build up of chemicals to bring back the hair’s luster.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup banana, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Instructions:
Use a fork to mash the banana until smooth. Gradually add the honey, and then the vinegar. Apply mixture on your damp hair. Let it sit for about 15 minutes before rinsing with cool water. For best results, apply a natural conditioner afterwards.

Aloe Vera & Rose Water Toner

Toners are an important part of proper skin regimen. This aloe vera and rose toner is a great substitute for the one that you’re buying in the market. This one’s free from chemicals and will save you money. It’s also rich in alpha hydroxyl acids that get rid of dead skin cells. At the same time, it restores moisture on your skin.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera juice
  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 1 bag red tea
  • 2 tablespoons rosewater

Instructions:
Brew red tea and let it steep for about 20 minutes. Put inside the refrigerator. Pour rosewater and aloe vera juice in a glass bottle. Add in the tea. Seal with the lid, and shake. Apply toner on your face using a cotton ball or pad. Do this routine twice a week before bedtime.

Facial Mask for UV Damage Repair

A “nutritional powerhouse" as many would say, blueberries are overflowing with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that make them a super healthy snack. But that’s not all. Its high concentration of vitamin C and vitamin E can also be beneficial for the skin. It can moisturize and repair, as well as get rid of premature aging signs caused by UV damage. Lactic acid in yogurt also helps in exfoliating the layer of dead skin cells on the face.

Ingredients:

  • 10 blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt

Instructions:
Put blueberries in a food processor. Pulse until the consistency becomes smooth and like a paste. Mix the yogurt and pulse some more. Apply a layer of the mask on your face. Rinse it off with cool water after 15 to 20 minutes.

Strawberry & Honey Facial Scrub

You’ve heard about how honey is a great antibacterial, working wonders for acne and blemishes. As an anti-aging tool, its ensemble of antioxidants effectively slows down aging. On top of these, it’s soothing, moisturizing, and hydrating. Whether you have dry or oily skin, you’ll give your beauty a boost with this honey and strawberry facial scrub.

Ingredients:

  • 3 strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions:
Remove the stems of the strawberries. Slice thinly. Mash using a fork. Add honey and mix well. Massage mixture onto your face. Leave it on for three minutes before washing with warm water.

Coconut Oil Body Lotion

Coconut oil has its own set of antimicrobial properties that will certainly be beneficial for your skin. Jojoba, meanwhile, is said to act as a natural oil on the body, giving you a softer and smoother skin.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup jojoba oil
  • 1/4 cup sweet almond oil

Instructions:
Mix the oils in a bottle. Close the lid and shake well. Apply all over the body. Focus on parts that are particularly dry and dull like elbows or knees.
Nowadays, women no longer go to beauty stores to get the beauty products that they need. Instead, they head to their own kitchens, as this is where they can find many ingredients that can be used for creating beauty recipes that don’t only work wonders for one skin, but also help save money in the long run.

About the Author

Ron Max is a professional writer who writes on different topics like health, wellness, beauty and home remedies. He provides effective solutions through his writing so that everyone should be benefited.

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11 Ideas To Enrich Your Daily Morning Routine

by Head Health Nutter on February 4, 2016

We’ve only begun the second month of 2016 so if you’re struggling with your resolutions, perhaps all you need is a little improvement on time management and your attitude! Today’s guest blogger, Kenneth Waldman, suggests ways to enrich your morning routine which may help you to get enough time and motivation in during a day to reach this year’s goals.

You either love mornings or you hate them. There isn’t a lot of middle ground on this topic. But if you’re in the anti-morning camp, there are ways to change that. By making small changes to your routine, you can begin to enjoy your days more and enrich your life. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

mornings1. Wake Up Earlier
This may seem simple, but this one small change can alter your entire day. An extra hour in the morning will allow you to adopt some new routines or spend more time on a passion project.

2. Plan Your Day
Take 20-30 minutes to plan out the rest of your day. With a little foresight, you can plan to meet a friend for lunch, read a book on your coffee break, or get in an after-work exercise routine. You can also plan out which projects will need the most attention or what you’d like to do in the evening.

3. Eat A Nutritious Breakfast
You know you should eat a healthy breakfast, but how often does it actually happen? A nutritious breakfast can give you a burst of energy to tackle the morning’s activities. Get some protein, fiber, and fruits or veggies.

4. Look Your Best
Your appearance isn’t the most important thing in the world. But the truth is that people do judge you based on your looks. So, take an extra ten minutes to look your best in the morning.

5. Read or Listen to a Podcast
Spend 20 minutes every day reading a book or listening to a podcast or book on tape. It’s not a lot of time, but you’ll be surprised how many books you can get through in a year with this simple change.

6. Drink A Big Glass of Water
Most people don’t drink enough water throughout the day. One easy way to remedy this is to get a jump on your H2O intake first thing in the morning. Put a big glass by the sink in the bathroom, and drink it before you brush your teeth.

7. Meditate
Spend 5-10 minutes meditating or saying affirmations. It will help set the tone for the day and give you a feeling of calm and clarity so you can tackle the day ahead.

8. Work On A Project
If you have a big work or passion project that never seems to get enough dedicated time, starts working on it in the mornings. You won’t be interrupted and you can finish it sooner.

9. Do The Thing You Love
Do you wish you had more time to write letters, play the piano, or paint? Use the mornings to create the time. Reclaim the things you love to do in the hour when everyone else in your house is still asleep.

10. Keep A Gratitude Journal
Every morning, write down the things you feel grateful for. As you get in the habit of doing this every morning, you will start to feel gratitude more frequently. And gratitude is the biggest indicator of happiness.

11. Pray
The mornings offer a wonderful time to engage in prayer or to read a religious text. If you wake up earlier than usual on weekends, you could attend a religious service.

Which new habits will you incorporate into your morning routine? Choose one or two of these and start them tomorrow!

About the Author

Kenneth Waldman is a freelance writer and content editor at essay writing service EssayMama.com. You can get in touch with him on Linkedin.

 

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5 Ways to Make Your Winter Renovations “Green”

by Head Health Nutter on February 1, 2016

Are you a little bored this winter? According to guest blogger, Megan Wild, from Your Wild Home blog, this is the perfect time for home renovations! Check out her article on making renovations safe for the environment.

Winter is an ideal time to renovate your home. With the colder weather, you’ll be spending more time indoors, so you’ll want the place looking great. Renovations don’t have to wait for warm weather, and the green-friendly kind could even begin saving you resources and electricity costs immediately. Don’t wait — follow the tips below to make your winter renovations “green.”

house-outdoorsUse Environmentally Friendly and Durable Material

Regardless of which area you plan to remodel — whether a new kitchen top or a re-painting — you can always find a way to use environmentally friendly material. For example, when painting a new room zero-VOC paints are recommended, as they will provide cleaner air to the rest of the house in comparison to normal paint. For countertops, a durable option like Caesarstone can ensure that you won’t have to buy a replacement for decades.

Seeking material that is both environmentally friendly and durable will cut down on cost and resource usage in both the short and long term.

Consider Radiant Floor Heating

With cold weather on the horizon, you’ll want your home to be warm and cozy without hogging resources. For a green-friendly option, consider radiant floor heating, which provides warmth via electric wires or hot-water tubes buried underneath the floor. Invisible thermal radiation waves provide heat from the ground up. This is highly efficient in comparison to traditional methods, where forced-air heating results in uneven heating and higher bills.

While hot-water radiant costs between six and 15 dollars per square foot — more than traditional methods—it’s also around 30 percent more efficient. This makes radiant floor heating an option any homeowners yearning for green-friendly renovations should consider.

Check for Water Intrusion or Holes Before Renovating

Checking for problems beforehand can save you a pretty penny, since patching a problem up is much easier during a renovation. Using your renovation — no matter the type — as an opportunity to survey water intrusion problem areas can protect against mold, which loves growing in unaddressed moist areas of the home.

Start Small and Move Up

Renovations can add up, especially when they’re green-friendly. Green-friendly renovating is the way to go, but there’s no denying the additional up-front costs involved. Anyone planning a renovation should start with less intimidating tasks such as prioritizing changing the bathroom fan to an automatic green-friendly option ahead of adding a brand-new heating system.

If your budget still has room after you address the small but important items, feel free to proceed with larger tasks. There’s nothing worse than blowing your budget on a big project only to still have a subpar living situation due to other issues that remain unaddressed.

Enlist Experts Who Value Green Renovations

Plenty of self-proclaimed renovation experts are in your area, but only a few of them are genuinely good and care about being green-friendly. Seek out one whose website and word-of-mouth conveys a true appreciation for getting the job done with resource conservation in mind. For instance, a business touting that their technology results in 90 percent reduction in particulate matter clearly has values consistent with what one seeking a green-friendly renovation would be looking for.

Be sure not to splurge on unnecessary additions, like using multiple shower heads (a single low-flow shower head should do fine) or splurging on a new heating system before attempting to insulate your water pipes. Try to get in the habit of avoiding home purchases that are either unnecessary or environmentally detrimental. Doing so, in addition to following the tips above, should result in satisfactory winter renovations.

About the Author

Megan Wild loves writing about ways you can take care of your home and the Earth. Check out more of her tips at her blog, Your Wild Home.

Did Megan give you some ideas or inspiration for renovating your home? Add your “green” renovation tips in the comments below!

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How To Keep Your Hair Looking Gorgeous All Year Long

by Head Health Nutter on January 29, 2016

Have you ever noticed someone with healthy hair? I have and the impression I get is that they are healthy in body, as well. Today guest blogger, Jacqueline Cao, is here to share with us a few tips to keep your hair healthy.

Everyone wants beautiful, healthy hair but unfortunately frequent shampooing, harsh hair coloring procedures and excessive heat styling can leave us with dry and damaged tresses. Here are a few tips to help you restore and maintain the health of your hair.

Avoid Washing Your Hair Every Day

Contrary to popular belief it isn’t necessary to wash your hair ever single day; doing so may actually be drying out your hair. Our hair produces natural oils at the scalp which are imperative for hair health and luster; brushing daily helps to redistribute these oils throughout your hair.

Try to wash your hair once every 3-5 days if possible and use a dry shampoo in between washings to keep your hair looking and smelling fresh. Dry shampoo is a product that cleanses your hair without water. Active ingredients may include absorbing agents to zap up excess oil and fragrance to keep your hair smelling fresh. Dry shampoo is generally available in either a powder formula or as a spray-on product. If you’re in a pinch you can also try using baby powder or corn starch for a quick hair refresher.

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What’s Missing From Your Weight Loss Resolutions?

by Head Health Nutter on January 27, 2016

Are your 2016 goals being realized a little too slowly for your liking? You might enjoy today’s post by guest blogger, Brooke Chaplan, who shares four ways to evaluate your resolutions or yearly plans that will insure success!

Your plans for weight loss should include tactics for not only new diets and fitness plans, but also controlling problems such as binge eating and mental frustration. If you develop plans for overcoming obstacles, you reduce the risks that prevent you from continuing with a weight-loss program. A person will usually complete an easy task, but avoid or put-off a very difficult one. You should investigate all your options and then decide which approach is best for you.

What's Missing From Your Weight Loss ResolutionsControl
If a program you’ve chosen is especially difficult, you could lose control or motivation and start binging on junk food. Instead, include your favorite flavors in your diet and do not attempt to achieve quick results. For example, chocolate or banana flavorings can be added to skim milk, which would permit you to enjoy the flavors without consuming the calories from chocolate ice cream or banana cream pie. Keep in mind, a program for six months will usually be more successful than a program for six weeks because less weight must be lost during each of the weeks for the six-month period.

Moderation
The exercise program you choose should be designed with simple exercises such as walking and standing. You should increase your endurance before adding more strenuous exercises. If the exercises are easy at the beginning and move step by step, you will be more likely to continue with the program. There are different methods for controlling fatigue as well. For example, you could sit in a chair and pedal on exercise equipment instead of riding a bicycle in a park. [click to continue…]

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Get up and Go! How to Live a More Active Lifestyle With Yoga

by Head Health Nutter on January 25, 2016

I went to my doc not too long ago and complained of too much stress. Her recommendation? Yoga! That’s right, not pills or therapy, but yoga! Check out today’s guest post by Emma and find out why yoga is recommended by doctors.

Fitness gurus everywhere have claimed that there is one activity which helps them live a more active life and improve fitness at the same time. Football stars and other professional athletes avoid many injuries because they also do this one thing.

How can you get your hands on this little piece of magic and start living a more active lifestyle right now?

Get up and Go - How to Live a More Active Lifestyle With Yoga
The best news about this secret is you need little to no money to start. There are no awful pills to choke down, green concoctions to swallow, or heavy lifting involved that could actually cause injury if you don’t know what you’re doing.

What is This All About? Yoga.

Yoga is no longer confined to the mysteries of the east or busy urbanites dressed up in spandex. Men and women of all ages are participating in the gentle stretching and strength building provided by yoga. And, they are enjoying the benefits of less pain, a better ability to handle stress, and the feeling of contentment and even joy.

How to Start Yoga

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6 Perfect Eating Habits for Daily Detox

by Head Health Nutter on January 22, 2016

With a brand new year, most of us are excited for our 2016 goals. Some of which will be losing weight and getting healthier. As a great follow-up post to Monday’s article about detoxing, here is guest blogger, Bill Brown, with some very direct and easy-to-follow daily detoxing tips!

Detox, or detoxification, is the type of diet or the act of cleansing the insides of your body either by eliminating the toxins through liquid cleansing or by fasting. There are also instances when a person changes his/her diet altogether to cleanse the body. There are many ways to do a detox and most of them are advised by doctors to maintain your health.

Here are 6 perfect eating habits to follow so you can fully detox:

young-female-drinking-green-tea1. Drink green tea instead of coffee in the morning

Although coffee contains antioxidants that can also help with detox, green tea contains more. While our body needs the caffeine boost, you might want to control the caffeine intake if you want to detox. Green tea has important antioxidants in its most natural form that the body can work better when detoxifying. It contains a little amount of caffeine that should be able to give you an energy boost.

2. The more natural the fibre, the better

You’ve heard this many times – that if you want to detox and lose weight, you should eat more fiber. It is actually true. Fiber does not only help with weight loss, but it is also good for cleansing and can be a source of natural supplements. There are some products that claim to be rich in fiber. It would be better to eat fiber in its most natural form, such as vegetables. [click to continue…]

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Detoxify Your Body & Declutter Your Home after the Holidays

by Head Health Nutter on January 20, 2016

Feeling a little blah after the holidays? Well, maybe you’ll enjoy today’s article by guest blogger, Ella, about detoxing your body and home after the craziness of the holidays!

Have you ever felt sluggish after the holidays, having an overall drop in energy levels and productivity? Well if that is the case, you should consider detoxifying your body. If you have any pain in the joints or muscles, as well digestive problems, then you may benefit (including losing weight!) through a nice course of detoxification.

How to Detoxify Your Body After the Holidays
Detoxification has been around and practiced for many centuries, from Asia to Europe and other locations. Regardless of different approaches, for the most part, the process is boiled down to purging the body from harmful toxins, allowing you to live a more healthy life overall through some simple changes in your diet and exercise routine and lifestyle. Eliminating the toxins from your life will help bring new energy and a chance to start anew.

The human body is a complex system of biochemical reactions, adapting to our environment and bearing the signs of our lifestyle in more than one way. With the way the world works today, there are plenty of toxins around us, breathing them in, consuming them and living with them. We can do our best to minimize our exposure and lessen the toxins by being determined and persistent.

All you have to do is follow some basic ground rules to bring your life back into focus and to renew your energy. Your body will love you when you deal with the burden of toxins! [click to continue…]

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Are Electronic Cigarettes Less Harmful than Regular Cigarettes?

by Head Health Nutter on January 18, 2016

Are you trying to stop smoking by vaping instead? Before you run out to buy your e-cigarettes and their fillups, please read today’s guest article by blogger, Joel Desvignes, and determine whether or not vaping is healthier than smoking.

While an increasing amount of smokers are turning away from cigarettes in favour of vaping in order to soothe their nicotine cravings, recent research has shown that electronic cigarettes still have an impact on the vapers’ health. These claims come despite the fact that many are led to believe e-cigarettes are safer than cigarettes.vaping

In principle, electronic cigarettes are less harmful than traditional cigarettes in the respect that they do not contain tobacco and therefore do not produce any tar. That means there is less of a chance the vaper will catch lung cancer or any other form of chronic lung disease as a direct consequence of inhaling electronic cigarette smoke.

However, recent studies published by the NHS in the UK, Penn State University and the Harvard Medical Journal in the US seem to suggest that it isn’t the actual vapour produced by electronic cigarettes that is harmful but the chemicals that are contained in the e-liquid.

E-liquids are made of liquid nicotine and sweeteners which are used by the food industry, these are: propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine and other flavourings. The fact is, propylene glycol is a viscous colourless liquid with a slightly sweet taste which is used as a preservative agent in the food industry and tobacco products. In e-liquid, propylene glycol is one of the agents which cause the liquid to vaporise. [click to continue…]

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6 Ways to Rid Yourself of Stubborn Menopause Belly Fat

by Head Health Nutter on January 15, 2016

If you’re currently in menopause or know someone who is, you may find today’s article by guest blogger, Ella James, particularly useful. Keep reading for tips on how to vanquish belly fat that has accumulated due to menopause.

Menopause has many symptoms, some of which include: hot flashes, loss of menstrual cycle and headaches, among others. The formation of belly fat does not necessarily symbolize menopause but because of the hormonal changes during this time, it can happen. Healthy eating and exercise are the most effective ways to deal with belly fat, no matter the cause.

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The following are 6 ways in which you can get rid of stubborn menopausal belly fat:

1. Proper eating

The female body is prone to excess production of fat. This fat can accumulate along the lower belly, thighs, butt and face. Some of the main causes of excess fat production are excess consumption of junk foods. Many junk foods are as a result of the fast foods in the modern hotels such as fried chicken, soda, among other processed foods.

Popular diet and weight loss news states that balancing your diet with an excess of vegetables helps rid menopausal belly fat, especially with the help of vitamin C. If you can manage a vegan diet for awhile to flush the system, it works miraculously! [click to continue…]

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