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Easy Beauty & Health Tips & Tricks

Updated on October 10, 2014

Clear summer skin

Do you often suffer from break-outs during summer? The culprit could be the sunscreen you're applying to your face- it may be clogging your pores and preventing your skin from releasing sweat during the hotter months of the year. Ingredients such as oil or alcohol and heavy fragrances can all irritate the skin and cause blemishes. An easy way to get sun protection while avoiding break-outs is to use a sunscreen for babies. These formulations are extra-gentle and both fragrance and alcohol free.

Wonder tip for your Skin

Using a serum under your daily moisturiser can do wonders for your skin! A serum enhances your moisturiser's absorption and gives your skin a potent boost of protection ingredients such as antioxidants.

Golden Rules For a Sizzling Summer

  • Cut down on caffeine & fizzy drinks & go for iced herbal teas instead.
  • Up your water intake. In the soaring temperatures & searing sun you need to consume roughly two litres water a day.
  • Beat the bloat! For a flatter tummy in your bikini, make bananas your daily snack, they help to diminish sodium which swells your stomach.
  • Increase your intake of fruit & veggies for glowing health.

Did you know

Plastic packets take up to a 1'000 years to decompose. 

Catwalk Face

Using a make-up brush to 'paint' on liquid foundation will give your skin an ultra smooth appearance, usually only seen on catwalk models! Always wash your brush every few days to remove build-up.

Popcorn To your Health

According to a recent survey, popcorn carries as many health- boosting antioxidants as fruit & vegetables. Researchers discovered that this happy snack contains surprisingly large levels of natural plant antioxidant substances or polyphenols, which help reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Polyphenols remove harmful free radicals from the body, and have up to 10 times the antioxidant effect than vitamins C & E have. The verdict? Keep popping- just steer clear of microwave popcorn laden with salt or butter.

Sweat it!

Did you know that all is not lost if you are an infrequent exerciser? Even sporadic workouts help to lower health risks- the secret is to break a proper sweat. So whatever you do, make it vigorous! 

Did you know?

Sudoku is not a maths game at all because no calculating involved - it is a pure logic game. Sudoku can even come in pictures, letters or symbols. 

TLC For your Hair

  • Give your hair some special treatment with these easy home remedies that will boost shine and improve its condition.
  • Oily hair: vinegar is an excellent treatment for oily hair. It removes product build-up and residue from the hair shaft and leaves your hair shiny and healthy. Simply mix one or two tablespoons of either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar with three cups of water and pour it over your hair as a final rinse after shampooing.
  • Dry hair: if you've overdone it on the coloring or heat styling and your hair is damaged, try adding a few drops of olive and rosemary oil to your rinse water. These have excellent antioxidant properties and protect your hair against cellular damage.

Pumpkin for Healthy skin

The next time you're cooking up a storm, make sure you include pumpkin as a side dish. It contains beta-carotene and vitamin C, both of which are great for boosting your skin's natural radiance. 

Did you know?

An ice cube rubbed gently over your brow area will alleviate any pain from plucking your brows! 


Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical. 

Did you know?

Your skin is affected by the seasons. In winter, skin tends to be drier and more sensitive so make sure you are using the correct moisturiser for your skin type. 

Health benefits of Honey

Not only is honey a healthy substitute for sugar, but it's also a powerful immune booster. Honey's antioxidant and antibacterial properties can improve your digestive system and help you fight disease. To enjoy the health benefits of honey everyday, start the morning with this cleansing tonic: before breakfast, simply mix a spoonful of honey together with lemon juice from half a lemon and pour into a cup of warm water. Then drink to your health.

Handy Hint

Try this easy calming technique the next time you're feeling anxious or overwhelmed: press your index finger against the spot between your eyebrows. Apply gentle pressure to this point until your mind feels clear...and remember to breathe! 

Natural vitamin D

Your body makes vitamin D when you are exposed to the UVB rays in sunlight. Vitamin D is needed for the absorption and utilisation of calcium, so you need adequate amounts of vitamin D for healthy bones. Try to get 5-30 minutes of sunlight exposure to the skin (without sunscreen) twice a week.

Heathy Eating

Eating certain foods will help you to be more productive at work, concentrate for longer and keep your brain fit. Try including pears, plums, kidney beans, hummus, raisins or tuna in your diet more often for a better you. 


Learn to love legumes if you are trying to keep to a low GI diet. Try adding chickpeas to a stirfry, red kidney beans to a chilli made with mince, and lentils to soup. Legumes are high in soluble fibre which delays digestion and in turn triggers a slow, steady release of sugar and insulin. 

Did you know?

Did you know that sugar may be responsible for your skin's rapid ageing? 

Healthy Hands

Did you know that the sun is the biggest factor in causing your hands to age? Even in winter months, when skin is prone to extreme dryness, you should apply sunscreen daily and moisturise your hands with an anti-ageing hand cream. 


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      equealla 7 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Very informative. Your hub is well organised and it was easy to follow your information. A lot of usefull little secrets to care for ourselves.

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