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Self Care: Coffee Face Mask

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Do you ever look in the mirror and see nothing but bags under your eyes, a tired complexion and perhaps some wrinkles? I am a regular user of a face moisturizer every morning and before I go to bed at night to add some temporary softness to my skin, but I have recently started using a Coffee face mask to help tighten my skin and add more life and color to my complexion.

I usually write articles about self-improvement and motivation, but I believe that there are so many levels of self-improvement. One of which is ‘self care’. Drinking enough water, exercise and a balanced diet and many other factors make up self care. I have found that if I wake up in the morning looking tired, it can have a negative effect on my mood and energy levels for the rest of the day. However, if I wake up looking fresh and full of vitality, I feel more positive, confident and full of energy. Using a coffee face mask is also a wonderful way to give yourself a well deserved treat at the end of a long day. Try using the following coffee face mask for a few days and see how it will make you look and feel.

Coffee Face Mask

This is a simple, fast and effective face mask. I will give substitution ingredients for different skin types below.

What You Need:
1/2 Cup ground coffee beans (you can grind your own or buy pre-ground)1 Tbsp of honey (for acne prone or oily skin use additional lemon juice here instead of honey)
1/2 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Cup of unsweetened whole milk (if you are not a dairy person, substitute for almond milk)
1 Tbsp of lemon juice (for dry skin, try olive oil or almond oil)
A Bowl

Benefits of the Ingredients:

Coffee Beans Reduce inflammation, redness and the appearance of under eye circles. Coffee also acts as an exfoliator, removing dead skin and literally “wakes up” a tired complexion.

Honey – Full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down the aging process. Honey is also extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create a glow and give your complexion a boost.

Cocoa Powder – cocoa powder helps repair skin cells! That’s because it is packed with antioxidants that fight off free radicals. Cocoa can also improve your skin complexion, making it brighter and clearer! The flavonoids in it nourish the skin, boost its elasticity and help reduce blemishes that make skin dull.

Milk – Milk contains antimicrobial properties, so it makes a great cleanser for the skin. The lactic acid in milk is an alpha-hydroxy acid that naturally eats away dead skin cells. Amino acids contained in milk will also help to keep your skin hydrated.

Lemon Juice – Acts as an exfoliant. Contains natural vitamin C to help lighten, tighten and brighten your skin.

Directions:
In the bowl, mix the finely ground coffee beans with the cocoa powder. Add in the milk, and stir until it creates a paste. For a thicker paste, simply use less milk. Then add both a tablespoon of lemon juice and honey. Apply the face mask to your skin and leave to dry (up to 20 minutes). Wash off face mask and store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days

Extra Boost: Use a Jade Roller

 

jade roller

 

For an extra boost to your skin, I highly recommend using a Jade roller.

This wonderful little tool will help to increase circulation in your skin, reduce fine lines, dark circles and puffiness. The Jade Roller will also stimulate collagen and improve elasticity in your skin. Regularly using a Jade roller will also flush toxins from your body and promote lymphatic drainage.

Before you start rolling, make sure your skin is well cleansed and apply some hydrating serum

1. Start under the jawline and roll downwards.

2. Once you have completed your neck, roll from your jawline up towards your ear.

3. Next, from the middle of your chin make broad strokes with the roller out towards your ear, where the lymph drains from your face.

4. Continue with the broad strokes and gradually move up your face, under your nose and then from your nose out to your ear using the small end of the roller to get the more sensitive skin under your eyes and eyebrows.

5. Finish by rolling from the middle of your forehead out towards the temples.

Bonus Tips

  • Store your jade roller in the fridge or freezer before using.
  • Repeat each stroke three times.
  • Always roll upwards & outwards, never back & forth.
  • Using a Jade roller is a wonderful morning ritual to wake up tired eyes and energize your skin.

I hope that this week, you take the time to treat yourself with a nice face mask, or that you make the small investment in a wonderful Jade roller.
You deserve it!

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6 Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

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Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

The term ‘bucket list’ has become quite popular in recent years. It has been used in pop culture references and as a casual topic of conversation when someone wants to do something. Chances are, you have heard someone say, “Oh, that’s on my bucket list!” But, a bucket list is more than just a fantasy, an out of reach dream or an excuse to say that you want to do many things, only to never follow through on them.

There are actually many benefits to creating a bucket list, if you just put in the time, the thought and the dedication into it. Making a bucket list is a perfect way to set your life goals and to stay focused on making them a reality. Still not 100% convinced? Let’s take a look at six reasons why you really should create a bucket list. Maybe, by the end of this article, you will be ready to put together one of your very own.

1. It Gives You a Purpose

While putting together a bucket list won’t tell you what the meaning of your life is, it can help to give you a purpose to your life. A bucket list should be more about the major goals that you have for yourself, rather than a bunch of fun little things that you might want to do. A bucket list gives you something to get out of life and allows you to stay focused while you are doing it.

Have you ever been bored, wondering what you’re going to do this weekend to fill up your free time? A bucket list can give you that answer, encouraging you to always work towards the things that you truly want to do and experience in life.

2. It Brings Your Goals to Life

As stated above, a bucket list should be about exciting goals that you have for yourself. But, it is also an opportunity to hone in on those goals. Many people have ambitions and even make goals or resolutions for themselves each year only to be forgotten a few days later. But, when you have a specific list of goals written down, it can help to make you more motivated and focused to achieve them.

Goals are incredibly important to have, and the fact that your bucket list can make those goals clearer and more tangible is really important.

3. You Will Create Lasting Memories

Memories are one of life’s greatest treasures. As you start to accomplish the things on your bucket list, you will also be making wonderful memories each time. Since you are doing the things you really want to do, those memories will bring you comfort, a sense of achievement and give you something positive to look back on and share with others.

Bucket list Create Lasting Memories

4. It Will Pull You Forward

Have you ever been in a “funk” in life, or maybe you have had bouts of feeling down or depressed that have kept you from doing the things you typically enjoy? No one wants to stay in that kind of mindset for long. Because a bucket list can help to give you a sense of purpose, it can also give you the motivation to pull yourself out of a funk. It can call you to do something new, something different, or something that even challenges you. Sometimes, that’s all a person needs to be pulled out of a tired or depressed state.

Additionally, doing something on your bucket list will help to distract you for a while. That can be a great solution for someone who has anxiety or tends to focus too much on the negative things in life. Sometimes, a distraction can be a welcomed reprieve.

5. You Will Experience Life-Long Learning

When you commit yourself to having new experiences, you are also committing yourself to learning something new. So many people think that learning stops when you finish school, but you can learn so much more simply by living and trying more new things throughout your life. People who embrace this type of lifestyle are called “lifelong learners”. The reality is this; you will never be able to learn everything there is to know. But, because all of us have such a short time on this planet to figure things out, the more experiences we participate in, the more that we will learn and grow. Not only can a bucket list help you to learn things about different cultures, skills, situations, people and personalities.

It can also help you to learn more about yourself. Closing your mind off to the idea of lifelong learning will cause you to become stagnant with your thoughts and your growth. As a human being, you should have a desire to continue to grow and achieve as much as you possibly can throughout your life. Working through your bucket list can help you to achieve that.

Bucket List For Life long Learning

6. You Will Never Run Out of Things to Do

If you sit down to make a bucket list, you might write down anywhere from 10-100 things that you really want to do. But, it doesn’t have to stop there. Chances are, as you start to work through some of the things on your list, you will come up with more ideas.

Experiencing new things, and even challenging things, is a great way to get inspired and motivated to continue on that trend. A bucket list can truly be never-ending as you come up with more exciting new ideas and goals for yourself.

Building Your Bucket List and Bettering Your Life

There are so many additional reasons why you should create a bucket list for yourself. Remember, a bucket list is a very personal thing, and the experiences you put on the list should be things that you truly want to do or accomplish. Don’t make them  so unrealistic that you will never plan on committing to. Instead, promise yourself that you will immerse yourself in those experiences.

A bucket list might be something you create to accomplish things before you pass on, but in creating one and diving into new experiences, there is a good chance you will feel more alive than ever!

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment? (more…)

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