3 Relaxing Face Masks

After a long stressful day of classes, studying and homework I love to unwind in my bed while watching Netflix and eating apples but to make it even better I like to make a face mask. By making my own face mask I know exactly what is going onto my face, unlike store bought masks that can contain parabens and artificial ingredients. Also by making my own face masks I am able to customize them to benefit my skin type. Here are three of my favorite face masks…

Dry Skin Remedy: 

Ingredients: 
-1/2 soft avocado

-2 tablespoons hot water
-1 tablespoon honey

To make the mask: 
Start by mashing up the avocado. Then, dissolve t6802814078_498676ca70_mhe honey in the warm water. Combine all the ingredients. Apply to your face with your fingers or a brush and let sit for 10-20 minutes.

Benefits: 

An avocado face mask can help dry skin and add moisture because it contains vitamins A and E, both of which have anti oxidant properties and help repair damaged skin. The benefits of using an avocado face mask is that it can penetrate deeper layers of the skin and create longer-lasting moisturizing effects compared to lotions and other products.

Honey is also added to the mask because it is naturally an antibacterial, so it’s great for acne treatment and prevention. Honey is also great for moisturizing and adding a glow to the skin.

Glowing Skin Scrub: 

Ingredients: 

-2 teaspoons of honey5318051400_d86560cafa_m

-1/2 of a real lemon
-Teaspoon of Sugar

To make the mask:

Combine all ingredients and apply to face. Let sit for 5 minutes then use as a scrub and wash off.  It’s super simple.

Benefits:

Just like the first mask there are tons of skin benefits of using honey. It is a gentle cleanser that helps clear acne. It also brightens the skin and adds a glow! The lemon juice is also super beneficial. It’s acidic property

helps lighten dark spots and even skin tone. The sugar helps get an even bright skin tone while removing dead skin cells for softer, smoother skin!

Blackhead Removal Mask: 

How to make:  

Place 1 tbsp. unflavored gelatin powder in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the 1 1/2 tbsp. milk to the powder and mix with a spoon. Heat the gelatin mixture for 10 seconds in the microwave. Coat your face with the gelatin.

Benefits: 

This mask works just like the Biore Pore Strips. It helps remove black heads and clear pores.

 

 

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3 Health Benefits of Water

Water is super important for you, as many people know. But you need it for more than just hydration. Water is what keeps our bodies functioning and healthy.  Some of water’s benefits include:

  1. Getting a better workout–  Now this might be a little obvious but if you’re slightly dehydrated your body is going to get tired more easily and your muscles will not be able to work as hard. Make sure to hydrate before, during, and after your workout. Muscles are 80% water, make sure you’re staying hydrated to get the best workout you possibly can.
  2. Keeping energy levels up– Water is a calorie free, caffeine free way to energize. Dehydration can cause trouble for the brain, making it harder to function. If you’re feeling moody or tired try drinking some water, you may just be dehydrated.
  3. Promoting weight loss– Water consumption helps boost your metabolism, but to make it even more effective drink a glass of water a half hour before you eat a meal. It helps you feel full. Also, if you ever feel hungry throughout the day try drinking water, sometimes your body confuses hunger and thirst.

 

While I love water, I hate the plastic bottles that they’re sold in for “convenience.” If you prefer filtered water I totally recommend getting a Brita water filter to keep in your fridge, it filters tap water (to remove all the nasty chemicals like zinc and copper, but it also removes the smell and taste of chlorine).

Keeping a refillable cup is the best option for the environment ad you’ll be saving so much money not buying bottled water! Plastic bottles can take up to 1,000518310172_2d333e9897_m years to decompose, so do the earth a favor and stick to reusable bottles.  It takes 17 million barrels of oil to produce the yearly amount of plastic water bottles used, so by reducing our dependency on plastic bottles we are helping our planet.  I love S’well water bottles, they keep drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. The bottles also come in different sizes and colors, so they’re perfect for everyone.

All opinions in this article are my own, I love the brands I have mentioned but I am in no way affiliated with them.

Easy Banana Ice-cream

I am always down for ice-cream, but I don’t always want to spend time in the gym making up for it. Banana ice-cream is a quick, easy to make snbananas-652497_640ack that I always have on hand.
What you need: 

-Bananas 

-Soy milk (or almond, dairy, coconut) 

That’s it!… no really, you only need two ingredients to make this ice-cream.

I also like to add cinnamon, strawberries, or chocolate chips. It’s really easy to make this recipe more interesting, but it is delicious on its own as well.

To start chop up a banana and freeze the pieces. Once they’re frozen add them to a food processor.  Add a tablespoon of milk for a smoother consistency. After pulsing the bananas and milk you have your ice-cream! I love to add chocolate chips for sweetness and texture. This is an extremely easy recipe that satisfies craving.

There is so many health benefits to bananas too, so you’ll feel good about eating this ice-cream!

Bananas are loaded with manganese, which is essential for bone health. Bananas are also extremely easy to digest which is healthy for your stomach while still providing you with tons of vitamins and nutrients like vitamin c, vitamin b-6, and tons of fiber to help you feel full. Bananas are just so appealing how could you not love them?