Sometimes the best solutions are completely free! Here are five fabulous beauty hacks that will make your life a little bit easier (and just a tad more gorgeous):
Clean that pillowcase
If you suffer from breakouts, make sure to change your pillowcase often. A pillowcase that is not laundered or changed regularly will gradually build up dirt, oil and bacteria from the environment, as well as from your own skin and hair. The build-up will then transfer back to your skin during the night, which can clog your pores and cause blemishes.
Massage your scars
Hypertrophic scars rise above the surrounding skin due to an overabundance of collagen fibers during the healing process. Although they are typically much more difficult to treat than flat and simply discolored scars, there are things you can do to improve their appearance! One of the more promising self-treatments is actually massage, which is very effective in increasing the blood circulation and helping blood and nutrients to reach the scarred area more easily, where they can aid in breaking up the scar tissue. Try massaging the affected area for a minimum of 2 minutes daily for optimal results!
Ice your face
If you want smaller pores, the solution does not have to be further away than your freezer. Simply wrap a few ice cubes in a clean washcloth and place it on your skin for between 15-30 seconds to enjoy an immediate skin tightening effect. Repeat several times a day as needed, and further enhance the benefits by infusing the ice cube water with natural additives like cucumber juice or green tea before freezing!
Wipe your screen
If you want glowing skin, do not forget to pay attention to the things you keep closest to your face on a daily basis. A Stanford University study shows that a smartphone can get more germ-infested than a public toilet, so make sure to regularly wipe down the touchscreen with an anti-bacterial wipe to avoid contaminating your skin!
Keep your chin up
Your mind and body are intimately connected, and thus the way you carry yourself has a direct impact on how you feel and vice versa. If you walk around with slouched shoulders and a hunched back, not just other people will perceive you as lacking confidence -- so will your subconscious mind. Something as simple as walking, sitting and standing straight has the power to change the way you feel about yourself, so the next time you feel a bit low, try adjusting your posture before anything else!
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