photo by Ian Kobylanski
For west coasters, it’s fall, and the rain is back so your skin may be feeling under the weather. Bring your glow back with this natural exfoliating scrub, which also improves your circulation to reduce the appearance of cellulite and helps you get smoother skin. Fat cells clump together underneath the skin when your moves around less and when you retain more water. Since caffeine is a diuretic and also increases blood flow, using coffee beans topically can help fight cellulite.
Mix up this coffee-based scrub for a great home-made exfoliant that is not only good for your skin, but is also good for the environment: re-use recently-brewed coffee beans – and don’t forget to choose fair trade coffee!
(Photo by Fragallo)
1. Brittle nails:
There’s nothing more annoying than nails that can’t handle your day-to-day activities. And it’s tough to resist peeling and nibbling on them to “even them out”. But, rest assured, with a little bit of extra care, you can let nature prevent all of this frustration.
From the inside out: Your nails are often an indicator of your overall health. So, if your nails are chipping, assess your diet and see how you can add more protein, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin B-12. Salmon and other fatty fish, beans, nuts, and carrots are a good start.
From the outside in: If you’re using nail polish to keep your nails from chipping, make sure you’re using one that’s relatively safe. According to Safe Cosmetics, nail polishes with dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde and toluene are considered unsafe. Recently, many popular brands like Sally Hansen have removed these three carcinogens. Make sure you’re reading ingredient labels and not just the price tags!
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