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Today, everyone is becoming increasingly aware of their health and beauty. After all, it is the first point of visual contact when communicating and interacting with others. You wouldn't believe the number and variety of health and beauty products out there for various concerns, skin types, skin tones and occasions. Stepping into stores like Sephora, Guardian and Watsons can be a very relieving process because everything you might need can usually be found in these stores. But at what cost? Health and beauty products can be very expensive (I should know, I'm a university student...) and furthermore, if you're lazy (like me) you might not even feel like researching and buying new products. "The best things are invented by lazy people for lazy people" This is a quote by yours truly, and I personally think it makes a great deal of sense. Hence, this article goes out to the lazy people who need health and beauty life hacks from the comfort of your home. From a lazy person to lazy people, this is my gift to you.

 

Health Life Hacks

 

 

1. Start your mornings right with a glass of lemon water!

There are so many benefits to drinking lemon water. It makes you feel like a fancy country club person that likes finger sandwiches and bubbly water. (Adding lemon into your the water makes it fancy) It looks much cooler than regular water. And on to the serious benefits, lemon water flushes the toxins from your system, alkalises your body and keeps your digestive system working as it should. Furthermore, it is anti-fungal and boosts your immune system, especially perfect in the mornings to give you that extra boost of energy and all natural health boost to conquer your day.

 

 

2. Feeling sore after an intense workout? Try munching on some ginger.

If you feel sore the next day after you've worked out, you know you definitely did something right. Feeling sore is normal after you've had an intense work out session but sometimes it can be a tad overwhelming and using certain muscles may hurt. (For example, I can barely climb stairs after leg day at my gym.) If this is a problem for you, try including ginger in your meals. You can add ginger into stir-frys, teas and even juices! Researchers at the University of Georgia found that consuming 2g of raw or heat-treated ginger per day can reduce post-workout muscle soreness by 25%. The reason this is so is because ginger has anti-inflammatory compounds and oils that exhibit painkilling properties. It couldn't hurt to give it a shot! (Pun intended)

 

 

3. Having trouble sleeping? Eat some kiwi.

I am sure everyone of you knows that kiwis are fruits (and birds but I'm talking about the fruit) and hopefully most, if not all of you, have eaten a kiwi at least once in your life. They are commonly found in all local supermarkets and they are loaded with Vitamin C. Kiwi has potent antioxidant properties, which help boost immune system functions and enhance cell protection and repair in our bodies. Researchers at Taiwan’s Taipei Medical University found that eating kiwi on a daily basis was linked to substantial improvements to both sleep quality and sleep quantity. People could sleep more, sleep faster and sleep soundly. Poor sleep is linked to low antioxidant levels in the body and kiwi has a high amount of antioxidants, its consumption thus replenishes what the body needs and provides us with better sleep.

Beauty Life Hacks

1. Use baby powder for greasy hair

In Singapore, or Asia for that matter, it can get pretty hot and humid and that leads to sweat and greasy oily hair. (It is virtually impossible for me to not wash my hair everyday because I feel utterly gross and dirty if I do not) I'm sure many of you face the same problems as well. If there are days that your hair is greasy and all kinds of nasty but for some reason you don't have a chance to wash it, use baby powder! Sprinkle some on your roots (and the bangs/fringe if you have them), and the powder will soak up the excess oil that makes your hair look greasy. You can do this at night so you can wake up with deceptively fresh looking hair.

 

 

2. Fresh out of plasters for your blisters? Use antiperspirant.

With new shoes, come new responsibilities. It takes a bit of time to break into your shoes (especially high heel shoes) and more often than not, you'll end up with some little devil kisses from your shoes a.k.a. blisters. These monsters are usually so small but they can be terribly annoying and painful at times. I have to fight the urge to remove my shoes and walk barefoot. To prevent this from happening in the future, dab some antiperspirant on the bits of your feet that rub against your shoes. The antiperspirant not only reduces friction, it also keeps the area dry. (say bye bye to sweaty feet)

 

 

3. Make your own DIY Lip Scrub

The lip scrubs sold in stores can be very expensive and essentially, if you can make the same thing at home which also serves the exact same purpose at a much lower cost, why not! Did I mention your DIY lip scrub will be edible? Just take 1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of organic honey and mix well in a bowl until you achieved the desired consistency. So you might be wondering, why these ingredients?

The brown sugar acts as an exfoliator to slough off the damaged top layer of skin, exposing a new softer lip that allows for better penetration of hydrating products and makes your favorite lipsticks go on smoother and last longer.

With the recent tea-drinking craze flooding social media, the numerous green tea benefits are definitely known to all. Regardless of whether your choice of pick-me-up is the robust earl grey tea or fragrant green tea, both offer immense health benefits. However, a daily boost isn’t just what tea is good for - these organic black tea bags, often thrown away, can help to power up our beauty routines. Beauty doesn’t have to be bought in a store; in fact, it’s right here in our kitchens! Read on for 5 Do-It-Yourself organic black tea bag beauty hacks that will amp up your beauty routine at no additional cost.

1. DIY Chamomile Tea Body Scrub

Chamomile tea - the powerhouse of all teas. It benefits us by lowering our risk of cancer, help us sleep better and improves our brain function. Here’s a creative way of using organic chamomile tea bags for squeaky clean skin.

Here’s how to whip this DIY Chamomile tea body scrub together:

  1. Empty the contents of 2 loose organic Chamomile tea bags and mix it with 1 cup of white sugar and ½ a cup of coconut oil.
  2. Stir everything thoroughly, or use a blender to mix it together in seconds.
  3. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate.

The benefits of Chamomile tea scrubs are as follows: dirt and impurities are removed from your skin, and also clears off any extra organic chamomile tea bags you might find lying around. Fully utilize the benefits of organic chamomile tea bags with this body scrub!

P.S: other flower teas can also be used.

2. Naturally lighten your hair

Instead of giving into pressure from your hairstylist, naturally lighten your mane with chamomile tea or organic red tea and organic black tea bags. Chamomile tea gives brunette hair a more golden glow with its natural yellow tones. Add two chamomile tea bags to a huge cup of boiling water, and let it cool. Then, pour the chamomile tea over freshly washed hair and let your mane soak it up overnight. Rinse the following morning and repeat 2-3 times. Feel free to do the same with organic red tea or organic black tea bags, such as earl grey tea, to add extra shine to dull hair. Earl grey tea has anti-dandruff properties as well and is great on its own as a hair mask.

3. DIY Organic peppermint tea mouthwash

Sipping on a cup of organic peppermint tea instantly freshens our breath, but it can also be converted to a antibacterial mouthwash to keep cavities at bay. Here’s how: brew a cup of organic peppermint tea and let it cool before adding a teaspoon of coconut oil and tea tree oil. Store in a jar and shake well before each use. This organic peppermint tea mouthwash leaves your breath minty fresh and eliminates dental plaque. Add this organic peppermint tea mouthwash to your daily routine for healthier teeth.

4. DIY Green tea and coconut oil facial moisturizer

This DIY moisturizer made from loose organic green tea and coconut oil is a godsend to your dry face and your bank account; no longer will you need to spend heaps of money on luxurious store-bought moisturizers. Loose organic green tea benefits our skin by soothing scars and rejuvenating skin, while coconut oil hydrates without clogging up your pores. Organic green tea bags can also be used for this DIY moisturizer.

Here’s how to reap the benefits of green tea with this moisturizer:

  1. Melt 1 cup of coconut oil in a double boiler and stir in 2 tablespoons of loose organic green tea leaves.
  2. Cover and simmer on low heat for 1 hour.
  3. Strain the loose organic green tea leaves from the oil, and let it cool until solid.
  4. Whip the mixture until it has a cream-like consistency and store in the refrigerator.

While all of us might have been familiar with green tea benefits, not many know of the numerous benefits of other herbal teas. With these 4 DIY organic herbal tea bags beauty hacks, you can fully reap the benefits of your teas without any additional cost! Simply rely on the many tea bags in your pantry to amp up your beauty routine. If you’re not sure where to buy tea leaves, such as organic red tea leaves, look to nilufertea to buy teas imported from Japan.

Written by: Shirley Tay
Shirley is a broke university student spending her summer holidays sipping on tea and watching Jennim videos.

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