20 Summer Beauty Tricks You Need to Know

It’s that time of the year again! 

As summer is upon us, it’s the perfect time to relax poolside and rejuvenate from the busy year. There is no better time than now to try out some of our famous beauty tricks. They’ll help you stay on top of your beauty game all summer long! 

#1 Carrots

Carrots have an insane amount of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant that prevents cells from degenerating, helps to slow aging, and maintain a youthful appearance. 

  • Improve your skin tone and colour with carrots. The beta-carotene in carrots is turned into vitamin A, infusing your skin with a healthy glow
  • Applied externally, a mask made from grated carrots or carrot juice can give your face an instant glow
  • You can apply carrot juice to affected areas twice a day to lessen scars
  • The potassium acts like a moisturiser and also reduces the appearance of skin blemishes
  • If you suffer from oily skin, a glass of carrot juice every day can help
  • It detoxifies your body and prevents acne breakout

#2 Lemons

Skin brightener: Lemons are rich in vitamin C and citric acid, so they can help brighten and lighten your skin when used over time. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant for neutralizing free radicals and boosting collagen production. Lemons help lighten age spots, dark spots, or a fake tan gone wrong. Remember to wear SPF when using lemon juice on your skin, though, since the citrus fruit can make your skin more sensitive to UV rays.

Hair Lightener: Score dye-free DIY highlights with lemon juice! Apply it before you expose your hair to sunlight to score a sun-kissed color. The lemon juice can also help treat a dry scalp and dandruff, so apply it liberally.

#3 Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a pretty trendy product right now, and its not just for cooking. This oil doubles as a face moisturizer, lip balm and hair conditioner! — but does it actually work? You bet! Coconut oil is super-moisturizing and can make both your skin and hair healthy and super soft. However, it's also super greasy — after all it is an oil, — so this is one product you'll want to try before bed, and not before a big night out.

#4 Honey

Pore Cleanser: The enzymes in raw honey clarify skin and keep pores clear and clean. Plus, the antibacterial properties of honey and jojoba or coconut oil also prevent bacterial buildup that can lead to skin imbalances and breakouts.

Scar Fader: Honey is said to lighten skin, and its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds help to decrease the appearances of scars and increase healing and tissue regeneration. The hydrating properties of honey and coconut oil or olive oil will also help revive skin cells, while regular, gentle massaging will increase circulation to aid skin recovery and cell turnover

Bath Soak: Honey's not just hydrating; its antioxidants will repair skin and protect it against oxidative and environmental damage.

#5 Toothpaste

Dabbing some toothpaste on that annoying zit like you did in high school is tempting, but it's also a waste a time. What's more, it can actually irritate your skin, as most toothpastes contain menthol, which can dry skin out. 

For a better at-home zit remedy, you might want to try either 'Milk of Magnesia' or 'Pepto-Bismol' as a spot treatment.

#6 Avocados

Avocados have long been hailed as a superfood, known for having age-reversing effects on skin, lowering cholesterol and helping to aid in the treatment of diabetes. They can also rejuvenate your hair because they contain nutrients that fight dandruff and give you shiny hair.

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

#7 Juicing

The Good: Juicing organic fruits and vegetables is one of the most powerful health habits you can cultivate. Not only can juicing leave you with an all-natural glow, it can help with healing chronic disease and flushing out toxins from the organs.

The Bad: Any time you drink fruit juice rather than eat fruit, you are setting yourself up for a so-called sugar crash.

The Ugly: Despite natural juices being nutrient dense and good for us, especially when they have a higher veg to fruit ratio, they can cause cavities and yellowing on the protective layer of our teeth.

#8 Vitamins

Most people can get the vitamins and minerals they need by eating a well-balanced diet that contains a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean sources of protein... Adults over age 40 should take a vitamin B-12 supplement or add foods fortified with vitamin B-12 to their diets. Although, Vitamins can help support beautiful hair, skins and nails!

#9 Cucumbers

Cucumbers can help relieve swelling on your eyes, this is simply because they're cold and wet. In other words, it's not the cucumber that makes the difference — you could technically grab anything from your fridge or freezer and get similar results.

A better option? Try cold green tea bags on your eyes — the caffeine can help reduce the appearance of blood vessels and the natural antioxidants may reduce inflammation.

#10 Charcoal

You can use this black powder as a teeth whitening treatment. Add it to your toothpaste or put it directly on your toothbrush (do this over the sink to avoid a mess). This treatment, a couple times a week, will draw out impurities from your mouth and lift stains off your teeth for a whiter smile!

#11 Red Lipstick

Dark under-eye circles are the things nightmares are made of. But as it turns out, thanks to YouTube vlogger Deepica Mutyala, we recently learned that bright red lipstick can help neutralize those deep purple and blue hues that have made themselves at home under your eyes.

Although this does help conceal a good amount of the dark circles, I recommend using a good amount of concealer or foundation to cover the area completely. If you're comfortable with multiple layers of makeup then go for it!

#12 H2O

drinking water

Don’t roll your eyes... Maybe you knew this was coming, but it has to be said. Dehydration makes wrinkles more apparent and keeps your body from doing the things it needs to do.Drink water slowly throughout the day, every day. If you try to compensate by chugging a gallon of water after dinner, you won’t absorb it all (and you’ll have to get up to go pee while you should be getting your beauty sleep!).

#13 Olive Oil

The brand of olive oil does matter, as the best quality bottle will have the name of the estate. Look for an official stamp or seal from the region.

Vitamin E has anti-aging benefits by restoring damaged skin cells and preventing damaging ultraviolet light from penetrating the skin layers. Polyphenols also protect the skin cells and help control the ageing process. Phytosterols also act as an antioxidant and promotes the production of collagen, which naturally decreases as we age.The properties of olive oil do not clog your pores as many moisturizers you find on store shelves may. Penetrating deep within your skins layers, the oil provides protection from free radicals while cleansing the skin cells. The combination of vitamin A and vitamin E in olive oil repairs cells from harmful environmental factors.

#14 Sunscreen

Not all sunscreens are created equal and in many cases sunscreen is harmful, not helpful.

-Mineral sunscreens typically include ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which create a physical barrier to protect the skin from the sun

-Chemical sunscreens use one or more chemicals including oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.

If sun exposure is a big concern for you or you have a family history of skin cancers, the safest option is to avoid the sunscreens that the EWG has said might contribute to skin cancer and use the safest form of sun protection: covering up.

It is important to be responsible with sun exposure, but many sunscreens offer a false security of sun protection and may do more harm than good.

#15 Chocolate

Consuming light amounts of Chocolate: Scientists and researchers have tried to find a link between breakouts and eating chocolate, but there's no evidence to support the claim.

Chocolate Face mask: Why is it good for your skin? Chocolate is high in anti-oxidants and contains anti-aging properties too. Chocolate also imparts a healthy glow to your face. It increases the production of collagen and lightens acne marks.

#16 Tea

Teas contains a high amount of antioxidants as well as enzymes, amino acids, and phytochemicals like polyphenols. It also has B vitamins, folate, manganese, potassium, magnesium and caffeine. Green tea has anti-aging and antioxidant benefits that can help delay aging, such as sagging skin, sun damage, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles.Teas are powerhouses of antioxidants which help the skin heal faster.

  • It contains epigallocatechin-3-gallate also known as ECGC which is known for its anti-inflammatory and anticarcinogenic properties.
  • They also contain polyphenols which reduce the redness.
  • The tannins and theobromine remove the heat from sunburn.
  • The catechins prevent and repair skin damage caused by the sun.

#17 Sugar

It's no surprise that straight sugar can be problematic for the skin in much the same way. High blood sugar can weaken the skin by affecting tissues like collagen, according to Daily Glow, and leave you more vulnerable to lines and wrinkles. 

#18 Salt

Ever wake up feeling a little puffy around the eyes? Too much salt can cause some of us to retain water, which can lead to swelling. The skin around the eyes is so thin... the area swells easily. We all love a little salt but use it in moderation. 

#19 Castor Oil

When it comes to beauty and skin care, castor oil has many amazing benefits you would never have known of. 

Castor oil is an excellent remedy for promoting hair growth. Massaging your scalp with it can give you thicker and longer hair. If you have scanty eyebrows, the oil can be applied with the tip of a cotton ear bud to the eyebrow ridge. Hair will grow denser there, and you can shape the eyebrows as usual. Castor oil can be used to enhance the natural color of your hair and make it look rich and thick. This oil is a humectant, locking in moisture. When applied on the hair, it preserves the moisture in the hair shaft and makes each strand thicker and darker.

#20 Coffee

Tired eyes: When applied topically via eye creams, the caffeine in coffee helps reduce under-eye puffiness by restricting blood flow to the area and reducing swelling. Not only are coffee grounds ideal for making a natural and inexpensive homemade body scrub, but they’re also effective without being harsh. 

Because coffee is a diuretic, creams and serums containing coffee can temporarily minimize the visibility of cellulite by drawing fluid away from fat cells, essentially dehydrating the fat cells. This shrinks their size, resulting in a tightening effect from the outside. Heck, yes! 

You know how coffee wakes you up in the morning? It does the same thing for your skin. When applied as a face mask, the stimulating properties of coffee improve blood flow and making your skin appear radiant, bright, and, well, alive

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