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Hey you! Yes, you! You are beautiful. You are handsome. You have an entire unique world within you. Bring it out. Let the fire in your eyes burn. Believe in yourself. Because I do. And when you do, the rest of the world will follow suit.”

Self confidence is something many lack. The reason for the same? Unnecessary comments from friends and family that date back to childhood. Yes! Lack of confidence for many, commences from childhood. They are deep rooted and it becomes all the more difficult to uproot them when the scars are old.

Let’s face it. We all feel low when someone indicates through their words and actions that we don’t look good. This mostly happens with people who have a tendency to put on weight, people who are too thin, short or those who are dusky. When the unnecessary comments increase, we begin to doubt ourselves.

Am I too fat? Does that dress look dull on me?

Should I go for this event?

What if they mock me again?

Stop right there! If you begin to doubt yourself, the commentators will increase, so will your doubts. Your confidence level will go further down, making your life miserable. No Superheroes will come to your rescue. You are your own Super hero. Start now! Stop this mess and hit the boost button. Here is how you do it.

Let us start right from the beginning

Step 1: Stop measuring beauty from others’ point of view.

Step 2: Accept & Believe that you are beautiful, just the way you are.

Step 3: DO NOT let anyone else ruin that for you.

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The transformation did not happen overnight. It took me years. It began with believing in myself.

 Boost your self-confidence:

Here are some don’ts that you could use, listed originally here.

  • Asking others for approval – “Am I looking fat?”, whether it is to hear a ‘No’ from a person or whether it is a genuine question, you are giving the permission to someone else to assess you. If you feel that you are fat and want to reduce, do what is necessary. If not, leave it. But do not place your self confidence in someone else’s hands.
  • Putting Yourself Down – “It wouldn’t suit me. I’m fat/thin/dusky” When you say this repeatedly to someone, whether you are fat or not, your belief becomes their belief. Later on, there is no point complaining when they comment on your looks.
  • Agreeing With Someone Who Comments on You – A Big No! It isn’t about throwing stones at every barking dog. It is about keeping up your self respect and not letting anyone else trample you. If you entertain them today, many more will join. You will end up feeling worthless. So, when they pass a comment that brings your confidence level down, boost it up by telling them that you feel wonderful this way. They will stop in a while.
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  • Keep believing. Once, you begin to believe, you wouldn’t let others trample you. When they find the fire in you, they will stop once and for all. In the process, you might lose a couple of fake friends. But, the important part is, you will have the most important person with you, hale and hearty: YOU!

Other inspirational post here:

4 Years Living Abroad. My Tricks to Be Happy (No Matter What)

Never Be Denied

Why Complicate Life?

Love,

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DIY Homemade Orange Peel Face Mask

Now that you know why orange peels are as much beneficial for your body as your skin, it’s time to get our hands dirty!

Living abroad, I have learn to become very versatile and flexible when it comes to treating my skin. Some products that I used to find easily when living in my home country were sometimes not available in my local markets. I slowly turned into skin care recipe that allows me to respect my budget and remove that frustration away of not getting that product I really need.

Surprisingly, orange peel powder is used in several skin care recipes to reduce acne, cleanse and open up clogged pores, protect skin from blackheads, control oiliness, or highlight the natural glow of our skin.

How to make an orange facial mask at home?

Get organic orange fruits and create your orange peel powder.

Missing a step? Yes. The most important one.

The freshly cut orange peels needs to be sun-dried! To do so,

Spread the peels on a tray and place them in areas which receive plenty of sunshine, like a balcony.

Let orange peels dry in the sun for a day or two. It is only after this phase that you will next move to crushing the peels into a powder using a blender.

You can store the powder in an air-tight container until you need to use it.

Prepare your Facial Mask ingredients.

You will need two ingredients. Yes, that’s all! And guess what? Both are available in your kitchen.

I named: Yogurt and Honey!

  • Why Yogurt? In the Ancient India, yogurt, when applied to skin, was used as an effective remedy to get rid of acne and pimples. It can also create a barrier that prevents new acne-causing bacteria from reaching the skin.
  • Why Honey? Honey is one of those amazing things that nature and bees provide. Honey has antimicrobial properties, antioxidants and at the same time, is beneficially sticky. Honey, especially raw or unpasteurized,  works as natural humectant and helps the skin keeps its natural moisture. 

The recipe.

  • 1 tablespoon of your newly made orange peels powder.
  • 1/2 cup of nature Greek yogurt.
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

PS: I personally prefer when the honey is warmed, it makes it easier to work with it. The texture is a bit more looser so it blends with the other two ingredients easier.

  • Mix it all together until you get a compact paste.
  • Simply spread a layer on your face and wait 15min.

PS: 15-20min wait is approximate and vary from skin to skin. When you feel that the mask dry off a little bit, it’s time to wash it all off!

  • Rinse it all off with tepid water and feel amazed. Your skin is now revitalized.
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The Result.

The antioxidants in honey and the peels help make the skin look younger while the yogurt naturally is effective in curing acne by cleansing your pores.

(Note: Be careful for a few hours if you’re going out in the sun after this mask, as it will cause photosensitivity.)

Personally, it  made my face much much more soft, HIGHLY recommended, and it’s a superb way to use oranges … outside the box.

I hope you enjoyed this simple facial mask recipe. Try it out and let me know how you feel in the comment area.

Amanda 😉

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The (surprising) Beauty Benefits of Rice & Green Tea Powders

In this article, I will tackle the eternal question: what are the secret skincare recipes that make Asian woman have an ageless skin? Answer: Rice and green tea powders.

What they have in common? Antioxidant properties.

Rice is not just rice.

A bit of history.

Cosmetics powders are not new to the market.

In the 17th century, powder originated as an answer to a practical need in the days when bathing was less frequent, but it quickly became an expressive luxury.

It’s been used in Asian culture for over hundreds of years.

Japan flag OrganicIsBeautifulIn Japan, white rice powder has been used since the 16th century by Japanese Geishas.

In the heart of Japanese Geisha culture, rice powder purposely theatrically opaque, more translucent to whiten uniformly women’s complexions.

 

French flag OrganicIsBeautifulIn  France: A white face paint also characteristics of Marie Antoinette toiletries routine in the 17th Versailles. It was fashionable to have a very pale complexion. This highlighted that a person was rich enough not to have to work outside in the outside fields.

 

 

Indonesia flag OrganicIsBeautifulIn ancient Indonesia (and others SEA countries), rice powder was added to water to create a form of paste. The field workers who worked all day under the hot tropical sun used to apply it as a UV protector.

Properties.

Antioxidants are the magical nutrients and enzymes responsible for fighting against the negative effects of UV radiation, giving us younger-looking skin, and preventing a number of life-threatening maladies.

Some of us are have a more sensitive skin, it usually this type of skin that is prone to early age effects: wrinkles and dark spots around the eyes.

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Using incorrect or/and harmful skin care product can only accelerate this process. Many cosmetics are comedogenic, it means that they are high in greasy ingredients and tend to clog pores especially by the formation of blackheads. So, if like me a few years ago, you have a oily/acne type of skin, it is highly recommended to use makeup and skin care products clearly labeled noncomedogenic.

Rice or oat starches (flour) are excellent in their raw, natural state for use in poultices, masques and gentle exfoliation of the skin. Examiner Blog
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How to use it?

Powder cleanser is as easy to use as a liquid cleanser. Just wet your face and palms, pour about 1/2 a teaspoon on your hands and rub them together to activate the powerful enzymes and antioxidants.

Usages

In the cosmetics market, rice powder is used to add a polishing effect to the face. It helps to leave a transparent yet silky touch on the face. It can be used as facial masks, added to mineral veils and makeups. In Kuala Lumpur, I found it sold as a rice water format and applied as a skin tonic or body moisturizers.

Mixed with aloe Vera, it can be a very good healing lotion after a day at the beach under the sun.

What about Green tea? Read below

Green tea

Green tea, like many fruits and nuts, contains lot of polyphenols. Polyphenols have been studied for their antioxidant potential with promising results. In our case, EGCG is the predominant antioxidant in most forms of green tea.

EGCG has been shown to be 25 to 100 times more potent than vitamins C and E in terms of antioxidant activity. NCBI
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Properties.

Vitamin K is important for the production of certain proteins that maintain healthy skin cells renewal and it may be a factor in skin problems like acne.

Then damp the tea bag over your eyes for 10-15 minutes. The tannin tea bags have been proven to reduce swelling (baggy under eyes) and discoloration (dark circles).

How to use it?

An bags under your eyes? Use eye compress! Quite often, these are signals of sleep deprivation, improper diet, or some other slowly accumulating beauty-impacting issue:

  • Put your used tea bag in the fridge or let it cool down for a half hour.
  • Freeze freshly brewed green tea as ice cubes and use them as a toner.

Green tea acts as a great soother, reduce redness. Its calming properties can help mitigate any discomfort if you have any psoriasis and rosacea, accompanied by inflammation.

In your weekly facial mask? Simple. NBT explained how you can combine the two powders into water or lemon juice!

  • Mix well 3 tablespoons of cool green tea solution with 3-4 table spoons of rice flour.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to it to form a smooth and spreadable paste, but not runny. You can always mix more tea if the paste is too thick.
  • Apply the pack over your face and keep it there for about 20 minutes before rinsing with cool water.
  • Apply your favorite moisturizer.

Usages

Like most other antioxidants, green tea polyphenols are oxidized and lose their activity when exposed to air. Whether commercial green tea creams retain the activity is unclear and may vary widely from product to product. It is always best to buy green tea and rice powder 100% natural and organic.

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