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Beauty & The Voice - Five Household Items To Keep Your Voice in Shape...And Keep Your Skin Looking Amazing
Let's face it, the bulk of professions that employ top-notch vocals also require a flawless complexion. From broadcasters to politicians, musicians to actors, even lawyers and teachers, your skin is under as much stress as your voice.
So why not kill two birds with one stone? A healthy diet of vocal-friendly foods, and a few household items can not only keep your valuable pipes in shape, but your skin glowing...and chances are, you already have everything you need at home.
Here are five household items that every professional vocalist and speaker should have on hand.
1. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV, made from the fermentation of apples, is one of nature's most potent natural health "superfoods". In regards to ACV's benefits for your professional voice, there are a few. For starters,
ACV contains pectin, which naturally burns fat and aids in digestion--this will help to calm your stomach and alleviate any discomfort caused by throat-damaging acid reflux. ACV is filled with vitamins B1, B2, B6 and vitamin C, niacin, biotin, and folic acid, plus rich in minerals like phosphorous, potassium, sodium, calcium, iron, and magnesium.
The vitamins & mineral constituents of ACV help to fight infections by making a very inhospitable environment for the viruses and bacteria like laryngitis, the common cold, and throat-killing bronchitis or flu.
For your skin, the acetic acid and citric acid in ACV make for a fantastic natural toner. Swipe a diluted form of raw apple cider vinegar (using the kind with the mother vinegar) over keratosis aka "chicken skin", sunburns, acne, or even bug bites to reduce inflammation.
2. Baking Soda
Another natural remedy for the harmful effects of acid reflux, baking soda is one of the quickest and most effective ways to treat an excess of acid production that can be harmful on your voice. Because baking soda is a base, it helps to neutralize stomach acid to prevent an excess of acid from even reaching your throat, but also help to soothe the effects of gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD.
The best way to ingest baking soda is to dissolve a tablespoon into an 8.oz glass of water and drink. The taste isn't pleasant, but the benefits are well worth it!
As for your skin, where do we begin?
- Natural Face Wash
- Mix baking soda with a small amount of water to create a paste that will double as a gentle deep-cleansing face wash (have you ever seen how well it can clean your appliances? The carbonation will move into your pores and get out dirt you couldn't get with soap alone!). If you suffer from acne, this baking soda paste is a great alternative to expensive and often harsh Rx treatments or products.
- Exfoliator -
Slightly less abrasive than a DIY sugar or salt scrub, a baking soda paste can help to get rid of dead skin cells or dirt that may be clogging your pores.
- Detox -
For the same reasons baking soda is able to get in and deep clean your skin, it can help to release toxins that built up all over your body.
And for an added bonus, baking soda and water is a natural teeth whitener. We recommend brushing your teeth with this mixture before bed, and not eating or drinking anything but water immediately after.
In addition to being a natural disinfectant, lemon is an astringent. High in pectin and potassium, lemon can clear your system of environmental toxins. The astringent quality of lemon in you system can clear your vocal chords and throat of mucous, however for professional vocalists and speakers, too much can dry out your vocal chords and cause irritation. Only use it when you feel like you have tons of mucous and avoid adding slices of lemon to your beverages on a daily basis.
If you want to clear up mucous in your throat, mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice + 1/4 teaspoon baking soda + one cup warm water and gargle at a high pitch. Gargling the mixture at a high pitch will cause your vocal cords to contract and rise closer to the back of your throat where you are gargling the mixture. Spit and repeat several times.
Adding to its body-cleansing capabilities, lemon is an excellent source of vitamin C, which can help rid your system of free radicals and help your body fight infection—which is another good reason for professional vocalists to consume the yellow super fruit.
The skin benefits? LOADS!
1. Treat blackheads & acne -
Lemons are a natural antibacterial and antifungal super food. Replace your toner with lemon to deep clean the skin and help remove dirt and oils that clog your pores, causing blackheads and acne. If your skin is dry, avoid using lemon in these areas as the acid is drying - so use it in oily areas.
2. Brighten the skin & lighten dark spots -
The high levels of citric acid in lemon juice's help to brighten your skin, meaning also helping to fade dark spots and uneven skin tones.
4. Balance Oily Skin -
If your skin is naturally oily, or you have some oil build up after a workout, lemon is an extremely effective natural toner. Use it anywhere your body feels oily. Not only will it balance your skin's moisture levels, but it will leave you smelling fresh and clean!
Lemon + Baking Soda Scrub
Combine the juice of one lemon, a 1/4 cup of baking soda, and a cup of sugar to create a delicious homemade body scrub. Rub the mixture all over your body or face (wherever has an excess of dirt and oil), rinse, and follow with moisturizer to deep clean and moisturize your body. Over time, the scrub will help to brighten, and soften your skin, while keeping your body black-head free.
Lemon + Baking Soda Drink
The same two ingredients can also do wonders to clear your throat if you have an excess of mucous caused by a cold. Add the juice of half a lemon with a tablespoon of baking soda to a glass of water and kiss your excess mucous goodbye! Be careful if your throat is dry to not use too much lemon, as the acid will only dry your throat out more. The same mixture can be gargled if you want a quick deep clean for your mouth as well!
4. A Humidifier - If you don't own one...get one.
This one is a no-brainer. If you live in a dry climate, the air can suck valuable moisture from your voice and skin. So what better way to combat the effects of dry air, then to add moisture to it?
Invest in a humidifier and keep it in your bedroom, green room, tour bus, or hotel room. Keeping your vocals hydrated is vital to your performance, so in addition to amping up your intake of liquids (which we will get to next), amp up the amount of water in the air. Every drop counts!
The same principle goes for your skin. Have you ever noticed how beautiful someone's skin is when they come from a humid climate? Well, you can help to recreate that humidity in your own home with a simple humidifier.
5. WATER. WATER. WATER.
We can preach about the benefits of water until we are blue in the face. Water, and plenty of it, is not only necessary, but VITAL to the proper function of your voice and the look of your skin.
Water is nature's best beauty product. And here is the best part - it's everywhere. And cheap!
I think we've mentioned the importance of hydrating in every blog post, so I think by now the point is pretty clear--DRINK WATER!
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