We are always looking for that new miracle product that will make us look better. But, sometimes the best thing is to introduce some natural ingredients into your beauty routine.
We read everywhere about the importance of eating organic food, living a healthier life, and looking for more natural ways of living. I’ve heard a lot of conflicting opinions on this issue during different conversations I’ve had, both with friends and experts in the beauty world.
Some people doubt the effectiveness of a product with natural ingredients compared to other kinds of products. Another factor when considering whether to move towards a more naturally-based beauty routine is cost because these products are considerably more expensive. Finally, we have to consider the safety of these products and the effects they may have on our bodies.
On the other hand, many feel that a beauty routine based in natural ingredients gives better results. In theory, reducing synthetic products diminishes the damaging effects caused by artificial chemicals. Finally, in recent years, most innovations and advances in this field are related to including more natural ingredients.
I don’t think that this is really about whether one thing works and another doesn’t. In order to have a perfect beauty routine that really works for you, you must inform yourself on the effects of each product and what you personally need. Everyone’s skin is different, and our bodies don’t always react the same way.
I know people who say that a natural product irritates their skin while others tell me that a beauty routine based in natural ingredients has worked wonders for their skin.
That’s why getting to know your own skin is the first step. The most important thing is keeping an open mind. Don’t rule out a beauty routine that is 100% based in natural products nor one that is 100% based in synthetic products. Perhaps what will work for your skin is a mix of both.
When creating your own beauty and skincare routine, it’s important to take several factors into account. You should consider your skin type, any allergies you have, and your daily routine. It is a very different thing if you are out in the street all day (because the particles in the air can affect your skin) than if you are in an office and never in the sun. I recommend getting advice from an expert in dermatology who can help you create a personalized routine.
Having said all of this, I gave myself the task of finding some natural ingredients that may improve your beauty routine.
The Power of Lavender
It’s very common to see sleep and relaxation oils containing this plant, but what many people don’t know is that one of its properties can even help you get glowing skin. You can make an exfoliant with 100 ml of sugar, 100 ml of extra virgin olive oil, and 10 grams of lavender petals. You can use this in the shower, gently massaging it into your skin, for immediate results.
The Natural Refreshing Properties of Coconut
In addition to being delicious, this fruit is incredibly beneficial for our bodies. If you add it into your beauty routine, it can help diminish fine lines and inflammation. Because it’s naturally hydrating, it can reduce dryness of the skin. Get some natural coconut oil and mix it into your lotion. Rub it together in your hands before massaging it into your face and body.
Brown Sugar Lips
The perfect natural exfoliant for soft lips. Mix two teaspoons of sugar with one teaspoon of olive or coconut oil. Spread on your lips and leave it there for a few minutes before removing it with a tissue, and voila! Silky smooth lips.
As Radiant as a Honeybee
A beauty routine basic since Ancient Egypt. It’s said that Egyptian women mixed this ingredient, which is rich in nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants, into milk to make hydrating masks. The way that I use it is a bit simpler. I put 15 grams on my fingers and then massage it into my face and neck. I let it sit for 60 minutes and then remove it. A few days later, you’ll notice that your skin is softer, more hydrated, and cleaner.
The Secret Power of Coffee
Coffee grinds can be used as a natural exfoliant. Add a spoonful of coffee to coconut oil and mix together. Then, rub in a circular motion over your body to exfoliate your skin, and rinse off. Your skin will be ready to absorb the nutrients in your hydrating cream more quickly and easily.
The Power of Rose Petals
There is nothing more refreshing after a long day than a little bit of rose water. I like to make my own and take it with me to spray on my face. Boil out a handful of rose petals in 250 ml of water for 10 minutes and let cool. Then, pour into a spray bottle. Apply regularly to hydrate and refresh your skin.
These are some of the secrets I’ve collected over the years about how to bring more natural ingredients into my beauty routine. As you can see, these are simple recipes that can have incredible benefits. Just remember that because these are natural products without any preservatives, whatever you make might go bad after a few days.
And, as I mentioned before, these recipes work for me, but you should definitely consult with your dermatologist before trying anything to avoid any kind of adverse reactions. Be open-minded, and I think that you, like me, will be able to find those natural products that give that boost you’re looking for to your beauty routine.