Naturally Beautiful: Beauty Without Chemicals

Au naturel is the kind of phrase that a lot of people fear. Going natural means that you have to expose your flaws, and that doesn’t exactly match the idea that we have as a society of flawless beauty. The main challenges when it comes to beauty is to understand firstly what you, as a person, defines as beautiful – and it doesn't have to be what you see in the magazines, it’s about finding your own style – and then what natural means to you. Contrary to the common belief, going natural doesn’t have to be synonymous with not wearing any makeup or not looking after your skin and hair. It’s a matter of making the most of nature, whether by using natural products or simply by choosing to let go of your insecurities. Ultimately, the question is: Can you be beautiful without using any chemicals … and without losing your mojo either?

Get your hair back to its natural beauty

What was your wake-up call? For a lot of people, the craving for natural beauty starts after a dramatic hairstyle that involved big changes. Let’s say you decided to bleach your hair or to straighten curly hairs, and suddenly you look in the mirror, and you’re not too sure you can recognize the girl who’s looking back into your eyes. If you want your old hair back, switch to therighthairstyles.com for a short tutorial on how to handle going back to natural after bleaching your hair. The answer is patience, but eventually, there is no hair mistake that you can’t grow out of. What matters is to take the first step and stop using chemicals and aggressive heat to define your style. A lot of people change their hair as a way of making a beauty statement, from long to short, or curly to straight. As a result, the after shock can be an eye-opening moment, the moment when you decide that you were better before. It’s time to embrace your natural beauty!


Natural beauty doesn’t mean no care

There’s an important lesson about going natural. It doesn’t mean that you should neglect hair or skin care. It simply means that you need to find alternatives to chemical products. More often than not, when you give your hair and your face the nutrients they need, you will find that stylish can get a lot easier. In fact, nourished hair and skin show fewer flaws, if any, and glow with health. So the first beauty action is to read the labels of your favorite products and get rid of anything that contains chemicals. There are plenty of natural ingredients that are fantastic for you, such as coconut oil and bee-based products. In fact, you might even want to consider bee venom as a natural botox product for your skin. Forever youthful thanks to a bee, now that’d bee great!

Eat yourself beautiful

Beauty is about giving your hair and skin what they need. But it’s not only a matter of local applications. The food you eat can also enhance your natural beauty. According to recipegeek.com, green tea is a natural antioxidant that can protect you from UV rays and air pollutants. You can even soak your hair in cool green tea for a rejuvenating mask too. Dark chocolate is not only a diet friend, but it also helps to improve the texture of your skin by locking the moisture inside. And if you’re struggling with acne, you might want to improve your diet instead of looking for the next best skin product. Food with high zinc content can regulate the oil production and reduce the risk of outbreaks. Additionally, if you consume a lot of greasy food, all it takes to get rid of your bad skin is to switch to natural and healthy fat, such as olive oil and avocados. Being naturally beautiful is a lot easier than you think.

What is beauty anyway?

But before you embark on a new journey to your true beauty, it’s important to understand what beauty actually means. According to Anjan Chatterjee, beauty is the result of chemical reactions in your brain, as a response to a fascination for certain lines, colors, etc. In other words, there is more than one type of beauty. And it has nothing to do with the imposed stereotypes of magazines or even the Hollywood lifestyle that seems to insist on presenting black women without natural hair. Indeed, your brain is wired to recognize beauty as an element of survival: Healthy is beautiful.


In short, natural beauty is a complex subject that requires fixing potential chemical damages, learning what your skin and hair need to grow healthy, and finally, finding natural alternatives to chemical products.


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My Top 7 Skin Care Beauty Must Haves!

HAPPY WEDNESDAY (and Happy Bday to me :-) ),,,

I've updated my beauty routine a bit and added some new products that I've been trying out for the past few months now that I wanted to share with you all especially if you are in the market for something new.....

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  • Herbalife SKIN Soothing Aloe Cleanser. I LOVE this cleanser because it's very moisturizing on my normal - dry skin. It gently cleans any dirt, excess make up and environmental impurities from my skin w/o being too harsh. It contains aloe vera (good for softening & moisturizing), Rosemary,  Vitamins B3, C and E to promote healthy skin and it's Paraben and Sulfate free. I must also mention that I did have a few dark spots on my face and they cleared up in a week from using this product...... 5 STARS*****
  • Rimmel London Eye Makeup RemoverI'm loving this product at the moment because it actually removes my mascara (which is my problem area) and doesn't take off a lash or two! It also leaves my skin moisturized, not dry and it's very affordable!
  • SkinCeuticals Sports UV Defense "SPF 45". Are you using sunscreen on a daily basis??? Me either... BUT don't let me be a bad influence on your skin because using a sunscreen high in SPF is a MUST (Cheryl... listen)! With global warming on steroids right now, you have to protect of your skin. I love this sunscreen because it is water and sweat proof and contains transparent zinc oxide which protects against UVA rays (proven to cause premature signs of aging).
  • Lumene Vitamin C Day Cream. Y'all know I love me some lumene! I actually came to know about this product from my line sister during my college days at Howard and I have been hooked ever since. It contains active ingredients from the arctic region like cloudberry, an age-defying seed oil rich in omega acids that protects and strengthens the skin). I love how this moisturizer gives my skin that dewy glow and keeps me hydrated all day.
  • Tu'el Eye Corrector Firm & Lighten Gel. 1 of the 2 new products that I have been testing out lately and am loving and with this product, a little definitely goes a LONG way! This product contains ingredients like blackberry and licorice which helps to lighten dark circles and increase micro-circulation.  Antioxidants- ginkgo biloba, wild thyme and vitamin E firm and tone to help reduce signs of aging. This gel is very absorbent and leaves my under eye area with healthy glow (not kidding).
  • Tu'el Eye Revive Firming Cream. The 2nd installment of my newest additions. I typically use this cream at night because it is more rich in texture. It contains ingredients like tripeptide 37, which helps rejuvenate appearance of the eye area and ups the production of your skin's collagen. Antoxidants bamboo silica, lycii berry, carrot seed and pomegranate help to brighten, tone, renew and protect skin from this cray cray weather and free radicals. Last but not least, it contains one of my favorite ingredients.... argan oil which helps to condition, nourish and strengthen fatigued skin.
  • Herbalife SKIN Hydrating Eye Cream. I alternate between this product and the Tu'el Eye Revive cream (I like to keep my skin on it's toes, so it doesn't become too product dependent). This eye cream helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and keeps my skin moisturized for up to eight hours while I am resting at night. Some of the ingredients are vitamin B3, vitamins C & E, soothing aloe vera, macadamia nut oil, cucumber extract and peptide all of which help you to see results in just seven days!

HAVE YOU TRIED ANY OF THESE PRODUCTS? IF SO, COMMENT BELOW WITH YOUR PROS AND CONS.