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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Streamline Your Skincare Routine: What Do You REALLY Need?

Walk into any drugstore, or department store beauty aisle, and you’re absolutely bombarded with products. If you’re new to skincare, it can be a complete minefield. Not only are there all kinds of weird and wonderful things claiming all sorts, but it’s knowing how to apply them and the order to put them on too! However, skincare really doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are the essentials to create a quick regime that will do your skin the world of good- without having to spend tons of time or money on it.

Day/ Night Moisturizers

Ideally, you need two moisturizers, one for day and one for night. Day creams tend to be light and easily absorbed, you pop it on in the morning, and it will protect your skin throughout the day. If you get one with added SPF, you kill two birds with one stone! It sits well under makeup without feeling heavy or sticky on the skin. Night cream is a little more rich and hydrating. Apply it after you’ve cleansed your face and it will absorb during the night to replenish and restore your skin.

An Oil or Serum

If your skin is very dry or you want to focus on anti-aging, applying an oil or serum before your night cream is the way to go. You can buy pure hyaluronic acid for face which sounds a little scary but is actually an incredible hydration product which is perfect for fine lines and wrinkles. Argan oil is also great, and coconut oil is a very budget and practical option. You can buy it from any grocery store, a small amount will hugely hydrate the skin and will cost you next to nothing.

An Eye Cream

The delicate skin around the eyes is the most prone to damage. That’s why when the signs of aging creep in, the eyes are the first to show it. You can protect against this by using an eye cream. This will nourish and protect the area, and if you spend a little more, it will contain ingredients that will actively reduce the fine lines. Retinol and neuropeptides amongst others can help to smooth the appearance. Apply a small amount in the evenings, being very careful when you’re rubbing it in. Tugging or pulling at the skin will cause damage and you’ll end up exacerbating the problem you’re trying to solve.

A Lip Balm

When you think about skincare, it’s easy to neglect or overlook the lips. However, they need just as much (if not more) care than elsewhere on the face. The lips lose more moisture than anywhere else, which is why they can so easily become sore, chapped and flaky. Invest in a couple of lip balms containing SPF, if you keep one at home, one in the car and one at work you’ll never be caught short.

Face Masks

Every now and again your skin might need a bit of pepping up, even if you stick to your skincare routine. Perhaps it’s looking a little tired, dull and lackluster. Maybe it feels a little sore, or you just want to give it a boost of hydration. Once a week (or when needed) apply one that targets the problem. Use it as an excuse to have a little ‘me- time’ you could meditate while it’s on to reduce stress or just relax in a hot bubble bath. Your skin will thank you for it, and your mind will feel refreshed and rejuvenated too.


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How to "BEE" Beautiful

Taking our beauty regime to a more natural level is something that most women would love to do. We understand that what we put on our bodies is as important as what we put in our bodies. When you read the ingredients list on beauty products, there are usually many that we have never even heard of! We do this with foods too, then wonder why we are feeling sluggish and looking a bit dry.

One of the best things you can do in and outside your body is only use ingredients that you know. So when you get to something, you don’t understand or have to google, bin it.

There are lots of ingredients that we use in our cooking that are also fantastic for our skin. Coconut oil is one of them. Honey is the other. So we are going to take a look at some of the best bee based beauty products and see why they are so great for your skin.

In the UK there is a very humble looking lady called Deborah Mitchell. Deborah is the owner of Heaven cosmetics and is the woman you can thank for ABEETOXIN. Heard of it? Neither had I! ABEETOXIN is essentially bee venom. Essentially Deborah realized she could use this venom after her sister, a beekeeper, had told her what the sting of a bee does to a human. After learning about cosmetic surgery and realizing that there were many nonsurgical procedures that could be replaced with ABEETOXIN, she started her own business which used bee venom within its natural products. The results? Think of it as nature’s own botox. Your skin becomes tighter, and you can feel it lift. It is said that no bees are harmed in the extraction of the venom and Deborah calls it ‘milking." Bee venom has gone on to be used in lots of other products, and while it is pretty expensive, you can find some good value versions of the original Heaven mask on the market.

Burt’s Bees have been using wax in their natural beauty products for years. There is no milking involved in their processes. They just get good old organic beeswax and create stuff. The man behind Burt’s Bees was an unlikely looking businessman; he was a simple Beekeeper with a small humble farm who came up with an idea after selling his honey, it was a very good idea which grew into a worldwide business. Burt’s Bees offer wax based products from a simple lip salve and hand cream to a complicated but magnificent makeup range; you can also buy hair care products too.  The Beeswax is full of products which contain vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidants which will keep your epidermis nourished and plump!

Bee’s are the secret to looking and feeling beautiful, so whichever way you choose to go, try and add a little more black and yellow into your life.


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9 Simple Steps To Look Fabulous Without Makeup

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Makeup is a wonderful tool that fill women all over the world with confidence. It can be an outlet for their personality or just make them feel great about themselves. The beauty and cosmetics industries are some of the largest in the world, providing us with countless products to help us look our best. Some women will not leave their homes unless they have a fully made up face because they don't feel good without it, but excessive use of makeup can cause damage to our skin and hair over time. There is nothing wrong with enjoying makeup and how it makes us feel, but we should also embrace our looks without makeup and learn how to enhance our natural beauty without mascara or powder.

Here is a how-to guide to help you feel more confident without your makeup with a few simple steps....

SKIN

Every day, all day we touch our faces with our hands, sometimes without even realizing we are doing it. It’s habit that comes quite naturally to us and can be difficult to break. Try to reduce the amount of time you spend touching and picking at your face. When you rest your head on your hand or rub your eyes, this is causing slight tearing on your skin that over time can cause damage and encourage wrinkles. If you have spot-prone skin, it can be tempting to mess with your spots and blemishes. Pulling and squeezing the skin on your face is another way you can damage your skin and cause scarring. The sweat and dirt on your fingers can make your skin problems worse. Most people don’t even realize the effects some of these everyday motions do to their skin in the long run. Notice when you’re unnecessarily touching your face and refrain from causing any more damage. If you have to touch your face, always ensure your hands are clean and use a gentle touch.U


WASH YOUR FACE DAILY

One of the best ways to look good without makeup is by having a clean and fresh looking appearance. Washing your face twice a day with a gentle face wash will keep your skin looking youthful. It will also reduce the appearance of spots and blemishes on your skin. Again try to use gentle motions when washing your face and only wash twice per day. There are chemicals in your face wash that could irritate your skin if frequently washed during a short period of time. This is something you want to avoid. Too much washing with hot water can also remove the natural oils that your skin produces to protect itself. Start your washing regime by washing your hands thoroughly before you begin cleaning your face. Once cleaned use a moisturiser to keep your skin looking and feeling hydrated.

DRINK PLENTY OF WATER

Water is a necessity we all need and makes our bodies and skin feel fantastic. If you’re serious about wanting to look good without makeup, you need to UP the amount of water you consume. It increases our skin’s flexibility and prolongs that youthful glow we all want to achieve. Keeping your skin hydrated will also be wonderful in hindering the ageing process as it can reduce the amount of wrinkles your skin develops. Drink eight glasses per day to achieve a natural dewy glow that not even concealer and foundation can produce.

LASHES

If you like your eyes to stand out, you can still achieve a statement look without the use of makeup. Eyelash serums can be used to make your lashes appear longer and darker by conditioning the hair from root to tip. Mascara can cause your eyelashes to break, fall out and become fine. So by using a serum such as these on the IdolLashInvestigator.com website, you are making your lashes look longer and healthier. Investing in this treatment will boost your confidence and enhance your eyes, without needing a mascara wand to help you. You can go out knowing that your eyelashes are making an impact even when you're going makeup free.

DITCH THE JUNK FOOD

Junk food can cause a number of health issues so it’s time to say goodbye. Changing your diet will not only make you look better on the outside, but you will also feel fabulous on the inside too. Switch sugary snacks and drinks for healthier fruit options instead, such as apples and pomegranate. Or make your own snacks at home to take to work or school. The sugar and salt included in fast food can make you feel sluggish and dehydrated. So again, drink plenty of water to remove unhealthy toxins from your skin and organs. It’s important that you eat plenty of nutrients and vitamins found in fruit and vegetables, but it’s also important that your body get’s protein and fat too. Eating a healthy varied diet is the best way of ensuring your body get’s everything it needs to function correctly. It will also enrich your natural beauty by making your skin, nails, eyes and hair look fresh and bright- meaning you can go without makeup and have more energy.

USE SUNSCREEN

If you enjoy spending time outdoors, it’s important that you keep your skin protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays. While the sun can make your skin look better, it can also cause a great deal of damage from burning to skin cancer. This is damage you naturally want to avoid so protect your skin with a suitably factored sunscreen and apply daily. Do it first thing in the morning and apply to all areas of exposed skin. This may seem like a drastic measure but even when there are clouds in the sky the UV rays can damage your skin. It can also happen even if you’re outside for a quick 5 minutes. This prolonged exposure can cause your skin to look rough and wrinkled as you age. To look good without makeup, you need to protect your skin from this every day to ensure it looks healthier for longer.

SMILE A LOT

Someone who smiles is always going to look more beautiful that someone who doesn’t. When you go without your makeup, make sure you do plenty of smiling. This will make you look younger and happier and will also have a positive effect on those around you. Over time this simple act will make you feel good about yourself and your overall outlook will become more uplifted. Walk tall and embrace this positive energy and you’ll be surprised how many people notice how much you’ve changed. Accept that you don’t need makeup to feel pretty and your confidence will be sky high.

LOOK AFTER YOUR EYEBROWS

Your eyebrows shape your face and enhance your natural beauty. Look in the mirror and notice the shape of your brows. You want them to look as natural as possible so if they are over plucked you will need to let them grow. To help your eyebrows grow apply a small amount of olive or coconut oil to your brows each morning. This will encourage growth and in 1 to 3 months you have some really impressive results. Once grown, ask an eyebrow expert to assist you in tidying up any stray hairs but still keep your look natural. Also, consult with this expert if they think you could benefit from a temporary dye. If you're use to rely on colouring in your brows with a pencil, this would make a great alternative. The expert will be able to advise you on colours that will suit your hair and complexion so your brows look suitable and attractive. Dying them too dark will spoil the natural look you are trying to achieve.

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 BE KISSABLE

Your lips are another prominent feature of your face. Lipstick and gloss can make them look wonderful but they can look just as good without. Stop your lips from getting dry and chapped by using a simple chapstick. Your lips can also get damaged by the sun and wind, so keep them hydrated with water and protect them with sunscreen or an SPF-infused moisturiser. If you already have dry lips, use a toothbrush to exfoliate gently your lips before you go to bed each night. This will reduce the flaking and peeling of your lips, leaving them smooth and soft. Your lips will start to look better and their natural color will also be enhanced more.

These tips should help you feel more confident without the use of makeup, but the best way of feeling good without makeup is by telling yourself that you are. If you don’t believe in yourself, then you will never truly feel ok wearing any cosmetics. It might take some time to build up this self-belief, so begin by reducing the amount of makeup you wear each week. This will be easier than stopping all at once. Follow these tips and believe in yourself and you’ll feel more confident as a result.


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