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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Make A Statement This Holiday Season With These Beauty Tips

The holiday season is among us which means that now is the time to start thinking about how you are going to wow at all of the glamorous events you will be attending in the next few weeks. From holiday parties with family and friends to work dos, December is the time of festivities, which is why it’s natural to want to look your best and ensure that you make a statement with your look.

When you know that you look great, you feel great, which in turn boosts your body confidence and self-esteem. That’s why taking the time to ensure that you know how to wow this holiday season with your beauty regime is important so that you can look and feel fantastic at each and every party, get-together, and event that you attend.

Taking all of that into account, the question is: how can you make a statement this holiday season with your beauty regime? I’ve got some ideas...

Get some nailspiration

Red, green, gold, and silver might be the colors of the season, but choosing to have plain nail polish, even if it is in one of these shades, is not the way to go. Get some nailspiration - see what I did there?! - and choose a nail art design to show off on your nails instead. Don’t have the skill to do your own nail art, how about getting a professional to do them for you? Or, if money is a little tight then how about buying nail stickers or stick on nails with nail art designs on?

Add length to your hair

Is your hair a little on the short side to style? Why not add a little extra length to it with tape in hair extensions? They’re easy to put in and take out, are affordable, and look realistic - what more could you want? If your hair is too short to do anything with, then having hair extensions will allow you to style your hair in a way that adds that extra level to your look. 

Ensure your makeup is on point

Christmas parties and events are all about the makeup, which is why you need to ensure that your makeup is on point. You don’t want makeup that’s too over the top, but you do want to create a look that has style and a little bit of sass to it. You want your makeup to stand out for all of the right reasons, which is why taking inspiration can be a good idea - Pinterest has some amazing looks that you could use. For Christmas-inspired looks, glitter is always a must - whether it’s on the eyelids or the lips it doesn’t matter, just as long as your look has a bit of sparkle.

 

See, making a statement this holiday season is much easier than you would think, all it takes is a few smart beauty choices, that’s all.


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The Dark Side Of Summer

Summer is the time to show off your beautiful self. You can ditch those jumpers which hide the best parts of you, and get the bikini back out. The sun’s rays will leave you with a gorgeous tan. And, the sun itself will make you happy, which will leave you feeling confident. What’s not to love? Well... Sorry to rain on the sunshine parade, but there are some downsides worth considering if you want to get the most from your bod this summer season. Here are a few of them.

FRECKLES

How you feel about freckles is a matter of personal opinion. But, many of us hate those little brown blemishes that come to stay as soon as the sun’s out. Some girls look amazing with a face of freckles, but some of us just don’t get along with them! So, we have to wear foundation to cover them which stops our faces catching the sun. It’s far from ideal. The good news is, freckle creams could come to the rescue. These amazing products help your skin heal from the sun’s effects, and so fade your wrinkles. If you’re new to this idea, take a look at sites like https://www.beautyambition.com/ to see which creams are worth investing in. Bear in mind that you’ll need to use these products throughout the summer months to get their full effect.

SUN DAMAGE

The sun may feel amazing, but its long-term effects aren’t great. If your skin looks older than you, you can probably thank the sun for it. UV rays are thought to be responsible for up to 90% of facial wrinkles. And, sites like https://www.sunsaferx.com/health-and-wellness/how-much-does-sun-age-skin/ can give you an even better idea of the damage the sun does.

Of course, the best way to avoid damage is to wear high factor sun cream and sit in the shade. But, who wants to do that? You deserve that tan you’ve waited all year for. But, it’s important you’re sensible. If you are sunbathing, make sure to take breaks every half hour, and turn at regular intervals. It might also be worth shortening the time you spend without suncream. Sunbathe for an hour, then crack out the high-factor. That way, you get the best of both worlds. It’s also important that you care for your skin in the right way after sun exposure. The sun dries your skin in a major way, hence the wrinkles, so make sure to moisturize often.

BIRD’S NEST HAIR

It’s not only your skin that gets a little dry in the sun. Ever experienced the horror of bird’s nest hair during the summer months? It’s not nice. This is the time of year you want to look beautiful, and your hair’s decided to be more unruly than ever. For one, keep straightening and drying to a minimum. Your hair’s already dealing with enough heat! If you go swimming, it’s also important to rinse your hair as soon as possible. If the sun hasn’t dried it out, the chlorine will!


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Give Your Face A Glow (Without Make-up)

Want your face to look more radiant? It’s possible to give yourself a glow without having to reach for the cosmetics. Here are just a few ways that you can brighten up your appearance.

 

Exfoliate your skin

Dry skin will give you a more dulled and tired look. Take the time every day to moisturize your face to keep it looking smooth and glossy. Not only will it make you look fresher, but it will also prevent aging to your skin, fighting off those wrinkles. Washing your face regularly with a good cleanser can also prevent spots and blackheads from appearing. For those that are more susceptible to zits, try using natural products such as tea tree and witch hazel to clear out those pores.

 

Eat the right foods

Various foods can be very healthy for your skin. Many Mediterranean foods such as olive oil, tomatoes and fish are great for fighting sun damage and providing enriching anti-oxidants into your skin, keeping those cheeks rosy. Cutting out the carbs can also lower levels of cortisol – a stress hormone that can make skin more tired and spotty. Such carb heavy foods include white bread, pasta and refined sugar. Drinking lots of water will also keep your skin hydrated and smooth.

 

Get your beauty sleep

No-one wants black circles around their eyes. Too little sleep will not just give you bags though – it can increase sensitivity to skin allergies, speed up aging and take away collagen from the skin – the chemical that is essential for giving it that glow. If you want to keep your skin healthy, make sure that you’re getting enough sleep each night and power nap when this isn’t an option.

 

Bring a shine to your smile

Pearly white teeth will immediately give your face a glow. There are many ways to whiten those. Brushing more regularly and more vigorously is the obvious answer. Finding the best toothpaste for whitening may help to speed up the process. You should also try to limit foods that may be staining your teeth such as coffee, tea and red wine, as well as limiting your sugar intake (particularly fizzy drinks). Smoking is also bad for your smile – the tar will increase the rate of yellowing. Brush more often, chew gum and use whitening products to counter the effects of these tooth staining culprits.

 

Give your hair a sheen

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Shiny hair can also help frame your face better and bring out the glow in your cheeks. There are various products and serums that you can use to add shine to your hair. If you’re using these, make sure that you’re not washing those locks too regularly. Over-washing gets rid of natural oils which stop your scalp from drying out, causing dull and brittle hair. How you dry your hair can also affect its natural sheen. Don’t always reach for the hairdryer as this could be damaging your hair. Try using a microfiber towel or t-shirt and dab gently. By far the healthiest way to dry your hair is to let it air dry naturally – something you may not be able to do on weekday mornings before work, but could be worth trying out over the weekend when you don’t have anywhere to be.


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Be Your Most Beautiful Self Each Morning

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Do you ever wake in the morning only to find that nothing looks right in the mirror? Your hair is dull and lifeless, you’ve got dark circles under your eyes, and your skin is starting to breakout? Me too, but unlike a lot of girls, I don’t panic because I know that no matter what the problem, I can always turn things around and start looking like my most beautiful self again.

If that sounds good to you, here are some simple things you can do:

 

Treat Your Skin with Extra Care

No matter what else goes wrong, if your skin is looking smooth, flawless and radiant, you will look great. That’s why you should take extra time to ensure your skin is taken care of.

If your skin often looks bad when you wake up, it could be that you’re using the wrong products for your skin type. To determine whether that’s the case, work out what your skin type is and switch up your products to match, Then, make sure to cleanse, tone and moisturize daily. This will help prevent you from having bad skin days.

 

Stay Hydrated

If you wake up with dry, dull skin or bags under the eyes, it could be that you are not getting enough water during the day. By drinking lots of water, you can make your skin appear plumper, curb your appetite to control your weight better and ensure that your eyes are clear, bright and beautiful.

 

Workout Your Undertone

If you want your hair, makeup and even your clothes to look good and make your skin truly sparkle, then you need to work out what undertone your skin is. If your veins appear to be green, and your hair is naturally red, black, brown or strawberry blonde, chances are your undertone is warm, and colors like gold, orange, red and leafy green will suit you best.

If, however, your veins are blue, your eyes are gray, green or blue and your hair is blonde, black or brown with gold tones, your skin has cool undertones, and dressing in silver, violet, emerald and other jewel tones will bring out your natural beauty best.

 

Deal with Major Flaws

Look, I think that we should all embrace those little flaws we have, whether they be scars, excess weight or a nose that we hate. After all, it’s the little flaws that make us stand out and give us personality. However, I know that some of you will never feel your most beautiful while these flaws are present, so if you need to, don’t be afraid to invest in camouflage makeup to cover scars OR (IF THIS HAPPENS TO BE YOU), you can find a great plastic surgeon to help you in achieving whatever goals you may have. 

 

Protect Your Hair at Night

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If you want to wake up every morning knowing that your hair will look perfect, sleeping in curlers, rollers, braids or even a hair net will help. Sure, you might look like your grandma when you slip under the covers, but you’ll wake up with that l hair LAID girl!

 

How do you stay beautiful?


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Beauty Tips You Should Think About For Summer

As Summer is fast approaching, it’s natural for us to start thinking about the way we look and feel. Most women see Summer as a chance to try new beauty trends and different looks. Everything feels so much better in the warmth of the sunshine and the lighter days. So I thought I would share with you some of the beauty tips every woman should think about this Summer.

Laser Hair Removal

With the sun hopefully shining on the days of Summer we start to think about more appropriate fashion choices. This might means things like summery dresses and skirts. So it’s only natural that we think about hair removal. Some women tend to stick with the old favorites like waxing or shaving, but there is something new to consider.

Laser Hair removal is a more permanent hair loss and can be a real investment. Not everyone wants to be grabbing a shaver every few days or booking waxing appointments.

Dental Work

During the Summer, it’s only right that we flash a smile more. We have got more to smile about. But many of us have stains from coffee and too much red wine. No matter how much we visit a hygienist or trying whitening toothpaste. So it might be time to consider visiting places like Washington Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. They will be able to help you create a winning smile. A smile can give you a boost in confidence and self esteem.

Tanning

We all know that sunbathing too much for that perfect tan can be bad for our skin. It’s always best to wear a high SPF protection when out in the sun. But if you don't want to do that, you could fake it all the way with a good fake tan. This means you protect yourself and still look good.

A well applied tan can make an outfit look amazing. If you don’t have the confidence to do it yourself, many salons will offer spray tans or applications.

Tackle The Shine

There is no doubt that when you get hot you can become sweaty, especially around your face. So make sure you do your best to tackle that shine by using oil free cleansers and facial washes. Also during the day, you can consider using a powder or bronzer instead of your usual foundation. You will look and feel much better.

Let Your Hair Dry Naturally

Summer's the perfect time to embrace your natural wave in your hair and rock that beach look. Letting your hair dry naturally is a great way to achieve this look. There are also products you can buy that can help you achieve it- things like salt sprays and mousses for volume. Apply them to your hair when wet and let them work their magic. No longer will you have to slave over the hair dryer and straighteners.

 

I hope these beauty tips help you during the Summer months ahead.


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