Natural skin care is an organic way to take care of our body’s largest organ, the skin!
Because, if we are going to take the time to eat organic, locally sourced, high-quality and cruelty free foods, then we need to extend that same care to what we are putting on our skin.
Primal law asks that we avoid eating chemically-filled (toxic) products, and the same should apply with our beauty and skin-care regimes.
Just like you might ask yourself if you can pronounce an ingredient before you put it in your mouth, try the same with your beauty products – and if it’s an ingredient that has been processed, then it’s probably not good for you.
It’s not always easy to know what products are and are not good for you, and there is the perception that top-quality skincare comes at a higher price point. But that is not always the case, so I am sharing my Top 10 Natural Beauty Hacks…..because….we’re worth it.
1. Nature’s best face mask: Simply apply pure honey for 20 to 40 minutes on your skin! Aim for a really good quality, thick and natural Manuka honey where possible so that it doesn’t melt with the warmth of your skin!
It can get a bit messy, so I find the best time to treat yourself to this ritual is when you are in the bath!
2. For the brightest eyes: To rest your eyes after a long day, slice organic cucumber (preferably having been refrigerated for at least 3 hours) then let it rest on your eyes (closed) for at least 20 minutes.
Try not to open your eyes at all while the cucumber is rested on your eyelids.
3. The best body scrub: For an all-over body buzz that leaves your skin naturally exfoliated and feeling radiantly alive, use your leftover coffee grounds (ideally filter) after your morning cuppa and mix it with olive oil until you get a thick paste texture. Rub it all over your skin for natural exfoliation.
This is great for both body and face!
4. Need a natural makeup remover? To remove makeup, both hazelnut oil and Jojoba oils are fabulous. As much as I love Coconut Oil anywhere else on my body, I wouldn’t recommend using it on your face as it can be comedogenic. This means it can clog your pores.
Simply rub the oils onto your face, eyelids and lashes – rinse and rise and shine with fresh and clean skin
5. To moisturise dry skin: Natural pure Shea butter is probably the best nourishing butter you can apply on your skin – especially if it is dry. I love giving my feet a gentle massage before sleep using Shea butter as well, the added bonus being that it smells delicious!
6. Conditioning that mermaid hair: I love to make a deep conditioning hair mask using either Argan oil or Castor oil. I typically apply it before sleep and leave it overnight; castor oil is very thick though, so make sure that your hair is brushed before. Pay more attention on the ends of your hair than on the roots.
For natural beach babe blonde highlights, I love to mix the juice of 4 lemons (squeezed into a bowl), with a teaspoon of lavender oil (as lemons can make your hair dry – and the lavender acts as an ashy toner). Then I lather the mix all over my hair, leave in for about 4 hours, and rinse it with an amazing natural conditioner or Argan oil. Voila! Natural, sun-kissed highlights.
7. Vitamin D! The sun is a wonderful natural skin care agent. So get out in the sun and soak up that vitamin D. Make sure you apply natural Zinc on the parts of your skin that you’ll be exposing to the sun. Try to limit strong sun exposure to 20- 30 minutes a day.
8. Soothing skin care: If you have irritated skin – or couldn’t resist a little more time in the sun than perhaps you should have taken – then my personal go-to favourite is to rub natural Aloe Vera on the areas in need of some love! Not only is this instant hydration for your skin, but it feels refreshing and cooling.
9. Spots: For blemishes and acne, I recommend applying 1-2 drops of Tea Tree oil (make sure you dilute it with water and test for sensitivity on a small part of your skin first), on the affected area. Avoid the lips, eyes and under the eyes, as these areas are too delicate for Tea Tree oil application.
10. Skin and tonic! The best thing you can do for your face, especially if you have sensitive skin, is to use natural pure rose water after cleaning your skin! It smells divine and has been used for centuries in Middle Eastern countries as an essential beauty ritual!
Natural beauty hack: Lockdown means it’s unlikely we can make hair removal appointments. I refuse to shave because I dislike using plastic razors since they are terrible for the environment.
So I like to make my own sugar wax. It uses 3 ingredients, is totally natural, sustainable and organic, and leaves your legs super smooth and smelling like honey…
Now, I’m going to be completely honest. Making sugar wax is easy once you get the hang of it. But if you’ve never made it before, pick up an extra bag of sugar (or two) before you get started.
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
Combine everything in a bowl and microwave it on high in 20-second intervals for about 2 minutes without stirring. At this point, it should be the ideal consistency for sugar wax.
And remember…. the more natural, the better it is! The rule I recommend when in doubt: If you can eat it, you can definitely put it on your skin!
Skincare helps you look better, feel better; and when you feel great, your performance is top-notch! This is why my goal is to help you to optimise your health to improve your performance. For more great tips, check this out.
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