I haven’t been posting much lately for two reasons. 1) I just moved to NYC, so things have been pretty busy, and 2) I have been thinking of changing up the look and style of my blog, so I’ve been slowing working out what I want my new direction to be.
But today I wanted to share a post that I’ve been meaning to write for a long time: A Complete Guide to Natural Beauty.
A few years ago, I began converting my beauty and body products from chemical filled drug store brands to really natural alternatives- many of which you can find in your kitchen!
I am so happy with my simplified and natural beauty routine. I love knowing that I have drastically cut down on the chemicals I’m putting on my body and that every product that I’ve converted to works so well.
Feel free to try one or all of these suggestions- you don’t need to change your beauty routine all at once. Just making small conversions to natural products is awesome.
Natural Beauty for Your Face
Facewash: I wash my face with honey. I have dry skin, and nothing has helped my skin like honey has. Before I began using it, my face would be tight and itchy every time I washed it, but with honey my skin feels great. It’s so easy- just apply honey to your face (raw is best but not necessary) and then rinse it off like you would any normal face wash. I do this in the evening (and I just use water in the morning). If you are vegan and do not use honey, you can also check out the Oil Cleansing Method, which I also love but find it does dry my face slightly.
Moisturizer: I use aloe vera gel (Nature’s Aid) as a moisturizer in the morning and oil at night. For oil, I mix it up and just use whatever I have on hand- grapeseed, coconut, almond, and sesame oils are all good.
Eye Treatment: I put castor oil around my eyes before going to bed. you only need a small amount, and it’s great for taking care of the delicate skin around your eyes and eliminating fine lines.
Exfoliator: I love exfoliators so much. My skin feels so good after a scrub! I recommend two super simple options: 1.) make a mixture of sugar with a small amount of water and rub over your face. 2.) use an exfoliating sponge.
Teeth: Okay, don’t judge me, but I don’t use toothpaste! I did a little research, and it turns out you don’t need it, and it can even cause more harm than good. I don’t have a ton of info on it, so if you’re interested, do a little research online. I still use a toothbrush but just don’t use toothpaste. Occasionally I will dip my tooth brush in baking soda or sea salt for a deep clean/extra whitening, but for the most part it’s just my brush and water.
If you think it’s weird/gross, that’s fine, but just take a look at the long list of ingredients on commercial toothpastes and ask yourself- does it really make sense that I would need all of these chemicals to keep my teeth clean?
Natural Beauty for Your Body
Soap: I actually don’t use soap. Yes it sounds weird, but honestly you don’t need it, and in fact soap messes with the pH of your skin and dries it out. Have you seen the list of unnatural ingredients in soap and body washes? It just doesn’t make sense that you need these in order to be clean. Plain water works. If you happen to be really sweaty, then go for some natural soap, but day to day, try skipping it and see how you feel.
Exfoliator: I love my body brush so much! It’s such an amazing way to keep your skin smooth and to detox your body by stimulating lymph flow. Plus I (and many people, especially women) get little bumps on my legs (it’s also common to get them on the backs of your arms) called Keratosis Pilaris, and body brushing totally gets rid of them.
Moisturizer: I use oil, usually either coconut or almond. To get a little fancier, check out my super simple 3 ingredient Vanilla Shimmer Body Oil.
Deodorant: I’ve written about it before, but I make my own deodorant, and it is SO simple and effective! I originally found the recipe from Smashed Peas and Carrots– just mash together 1/8 cup cornstarch, 1/8 cup baking soda, and 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil. You can use your fingers to apply it, or you can store it in the fridge so it stays cold and apply it like a stick.
Body Powder: If you’re prone to razor burn or ingrown hairs from shaving, cornstarch is an amazing thing to have on hand! Bumps along your bikini line or inner thighs are often caused by moisture, so by dabbing on some cornstarch on the areas after showering, you absorb any left over moisture and eliminate bumps and irritation.
Natural Beauty Treatments for Your Hair
Hair Mask: Coconut oil of course! Seriously how many articles have been written about coconut oil?? But it’s for good reason because it is an excellent way to moisturize your hair. I apply it to my hair and let it sit either over night or at least for a few hours before washing out with shampoo (you may need two rounds of shampoo) and then follow up with conditioner.
Hair Growth/Scalp Support: Another aah-mazing oil for your hair is castor oil. Apply a small amount to your scalp (parting your hair and applying directly on the scalp), allow to sink in overnight, and then wash out in the morning. I was hesitant to try this at first because castor oil is so thick, but honestly, most of it sinks into your scalp and the remaining amount washed out easily. Excellent for nourishing the scalp and promoting hair growth.
Hair Clarifier: A really great way to remove build up on your hair and scalp is with an apple cider vinegar spray. Mix 1 part ACV with 2 parts water into a spray bottle and spray all over your hair and scalp. Allow to sit for 20 minutes and then rinse out with shampoo and follow with conditioner.
Scalp Massage: Massaging your scalp is a great way to remove scalp build up and and stimulate blood flow which promotes stronger, healthier hair. Plus it feels great.
So that is a basic run down of my natural beauty products/treatments. In conclusion, here is a list of the products mentioned.
My Natural Beauty Must Haves
- Honey (preferably raw)
- Aloe Vera Gel (Nature’s Aid)
- Coconut Oil
- Seasame Seed/GrapeSeed/Almond Oil
- Castor Oil
- Body Brush
- Baking Soda
- White Sugar
- Apple Cider Vinegar
I would love to hear from you with any natural beauty treatments and products that you love! I’ll do another post soon on my favourite natural make up.
Any questions? Love them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you asap!