Health and beauty of today seem like something out of a science fiction film. Laser facelifts, lip venom plumping balms and appetite suppressing lollipops are in all high demand. With these magic products promising you the world, it’s important to ask yourself: How good can these things really be for me? If these futuristic products are made in a laboratory with chemicals, they may do more harm than good.
Plenty of natural ingredients are known to make you look and feel better without any nasty side effects. With a more natural approach to beauty, there are no surprises. What you see really is what you get. Simpler, more natural beauty routines not only promise you some of mother nature’s healing properties, but they can make your life easier, too. Here are some significant ways in which getting back to your roots can help you bloom.
Simple Skincare is Simply Divine
An excellent skincare routine is made up of regular cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising. Some of the best ingredients on earth to accomplish these steps are entirely natural. A light oil like jojoba can be perfect for cleansing and wiping away any left-over makeup. Natural exfoliants like oats, sugar or coffee can be scrub away any lingering dead skin. Honey or avocado make perfect moisturisers to make your skin soft to the touch. Most of these ingredients can be found in your kitchen cabinets!
The convenience of buying skin care products at the store is undeniable. In fact, you might think you are getting a good deal. However, most cheap skincare products you can buy are pumped full of harsh chemicals. Not to mention, there’s all that packaging and plastic that goes along with these products. Choosing natural ingredients for your skin care will allow you to reduce waste and control exactly what goes onto your skin.
Get Your Vitamins
Your mother was right, beauty isn’t just about what goes on your face. Beauty is also about what goes into your body! You can’t expect to have great skin and fight off the effects of ageing with a terrible diet. While indulging every now and then won’t kill you, you’ll certainly be able to tell the difference in your health when you have a well-balanced diet.
Opt for fresh and local food whenever possible. The less time it takes for the food to get to your plate, the better it will be for you. Lower ‘food miles’ mean more nutrients and less pollution. So, avoid consuming processed foods as they have fewer vitamins, as well as, lots of hidden salt, fats and food colourings. Processed foods also come wrapped in all types of packaging. Evading them will be good for the environment, too.
Reduce Your Stress Levels
Stress and pollution are two of the biggest ageing factors. While fighting pollution can seem out of our control, reducing stress is a bit more manageable. In our fast-paced, always-on-the-go lives it may seem impossible to stay stress-free. Although, there are plenty of little ways to keep stress away. The key is just finding what stress-reducing exercise works for you and sticking with it.
Proper breathing is shown to lower your heart rate, but it can also trigger the parasympathetic part of the human nervous system. That means more rest and better digestion. Who doesn’t want that? Another essential way to reduce stress is by limiting the hours you spend on your electronic devices. While they are a world of help, they can also keep you from relaxing and getting to sleep at night.
Catch Serious Sleep
Getting a good night’s rest may is the easiest way to be more naturally beautiful. On top of looking haggard and seeing dark circles form under your eyes, lack of sleep can lead to dull or dry skin and hair loss. Yikes! Looking and feeling your best comes down to allowing your body and mind to rest. Your body requires at least seven to nine hours of sleep to recharge its batteries.
To make sure you get all the rest you need, establish a routine. Try to always go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. Avoid alcohol or caffeine before bed. Limit your light, which means no reading from backlit devices before hitting the hay. Last but not least, always try to wake up with sunshine. The sun’s rays will naturally tell your brain it’s time to wake up and make the experience that much more enjoyable.
There you have them, four ways to help you get back to basics. When you make adjustments in these for areas, your body will thank you. You will also see considerable improvements in the way you look and feel. Natural beauty isn’t just about lotions and potions. Natural beauty is a way of life.
If you want to live better, you need to make conscious changes now. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Take steps toward improving your beauty naturally. Learn how to make natural cosmetics at home in Wapo’s Free Basic Natural Cosmetics Course. The knowledge you gain in this course will help along your natural journey.
About our blogger:
Ashuni Pérez is an American writer based in Valencia, Spain. She has a passion for natural beauty and the environment. Ashuni loves to cycle and drink smoothies in the sun. Follow her on Instagram at @ashuuuuni