In this world of make-up and a strong emphasis on physical appearance, we tend to become more and more preoccupied to look good. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, it’s interesting to experience new beauty routines. We watch famous YouTubers and we copy them. But it is so important for us to be careful and responsible on what products we choose to use.
What are the ingredients?
Are they tested on animals?
Did you ever think of purchasing a cosmetic or body care product
based on its fat content or its manufacturing process?
Your new foundation looks so good on you, but is it also good for your skin?
Once I got those questions answered for myself I realized how much damage I brought to my own skin. This is why I thought I would recommend 6 first steps to transform your daily beauty routine in a more natural and healthy one.
#1 When something looks too good to be true, get informed!
Millions of women and men around the world are using cosmetics and personal care products to look better, to touch up some of their flaws, to look a few years younger or just to feel simply fresh. But it looks like beauty costs. In addition to large amounts of money, it can cost your health and even your life. From the common everyday makeup to the treatments that include surgical operations, they can all affect your health for the rest of your life. This is why you should stay informed. Cosmetics contain ingredients that affect fertility, rush aging and cause allergies, skin cancer, and other disorders. Uninformed and rushed surgical operations can be fatal. So invest time for your own good and search detailed information about the product you’re about to purchase based on some stranger’s recommendation. If you want more practical and professional advice, invest in some cosmetic training courses, so you’ll find out what is good and what is bad in your beauty routine and how can it affect your life on a long-term.
#2 Replace your current products with natural ones
As you finish each product, replace it with a more natural, organic alternative. For a great skin care, begin with the products that have the biggest effect on your skin: body lotion, face cream, shower gel. Don’t be fooled by the label “bio”, “organic” or “natural”. They do not guarantee that you will buy a 100% natural product. It is said that they are allowed to write “natural” on the product label if they have at least 1% natural ingredients. And this is not what you want. Tip: if the list of ingredients is large and contains long and hard to pronounce words, it is almost certain that the product is not as natural as it is believed.
If your favorite product contains many harmful chemicals and it is hard for you to let it go, make a gradual transition. Do not use it twice a day as you did until now, but only once. And with every passing week, you will get to use it less and less frequently.
#3 Make your own homemade treatments
Homemade treatments are the healthiest choices when it comes to skincare and not only. Let me give you a few suggestions:
- For a creamy, soft skin: 100 ml of tea, half a tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of rice flour. Mix the ingredients and apply the paste obtained on the face and a little bit on your cleavage. Leave it there for 20 minutes, then remove it with water.
- For a light and hydrated skin: a banana, 5 tablespoons of yogurt and an egg-white. Mix them in a blender and apply the cream on your face. After 15-20 minutes remove it with warm water.
- For acne: some yeast with a tablespoon of lemon juice and some water. Apply to the cleansed skin and let it work for 10 minutes while you cover your face with a clean towel. Remove it with warm water.
There are so many alternatives for your skin care and they are low-budget and super-efficient.
#4 Avoid fragranced cosmetics
Fragrances are a major source of irritation, they are a trigger for allergies and dermatitis. Cosmetic manufacturers know how important the perfume is for the commercial success of their product, so almost all non-bio products have added synthetic fragrance. Sometimes that lotion you keep saying it smells so good you feel like eating it… might not be natural. Tip: use products labeled “fragrance-free” or make sure that fragrances used are natural and derive from essential oils.
#5 Get yourself some Argan Oil (known as Moroccan Oil)
Argan Oil contains essential fatty acids and has a great nutritional value, benefits that are important in both beauty and health fields. You may have heard about Moroccan masks, the girls with the long hair and their bio masks, about the magic oil from the Middle East, but you never thought to research more. Now let me tell you it’s the best, but you just have to know the difference between the product you buy in a drugstore and the 100% natural one. The one from drugstores it’s more liquid, scented and not productive. The natural one is organic, cold-pressed.
You can use it for:
- Face – especially before sleep, because it is well known for its anti-wrinkle properties
- Body – besides moisturizing, it also helps to prevent stretch marks, being perfect for applying it to the skin after epilation
- Hair – use it as a treatment and apply it one hour before taking a shower
- Hands and nails – for a dry skin, for soft nails that exfoliate
- Lips – for dry lips, replace your lipstick balm with a drop of argan oil, you will see miracles happening.
#6 Take care of what you eat
Cosmetics and treatments are just a side of the story. A great impact on your health and beauty has the food you CHOOSE to eat. Get used to food that ensures your daily portion of health and beauty. Healthy food can give you a radiant skin, great hair full of vitality and healthy nails. Eat walnuts (rich in omega-3), carrots (with beta-carotene that protect your skin from UV effects), tomatoes (full of lycopene, an efficient anti-inflammatory) or kiwi (rich in vitamin C, which helps to form collagen).
Get to know your skin and its real needs so you will be able to appreciate and value your beauty!
This is a guest blog post written by John Stuart of Cosmetica Training.
Bae is a 20-something passion blogger from Manila. She likes hoarding hobbies and trying out new stuff, blogging about her mundane adventures, and tweeting about random realizations and musings.