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Why use natural remedies when it comes to your face and hair? They can nourish your skin and help it glow for a great first impression, not to mention helping improve the look of your hair. And just think of the artificial ingredients and chemicals you’d avoid in your beauty routine. So, you can feel good about helping the environment with your natural beauty routine, even down to the DIY face masks and hair masks we’ll tell you about here!
Going “natural” is part of a lifestyle whereby you decide to be healthy from the inside out. Essentially when you embrace the healthy beauty routine here, you are choosing to use natural remedies to get to the root of any issue, such as dry skin, for a healthier appearance. Instead of using drugstore products to hide facial imperfections.
Given that you show your confidence through your skin, these natural remedies can have an amazing effect on self-esteem. OK, so how exactly can you develop a natural beauty routine?
Natural Remedies for a Fresh-Looking Complexion
If you want a more radiant appearance, then grapes might just become your new favorite fruit. All you have to do is cut grapes into halves and rub them on your face. Seem easy? That’s because it is.
So, why use grapes? They are rich in acids that have excellent exfoliating properties. Moreover, these small, delicious fruits, are rich in antioxidants, such as resveratrol, which can provide enhanced protection against the damage done by free radicals.
Now that you know grapes are great for exfoliating the skin, we’d better tell you about tea tree oil. This oil is one of our top choices for natural remedies! If you have pimples, you can fight them with tea tree oil, which is known for being an effective anti-inflammatory. Just be sure you use it as a spot treatment rather than applying the oil across the entire face. The reason is that it can irritate and dry out the skin, so less is more here.
Here’s more about using tea tree oil for acne:
- Wash your face and moisturize as usual
- Put one or two drops on a cotton swab
- Dab it over the pimples ONLY
- Apply the oil at night and wash it off in the morning
A Moisturized Complexion Exudes Natural Beauty
Natural beauty is something that you will likely have to keep updating as your skin changes over time if you want to maintain a smooth complexion. Keeping your skin moisturized is essential as excess dryness will only make you look older than you really are.
There are plenty of natural moisturizers to pick from to hydrate your skin. In fact, many of them are probably in your kitchen now. For example, you can use honey as one of the natural remedies in your routine. Honey is not only hydrating but also can keep several kinds of infections away.
Buttermilk is another great choice, as it hydrates and nourishes the skin at the same time. Moreover, it encourages cell turnover, contributing to the rejuvenation of facial skin. Also, olive oil remains one of the best natural moisturizers in the world, nourishing the skin to perfection seemingly effortlessly.
You can use essential oils for skin moisturizing too. Examples include lavender, orange, and lemon.
For the best results, apply the moisturizer in the morning, as part of your natural beauty routine. Then apply it again at night, before going to bed. You might also apply an additional time during the day, if you notice your skin is dry all over again.
As you can see, there are many natural remedies to keep your skin hydrated.
DIY Face Masks as Part of a Natural Beauty Routine
Face masks are easy to prepare and can do wonders for a tired complexion. If you want to increase the efficiency of your masks, try applying them in the shower. The steam from the warm water will cause your pores to open and, thus, the ingredients will penetrate the skin more efficiently.
You can use face masks for several different reasons, including to:
- Hydrate and nourish the skin
- Minimize wrinkles
- Correct minor imperfections
Bananas are excellent ingredients for facial masks. This fruit has intense moisturizing properties and can soften the skin. Simply mash several bananas into a paste in a bowl until you don’t see any more lumps. Then apply the mixture to your face. Let it rest about 20 minutes on your face and then wash off with cool water.
Vinegar is another great ingredient to include in DIY face masks given this ingredient’s amazing toning abilities. Try apple cider vinegar masks, for example.
And don’t forget about milk, while we’re on the topic of liquids you might find in your kitchen. Since ancient times milk has been an essential component of beautiful skin, bringing freshness and rejuvenation to an otherwise tired complexion.
Other foods you can consider including in DIY face masks are:
Protect Against UV Rays Daily
Constant exposure to the sun remains one of the main reasons for premature aging of the skin. Thus, it is essential to educate yourself and wear sunscreen daily. If you spend too much time in the sun, without any protection, you may gradually lose your natural beauty and end up looking older than your age. Not to mention, the prolonged exposure increases the risk of skin cancer.
If you are all about natural remedies then prepare an excellent sunscreen in the comfort of your home. It’ll be a must to apply it as part of your natural beauty routine in the morning. Yes, every day, whether it is sunny or cloudy, whether it is summer or winter. UV rays can penetrate through the clouds and cause a lot of skin damage, so make sure to reapply your sunscreen if necessary during the day too.
Ingredients for making your own sunscreen include almond oil, coconut oil, red raspberry seed oil, carrot seed oil, and Shea butter. To increase the level of protection, you can even add zinc oxide; the more you add, the better protection against UV rays.
Your Hair Needs to be Part of the Picture Too
When creating your natural beauty routine, you have to take your hair into account too. If you notice your hair is dry and dull, try a hydrating mask. Also pay attention to the cosmetic products you use on your hair regularly. Avoid hair products that contain harsh chemicals and preservatives, opting instead for gentler ones that contain as many natural remedies as possible.
Hydrating hair masks are straightforward to make for your natural beauty routine. They can use a range of ingredients, including:
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Egg yolks
Apply hair masks as frequently as you want, especially if your hair is exposed to the sun or wind. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, you might want to wear a hat. It will protect your hair and complexion at the same time. These are just some of the hair care tips to keep in mind.
Wholesome Diet & Physical Exercise
Natural beauty connects strongly to your general well-being. If you are interested in natural ways to increase stamina, for example, consider adding more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. You might also want to consume nuts and seeds, brown rice, honey, fatty fish, yogurt and eggs. All of these foods can boost energy levels.
A diet that is rich in processed and refined foods will wreak havoc on your complexion, while a sedentary lifestyle will cause you to age sooner than it is necessary. Thus, lifestyle changes are necessary to turn back the hands of time and maintain a healthy, more youthful look.
If you feel good, you also look good. Given this important connection, a wholesome diet and plenty of exercise are daily essentials. As for physical exercise, choose a workout routine that suits your personal style. Then you’re more likely to stick with it! What matters is that you stay active, enjoying the physical activity.
You now have the basics to develop a natural beauty routine. Always pay attention to risk factors that contribute to the aging process, such as excess sun exposure, lack of proper hydration, and an unhealthy diet. Choose natural remedies to keep your skin looking young and healthy, drink plenty of water, and stay active. Look good and feel good!
About Dwayne Austin
Dwayne Austin is a multi-faceted author, blogger & fitness instructor from Indiana, US. He has been writing blogs on men’s health and Virectin and associated with Consumer Health Digest. He encourages people to live a healthy lifestyle. Connect with Dwayne via Facebook and Twitter.
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