Still not convinced that ‘natural is best?’ Today, Stephanie from Expert Home Tips is sharing her top natural beauty tips with us.
From using natural, ‘miracle’ products to ways to make your natural skincare more effective than ever, Stephanie shows us just how powerful nature can be!
1. Sweating is a natural way to flush out toxins
There’s a reason you usually find a sauna at the spa. Besides being extremely relaxing, sweating helps to flush out toxins from our body.
For your skin, this is good news. A cleansed body, from the inside out, will leave you both feeling and looking refreshed and bright.
Can’t make it to the spa? Go for a run instead – you’ll get the added bonus of colourful cheeks from all those endorphins.
2. Why almond oil is great for skin
It’s easy to think oil-based skincare could lead to breakouts, but that’s just not the case.
Oil actually serves a very important role in skincare, as it penetrates extremely deeply into pores.
Almond oil is particularly beneficial for the skin. High in vitamin A, it can actually help prevent acne. The addition of almond oil to Beyond Organic’s Organic Moisturising Day Cream – is just one of the reasons it’s such a powerful product.
3. Staying hydrated is key
Who doesn’t want plump, dewy, glowing skin? One of the key factors to achieving radiant skin is staying hydrated.
Ditch the processed, sugary sodas, and stick to water and herbal teas. Add a slice of lemon, lime or cucumber to add flavour.
It may not be as tasty as your favourite can of pop, but your skin will certainly thank you for it.
4. Benefits of beeswax for dry skin
Honey might be delicious, but as far as skincare is concerned, beeswax takes centre stage.
Not only is it 100% natural and non-toxic, but it has some wonderful properties that are great for skin.
Beeswax provides a layer of protection between skin and the outdoor world, preventing damage from environmental toxins. Additionally, it’s humectant, meaning it attracts water rather than repelling it to keep skin supple and hydrated.
The beeswax in Organic Skincare’s Organic Body Butter means it packs a real punch – it cares for even the driest of skin whilst also providing protection.
5. How to purify pores
Have you ever had a facial steam? They’re often used as a cleansing treatment to remove impurities and refresh skin.
Whilst you won’t get all of those benefits from the steam in your hot shower, you can take advantage of one in particular.
Heat causes pores to open, which is why blackheads always look worse post-shower. Don’t start squeezing – take advantage of this by drying skin then immediately applying a purifying face mask. The open pores will mean it can sink deeper into the skin, providing a more effective treatment.
Follow this with an application of Beyond Organic Skincare’s Treatment Gel. The willow bark in this unclogs the ‘cement’ that causes blackheads to form.
You’ll be glowing in no time!
6. Why rosewater is wonderful
Rose water definitely smells beautiful, but it brings much more to skincare products than scent alone.
Pure rose water is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, making it an extremely gentle option for skin. It works to maintain the skin’s pH balance and also control excess oil.
Natural Organic’s Natural Calming Toner’s rosewater content make it a wonderful toner for even the most sensitive of skin.
Apply day and night after cleansing to calm the skin and leave it looking bright and refreshed.
7. The importance of application
It’s all well and good investing in great skincare, but are you applying it properly?
The actual application of skincare can have a dramatic impact on its effectiveness.
Incorporating facial massages and application techniques into your skincare routine should help dramatically improve in the appearance of skin. Just like body massages, facial massages increase blood flow to the skin, reducing signs of wrinkles and making it appear plumper.
By applying your Beyond Organic products using facial massage techniques, they will be absorbed more easily, and seep deeper into pores.
With a mixture of gentle tapping movements, light pinches and applied pressure, you can help your products work their magic.
8. Exfoliate skin regularly
Makeup professionals have often said to me, ‘the products are only as good as the skin you put them on.’
This highlights the importance of proper skincare in creating the perfect blank canvas for any great look.
One of the most effective ways to get soft, even skin for makeup is through regular exfoliation. For best results, a natural exfoliator should be used, as this is the least abrasive for skin.
Beyond Organic’s Organic Gentle Facial Exfoliator uses natural apricot seeds and small grains. These are biodegradable – thumbs up for the environment – and also gentle on skin.
Exfoliating with this product twice a week will remove dull and dry skin cells to reveal a smooth, glowing complexion.
9. The ultimate DIY body scrub
Just as exfoliation improves our complexion, using a body scrub regularly is also very beneficial.
There’s no need to fork out for expensive body scrubs – you can make your own, 100% natural product at home.
Coconut oil is renowned for its moisturising properties. Mixed with ground coffee, which is full of antioxidants, and sugar to provide abrasion, it’ll get skin glowing like never before.
Add ½ cup sugar, ½ cup ground coffee and 1 cup coconut oil to a bowl and mix with your hands – your body heat will be enough to melt it.
Apply to the body in circular motions and reap the benefits of this amazingly simple DIY beauty treatment.
10. Beauty sleep
It isn’t a myth – ‘beauty sleep’ really does play a role in the appearance of your skin.
Don’t let a dull complexion and dark bags spoil your skin – get your eight hours of sleep a night to keep looking refreshed.
If you’re struggling to sleep, here are a few natural ways to help you nod off:
• Incorporate exercise into your day.
• Swipe castor oil over eyes before bedtime.
• Incorporate tryptophan-containing foods such as brown rice or quinoa into your evening meal.
• Apply a few drops of lavender oil to your pillow.
11. Muslin cloths
No natural skincare kit is complete without a few muslin cloths.
These 100% cotton cloths are perfect for cleansing the face. The weaved texture means they gently exfoliate skin, leaving it looking refreshed.
As the fabric is thin, the cloths dry fairly quickly, reducing the chance of bacteria – they’re much more hygienic than a flannel.
Swap your current cloth for a set of Organic Skincare’s Organic Muslin Face Cloths today.