Welcome back! Today I’m writing a post I’ve wanting to write for so long but couldn’t find the time lately. As you might know already, I swapped the vast majority of my beauty products for natural alternatives in the past couple of years, so I wanted to share this with you so YOU can also make a change for a more holistic, natural and healthy lifestyle – and see how easy it actually is!
I really believe everything good in life starts from the inside… our thoughts, our nutrition, our lifestyle – every single one of this components takes part in achieving our best possible selves. Eating plant-based, rich whole and unprocessed foods has made significant changes for me. And eliminating dairy, processed foods and refined sugars was the key to start my healing journey towards better skin.
Other tips and tricks include starting your day off with some lemon water, listening to your body and sleeping accordingly, and of course drinking enough water – at least 1.5L of water every day.
I don’t know about you, but Body Shop is my go-to natural store (at least here in the U.A.E. they’re pretty much everywhere and it’s a brand that I’ve been using a lot since I moved here)… so it come with no surprise that I mostly use their nail polish – 100% vegan, without Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin or camphor.
This is as new to me and it probably is to you. I got my Lavander Shampoo at Wholefoods last time I was in the States, just because I was looking for an alternative for my supermarket shampoos… Little did I know how many benefits this has: it’s effective against dandruff, nourishes the hair helping it to grow fuller and stronger. The only downside I found is that it doesn’t really foam that much – so you might have to apply it more than once.
Olive Oil Facial Creme
This is the latest addition to my beauty routine… I was looking to support other brands and just really wanted an olive oil based creme, so I found this option with NO parabens, silicone or colorants, and obviously formulated with olive oil – a natural source of vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols. It’s an Italian brand, you can find it here. I use it every morning, after I washed my face and before I put my make up.
I’m going to be honest here, took me a while to understand the power of make up – and the impact of good foundation in the overall health fo my skin. I love this foundation from Body Shop for various reasons; enriched with English rose water and aloe vera, vegetarian, cruelty-free, formulated free from parabens, petrolatum, mineral oil, and gluten.
Camomile Cleaning Oil
All time favorite: suitable for sensitiveskin and contact lens wearers, effective & beautiful make-up remover, soft and zero-waste friendly.
Tea Tree Oil
Derived from the leaves of the tea tree, is my favorite product for:
- occasional pimples – apply carefully with a cotton swap
- open our airways when the winter comes – bring water to boil with 2/3 drops and enjoy the steam for 10 minutes;
Vitamin E Oil
The most known anti-aging vitamin and healing scar tissue oil – apply it at night before bedtime – but use with care, once every other day as it is very heavy. You can also apply a few drops of vitamin E oil to your nails and cuticles which is an effective way of treating the skin.
I got my Argan Oil from a local store in Algeria, and it’s been my best friend for a last-minute styling when my hair is looking (extra) dull. I apply after showering, to hep taming frizz and give hair shine. Rub a few drops of argan oil over your palms and then comb your fingers through your hair to apply. Easy!
I’ve been using non-plastic / wooden hairbrushes for a good five years now and they have lasted as is since that time – thumbs up for gentle and durable! Natural wooden bristles help to naturally condition your hair, evenly distribute your hair’s natural oils, they don’t produce ANY static and it’s a sustainable resource.
Majority of the people I know use this as an intense moisturizer… but me, on the other hand, use it as a leave-in overnight conditioner – my hair is so thick that is the only product I’ve been able to see results with. Just warm a teaspoon between your hands and apply evenly in the hair.
Most used by me as a skin toner – a method to cleanse the skin and shrink the appearance of pores and the overall redness of the skin – all you need to do is to grate a ginger or use a teaspoon of ginger powder and mix it with your favorite mask leaving it for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water.
Okay, we are all very aware of the anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits of turmeric, but boy is it good for your skin! Not only helps to clear acne scars and inflammation but also reduces the oil secretion by the sebaceous glands.
An easy coconut oil and turmeric powder facial masks does wonders and we all know life gets difficult for all of us sometimes so this mask will make you glow again… All you need is a teaspoon of each ingredient, mix well and apply for 15 min.
Just a tip – use dull and old clothes when applying this method as turmeric stains are extremely hard to wash.
Awww, I love the use and benefits of raw honey! My personal favorites are:
- a teaspoon of raw honey applied on clean skin as a mask for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.
- a teaspoon of raw honey mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of sugar applied on clean skin as an exfoliator;
Another kitchen wonder…
- easy and practical to use as a makeup remover when my Camomile Oil is not around;
- you can do “Oil Pulling” – gargling a tablespoon for 20 minutes-, which is known for clearing up germs in the mouth and leading to whiter teeth. In the long run, you can truly see the benefits of this method! I personally can’t stand the taste of coconut oil, so I usually combine it with some water and peppermint oil.
- use it as a Leave-In Conditioner overnight – I feel that this works if you have really thin hair otherwise, I’d recommend you to use Shea Butter.
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