If you’re looking to bring your beauty routine a little closer to earth, you won’t have to compromise on efficacy or ease of use. We’ve rounded up five simple ways to incorporate natural ingredients into your daily regime…
Taking care of your skin, hair and nails doesn’t mean having to load up on chemicals you can barely pronounce or fill your bathroom cabinets with sterile-looking packaging.
While the natural beauty regimes of yesteryear may have felt a little ‘crunchy granola’, 2018 has brought a slew of skin-friendly, planet-loving fixes you can try at home.
We’re all getting savvier about skincare in general, and plenty of us want to keep it au naturel altogether. But where to start?
There’s a staggering amount of tips and suggestions online, and practically every herb and plant in your kitchen gets a shout out at some point.
To make things easier, we’ve taken out all the guesswork with this list of five sure-fire natural beauty wins you can try today. Your skin (and purse) will thank you…
1. Use coconut oil for enviable locks
Coconut oil is so hardworking it deserves a raise.
You can cook with it, remove make-up with it, and even get the garlic smell out of your fingernails with it (a life hack every keen cook needs in their life).
One of our favourite ways to use it is as a weekly deep-conditioning hair mask.
Simply let a jar of coconut oil reach room temperature so it’s not fully solid but still scoop-able, then smooth generously through your hair.
Tie your hair up and wrap with a towel to encourage your head to warm up (this will open the shafts of your hair and allow the oil to really penetrate it), then thoroughly wash out in the shower after 30 minutes.
Stronger-looking, healthier-feeling hair awaits.
2. Treat your lips
Burt’s Bees have long been pioneers in the world of natural beauty, and the new additions to their lip care family are no different.
Pair that with the fact Burt’s Bees products are sustainably made and responsibly sourced, and you’re onto a winner.
With peppermint oil for a gently tingling effect and vitamin E to condition, the original beeswax Lip Balm will help keep your lips smooth and supple, while the Lip Scrub has honey crystals to gently buff away dead skin for your softest ever lips.
To really kick things up a notch, add the Overnight Lip Intensive Treatment before bed. Rich in natural ceramides (which make up about half of your skin’s natural moisture barrier), the treatment is perfect for winter-worn lips.
Remember, the skin on your lips is some of the thinnest on your body, and doesn’t have as many oil glands to hydrate itself so you need to give them a helping hand..
This three-step regime will help define, hydrate and smoothe your lips for a pout that’s pillowy and protected.
3. Try apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has basically received legendary status within beauty circles.
As multitalented as coconut oil, ACV (as it’s known to those in the know) can be used post-hair wash to add shine to your locks or as a facial toner.
Mix one part ACV with two parts water to try it as a facial toner, or one part ACV with one part water to use as a hair rinse.
If you’ve got sensitive skin, dilute it even further, just to be on the safe side.
4. Make use of turmeric
Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric has been a staple in South Asian communities for centuries.
It contains a compound called curcumin which is believed to have healing properties, as well as helping to impart a natural glow thanks to its high antioxidant profile.
A teaspoon added into the aforementioned yoghurt face mask will help settle inflamed, sore skin.
Alternatively, mix a teaspoon of turmeric with half a teaspoon of honey and apply to bothersome pimples to help reduce redness.
Or just cook with it. A lot.
5. Try a yoghurt face mask
Ask any skincare expert for a great spot-fighting ingredient, and they’ll most likely say lactic acid.
Yoghurt is naturally rich in the stuff, which is why it makes for such a winning face mask.
A natural gentle exfoliator, it’s brilliant at unclogging pores and sloughing away dead skin cells (and far gentler than some other exfoliating acids).
A good quality plain Greek yoghurt is really all you need. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then thoroughly rinse off – and avoid the temptation to lick…