Beauty Tips You Can Do At Home for 2016
Day after day, we're bombarded with fancy hair and skin products that cost a fortune and are full of artificial chemicals. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. Either way, they're no good for our bodies, which aren't built to be able to absorb all of the toxins that thes'beauty'products are filled with.
But the reality is that, despite what TV adverts and celebrity endorsements tell us, we don't need to use expensive, synthetic products to look and feel good.
Nature provides us with everything we need to be our best, which might be found in our diets, in dietary supplements, in natural and organic products, or in our own skills and abilities. There are so many ways that we can take care of ourselves naturally that it seems crazy to do anything else. So, in the interest of keeping our bodies as free from toxins as possible, we're put together our favorite tips for looking and feeling good- that natural way.
We're inundated with ads for hair products, each with a different purpose. A mousse for volume, a wax for styling, a spray for hold..... the list goes on! If you don't fancy all of those chemicals sitting on your head all day, there are plenty of things you can do to get healthier, shiner hair, the natural way.
1. Increase your Omega 3 intake.
Omega 3 encourages hair growth and is found in fish, beans, nuts, and seeds. Incorporate more of those in your diet, and take omega 3 supplements in addition. Other benefits of omega 3 include the support of brain function, mood stability, and heart health.
2. Add more Vitamin E to your diet and haircare regime.
Increasing your intake of Vitamin E can help in the growth of healthy capillaries, which in turn will boost the scalp's blood circulation, encouraging healthy hair growth. Vitamin E can be found in nuts and seeds (particularly almonds and sunflower seeds), as well as green vegetables like broccoli and kale, and can also be taken in supplement form. You can also massage Vitamin E directly into your scalp and hair to promote healthier, shinier hair, or use a Vitamin E enriched conditioner.
3. Get plenty of protein.
Protein strengthens and repairs cells throughout the body, including your hair and scalp, and will encourage healthy hair growth. Meats, eggs, nuts, and seeds are all great sources of protein.Using natural protein treatments, such as keratin, can also help to repair damaged hair and prevent frizz, encouraging thickness and shine. We love L'Occitane's Armachologie Repairing Shampoo
4. Get your hair trimmed regularly.
This may sound strange but often when hair seems like it's not growing, it's actually breaking off at the ends. By having it trimmed regularly (most hairdressers recommend every 8 weeks or so), you're keeping only the healthy hair and split ends don't have the chance to spread upwards and break off.
5. Wash your hair the right way:
1. Select the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type
2. Start by rinsing your hair thoroughly.
3. If you have long hair, use conditioner first. This will help to prevent the ends from drying out with shampooing. Only shampoo once; there is usually no need to wash your hair twice in one sitting, which will only add to any dryness or damage.
4. When shampooing, lather only at the scalp. The massaging motion will promote better circulation, leading to improved nourishment for your hair, while focusing on the oilier hair near the scalp helps to avoid damaging the fragile ends of your hair.
5. Be gentle. Friction can damage hair cuticles, leading tofrizzy hair and split ends.
Condition only the middle to the ends of your hair, especially if you suffer from a particularly oily scalp.
6. Rinse with cold water. This will shut the cuticle tight and boost circulation, promoting shiny, healthy looking hair.
7. Towel-dry hair using a squeezing motion, rather than rubbing it, which can cause damage.
6. Brush your hair the right way.
Use the right type of brush for your hair type. Brush your hair from root to tip, to spread the scalps oils to where needs them the most. Remember, don't brush too much or too often; over-brushing can overstimulate the oil glands and lead to greasy hair, as well as damaging the middle to ends of your hair.
7. Minimize your use of heated hair tools.
The heat from your hairdryer, straighteners, and curling tongs can do real damage to the ends of your hair, increasing the likelihood of weak or split ends. Let your hair dry naturally whenever possible or dry on a cooler setting, and use your heated styling tools as infrequently as possible.
8. Use the right products for your hair type.
For particularly dry hair, use moisturizing products, such as Sukin's moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. For fine hair, you'll want something to add volume, like L'Occitane's volumizing shampoo and conditioner. And so on. Remember though, natural products are better for both your hair and your health.
9. Colour hair naturally.
Instead of bleaching hair using expensive chemical dyes, try using lemon juice mixed with a little oil. The lightening effect is heat-activated so spray on your hair before going out in the sun.
Whether you long for less acne, younger skin, or smaller pores, many of us would love to have'bette' skin. Yet, those additive-infused creams can often do more harm than good! There are plenty of supplements and natural products that can do more for your skin than their manufactured counterparts.
1. Get plenty of Vitamin A and Vitamin E.
These two vitamins are valuable antioxidants and by helping your body get rid of toxins, they help to reduce the amount that show up in the form of acne and other breakouts.
2. Include more zinc in your diet.
Zinc helps to control oil production in the skin, and so has an effect on conditions such as acne. It's also good for the immune system, and a healthy immune system helps your skin to fight infection. Oysters, red meat, nuts, and seeds are all rich in zinc, and you can add it by taking supplements as well, such as Bio Island's chewables.
3. Drink lots of water.
Your skin, like the rest of your body, needs plenty of hydration. All the moisturizer in the world won't provide that as well as plenty of H2O will. Filtered water is best, as most of the impurities are then removed.
4. Find a skin regime that suits your skin.
Some of us like to cleanse our skin the quick and easy way by using a facewash. Others prefer to cleanse and tone. Only you know what suits your skin best; however, dry skin is usually best suited to the gentler, more moisturizing process of using a cleansing lotion.
5. Always moisturize.
Even if you are prone to oily skin, there's a moisturizer out there for you. It's just a case of finding the right one. Oily skin will do best with a light, oil-free or water-based moisturizer, whilst dryer skin often needs the extra hydration that a heavier, creamier moisturizer will provide.
6. Avoid products that include parabens and other chemicals.
We know we keep saying this, but parabens really are the number one ingredient to avoid when shopping for skincare products. Chemicals and other synthetic fillers can actually be detrimental to your skin, causing irritations, rashes, and spots - which just shows how bad they are for your body.
7. Remove your make-up.
It's obvious, and one that we all know, but busy lives make it so easy to forget to take simple steps like this. Left on too long, make-up can clog up the pores and cause breakouts. Your skin needs the night-time to breathe.
8. Exfoliate regularly.
About once a week, get rid of those dead skin cells by applying a scrub and gently massaging your skin. Use a gentler scrub for your face than for your body, as the skin is more delicate. You could even make your own by mixing ground oatmeal with honey; the oatmeal exfoliates, whilst the honey hydrates, kills bacteria, and reduces inflammation.
Don't forget about your neck....When moisturizing, remember to moisturize your neck as well. The skin there is delicate and needs just as much TLC as your face. Use gentle, upwards motions so as not to drag the skin down.
....Or your lips. Use a natural lip balm, like this organic balm by Antipodes, on a daily basis to prevent chapping. For really dry lips, try applying a heavy layer of balm, then leaving for 10 minutes or so. Then use an old, soft toothbrush to gently exfoliate and get rid of the dead skin. Apply more lip balm afterwards.
Life can really take its toll on our hands. Between changes in the weather, housework, manual work, and lots more, our hands can easily end up dry and chapped. Our nails in particular need some extra TLC and there are lots of ways to give it some, the natural way!
Some modern soaps, whether liquid or bar, can be harsh on the skin, and concerns have been raised about the impact on our health from using too many antibacterial products. As long as you're washing and rinsing your hands thoroughly, with warm water, these harsh products aren't usually necessary.
2. Dry your hands properly.
Bacteria thrives on moisture-and so do skin conditions. To help avoid cracked, dry skin, be sure to always dry your hands thoroughly.
3. Use a moisturizing hand cream.
Washing, doing housework, and the outdoor elements can all take their toll on our hands. By putting the moisture back in, with an organic, chemical-free hand cream, you can help to keep your skin smooth and soft. MOR Cosmetics have a gorgeous range. Remember to work the cream into your nails too.
4. Ensure you're getting your B vitamins.
Deficiencies in biotin (aka Vitamin B7) and Vitamin B12 can lead to brittle, weak nails. Fish, liver, and meat all have high B12 and biotin content, and the vitamins can be taken in supplement form.
5. Give your nails a rest.
If you like to paint your nails often, just remember to give them a few days to breathe in between polishes. Not only will doing so give them a much needed rest from the chemicals in nail polish, but you'll also be able to spot any infections, which can often go undetected underneath a nail that's always got color on.