I started paying more attention to how I cared for my skin when I was working in cosmetic retail. I was learning more about skin care ingredients than I had ever known, plus I was getting frustrated with the abundant foundation colors that were never quite right for me. I was unable to find a foundation that matched my complexion without it being too yellow, too red, too ashy, too something!
During down time, some of the other consultants were on a mission to find the perfect foundation match for me. Even with all of the cosmetic brands that we carried, none of us were successful. That was when my focus switched to skin care. If my skin was clear and radiant, I wouldn’t need to mask it with foundation.
Whether you can find that seamlessly matched tinted moisturizer, foundation, or concealer, your focus should be on skin care first anyway.
Without a healthy clear canvas to begin with, the makeup you put on your skin won’t look it’s best regardless of how amazing it is. Makeup should be a beautiful enhancement, not something to be dependent upon. Good skin care can replace your “need” for heavy foundations and concealers all together, which is a true luxury.
Skin care does not have to cost a lot of money, yet caring well for your skin can benefit your entire health. Switching over to simple natural products can be a bit scary, yet your skin will no longer be absorbing chemical toxins. We are taught to believe the hype and buy into all of the anti-aging, skin tightening, blemish solving solutions without reading labels. You can achieve the beautiful skin that you desire with simple natural ingredients as well as a few lifestyle changes. Here is an example of an extremely simple skin care routine.
Add a few drops of essential oil to either your toner and/or moisturizer.
Raw Honey with Rhassoul Clay
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Same As Above
Add sugar to your cleanser
Yogurt & Raw Honey
Lemon, Raw Honey, & Sugar
These are all very simple and inexpensive ways to begin using natural chemical-free skin care without breaking the bank. Skin care doesn’t have to be that dramatic or deep. There are other natural ingredients that can also boost this simple routine. More important is looking towards a few lifestyle changes to make your new natural skin care routine truly effective.
A major portion of good skin care is what you eat which I discuss in Beauty From the Inside Out. Drinking a minimum of half your body weight of water in ounces will also greatly improve your skin and overall health. Your skin will love you even more by cutting out processed drinks such as sodas and energy drinks, and limiting or omitting all together coffee and other caffeinated drinks. Instead drink fresh pressed fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies, and herbal teas.
When I don’t feel like juicing, which is most of the time, I tend to make smoothies and add powdered supplements such as wheatgrass or spirulina to my smoothie. In Good Ole Wheatgrass I talk about the benefits of wheatgrass, and in Action Packed Beauty Food–Spirulina I let you know all about spirulina. The other benefit of making smoothies is that you are adding the fiber of the fruit or vegetable, versus when you juice, the fiber is left behind. Yet both are beyond amazing for your overall health.
Increasing circulation is also important for your health and beauty. You will achieve that natural glow by exercising daily. Taking a brisk walk is so much better than sitting all day and night. Exercise will release the natural endorphins in your body which will make you look and feel so much better. You don’t have to get crazy, but I suggest some form of exercise. If the gym doesn’t excite you, try a dance class. Belly dance is one of the most healing forms of dances for women and also so much fun!
Natural glowing skin allows you to wear less makeup. What natural beauty tips and tricks have you incorporated into your skin care?
Also I f you are acne prone it is critical to understand the difference between oils high in oleic acid versus oils high in linoleic acid!
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