10 Fantastic Natural Beauty Tips
Many of us are becoming increasingly conscious of the impact that our beauty routines are having on the world around us, whether that’s making sure the products we buy haven’t been tested on animals, or that their packaging isn’t going to end up polluting our precious oceans.
There are a couple of ways to steer clear of this: create your own skin and haircare products at home, using store-cupboard ingredients; make sure you’re only buying sustainably sourced, recyclable beauty items from brands that care about these factors.
Here are our top ten natural beauty tips to help you to look after yourself and the world around you in 2019 and beyond:
1. Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking enough water - eight glasses a day is the recommended amount - can do wonders for your skin. Hydration is the first step towards a natural glow, so make sure you’re drinking plenty throughout your day.
Staying hydrated can help you to feel more energised, less tired, ward off headaches, stop you feeling bloated, and assist with tackling dry skin
2. Use Potato Slices to Banish Eye Bags
You may be aware of the hack of using cucumber slices to eliminate eye bags, but have you ever heard of using potato slices to achieve the same result?
This is actually a very popular natural beauty hack in Spain, with the natural moisture of sliced raw potatoes providing these dry, tired areas of skin with the nourishment they need to appear rejuvenated and revitalised, helping you to look and feel a little brighter.
3. Make Your Own Lip Gloss from Raspberries and Coconut Oil
If you’ve run out of your usual lip gloss, or you don’t always like to use cosmetics if you’re unsure of how they’ve been made, then making your own tint for your pout is a great alternative.
Crushing raspberries (either fresh or frozen is fine) and mixing with a little coconut oil can create a natural lip gloss that’s moisturising as well as vibrant - and you’ll be able to eat any leftover, antioxidant-packed berries, which is a bonus!
4. Use Coconut Oil as a Shaving Cream Substitute
You don’t need to use a specific shaving cream if you’ve got a tub of coconut oil handy. This versatile ingredient has multiple natural beauty uses, including making an effective - and naturally nourishing - alternative to shaving cream.
5. Soak Your Nails in Olive Oil to Encourage Growth
If your nails are weak and brittle, they may benefit from a soak in a solution made from olive oil and a few drops of vitamin A oil to encourage them to grow healthy and strong.
Massage these oils into your hands, focusing on your cuticles in particular for nails that are more likely to grow long and healthy without breaking off.
You might want to do this every day until you begin to notice a change, and remember that calcium and vitamin D can also help to promote strong nails, so think about how you can add more of these to your diet.
6. Use Olive Oil and Sea Salt as a Natural Body Scrub
Some body scrubs used to contain tiny pieces of plastic known as microbeads, but these were banned at the start of 2018 due to the harm they can pose to the environment when flushed down the plughole.
Sea salt has since become a popular, more natural alternative, thanks to its exfoliating properties - you can easily make your own body scrub from salt and a little oil, which should be just as effective at removing dead skin cells as the scrubs you can find in the shops.
7. Soften Rough Patches with a Halved Orange
If you have sore patches of dry skin on your elbows or knees, a body scrub might not be enough for providing relief.
However, slicing an orange in half and rubbing the slices onto these troubled patches can be soothing and help to soften them. Try this before applying other products, and you should experience better results from an exfoliator or moisturiser.
8. Use Kelp-Based Products to Nourish Your Skin
Sea kelp is another fantastic natural beauty ingredient. You’ll find several different products containing it at Natural Beauty Online, where we’re passionate about promoting its incredibly nourishing properties.
For example, apply the products in the Dermikelp® Body Essentials Starter Kit to your skin, and you’ll be benefiting from the many natural nutrients and vitamins found in ecklonia maxima sea kelp, which has been sustainably harvested by specially trained divers from the cool, fertile waters off the west coast of South Africa.
We said earlier that you shouldn’t buy beauty products unless you know how they’ve been made, but Dermikelp® provides full visibility over its manufacturing process, which involves its own patented cell-burst extraction technique to release kelp nutrients in their purest possible form.
9. Add Natural Nutrients to Your Hair with Sea Kelp
Sea kelp is also great for hair, again providing it with plenty of natural nourishment. Dermikelp® uses the same manufacturing techniques across its range, so the Dermikelp® Hair Essentials Starter Kit is a great choice.
Containing a kelp-based shampoo and conditioner, it’s designed to keep both your hair and your scalp looking and feeling gorgeous.
What’s more, all of the bottles are 100% recyclable, so you can use these natural haircare products safe in the knowledge that you won’t be causing any extra harm to the environment once you’re done with them.
10. Get Gorgeously Shiny Hair with Grapeseed Oil
The Dermikelp® Hydrating Conditioner contains grapeseed oil too, which is the star of our final natural beauty hack.
Grapeseed oil is naturally hydrating and nourishing - when combined with the ecklonia maxima sea kelp, it can leave your hair beautifully shiny and healthy looking.
When practicing natural beauty hacks, it’s just as important to focus on your hair as it is your body. Shop the natural haircare products in the Natural Beauty Online collection here.