(and How to Instantly Feel More Beautiful)
Take inventory as to how many beauty products you use a single day. Many of us have accumulated a small arsenal of products that promise results for every square inch of our body! We have multiple products we use on our face and others we use for the rest of our body. We acquire specialized eye, hand and foot creams. We collect hair products to cleanse, moisturize, and style. We have daytime and nighttime products. We have products to target “problem areas” and others for enhancements. These products also come with a lot of manufacturing, packaging, and ingredients we often don’t understand. What if there was a simplified and much kinder way to approach our beautifying?
One of the easiest ways to simplify your beauty routine is to reduce the number of products you’re using!
Start by choosing single, natural ingredients that have multiple uses and benefits.
For example, coconut oil can be used as a facial cleanser, make-up remover, head-to-toe moisturizer, hair mask and pomade, made into toothpaste, and lots more. Lavender essential oil can be used as a spot treatment for many skin ailments and is a helpful nerve tonic in our baths and on our pillows. Baking soda can be used as a shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, and as a gentle cleaning product. Apple cider vinegar can be used in a variety of skin care applications including first aid and can also be used as a hair rinse for soft shiny hair. These are just a few examples and there are plenty more. *See my book recommendation below as a resource for creating your own natural beauty recipes.
Natural ingredients are also economical because you often only need a small amount and they have a much longer shelf life than most commercially made products on the market. They also tend to have far less packaging and don’t leave pollutants on our skin and in our water supply.
Nature’s bounty of plants, flowers, and mineral-rich soils offer an abundant apothecary for all our beauty and wellness desires. Natural beauty is something we all have. It’s a radiance that emanates from within when we are at ease with ourselves and in harmony with nature. It resources a beauty from a place much deeper than our physical appearance.
Here are some additional tips to add into your daily beauty routine to instantly feel more Beautiful….
Start with yourself. Soften your gaze when you look at yourself in the mirror. Smile and speak kind words to yourself. Be gentle and offer a compliment as you would to someone that you deeply care about. Accept yourself with loving kindness and embrace being YOU. With some practice, this simple act of kindness invites a healthier relationship with our reflection and allows your inner beauty to radiate.
Prioritize some fun and engage in feeling playful. Get yourself and others smiling and laughing! Notice how a face instantly transforms when smiling 🙂 🙂 🙂
Dress to Impress – yourself!
Get dressed in clothes that elevate your mood. Choose fabrics that feel good on your skin and that allow movement. Choose colors that make you feel happy. Explore what clothes make you feel free and more beautiful.
At times, allow yourself the space to move slower and more mindfully. Try eating slower, savoring each flavor unfolding. Try walking at a slower pace to take in more of your surroundings and notice more details. The more present we are, the more at ease we feel and this beauty shines through our faces and body language.
Be in Nature
Clean water, fresh air, and gentle sunshine provide essential nourishments that we need to thrive and look our best. Being in nature, barefoot, gazing up at starlight and moonlight are simple moments we can take to reconnect to where we come from and it just feels good! Bathing yourself in the riches of nature will always offer healthful benefits that will lead to more feelings of wellness and glowing inner beauty. In urban areas, accessing nature can be as simple as going out onto a balcony to see the sky or finding a patch of grass in a park nearby.
Take moments in your day to pause and feel your breath coming into your body giving you life. Acknowledge this now…”I AM ALIVE!” This claiming of life will spark a radiance of true beauty.
MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE BEAUTY BOOK RECOMMENDATION
One of my favorite discoveries for a natural beauty resource is a book called Renegade Beauty, by Nadine Artemis. It is a refreshing and insightful approach to beauty and self-care. It is packed full of in-depth research that will educate and inspire you towards naturally glowing skin but also guide you toward a lifestyle that feels deeply in sync with nature. There is a wellspring of beauty secrets and recipes that are simple yet potent.
I would also highly recommend Nadine’s natural beauty line Living Libations, that sources only organic botanicals and are some of the most luxurious natural products I’ve ever used. LivingLibations.com (This is not an affiliate, btw. It’s just pure awesomeness that I want to share with everyone 😉 Check out all the other stellar reviews! xo
I am a Gemini/Leo rising/Pisces moon. Beauty is my muse and my favorite color is iridescent. I am currently pursuing creative curiosities and I’m most happy when I’m exploring and discovering new things. I’m an organizing wizard in physical spaces as well as creating content and systems that lead to more efficiency and ease. I have studied and worked in the healing arts for over 25 years and I find such joy in sparking inspiration in others by authentically sharing experiences and ideas. I live in California by the ocean, up on a hilltop, in a tiny 460 sq ft cabin with my husband and our sweet dog.