Are you overwhelmed by all the health and beauty products on the market today that claim to be ‘natural’ but still contain additives and chemicals? The solution can be going back to a simpler approach. There are pure, natural alternatives available, both for purchase and homemade, that can be used to help cure what ails you and keep you looking beautiful.
Real Ingredients for Health & Healing
To give your immune system a boost or help with digestion, look no further than your kitchen! Starting the day with a mixture of warm water, honey, ginger, turmeric, and lemon offers hydration while providing immune-boosting Vitamin C and natural antioxidants. Try sipping on this first thing before grabbing your morning coffee! Drink this everyday, or a few times per day if you feel like you have a cold coming on, to speed up recovery.
Overindulged in a heavy meal or feel like your stomach is unsettled? Chew on fresh basil leaves as an alternative to artificially colored and flavored antacids. You will feel relief in no time. Additionally, sipping some organic peppermint or ginger tea can calm indigestion and alleviate nausea. Speaking of ginger, it is also a powerful anti-inflammatory. Used alone, or even in conjunction with tumeric, another anti-inflammatory superfood, it may relieve painful conditions from arthritis to migraine headaches.
DIY Beauty Hacks
Did you know the average woman puts over 500 chemicals on their body everyday without even knowing? Many of the ingredients in mass-produced beauty products and cosmetics contain irritants and synthetic chemicals that are absorbed by the skin. While there are many all-natural, clean, non-toxic products on the market, another alternative is to raid the kitchen and create your own DIY beauty products!
Since face masks are all the rage right now, try this one for clean, rejuvenated skin:
- 1 mashed banana (contains vitamin A which promotes skin-cell turnover and helps pores stay clean)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (absorbs excess oil in your skin)
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder (antibacterial and anti-inflammatory)
Apply the mixture to your face and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing. While you’re waiting, place cool cucumber slices on your eyes to reduce puffiness.
For a total body refresh, this coffee body scrub works wonders:
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup used coffee grounds ( coarsely ground is best)
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
Mix together and use it in the shower to keep skin glowing and smooth!
Shop Clean & Non-toxic Brands
If nothing makes you happier than a package delivered right to your front door, here are a few all-natural beauty/skincare lines we are loving right now. Check them out!
- @thrivecausmetics - makeup and skincare (with every purchase, they make a donation in support of causes that help women thrive)
- @CLN&DRTY - skincare
- @indie_lee - skincare
- @ereperezcosmetics - makeup and skincare
There are a variety of ways you can incorporate clean products into your health and beauty regimen. Whether it’s searching for products on the market that don't contain chemicals and additives or mixing up creations of your own, there are many all-natural alternatives. Getting back to basics will have you feeling good and looking great in no time. Keep it simple, keep it clean!