According to the media, a woman is only happy and valuable if she fits within a very specific standard of beauty that’s considered desirable. And even if the woman does fit that standard, we’ll still Photoshop her and remove even the tiniest flaws, we’ll remove all those things that made her who she is and create something very perfect and, in the end, very boring. But lovelies, these are silly practices that we’re slowly rebelling against. Your natural beauty is better than any fake, airbrushed image in a magazine. We’re here to help you nurture those things that make you unique and celebrate body positivity.
Believe us, even the most gorgeous woman in the world won’t exactly shine if she doesn’t get enough sleep. It’s important that you get at least 7-8 hours of rest a day, as sleep deprivation leads to premature aging, dull complexion, worsening of skin conditions, not to mention a slew of other health-related issues.
Delicious and healthy food
What we eat affects our beauty more than you think. It’s not just about your waistline, it’s about the overall quality of your skin, hair and nails. Try to eat fish twice a week to get your fill of omega-3, protein and various other minerals and nutrients, and eat as much leafy green veggies as you can. Nuts, fruits, chicken and brown rice are also really healthy and good for you. Cut down processed foods and sugar and your skin will clear up in no time.
You hear about these all the time, but what do they really do? Well, they protect cells from free-radical damage and go a really long way in keeping us both healthy and beautiful. Want to look youthful and have luscious skin for a long time? Then stock up on antioxidants through food, or supplements. If you are after high-quality, Solgar supplements offer a really good selection, especially their Advanced Antioxidant Formula that contains everything from vitamin E and zinc, to selenium, copper and L-glutathione.
Wash your face twice a day, exfoliate 1-2 times a week and always use a good hydrating moisturizer. Gel-based moisturizers are particularly good for younger skin, and only use heavier creams if you’re in your fifties. Use a facial mask occasionally and apply sunscreen every day. If you’re kind to your skin, it will glow without a trace of makeup on it.
Make a simple lip scrub by mixing sugar, honey and olive oil and scrub your lips once a week to keep them soft. After that, apply a thick layer of lip balm and make sure to drink plenty of water to keep your lips from drying out.
Don’t wash you your hair every day, even if it’s oily. This leads to breakage and overproduction of sebum and will end up making it even greasier. Instead, use dry shampoo and space out your washes a bit. Use a good hair mask at least once a week. PHYTO Phytokeratine Extreme Exceptional Mask is a good choice for damaged hair. Have regular trims, and use lightweight everyday oil on the ends of your hair to keep them healthy.
The fastest way to beauty? Smiling and good mood! People tend to notice positive energy, and a charming smile can be more alluring than anything else. So, remember to take time and care for yourself. If you’re stressed, it will show on your face, and the tension will make you feel and look bad. When everything becomes overwhelming, treat yourself to a spa day at home and you’ll feel radiant and refreshed!
But wait, how is makeup natural? To answer that, you have to ask yourself what is really considered natural in the first place. They tell us it means not touching what the world gave us, but if that’s the case, why is, for example, shaving our legs not considered unnatural? Where do we draw the line? The bottom line is this: do whatever you want. Whether you wear only a touch of blush and some mascara, or a full face of makeup, it doesn’t detract from your beauty in any way. Makeup can be used to enhance your favourite features in a subtle way, and if it makes you feel good to wear it, just go ahead. You do you, girl.
The best way to improve your natural beauty is really just by loving yourself and enjoying your own features. You’ll be a real stunner if you show up with your back straight and a glowing smile on your face, having the time of your life.