BY: Lively Staff

April 22, 2017

All Natural Beauty Tips Just in Time For Earth Day

Give your beauty routine a boost with these all natural beauty tips!

Sometimes it’s impossible to know exactly what is in a favorite beauty product–harsh chemicals, artificial fragrances, and unknown powders and gels can do more harm than good.  What if we told you that it’s possible to maintain your beauty regimen with ingredients from your kitchen, in an all natural way?  

In the spirit of Earth Day, we’re sharing some of our favorite all natural beauty tips so you can live vitally from the inside out.  Beauty begins from within, and these natural beauty tips are the first step in looking and feeling great.

Mix Your Own Mask

Creating your own beauty products doesn’t have to take hours, nor does it require dozens of ingredients or extensive know-how.  Take a look around your kitchen and grab a jar of coconut oil, which studies have shown to improve the moisture and fat content of skin [1].  Mixing coconut oil into a simple, 3-ingredient face mask can have you on your way to a hydrated and restored complexion, the all-natural way.

Rebecca Lee, founder of Remedies for Me, offered this list of ingredients found in your own kitchen that can be used in DIY face masks:

  • Aloe vera – full of anti-oxidants that can promote a healthy inflammatory response
  • Cinnamon – natural anti-microbial agent
  • Coconut oil or olive oil – anti-microbial and moisturizing effects
  • Apple cider vinegar – balances out the pH levels (slightly alkaline)
  • Greek yogurt – contain acid and fat; the acid is antibacterial while the fats are moisturizing
  • Turmeric – promotes a healthy inflammatory response and is an antioxidant 
  • Lemon juice – acts as an astringent and dries out excess oil.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

It’s no secret that drinking plenty of water has a variety of health benefits.  With summer on the way, water can help more than a parched throat!  Research shows that human skin is comprised of approximately 30% water, which contributes skin elasticity and overall plumpness [2].  Tired of plain glasses of water?  Try one of Vital Proteins new Collagen Beauty Waters, an enriching elixir blended with non-GMO Project Verified Marine Collagen to improve skin elasticity and moisture, nurture good gut health, and strengthen hair and nails.  

Combat Sun Rays

Warm days call for outdoor walks, patio brunches, athletic events, and barbecues with friends.  Don’t let harmful UV rays can wreak havoc on skin and hair when it is possible to naturally protect yourself from unwanted sun!  Keep that jar of coconut oil handy because studies have shown that coconut oil can protect hair and skin from up to 20% of the sun’s UV rays [3].  For another hair treatment using coconut oil that strengthens and protects, try this DIY hair mask.

 

 

[1] Agero, Anna Liza C., and Vermén M. Verallo-Rowell. “A Randomized Double-Blind Controlled Trial Comparing Extra Virgin Coconut Oil with Mineral Oil as a Moisturizer for Mild to Moderate Xerosis.” Dermatitis (formerly American Journal of Contact Dermatitis)15.03 (2004): 109. Web.

[2] Siow PC, Tan WSK, Henry CJ. Impact of Isotonic Beverage on the Hydration Status of Healthy Chinese Adults in Air-Conditioned Environment. Nutrients. 2017;9(3):242. doi:10.3390/nu9030242.

[3] Korać, Radavar, and Kapilm Khambholja. “Potential of herbs in skin protection from ultraviolet radiation.” Pharmacognosy Reviews5.10 (2011): 164. Web.

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