Looking Beautiful Naturally

Here are my tips for looking beautiful without all the makeup. These are skin care, hair care, and nail care things that we have overlooked or forgotten over the years.

Hair care

  1. When hair is wet it is very stretchy, and stretching it too much can cause breakage. Never brush your hair while it is wet, instead use a wide toothed comb or finger comb it if you can.
  2. When you blow dry your hair instead of keeping the nozzle directly in one spot, wave it back and forth all over to avoid overheating the hair.
  3. Give your hair a rest some days, instead of using the flat or curling iron put your hair up in a ballerina bun.
  4. Some people say to only wash your hair every other day, which can work fine for some people. I have heard a professional stylist say wash it every day because healthy hair can only emerge from a clean scalp, so if your hair is oily I think that washing it everyday is fine, and if your hair is dry try washing it every other day and see what happens.
  5. Always brush your hair before you go to sleep, the reason why we have dry ends is because the oil produced from our scalp hasn’t traveled down to the ends of our hair.

Skin care

  1. If you can’t stop breaking out and nothing you’ve tried has worked, try going for an all natural routine. I use St. Ives apricot cleanser and exfoliator, green tea toner, and grapeseed oil for a moisturizer, my skin looks better and better every day.
  2. The skin on your decolletage is as delicate as the skin underneath your eyes, so it should be treated as an extension of your face. Always moisturize it, never use harsh exfoliators, and always use sunscreen.
  3. Changing your skin care routine to often can upset the pH balance, so do it gradually.
  4. Don’t apply any cream to your skin while you sleep. At night the skin repairs itself and applying creams actually get in the way of repair. It will take the skin a few nights to get used to, so if you get a little dry just apply a masque before bed.
  5. Baggy eyes can be reduced by caffeine, I suggest using a cold bag of tea that isn’t decaffeinated and hold it under the eyes for a minute or so.
  6. Always moisturize your skin during the day, even if it is oily. When skin becomes dry it produces more sebum to make up for the lack of moisture, so your skin will be even more oily than it really is.
  7. Exfoliate the skin 3-4 times a week to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores.
  8. A great masque for acne is honey, flour, and half of a lemons juice.

 Nail care

  1. When filing the nails don’t go back and forth, start from the right and move the file to the middle and do that over and over, then repeat on the left side.
  2. For weak, and brittle nails applying a cuticle cream can help strengthen them. I use Burts Bees lemon cuticle cream.
  3. Before pushing back cuticles place them in warm water to soften them.
  4. When applying nail polish always use a base coat to avoid yellowing.

Of course I’m not wearing makeup!

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10 responses to “Looking Beautiful Naturally

  1. masquerade21

    I didn’t know there was actually a reason for brushing your hair at night, I thought only people in films did that- Thanks for the tip, I have clearly been neglecting my hair x

  2. Wow! Great post, thanks for sharing! Have you ever heard of the Oil Cleansing Method for skin? I started doing it about 3 months ago and haven’t had a pimple since! Not only is it good for your skin, but it’s super cheap to make. I was spending almost $200/month on skin care and prescriptions for my skin, and now, it costs $0.87 to make one bottle of my oil cleanser. I got it from this website: http://simplemom.net/oil-cleansing-method/

  3. Hi there! Thanks for all the tips, especially the ones for hair and nails! Are you using the apricot scrub from St. Ives? If so, be careful. It can actually cause breakouts given that it has walnut shell as the abrasive which makes small holes in the skin , letting bacteria in. Also, I kind of disagree with the not using a moisturizer at night thing. At night, your skin has much more chance to repair and absorb nutrients into the skin than during the day so using a nice light organic facial serum is perfect because your skin can absorb all the good ingredients while you sleep. As long as you aren’t using some extremely heavy, pore-clogging type cream, I don’t see why you shouldn’t use one, especially when many repair type or treatments call for use at night given the benefits of sleep for your body’s chance to repair and rejuvenate itself. Anyhow, so after my massive rant, I’m wondering why it is you think it’s bad to moisturize at night? If there is something I need to know, I’m all ears lol.

    • Thank you for telling me about the scrub, I will now look for another exfoliant. I read somewhere that using a moisturizer at night is bad because skin cells will close over the moisturizer and cause break outs, of course I don’t know how accurate that is, it just made sense to me at the time.

      • No problem. I used to use it and then I found that out from my facialist. Since I haven’t been using that, my breakouts are less and my skin is not so aggravated. Yeah that doesn’t sound right to me. Moisturizers will only clog your pores if they have harmful ingredients like silicones, etc. which often can have that effect regardless of whether its applied at night or during the day. Moisturizers used at night are said to have better penetration to be absorbed by the skin because your body is repairing and renewing itself. That’s why using natural products is important to a lot of people because we now know we absorb everything in that product so if there’s harmful or useless filler ingredients, we absorb that too. hope this helps!

      • It does help, thankyou. I guess the moisturizing ag night thing only applies if you aren’t using natural products.

      • I’m really glad. Thank you for not being angry, defensive or offended. I like talking about these things and discussing different opinions; we can learn from one another. As far as moisturizing at night, I will have to seriously look into it. It doesn’t sound right to me. Only because if you apply products, natural or not, day or night, it’s absorbed into your skin and body to some degree. I know you’re more likely to absorb more of it at night than in day given your body’s natural processes, but I will try to figure this one out lol. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. x

      • Haha, no problem. It’s pretty difficult to get across how we are feeling on the internet, I was sure that you didn’t mean to be offensive in any way. I guess you should apply moisturizer at night if it is made of natural healthy ingredients, but if it is made from harsh chemicals it is probably good to stay away from those all together.

      • Yeah, that’s so true! I’m so glad you weren’t hurt or offended; I love your posts + videos! As for moisturizing, that sounds about right to me. 🙂

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