Why You Should Switch to these Natural Beauty Products

Swap your old beauty staples and shine with these natural skin care ideas.

Apr 25, 2020

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Want to look and feel your best? Consider switching to natural skin care and hygiene products. You can easily find many affordable, healthy beauty products made entirely from all-natural ingredients.

You may have used the same beauty products for years without realizing that they contain harmful synthetic chemicals, like fragrances, dyes, and preservatives, that could irritate the skin or lead to health problems

The good news? You can easily find natural remedies and healthy beauty products that you may already have in your pantry. Shine with these plant-based skin care and hygiene ideas.

Use coconut oil for your “one-stop shop” natural product

This sweet-smelling tropical oil has countless beauty and health benefits, from cleaning teeth to moisturizing the skin and hair. With this one product alone, you can:

  • Reduce dental plaque and gum disease, just by swishing a tablespoon in the mouth. You can even make your own homemade toothpaste with coconut oil, baking soda, and peppermint.
  • Grow long, healthy hair by reducing protein loss when applied to locks
  • Remove eye makeup by breaking down ingredients in water resistant mascara and eye shadow
  • Moisturize dry lips and skin with coconut oil, rather than using lip balm or lotion 
  • Reduce puffiness and dark circles under the eyes 

 

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Switch to natural deodorant made from essential oils

You may have been using a deodorant and antiperspirant blend to stay comfortable and smelling nice. But our bodies need to sweat naturally to regulate body temperature and to release toxins. Worse yet, many antiperspirants contain aluminum which, when placed directly on the armpit, may cause breast cancer or Alzheimer’s disease

It makes sense to allow the body to do what it does naturally. Skip the antiperspirant, which blocks your body from sweating. You’re better off switching to a natural deodorant, made with essential oils like lavender, sage, coconut, or lemon, so that you’ll still smell nice. You could also use patchouli, frankincense, or tea tree oil. And if you still find yourself sweating too much, consider making some healthy lifestyle changes or speaking to your doctor.

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Treat yourself to Ayurvedic remedies

Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world's oldest whole-body healing systems developed over 3,000 years ago in India. The practice promotes wellness and fights disease by maintaining the delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. 

Ayurveda relies on mostly plant-based remedies to cleanse and nourish the body, perfect to incorporate in your natural care routine, such as:

  • Turmeric, “the golden spice”, for glowing skin and to ward off harmful bacteria, applied directly to the skin or consumed in the diet
  • Soapnut or amalaki (Indian gooseberry) for long, healthy hair
  • Blend of Acacia chundra, Malabar nut, Spanish cherry, and other Ayurvedic herbs to clean teeth and fight gingivitis.
  • You can tailor treatments for your specific needs. Find out you predominant dosha to get on your track toward natural beauty. 

The more, we as consumers, become aware of harmful ingredients in cosmetics, the more companies will have to adapt to our demands for healthier products. Better yet, you can find many natural skin care and hygiene products right in your home already, perfect for making DIY treatments

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ALLISON MICHELLE DIENSTMAN, CONTRIBUTOR
Working from her laptop as a freelance writer, Allison lives as a digital nomad, exploring the world while sharing positivity and laughter. She is a lover of language, travel, music, and creativity with a degree in Chinese language and literature.