Naturalize Your Beauty Routine

So Halloween has come and gone. I can’t believe it’s over already! Hopefully I won’t have to wait until next year to find an excuse to dress up….

 

So, moving on…

When the seasons change, it’s a notoriously awful time for our skin and hair. As we start to experience colder weather, we are all the sudden plagued by dry skin, dry hair, and general dullness. {One of the many many reasons I can’t stand cold weather} Unfortunately, most beauty products out there don’t have our best interests in mind. Many skin and hair “remedies” are really just chock-full of parabens, sulfates and other nasty chemicals. Think about it this way – our skin is our largest organ, and it communicates with all the systems in our body. Therefore, anything you put on your skin gets absorbed into your blood and is carried to all your organs…crazy right? So why would we want to load ourselves down with crap?

My beauty routine is pretty simple. I have a couple go-to oils that I use to keep me looking fresh, and they are all completely edible (cause trust me, if you can’t safely eat it, you don’t want it on your skin). Here are my recommendations for skin and hair:

  • Hair: Coconut Oil I’m a huge fan of coconut oil. Seriously, I cook with it, put it in smoothies, and it makes an excellent moisturizer. But did you know this healthy fat can also be used as damage control on your hair? I coat my hair in this delish-smelling oil a few times a week and let it sit for anywhere from a half hour to overnight, then wash and condition like usual. According to Organic Facts, “It helps in healthy growth of hair providing them a shiny complexion. It is effective in reducing the protein loss for damaged and undamaged hair.” Doesn’t suck right? And it’s much cheaper than luxury products that promise the same results.

 

  • Face: Jojoba Oil This little guy has a number of skin benefits, but it most notably heals dry, aging and wrinkly skin and treats acne. Jojoba is a wax ester, which closely resembles the natural oils found in your body, making it a super-efficient way to moisturize the skin. In addition, it is an antiseptic that fights infections that lead to acne. Who knew? I apply it after I wash my face before bed each night.

 

  • Body: Olive Oil: We all know the benefits of eating this health hero, but it’s great topical as well. This oil is full of antioxidants such as vitamins A and E, polyphenols, and phytosterols. These antioxidants help neutralize the free radicals that cause skin damage. Olive oil also contains squalene and trace amounts of chlorophyll, which help regulate your body’s oil production. So instead of splashing it on your salad, try slathering some on after your shower…your skin will be glowing in no time!

 

Keep in mind, your skin is also a window into your inner ecology, so don’t assume a topical remedy is always a fix! Your diet has the most effect on your skin, followed by exercise and sleep, so make sure you are eating lots of nutritious fruits, veggies and healthy fats, and drinking plenty of water. These things will help heal the skin from the inside out!

Hope you enjoyed these tips – you’ll be thanking me when you maintain that gorgeous summer glow all winter long! I swear, my skin is one of the things I’m most often complimented on, no joke. People will be asking for your secret, make sure to send them our way 😉

It’s almost Friday friends! Thank goodness for that…

❤ Sarah

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