What not to expect from natural beauty products.

If you are contemplating the switch to natural skin care and other personal care products, it is important that you begin with proper expectations.  It is not fair to compare natural skin care with their synthetic-laden counterparts. It is like comparing apples to oranges. As you get started on your quest for quality, natural products, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Natural beauty products will not last forever. 

When you buy natural products make sure you use them. These are not the products that should reside under your counter and used as a back up. Natural products often use few, if any, preservatives. As a result their shelf life is much shorter than non-natural products that contain the preservatives you are trying to avoid. You invested in them, use them.

Natural beauty products will not feel the same.

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Coconut oil: Beauty’s natural wonder

Coconut oil has been used for thousands of years as a treatment of skin ailments due to its antimicrobial, antioxidant and antibacterial properties.  Beyond the skin, coconut oil has many other useful heath and beauty benefits.  No need to worry about its high saturated fat content though, studies have shown the overall health benefits of a regular dose coconut oil in your diet and beauty routine.

Read more to find out how Coconut Oil can help with Weight Loss, Digestion, Moisturizing Skin and Hair and Healing.

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Your New Year’s Beauty Resolutions

We spend so much time focusing on resolutions like losing weight, volunteering more, being a better parent, etc.  Take some time to do a few things this year that will make you feel good about yourself!

1. Just toss it.

If you are like me, you have cupboards and drawers full of beauty products that you don’t use but you are afraid to throw it away just in case.  Well now is the time to free yourself from the clutter and what is likely to be bad beauty products.  If you haven’t used them in the last month (a month filled with parties, gatherings and special events) you have no need for it – so throw it away! Yes, all of it!

Great! Now don’t you feel better?

2. Evaluate your skin care routine.

How is your skin looking to you? If you are not happy, go and get a facial and talk to an expert about your skin.  If natural is as important to you as it is to me, make sure and seek out professionals that understand natural products and how they differ from traditional skin care routines,  so they can advise you appropriately.  It is time to learn and implement. The effort will be worth it.

3. A New Head of Hair

When was the last time you changed your hair style? It might be time to switch it up.  A new cut (or even some color) can do wonders for changing how you look and feel about yourself. A professional that understands your hair is worth the money.

So these are my simple and easy to achieve beauty resolutions. Now go out and mix it up. These are much more fun then waiting in line for the treadmill!

What beauty resolutions are making this year?

Beauty Tip: Recipe for a Face Firming Mask

Beauty Tip; Face Firming Mask: One raw egg, 1 tsp honey & 1 tsp almond oil. Apply for 10 min then rinse.

Beauty Tip: Algae in Your Bath?

Beauty Tip: Add algae powder to your bath. Algae reduces water in fat cells making you appear slimmer.

Beauty Tip: Lighten up on the Powder

Beauty Tip: Instead of powder, blot with a separated tissue. Powder can settle into lines and creases.

Beauty Tip: Gather your hair into a high Ponytail

Beauty Tip: Gather your hair into a high ponytail for an instant face lift. Lifting the hair alludes to lifting the face.

Beauty Tip: Just Breathe!

Beauty Tip: Take deep breaths before you begin eating. Your brain interprets the smell of food as if you have already eaten.

Beauty Tip: Another Use for Baking Soda

Beauty Tip: Combine 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp salt with water for a natural teeth whitening paste.

Beauty Tip: For Sunburns

Beauty Tip: For sunburn, gently rub apple slices on effected area then follow with a rinse or spritz of chamomile tea.

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