An all-natural lifestyle extends to your beauty routine too. If your idea of grocery shopping is chatting with local suppliers at a farmers market, if you support sustainable fishing and farming or you prefer to go vegan and if you are concerned about animal welfare and natural fabrics, don’t stop when it comes to the skincare and cosmetics products on your bathroom shelf. You can keep your grooming and beauty routine short and sweet with these top 10 items.
No matter what your age, anti-aging and anti-blemish caring for your skin while protecting yourself from harmful UV rays is top of the list for a daily regimen. Read the labels carefully when choosing your product. A 100 percent organic moisturizer can be found at independent health shops, Whole Foods, pharmacies or department stores with prices per ounce that vary enormously. Pop on a fun hat and some stylish shades for even better effect.
Fend off flakiness. Keep your pores clean with a weekly exfoliator. Choose a natural scrub that’s not too granular to clear away dead, dull surface skin, stimulate healthy circulation, and leave a smooth glow. A base of oatmeal, honey or coconut can be found in good products ranging from $6.99 to $49.99.
It goes onto a clean and empty canvas, so it’s easy to remember that an organic foundation is essential. The right one will be purified water-based and contain a UVA /UVB sunscreen of SPF 15 or above. Look for tried and true natural ingredients such as aloe vera and sources of Vitamin E. If dry skin is a problem, go to a jojoba oil-based vegan product.
Be sure to blend in gently. Many professional cosmeticians swear by concealer, calling it the most important item in a makeup bag. Look for botanical plant-based or tea leaf concealer sticks.
Bronzer or Blusher
Let nature be your guide. Pink, peach or cocoa tints are derived from fruit and vegetable pigments rather than synthetics and chemicals. The shimmer comes from mica. Your glow will look natural, because it is.
Double up on duties. Remember, there is little to distinguish blusher from lipstick besides the marketing and packaging used by big labels, so feel free to use a lipstick for rosy cheeks, too. Shea and cocoa butter provide a moisture-rich base. You can step your natural game up a notch by using gluten-free lip stains, too.
Think fruit. Natural ingredients such as pomegranate seed oil, rosehip oil or avocado butter provide a base for a flick of color and contour to draw attention to your eyes. A subtle color wheel is obtained by using plant pigments and shimmer comes from very finely ground mica.
Try honey! A tiny bit on a mascara brush tames unruly brows perfectly and lasts all day without feeling sticky. If color and definition is required, organic pencils are made from leaves, fruit and vegetable extracts.
Precious and sensitive. Use non-toxic products near the eyes. Natural sources of ingredients for mascara include lavender, blackcurrant and honeysuckle extracts. To nourish, moisturize to prevent breakage and to lengthen, beeswax and nettle contribute to the organic ingredient list.
When it comes to cosmetic brushes, remember that cruelty-free products are available, made with antibacterial, non-toxic synthetic fibers. Otherwise, a tiny bit of aquacultured sea sponge from a controlled sustainable source can be purchased at a specialty pharmacy.