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10 Natural Ways To Get Beautiful Right Now

Looking your best doesn't have to be expensive or unnatural. Here are 10 easy ways to get beautiful, naturally, right now: 

1. Dry-skin brush

Use a bristled brush and stroke your skin while still dry a few mornings a week before you shower. This simple morning routine increases circulation of lymph and blood and removes dead skin cells! You’ll get glowing, smooth and touch-worthy skin, guaranteed.

2. Sauna

Sweating is good for us and a dry sauna helps the body excrete toxins. The skin is one of the body’s elimination organs and when we allow it to breath by removing dead cells (dry skin brush) and sweat it can do its job a lot better.

3. Exercise

Get the blood flowing with some kind of exercise of your choice. It will bring color to your skin and the increased amount of endorphins and confidence looks good on you! Include some exercises like Pilates or yoga for good posture. Hold your head high, be present and smile – you are beautiful!

4. Have sex

After an orgasm your body gets flooded with the feel-good hormone endorphin and growth hormones that make you look and feel young. That’s right – these hormones help wipe out damage from sun and stress. The deep breathing you experience during sex also increases your oxygen intake and decreases stress. So go forth! 

5. Green Juice

A green juice is like a loaded liquid multi vitamin! Cucumber is hydrating, especially for your skin, and the greens are alkalizing and aid the body’s detoxification process. Try this as your one-a-day multi and see what happens.

6. Eat fat and make an oil change

We need god fats to maintain a skin that’s well hydrated - that stays plump, dewy and wrinkle free. Eat avocados, salmon, chia seeds, sardines and coconut oil and ditch the processed oils (canola, sunflower, corn, soy etc.) – they are much more likely to oxidize and cause inflammation in the body – and is therefor not a beatifying food at all.

7. Get a shower filter

Our body absorbs what we put on it –  and that goes for the water we bath and shower in too! There is added chlorine in all our tap water today. Chlorine dries out the skin and can even cause rashes and itchiness. Get a shower filter that filters out chlorine and other chemicals from you water. Your skin will thank you!

8. Lather your skin with oils

Avoid the toxic perfumes, parabens and additives and lather your skin up with 100% pure oils like coconut, jojoba, argan oil and Shea butter. Jojoba oil is especially great for oily skin as it help balance out the skins natural occurring oils.

9. Eat the rainbow

Fruit and vegetables with bright colors are also high in antioxidants that help fight free radicals in out body. Free radicals are a main source of aging for our skin and body, so beat it at the cause with natural foods, not with fillers and expensive topical magic potions.

10. Cut the sugar

By now you’ve probably heard that sugar is toxic and can lead to a range of chronic diseases. But it also causes inflammation, which make you age faster, cause wrinkles and even acne. Stick to fruits and sweet vegetables as your main sources of sweetness. (Bonus: you’ll get all those good antioxidants in too!

(Source - MindBodyGreen)
                                                                                                                             A Few Tips & Tricks

*Secrets of Eyebrows - Eyebrows look best when filled in with a soft pencil or powder.

* To get the most from your facial products, rub it between your hands before applying, this action produces heat,making any cosmetic more spreadable.

* Raw potato slices contain potassium to take away dark circles under the eye.

* Always apply makeup to a clean face, your make up will go on more smoothly, more evenly, and last much longer.

* Bend the tip of your mascara wand until it's angled to resemble a dentist's mirror. The wand will be easier to control, and the brush will give better coverage.

* Bronzer is a fantastic versatile product, use it to shadow eyes, as a finishing powder for lips, to soften eyebrows, and as a finishing powder to set make up.

* The general rule for playing with colour is that the darker your skin tone, the darker the darker the colour, because darker skin tends to absorb colour.

* Hemorrhoid cream is the secret back stage of top runways. Models use it on puffy eyes, along the jaw line, and on puffy cheeks. It is an instant face lift, and a favourite of the die-hard party-goers.

* Sleep on a Satin Pillow Case.

* If you drink iced water you burn calories.

* Brush your lips with a toothbrush to take away any chapping and plump lips for that sought after pouty look.

* Kelp tablets speed up your metabolism.

* Flash photography bleaches out cosmetics so go heavier on your make up when having your picture taken.

* Grow parsley for fresh breath.

* Make sure to wash after shampooing and conditioning your hair, hair products leave a residue of oil on your shoulders and back.

* Work off cellulite in your tub. Lie on your stomach, bend one knee, raise and lower heel to the ceiling. Try not to drown doing this exercise!

* Sleeping on your back can save you from dozens of wrinkles over the years.

* A slightly cool room is actually a beauty treatment, a room that is too hot can cause you to perspire which increases oil production, which clogs the skin's pores. Equally important is to sleep on (and in) bed clothing that "breathes."

* Elevate your head with a firm pillow to eliminate puffiness.

Bath Delight

Here are a few of my favourite bath-time recipes

Relaxing detox bath
2 cups Epsom salts
2 cups sea salt
6 drops lavender essential oil

Ultimate detox bath

2 cups Epsom salt

2 cups Organic apple cidar vinegar

Cleopatra’s bath
2 litres of organic whole milk or buttermilk
6 drops of essential oil

Harmony bath: for calming nerves and hormones
4 drops geranium essential oil
4 drops clary sage essential oil
1 drop basil essential oil

Make your own bath oil: Simply add your favourite essential oils to a vegetable oil base like olive, almond or apricot kernel oil. Use six drops of essential oil per one tablespoon of base oil. Mix the oils together well and store in a glass bottle. Pour into the bath and stir the water to disperse.

When you get out: If you have dry skin, moisturise with a small amount of oil such as coconut, sweet almond or apricot kernel. Scent with a few drop of essential oil.

What You Put ON Your Body Is as Important as What You Put IN It

(source MindBodyGreen via DailyMail)

You’ve heard the old adage, “you are what you eat.” Now, I’d like to add another to that: “You are what you apply.” To your skin, that is! Substances that affect your overall health and wellbeing don’t simply work their way through your system by travelling the gut alone. An often-overlooked route – the transdermal (through the skin) route – allows substances ranging from the beneficial to the bad to enter your bloodstream and circulate throughout your body. So, if you are what you eat, and you are what you apply, the question is: What are you?

Whether you are a man, woman or child, it is likely that you use some form of personal care products daily. From the moment you stumble out of bed, the routine begins: you brush your teeth with toothpaste; cleanse your skin with soap or shower gel; wash your face with face wash; suds your scalp with shampoo and conditioner; use shaving cream and aftershave; apply lotion, deodorant, perfume or cologne, sunscreen; and, if you are a woman, you can add makeup into the mix. Stop for a moment and think about how many personal care or cosmetic products you use in a day. How many did you come up with – two, five, ten or fifteen? 

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a Washington DC-based advocacy organization, the average American uses approximately 10-15 personal care products with a total of 126 different ingredients daily. This figure doesn’t even take into account re-applications of products throughout the day. We brush our teeth three times a day. We wash our hands 6-12 times a day. We re-apply sunscreen every few hours that we are in the sun. We may even shower more than once per day. When you do the math, it’s incredible to consider the number of items that we slather across our skin every day. However, the number of products used isn’t the issue; rather, it’s the ingredients in those products and what they do once in our bloodstream that is cause for concern.

The cosmetics or personal care product industry in the United States is estimated to be a $50 billion-dollar per year industry. That makes it one of the largest and most profitable industries in the country; it spends millions annually on marketing and advertising. It seems that the industry has no limits to its target audience – just turn on your TV for a few minutes, and you will see ads appealing to men, women, children and babies. From lavender scented baby wash to glittery nail polish and lip gloss aimed at young girls to colognes and perfumes with names like Obsession and Passion, no market’s left untapped.

An average of seven new industrial chemicals get approval by the US government daily, and 80 percent of these are approved in three weeks or less with little or no safety testing. Many of these industrial chemicals are the basic ingredients in our cosmetics and personal care products.

What is most shocking about the cosmetic industry is that our government doesn't regulate the safety of its products. You read that correctly – the FDA does not investigate or test for the safety of personal care products before consumers buy them! Instead, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR), an industry-appointed and funded panel, reviews the safety of cosmetic ingredients. According to EWG, there are approximately 10,500 ingredients used in cosmetics in our country, and in its 30-year history, the CIR has screened only 11 percent of those ingredients. This means that, if we do the math again, nearly 90 percent of cosmetics ingredients are left, un-reviewed and un-tested for safety.

The cosmetic industry argues that it’s okay to put these toxic ingredients into products because only tiny amounts are used in each product, and therefore they are not harmful. However, as you already know, each of us is using ten or more products a day. If you add to that several applications a day and multiply that over a lifetime, then these toxic chemicals do add up and wreak havoc on our bodies and our heath!

And what’s even worse is the number of loopholes that the cosmetic industry has in place to make it difficult for even the most educated consumer to read and understand its labels. For example, the industry is not required to use the FDA’s ingredient name convention guidelines. Therefore, one ingredient can be spelled and labeled many different ways in different products. Any product with the word “fragrance” could have virtually anything in it and need not be disclosed to the consumer, because the chemicals that go into making a fragrance are considered “trade secrets.” In one study by the EWG, phthalates, a known toxin, were found in 75 percent of all products yet was not listed on the label but rather hidden in the word “fragrance.”

Another of the “dirty dozen,” parabens, a ubiquitous ingredient in hair care products, lotions and other skincare items, are known estrogen mimickers; that is, once applied to the skin, they travel through the bloodstream, appearing to the body to be estrogen. This incognito approach causes the body to react as if true estrogen is present in excess. Too much estrogen can cause a decrease in muscle mass, an increase in fat deposits throughout the body, early onset of puberty in boys and girls, reproductive difficulty in men and women, and a host of other issues. While estrogen is an important hormone that regulates many functions in the body, just as we know “we are what we eat,” we also know that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.

Infants and young children with developing endocrine systems have an even greater risk of being adversely affected by these harmful chemicals. Using a lotion to moisturize a baby after a bath can mean that, simply because of his or her size, five to ten times as much of the product and its chemical make-up are being absorbed into the bloodstream. And, because the infant’s endocrine system is working non-stop, hormone disrupters and estrogen mimickers are sending mixed signals to the child’s body on how to develop. Boys may develop breasts; girls may have their first menstrual period before hitting ten years of age; children of both genders may become overweight or obese – all of these can be external manifestations of the hormone disrupters that are present.

Here is what you can do to protect yourself and your family from exposure to harmful cosmetic ingredients:
  • Permanently avoid any products that contain “the dirty dozen” toxic ingredients: parabens, phthalates, sodium laurel sulfate, propylene glycol, DEA, diazolidinyl urea, butyl acetate, butylated hydroxytoluene, ethyl acetate, toluene, triethanolamine, petrolatum and “fragrance.”  For a more comprehensive list of toxic ingredients go to Teens Turning Green
  • Read all ingredient labels carefully! The US government does not regulate the words “natural” or “organic.” To carry USDA Organic Seal of Approval, at least 95 percent of the ingredients must be organic. No seal, no purchase!
  • If you can purge the products, throw away everything in your bathroom, kitchen, etc. that contains the ingredients listed above, and replace them with toxin-free alternatives.
  •  If the idea of tossing everything is too overwhelming, or cost prohibitive, set a goal of replacing one item per week or month until you have replaced everything.
Check out the Environmental Working Group (EWG) website:, which has a comprehensive cosmetics database called its “Skin Deep Report,” which ranks over 25,000 products on a 0-10 scale of toxicity.

(Source MindBodyGreen, Author - Dr. Amy Myers)