This summer I learned about several new natural beauty products and practices. Here are five of my favorite that I hope you will enjoy as much as I have!
1. Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel has become my new best friend. Specifically, I’m using Thayer’s Rose Petal Witch Hazel because it has aloe vera and is totally alcohol free. I use Witch Hazel all day long as an all natural skin toner and refresher. Witch Hazel helps reduce redness and inflammation, which makes it great for both skincare and first aid. You can use it on blemishes, under-eye dark circles, sun burns, bug bites, you name it! Not only will you love how it makes your skin look and feel, but if you get a scented one like mine, you will also enjoy a lovely natural scent!
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil is one of the most talked about natural health products right now. I’m not going to go into too much detail about why it is so great because that information is already out there in a million different ways. I will tell you however how I’ve enjoyed using it.
-As an all natural eye makeup remover.
-For “oil pulling” (Or, in other words, I use it as mouthwash.) It is a weird concept, but I can tell you that since oil pulling my teeth feel cleaner and look whiter, my breath is fresher and recently when I had a brief cold, it lessened the symptoms from a sore throat.
There are a lot of wild claims out there for what oil pulling can do for you, but here is a great article that talks about some of the more practical and reasonable benefits of the practice.
-I use it on my baby’s bum when he has a rash or sores. (In addition to being a great natural moisturizer that is safe on cloth diapers, coconut oil is anti-bacterial.)
The blog, Wellness Mamma has a great list of “101 Uses for Coconut Oil.” Check it out! My favorite article on how to incorporate coconut oil into your beauty regimen comes from the blog, Fashionista. Check out this writer’s story about how she replaced all her beauty products with coconut oil!
3. Lavender Essential Oil
If you have spent any time here with me at His Girl Friday, you will have undoubtedly heard stories about my oldest son, Theo, and his never ending stores of energy. (Want an example of a good Theo story? Check out “Pieces of Me.”) However, at the end of the day, sometimes this momma has had enough and I just want my boy to go to sleep.
This, unfortunately, is not always easy for him as he wants to stay up to play, tell me stories and expend energy in general. I’ve found that he calms quicker and sleeps longer if I apply a little lavender essential oil on the back of his wrists and behind his ears before bed.
This shouldn’t have been a surprise to me, as I already use lavender essential oil for many of the same reasons. I add it to my baths, spray it on my bed sheets, and roll it on my skin to feel calmer, and more relaxed.
4. Dry Brushing
This, my friends, is my latest obsession. Dry brushing is a process where you take a brush made to be used on the skin, and you brush your body in long, circular motions starting at your feet and working towards your heart. Dry brushing is great for detoxification, stimulates the circulatory system, and naturally tightens and exfoliates the skin (just to name a few perks). I’ve been dry brushing for about a month now and one of the things I noticed right away is how invigorating this practice is. Plus, my skin already feels smoother and tighter. I look forward to experiencing even more benefits with continued use!
For more information, here is a helpful article from Ashley’s Green Life that includes specific brushing instructions, .
Sorry, I had to include it! Guess what is great for your body, inside and out? That’s right…yoga! There is no natural body/beauty product that can take the place of taking care of your body physically. For me, yoga is not just a workout, it is a way to rejuvenate my body, bring focus to my day, calm myself when I feel frazzled, and a natural way to feel refreshed and invigorated.
What about you? I’d love to hear from you what your favorite natural beauty practices are. Send me a message or leave me a comment. Let’s keep this conversation going!