Hello, Gorgeous!

You are made of AWESOME, so its only natural that you are Beautiful!

Time to come clean …

I highly recommend this book, No More Dirty Looks: The Truth about Your Beauty Products – and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics.  The authors of this book have researched the different ingredients used in the products we put on our faces and bodies and the various health concerns associated with them. It includes information on your hair, face, make-up, nails, and body and offer solutions for us to make smarter and healthier beauty choices by using safer products and DIY recipes, while leaving us with our vanity in tact! : )

This is a great book if you want to know:

  • What ingredients are in your make-up and other products
  • Why those ingredients are bad for you
  • What alternatives are available

It’s definitely a wake-up make-up call! 

Taking care of ourselves naturally doesn’t mean we don’t care about beauty or wanting to look our best.

Here are some DIY beauty and make-up options that have zero toxicity to our beautiful faces:

The Most Effective Natural Skin Cleansing Routine

I am in favor of washing your face with oil. It’s a great way to get beautiful, soft, glowing skin.

The best oils to use are;

  • Virgin coconut oil.
  • Castor oil.  My favorite and the honestly the safest to use is Heritage Store Organic Castor Oil.
  • Sunflower, hazelnut, or olive oil are great oils to add to the above.

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Basically, I take a generous amount of coconut oil in the palms of my hands and massage the oil into my face for a minute or so. It removes make-up, dirt, and any other impurities. I rinse it off. And then I take a small amount of castor oil and massage it on on my face. And, that’s it.

Here is a great website, The Oil Cleansing Method, that details the how’s and why’s of cleaning your face with oil. It also gives you suggestions to personalize the blend of oils suited for your skin type, i.e.. oily, dry, or acne prone.

Give it a try.  You might be surprised at how simple it can be  to take care of your skin with oil, while the beauty industry is constantly trying to dry you out.

Natural Microdermabrasion

Your face is going to love this!

Natural Microdermabrasion really helps to remove toxins from your skin and, although the ingredients might seem strange, it is amazingly effective.

First, get the cheapest bottle of triple distilled vodka you can find.

Second, get some baking soda. (Not baking powder).

Third, mix the two together.

What to do:

Take about 2 tablespoons of baking soda and put in a jar or bowl. Pour a few ounces of vodka over the baking soda, enough to make the consistency of paste, or putty. Then, with a wash cloth, or a facial sponge, scrub your face with the putty for about 3-5 minutes. Do it gently when you begin this. It is normal if you feel a slight tingling sensation. Then, after a few minutes add a small amount of coconut oil and massage it onto your face. Finally, rinse everything off, but allow the remaining oil to stay on your face as it acts as a natural moisturizer.

I do this a few times a week, sometimes more. It also works well as a fabulous whole body scrub in the shower. If you’re interested in knowing more about this, here is further information worth reading at raw pleasure.com.

Natural Foundation/Bronzer

What you need:

  • Arrowroot powder
  • Cocoa powder
  • Finely ground cinnamon powder

What to do:

Mix all ingredients together in amounts that give you the correct color for your skin tone.

Simple and Easy!

Natural Eye Liner

Use a tiny dab of activated charcoal on a slightly damp eye liner brush and apply.

Natural Eye Shadow

Use a combination of cocoa powder for brown shades, spiralina for green shades, and arrowroot for light shades. Mix any combination for your desired shade. Arrowroot will lend smoothness to the shadow itself.

Natural Mascara

Mix a few drops of aloe vera gel and a couple drops of vitamin E together.

Add a pinch of activated charcoal.

Use an old, clean mascara wand to apply and clean between each use. Or you can buy an empty one here.

Here are some great natural make-up products if you’d prefer not to make your own:

 Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. ~ Kahlil Gibran


This article was contributed by Jane Hill – fierce Bikram Yogi, lover of all things natural, and my best yoga buddy. Look for more articles by Jane in the Off the Mat Chats section of viewsfromthepodium.com!

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