My Best Natural Beauty Tips
I have a stripped-back approach to beauty for a variety of reasons: I’m lazy, I don’t like to spend money, and I believe that a simple routine is genuinely better for you. Having said that, toiletries and makeup are definitely one of my guilty pleasures, so I experiment with them all the time – just without overloading on them.
My main beauty philosophy is that you have to pay attention to your body. If your face doesn’t feel dirty, don’t wash it. If your skin feels dry, moisturize it. Sometimes I don’t wash my hair for a week if it doesn't feel greasy! The weather, your diet, and your daily activity all affect your body, so your needs will change on a day-to-day basis.
Companies make a profit from telling us we need more products and we need to use them often. Of course a shampoo company wants you to wash your hair every day. The result is that when you start to get this build up of products, you don’t actually know what’s working well for you and what might be doing the opposite.
Here are my best natural beauty tips from a lifetime of reading women’s magazines, watching YouTube videos, speaking with friends, and experimenting. Of course, this is just what works for me. The idea is that you need to figure out what works for you.
As a general rule of thumb, I use micellar water morning and night to cleanse my skin. It removes makeup, traces of dirt, and grease. Not only does it work great, but it lets me be lazy – no water needed, I just put some on a cotton pad and wipe my skin clean. If my skin feels like it needs a bit more of a deep clean, I’ll wash my face 'properly' in the shower first and use micellar water afterwards to make sure all traces of cleanser are removed.
Let them grow! I never pluck my eyebrows anymore, and I wish I never did. If they are ever getting a little long or unruly, I simply brush the hairs upward and snip the long hairs. I fill them in with a little powder and they look dark, thick, and natural.
I love having long nails, and I do my best to keep them long by filing them with a glass nail file. Not only does this make shaping them much easier, but it helps reduce damage to your nails. I also only ever file in one direction.
My desert island beauty product is moisturizer. I don’t use anything fancy, but I use it religiously and immediately notice the difference if I don’t. If I don’t use it twice a day on my face, I’ll break out, and if I don’t use it on my body, my skin gets itchy and bumpy. I never skip this step.
I get lots of it. Some would say too much. To me, this goes along with listening to my body; I’ve always been a deep sleeper, and whenever I can, I let myself sleep for as long as I want to. I’ve always had pretty clear, bright skin, and I wonder if this could be something to do with it.
If you're looking to improve your natural beauty, my recommendation is this: strip back your entire beauty regime and start from scratch. Once you take away all your toiletries and makeup, notice what happens. Does your skin start feeling a bit dry? Start slowly integrating moisturizer into your routine. Does your hair feel greasy? Then it's time to shampoo. Continue like this until you discover the things your body needs, and you’ll probably find that it doesn’t need that much at all.