Beauty products are full of chemicals that the regular person can’t even pronounce no less know what they are. Although many products on the market today are perfectly safe to use, it is much more beneficial to make them out of regular items from the grocery store or the pharmacy. This especially benefits those people with sensitive or allergic skin reactions. The best advice on how to be pretty is to keep the beauty regiment simple. The average woman ingests about 4 pounds of lipstick in a lifetime and about 33 percent of personal care products used in the United States contain a chemical that is considered a known carcinogen and can cause cancer. With that in mind, natural beauty products might be the way to go.
Natural Skin Care
Keep skin care simple. Creating flawless skin only takes four things including cleanser, toner, moisturizer and a sunscreen. Commercial soaps cause the skin to dry too much. Instead use a homemade cleanser made from diluted lemon juice. Lemon juice is an astringent and will rid the skin of excess oil. Just mix equal parts of distilled water and lemon juice squeezed and strained from a real lemon. Boil about 2 cups of water and steep several springs of spearmint or peppermint in the water until it cools. Keep it covered to keep all the fragrance in the solution. Strain and place it in a jar or bottle. Apply both cleansers with a cotton ball and rinse off with clear water. Store excess in the refrigerator for about two weeks and note that using it cold will tone the skin and make the skin feel cool and fresh. Combine 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar in a cup of water. This solution tones the skin and shrinks pores. Olive oil is natural moisturizer when dabbed on the skin about 1 hour before bedtime. Crush half an avocado and add a little olive oil to make a facial mask. Leave on for 15 minutes and remove to reveal moisturized and glowing skin.
Natural Hair Care
Thousands of products exist on the market that will make hair look fuller, shiner or healthier. They make hair stay in place and prevent it from falling out. The rinse is the key on how to be pretty where hair is concerned. Rinsing hair takes a little more time than just jumping in the shower and rubbing a product into it. The rinse should be poured over the head and caught in the large bowl. It is then poured back into the cup or pitcher and rinsed several times. Steep several sprigs of rosemary in 2 cups of boiled water overnight. Strain and use as a rinse in the morning. This rinse will sometimes darken graying hair. Lavender is another rinse that makes hair shiny and smelling wonderful. Lemon juice added to the rinse water will really bring out a shine and banish itchy flakes on the scalp. Be sure to rinse out the lemon juice rinse with clear water after using. If you don’t your hair might feel sticky and will lighten in sunlight. Leave other rinses in the hair.
Natural Nail Care
Nails tend to get yellow after a time. To prevent this just soak nails in fresh lemon juice and they will whiten right up. Make cuticle oil by combining flax seed oil with a few drops of lavender or sandalwood oil. The flax oil contains Omega-3 essential fatty acids and makes nails grow stronger. The lavender oil is an antiseptic and keeps nails healthy while sandalwood sooths irritated skin and just smells good. Warm sesame oil in a microwave just so it is warm and add a favorite essential oil. Soak nails in it to moisturize brittle nails.
Natural Make Up
Make up is really hard to make so it is just better to find a nice, natural looking make up that suits the skin. Mineral make up is a good type of natural make up to use. Find a shade of foundation that matches the skin. Powder foundation is the best for a natural look. Add a little blush and use brown eye shadow just slightly darker than the skin above the eye with a lighter shade on the eye. Finish up dotting eyeliner along the edges of the eye, adding some mascara to the lashes and some natural colored lip gloss to the lips. This lends a natural look that only enhances natural beauty instead of trying to paint it on with a trowel.
A pretty fragrance is an integral step on the quest of how to be pretty. Many people are allergic to some scents and creating fragrance products at home is very easy. Combine 2 tablespoons of 100-proof vodka with 20 to 40 drops of combined essential oils. Try 10 drops of rose oil and 10 drops of lavender oil and try it out. Make all sorts of combinations that will stay on the skin for hours and lend a lovely scent.
Using natural beauty products truly goes far in the steps on how to be beautiful. They are light, airy and most importantly safe for the skin, hair and nails. Cleopatra used to bath in milk and she was considered one of the most beautiful women in history. Try making beauty products at home and use them to create perfect skin, hair and nails.