Do you spend hours every day in front of the mirror to look beautiful? While makeup is a fun way of expressing yourself and enhancing your features, you don’t need to rely on it as a crutch to define your beauty. A bare, natural look not only allows your authenticity to shine through but also the best thing you can carry around. Well, is it possible to ditch your morning routine some days and still end up looking drop-dead gorgeous?
Let’s get a few things straight right off the bat. We love our skincare routines dearly. Nourishing our skin with aloe-rich serums and herb-infused oils keeps our skin glowing. Finish off with some natural mineral powder to perfect, and we’re feeling pretty good. If you need advice on your wedding photography, check out our photography packages and services at Wild Romantic Photography.
But when we wake up in the morning and look in the mirror, we want to look refreshed and beautiful before we even start our beauty rituals. Does this make us lazy?
Your skin shows what’s happening internally.
Your health shows on your skin, so the healthier you are internal, the more beautiful the exterior. It’s a win-win. And when we talk about health, we also mean stress levels and happiness. Our skin shows those, too.
How To Look Beautiful Without Makeup?
It’s all about your insides and how well you look after yourself. Yes! It would help if you were mindful of essential aspects of your diet, your habits, your lifestyle and your skincare routine.
Are you wondering how to get the natural makeup look? With Spring around the corner, the trend will only increase. How do we do that? We’ll it starts with great looking skin. Here are our tips for wearing minimal makeup or no makeup at all.
So while we will never cease to slather ourselves with lovely oils and use natural minerals to perfect our complexions, there are more ways to enhance beauty naturally. Here are some favourites:
Eat Your Way To Glowing Skin
The phrase “You are what you eat” couldn’t be more accurate. A nutritious diet is a fool-proof way to achieve healthy skin. Make sure you add fruits and vegetables to your daily intake. Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids like flax seeds, walnuts and vitamin-enriched foods like oranges, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin are necessary.
Also include high protein foods like eggs, chicken, kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas, and cottage cheese. A wholesome diet does the job on its own to keep you radiant and healthy from within by giving your body all that it requires.
Don’t roll your eyes. Maybe you knew this was coming, but it has to be said. Dehydration makes wrinkles more apparent and keeps your body from doing the things it needs to do.
Drink water slowly throughout the day, every day. If you try to compensate by chugging a gallon of water after dinner, you won’t absorb it all (and you’ll have to get up to go pee while you should be getting your beauty sleep!).
We can’t stress enough the importance of H2O. Every system and function in our body relies on water. Carry a bottle of water with you wherever you go, and keep yourself hydrated through the day. Drinking a minimum of 8 or more glasses of water helps flush out toxins from your body, and hence your skin looks plumper and livelier. It also helps keep wrinkles at bay.
The best way to consume water is to fill up a bottle with cucumbers, lemons, zucchinis, mint leaves and other such brightly coloured veggies and make your detox water to drink on-the-go. Doing this gives you the nutrients and the hydration to help your body utilize and hold onto the water more efficiently.
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Listen to your body.
Suppose you drink beverages that make you dehydrated, such as coffee and alcohol, hydrate before and after to negate the effects. If you love your morning coffee, I’m not saying you should give it up. You brew you! But challenge yourself to drink a glass of water first thing in the morning, then reward yourself with your joe.
The body uses water to cleanse. If we can’t flush them out that way, they build up in other places or show up on our skin.
Sweat It Out
About 20% of the body’s elimination occurs through perspiration. Keep things circulating by sweating. Sit in a sauna, exercise, or do both!
Bikram yoga, cycling, or going for a jog are great ways to work up a sweat. Do whichever suits you! Make sure to wash your face before working out, especially if you wear makeup.
When you sweat, your pores open up and invite whatever’s around to come to hang out. AKA—your makeup, dirt, and the other remnants of your day. Shower right after you work out to avoid reabsorbing everything you sweat out. Exercising also releases endorphins, and we know being happy makes you that much more beautiful! Plus, getting your heart rate up will give your cheeks some colour while keeping your heart healthy.
Physical activity is so essential, both for your physical as well as mental health. Do something – whatever your jam is – be it hitting the gym, running, doing yoga or going swimming. Scientifically, it is proven that exercise benefits your skin and improves your mood.
A minimum of three hours of physical activity per week will result in improving your health. It improves your blood circulation, helps get rid of toxins, increases the amount of oxygen delivered to your skin, provides a boost of endorphins that reduce stress and calm your entire body, including your skin! However, if you’re heading out to the park for a run, never forget to wear sunscreen.
Brew Yourself a Bath
We’re pretty water-themed so far. But that’s how we earthlings do it! Taking a bath is uber relaxing, relieving the stress that wears on your whole being, including your skin.
Take your bath to the next level by brewing a big, strong (I like where this is going) pot of tea and adding it to the water. Of course, make sure the water isn’t too hot before you jump in (is this a necessary disclaimer?).
Try the following teas in your bath:
This way, you can enjoy the benefits of herbs from head to toe!
Overall, eating a nutritious diet promotes good health and good skin, but some nutrients are incredibly beautifying.
Though not usually included on nutrition labels or thought of as an essential nutrient, Sulphur is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body. It is vital to many of its processes. Having enough sulphur in your body keeps your hair and skin soft and smooth. Eggs, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage, and radishes are healthy sources of sulphur.
Zinc is another mineral that will make you glow. Get your zinc from seeds such as pumpkin, poppy, sunflower seeds, spirulina, or mussels. We have the best wedding photographer in Yarra Valley to capture your beautiful moments on your wedding day.
Going makeup-less one day a week will give your pores a chance to breathe. If going without makeup doesn’t sound fun to you, make sure you use mineral makeup, so your skin doesn’t absorb toxic chemicals.
Orange You Glad You Read This?
Dark orange foods high in beta carotene can warm your complexion. Winter is a great time for sweet potatoes and butternut squash. Peaches, apricots, and carrots are also good options.
Vitamin A is fat-soluble, so eat some healthy fat around the same time to ensure maximum absorption. Eat a slice of avocado after your carrot juice or drizzle some olive oil on a roasted sweet potato.
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Whiten Teeth with… Charcoal?
You can use this black powder as a teeth whitening treatment. Add it to your toothpaste or put it directly on your toothbrush (do this over the sink to avoid a mess). A couple of times a week, this treatment will draw out impurities from your mouth and lift stains off your teeth for a whiter smile!
Tone Your Tresses
Have you imagined all the sweat, pollution and dirt that is stripping your hair of its natural radiance? Soft, shiny hair is a sign of healthy hair. It’s crucial to take good care of your locks by providing nourishment to your hair. You can do this by oiling your hair with coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil at least once a week.
Hair spa treatments are also crucial because oiling alone does not provide enough nourishment. Use hair products that are free from sulphates and other harmful chemicals. Avoid using heat on your hair, and try leaving it in its natural state as often as you can without needing to pull out those hair styling tools that only damage your hair to look good temporarily. Invest in a good leave-in conditioner or serum enriched with the goodness of Moroccan Argan oil instead. Naturally, glossy hair only adds to your beauty.
If you’re looking for ways to lighten your hair or add a little colour naturally, hair rinses are easy to make and can be used regularly to nourish your scalp, soften, and add subtle colour to your hair. Brew a large pot of tea, let it cool, then rinse your hair with it after you shampoo.
Leave on for 20 minutes and condition as usual. Try these:
- Black tea or coffee to deepen the colour and add subtle reddish tones.
- Chamomile lightens hair and soothes the scalp.
- Rosemary cleans the hair.
Maybe adding an extra step to your shower routine doesn’t sound too appealing. Another option is to add some ingredients to your shampoo. If you have brown hair, add cocoa powder and cinnamon to your shampoo to deepen your colour.
You can add honey to your shampoo to lighten hair, but make sure to wash it out thoroughly!
The Other Hair
We religiously condition our hair but mercilessly ignore our eyelashes. What’s up with that? We’re here to promote equality for all hair.
Swipe a gentle oil or organic eye cream on the tips of your eyelashes and over your eyebrows at night to keep them silky soft. This is especially important if you haven’t yet switched to a natural mascara!
Make sure to keep your brows well shaped to frame your face. If plucking isn’t your specialty, try waxing or threading to stay looking gorgeously groomed.
According to Beauty by Nature, one of our favourites by Brigitte Mars, French women have long used hydrotherapy to promote perky breasts. End showers with 30 seconds of cold water to stimulate circulation. Increased circulation can help keep breasts firm. You can also alternate between hot and cold in 30-second increments, ending with cold, for extra circulation.
I am just kidding…kind of. Thinking good thoughts and maintaining positive thoughts and intentions will genuinely make you more beautiful. Sadness wears on us, physically as well as emotionally.
Delight yourself by surrounding yourself with beautiful things. Keep a vase of flowers in your room, diffuse delicious and relaxing scents like neroli throughout your house, and adorn your home in decorations that inspire and please you. Wear comfortable clothing that makes you feel confident, keep your spaces clean to prevent confusion and distress, and pay attention to how the foods you eat make you feel.
Sleep In Peace
A good night’s sleep goes hand-in-hand with how you look and feel. It’s crucial because your body repairs itself while you sleep. Just like you need to charge your cell phone, your body needs to set itself and go through the day with your battery at 50 per cent, only leading to added strain and inefficiency. 6-8 hours of quality sleep is vital for you to wake up feeling and look great.
By doing this, you will have a glowing complexion, more minuscule of those dreaded dark circles under your eyes, and you’ll slow down your aging process. The skin produces new collagen when you sleep. Don’t let anything in the world come in the way of you and your beauty sleep!
Be Ingredient Conscious
Ingredient-conscious beauty is a thing. Yes! Just like what you put inside your body affects your overall health, what you put on the surface does the same. Your skin absorbs 60 per cent of the stuff you put on, so make sure you research the ingredients present in your skincare, haircare, and beauty products. Keep away from products that contain parabens, petrochemicals, and sulphates that may cause irritation to your skin or make your hair dry and frizzy. It’s best to stick to products that contain natural ingredients.
Stick To A Consistent Skin Care Routine
You need to know your skin type and find a skincare routine that works for you. The C.T.M. routine that is cleansing, toning and moisturizing are imperative for healthy skin. The kind of products you use to follow this method wholly depends on your skin type.
Follow a consistent morning and night routine, and we guarantee that you will see a drastic improvement in your skin’s appearance. Also, do not, under any circumstances, go to bed without adequately cleaning it out.
You will only invite a whole bunch of problems for your skin. Use a hand cream and body lotion for your hands and legs.
Exfoliation Is Key
Make exfoliation a vital part of your skincare regime. It indeed is the key to radiant skin. Your skin is constantly shedding dead cells from the surface, which helps renew itself with fresh and healthy cells. Give this natural process a helping hand by using a mild exfoliator.
An excess of dead cells sitting on the surface of your skin can lead to clogged pores, blackheads, acne and pimples. When you teach exfoliation into your regime, your serums and moisturizers are better absorbed into the skin, making them work more efficiently. Opt for gentle scrubs or create your natural scrubs at home using gram flour or coffee scrub ingredients.
Keep exfoliation to a maximum of twice a week. You will see visible improvement in the health of your skin – it will look fresher and smoother. We have an exclusive range of wedding photography Mornington Peninsula services. Check them out here.
Make Sunscreen Mandatory
Sunscreen is not an option. The Sun’s UVA, UVB, and U.V.C. rays are the primary cause of the skin’s premature aging. If you follow this one simple step, you will thank yourself in the future. It helps prevent dark spots and hyper-pigmentation. SPF, which is the ‘sun protection factor, determines how well the sunscreen will protect you. Dermatologists recommend that you wear a minimum of an SPF 30 before stepping out.
Bust The Stress
In today’s modern lifestyle, we all have crazy schedules, and stress comes naturally. However, uncontrolled pressure can lead to problems like headaches and hypertension. It can also lead to acne, hair fall and greying of hair. These are only a few severe outcomes of stress. So while you can’t entirely avoid bills, work, your life and all the stress that comes with it, you should find a way to manage it. Meditate, drink a nice hot cup of tea, listen to music or make some time for anything you love. Do take a chill pill now and then!
Drink Green Tea
There’s a reason why green tea is so popular amongst health enthusiasts. It perhaps is the healthiest beverage out there and is enriched with nutrients and antioxidants that are incredibly beneficial to the body. It contains ‘catechins’ that are a form of antioxidants that prevent cell damage. It improves blood circulation, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure and improves the health of your skin. The ingredient EGCG that’s present in this tea also helps in weight loss by reducing fat absorption. Make it a habit to brew yourself some green tea!
Give Your Face A Massage
This is a D.I.Y. secret skin professionals swear by. A good facial massage every other day can reduce fine lines’ appearance, tighten your skin, and make it appear more radiant. Besides, it also makes you feel relieved from stress and rejuvenated—the Chinese implement this technique by targeting specific pressure points on the face. You can use lotion or coconut oil, so this way, you’re moisturizing while massaging your skin.
Embrace Yourself, Flaws And All
You need to love yourself to the point that your energy and aura reject anyone who doesn’t know your worth. Self-love is not selfish; it’s as essential as the love you so freely give to others. We’ve all got flaws, but if you cancel out the marks – that would mean rejecting a whole chunk of you without which you wouldn’t be you. We aren’t preaching here but only giving out some advice – embrace every bit of yourself! If you’d like to work with professional photographers for your wedding, book with us at Wild Romantic Photography.