Yes, it’s getting hot in here, but don’t take off all your clothes just yet. For most women, beauty regime is always a hassle during the summer: you skin feels sweaty no matter how many showers you take, waterproof make-up is all of a sudden not so waterproof, your hair is dry from all the heat and on top of things you get little rashes, pimples or freckles. It almost takes the fun away from summer. But have no fear, your beauty adviser is here with all the information you need to start taking care of yourself the right way! We will talk about 10 natural and organic summer beauty hacks that will definitely help you become beautiful from the inside out.
Because we care so much about our beauty and health, and we want it to also be appreciated by others, we have the tendency of spending half our salaries on products that might actually do us more harm than good. Although certain cosmetic products are very efficient, they usually cost a lot of money, and considering that certain women are unwilling to purchase very expensive items (they’d rather buy ten cheap lipsticks, than one good one), it would be better to invest in natural products, that are both safe and good.
For thousands of years, people have turned to nature to find themselves, heal ailments or for beauty tricks. In a time where there was no such thing as a cosmetic industry, women found in nature the solution for all their problems. Now, it’s time to go back to basics, to nature as a primary source for health and beauty. Here at Tenmania we have already covered the Top 10 Natural Facial Moisturizers for beautiful skin, and we have decided to take our studies a step further. Here is a list of ten natural beauty products that have proven their benefits time and time again and you should definitely try this summer for a happier, healthier you.
10 Natural and Organic Summer
1. Shea butter
Shea butter is an amazing ingredient in natural cosmetic treatments throughout the world, where it is used even in the most luxurious beauty salons. Its moisturizing and healing properties can protect and condition the skin and hair damaged by sun, wind and other external factors. So, basically, it’s a must use product, not just during the summer, but all year round.
However, the main reason why women love it so much, is because it has incredible effects on the skin. What sets it apart from other natural creams is its all-natural vitamin A composition, which can treat many minor conditions of the skin like blemishes, wrinkles, eczema and additionally, it can also treat skin allergies, insect bites, sunburns and frostbites. For all of the ladies who are already passed their prime, we have great news: shea butter is great anti-aging, anti-free radical agent.
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2. Argan oil
The reason for which we need organic summer beauty hacks so much, is because during the warm season we expose ourselves to the sun very much. This can affect the health of our hair, it dehydrates our skin, and makes it age prematurely (sun exposure). If you have ever wondered how and why Maroccan women are so beautiful, here’s the reason: argan oil. Rich in antioxidants and protective elements, argan oil has remarkable properties for skin, hair and nails. Nutritive, regenerative, prevents drying and aging of the skin, restoring its elasticity. It’s a bit expensive, but so worth it.
A few weeks ago I actually noticed that my hair started to fall off excessively, and I obviously got worried. After wasting hundreds of dollars on expensive products that did not work, I decided to visit an organic boutique, and they recommended argan oil to me. Since the, my problem was alleviated, and my hair actually became stronger. Other positive effects include face glow, cuticle and heel softening, moisturizing body lotion or oil, and exfoliating lip scrub.
3. Aleppo soap
The oldest natural solid soap in the world, also known as the “true natural soap” is well known for its miraculous properties. With a history of over 3000 years, aleppo soap is made from the very best natural ingredients and it’s la crème de la crème of soaps. Olive oil, bay oil, water and natural soda from sea salt make aleppo soap a pure product, with no artificial colors, synthetic fragrance, chemical additives or animal fats. Use it on a daily basis and your skin will thank you.
Soaps which have the most laurel oil in them are considered the most valuable, and as a result, the most costly. Aleppo soap, contains lots of it, and it is also free of chemical substances that might alter its effects. Many dermatologists advise women (and men) to use this type of sop to eliminate issues like hydro lipid, sebum, excess from the skin. So before you start your normal make-up routine, make sure you correctly take care of your skin, by using Aleppo soap. It is also recommended for washing linens, baby clothes and even lingerie, or any type of cloth that comes in direct contact with the skin. You might also be relieved to hear that it will keep moths away from your closets.
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4. Amla powder
Amla Powder is the best gift you can give you hair. As a matter of fact, it is not the only part of your body that can greatly benefit from this miraculous natural remedy. There are countless of other uses that you should definitely learn about. Amla has an astringent effect, contributes to hair growth, helps remove dandruff and prevents early graying. It also works great as a facial mask for acne, oily skin or just for a purifying effect. In very rare cases, Amla can cause allergies, so make sure you test it before using it.
If you enjoy working out, then you can rely on Amla as the powerhouse of anti-oxidants and an extremely efficient tool for speeding protein metabolism. In other words, the faster your metabolism, the more fat you will burn, and Amla makes sure that you achieve your goal. Lastly, although we are mainly concerned with beauty, there is a saying that a healthy body, is a beautiful body. In this regard, Amla products strengthen the lungs, respiratory system and the central nervous system of the body.
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5. Potassium Alum
If you’re worried about aluminum compounds in your deodorant (and you should be!), try preventing sweaty armpits in a more natural way. Alum crystals have become a superstar in the cosmetic world. It’s a 100% natural deodorant, that moisturizes the skin and prevents the growth of hair under the skin. By the way, there is no chance you can develop an allergy by using it.
Potassium alum or often called alum, is a naturally occuring salt deposit in the form of glassy white crystals. It dissolves in water easily and it liquifies when exposed to heat. It is a mineral salt that has a powerful ability to kill bacteria. Alum as Deodorant. Alum is an effective anti-microbial deodorant that kills bacteria responsible for body odor.
How to Apply on Skin as a Deodorant: Potassium Alum as a deodorant should be applied directly onto dry skin, with just enough amount of water after, in order to rub the underarm. As weird as it may sound, you must rinse the armpits with a tablespoon of lemon juice, after leaving it on for 15 minutes. Alum can also be used as mouthwash or skin moisturizer.
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All those expensive creams you use to fight cellulite have one thing in common: caffeine. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Coffee is one of the best things that can ever happen to your skin and hair. You can make yourself a cellulite cream using coffee grounds. After you drink coffee, mix a quarter cup of warm grounds with a tablespoon of olive oil and then massage thoroughly the skin. Make sure you do this in the tub or shower, because it will get messy. Don’t forget: a coffee a day, keeps cellulite away.
I have always loved the smell of fresh coffee in the morning, but I had no idea how beneficial it can be for the skin. Not only does it have properties that affect your health and wellness, but your appearance will also benefit from it. At the moment there are hundreds of beauty products on the market that use coffee as a main ingrediant. Although the FDA has published several negative studies regarding its uses, they soon found out that the test subjects were innacurate because they were also smokers. Caffee is a vasodilator, which means that it constricts blood cells. This means that it will firm and tighten the surface of your skin, dehydrate fatty cells and make water dissapear from the surface of your skin.
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No, it’s not your boyfriend calling. Honey is just the strongest known natural energizer, a burst of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B, C, D, K, magnesium, calcium, potassium and phosphorus. But beyond its most known healing properties, such as antiseptic, antioxidant, antibiotic, tonic and stimulating metabolism, there are a few secrets you should know about honey: it fights allergies, increases athletic performance and helps us relax and have a good night sleep. Need I say more?
A plant not very popular, the artichoke has a variety of uses and benefits, although you may better know it as a delicious (or not so delicious) pizza topping. By stimulating digestion and burning fat, the artichoke is an excellent help in weight loss and cellulite. Three cups a day of artichoke tea may seem difficult, since it tastes a little bitter, but it’s effects are a reality.
If we were to go into details, we would tell you that artichoke stimulates the flow of bile from the liver, it reduces symptoms of heartburn and alcohol hangover, it is beneficial against high cholesterol, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), anemia, arthritis, bladder infections and kidney problems. In other words, it cures you from the inside out, and makes you feel livelier, more confident, and definitely more attractive.
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9. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is one of the most used oils in natural cosmetics due to its numerous properties and high content of saturated fat. Out of all organic summer beauty hacks, this is by far one of our favorites, because it has so many uses. Coconut oil is in solid form, but at room temperature it liquefies. Use it after bathing to moisturize and protect the skin, as balm for dry lips, treatments and masks to prevent capillary tip blunting or as a powerful sunscreen product. Coconut oil can also be used after sun exposure as it helps restore skin and reduce redness.
Many people have classified it as a superfood, due to its unique combination of substances that have irefutable positive benefits on our health. The Tokelauans tribe, which trhive on coconuts, are some of the healthiest peple on the planet, and they have never shown any evidence of heart disease until now. As far as weight loss is concerned, coconut oil, and coconut products in general, help burn fat, they make you eat less, they kill bacteria, virus and fungi, and they protect from Alhzeimer’s disease.
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Last but not least on our list is the good old fashioned water. Since beauty is skin deep, you need to take care of it from the inside. Drinking a sufficient amount of water daily (eight glasses minimum) has many benefits, but I’m just going to tell you my top five: prevents dehydration, gets your metabolism going, eliminates toxins, helps bowel movements and you can lose weight. What more can you ask from a simple glass of water? The main difference between water and other natural organic summer beauty hacks, and substances, is the fact that it is truly indispensable: we cannot go five days without it.
Beauty is not just about using the right cosmetic products, but it’s also about eating right and exercising regularly (and I’m talking about any type of exercise: dancing, walking or giving your housekeeper a day off so you can clean the house). But most of all, beauty is a state of mind, the acceptance that a wrinkle will not ruin your life and two extra kilos after a vacation is not something to obsess about, but rather something you can handle in your own rhythm, when the time is right.
So, how about it, ladies? What it your beauty to-do list for this summer?