The 5 Smartest Things You Can Do To Stay Naturally Beautiful

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I think we’ve all seen plenty of before and after transformations to realize makeup can not only be used to enhance your best traits, but also to correct defects and in extreme cases, make the subject look like another person entirely.

Even so, all women secretly wish they look beautiful with zero makeup on their face. It’s true, there is no natural way of lifting your eyes if they are too droopy or getting rid of other such defects, which in all fairness are much more annoying for the person having them, than for others. Nobody is perfect, and the only thing you can do is to learn to live (and even love) your imperfections, while focusing on the things you actually like about your body.

Time spares no one, and aging is a natural process, which not even makeup can hide (at least not completely). Nevertheless, there are simple, frugal things you can do to stay naturally beautiful and look your best, at any age.

The 5 Smartest Things You Can Do To Stay Naturally Beautiful

No one says you shouldn’t use makeup at all, but these clever hacks will make it obvious you’re really taking care of yourself and you’re probably going to need to use way less makeup than before, if any (which is a boon, especially during the warm season).

Sleep and de-stress

I’m not sure this is what you expected as a first advice, but if you were to be doing one single thing to improve your appearance, this is it. Besides affecting your health in so many ways, lack of sleep and too much stress show up on the outside as well.

Baggy eyes with dark circles, a dull complexion, breakouts and/or irritated skin, swollen feet – really, I could go on and on – , but if you’re honest with yourself you probably experienced at least some of these problems during difficult times in your life when you were way too stressed and/or weren’t getting enough sleep.

So instead of feeling sorry for yourself, make sure you get your daily ZZZs, and find ways to cope with the sources of stress in your life, if you can’t eliminate them altogether. Your efforts won’t go unnoticed.

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Get moving

The desk chair, car seat and the couch are literally ruining our lives. Looking at all sorts of transformation photos of people who avidly workout themselves out to exhaustion can make you feel guilty about the fact you don’t have a six-pack or lack those Channing Tatum muscles if you’re a guy, but don’t let this make you do absolutely nothing.

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So what if you don’t like to jog (I absolutely hate jogging by the way), or lift weights, or go to an exhausting spinning class that leaves you barely breathing? Find some activities you love and hold onto them.

People tend to forget what a great workout you can get from a simple walk (even more if it’s at a fast pace), playing with your kids in the park, carrying some heavy grocery bags and other similar things that seem trivial these days. In fact, these daily activities are much more important than you could possibly imagine and you should be focusing more on them, than on over-exhausting workouts.

Sure, you could get away with being inactive for a few years in your youth, but keep it going for too long, it will show up at some point, and you won’t be able to ignore it anymore. There’s absolutely no way of keeping your radiant, youthful complexion and good muscle tone if you don’t move enough.

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Pamper your face

You don’t need to break the bank for overly-expensive moisturizers and facial treatments. In fact, using natural products is not just cheaper, it’s also much safer since you’ll be avoiding all those controversial chemicals commercial skin care products are usually laden with.

Organic carrier oils can have so many uses, from cleansing and makeup removal to moisturizing and facial masks. The possibilities are endless, and many of these natural oils are very affordable. Other beneficial ingredients you can use to keep your face looking healthy and prevent premature aging include Aloe Vera gel, essential oils, cosmetic clay, and herbal teas (but also the classic apple cider vinegar) which can be successfully used as toners and to treat common skin problems.

One of the most frequent problems many women (and men for that matter) are facing, are the dreaded blackheads. In the ‘Further reading’ section I’m gong to include some links where you can find various methods used (all natural, of course) to get rid of them….but there’s one more thing you can do, which works and all you need is this inexpensive tool:

The all-mighty comedone extractor tool. Hint: it really works!

See the thin loopy end at the top? That’s what you use to extract blackheads and unlike using your fingers (or fingernails) it won’t scratch your skin, plus it’s much more effective. Obviously this operation needs to be done when your pores are open and this is not up for debate. The perfect time for blackhead extraction is during/after a shower but you can also open your pores with a warm towel or a facial steamer.

I’m the proud owner of such a tool for about 3 years but I never use it more than once a week. I just feel like more than that would be overdoing it. In between extractions I use the oil cleansing method and facial clay masks (see links below for more information on that) to keep my skin blackhead-free. Check out this video to see how to properly use the comedone extractor tool (Warning: graphic images ahead!).

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…And your body

It’s true the signs of aging show up on the face first, but years passing by are not sparing the rest of your skin either. As we age, we lose collagen and elastin from the skin (which leads to wrinkles and saggy skin) and sebum production decreases making skin drier.

Having a great body for your age is not just about exercise and a healthy diet. You also need to take special care of your skin, whether you like it or not. Just like you can use essential and carrier oils on your face, your body will also appreciate them.

Other natural ways you can keep your skin looking healthy include using body scrubs regularly (or dry skin brushing….or both), make sure it’s always moisturized (especially during extreme temperatures which can be really harsh on the skin), avoid staying in the sun for too long (but don’t avoid it like it’s going to kill you, sunbathing actually has its own health benefits), take a shower instead of a bath (staying for too long in warm water will remove all natural oils from your skin) and opt for clothes made for natural fiber which are not too tight.

You might look at the shelves of a beauty store and be amazed how many moisturizers contain collagen. While this particular substance is safe to use, evidence shows it’s more effective as a supplement compared than applying it topically. This still needs more research, but looking at all those positive reviews on collagen supplements I’m pretty tempted to try one myself. Just be wary of the brand you choose and make sure it’s trustworthy.

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Go natural, all the way

Skip that ibuprofen

Modern medicine can often be a life saver and it’s not something you should ignore. But most drugs come with unwanted side effects and it’s best not to use them, unless you really have to. Many of these side effects can show up on the outside, ruining all the efforts you’re making to look good and keep your natural beauty.

For almost any common ailment there’s a laundry list of natural remedies and while not all of them might work for you, if you experiment a bit. I’m sure you’re going to find at least a few that are going to become staples in your medicine cabinet.

Eat better (not more)

I don’t want to sound like a broken record (because you probably heard this too much already), but what you eat has a significant impact on both your health and your looks. It can be costly to eat just organic food, but it does bring an impressive array of benefits.

Besides the fact it doesn’t contain hormones, antibiotics and other harmful substances we absolutely do not need to ingest, organic food is also more nutrient rich and in a matter of speaking, it gives you more bang for your buck.

If you can’t afford eating organic only at least be clever about it. Eat seasonally, avoid the dirty dozen (and opt for organic when it comes to these foods), find the best prices at your local farmer’s market or even invest in a CSA farm, are just some of the things you can do to get better quality food even if you’re on a budget.

Lose weight without losing your health

Having extra pounds won’t make you look older, but you’re not going to be at your best either. Trying to lose weight by following crazy, unrealistic diets (which usually don’t work) can take its toll on both health and looks. There’s no magical solution that melts fat overnight, but there are healthy ways to lose weight, with or without dieting. Don’t try just about any diet you hear about (do your homework first) and when you do decide to follow a diet, be patient and give it time to work.

Care for your locks and pearly whites

And last, but not least – pay attention to your hair and teeth as well. There are easy ways you can keep your teeth and hair looking (and actually being) healthy, and both can have a major impact on your appearance. Furthermore, oral health problems can be very dangerous if left untreated and preventing them in the first place can not only save you multiple trips to the dentist (who likes them anyway?) but also a great deal of money.

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What other ways have you found to stay naturally beautiful? Share your personal experience with us in the comments section below!

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