Is your beauty routine based in love or fear?
That may sound like a strange question at first, but seriously—think about it. For so many of us, the measures we take to look great are driven more by a fear that we don’t look very good at all—and a need to take control of the situation at any cost—than by an attitude of love, self-acceptance, gratitude, and harmony with nature to enhance what we already have and feel good in our own skin.
A natural beauty routine is one that’s rooted in love and works with, rather than against, ourselves and the planet. This brings out a glowing mind-body wellness and peace, which inevitably results in irresistible good looks.
Ditching the fear of not being good enough just as you are—along with all those artificial chemicals, preservatives, and fragrances you’ve probably been pouring onto and into your body—will begin to restore the inner balance necessary for head-turning, charismatic beauty.
Here’s what you need to know about creating a brand new natural beauty routine, and four products we love to help get you started.
The Ugly Truth About the Beauty Industry
Unfortunately, much of the commercial beauty industry takes advantage of (and even outright encourages) the fear that you’re not beautiful and that this matters. And, to make matters worse, some of the most popular beauty products on the market contain dangerous ingredients that eat away at your microbial and overall health.1, 2, 3 While these products may produce short-term results, they’ll likely ultimately take a toll on your looks as your health subtly declines. So, not only are many of the standard beauty items making you feel insecure, they are also not doing you any favors when it comes to taking care of your skin and body.
The questionable topical ingredients in cosmetics and skin care products are particularly insidious because what you put on your skin doesn’t necessarily stay on your skin. Some of it gets absorbed into your body and ends up in your bloodstream—bypassing the digestive system and filtering protection of the liver.
An important step toward cleaning up your beauty routine is to become an avid label reader. A good general guideline is if you can’t pronounce an ingredient—or understand exactly what it is—chances are it’s not something you want to introduce to your body.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), these common bath and beauty ingredients are among the most critical to avoid, due to their potential health hazards:
• FD&C or D&C colors
• Artificial surfactants and lubricants such as PEGs and laureth sulfates
• DMDM hydantoin
• Imidazolidinyl urea
• Triethanolamine (or “TEA")
It’s also wise to avoid fragrance as an ingredient. While the word “fragrance” may seem innocent enough, it typically indicates artificial chemicals that have been engineered to smell pleasant. Sadly, the way these artificial chemicals behave in the body is anything but sweet—they can accumulate in human tissue and breast milk, as well as cause respiratory, reproductive, immune, eye, and neurological issues.4
Be aware that many dangerous ingredients show up in products advertised as “simple,” natural,” or even occasionally “organic.” So don’t automatically trust what manufacturers say about the cosmetics, moisturizers, sunscreens, and shampoos you’re considering—you’ve got to be the informed consumer.
4 Natural Beauty Products We Love
The good news when it comes to nurturing your beauty is that there are lots of wonderful products out there to naturally enhance good looks and vibrant health. Here are a few of our absolute favorites:
Searching for a one-ingredient wonder that works magic on skin of all ages? Look no further than SIBU Sea Berry Seed Oil. Seabuckthorn berries are known in the Himalayas as a “holy fruit,” and SIBU’s pure oil is sourced only from the Himalayan mountains, where the most nutrient-dense seabuckthorn berries grow.
SIBU is a fair-trade company that employes indigenous people to grow and harvest their berries, using traditional methods that are respectful to the earth. This means local people earn fair wages and work in safe conditions, so they can live in dignity while helping preserve our fragile planet.
The oil itself glides on smoothly and adds just a subtle tinge of warm color—a little goes a long way, and you can use it under your regular moisturizer! Seabuckthorn oil encourages beautiful skin at all stages of life, and is helpful for relieving minor skin issues and signs of aging. In addition to their signature oil, SIBU also offers an extensive line of creams, cleansers, supplements, and even a delicious seabuckthorn juice!
When it comes to keeping your skin and hair beautifully clean and healthy, this Canadian company has it covered. Their products are all made from environmentally responsible, cruelty-free, natural or organic ingredients, and are made in small batches using traditional techniques.
Since there are no harsh chemicals or artificial additives in their products, Country Rose is especially wonderful for those with sensitive skin. But this company goes the extra mile, offering a version of almost every soap and shampoo that’s completely unscented. So depending on the nature of your skin, you can choose luscious botanically scented products—or opt for something like their super-gentle Castile soap, made solely from pure, virgin saponified olive oil. This all-purpose basic liquid soap is even gluten free so it’s safe for those with gluten sensitivities.
Country Rose Soap Company offers a vast range of bath and beauty treats including liquid and bar soaps, shampoo, hair conditioning treatments, baby products, moisturizers, lip balms, and all kinds of useful accessories that treat your skin and hair with kid gloves so they can stay in top condition.
True beauty begins from within, so what you put into your body is just as important (if not more so!) than what you put on it. Lots of health-conscious folks are turning to bone broth these days to reap the benefits of collagen, which is chock full of protein, peptides, and amino acids to support gorgeous, young-looking skin, hair, and nails. But who has time to simmer a pot of bone broth every day?
Enter Bulletproof Collagen Protein, which offers all the benefits of bone broth with none of the work. This tasteless, odorless powder dissolves with no clumping (in hot or cold beverages), so it’s convenient to add to smoothies, juices, or even your morning coffee. And Bulletproof’s collagen is sourced only from grass-fed, hormone-free, pasture-raised cows—with no added gluten, artificial additives, preservatives, or sweeteners. You can rest assured that this collagen is an ethical, environmentally sound product that doesn’t come from factory farming.
But what if you don’t eat animal products? Thankfully vegetarians and vegans who want to boost their collagen aren’t out of luck! As an alternative, you may want to consider a completely vegan collagen booster such as Reserveage Plant-Based Support Collagen Builder. These veggie capsules are also gluten-free—providing just the right nutrients to help your body build the collagen it needs for healthy good looks at any age.
Caring for your gut isn’t just about digestion—microbial health encourages beauty in countless ways, from glowing skin and shiny hair to healthy weight, vibrant energy, and an alluring, positive disposition.5, 6, 7, 8 Hyperbiotics’ high quality, time-released probiotic supplements are 15 times more effective than capsules to enhance beauty from the inside out. With specially targeted formulas for women, moms, kids, older adults, and even pets, you’ll have the best looking family on the block!
Our Hyperbiotics formulas are vegetarian, non-GMO, and completely free of lactose, gluten, soy, wheat, nuts, and artificial additives. And we work hard to be compassionately sustainable, participating in carbon offsets and providing financial support for environmental causes.
Probiotics are living organisms that need ongoing nourishment from prebiotic fibers, and since it can be difficult to get sufficient amounts of these from diet alone, you may also want to add our organic prebiotic powder to your daily routine. It’s tasteless and odorless, vegan, and dissolves easily into hot or cold beverages and soft foods.
More Natural Beauty Habits
Beauty is so much more than skin deep, so you’ll look and feel even more radiant when you add some additional healthy lifestyle tweaks to your routine:
• Relaxing with meditation, creative visualization, or meditative movement balances your microbiome, which in turn improves your appearance.
• Exercising gets you toned and strong while boosting gut health—making it easier to reach and maintain your ideal weight.
• Eating a plant-based, whole food, gut-healthy diet (and avoiding processed foods, sugar, artificial additives, trans-fats, animal products containing hormones or antibiotics, and GMOs) encourages your beneficial microbes to thrive so you can stay beautiful all the way down to the core.9
• Spending time in nature introduces your body to an excellent variety of friendly bacteria—and avoiding antimicrobial cleansers afterward preserves that new diversity in your microbial community.
• Installing a chlorine filter to your shower protects your skin microbiome to prevent dryness and irritation.
When love is the first ingredient of your beauty plan, you’ll automatically begin to work with your unique assets and all of nature (instead of against them!) to reveal your very best self. So it’s time to let go of damaging fear. Instead, allow yourself to fall in love with your miraculous body and all of nature, so your one-of-a-kind beauty can shine its very brightest.
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Roberta Pescow is a writer at Hyperbiotics and proud mom of two amazing and unique young men. Natural wellness is a subject she’s passionate about, so she loves sharing information that helps others discover all the ways probiotics support glowing health and well-being. To learn more about how a healthy microbiome can enrich your life, subscribe to our newsletter.