15 Natural Beauty secrets you always knew! (But should go ahead and start practicing now!)

It is so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of life that we forget to do the most mundane of things for ourselves. We have always known about how to stay healthy and look beautiful, but ignore the most basic of skin care practices from our daily life.

15 Natural Beauty secrets

So, starting this holiday season let’s get back to doing things you already know but should really just go ahead and start practicing now because if you do, you will love the newer version of yourself. Coming to the newer version, you will be gladly surprised how the significant others in your life love it too!

Before I start off, let me tell you that how you treat your face matters. What you do and what you don’t do are important as preventive, protective and curative measures. VIBHAlife brings to you a list of beauty essentials; skin care, healthy habits and make up products which should form an integral part of your daily skin care regimen to delay the natural aging process and prevent unwanted skin problems. These tips are natural, safe, simple and cost effective as well. You will have to look for the options that work best for your skin and then stick to a routine.

1. Your skin type decides your skin care regimen
Knowing your skin type is very important since it will enable you to decide the most appropriate and suitable skin care module for yourself. The skin is of various types including dry skin, oily skin, normal skin, combination skin and sensitive skin. Even the natural science of medicine, Ayurveda has classified skin into different types based on a specific ‘doshas.’
Dry skin shows a strong tendency towards dehydration, it lacks oils, experiences very few acne breakouts but is dry, lacks elasticity and may be extremely sensitive to temperature and weather changes. Such types of skin should be washed with oil based and creamy cleansers and tepid water. Toners and alcohol based cosmetic products should be completely avoided to avoid further drying up of the skin.
Oily skin has larger skin pores and is very prone to pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads compared with other skin types. The oily skin also appears coarse in texture. The problem with oily skin is that due to excess oil, it attracts dirt all the more and hence needs regular and more frequent cleansing of the skin. After cleansing, an alcohol free and preferably natural skin toner should be used to remove the residual dirt from the face. You can use oil blotting sheets to help control the oil on your face. Even though your skin is oily, moisturizer is a must.
Normal skin is oily in the “T zone” and nose while dry on the cheeks. The skin is also prone to changes with changes in temperature and weather so it will feel drier in winters and oilier in summers. Normal skin is also classified as normal to oily or normal to dry. Regular cleaning of the face, using an alcohol-free natural toner and moisturizing your skin are three skin essentials for this type of skin.
The presence of two extreme types of skin on the face comprises combination skin. You can visualize it as a lot of oil in one region of the skin while the other region is generally dry. Individuals with this type of skin need to take care of individual area of the skin based on its type and condition.
Sensitive skin comes in combination with normal, dry or oily skin. Sensitive skin may experience rashes, redness, inflamed skin, acne, widening of the blood capillaries if it is subjected to changes in weather, temperature or even as an allergic reaction to a synthetic beauty or cosmetic product. Fragrance free, hypoallergenic and natural cleansers, moisturizers, toners should be used on face. The products used should be gentle and safe for the sensitive skin. Natural products such as those made from Chamomile, Lavender, Calamine, Rosemary, Thyme, Aloe Vera, Coconut oil and Jojoba oil are not only natural and safe but also extremely beneficial for sensitive skin.

2. Skin cleansing is a must!
The key to a healthy and beautiful skin is cleansing. DO not use harsh soaps and hot or cold water on your skin. Never wear make up at night. Clean off your skin completely to remove any traces of make up or dirt from your face. Cleanse your skin at regular intervals and take care that excessive cleansing does not occur because this puts your skin at the risk of drying up. Use natural cleansers like milk cream, yoghurt and chick pea flour paste. These are effective cleansers. Wash off your face simply with lukewarm water in the morning to remove any excess moisture.

3. Use an exfoliator
Using an exfoliator is also a must. Exfoliator should not be skipped form the regular skin care routine. Exfoliating helps in removing the dead skin cells and results in almost immediate difference. You can use natural scrubs for exfoliation such as sugar scrubs, salt scrubs or brown sugar and coconut oil scrubs. For more mature and affected skins, skin treatments such as aromatherapy or natural massages can also help in exfoliation.

4. Keep it moist
Keeping your skin hydrated is a must for skin care. It is necessary for all types of skin and you should invest in a good, natural moisturizer. Do not over moisturize your skin, but try to detect the needs of your skin and moisturize it accordingly. Use natural and safer alternatives for moisturizing your skin rather than synthetic chemical products. Natural oils such as extra virgin coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil or jojoba oil are considered to be one of the best moisturizers for skin.

5. Watch out for those dark circles below the eyes
The skin contouring the eye is extremely fine when compared with rest of the skin. A routine eye and under eye skin care is a must. Even though the causative factor for dark circle beneath the eyes are extra pigmentation or bone structure but their appearance can be considerably reduced. You can use a natural and safe under eye care to remove dark circles beneath the eyes. Certain home remedies such as brewed and cooled teabags kept below the eyes for 15 minutes, Green tea bags which act as natural anti-inflammatory chemical, cucumber or potato slices, cold compress with the help of frozen peas, and regular use of sun screens can reduce the dark circles, puffiness below the eyes and relax the eyes.

6. The lips won’t lie
While taking care of your skin on a daily basis do not neglect your lips. If your lips are not healthy or not taken care of properly then it is shown as dry, chapped lips since the sebaceous glands are not producing sufficient oil. Some natural emollients and moisturizers for lips are coconut oil, cucumber slices applied topically to the lips, mango butter or oil, aloe gel, rose hip oil, and sebum.
Coconut oil is also bestowed with healing properties and helps in an easy absorption of vitamins, such as fat soluble vitamin E containing antioxidant properties which reduces the formation of free radicals which damage the cells of the lips. Many natural ingredients such as Mango butter and aloe gel are capable of locking in moisture in the lips, are hygroscopic in nature and acts as a humectant for the lips. Aloe gel also delivers essential oil to the skin of the lips to aid in the elastin and collagen production. The natural lip gloss from VIBHAlife LUSTER is completely natural and nourishing for the lips.

7. Block the sun rays
The biggest and foremost reason for untimely aging and wrinkling of the skin is sun damage. It is extremely important to use a sunscreen of at least a sun protection factor 30 during all seasons be it summers, early winters or a cloudy day. You can also use a moisturizer with sun protection factor embedded in it for maximum benefits. You should make it a habit of applying sunscreen at intervals of two hours when outdoors or often if you’re swimming or perspiring. The best way is to avoid sun between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Wear protective clothing such as long sleeves, long pants and wide brimmed hats to avoid sun.

8. Making it up with natural cosmetics
The make-up used on skin should be hypoallergenic and fragrance free. Wherever possible use natural and safe make up on the skin. The cosmetics which have been used so far are associated with preservatives and other dubious chemicals which are damaging to the skin in long run. Hence, the need for organic and natural beauty products has arisen and has become popular. Since the cosmetic products and make up are used regularly, this creates a stockpile of chemicals in our body which is stored in fat cells and thus leads to harmful effects after long periods of use. Various natural ingredients which are used in the natural cosmetics are avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, mango seed butter, argan oil, Manuka honey, calendula, Aloe Vera, turmeric, clove, tea tree oil, Frankincense oil, Sandalwood oil, Eucalyptus oil, lanolin, lavender oil, lemon and lime extracts, palm oil, peppermint, gluten and lead free lipsticks, and many other plant based ingredients including a nutritious and enriching blend of herbs, vitamins and antioxidants.

9. Say no to smoking
You must be aware of the numerous damaging effects of smoking but still indulge in smoking. Quit smoking now since smoking can make your skin look older, contribute to wrinkles, and shrinks the blood vessels in the outermost layer of the skin thereby reducing the flow of the blood. This reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients reaching the skin bringing down the natural health of the skin. The lack of oxygen also damages the collagen and elastin proteins in the skin which further contributes to skin wrinkling and other signs of aging. The best tip for skin care in a smoker is to QUIT SMOKING.

10. De stress yourself!
Stress is the biggest deterrence to unhealthy skin marred with various skin problems. If the stress in your life is not controlled it may lead to acne breakouts and other skin problems. Take steps to manage your stress for a healthy looking and radiant skin. Meditation, Yoga, aromatherapy and massage therapy are a few options which you can explore to relax yourself and de stress. Also set reasonable professional and personal goals in life, scale down your to do list, take out time to do things you enjoy and spend happy time with family. De stressing may help you in achieving results which will be much more dramatic than any other beauty treatment.

11. Go soft on our skin
There are certain skin care practices which should be incorporated in your day to day routine. These comprise of reducing the time spent in hot and cold showers since this can remove the natural oils from your skin, remove strong soaps and cleansers form your toiletries shelf, use shaving creams, foams, or gels before shaving off the hair from your skin to keep your skin lubricated and soft, always pat dry your skin and do not rub off the moisture to leave some moisture on the skin, and always moisturize dry skin. Use a natural and general body moisturizer daily.

12. Eat healthy!
We always tell you to eat healthy food and nutritious food. Use a lot of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins in your daily diet. Research has been conducted to bring forth the fact that a diet which is rich in Vitamin C and low in unhealthy foods such as tinned food, fast foods or processed and refined carbohydrates might promote younger and healthier looking skin.

13. Move your body
If you are looking for a healthy, glowing and radiant looking skin then exercise is one of the keys to it. Exercise works towards increasing the blood flow, and helps in nourishing the skin cells and providing them with vital energy. The increased blood flow takes along with it oxygen and nutrients to the outer layers of the skin, helps in removing the waste products such as toxins and free radicals from the skin cells. Hence, exercise acts as a cleansing system for your skin.
Exercise also eases off stress and further rejuvenates the skin. Reducing stress can also alleviate some of the skin problems. Regular exercise also helps in toning muscles, and hence improves the overall appearance of your face and skin.

14. Pamper yourself! Let others do it and take a visit to a natural spa
Time and again you should take a trip to the spa for natural beauty facials and treatments. Go for a skin rejuvenation treatment from a skilled esthetician. Make a visit to the spa and wellness center for promoting healthy and good looking skin. The spas offering natural skin and body treatments such as Microcurrent, aromatherapy, and scientific Ayurvedic massages using essential oils, natural ingredients and techniques are extremely important for a beautiful and youthful appearance. Apart from skin care routine you follow, a visit to the spa is also an essential beauty essential for relaxing your mind, body and soul, rejuvenating your skin and beautifying and improving your skin condition and appearance.

15. Remember that your beauty comes from inside
Well, the most beautiful of people are those whose beauty radiates from inside. Sounds cliché? Believe me it is true. Nourish your inner self, keep it stable and balanced, be sincere and care about others. Your body should be your temple and you should take good care of it without fail. Invest your time and energy in staying happy and relaxed. Have a good family life and the love and nourishment emanating from there will work better and do much more for you than any other beauty or skin care regimen.

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