Episode 016 Natural Beauty

Episode 016 Natural Beauty

Episode 016 Natural Beauty

When I was in college I was a huge makeup girl. I never left the house without it and embarrassingly enough my eyeshadow matched my outfit!

Gross! I can't believe I did that!!! Ha! Those were the trends I followed them all the way.

I think all the makeup I was wearing was a cover up for how terribly I was feeling about myself. This was the time where I was at my heaviest weight and I was so uncomfortable in my own skin.

Fast forward to acting school and again I was plastering my face with makeup. We weren't allowed to show up in bare face, and we always had to have on lipstick in dance class. It was their philosophy that we needed to be in "show" makeup at all times

And if I'm being honest the older and more authentic I got the less and less I wanted to be in a full beat.

In my personal life I had cut way back on the makeup and had even retired most of my colorful eyeshadows. I kept the more natural looking eyeshadows for auditions and shows when needed. 

As my hippie came busting through I have realized there are much more natural and Ayurvedic ways of approaching beauty in all of its forms. 

Today the beauty industry is a multi BILLION dollar industry. 24 billion spent on skin care, 18 billion on makeup, and 38 billion on hair products!! Ummmmmmmm that's nuts!

We are constantly subjected to ads about thicker lashes, plumper lips, all day lasting foundation, and don't forget about the constant anti-aging products out there to make you feel insecure about your age. All day, all the time there is something we need to "fix" to become beautiful. 

Let me say this right now:

You are already beautiful. You are beautiful with no makeup, in your comfy clothes, on a Sunday morning. All of it is pure beauty!

If you don't believe that down to your soul then take that quote and turn it into your mantra for the next 40 days. 

Ayurveda take a much more holistic and natural approach to beauty. When thinking about how to improve and naturalize your beauty routine consider these:

  • Lifestyle
  • Diet
  • Products

Let's start with lifestyle. The way you live your life on a daily basis is true reflection of your outer beauty. The more stress, anger, resentment you have in your life the more that will reflect on the outside. 

Have you seen the before and after pics of President Obama or any president for that matter? Stress plays a direct role in your beauty routine. When you feel relaxed you look relaxed. When you feel stressed you look stressed. 

Sleep also plays a huge role in your beauty routine. Ever had someone say " You look tired today." You probably wanted to punch them in the face, but we all know what they saw. Droopy eyelids, dull skin, dark circles. It's never a confident look. Skip the extra Netflix episode and go to bed!

Moving on to diet! This is huge!! Everything you put into your body contributes to your outer beauty. If you are having skin problems take a look first at your diet before you go out and buy more Proactiv. My tips for using your diet to contribute to your outer beauty are:

  • Drink plenty of water. Water contributes to healthy looking  and hydrated skin from the inside out
  • Eliminate fried and processed foods. These foods contain loads of chemicals and preservatives that impact your health in a negative way
  • Increase foods that have Vitamin E in them (avocado, almonds, papaya).
  • Keep iron in your diet (dark leafy greens, beats, lentils)

Now lets talk products. My rule for products is as follows: If I can't eat it, it's not going on my skin. The only exception to that rule is some of my hair products that happens mostly when I travel. the products needed for your beauty routine should be very natural and simple. If you can't pronounce the ingredient, throw it away. All you need is a cleanser and a moisturizer. THAT'S IT!

I recommend Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap. It's what I use. I have been using it for years and I can't say enough about the company and the product. This soap is very mild for the skin. Traditional soaps are extremely harsh on the skin and strip your body of it's natural oils causing a lot of skin irritation. Even if you suffer from acne, you don't need that harsh of a chemical on your skin. Pick an oil/scent that is balancing for your dosha. I will include a cheat sheet on products to use for each dosha at the end of this post. 

Moisturizers should be and oil that you would use in your kitchen. There is no need for Suave, Dove, or Aveeno to end up on your shelf. Use oils that work for your dosha. I use almond oil and give myself a daily massage to keep my skin hydrated. 

A little note on makeup:

Find products that have natural and organic components in them. Do your research and there is no need to break the bank doing it. There are brands at your local drug store or Sephora that will compliment your skin, and not suffocate your pores. A few that I use:

  • Burt's Bees
  • Fresh Minerals
  • Aubrey Organics

Also if you are concerned with cruelty free products I will link a website/app below to check and see if your favorite products contain or are tested on animals. 

Cruelty Free App

Remember that the best beauty tool you have is your smile. There is nothing more beautiful than a happy, joyous person. 

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