There is a logical reason why you might be interested in minimalist beauty tips. You’d have to be very busy indeed to not have heard some of the controversy regarding the use of chemicals in makeup and beauty products. Indeed, people everywhere are becoming aware of just what they are putting on their skin and in their hair every day.
While you can spend hours deciphering the labels of your favorite cosmetics and beauty products there is an easier way and that is to take the minimalist approach to caring for your skin and hair. Yes, some of the methods listed may seem a bit radical, but all of them have been tested time and again and have been proven to work. In fact, many of them were used for decades, centuries even, before modern cosmetics and beauty products became popular.
So take a look at the eight minimalist beauty tips that are listed here and choose one to try out. Each of them is based on easy to find, inexpensive ingredients (some don’t even require ingredients), which means that even if you don’t continue to use them, it won’t be a total waste.
8 Minimalist Beauty Tips
#1: Hydrate Your Body. No, seriously, most skin and hair conditions come from being dehydrated and today most people don’t drink nearly enough water. A general rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water. So if you weigh 160lbs you would need to drink 80 oz of water (or about ten 8-oz glasses of water) per day. Green smoothies are also fantastic…they really plump up your skin…it’s botox straight from your blender.
#2: Get Your Rest. It may sound like a broken record, but the body needs a certain amount of sleep in order to refresh and repair itself. Your skin and your cells regenerate and repair while you are snoozing. For most people this means anywhere from 6-9 hours of sleep per night. Too many nights of too little sleep will start to show in your skin tone and texture. If good sleep eludes you, check out my article on creating a sleep sanctuary.
#3: Raw Honey for Honey Smooth Skin. Raw honey is one of nature’s best kept secrets. In addition to having all sorts of health benefits if eaten or ingested, raw honey is an amazing skin cleanser/toner and moisturizer. Simply dampen your face and rub a tablespoon of raw honey into your skin before rinsing thoroughly. Not only does honey act as a cleanser, it also tones and moisturizes your skin and can even reduce acne. For a more intense treatment let the raw honey paste sits for about 15 minutes until it dries into a sort of mask. This will draw out all sorts of toxins and leave your face looking and feeling its best. (Hint, you can also use raw honey and sugar as a body scrub).
#4: Witch Hazel for Skin Toning. You can buy witch hazel just about anywhere. Not only is it chemical and alcohol free (so it won’t dry your skin out like most toners) it tightens up the pores so that your skin looks and feels fresh and clean.
#5: Go Shampooless. People were keeping their hair clean for centuries before soap and shampoo came on the scene. Baking soda works wonders for absorbing excess oil from your hair and rinsing with apple cider vinegar provides your hair with all the conditioning that most people will ever need.
#6: Coconut Oil. This amazing and nourishing oil can be for so many things but beauty is tops on that list. You can use it as a makeup remover, hair gel, lip balm, to whiten teeth, or the base of your homemade sugar scrub.
#7: Castile Soap. Do you use castile soap to clean your home? Me too. Well, you can use that same liquid soap for lots of other things, including using it as body wash and a shaving gel.
#8: Heatless Curls. Take your shower in the evening and wrap your damp hair in a t-shirt (also called plopping) or put is up in a soft bun or french braid to create heatless curls or waves. I LOVE doing this myself…so easy!
There are dozens more ideas for simple and minimalistic beauty treatments, but these should help you to get started on the path to a money-saving, chemical-free beauty regimen that will bring out the beauty that has been inside of you all along.