There are so many benefits to taking the "natural" route with a lot of things in life. Water is better for you than soda, a "natural" makeup look is quicker and easier to do, and we all know that a green juice is better than a milkshake. (Though we still need milkshakes from time to time.)
Over the years, I've simplified my beauty routine and opted for more natural products to make sure that the products I'm using on my hair, skin, and body not only do their job, but do it gently and kindly. I've also found that taking a more natural approach to beauty products helps me to spend less money as some of my favorite things to use are household products or products with dual uses.
I'll stop chatting now and let you see what I'm loving as far as natural beauty goes:
Farmhouse Fresh face mask (red-amazonian clay)
...instead of expensive, processed masks
I haven't tried many face masks, but I love this one and love that it is all natural. My skin feels incredibly smooth after using it since it's a natural exfoliant. My skin is brighter, too, which leaves me feeling more confident to go sans makeup. (If you're looking for a cheaper option...this one is just $5!)
...instead of expensive serum
I have a horrible nervous habit of pulling on my lashes and causing them to break off. (It's a real condition...I Googled it.) I found articles online saying that olive oil was the best relief! I keep a little vial at my desk to dab on when I find myself makeup free for a few hours.
....help defend against the cold and flu season and boost your mood
Cam's sweet momma got me hooked! She set me up with a diffuser and a few doTERRA oils. With essential oils, the benefits are endless. We could do a whole post on how I use them and what oils are good for what, so let me know if you'd like to see that! (Learn more about essential oils and shop doTERRA products here!)
Hot lemon water
...instead of juices or juice cleanses
Primarily, I desire for this to help with digestion and to serve as a good detox. It takes just a few minutes to whip up, and it's super refreshing. It also makes my skin bright and healthy!
Clean Pits Natural Deodorant
After hearing a bit here and there about the natural deodorant craze, I did some research for myself. While the studies about health risks (the aluminum in deodorant has been linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer's) are not definitive, people have been switching to natural deodorants like Clean Pits.
In your under-arm area, lymph nodes lie close to the skin's surface, so I'm all for making sure what goes under there is gentle and safe. I'm not a doctor and I'm not here to say that you must switch, but if you're looking for a deodorant that does the job, doesn't stain, and soothes razor burn, look no further.
Let me remind you, I will not bring a product onto Cristina on Campus if I don't truly love it and believe in it. While this post is in collaboration with Clean Pits, all thoughts and opinions are my own! For more info on Clean Pits visit their website and blog.
What natural products will you try this year? Have any favorites? Thanks for reading!