June 12, 2009
According to this article on cosmeticsdesign.com Horst Rechelbacher from Intelligent Nutrients (founder of Aveda) recently guzzled some hairspray at a natural beauty summit and Ido Leffer, CEO of Yes to Carrots, noshed on some USDA-certified lip balm--testaments to the industry-wide shift toward natural beauty. Though this "trend" is actually quite an old concept, used by many ancient cultures, now it seems everyone's eating it up. Using a fresh, organic (and edible) ingredient from your fridge or pantry is a great way to ensure your skin care is free of chemicals. These ingredients are rich in skin-healthy vitamins and antioxidants; they're pure and simple. Here are some great single-ingredient beauty remedies for summer.
Tea: I drink a ton of tea, green, black, white, and rooibos, for its loads of antioxidants. But also look for tea in hydrating lotions and cleansers. Red tea (or rooibos) is the only source of the antioxidant aspalathin, which acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Of course, you can simply apply tea bags to your eyes to decrease dark circles and puffiness.
Yogurt: I recently wrote a post about the skin benefits of probiotics. In return, I got a response from a reader, who said she uses pure, unstrained yogurt as facial wash, which helps fight unwanted bacteria and keep skin glowing. Feel free to add some fruit or essential oils for a more aromatic treatment.
Citrus: Combining water with orange, lemon, grapefruit, or lime makes a great mist for oily skin. Spray and leave on. Perfect if your skin becomes particularly oily during the summer.
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