In my opinion, true beauty is an inside job. Often times when someone is truly beautiful, it has little to do with their physical characteristics, it’s some sort of glow that I believe, comes from a soul at peace and a person taking care of themselves!
#Selflove emanates from the inside out, and when we are honoring our internal being somehow it shows in our external expression of who we present to the world. I know this because I have seen myself from both sides: the times where I wasn't respecting myself versus the times (now) where I am, and what a massive difference it makes in your appearance!
My health journey has definitely been an interesting one with many twists and turns, and throughout the adventure i’ve picked up some knowledge (and amazing products) along the way. I am extremely excited that the health and beauty industry and starting to combine forces because this means excellent things for our bodies as well as for the planet. Read on to see some of my faves for glowing skin and overall good (internal & external) vibes :)
Rosewater w/ Glycerin (For Glowing Skin & Moisture)
Ok so I don't know how or why, but I somehow became completely addicted to rosewater with glycerin (and rest assured, it's vegetable glycerin..) I have very dry skin and rosewater on its own just wasn't cutting it. When I tried this I found that my skin suddenly had this other layer of moisture and protection so I was hooked... Fall/Winter weather can be extremely drying and this one thing above all else, can be an incredible defense. You can find it at any health food store and it will cost you around $8.
doTerra Frankincense Oil (For Glowing Skin & Immunity)
doTerra Frankincense oil in my opinion is somewhat of a small miracle. Frankincense is one of the most revered of all the oils, there was a time where it was valued even higher than gold. And for good reason. There are studies out there that particular essential oils combat signs of aging and can reduce fine lines. Look, I am not the most scientific human being you'll ever meet but I am a natural sceptic and I like all things to be proven to me through my own experience. Hence, through repeated trial and error, I've found Frankincense lives up to it's reputation.
My nightly & morning skin regimen:
Wash Face with a Sensitive Skin Cleanser
Spray Rosewater w/ Glycerin
Use one trop of doTerra Frankincense
Finish with a nourishing Face Oil (I like Evan Healy the best.)
Bear Journal: Perform Supplement (For Peaceful Energy)
To be very honest, I haven't ever been big into supplements. The only supplement I often take daily would be a good quality probiotic (probiotics are amazing for gut health, brain health and kidney health so I hear...) I just recently met the beautiful people behind Australian bespoke Supplement line Bear Journal and after reading up on the Perform Daily Vitamin I wanted to give it a try because taking care of the nervous system is extremely important, especially when living in a big, busy city. I am happy to report (and very grateful too) that this chic supplement lives up to its name. Complete with Vitamin B12 & Bacopa (which assists with anxiety symptoms) I've already felt a mild peace but steady energy taking this daily in the morning. It's definitely worth a try and not to mention, will look gorgeous anywhere you put it in your house ;)
No Tox Life Lip Butter x Glossier Balm Dotcom Salve (For Moisture & Good Feels)
Hi. My name is Natalia Benson and I am addicted to organic lip balms. One of my best friends introduced me to both of these lines (Hi @shelbylens). The No Tox Life lip butter is heavenly, the Rose flavor or Rose Vanilla is something I can't imagine life without but when they are constantly sold out of it at the Melrose Trading Post I kind of have to.
When I was last in New York, I went to Glossier's Showroom which was heaven for a gal like me considering I don't really wear makeup, so when I do, I want it to be as natural / high quality as possible. The Balm Dotcom Salve is a life saver becauseI can double up on it on top of the No Tox Lip Balm for extra moisture and/or utilize it on my cuticles or dry skin areas. Amazing.
(Another @Glossier beauty steal is their Boy Brow...)
Essentia Water (and water in general)
Also, none of these are promotional, these are legitimately all of the things I utilize on the daily. I love Essentia water because honestly, I am really snobbish about water taste and plastic use. Their bottles are BPA free and an excellent size for refilling to make sure I am staying hydrated. In my opinion, drinking water is KEY to good energy and beautiful skin. Imagine all of the toxin build up we take in on the daily? Water is what helps flush everything through as well as keep us regular (if you know what I mean...)
Zion Earth White Pine Natural Deodorant
I was on the hunt for years for a good deodorant that smelled amazing and worked with my body chemistry and not against it. This has been my pick for the last 5 years and they have beautiful scents to choose from. The Arm Pit they say is like the trash can of the body, it's extremely important that is isn't blocked up with aluminum (or other non organic matter found in most commercial deodorants), aka, you wouldn't want your kitchen trash getting infinitely backed up would you? I also like to suggest the Frankincense oil in the underarm atop of the Zion Earth if you really wanna get hippy with it.