A Year of Natural Health & Beauty:
52 Tips to Enhance Your Body, Mind, and Spirit
I’ll be updating the list as the year progresses! Here they are so far:
Thanks for visiting! This is a yearlong project, in which I post a new tip each week. All the tips included here are easy, frugal, and all-natural. These will include recipes for homemade beauty items plus tips on nutrition, exercise, and stress relief. I wanted to make sure the tips included in this project are:
- Simple: All tips, especially those requiring steps, should be straightforward, clear, and easy enough for my 10-year-old niece to follow.
- Frugal: Many of the beauty ideas require only ingredients that you very likely already have in your kitchen or pantry! If you need to buy new ingredients, they are probably things you would buy anyway (salt, sugar, oils). Containers can be anything you might normally recycle: used yogurt tubs or jam jars and empty travel-size shampoos work great.
- All-natural: I know that’s a vague term these days and I’m not going to get into details here about the FDA and cosmetics un/regulation in the US. Suffice it to say, for this blog, “all-natural” means the following: for beauty tips, if I can’t eat it, it doesn’t go on my skin (except for essential oils, which you should never consume orally); for health tips, the go-to methods are food, exercise, rest, and spirituality, not pharmaceuticals.
Always remember that natural health and beauty need a solid foundation of wellness and self-care.
Here’s a quick review of The Basics:
- Get plenty of sleep
- Exercise regularly
- Eat right
- Drink plenty of water
- Use sunscreen daily
- Brush AND floss twice a day
- Exfoliate all over
For more in-depth analysis of The Basics, keep reading!
1. Get plenty of sleep.
Lack of sleep contributes to everything from stress to weight gain to loss of brain function and memory and decreased sex drive. Getting your “beauty sleep” really does count, as lack of sleep also results in sallow skin, dark shadows, and puffy, bloodshot eyes due to excess cortisol, which breaks down the skin’s collagen and inhibits its ability to repair itself.
2. Exercise regularly.
At least 30 minutes a day of walking, running, dancing, biking, swimming, yoga, Pilates ~ whatever floats your boat, just do it! Break it up into 10-minute segments if you have to. Shopping counts, if that’s all you have time for. So does gardening, cleaning, and having sex. Not only will it help your weight and metabolism, it will help to improve your mood, brain function and memory, and will increase cellular turnover, keeping your skin looking fresh and young!
3. Eat right.
Of course, it’s not up to me to say what’s “right” for you. But one thing that’s right for everyone is whole foods! Nobody has summed it up better than Michael Pollan: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” (Note: he didn’t say only plants.) Vegetables and fruit provide vital nutrients that help to increase cellular turnover, which is basically your body’s natural fountain of youth. Eat the rainbow every day! Stay away from refined and processed foods, fake foods, additives, and sugar ~ choose whole, organic, wild, unrefined, unprocessed foods, instead. Your natural health and beauty will thank you.
4. Drink plenty of water.
You’ve had this drummed into your head but I’m saying it again. Dehydration shrinks your brain, dries out your skin, contributes to wrinkles and splotches, and can make you depressed and irritable. Hydrate up!
5. Use sunscreen daily.
6. Brush AND floss twice a day.
Another one that’s been drummed into your head, but sometimes you just need to hear it again. Both, twice, every day. Not just for your gorgeous pearly whites but for your overall health.
7. Exfoliate all over.
Skin covers everything! Even if you’re eating right and getting plenty of antioxidants and vital nutrients, your skin could use some extra help on the outside. Be gentle but be consistent. Your skin will glow from a daily scrub!