Discover the natural beauty essentials you need for radiant skin, gorgeous hair and strong nails without wasting time and money on expensive beauty treatments.
Thank you to Natrol for sponsoring this post.
Shiny hair that grows fast and styles easily. Radiant skin with a healthy glow and fewer wrinkles. Strong nails that last through a manicure without splitting or breaking.
What you just read might sound like promises from an expensive beauty brand, but I’m here to tell you, you don’t need to buy into the hype to have healthy hair, skin and nails.
8 Natural Beauty Essentials
So if you’re taking a pass on those fancy brands, how do you get the beautiful hair, skin & nails you crave?
I’ve posted before about how to boost your beauty routine using food, exercise and other healthy habits, liking taking Natrol Melatonin to get great sleep, but now let’s take a look at some natural beauty essentials to stock in your bathroom cupboards.
Some of them already live in your kitchen cupboards and the rest are simple and affordable additions. These beauty essentials do a fantastic job of bringing out your natural beauty without robbing your pocketbook or wasting your time.
No expensive beauty treatments here – just the basic workhorses we need for radiant skin, gorgeous hair and strong nails.
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has gained a reputation as the ultimate multi-tasking product for good reason. Not only is it healthy and delicious to eat but coconut oil has a whole slew of beauty benefits as well. Coconut oil is rich in medium-chain fatty acids (including lauric acid), which provide antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory benefits, as well as being effective at keeping skin hydrated.
Coconut oil works wonders for hair, both as an intense moisturizer and as an anti-frizz balm. It is a powerful skincare remedy both on its own, as a moisturizer or makeup remover, and as an ingredient in many DIY skin care recipes including my popular homemade cleansing balm. Coconut oil is also awesome relief for dry cuticles and brittle nails.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
The trusty bottle of apple cider vinegar in your kitchen can be added to your beauty arsenal too. The natural astringent properties of apple cider vinegar make it perfect for busting bacteria and restoring proper pH levels to your skin, which can also help reduce acne. Use it diluted with water as a skin toner or create a homemade apple cider vinegar toner with essential oils if you prefer.
This magic potion is great for hair too! Apple cider vinegar is a popular hair rinse because it closes the cuticle, or outer part of the hair shaft, leaving hair soft, shiny and less frizzy. Bonus: it’s been known as an effective dandruff treatment as well.
3. Natrol Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies
If you really want to give your hair, skin and nails a boost this year, a supplement may be in order. One of my favorite supplement companies, Natrol, makes a supplement specifically for people like us!
Natrol Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies contain 5000 mcg of Biotin per serving. Biotin is a B vitamin that is an important nutrient for healthy hair, skin and nails. You do get some biotin in food, but a supplement is the best way to get a consistent amount in your system.
These delicious, raspberry flavored gummies are 90% organic, made with organic sweeteners, and are non-GMO, gelatin-free and vegetarian, making them an easy way to support healthy hair, skin & nails! You can find Natrol supplements on Amazon, and at many local stores like Walgreens, Costco, Sprouts and other natural food stores.
4. Argan Oil
Argan oil is an amazing multi-purpose oil for hair, skin and nails! Pressed from the nuts of the Argan tree in Morocco, argan oil is full of antioxidants, essential fatty acids and Vitamins A & E. It’s wonderfully hydrating and nourishing for skin and is non-comedogenic, meaning it will not clog pores.
The non-greasy feel makes it perfect for conditioning hair, repairing split ends and taming flyaways. And don’t forget your nails! Argan oil makes a fantastic cuticle oil too.
5. Dry Skin Brushing
Dry skin brushing is a centuries old but often overlooked method for improving skin both inside and out. While dry skin brushing exfoliates dead skin cells, it also increases circulation and stimulates the lymphatic system, which helps with detoxification and boosts the immune system.
Just grab a natural bristle brush and brush DRY skin upwards – always moving toward the heart. Then jump in the shower to remove any dead skin. You’ll feel refreshed and invigorated and your skin will reap the benefits!
6. Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is a natural astringent distilled from the bark of the witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) shrub or tree. Originally a Native American remedy, witch hazel is known for its healing properties and is popular for postpartum healing as well as a remedy for itches, burns and bug bites.
For skincare, witch hazel is most often used as a toner to close pores and soothe skin. It can be used straight (look for alcohol-free witch hazel), or as part of a skin toner recipe. Witch hazel is one of the ingredients in my homemade makeup remover as well.
7. Non-Toxic Nail Polish
An important part of caring for your nails is to use nail polish that is free from the worst chemicals like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, heavy metals and parabens.
No nail polish is completely chemical free but fortunately, there are many safer nail polish brands available these days. Yes, you can still have beautiful, durable nails using a safer nail polish!
8. Arrowroot Powder
You may have arrowroot powder in your cupboard to use a thickener in food products like soups, sauces and pie fillings. But did you know it has a place in your beauty regimen as well?
The silky smooth texture of arrowroot powder makes it a great base for body powder, baby powder and homemade foundation. The oil absorbing properties of arrowroot powder make it fabulous for dry shampoo – a handy product for stretching the time between hair washings.
Natural Beauty Essentials Giveaway
It wouldn’t be a great post without a giveaway now would it? Thanks to Natrol, I was able to put together an assortment of my favorite natural beauty essentials for one lucky Mindful Momma reader to WIN!! Here’s what the lucky winner will receive (approximate $63 value):
Acure Radically Rejuvenating Rose Argan Oil
Acure Dry Shampoo
Dry Skin Brushing Set
Set of 4 Zoya Nail Polishes (All Snuggled Up color assortment)
Natrol Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies
Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter form below. (Winner must be over 18 years and have a U.S. mailing address.) Giveaway goes through midnight central time, Friday, February, 1st, 2019. Good luck!
What are your favorite natural beauty essentials?