How many of us dream of a head of full of thick, healthy locks, long, strong natural nails, and notably beautiful skin that glows? Just about all of us, right? Well I just happen to know a few secrets that can make those dreams come true for you naturally. And because I love ya, I’m gonna share. Read on ….
As a woman in her mid 40’s, there have been a lot of hormonal changes (especially after undergoing a hysterectomy), as well as just the effects of aging itself that really started to wreck havoc on my appearance back in my 30s. My hair had thinned and lost its luster, my skin had become dry and oily at the same time (talk about a personality crisis), adult acne had made a very rude and unwelcomed appearance (the nerve), and my fingernails had become brittle and were constantly breaking on me. Given that I was born with a genetic liver disorder that prevents me from using anything with harsh chemicals, let alone harmful pharmaceuticals, I’ve been on a ten year hunt for the perfect natural remedies to cure my beauty woes. And that research has paid off like you wouldn’t believe. Since implementing these 4 secret gems into my natural beauty routine, I’ve had many friends and family note a much healthier and youthful appearance compared to where I was beforehand, and let me tell you, those compliments that say I look better and younger feel AMAZING! And the simplicity and affordability of the natural remedies I’ve discovered that I truly believe are helping me stay forever young or age gracefully (whatever the case, I’ll take either one) just might shock you.
What is Biotin Anyway?
Biotin is an essential B vitamin we all need and produce on our own. It aids in the proper breakdown and distribution of enzymes and fatty acids and helps our bodies process glucose. But most of us are deficient, which can have a direct and noticeably negative impact on our appearance. Adding biotin supplements to your daily health routine will optimize your body’s ability to improve and maintain the health of your hair, skin and nails in the most mind-blowing ways.
Try Biotin on its own, (or better yet find an all-in-one multivitamin supplement that includes it) for 30 days. I recommend taking before and after pictures of hair length, nail length and skin, so you can see for yourself. The results are astounding! I’ve personally tried straight Biotin from my local health food store by itself, Jamberry’s daily multivitamin with biotin called, ‘Beauty Boost’, and for the last 3 years I’ve been taking Le-Vel Thrive’s multivitamin with Biotin all with equal results (I personally prefer the multivitamin options so that I’m not breaking the bank buying all my supplements separately, not to mention…. cabinet space is nice. Just sayin.) In all three cases my skin was clear, hydrated and glowing, my hair had grown about an inch and my nails were very strong and finally had nice length to them without fear of breakage (and Lord knows we can’t be having that.)
Below are my personal nail and hair growth results after using Jamberry’s Beauty Boost multivitamin with biotin (hair results after 6 weeks).
Every winter I suffer with dry skin, especially on my legs where I get the dreaded ‘unscratchable’ winter itch. A friend turned me on to applying baby oil to my legs after every shower while I’m still wet. That stuff worked like a charm! Super soft legs and no itching, which led to more smooth and beautiful looking legs. I was so stoked!!! Until……
Enter my very knowledgeable boyfriend (and other half of my Hippie Heart), Grady, who, always looking out for me, did a little research of his own. Apparently, traditional baby oil is basically mineral oil, which is a petroleum based ingredient that merely coats our skin like plastic wrap and messes with our immune system barrier. Umm…that can’t be good for baby OR me! For safe, effective moisturizing of your skin head to toe, replace baby oil and other beauty lotions and potions with straight up organic, extra Virgin olive oil! Apply it while skin is still moist for optimum absorption. I even apply it to my face for its anti-aging and moisturizing properties, and it is also nongreasy which allows me to apply makeup after absorption as usual, with absolutely no problem at all. Heck, I swear I even witness some of my fine lines and wrinkles disappear instantly upon application. Maybe it’s just me, but i don’t think so. Just try it and see for yourself.
Olive oil has also been used to support hair health for thousands of years. Full of emollients, olive oil is also INCREDIBLE for hair and nails, as well. For hair, massage olive oil into your locks and scalp, and let sit for 15 minutes. Then shampoo twice in order to remove the oil completely. Your hair will be healthier, fuller bodied and softer than you’ve ever known! For healthy nails and cuticles, just massage a few drops onto your nailbeds once daily. Your nails will thank you and look beyond healthy and moisturized.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Occasionally, the many products we use on our hair can begin to build up and weigh down our hair, giving it an unclean, ‘can’t do nothin’ with it’, drab appearance. Reset your hair game and give your locks new life with this Apple Cider secret treatment: Mix one part apple cider vinegar with one part water. After shampooing and conditioning your hair, just spray or pour the mixture onto your hair and allow it to air dry. Then just rinse and wash out with shampoo during your next shower. How’s that for a quick and easy hair reset?
Hemp and Aragon Oil
Do you love soft, flowing hair without the frizzies? Do you like your free flowing, natural hair to look amazing without harsh products or sprays that make your hair feel hard and crunchy? You’re not alone. I can’t think of a more unattractive situation than to want to run your fingers through your love’s hair and not be able to because it’s hard as a rock….and vice versa. Enter my favorite natural hair remedy for styling….hemp & aragon oils. Both oils moisturize to rid your hair of the frizzies, effectively detangles your hair without harsh combing, and leaves your hair silky soft and manageable all day long. You can mix your own in a spray bottle, but my favorite that I’ve used for years is Marrakesh Aragon & Hemp Oil Therapy by Earthly Body. Just a few quick sprays on my damp hair after washing and I’m good to go. No more tangles and styles quickly and easily, whether you air or blow dry. It’s also nongreasy, so you can skip a wash and just spritz a bit more on to freshen up and smell amazing. Saves time, money (less use of shampoo, conditioner and water) and keeps hair healthier by avoiding over washing and overuse of hot styling tools.
So there you have it. My top 4 favorite beauty secrets for healthier, stronger, more youthful looking hair, skin and nails, achieved naturally. Please share your thoughts and personal healthy beauty boosters you love in comments below. I’d love to hear them and give those a whirl too!
Cheers to great health, natural beauty and aging gracefully! Because the hippie life is a happy life!
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