With the New Year comes new beginnings, and your beauty routine should be no different: out with the old, in with the new. And now that women are getting smarter about using safe, fragrance-free, non-synthetic products on skin, hair, and nails, it’s a good time to reevaluate your self-care routine and set your intentions for the new year. Make vegan, non-GMO, and irritant-free products, whenever possible, the backbone of your beauty regimen and you’ll be well on your way to a happier, healthier, naturally-glowing you. Here, incorporate these five clean, natural self-care routines to nourish mind, body and soul in 2019.
1. Embrace Your Natural Locks
All hail the new hair care movement! Thanks to the beauty industry trending toward the au-natural, several safe, non-comedogenic shampoos and conditioners are hitting the market. Say goodbye to parabens, dyes, sulfates, and silicone, which can all not only clog your pores but also dry out your scalp and tresses. Instead, choose naturally sourced products containing hydrants, like nourishing shea butter, to quench your locks with the moisture they need. Remember: what’s on your hair is also on your skin, so what you use in the shower is just as important as what you put on your face and body.
2. Amp Up Your Lip Routine with a Vegan Color
Tired of your same old lip look, and want to make a bold splash in 2019? Switch it up with a cruelty-free, vegan lip color — there’s plenty of options out there, from chapsticks and glosses to sticks and stains. The plant-based ingredients in vegan and organic makeup offer an array of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and natural oils that help nourish and hydrate your lips. Opt for an animal-free lightweight, smear resistant, long-lasting color, so you’ll feel great on the inside, and look smashing on the outside.
3. Treat Yourself to a DIY Spa Day
During cold winter months, nothing beats a hot bath and an at-home spa day. First, set the mood with candles, music, and your essential oil aromatherapy diffuser. Then, run yourself a bath dissolving ¾ cup of epsom salts in the hot water. Soak, breathe, relax. When you’re ready, pat your skin dry and warm a generous amount of Almond Glow Body Lotion between your palms (we love lavender to relax, jasmine to energize the senses). Then, give yourself a head-to-toe massage to work on trigger points and help soothe your body. Bonus: this non-GMO, vegetarian blend of pure peanut, olive and lanolin oils helps to soften and conditions skin. It’s rich in vitamin E (think: antioxidant benefits), locks in moisture, and slides over skin without tension to gently nourish and soothe dryness.
4. Hydrate and Nourish Your Skin with a Vitamin E Oil Face Mask
Deal with sensitive or dry skin? You can use some simple household ingredients to make your own irritant-free face mask. Chapped or flaky skin can be a pain, so quench your skin’s thirst with this honey and vitamin E oil homemade mask. Mix one teaspoon of honey with 10 drops of vitamin E oil and spread the smooth paste evenly on your face. Let it sit for 15 minutes and rinse off using a warm washcloth to wipe away residue. Honey’s beneficial qualities help nourish the skin, and vitamin E oil softens and helps moisturize dry skin. It’s cheap, easy to execute, and will keep your skin hydrated and moisturized when you need it most this winter.