Natural Health and Beauty – 7 Steps to Perfect Skin

When it comes to natural health and beauty the best anti aging products are simple, inexpensive and easy to use. If you wish your skin to literally shine with radiance from the inside out then keeping things as simple as possible really is the best way. And I’m talking from EVERYTHING you put on to EVERYTHING you put in, and applying these 7 steps to perfect skin will get you glowing… fast!

How to get glowing skin

In this post I will show you some of the natural beauty products I have used for years, which have kept my skin glowing and beautiful and I know they WORK!

I have used these simple strategies since my twenties, and they have always seemed to give me that edge in the skin stakes; but you can start a natural organic skin regime at any age you like and still see the effects because the skin is renewing and regenerating itself all the time. But it is also vital you give your body the right food to nourish itself if you want it to keep regenerating and not degenerating.

Commercial cosmetics are crammed full of chemicals!

assorted cosmetics

First off, it’s important to understand that most commercially available products such as cleansers, toners, moisturisers, body lotions, sun creams, shampoos, conditioners and make up are often crammed full of harsh (and ultimately aging) synthetic chemicals, parabens and toxins. Arghh right!?

Everything you put onto your skin is absorbed, therefore you can just imagine how many of these nasty chemicals end up on the inside of your precious body, especially when you use these products on a daily basis. Yuck! And that’s just what we put on and not even touching on what you put in through your food, the air you breath, and the water you drink.

Toxic overload

body filled with junk foods

Your body is designed to detoxify your system and is highly efficient at doing so, but in this highly toxic modern environment we find ourselves in many of us are suffering from what has been termed toxic overload. Sometimes our bodies can find it hard to handle the daily barrage of this assault which can cause all kinds of problems and may eventually lead to disease.

Adding certain detoxification foods into your diet as much as possible will help to keep your body detoxifying efficiently, and ultimately – YOU younger!

It’s important to keep everything as natural and as organic as possible if you want to avoid this toxic build-up and keep yourself looking young. If you can’t afford to change all of your beauty products at once, then simply change things as you run out of them and this will still go a long way to getting you on the road to natural beauty.

Anti aging Products

It is worth considering that there are also many other natural products that can promote anti aging and great skin from the inside. These will not only contain the nutrients to help boost skin from the inside, but also reduce the aging of the whole body from a biological perspective, which is what really counts at the end of the day.

The list below are some of the most effective and inexpensive ways to convert to natural beauty that I have discovered over the years. Don’t be fooled into thinking expensive branded products are better as this is most certainly not the case. Some of the most expensive brands can contain the worst kind of chemicals, weirdly.

However, there are some products here that will be more expensive than the cheaper chemical versions, but you will find they go a lot further as you often don’t need as much to get the same results. And balanced out with the cheaper natural products you will find it will work out pretty even over time.

7 Steps to Natural Beauty

1. HAIR

long lustrous hair

For your hair you should use an organic shampoo and conditioner, and this really is a must as synthetic versions are much more drying in the long term.

For a wonderfully deep condition, massage coconut oil into the hair and scalp and leave for as long as possible (I always recommend at least an hour, so do this on days you have more time). The massaging action on the scalp will promote faster hair growth (this really works) as it stimulates the hair follicles and gives it a growth spurt. Adding a few drops of rosemary essential oil will also boost this stimulating effect if you really want to give your hair a growth spurt.

Removing coconut oil from your hair:-

You will find you may need about 3 shampoos to remove the oily residue, however you won’t need a conditioner afterwards as your hair will already feel super soft. This coconut oil treatment is the best I have tried, and at a fraction of the cost of other deep conditioning treatments.

In fact, coconut oil features heavily in my life as it is just fantastic for so many things. Not only is it a great moisturiser for your skin but it also tastes fantastic in baking or cooking in place of your normal fats.

2. ON YOUR FACE

pot of organic face moisturiser

In the day time ALWAYS use an SPF of at least 20, but make sure it is in an organic cream as a lot of SPF creams can be full of chemicals. It took me a while to find a reasonably priced good cream, but I found one in the Natura Siberica Range. This sinks in beautifully, and really works amazingly well as a sun protection all day long.

For night time creams and oils, you should mix things up a bit to make sure you get a full range of skin nutrients. Sometimes you could just use that good old trusty coconut oil, and maybe alternate with jojoba, almond or wheatgerm oils. These are the most nourishing and nutrient dense oils for the skin, and the skin just LOVES nutrients.

Using essential oils:-

bottle of essential oil

A good tip is to add your own essential oils into your base oil. The best for skin regeneration are lavender, rose and frankincense (they also make the oil smell amazing; plus the lavender and frankincense are good for relaxation at night). You will probably need about 10 drops per 50ml of oil depending on the strength.

It’s worth mentioning here that coconut oil triples up as a cleanser, toner and moisturizer all in one for face and body, which is great if money is tight as you only ever need to buy this one magical product to cover so many of your natural beauty needs.

If you prefer a cream you could buy a large pot of organic base cream and just add your own oils. Experiment and find out what works best for your skin type: buying these may add up a bit at first, but they will last you such a long time and will be very cost efficient long term. There are a huge range of oils and essential oils you can use but I have just given you the tried and tested kind that are used for skin specifically.

3. SKIN TREATMENTS FOR ACNE

Instead of using conventional shower gels and soaps which will only dry your skin out in the long run, use an organic body wash; or even just a simple but natural soap such as olivia. I find that these don’t dry my skin out (not even my face), not when used in conjunction with all the other aforementioned natural oils and creams.

5. WEEKLY SKIN TREATMENTS FOR FACE AND NECK

Once or twice a week give your skin a good exfoliation: another great one in the Siberica range is their exfoliator for face and body. After this exfoliation (do this while the skin is still warm and in absorption mode, such as just after a shower) use a very soft mashed avocado with a squeeze of lemon juice as a facial mask and leave for 10 minutes

Once you’ve removed your avocado mask, apply and immediately massage some of your nutritious homemade cream or oil and just let it soak in. Believe me, these 3 things alone will get you glowing beautifully; great if you’ve got a hot date!

6. ON YOUR BODY

On your body (and again, immediately after a shower and on damp skin for maximum absorption) just use plain old coconut oil. Do this 2-3 times a week: put a blob in your hands and rub together to melt, then apply all over massaging as you go.

Massage quite vigorously on cellulited areas such as your bottom and back of the legs, as this will get the lymph drainage going, which in turn helps to break down that unsightly cellulite. Winner!

Exfoliation makes your skin literally glow!

bars of soap

Once a week give your body an all over exfoliation with a good exfoliating mitt or scrub, along with your organic soap or shower gel. Afterwards slather on coconut oil, which will feed the skin, keeping it soft, supple and hydrated all day.

It is important to use only the very best raw, organic coconut oil you can source as it really makes such a difference to the results. Don’t forget you can eat this also by adding it to your baking, stir-fries, or pretty much anything else you would usually use oil for which brings me on to my next point about diet and skin.

7. WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR BODY

This is probably the most important thing of all! If you put rubbish into your body then you will more than likely look like that too (unless you have extreme youth on your side). And NO amount of make up or fancy creams can put that special twinkle in your eye that is only obtained from eating not only healthy living foods, but also raw green superfood shots.

The Plant Based Diet

One of the BIGGEST things I noticed when I decided to start a healthy plant based diet is that suddenly my skin was so radiant that I didn’t even need to cover it with heaps of make-up anymore, and honestly, if you knew me before you would know that’s something I never thought I would say in a million years as I just love my make-up.

Green super foods have transformed my skin!

spirulina and chlorophyl

My absolute favorite now and forever is Dr. Schulzes Superfood, as it is a blend of so many wonderful living green foods such as spirulina, barley grass and blue green algaes – all of which feed your skin and give it the kind of glow that can only come from an inside job. All this, plus are even better for your general health, energy and immunity, but that’s another story.

Chronic inflammation and skin

Chronic inflammation is now a huge health issue and is mostly down to unhealthy sugar laden diets, trans fats, stress, and a million other 21st century lifestyle factors. Left unchecked it can, and more than likely will, lead to sickness and has also been cited as one of the root causes of almost every modern day disease. 

That aside, this out of control chronic inflammation is also highly aging which is why it is vital to eat lots of antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables; and to also keep your sugar, trans fats, alcohol and smoking down to a minimum if you want your skin to stay youthful and plump for as long as possible.

Plant foods and energy

It’s also worth mentioning that since I have been eating a mostly a plant based diet, not only have I seen my skin do a complete 360 degree turn around, but my health has been boosted to a level that I have never before experienced in any of the other kind of eating plans I have tried (which is many by the way). I have SO much more energy and vitality, and also have a much stronger immune system so I hardly ever get sick.

It’s an awesome way to feel for sure, and I will never go back to the way I was; not now I know how great I am capable of looking and feeling. This is why I urge you to try and eat more plant based foods if you want to feel and look your absolute best.

TOP TIP:

Green smoothies are an excellent way of drinking your greens and obtaining all that lovely plant nutrition your body needs in order to give you your best skin ever; plus they are low calories and help boost weight loss. Please check out some great recipes here

Stefanie Taylor
Plant based eating is set to EXPLODE in 2019; not just for health reasons, but also to help keep our beautiful planet thriving. I have lived this healthful lifestyle for over 2 years, which is the reason why zestforever was born to share my experiences, trials and errors, how I overcame them, and how to turn to this lifestyle in such a way that you will thrive too.

I have studied, tried and tested healthy foods, superfoods and diets for over 25 years, but nothing has come close to giving me the buzz of wellness that plant based eating has. To expand my knowledge further I have also studied and worked as a Sports Nutritional Advisor, Nutritional Therapist, and Clinical Weight Loss Advisor - all of which can tie in with the plant based diet.

This website is not intended to treat or diagnose any medical diseases or illnesses. It's merely meant as a way of showing you how to boost your health through the eating of more nutritious plant foods in place of junk foods.

I am grateful for your support, and I hope that the tips and guides you find here will help to guide you on your own plant based journey.

19 thoughts on “Natural Health and Beauty – 7 Steps to Perfect Skin”

  1. awesome article indeed. I have a background in Shampoo manufacturing and I can tell you there are many harsh chemicals in shampoos. I agree with you concerning using an organic shampoo, free from the harsh sulfates, parabins and preservatives. I also agree with the use of coconut oil. Awesome to use.

    • Thanks for your comment Ralph and I’m glad you’ve verified what I am trying to get across with your first hand experience of these things.

  2. I enjoyed reading your article. It’s packed with very helpful information. I like the idea of using all natural organic products. Your right about all the toxins out there.

    I’ve heard of coconut oil being a superfood but I had no idea of it’s many uses.

    What do you recommend for men who are interested in having younger looking skin? Thanks for sharing the article with us.

    • Hi Robert,

      I’m very glad you enjoyed my article. All I can say is I would recommend exactly the same products for both men and women as they are all natural and usually unperfumed. Or for most ranges of organic skin care, if it is not already unisex then they usually have a specific mens range.

      If in doubt just slather on the coconut oil at night as it really is a great all rounder and will definitely keep you looking young.

      But you make a good point to me there as I want my advice to be tailored to both men and women so I shall make some changes to it to reflect that.

      Thank you

  3. Great article. A friend once told me that whatever you cannot eat should not be used on your skin or hair. This is one of the reasons why Olive oil, Coconut oil which you wonderfully mentioned is so good for us.
    nature also provided us a natural shampoo although it may be more expensive than mass produced shampoo.

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for that and you are so right about only putting on our skin what we would be happy eating…and it’s so much cheaper so you have more money to spend on the more expensive natural items like the shampoos etc. 

  4. I really love how informative this blog is! It gives specific examples and uses. I am definitely going to try quite a few. And there is no worry about using anything that could cause damaging affects. As a vegan myself I am grateful for your information.

  5. You bring up a valid point about how most beauty products contain chemicals! I used to use a moisturizer that was filled with various chemicals that I could hardly identify! In fact, the virgin coconut oil has been a blessing once I incorporated it into my daily beauty routine! It’s great for moisturizing the skin naturally, and it smells great!

    • Hi Jillian thanks for reading, and yes coconut oil is just such a wonderful thing, I literally use if for everything. I cook with it, use it as a moisturiser for skin and face, use it as a deep conditioning hair treatment and it’s also  great for whitening teeth.

  6. Hi Stephanie! I liked reading your post on natures way for health and beauty as this is something new to me. My skin care products are all the commercially made ones, and I have never used coconut oil before. I have learned a lot about coconut oil from reading your post.

    I have a question though, does coconut oil have a distinct smell? Doesn’t the odor stay in your hair or on your skin? I don’t like the thought of going around smelling like a coconut. And isn’t it greasy? I might just try it one of these days as I saw it is available at Amazon. Thanks for sharing your beauty care treatment. Very informative.

    • Hi Rebecca, I’m glad you enjoyed my article. As you can tell I am a massive advocate of coconut oil! Ok, so as for the smell, you van buy fragrance free coconut oil as some people do not like the smell of it, but me personally I love it. It really doesn’t smell strong, in fact it smells sweet and lovely, so if you like coconut I would say use it as much as you like all over. It soon sinks in. Hope this helps.

  7. Hi Stephanie!

    I was looking for a special gift for that special someone in my life and I thought a natural hair or skincare product would be an awesome idea since she is also a vegetarian and keeps her life as close to nature as possible. I’m really leaning toward coconut oil as it has so many uses. Great article!!

    Steve

    • Hi Steve, yep you cannot go wrong with coconut oil as it just has so many uses and I’m sure your friend will be very pleased with it. If all else fails at least she can make some chocolate with it ha ha, What more could a girl want?

  8. Awesome awesome article I’ve learned so much about diet and coconut oil. Lavender and many more ideas.I am planning on trying out the coconut oil and going to be much more organic minded and more vegetable based diet minded. Thank so much for all the research you’ve done; now I and many can be if it from it. And loved the video at the end that had professional spokespersons to back up all you have said. Thanks you.
    Blessings,
    Scarlett

    • Thanks Scarlett, I’m glad you enjoyed the article. Yes, you will love coconut oil as it really is such a great all rounder; people laugh when I tell them that I use coconut oil for pretty much everything haha. And lavender essential oil you will love as it is so nice and gentle on the skin, and it relaxes you too!

  9. Hi Stefanie! I love love LOVE seeing more and more people promoting any all natural and/or organic alternatives to the commercial junk that most people have become accustomed to. I worked in the natural food industry for 6 years and learned a lot about this kind of thing, so you have lots of great valid information here. Thank you for being such a wonderful advocate to the all natural world.

    • Hi Debbie, thanks for that! I bet your job has taught you so much, and I bet you watch everything you put in your body now you know. I’m the same, but most people don’t have a clue, they think that if something has a good brand name on it then it must be fine to use, and it’s some of the supposedly “high quality” branded products that are among the worst offenders.

      I love being an advocate for all natural products; I use them myself and have seen amazing results so I know they work!

  10. I learned so much from your article. I try and follow a plant based diet as much as I can. It’s just the healthy way to go and best for your body.
    I don’t like the harsh chemicals in the shampoos either. I like when my skin feels and looks good.
    I use coconut oil on my hands and a coconut oil shampoo too. I also love the essential oils. I use frankincense oil on my feet for numbness.
    Is there one essential oil that is better than the others to use?

    • Hi Rob, it really is great you are following a plant based diet. Makes you feel so much better doesn’t it?
      Yes harsh shampoos and soap really mess with your skin’s Ph and dry it out. Nasty stuff! Especially you need to look out for anything that starts with the letters PEG as these are the worst kind of chemicals to put on your body and can disrupt hormones.

      I’m glad you have discovered essential oils too, I use them a lot, especially in my job at the herbal apothecary, but we use them more medicinally. It’s just amazing what they can do and how powerful they are. For anti aging purposes we use Frankinsense; we put it in most of our creams so that is probably my favorite.

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