We all want to look and feel our best, but the massive array of creams, lotions and cosmetic products on the market can seem baffling and overwhelming. Not only that, but a quick glance at the ingredients list of most off-the-shelf beauty products is sure to raise a few eyebrows. From preservatives and parabens to sulphites and even genetically modified ingredients, there are so many chemicals in the average moisturiser or shampoo that many of us worry about the harm we could secretly be doing to our bodies. Luckily, there is an alternative – follow our quick guide to looking beautiful the natural way.

Stay healthy

healthyWhile most of us are always on the look-out for a quick beauty fix – something that will erase lines and make us look years younger overnight, perhaps, or a miracle cure to turn frizzy hair into a perfectly manicured do – the fact of the matter is that the easiest, cheapest and most effective way to look your best is to stay healthy. A balanced diet with plenty of leafy greens, fresh fruit and vitamin E will help your skin stay glowing, supple and young looking, while plenty of protein is essential for strong and healthy-looking hair and nails. As well as this, it’s important to exercise too. Not only will this help you maintain a great figure and feel positive about the way you look, it will give you beautiful skin too. While most of us will still need some beauty products to fall back on when we’re having rough days, a healthy lifestyle can make an incredible difference and help you to dramatically reduce the amount of chemical products you rely on.

Supplement your diet

If you have a deficiency of a certain vitamin or mineral in your diet, it can often materialise as physical symptoms such as a dull and lifeless complexion, dry skin or brittle nails. And while it is always tempting to mask these problems with creams, lotions and other treatments, by fixing the problem at its source you can solve your beauty issues without needing to cover them up. At stores like HealthMonthly.co.uk you’ll find a wide range of vitamins and supplements designed to give your body what it needs to look and feel great. For skin problems, try an amino acid like proline to help your skin look fantastic from the inside. Want thicker, fuller hair? Take your pick from the many natural products on the market.

Make your own

beauty products do it yourselfFed up of not knowing what ingredients are in your beauty products? Why not start making your own? Although this might seem like a daunting option at first, it’s actually easy to get the hang of it and start creating your own natural beauty products. You can even make them for friends as a gift. For a simple moisturising cream, start with a simple base such as coconut oil, almond oil or aloe vera and add your own essential oils to create the perfect blend for your skin. Oils like cedarwood, geranium, myrrh and sandalwood are all excellent for dry skin, while oily, acne-prone skin can benefit from blends incorporating neroli, tea tree or rosemary oil. Want to make your own natural, chemical-free shampoo and conditioner? Many people swear by using a combination of baking soda and apple cider vinegar to rinse, clean and condition hair – why not give it a go?

Buy natural

natural beauty productsIf you’re not ready to say goodbye to all your beauty products just yet, never fear. There are plenty of companies out there taking a more environmentally friendly, ethical approach to both their labelling and what ingredients they put in their products. For example, at sites like Green People you can find a wide range of natural beauty products made with certified organic ingredients. They still offer all the products you’re familiar with – from hair care products and shower gel, body lotion and deodorant to items catering to more specific concerns such as ageing skin, dark circles / puffy eyes and dry skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema – but they take great care to ensure that all of their products contain organic ingredients, clearly labelled. So by shopping for your beauty products with them, you can sure of exactly what is getting onto – and under – your skin.