If you’re someone who likes keeping up with the latest beauty products and tips, you can’t have failed to notice the growing trend for natural products. Just like the movement towards organic food and even veganism, we’re all becoming more and more aware of what we’re putting on and in our bodies.
If you want to make sure that your beauty products and treatments are 100% natural, then the best thing to do is look into the multitude of options for creating your own natural beauty treatments at home. While that can be fun to do though, it’s also incredibly time consuming!
So today, just for a bit of fun, I’ve looked into some of the latest beauty products and treatments inspired by the natural elements! While some of them may not be completely natural as far as the ingredients go, most of them are at least a step in the right direction!
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Let’s start with the most obvious one in terms of beauty treatments – mud! Mud treatments (technically known as fanotherapy – who knew?) are fantastic for detoxifying the skin by drawing out impurities and, used on the face, can be particularly beneficial for anyone who struggles with oily skin or blemishes.
As well as seeking out spa treatments that incorporate mud, from facials to full mud baths, you can also look for mud-based treatments to use at home. I’ve researched some of the most popular mud treatments around, and these three came out tops:
Lush Cupcake face mask, which incorporates Rhassoul mud to deep cleanse, also includes spearmint oil to cool the skin and vanilla to soothe, so it’s a dream to use. Lush is an amazing brand in general if you’re after natural products.
Dead Sea Spa Magik Algimud Active Seaweed Mask – a peel off mud mask which gives skin an AMAZING glow!
Glamglow ThirstyMud Hydrating treatment – a non-drying hydrating facemask that’s perfect if you’re looking for extra hydration. It will plump your skin and deliver that lit-from-within glow – you can even leave it on overnight for an extra boost if you’re skin is super-parched with dry patches. Amazing stuff!
We all know that you need to drink enough of the stuff to maintain a healthy complexion, but there are also tons of H2O inspired beauty products and treatments!
It would seem that ice is not only useful for cooling down one’s summer cocktail. One of the more unusual treatments I’ve come across is an ice-inspired non-surgical fat removal procedure! Ever heard of CoolSculpting? Neither had I until I saw this CoolSculpting video– apparently it can be used as a non-invasive alternative to liposuction. Definitely worth a go as an alternative for anyone considering going under the knife!
Water can also be great as a hydrating base for moisturisers, and is being used more and more in water-gel formulas for a refreshing and light alternative to your usual creams.
As you can imagine, these work really well on oily and combination skins, and can be great for all skin types during the summer months when you just don’t want anything heavy on your skin. Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Cream Gel and Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour-Auto Replenishing Hydrator are two of the best.
Another ‘elemental’ treatment you might never have heard of is halotherapy. It involves breathing salty air, and is said to be hugely beneficial for respiratory conditions like asthma, as well as for skin conditions such as eczema and acne.
And would it be too much of a stretch to include hairdryers in this section?! Maybe not because not only can your humble hairdryer be used to give you an incredible blowout, it can also help you out with other less obvious tasks!
While you might have used your hairdryer to dry your nail polish, did you ever think of using it to cut down on the time it takes for your fake tan to dry? Really, give it a go – just make sure you don’t scorch yourself! Set it on low or medium heat and don’t hold it too close to your skin.
You can also use it to heat up metal eyelash curlers. Use the curlers as soon as they get warm, then give them a few seconds to cool down while on your lashes – the curl will be more dramatic and stay in place longer. Just be REALLY careful that the curlers are warm and not HOT or you risk burning your eyelids!!
Also, this is not beauty related at all, but I’d like to take a moment to share one of my favorite ‘hairdryer hacks’ – dusting houseplants and blinds!
The most amazing hairdryer in the world ever is the Dyson Supersonic – really, I’m not exaggerating, just check out the reviews. Phenomenal. But if you’re just interested in drying your nails and dusting your houseplants, maybe go for something a little less pricey!
And last but not least, we have fire – or at least heat! Treating yourself to a detoxifying steam room or a relaxing hot stone massage might be nothing new, but what about a Fire and Ice Facial?
Apparently Halle Berry and Gwyneth Paltrow are fans of this treatment, which involves a mild peel followed by a cooling minty rejuvenation mask.
If you’re not so keen on the idea of a ‘firey’ peel, then maybe recreate this treatment at home with something a little more gentle, then slather on your favorite moisturiser – straight from the fridge!
I hope some of these ideas have helped to inspire you with some elemental beauty ideas! Let me know if you can think of anything I’ve left out!
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