Take care of your skin. Nothing is nicer than a soft and smooth-feeling skin. It does not only look good, you will also feel better. However watch out for the many harmful ingredients in body and facial lotions, and instead use 100% (or close to) organic and natural products. A rich moisturizer like shea body butter will not only re-hydrate and soften your skin, but also help restore and maintain the skin elasticity.
Watch out for the sun! One of the most important beauty products is sunscreen. I admit – for the lighter skin types amongst us – it feels nice to have a little bronzed colour after being in the sun for a while. However, the damaging effects of too much sun have been proven over and over again. Even for people with a darker skin type, it is always wise to apply a wiz of sun protection. Shea butter has a natural SPF ingredient between 6 and 10. Of course, this should not replace your sunscreen if you are planning to spend the day outside. It is a good idea to apply a layer of shea butter to moisturize and protect your skin, and then you top it up with a sunscreen with a high SP factor. You are so ready to rock the world!
Your hair is your signature. An instant boost for your self-confidence is a perfect hairstyle. No need to buy expensive products, here are a few simple tricks on how to keep your locks beautiful and healthy. First of all, try to be sparse with chemical products, hairdryers, hair straighteners and curling irons. The result might look beautiful but in the long run they damage your hair. Avoid washing your hair too often and preferably use gentle, natural products. Try to wash your hair with lukewarm or cold water as hot temperatures may cause damage to your hair. Cold water closes the pours of your hair, making it less frizzy and shinier. Combing your hair right after a shower is a no-go as wet hair is the most brittle, so rather wait for it to dry a little. If your hair feels frizzy or to boost your beautiful curls, just warm a touch of shea butter in your hands and apply it with your fingertips sparingly to your hair. It will give you hair a more define effect and reduce split ends, while moisturizing your hair. Avoid applying too much as it can quickly make your hair look greasy. In case of a dry scalp or as dandruff therapy, massage your scalp gently with shea butter, leave it in for at least 20 minutes (or even better overnight!), and then wash it off. It will soothe a dry itchy scalp without clogging your pores and control excess oil production of the scalp. It can also be used as a dry hair treatment as it will moisturize your hair, making it feel softer and revitalized!
Smooth those lips. Who does not appreciate smooth looking lips? While our shea not only moisturizes and hydrates your lips, it also creates an instant feeling of glamour. Shea butter makes a perfect, natural lip balm. It gives a shiny effect and nourishes your lips at the same time. Especially during cold weather – when lips are likely to crack – shea lip balm is a real must! You can also use shea butter as a base before applying lipstick, as the lipstick will glide in a smooth and even way, making you ready to go out!
Drink plenty of water. Water not only hydrates, it is also a perfect cleanser and detoxifier, helps you lose weight and makes you more alert and energetic. Keeping yourself well hydrated is beneficial for your whole body, and will reflect on your skin! For a healthy and good-looking skin, a combination of internal and external moisturizing is important!
What you eat shows on the outside. Eat a balanced diet. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. There is no need to go on a crazy diet. Usually, you won’t be able to maintain it and fall back into those chubby pants. Try to create healthy habits and incorporate them in your daily life. Look for healthier alternatives of your favourite high-calorie sugar foods, and substitute meat for tasty veggie meals. You would be amazed how vegetables can taste with the perfect sauce and nice spices. Above all: use your common sense and eat in moderation. By the way: did you know that our pure shea butter is edible? In fact, shea butter had been used in Africa as a cooking oil for centuries and is sometimes used in Europe as an ingredient for chocolate. Why not try it out and add shea butter to your cooking experience!
Be a beauty sleeper. Sleep is proven to have an effect on your looks (I think we all know from experience!). During the night, your body recovers and repairs itself while you sleep. Usually it is recommended to have 7 to 9 quality hours of sleep each night. While you sleep, the skin makes collagen, which makes it less prone to wrinkles and your body boosts blood flow to the skin, giving you a healthy glow. Another benefit of a good night’s sleep is that you will be more alert, energetic and less likely to grab a sugary energy snacks or a caffeinated drink.
Activate your body. Be an active person. This does not mean you have to do sports for 3 hours a day, it just means to embrace an active lifestyle. Instead of always taking the car to get to the closest supermarket, walk or bike it! Skip the lift and take the stairs instead. Walk your dogs, play with your kids, do sports. An active lifestyle will not only benefit your body, but your mind as well.
Smile and be happy. One of the most important beauty tips might actually be this last one. We believe that beauty is a reflection of the inside and that happy people are the most beautiful! Even if you don’t have the perfect figure (what is perfect anyway?) then your self-confidence and a positive attitude is what people will remember. So, forget the worries – even neglect the above beauty tips – but never forget to smile.