7 Natural Beauty Trends of 2020 To Try ImmediatelyDecember 1, 2020
Natural Beauty Trends
Because we love learning of great natural beauty treatments that nourish the skin and boost confidence, without causing adverse health, environmental, or animal impacts, we’ve been following and researching the latest trends. See below for what’ve found!
Microbiome-Friendly Natural Beauty
Probiotics aren’t just for bolstering gut health anymore. The more we learn about the bacteria on our skin, the more we realize that it might be there to protect us. Recently, we’ve noticed a growing trend of probiotic-infused skincare to combat conditions such as eczema, acne, inflammation, and overall aging. We’ve also seen natural deodorants with probiotics to help neutralize the odour-producing bacteria found in under-arms.
Natural Beauty From Within
We’ve seen a huge increase in sales and marketing for collagen products, to help boost your health and beauty from the inside out. Collagen supplementation can help plump skin, boost your natural glow factor and enhance the health of hair, and nails. Powders containing probiotics and other skin-enhancing nutrients like Vitamin C are also becoming more prevalent, highlighting the gut’s role in skin health and the role of specific vitamins enhancing the production of collagen in the body. After all, you are what you eat.
Studies have shown that taking 3g Vitamin C per day increases the total vitamin C level in the blood, and in the dermis).
The type of collagen that you’re taking also makes a difference. Dermal Collagen from CytoMatrix has studies that show decreased fine lines around the lines in four weeks of use.
Superfoods for Natural Beauty
Skin creams and serums are being infused with powders, extracts and oils derived from nutrient-packed foods. From avocado sheet-masks to Reishi-mushroom-enhanced hand creams and highlighters that tame age-accelerating free radicals, you’ll be noticing more ingredients from your fridge and pantry showing up in the beauty aisle.
Activated Charcoal for Natural Beauty
Activated charcoal is highly absorbent material that attracts positively charged gas and toxins in the body, binding it to the material and flushing it out of the body in the stool. This can be used in the aid of flushing out alcohol and drugs.
Natural Deodorant Recipes That Actually Work
Why should you be concerned about ‘normal’ deodorant?
Deodorants are jam-packed full of toxins. Yes, toxins are everywhere, but the amount of nasty chemicals in conventional deodorants is scary. You wouldn’t swallow a spoonful of toxic chemicals, therefore we encourage you not to smear them under your arms (or anywhere on your skin). Chemicals can be absorbed via the skin and enter directly into the bloodstream and lymph nodes.
The chemicals in deodorants can also act as endocrine disruptors which essentially means these chemicals can disrupt the function of the body’s developmental hormones and reproductive system.
Parabens, such as methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyl and butyl are commonly found in deodorant.
Parabens essentially mimic estrogen by binding to estrogen receptors on cells. They also increase the expression of genes leading to increased growth of breast cancer cells.
According to the editor in chief of the Journal of Applied Toxicology, Philip Harvey, Ph.D., some compounds used in common deodorant are absorbed and stored in fat cells within the body.
Ingredients To Avoid
Parabens: (methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyl, and butyl) linked to breast cancer
Aluminum compounds: (aluminum chlorohydrate and aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly) linked to breast cancer
Silica: linked to cancer, allergies/immune-toxicity
Triclosan: linked to skin irritation, contact dermatitis, cancer
Talc: linked to cancer
Propylene glycol: linked to delayed allergic reactions, possible kidney and liver damage
Steareth-n: linked to cancer
Fragrance: linked to skin irritation, harmful for the environment, allergies and organ system toxicity
Homemade Deodorant For Sensitive Skin
- ¾ cup arrowroot powder/non-GMO cornstarch
- ¼ cup baking soda
- 4-6 TBSP melted coconut oil
- Combine baking soda and arrowroot powder/cornstarch
- Add 4 TBSP melted coconut oil and mix with a fork. Continue adding coconut oil until the deodorant reaches your preferred consistency.
- Transfer mixture to a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Shea Butter Deodorant Recipe
- 3 TBSP coconut oil
- 3 TBSP baking soda
- 2 TBSP arrowroot (optional) or organic cornstarch
- Essential oils (optional)
- Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat until barely melted. OR you can combine the shea butter and coconut oil in a quart-size glass mason jar with a lid and place this in a small saucepan of water until melted. This will save your bowl.
- Remove from heat and add baking soda and arrowroot
- Mix well
- Add essential oils and pour into a glass container for storage. It does not need to be stored in the fridge.
If you prefer, you can let it cool completely and put it into an old deodorant stick for easier use, though it may melt in the summer.
Note that it may take several hours for the deodorant to harden, this can be sped up by placing it in the fridge for a few minutes.