Naturally beautiful? Pah! We need all the help we can get. Lucky that we have the best natural beauty recipes and pampering products to get you looking paraben-free pretty. Just remember to send us a thank you note for your glowing skin and gleaming hair.
Natural Beauty Recipes
Diving for Pearls Hair Oil Protect your hair from the sun and surf with this gorgeously scented oil – ylang-ylang oil is used by pearl divers to keep their locks soft.
Method: Put oils into a glass bottle and shake well to combine.
Taken from: Feeding Your Skin by Carla Oates (Vermilion, £9.99)
Nourishing Banana Mask This skin treat forms a temporary waterproof layer over your face, allowing skin cells to recover their moisture after being exposed to the hot sun and sea.
Method: Mash ingredients together, smooth over skin and leave for ten minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Taken from: Naturally Gorgeous by Charlotte Vøhtz (Ebury Press, £9.99)
Sugar Sweet Body Scrub Get your skin baby-soft and smooth in time for the surf season with this yummy scrub.
Method: Mix sugar and fennel seeds in a bowl, then put in a large sealable jar. Mix almond oil with essential oils, and pour over the sugar. Add more oil if needed. Massage into skin in a circular motion and rinse off.
Taken from: The Ultimate Natural Beauty Book by Josephine Fairley (Kyle Cathie, £14.99)
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Look for these nasties before buying any beauty product, and avoid like the plague:
1. Sodium Laureth Sulfate
2. Mineral Oil [Paraffinum, Petrolatum]
3. Parabens [listed as Alkyl parahydroxy benzoates – butyl/methyl/ethyl/propylisobutyl paraben]
4. Phthalates [listed as dibutyl phthalate or butyl benzyl phthalate]
5. Triclosan [not always listed, may appear as 5-chloro2-(2, 4-dichlorophenoxy)-phenol]
Visit the Health Report website for an extensive list.