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The 3 Best Beauty Secrets (& They're Natural!)
What Do Coconuts, Birds & Bees Have in Common?
It's may sound like it, but it's not a set-up for a sex joke. They are all natural, and all of them are part of a beauty regime I swear by.
These are my personal beauty secrets. After years of trying various products for hair care, skin care, and chapped lips, I have finally found the answers. Every since I have started using these products, I get compliments on hair and skin all the time. The best part is that they are all completely natural. I'll admit, I still use some synthetic products, because these products may be great, but they can't do everything! These things just happen to work better than the many other synthetic products I have tried for hair, skin, and lip care. We already use so many man-made synthetic, chemical-laden products all the time. If you don't need to, why put chemicals in hair/on skin when you could use something natural? It's worth at least giving it a try!
16 oz container of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
#1 - Virgin Coconut Oil (Hair AND Skin Care in One!)
This one is my most recent discovery. About 6 months ago, I decided to go blonde. It was fun, but it wasn't me, and it took a lot of processing to get it there, so it ended up really damaged. I tried dying it a few different colours with the same result; the dye just would not take. It didn't matter what I did; I tried deep conditioning treatments, protein treatments, hot oil treatments... they all my hair feel a bit nicer for a while, but they did not fix the problem. I was desperate when I came across a post on a hair care forum about virgin coconut oil. I didn't have the highest of hopes; after all, I had tried so many things, and nothing had worked, but I decided it was worth a try. It took a little searching around to find somewhere that sold it.
I took it home, and did a 'deep conditioning' treatment that night; I wet my hair, dried it with a towel & took about a tablespoon worth of coconut oil and worked it through from roots to tips. Then I left it for about 45 minutes. When I washed it out with shampoo, I was shocked! My hair felt so amazing! Not only did it feel better than after using the other products, it felt better than it had felt before I went blonde! My hair had not felt this nice in well, as long as I could remember.
It still feels great, and I have never done another of the deep conditioning treatments, I just take a small dime-sized amount once a week or so, rub my hands together, then run my hands through my hair. My hair has felt so much silkier and smoother since I have been using it, and all the frizz and flyaway hairs have been tamed! I've gotten many compliments on how shiny and healthy my hair has looked since I started using it!
After how great my hair felt, I did a little more research into it, and found out that coconut oil is also great for your skin. I have started using it for skin care on my face as well, and have found my skin has not been feeling nearly as dry as it did! It's kind of weird at first, because it's greasy and does not soak in as quickly as lotion, but I have really found a difference in how my skin feels since I've been using it.
#2 - The Japanese Beauty Secret: Uguisu No Fun (You Want Me To Put Bird Poop On My Face??)
Yes, that's right, Uguisu No Fun, the beauty secret of the Japanese Geisha, is a facial cleanser made from bird poop; specifically, Nightingale droppings. I know, it sounds disgusting, but it's really not as bad as it sounds; besides, women do some crazy things in the name of beauty! This is truly not that shocking compared to say, having toxins injected into your skin to lessen the appearance of wrinkles! Besides, it isn't just bird poo scraped up from the ground; they are treated with ultra-violet rays, and are perfectly sanitary.
Uguisu No Fun has been in use for generations in Japan, but has recently became a hit with the upscale crowd in Spas and Salons. Purportedly paying $180 and up for a 60 minute facial with Uguisu No Fun. Not only is it a good cleanser, but it also has lightening and evening effects on the skin tone. It is meant to leave your skin luminous with a pearl-like effect on the skin.
I have long been interested in Geisha, and when a friend went on a trip to Japan, amongst other things she brought me back some Uguisu No Fun. I was intrigued; I had read about Geisha and other Japanese women using this product, and how it was the secret to their beautiful, luminescent skin... but it was bird poo. I didn't immediately use it, but then one night I decided to be daring; first, it doesn't smell great, but it doesn't smell that bad considering it's poop. I followed the directions, which said only a small amount of the powder was needed, mixed with a few drops of water. As I mixed it together in the palm of my hand, I tried not to dwell on what it really was. I rubbed it on my face, left it on for 10 minutes, and then came back to wash it off.
I was shocked, because my skin actually felt pretty amazing. It felt moisturized, and clean. At that point, it still wasn't any better than other things I had used. Then, I went to bed, and when I woke up the next morning, I was really surprised. My face still felt moisturized and clean. Usually by the morning, my face would have started to feel dry again after my face had been in my pillow all night. It definitely wouldn't have still felt fresh and clean. I was a believer.
The most amazing effect wasn't immediately evident though. I kinda thought the 'skin like a pearl' thing was a bit of hogwash to sell it. I was shocked a couple of weeks later when my husband make a comment about how my face seemed to almost glow, and how healthy and vibrant it looked. I looked in the mirror, and he was right; there definitely was a new vibrancy to my face that had not been there before. I don't know how to explain it other than calling it a glow, though that doesn't quite describe it accurately. My skin is just brighter, and fresher looking. Since then, other people have noticed it too. No one seems to believe me when I tell them it's from bird poo though ;)
Burt's Bees Classic lip balm, 15oz tube.
2 Pack of Burt's Bees Pomegranate lip balm, 15oz tubes.
4-pack of Classic Burt's Bees lip balm, 15oz tubes.
# 3 - Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm (No More Chapped Lips!)
Over the years, I have tried many brands of chap sticks and lip balms. While they have all 'worked' to a certain extend (my lips always felt better when I put it on), they never seemed to really have a lasting effect. No matter how much I used them, my lips still got chapped and felt gross. That is until I discovered Burt's Bees Beeswax lip balm.
Ever since I have started using Burt's Bees on a regular basis, my lips do not get chapped. That's right, I don't need something to soothe my chapped lips anymore, because using it has prevented my lips from getting chapped to begin with. I stopped the vicious cycle!
I've heard that one of the reasons that other brands of chap sticks and lip balms only have short lasting effects it because they are made up of ingredients, including water, that are made for the short term; they provide a bit of relief and moisture for your lips. The problem is, water evaporates, so once it wears off, your lips are back where they started.
Burt's Bees, on the other hand, it made with beeswax. Beeswax doesn't just evaporate and leave your lips back where they started. My lips always feel smooth, soft, and moisturized. I even put a lay of Burt's Bees on underneath any lip gloss or lip stick that I put on. I don't go anywhere with a tube of it with me!