A Day in the Life of a Natural Beauty
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7 pm: Evening edition
Now’s the time when you’ll be fighting off fatigue, as well as that not-so-fresh feeling—but with these products, you can win that war!
Get minty fresh If you don’t have a toothbrush handy, mouthwash can be an instant freshener. Just make sure you use one that’s alcohol- and chemical-free. Although it’s a common anti-microbial ingredient in commercial mouthwash, “sodium lauryl sulfate is a foaming agent that can actually drive chemicals into sensitive areas like mouth tissue and right into the body,” Trattner says. a) Alcohol-free Vitacare Multicare Mouthwash ($9; vitacareworld.com) corrects pH imbalances that cause bad breath.
Banish B.O. Body odor can burden even the best of us by the end of the day. “After sitting, moving and other activities (including daily stressors), bacteria mix with sweat, and 12 hours later things can begin to smell,” says Trattner. A quick spritz of a favorite fragrance can eighty-six that B.O.—and be a surprisingly effective mood booster, as well. Plus, it’s easier than ever to find a chemicalfree scent you’ll love. b) LIV GRN Eau de Parfum in Earth ($60; livgrn.com) is free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates. (Bonus: The company donates 10 percent of all profits to Global Green, an organization working to reverse the environmental impact of climate change and spearheaded by celebrities Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz and Brad Pitt.)
Brighten your whites End-of-the-day exhaustion, as well as the effects of staring at a computer screen all day, can leave you with red, bloodshot eyes. Applying black eyeliner is a quick and easy way to look more awake. “It gives your eyes instant definition,” says Cosio. “Especially if you put it really close to your lash line, which adds depth.” Smudge a thin layer of black or brown shadow over the liner with a small brush to make it last all night. “Just don’t go crazy making a line that’s too thick, or you could wind up looking dirty,” Cosio cautions. c) Line the top and bottom rims of your eyes with Josie Maran Raven Argan Infused Eye Liner ($10; josiemarancosmetics.com).
11 pm: Bedtime story
Your final beauty ritual is the most important of the day, because your skin has time to repair itself overnight. Give it an extra boost with products that keep it clean and pristine, as well as help ward off wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and sagging.
Cleanse and renew “Never go to bed without removing your makeup first,” says Trattner. “Overnight wear clogs pores, pushing dirt and oils deeper into the skin, which causes breakouts.” A gentle cleanser containing vegetable glycerin is ideal, as it leaves skin soft and smooth without stripping it. d) One Love Organics Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser ($29; oneloveorganics.com) gently cleans with organic Chilean soap bark, coldpressed apple oil and vegetable glycerin.
Soothe your eyes Applying a specially formulated cream to the eye area at night can go a long way in repairing and reversing the signs of age, including fine lines and dark circles. Choose a product that includes vitamin A, which is a potent antioxidant known for its ability to lighten and brighten. e) Vitamin C and the chestnut extract aescin in Colbert M.D. Nourish Eye Cream ($110; barneys.com) help to increase blood circulation and thus repair.
Keep your balance The best nighttime moisturizer will contain ingredients that lightly hydrate while helping skin maintain its natural pH levels (if it’s off balance, breakouts and signs of aging can appear). Look for tried-and-true natural butters, such as shea and palm, on ingredients lists. f) Nature by Canus All Natural Night Renewal Facial Cream ($22; canusgoatsmilk.com) is made from vitamin-rich goat’s milk.