By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
The best beauty is pure beauty, which means organic, nature-based beauty.
Sticking to natural products not only is good for the environment, but is also good for your skin and hair.
These farm-to-face products are not as likely to produce side effects as their chemical-based counterparts, which are potentially exposing your skin and hair to increased pollution and toxicity (key factors in premature aging).
Natural beauty products are also less likely to lead to allergic reactions, irritations, breakouts and rashes.
They also are usually devoid of toxic smells and artificial fragrances, not to mention hazardous chemicals that can invade your bloodstream and lead to a plethora of illnesses.
The best natural beauty products can heal or restore damaged skin cells and are eco-friendly.
Long Hair Potion
When it comes to hair, for most of us, longer is better. Indeed, long, luscious locks are the dream of most women.
But long hair also has its downside.
It tends to be drier and more brittle than short hair, and that means it is more prone to breakage and split ends.
And while it is true you cannot repair split ends once they are frayed, you can disguise and — more importantly — prevent them.
The Mexican haircare brand Marama has a new line of 100 percent natural shampoos and conditioners that strengthen and nourish hair from the roots down, making it more resilient and less like to split or break.
Marama Herbal Kit includes a Marama Daily Shampoo that sustains follicles and accelerates hair growth with natural plant extracts and organic botanicals, plus a hydrating Marama Conditioner, packed with organic aloe vera gel to protect from environmental aggressors and to keep hair from drying out.
Used over time, this dynamic Marama duo works to help stimulate growth, strengthen, soften and leave hair thick, shiny and healthy looking.
All Marama products are chemical free (no sulfates and no parabens, both ingredients that have been linked to cancer), and are never tested on animals.
Marama is also a fair-trade corporation, which works hand-in-hand with local communities across Mexico for its sourcing.
Dead Sea Beauty
The Israeli-based skincare company Ahava has been keeping it natural since its founding in 1988, and its products all draw on the natural elements inspired in the previously undiscovered botanical and minerals of the Dead Sea.
Ahava’s science-based researchers use only natural ingredients that have been shown to not only care for skin, but help skin care for itself.
Now available in Mexico, the ample Ahava line of skincare, bath and body products is the very essence of vegan beauty.
By harnessing the most dynamic elements of the Dead Sea, with its extraordinary wealth of natural minerals and salts, Ahava products create a balance blend of hydration and nourishment, drawing moisture and nutrients from the deepest depth of the skin to its outer layers, where it is needed most.
It is this extraordinary process that activates skin from within.
Ahava is the only cosmetic corporation located at the Dead Sea, and the company practices sustainable manufacturing technology, with minimal impact on the region’s ecology.
The brand’s pioneering water return processes at its manufacturing plant reflects its eco-responsibility by using indigenous flora to filter waste.
And, yes, all Ahava products are formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl phosphates, phthalates and triclosans, which means that they will never hurt your skin or the environment.
Gentle Sun Defense
Not to sound like a broken record, but we all know that the sun’s UV rays are your hair and skin’s worst enemies.
By now, using sunscreen should be as ingrained into your daily routine as brushing your teeth.
But some sunscreens can be harsh and irritating on your skin, causing breakouts and rashes.
Moreover, heavy sunscreens can leave a nasty residue and oily sensation.
Banana Boat’s new Gentle Protect Kids and Gentle Prote3ct Babies is a non-greasy, non-irritating, broad spectrum UVA/UVB, SPF 50+ protection against the sun’s rays designed in cooperation with pediatricians for young children, but which can be used by everyone in the family over age 6 months.
Even during lockdown, it is important to protect all family members from overexposure to the sun (you only need about 15 minutes of sun a day to get your daily requirement of vitamin D).
And even if you are not going out of the house, your skin is exposed when you are in the garden, on the patio or even just sitting next to a window.
Banana Boat Gentle Protect Kids and Gentle Protect Babies is made with natural minerals, not artificial chemicals, so it is mild enough for even the most delicate skin,
It’s gentle formula is made without oxybenzone, parabens and added oils or fragrances.
The result light, non-sticky, tear-free, water-resistant (up to 80 minutes), coral-friendly protection that protects all ages, doesn’t leave an unpleasant film and does not harm the environment.
…Aug. 19, 2020