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“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Beauty comes from within; the way you feel about yourself and the way you think about yourself will reflect on other people’s opinion. When it comes to physical appearance, women tend to get in a trap of the latest beauty and fashion trends, often forgetting that what is beautiful for one person is not necessarily beautiful for another.
Beauty itself as a word cannot be defined in one sentence, or comprehend in one unique way. Will you feel beautiful if you wear the latest outfit? Are you beautiful when you blush after someone compliment you? Do you feel beautiful after your morning jog, all sweaty and red-faced? Perhaps.
The biggest mistake probably is comparing yourself with others, as what often happens with celebrities. Although they have professional teams that take care of their public image, at the end of the day, it all comes to what they feel about themselves. Trying to achieve the celebrity beauty is not what you should do; however, peeking into their beauty secrets may help you understand how to nurture yourself more.
We have peeked into some celebrities’ secrets and selected their advice on how to look beautiful without make-up. Read on to learn some useful pieces of advice.
Uma Thurman: Healthy Eating and Hot Baths with Salt
We often admire Uma Thurman’s natural beauty, and what we didn’t know by now is that her secret lies in healthy eating and hot baths. It may seem boring and intrusive, in a way, insisting on healthy nutrition, however, nutrition is the key to a healthy body. The food we eat does not only reflect on our physical appearance, it also influences our mental state. Essential nutrients are after all what our body is made of. Fruits and vegetables are the best energy one can get to strengthen both the body and the mind.
On the other hand, stress is our biggest enemy. When stressed, we feel insecure, emotionally vulnerable, emotionally ugly, and negative about ourselves. This negativity makes us dig deeper into our personalities and characters, forcing us to search for the flaws and shortcomings we might have. We are imperfect beings; we should always keep that in mind. However, stress and anxiety make us believe that we are our shortcoming and defects. We can use to relieve anxiety and reduce stress with hot baths, meditation, and exercising and we should fight stress every way we can.
Monica Belucci: Natural Skin Moisturizing combined with Swimming and Yoga
Every morning Monica Belucci takes a cold shower, and devotes her time to moisturize her skin properly using natural products. We have already written about the benefits of cold showers, so you can refresh your knowledge, or learn more about the benefits after reading our article. As we already know, cosmetic products may contain chemicals that can damage our skin, so opting for natural products is always a better choice.
Physical activity is as important as healthy nutrition, however, forcing yourself to exercise in not a good approach. You should choose the activity that suits you the best, and that is the only way you can gain extraordinary results. You need to put your heart into it, willingly. Whether swimming or yoga, take time to find your best exercise practice.
Jennifer Lopez: Sunscreen and Regular Hydration
To protect your skin from damage and bad effects of sunlight, you need to wear a sunscreen. Search for the one that protects your skin from dryness and excessive irritation. Keep in mind that cooling effect of the face cream is as important as protection.
Our body is made of water as you already know, so regular hydration is mandatory for beautiful skin. In summer, we lose more water than in other seasons; thus, drinking a lot of water or freshly squeezed juices and other healthy drinks will maintain the moisture of the skin and delay aging process. Remember: sweet drinks, alcohol and soda are not good beverages to hydrate your body, although they may be good at quenching your thirst. Add lemon or orange to water, and enjoy the proper hydration.
Milla Jovovich: Beauty Sleep and Old-School Beauty Tricks
The secret to look beautiful without makeup is a beauty sleep. Our body needs rest and healthy sleep synchronize body’s function recharging our energy and protective system. Proper sleep is necessary to balance our mind, thoughts and feelings as well. For instance, snoozing button we sometimes use when we are lazy to get up, is doing more bad than good, for both our body and mind. Our conscious is half-sleepy and half-awake, and the alarm clock is constantly interrupting our brain waves, increasing mental effort of our mind. When you hear the alarm clock get out of the bed, do not postpone it.
Sometimes old-school tricks are the best. To nurture your skin you may want to go with the oldest trick in the beauty manual: ice water and cucumber. The cucumber is powerful for neutralizing the puffiness, and it is used to reduce skin inflammation and irritations. Cucumbers are 95 percent of water, thus, consuming cucumbers is also very beneficial for nurturing your skin. It will keep your body hydrated and eliminate toxins.
Ice water activates blood flow and increases circulation; it is the ultimate skin tonic. Ice cubs face treatments are also very popular. Dipping your face for 10 seconds into cold water filled with a few ice cubes will refine your pores and reduce redness, swelling and blemishes. Remember: applying ice cubes directly to your skin can cause delicate capillaries under your skin top break, so wrap the ice cubes in a washcloth and then apply to your skin.
Now, what do you think about beauty? Two quotes sum up different understandings about it.
If you are not certain how to comprehend beauty, try to remember this Audrey Hepburn’s quote: “The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years“.
If you want to know how and why beauty is present in our lives listen to Confucius: „Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it“.
Remember these beauty tricks and stay healthy and beautiful!