The Sweet Meadow

Beauty & The Vegan - Part II

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It's finally here - a follow up to the Beauty & The Vegan makeup post. These are my go-to products to encourage healthy skin, hair and body. A quick disclaimer though - beauty really is an inside job.

As Dr. Libby Weaver says, the health of our skin is impacted by everything from the food we eat, the nutrients present or missing from our blood, and the hormones and messages our bodies make based on whether our thoughts are fearful or loving (yes, really).

So, optimising your inner health has the power to affect your outer beauty by improving the health of your skin, transforming the shape and movement of your body, and allowing you to express a radiance that will inspire those around you.

These products will only enhance what you already have, so look after your largest organ - your skin!

Aesop Skincare - This Melbourne-based company makes waves on a global scale for its quality and philosophy. They use a mix of plant-based and laboratory made products, don't test on animals or use any animal-derived ingredients. I use their cleanser, toner, facial oil, eye serum and body scrubs. 
Bentonite Clay - I'm a huge fan of this product. I mix a large handful of powder with water to create a paste, then use this as a face and body mask. Leave on the skin for about 10 minutes and then rinse off in the shower. You can also drink a tablespoon of the clay with water (the clay attracts toxins in the body and then expels them), although I grew tired of that fairly quickly.
Toothpaste - Lush's toothy tabs are my go-to. Whenever I forget them and have to use conventional toothpaste the consistency makes me sick! Oral Pleasure is my favourite flavour (pardon the pun).
Lip Balm - A vegan lip balm proved to be hard to find, but this vanilla-based balm from Courtney + The Babes delivered. It is incredibly nourishing with a subtle scent. I loved it so much that we now stock it at The Sweet Meadow.
Fragrance - Santal 33 from Le Labo has to be the most amazing smelling perfume I have ever used. I love this brand - they are completely vegan and have recently opened a boutique in Fitzroy where they mix the fragrances for you when you purchase. Worth every cent!
Coconut Oil - If I only had access to one product for skin, hair and body health, coconut oil would be it. I use this in so many ways - oil pulling first thing in the morning (I explain more about that here), as a carrier oil to mix with pure essential oils, on the ends of my hair after a shower, and as a body moisturiser. I don't have a preferred brand, organic & cold-pressed are what I generally look for.
Shampoo - The best shampoo for you depends on your hair type, but for flat, slightly oily hair like mine, Lush's Big shampoo is my holy grail. 
Bath Salts - I'm a big fan of epsom salts in the bath, but when I feel like something a little more special, the bath salts from Herbivore Botanicals are my favourite. I would happily own every single product this brand makes. I love how they infuse essential oils with their beauty products - a true mind & body experience. The face masks are also amazing. 
Room Mists - Courtney strikes again. These mists are infused with crystals to aid in creating a calming environment. I like to spray Cleanse in the morning as I leave home and Love Like before bed. 
Essential Oils - I could probably write I whole blog post about how I use essential oils for mind & body health (actually, come to think of it, I will), although pictured here are my absolute go-to's in terms of beauty. Geranium is amazing for skin irritations and healthy, shiny hair. I use clove oil when oil pulling with coconut oil as it aids in oral health. Manuka helps me manage my eczema and is a great oil to ground and centre for deep meditation. I drop a few drops of tee tree oil in my face cleanser and use ylang ylang everyday in so many ways - it's amazing for all kinds of women's health issues. The king of oils is Frankincense though, derived from a tree native to Northern Africa. I place a drop or two under my tongue every day - it's the closest thing I take to a multivitamin. It's amazing for building and maintaining a healthy immune system and also promotes cellular health. I also add this to my facial moisturiser. Oh how I love Frankie!

Of course, daily practices like drinking enough good-quality water, dry body brushing, affirmations, meditation, exercise and eating a whole food, plant-based diet full of healthy fats (hello, avocados and almonds) will do wonders in creating clear, glowing skin. 

Nourishing your body from the inside out will do more for the health of your skin than any quick fix product ever will. #word