Get The Au Naturel Look For Summer
An au naturel look is classically beautiful and in-fashion any year. A fresh appearance is perfect for the day and will simplify your skin care routine and your closet choices.
A clean, natural look doesn’t mean no make-up, but it does mean lightening things up!Maybe you’re not blessed with the clearest, toned skin, but there are some easy steps to achieve a healthier, glowing face.It’s important to always moisturize after cleansing—both day and night. Your day moisturizer should have at least an SPF 15 to protect from UV rays which cause premature aging and uneven skin tone.
Always drink plenty of water, which will help keep you and your skin hydrated, all year round. Certain foods can also aggravate or cause acne and pimples. Avoid refined sugar and grains (white sugar and white flour), dairy, processed items like fast food, too many omega-6 fats, chocolate, and whey. It takes time for skin to work out toxins, so be patient. Use a tinted moisturizer plus a dusting of loose powder to provide coverage that isn’t weighty. If you have a lighter complexion, avoid bronzer and blush that looks caked-on. See where your skin becomes flushed when you’re working out and sweep those areas lightly. Use mascara sparingly and gently wipe off excess clumps with clean fingers. A light lip balm or neutral lip shade rounds out the look.
Go easy on the accessories. Part of the au naturel look is not being weighed down by lots of pieces. A great choice to exude a natural and sustainable vibe are high quality cork wallets and hand bags. Cork accessories are made from the bark of trees in Portugal which is sustainably harvested, and cork creates products that are lighter, softer, and more durable than leather. Eve Cork’s luxurious line is cruelty-free because they also use vegetable dyes and organic cotton for the linings. Plus, their collection is naturally waterproof, stain-resistant, anti-bacterial, and hypo-allergenic! Several of their bags and wallets come in a natural, undyed cork shade that looks fabulous with a bare, essential style.
Stick to one or two items of jewelry to add as accents. Homemade pieces highlight the authentic feel of the au naturel style. A single ring paired with a necklace, or a bracelet and a hairpiece, will add some points of interest without overwhelming your look with clutter.
As for clothes,keep it light and soft with the right materials. Organic cotton, bamboo rayon, and hemp all give the right vibe for a bright and breezy summer day. Floral sun dresses, soft skirts and tops, and sticking to neutral tones like browns and beige, earthy greens, and watery blues convey a connection to nature. Flat footwear with thin straps allow your feet to breathe and won’t weigh down your look with clunky heels and thick bands of leather or plastic.
The summer au naturel look isn’t complete without one very important, yet often overlooked summer article – your water bottle! We know all about the dangers of plastic bottles, and while they may look good, you know how important it is to control what we put in our body. Thankfully, there are awesome glass water bottles that provide the health benefits we need to avoid plastic while ensuring it doesn’t cramp your style.
Remember to keep it simple and clean. Wearing less make-up will help improve your complexion over time. Think earthy when it comes to choosing colors and materials. If it’s all-natural and sustainable it will show because you’ll truly glow.