When I was 20 my skin changed. I broke out more than I did in high school. Perhaps it was the food I was eating or a change in hormones. Either way, it was awful and embarrassing. And it only continued.

Then, when I turned 30 I developed several eye allergies. I spentScreen Shot 2016-04-08 at 9.27.39 PM one summer visiting my eye doctor and using steroid drops to fix the extreme inflammation that was consistently occurring in one of my eyes. The doctor said that if the issues continued, I’d need to have eye surgery. No thanks!

But guess what? I didn’t have an “eye issue.” My shampoo and makeup caused these issues. I figured this out, not my doctor.

One day I had an epiphany; I changed my shampoo and my makeup and discovered that the majority of my skin and eye issues were due to the products I was using … 10 years later I finally had a clue!

Currently, I am six months pregnant with my third son. Each of my previous pregnancies led to a face filled with acne and an unhappy mama. This time around, however, my skin is nearly flawless. And I still wear a little makeup to brighten up my look.

So what gives? Check out my Natural Beauty Regime Tips below:

#1. Drink Water with Lemon, Every Single Day.

I am not a fan of plain water. However, hydration is super important—and especially so when you’re pregnant. Hence, I had to figure out a way to get more water in me. Lemons were my answer.


Each week I purchase lemons—an investment that honestly does not break the bank, especially when shopping at Aldis. I cut those suckers up and add them to my water every single day. Along with a few ice cubes, this mamma is set for staying hydrated throughout the day.

#2. Cleanse Your Face, Sparingly

Over washing can dry out your skin, cause more breakouts, and send you into an emotional  tornado. I used to wake up and wash my face. Not anymore. The only time I was my face is at the end of the day. However, I first start with a  cotton ball and little coconut oil.

Coconut oil is an incredible natural makeup remover. If you get it near your eyes, it’s not a big deal. Plus, this stuff will gently remove all of your eye makeup. For me, this was a fabulous discovery! I rub the cotton ball all over my face to first get the majority of makeup off of my skin and to help cleanse my pores as well.

Next, I wash my face with Pure Haven Essentials (formerly known as Ava Anderson) facial cleanser. This cleanser is gentle, does not contain water, and is jam-packed with essential oils. Some may consider it to be a bit on the pricey side; however, the product will last for months.

Finally, as previously mentioned, I do not wash my face in the morning. But if I do wake up feeling a bit grimy, I will squirt a few drops of rubbing alcohol mixed with a few drops of tea tree oil on a cotton ball to cleanse my skin. Now, rubbing alcohol can be drying. And I am in the process of switching up this little concoction with a natural witch hazel product that I just purchased. (For months I’ve only had the rubbing alcohol on hand.) I will let you know how the change goes!

#3. Moisturize with a Natural Product

There are a butt load of facial moisturizing products on the market. But guess what? The majority of these products are bogus. They contain parabens, synthetic fragrances, PEG compounds, and sodium laurel sulfate—cosmetic chemicals that you want to avoid. Remember, our skin is a largest organ and everything that we put on our skin is absorbed into our blood stream. Better to be safe than sorry!

Therefore, I suggest investing in a natural moisturizer from an honest company which prides itself in producing chemical-free products. Again, check out Pure Haven Essentials (formerly known as Ava Anderson). For months I have been using their Citrus Body Butter, on my face, and I absolutely LOVE it. Best of all, a tiny bit goes a LONG WAY. This stuff will last you forever.

Another option is the Exquisite Facial Moisturizer by Radiantly You. This company is wonderful. Shipping can be a bit high, but the products are completely legit. If you prefer a facial serum, there is that option as well. I have yet to try either of these products, but I have used several others from the company (specially their cleaning products) and I can confidently say that I trust these products will work wonders on your skin. (And I have friends and family who use the moisturizer and swear by it!) Again, these products will also last you forever.

#4. Opt for Natural Shampoo and Pure Cosmetics

Hair Care: For over a year I have tried several natural shampoos—bars, liquhttp://thebeautytonic.com/10-tips-to-get-rid-of-greasy-hair-fast/ids, no-poos. I can confidently say that I hate the natural bar shampoos. I have thick, naturally wavy/curly hair. My hair does not adjust well to a natural bar shampoo. Instead, it absorbs the oils in the bar and becomes greasy. And greasy hair is not attractive. 😀

Just a few months ago I decided to take a financial plunge and ordered a shampoo from 100% Pure Cosmetics. The reviews raved about the product and I was ready to make a switch.

My discovery: the Kelp & Mint Volumizing Shampoo is amazing!! While it is recommended for those with flat, thin hair, the product works perfectly for someone who has thick, curly hair. Additionally, I purchased my 13 oz. bottle on Feb. 2nd. I still have about 1/4 of the bottle remaining. Therefore, as of this writing, it has lasted me 3 months! Definitely worth the purchase.

Cosmetics: Makeup and I have a love-hate relationship. I love makeup. Yet my skin and eyes hate most makeup. 🙂 Sometimes I watch the online makeup tutorials and cringe when I see the brands being used—but not because I’m anti-drugstore makeup. I cannot use any of these products myself. I react to all of them. Especially eye products.

So, I’ve had to venture outside of convenience and into ingredient research. I’ve learned that the less, the better.

A few of my favorite brands are Tarte, 100% Pure Cosmetics, and Pure Haven Essentials. My eyes do not react to 100 % Pure’s eyeliner or mascara, or to the Pure Haven Essentials mascara. My face does not break out from Tarte’s Under-Eye Corrector or Pressed Finishing Powder. I’m also in love with 100% Pure’s Fruit Pigmented Brightening Concealer. (I will actually use it as a foundation at times, and it works beautifully for me.)

Enough about me! What are your favorite products? I LOVE discovering new finds and would love for you to share your must-haves with me!http://www.thesmartmama.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/bigstock-Cosmetics-215279.jpg

*Please Note: these are my own personal opinions and suggestions. Not everything that works for me may work for you. And I am not receiving $$$ or free products for my opinions. Just plain old honestly from one beauty lover to another. 😉