The Secret to Perfect Skin

This month Lucky Magazine prompted it's community of bloggers to share their all natural style secrets. I was really excited about participating in this particular assignment as I learned a lot about natural beauty this summer, specifically taking care of your skin. As a result, I spent most of this season completely sans makeup. Although I never wore much of it, I'm a girl who has always sworn by her smashbox concealer, bare minerals powder foundation, and nars orgasm blush. However, a job that had me working outdoors in ninety degree weather did not at all entice me to wear makeup. A melting face is the last thing you want in heat. So, I found an alternative way to enhance my visage. The lesson I learned? Natural beauty will take you a lot farther than a painted face. So, here are my favorite natural beauty products. I hope they will treat your face just as they treated mine!

Honey may seem like an odd thing to appear on a beauty product list and trust me, that was my initial thought, but over the past few months I learned how to use this natural sweetener for purposes other than to sweeten my tea. Honey is the best thing to use if you can't really afford to spend extra dough on skin care products. Most of us have been there, especially those of us who are struggling to make New York City rent. Using honey and other household essentials, you can create your own daily cleanser and weekly exfoliating cleanser right at home. Here are the two easy recipes I found that work best:

Exfoliating Honey Facial Cleanser:
  • 1 tablespoon GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
  • 2 tablespoons finely ground almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice 
  • Mix ingredients together. Gently rub onto face. Rinse with warm water. 

Milk and Honey Cleanser:
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 teaspoons rosewater 
  • Place the ingredients in a suitable closed container and shake well. Apply a small amount to your face and neck with your fingers. Rinse with warm water. Store remainder in refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before next use. 

Eau Thermale Avene's thermal spring water is a simple product made out of the most natural ingredients on earth- water. This spray is good for all skin types and works to soothe and soften skin and restores its natural balance. Its purpose has been validated by over 300 studies and has been used since 1743 at the Hydrotherapy Center to treat serious dermatological conditions such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema. This summer, I had Eau Thermale Avene's thermal spring water in my purse at all times. It was prefect for when I spent long days outdoors. One spray and I felt instantly refreshed and saved from the dry heat.

Sun screen in the summer is an absolute must, although many dermatologists recommend using it all year round. My favorite brand for sunscreen is definitely Glytone. When applied throughout the day, It's active ingredients are clinically proven to maintain UV protection. In an era where global warming is a major topic of discussion, using a powerful sunscreen is the safest way to go. Sunscreen is an incredibly useful product, although I don't think it should ever take the place of a great moisturizer, but we'll get to that next.

4. Seventh Generation Hydrating Boost Serum
I received a free sample of this product from Lucky and Seventh Generation for use in connection with this post. That being said, what I think about this product is my actual opinion not a sponsored one. I tried this hydrating boost serum and it did wonders for my skin. It is the primary reason I was so confident in going makeup free this summer. Made out of all natural ingredients this serum will give you beautifully radiant complexion and softer skin. The hydrating serum works as a great daily moisturizer. I highly recommend it.

5. The Body Shop's Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash
The Body Shop is a long time favorite beauty brand of mine. Their products work wonders and it's an added bonus that the company is entirely cruelty free. Made out of all natural ingredients their new tea tree cool and creamy wash and scrub is great for blemished skin. When I had a mini acne break out, I used both products during my morning routine and in a few days my skin was squeaky clean! It leaves your skin feeling so fresh and so so clean.

6. Dr. Owuso Sangria Shea Soap Bar
I've used a lot of Dr. Owuso's skincare products and I virtually swear by them. One of my favorites is her sangria shea soap bar. It is the perfect soap for summer skin as it leaves it feeling completely cleansed, smooth, and smelling amazing. The sangria sent is intoxicating! Save your body from all of the chlorine and UV rays it experiences during the summer by washing with this soap. We will definitely appreciate it.

I hope you you enjoy my recommendations. If you give any of them a try, I would absolutely love to hear how they work out for you! Lastly, as this post was done in collaboration with Lucky Magazine I would greatly appreciate it if you voted for it on Lucky Magazine's website. Additionally, be sure to check out some of the other Lucky Magazine all natural style posts with the hashtag: #ALLNATURALSTYLESECRETS. Have any of your own? Be sure to share them in the comment box below!


  1. Thank you for sharing your beauty secrets! I am very curious about the soap and will need to look it up. I am incredibly particular about products I use on my skin (and put in my body), too and also a firm believer that less is more, but those few things must be of a nearly perfect quality. :)

  2. Great share! I've used honey and oatmeal, avacado natural cleansing products, I have sensitive skin so I have to be selective on what I buy. Will have to check out that hydrating serum, sounds good. /Madison

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  5. #ALLNATURALSTYLESECRETS I have tried the facial cleanser and would recommend aloe vera. I have a lot of aloe vera in Nicaragua and I use it to protect my skin.

  6. hi, iv just seen this page, iv been using the The Body Shop's Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash for about 4 months. For the past 5 years i have been suffering from acne, and acne scaring. I tried everything from medication to over the counter creams, nothing worked. Doctors kept telling me to give diff medications a try. My skins has now trandoformed, i have before and after shots and i need to tell people how amazing this is, and how much its changed my skin. syeda basri

  7. In the summer I try not to wear powder or foundation considering that I'll just sweat it off or clog my pores however for some reason it works better for me as long as I exfoliate daily and use my mask at least once a week my skin looks phenomenal without makeup! Great post I am always looking for new products to try out.