by Christina in , , ,





When it comes to natural and organic ingredients and approaches to beauty, I'm a huge fan. It's difficult to achieve this 100% of the time of course, but I do attempt to give it my best shot to seek out these types of beauty products when I can. Two of my top picks when it comes to natural ingredients for getting smooth, buffed skin and a beautiful golden glow- even during the winter, are sweet almond oil & lotus extract.

Why? Almonds are Native to South & East Asian and they were first domesticated as early as the Bronze around beginning in 3000 BC, around the Jordan area. The reason being, is that wild almond species are actually toxic to humans as the kernels produce cyanide once they are processed & handled. Fortunately, we were able to eliminate that issue by domesticating the tree! The oil is extracted from the fruit or almonds and the highest quality can be found in Spain.

As an anti-inflammatory that reduces inflammation and a powerful antioxidant, sweet almond oil is wonderful for skin. Almond oil is also a cicatrizant- meaning that it aids in healing wounds and reducing overall healing time, in addition to being a fantastic emollient that provides excellent hydration :)

Lotus extract comes from the Lotus flower which is native to Asia and Australia and is also the national flower of India and Vietnam. This beautiful flower is often cultivated in water gardens due to its aquatic nature and an individual lotus can live for over a thousand years! :0 They even have the unique and uncanny ability to be revived after lying dormant- even for years! Many cultures consume the plant too in different culinary dishes and preparations, including beverages such as herbal tea.

As for its benefits to your skin, there are quite a few :) Lotus extract is very high in antioxidants and is great at fighting the signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots. It's also a great moisturizer and will leave your skin with an awesome glow. Lastly, lotus extract is wonderful for banishing breakouts, preventing acne, and leaving your skin feeling rejuvenated! You may have noticed that the lotus flower that I sometimes include on my site and it also happens to my site button as well ;)

I chose this beautiful flower because of it's wonderful skin benefits and in some cultures, it also represents beauty, elegance, grace. Wondering if you can snag some good beauty products that contain these natural ingredients to bring you a wonderful sun-kissed glow- even during the winter?! You can! The Beauty Closet has you covered: check out the top 2 product picks below from Svelta

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Purified water, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice  Paullinia cupana (Guarana) Extract, Dihydroxyacetone, Cetearyl alcohol, Lecithin, Caprylic/capric triglycerides, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet almond) Oil, Glyceryl stearate, Vegetable glycerin, Vitamin E acetate, Sesamum indicum (Sesame) seed oil, Organic Olea europaea (Olive) oil, Hyaluronic acid, Dexpanthenol (Vitamin B5), Fucus vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) extract, Myrciaria dubia (Camu camu) extract, Nelumbo nucifera (Sacred Lotus) Extract, Wheat protein amino acids, Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, Oenothera biennis (Evening primrose) oil, Sodium PCA, Dimethicone, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Olea europaea (Olive) leaf extract, Papaver rhoeas (Poppy Seed) Extract, Extracts of panax ginseng, chamomile, green tea and horse chestnut, Allantoin, Pigments (may contain: Mica, Iron oxide, Silica), Fragrance and Vitis vinifera (Grape) seed extract.

If you want to get an awesome glow with an effortless approach, this is definitely the way to go. I love that this product is formulated with good-for-you ingredients- including lotus and sweet almond extract! It comes with a easy-application mitt that also prevents you from getting your hands stained and making a mess.

You will want to let this dry for at least 4 hours and avoid wearing clothing that you're not super fond of until it dries [if you can, try avoid clothing until it's fully absorbed into the skin], therefore I recommend utilizing this after you get out of the shower and either at night or when you aren't planning to go out for a good part of the day.

I got really nice results with this even though I have very fair and sensitive skin and that was actually surprising as I often end up looking like more of a carrot with self-tanners. I didn't have those issues at all with this one from Svelta :) I would recommend this product for any woman of any age or skin type.


Luxe Coffee & Raw Sugar Body Scrub



Organic sucrose (Turbinado sugar), Ground roasted coffea arabica (Coffee) beans, Extra-virgin olea europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Elettaria cardamomum (Cardamom) oil, Natural vitamin E tocopherols, Grapefruit (Citrus Grandis) extract, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet Almond) oil.

This is one of my favorite scrubs of all-time! I love the way it smells- there's the perfect balance & blend of coffee and sugar scent all rolled into one :) Your skin will be left hydrated, smooth, and have a luminous glow. I noticed that I didn't really feel the need to apply moisturizer after getting out of the shower as I normally do- this did the trick and I just didn't need it!

As Svelta makes this product as well, this is an excellent companion to utilize before applying the self-tanner that I mentioned above. Although this product is almost $50, it's definitely made with natural & quality ingredients that really work- plus there's a generous size which means that you aren't going to go through this product for a while. Looking for the perfect skincare gift for the beauty-lover in our life?- this would be a great choice!

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