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Every bride-to-be is on the hunt for that radiant wedding day glow. At the same time, facials, peels, harsh chemicals, grainy scrubs, and drying alcohols can definitely take a toll on your skin. Is it still possible to achieve that bridal beauty if you're going all natural? We're here to tell you 100% yes! Sometimes putting nature back on your bathroom shelf is the first step in an envy-inducing fairy-like glow. Here, five all-natural beauty products you should add to your routine before the wedding day (doesn't hurt that they're so photogenic your Instagram will scream!).
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Hear us out: putting honey on your skin is the secret to a clear, healthy, and glowing complexion. While shopping at NYC natural beauty haven CAP Beauty we came across a woman with the most beautiful skin we've ever seen. She suggested applying a daily mask of 100% raw organic Manuka honey (Wedderspoon Raw Manuka Active 16+ Honey, $46) to problem skin — 15 minutes does the trick. After a week we were sold on this all natural miracle skin cure. Trust us, try it for two days and just sit back and enjoy the compliments. After all, Cleopatra made this miracle product a part of her daily beauty routine by bathing in it. If it's good enough for Cleo!
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A Powerful Serum
Benshen founder Desiree Pais knows a thing or two about healing from the inside out. Her skin care offerings are meant to "tap into the wisdom to root down into our bodies to heal ourselves and to strengthen our minds." After adding her Serum No. 1 ($70) to our morning and evening routine we noticed visibly balanced skin tone, diminished appearance of finer lines, faded sun mark and scars, and the perfect balance of dewy and matte. A combination of miracle oils like sweet almond (heavenly for scars), olive, jojoba, sea buckthron, blue chamomile, lavender, evening primrose, rose hips, and carrot seed, unearth your most radiant self. Pais also promotes meditation as a beauty essential — tried and tested, there's a reason yogis glow like they do! Follow her on Instagram for serious natural beauty inspiration.
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An Oil-Based Cleanser
Washing your face with oil? We know, it seems crazy, but the oil cleansing method is an essential part of balancing your skin's natural oils. The secret is finding the right oil that will strip the bad stuff away and keep the good oils, you know the ones that make you look dewy. Seabuckthorn is one such miracle oil and Living Libation's cult-followed Best Skin Ever ($30) is a cleanser, moisturizer, and exfoliant all in one! Use it as a makeup remover and facial cleanser to see radiant skin with just the right amount of glow in mere days. After all, "best skin ever" is right in the name.
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A Soothing Toner
While most toners are heavy on the alcohols, if you're looking to keep your skin care natural look into a toner free of synthetics and drying agents like alcohol. Billed to match to the pH of healthy skin, Brit transplant Pai's Lotus & Orange Blossom BioAffinity Tonic ($56) is nutrient heavy to soothe and calm red skin — ideal for that flushed nervous wedding day skin. Hydrating and soothing, it's perfect for all day application and refreshing your skin before, during, and after the vows — talk about honeymoon must have!
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A Gentle Face Polish
Exfoliating is the key to unveiling that bridal glow resides below surfaces of dull, and dry skin. Develop a weekly (at least!) exfoliating habit using a product that is antioxidant rich to remove impurities and gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. Root Science's Rejuvenating Facial Exfoliant ($60) — rejuvenating, hello! — is filled with "superfood" skin treatments, including soothing and brightening turmeric, Vitamin C and clays, to unearth the healthiest skin. It doesn't hurt that the bottle is absolutely Instagram-ready photogenic for your big day "shelfie."