Let's Glow: Natural

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Let your natural splendor shine through with gold star eco-friendly products and tips to help you achieve glowing, springtime skin.

The first step to achieving natural, glowing skin is to create a steady beauty regimen
. Renata Helfman, owner of Vert Eco-Chic Beauty Boutique in Los Angeles, suggests starting slow—"everything is baby steps"—if you are starting to go natural in your skin care. The key to your transition just might be in your fridge. Lemon juice, oatmeal, and olive oil are all great antioxidants with moisturizing and skin healing properties. "Any kind of natural oil is great for your skin," notes Helfman. "Almond oil, avocados, eggs, honey and milk used in mix as hair conditioner are all great."

If time isn't on your side, exfoliate your skin with delicate solutions like The Brightening Cleanser by Envision Beauty ($28, www.envisionbeauty.com). This all-natural daily exfoliant gently cleanses the skin using its oxygen based foaming action to brighten, purify and remove excess oils and dead skin cells. Plus, the brighetener is free of parabens, alcohol, DEA, propylene glycol and phthalates. (10% of your purchase goes to Project Concern International)

Before you seal your look, rub on a bit of tinted moisturizer, rather than foundation, for a sheer and natural glow. We adore Josie Maran Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 in Expresso ($38, Sephora). This tinted moisturizer gives you a flawless, natural complexion, while repairing your skin with 100 percent pure Argan Oil.

Complete you look with subtle pigments that not only enhance your facial structure, but compliment your skin tone. Glow Lip and Cheek Tint by VMV Hypoallergenics in Chocolate Ice Cream ($21, vmvhypoallergenics.com) is infused with skin-enhancing Vitamin E to moisturize and soften your skin as it shines. What's even better, Glow is hypoallergenic, 100 percent fragrance-free and non-comedogenic.

"People are becoming more educated about the world that we live in and are becoming more conscious of the environement, "says Helfman. "What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it."

 

For more information on eco-living and Renata Helfman, visit Vertlosangeles.com.