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Most of us have limited time in the morning. We need to get ready, get food, and get out the door.  You probably have your routine down to a science but with precious few moments before waking up and getting to work or school, some things have to be cut.  Often that is your beauty routine.  You can’t waste your time on a myriad of products that promise amazing results and still get everything else done before you have to jet off.

Or maybe you’re spending all your time on your beauty routine and sacrificing getting a good breakfast to start your day.  No matter which end of the spectrum you fall on, streamlining your beauty regimen is going to make your mornings easier and faster. But what products should you choose?  What is going to give you the best results and still make you look and feel amazing?

If you’re looking to simplify your beauty routine and go a more natural route, then we’ve got the three go to items you’ll need!  They are all natural and can be easily found at most health-food stores.  You don’t need to shell out a lot of money on fancy products that make unreasonable claims.  These three items will keep you looking beautiful and making your morning, noon, and night beauty routine fast and effective!

1. Coconut Oil

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If you absolutely had to choose only one beauty product, coconut oil should be your number one choice.  It can do so many different things when it comes to your beauty routine.  Plus it’s all natural and good for you, inside and out!  Here are just a few things that you can use coconut oil for during your regular routine:

  • Skin moisturizer:  You can use coconut oil on dry or flaky skin, but it also works as a whole body moisturizer.  You can use it on your face, legs, arms, and anywhere else that needs a little extra moisture.  Just use a quarter-size dab and smooth all over your skin. Wait a few minutes to let it absorb before you get dressed to avoid any stains on your clothes

  • Makeup remover: You don’t need to buy special wipes or products to remove your makeup, just keep a jar of coconut oil nearby. Put a little on a cotton swab and swipe over your makeup.  Coconut oil won’t clog your pores and you don’t have to worry about any harsh chemicals irritating your skin.

  • Shaving: Yup!  You can even use coconut oil to shave your legs and it will leave your legs feeling soft and silky afterward.

  • Deep conditioner:  If the ends of your hair are feeling a little dry and brittle, then use a little coconut oil to rehydrate.  You can use it overnight for a deep conditioning treatment or in the morning to keep your locks healthy and shiny.

The list could go on and on for coconut oil.  Mouthwash, facial scrubs, massages, coconut oil is an extremely versatile and helpful beauty product to add to your routine! Click here for more coconut oil ideas.

2. Aloe Vera

Usually, you find aloe plants in the kitchen to help treat burns, but they can be used for so much more, especially during your beauty routine.

  • Acne treatment: Aloe is unique in that it has two hormones, auxin, and gibberellins, that help treat inflammation and minimize scarring.  These are both important things when treating acne.  Aloe is soothing and will help your acne heal faster and better.

  • Skin treatments:  From sunburn to stretch marks, aloe vera should be your go to for any kind of skin ailment.  Using aloe on sunburn can soothe the heat and help the burn to heal sooner.  It can also help fight signs of aging by keeping your skin hydrated and firm.

  • Mouth treatment: If you have gingivitis, periodontitis, canker sores, or any other mouth problems, aloe is going to be very helpful.  It can help soothe and heal all those problems and leave your mouth, and teeth, feeling fresh and clean.

Aloe is really handy to have for all kinds of beauty uses and it’s easy to keep your own plant on hand for quick use.

3. Essential Oils

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Essential oils are not on everyone’s radar, but they have so many great benefits that we think you should start incorporating them into your routine.  There are a lot of different kinds of essential oils and each of them have their own strengths, so you can experiment with each to see which work best for you.  Here are just a few advantages of adding essential oils to your routine.

  • Aromatherapy:  This is the biggest benefit to using essential oils.  Different scents can help trigger different effects.  To relax and get a more restorative sleep you can try scents like lavender or chamomile.  Peppermint can invigorate your mind and help boost your energy when you hit a midday slump.  And if you’re feeling stuffed up from your latest winter cold, try using eucalyptus to open your nasal passages.

  • Healing properties: You can also use oils to help heal different ailments like cuts or bruises or even use it to fight off virus’ like the flu. Oregano and frankincense have antibacterial properties that can help heal cuts or fight of the flu.

  • Healthy skin: If you have sensitive or acne prone skin then essential oils are going to be a big help.  Tea tree oil is great for healing and treating acne while calendula is good for soothing sensitive and dry skin.

For more on how to incorporate essential oils into your routine, click here.

The best part about these options is that you can pick and choose to lighten up the number of beauty products you have in your bathroom cabinet. Whether you choose to use one or all of these items, you’re sure to reap the benefits on your skin – as well as in your wallet!

Lead image source: Veganbaking.net/Flickr

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