I love starting off these natural beauty buff posts with something striking the founder says during the interview process.
Julia Noik, co-founder of African Botanics, couldn’t have been more succinct:
When I started this blog, it was a hodgepodge of everything I liked — fashion, pop culture, beauty, home decor and food.
While it’s obviously become more focused in the lifestyle and natural beauty space, I can’t help but continue to think about our bodies’ connection to food as it pertains to beauty and overall wellness.
Starting very, very soon, I’ll be sharing my tips, questions and other musings on beauty food, supplements and wellness with you.
Today, Julia shares a few of her own beauty tips as well as her naturally beautiful routine.
As usual, I’ve starred the items and activities I also use and do!
Julia’s Inner & Outer Beauty Tips
“*Eating healthy, exercising and hydrating are the key for a healthy body and skin.”
“*Practice yoga. Exercise stimulates the whole system and feeds the body with oxygen, which stimulates the skin.”
“Start each day with a glass of water and the juice of half a lemon for a vitamin C, antioxidant, antibacterial, detoxifying and alkalizing boost. Lemons contain powerful cleansing properties, and drinking fresh lemon juice each day can really help clear up a breakout and contribute to glowing skin! I also love incorporating raw organic juices every day.”
In Julia’s Bathroom
“This very gentle, refreshing, light and natural cleanser leaves my skin with a soft matte finish and a radiant, healthy glow.”
“This toner is amazing to use before I apply neroli-infused marula oil. It softens and comforts the skin.”
“I use this omega-rich beauty oil as an anti-aging moisturizer, an overnight treatment and make-up primer for its high antioxidant properties and naturally high levels of vitamins and nutrients. It is fast-absorbing, hydrating and smells divine. Miracle in a bottle.”
“For a euphoric experience and total relaxation, I love that this candle is made from plant wax and infused with real aromatherapy oils. The scent transforms the mood and uplifts your well-being anytime.”
“This unique mud scrub is great for detoxifying the skin, increasing circulation and improving skin texture. Wild-grown South African marula and avocado oils hydrate and tone the skin. South African green rooibos tea extract with cocoa and cooling peppermint create a sensory experience, taking you on an African journey.”
“Love the fine aroma of South African green rooibos tea extrac,t which is infused with wild-grown marula and grapeseed oils. The dry oil blend improves elasticity and firmness, providing antioxidant defense against free radicals. It absorbs instantly, leaving the skin glowing.”
“I use this daily for retaining moisture and an overall glow! Cooling peppermint, lavender, neroli and tea tree essential oils soothe, soften and revive.”
Inside Julia’s Cosmetics Case
“This helps restore elasticity and protect skin from the hard effects of the environment. I also use it on dry hands, lips and my face when traveling.”
“Perfect highlighter. It really brightens my eyes and adds just enough sheer glow!”
“Gives you that subtle, flawless, even coverage. It contains all the ingredients to treat your skin as it covers.”
“Applies and blends my concealer smoothly and evenly.”
“Non-irritating mascara, lightweight and clump-free. Like it for the length and volume, too!”
“Love this product as it contains a lot of organic, healing ingredients! Also doubles as a beautiful cream shadow to illuminate the eyelids and contour the face. Gives my skin a fresh, dewy glow anytime!”