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Spring is the time for floral hues, fresh starts, and of course, the spring racing season! We’re ultra-keen on the last one, as the Caulfield Cup nears and the Melbourne Cup looms somewhat dauntingly on the horizon.
Don’t let your pre-races stress outweigh your excitement, though! If you’re attending your fair share of spring racing events, it’s definitely time to begin prepping to save yourself a little time and perhaps, a lot of worry. This is the day where you’ll want your hair, skin and body to look flawless–keep reading to find out the natural beauty brands that you need in your spring racing prep routine.
“Why natural beauty brands?” I hear you ask. Well, this is the perfect time to spring-clean your beauty routine, and eliminating chemical-filled products is a great start. If you’re looking for that fresh, rosy springtime glow, then natural beauty brands without any harsh nasties are the way to achieve it!
Start your pre-races haircare routine now and your locks are sure to look and feel totally luscious on the day. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was your hair health!
One month out from the day, start prepping by working a weekly hair mask into your routine. Good hair masks are hard to find, and efficacy definitely depends on your hair type–except in the case of this miracle multi-tasker from natural fave Pure. The Pure Sacred Mask intensely hydrates, repairs and smooths your tresses, no matter if they’re thick, thin, frizzy, limp or somewhere in between. With Argan Oil and Shea Butter, this is an optimal once-weekly mask to begin using prior to any big events such as the spring racing season.
If you regularly colour your hair, experience scalp build-up or use a lot of heated tools, it’s a good idea to work in a clarifying shampoo about two weeks before race day. We love the Pureology Purify Shampoo. Not only does this guy do the job, it manages to use zero chemicals or harsh sulfates. It’s also completely vegan, as are all Pureology products! Witch hazel, tea tree oil and more work their magic on your tresses to eliminate unwanted build-ups and oils, as well as maintaining your colour with ease.
Finally, on the day of, you’ll need some styling products to give your ‘do manageability and staying power. Although we could rattle off a list ten metres long full of hit natural brands for this, we’ll just call out one, and that’s VERB. Their well-known Sea Spray is used by many a celebrity, and will give your hair a gorgeous, beachy texture, if that’s what you’re after. If smooth, straight locks are more your style, then go for the Ghost Oil, a weightless finisher that will give hair unmatched smoothness and shine. Top it all off with a little of the Ghost Hairspray for a non-crunchy hold.
In the lead-up to an event, it’s easy to let stress get to your skin. In an attempt to ditch any temperamental breakouts or flare-ups, focus on your skincare routine as best you can. Natural brands are ideal for those who suffer from a reactive complexion, as the ingredients are far less likely to cause irritation–just make sure to check the label for any oils or extracts you may be allergic to, first!
For those with dull or acne-prone skin in need of a pre-race day boost will obsess over the Antipodes Juliet Brightening Gel Cleanser. Just like all Antipodes products, this cleanser is made with only the finest natural ingredients, including specialty botanicals sourced from New Zealand. Not only does this product purify and clear up any breakouts, it will also give your skin a fresh and radiant glow. This will be your new go-to cleanser, whether it’s spring racing season or practically any other time of the year!
If you want to treat yourself before the big day, pop on a face mask and begin your indulgence. Grab a wine, sit down in front of your fave show (the Bachelorette, anyone?) and relax for a little while. All-natural brand Madara are our go-to when it comes to masks, as they’ve got two fan faves in their range that really do the trick for all skin types.
Go for the Ultra-Purifying Mud Mask if breakouts, blocked pores or pimples are your main concern. Ingredients like forest lake mud will help lift impurities away for a clearer complexion. If dry, dull or ageing skin sounds more like you, then you’ll adore the Brightening AHA Peel Mask. Vitamin C and fruit acids exfoliate and buff away dead skin cells for a brighter, younger appearance.
Although we’re transitioning out of winter and into spring, that doesn’t mean body care can take the back seat. Even though you probably won’t be suffering from chapped lips or dry, cracked skin as much as you would in the colder months, if there’s a chance you’ll show some skin during the spring racing season, your body is going to need some TLC!
Prep legs, arms and any other areas still suffering from the winter blues with an ultra-nourishing body cream. There’s nothing more luxurious than hopping out of the shower and slathering yourself in something that smells delicious and leaves your skin feeling softer than ever. We love the Coast to Coast Body Souffles, which are available in a range of different scents. All made with natural Australian ingredients, these are moisturising, soothing and smell to die for.
The night before your big event, scrub a dub dub and exfoliate away any pesky dead skin cells. This is vital for soft, smooth skin, especially if you plan on applying fake tan. Natural scrubs are fantastic, as they don’t include any dangerous microbeads or anything that may damage the environment–generally, the abrasive substance that flakes away dead skin is sea salt or similar. Everyone’s got their favourite scent, so pick something that’ll help relax your pre-event jitters and make you feel absolutely amazing.
Don’t forget your hands and feet! Enrich skin with a nourishing hand cream that’ll leave this area feeling soft and supple, even throughout a long day with a whole lot of handshaking! The KORA Organics range by Miranda Kerr features a natural, moisturising hand cream that is infused with key ingredients like lavender, chamomile and aloe vera. Another favourite from this range is the foot balm on offer, which will expertly help prep skin for all the heels you’re sure to be wearing.
What’s on your agenda when it comes to spring racing prep? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter! Plus, keep your eye out for our exciting Spring Racing Shop–we’ve got your day-of essentials sorted, from lippies to lashes, purse minis and more.
I'm a journalism grad and avid makeup fan with an unhealthy addiction to buying nude lipsticks, no matter how similar they all may seem. I love chatting to anyone who will listen about my new favourite products, skincare dos and don'ts and practically any other beauty-related topic under the sun. That doesn't mean I'm frivolous with my recommendations, though--you can count on me to give you the nitty gritty on all your wishlist products. In my spare time, you'll find me binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or at brunch with a large iced coffee in my hand.
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