Halal: The Next Generation Of Beauty Products

In today’s society, everyone is becoming more conscious of what they consume, put on their skin and the way their lifestyle affects the environment. Over the past few years the terms “green,” “eco-friendly” and “organic” have made their way into everyday conversation. However, the term “halal” may still be one term that raises eyebrows. As this concept of cosmetics continues to grow in popularity around the globe, it’ll only be a matter of time before halal beauty products become as commonplace as everything else we use on a regular basis.

Before diving into what halal cosmetics are, it is helpful to first know what “halal” means and where it comes from. For those of the Muslim faith, this term is very familiar. Arabic in origin, halal means “allowed” or “permissible.” This concept mainly comes into play when it comes to food, as well as other aspects of living a Muslim lifestyle. As most people know, Muslims are not allowed to eat pork.

Therefore, it is not considered “halal.” Make sense? Speaking of pork, it is because of this very food item that the idea of halal cosmetics came about. Thanks to the research efforts of a mother of five named Samina Akhter, who happened to be a follower of the Muslim faith, the nature and source of the ingredients in her beauty products became the main focus of what she found to be a terribly unhealthy practice. Not only did many of the beauty products she researched contain alcohol and animal sources, pork fat/residue was also included. For the many practicing Muslim women around the world, applying cosmetics to their complexions that contains pork by-products is just as bad as eating it.

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As a result, Akhter decided to create her own cosmetics line that was truly halal. Her concern wasn’t just about abiding by her faith, it also dealt with the importance of having beauty items available that were cruelty-free and much healthier for people’s complexions. According to the halal cosmetics movement, any skincare, beauty, fragrance or body care products cannot contain pork (fat, residue or any other trace of this source) or alcohol. Additionally, it must be animal-cruelty free as well.

The great thing about halal certified cosmetics is that its availability isn’t just for Muslims. Women from all walks of life have found this new generation of products very appealing, leading to a large boom in business. Consumers aren’t the only ones that recognize halal cosmetics to be the next best thing in skin care, either. A number of companies in the beauty industry are jumping on the bandwagon to offer their own halal certified brands.

Of course, it is important to make sure that any products you purchase actually meet the guidelines and requirements that allow it to be certified halal. Although this movement is steadily on the rise in demand, there are still many people that are not aware of the purpose it serves and the benefits it could have for their complexions. With the way the products are selling, however, it won’t be long before these types of cosmetics start appearing in local stores as well as online specialty retailers.

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Save Money on Your Beauty

These days money can be tight and many are finding that their lifestyle habits are costing them more than they can afford. When it comes to beauty and hair care, the same can also be true. If you’re looking for ways to minimize your spending, cutting corners on your beauty routine can be just enough to get the job done and still leave you looking fabulous.

Receiving special beauty treatments at your local salon or day spa can be quite addictive. Unfortunately, these treatments can be hazardous to your wallet. The main way to make the most of your beauty routine while sparing your bank account is to learn to do it yourself! Sure, there aren’t many things that compare to being pampered but once you see how much money you’ll be saving, chances are you’ll have no problem being your own beauty and hair guru. Even if some of the beauty services you get don’t charge that much, over time it all begins to add up.

If you’re a regular at the salon for a leg and bikini wax, skip the expensive appointments and turn to do-it-yourself waxing kits. Many brands now carry easy to use pre-made wax strips that you activate by rubbing them between your palms to heat up the wax. Smooth the strip onto the area, wait a few seconds and then rip the strip off. Voila! You’ve now got your own waxing service in your home. When all else fails, you can rely on the traditional razor and shaving cream. It may not get the perfect results you’re used to, but it will get rid of the hair and put more money in your wallet.

This same do-it-yourself method pretty much goes for anything beauty related, including your face. There are plenty of online recipes for great facials so there should be no reason why you can’t host your own beauty gathering with girlfriends and pamper each other. Ingredients for at-home facials can be found in your kitchen or you can buy affordable facial kits for home use.

When it comes to your eyebrows, being inexperienced can bring about bad results, so the next time you get your brows professionally done, stay on top of them afterwards by tweezing your brows in order to keep the clean definition and stray hairs at bay. With enough practice, you’ll know how to effectively keep your brows groomed and your trips to the salon to get them done will decrease.

Fans of the manicure and pedicure can easily spend hundreds of dollars in a year getting them professionally done at a salon. You can purchase manicure and pedicure kits from the local grocery store for way less than the pros charge. And it doesn’t take much to learn. You’d be surprised how much fun you can have doing your own manicures and pedicures. Or if you have a girlfriend that does them very well, enlist her help. Even having a friend do it for you will cost less and open more time for socializing!

As far as hair care goes, save money and time by learning to style your hair yourself and avoid too many chemical color treatments. They’re not only bad for your wallet, exposure to such chemicals is also bad for your hair in the long run. Know what products to buy and study the techniques you’re accustomed to watching in the salon mirror. Over time you’ll be able to recreate those same styles for free.