Beauty Secrets From Around The World
People from all over the world have understood for centuries how powerful natural, home remedies can be when it comes to maintaining beautiful, glowing skin.
Let’s take a trip around the globe to discover the best natural skin care secrets the world has to offer…
Almost everyone has heard the story of how the famous Egyptian queen, Cleopatra, bathed in milk, to keep her skin looking good.Bathing in a milk bath could prove to be a little costly, however, it is possible to take a leaf out of Cleopatra’s book; all you need to do is add a few cups of milk powder to your bath to make use of milk’s natural moisturizing and hydrating properties.
The French, or perhaps just those living in the luxury cities of France, are known for their love of hi-tech, expensive skin care products. You can still adopt one of their skin care habits though, even if you’re on a tight budget.
The French secret is to stick to your skin care regime without fail; this means cleansing, toning and moisturizing your skin twice a day, every day. It makes sense that the more effort you put into keeping your skin looking good, the more your skin will reward you with a healthy, youthful glow.
Greek yoghurt is thick, creamy and utterly delicious! But did you know that Greek women also use yoghurt on their skin? Yoghurt contains lactic acid, which helps to keep the skin looking smooth and hydrated.
Make your own Greek-style exfoliating face mask by combining Greek yoghurt with oatmeal. Leave the mask on your face for 10 minutes and, when it’s time to rinse it off, work the mixture into your skin to exfoliate it.
The vibrant spice turmeric has been used a natural skin care ingredient in India for centuries, only in recent years has the rest of the world discovered the power of this humble spice.
Turmeric can be combined with pure honey, yogurt, rice flour, milk or water to make pastes, masks and exfoliators, in order to treat acne, brighten the complexion and keep wrinkles at bay.
Turmeric can stain the skin so make sure you purchase non-staining turmeric if you’re going to use it on your face. Try combining non-staining turmeric to milk to make a simple, yet effective, facial cleanser.
The skin-healing powers of the salty Dead Sea in Israel are well documented, however, any kind of coarse sea salt can be used to make an effective scrub for the skin on your body.
Try combining a cup of sea salt with a teaspoon of any nourishing oil, such as sweet almond oil, and 5 – 10 drops of your favorite aromatherapy essential oils.
The Japanese diet has been famously cited a one of the reasons why Japanese women have such good skin, particularly as they age.
The Japanese eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and, in particular, sea vegetable such as seaweed, which is an ultra-rich source of vitamins and minerals.
The Japanese also eat lots of oily fish, which are a good source of skin-boosting omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Try to include more Japanese-style meals into your diet, to benefit from these skin-friendly ingredients.
Moroccan oil is big news at the moment and with good reason – it contains high levels of the skin-friendly vitamins A and E. This powerful, natural oil is also known as argan oil and is an excellent natural moisturizer.
Moroccan women have used it for years to condition their hair and moisturize their skin.
Argan oil can be used neat on the skin as a nourishing facial oil treatment; it can be a little expensive though, so many people combine it with a cheaper oil, such as sesame or olive oil, to help make a little of this wonderful oil go a long way.
What is known as ‘The Mediterranean Diet’ helps the people of Spain to keep their skin glowing as they age.
This naturally healthy diet is based on fresh fish and olive oil, both high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and fruits and vegetables, which provide a powerful hit of skin-friendly vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Diet is also an important part of a natural skin care routine in Sweden and other Scandinavian countries, and again, fish and fresh fruits and vegetables play a big part in the national diet.
Saunas are also widely used in Scandinavian cultures, enabling the body to sweat out toxins, thus cleansing the skin from within.