Beauty Secrets from Around the World
This amazing planet we live on is abundant in many plants and minerals that can aid in the everlasting quest for beauty. Many countries boast their own unique beauty secrets and treatments, and many of these beauty treatments have been passed on through generations. From beauty dilemmas such as dry hair to lackluster skin, various countries have just the trick to treat all of your beauty needs.
Acai berries are brimming with potent antioxidants, which help to ward off free radicals. Free radicals are produced when the body is exposed to stress, such as pollutants in the air and the UVA and UVB rays from the sun, which lead to skin damage. Acai berries make a great addition in any diet, feeding your body with vitamins A, C, and E. However, they also make a great addition to a beauty routine. Brazilian women smash the deep blue and violet-hued berries and rub it on the skin as a treatment. Acai revives lackluster skin and feeds it like a topical vitamin mask.
Sunburns happen around the world, and Brazil is no stranger to sunburns with the blazing Brazilian sun. Many Brazilians reach for trusty oatmeal to soothe and heal a sunburn. Many cosmetics companies use colloidal oatmeal in creams as a soothing agent for the driest of skin. Oatmeal also helps to soothe itchy and inflamed skin. Place oats in a small piece of gauze, tie it up and place it in a hot bath for itchy skin. Sunburnt skin will not be able to tolerate a hot bath, so instead, grind oats to a fine consistency in a blender or with a mortar and pestle. Make a paste out of the ground oats by mixing it with water and adding some aloe vera juice or gel. Gently apply it to sunburn and allow your skin to soak up the healing benefits.
As a treatment for cellulite, Brazilians look to none other than sand found on Brazil’s beautiful beaches to treat their cellulite issues. The sand stimulates circulation in the body and at the same time, works as an exfoliant. Try mixing sand with water. This treatment is best done outside rather than in your shower, where it can clog drains.
Red grapes are found in abundance in Chile. They also happen to be flowing in abundance with antioxidants. For this treatment, crush a handful of red grapes and mix in a tablespoon of flour. Apply this paste to your face and rinse off after a few minutes. This mixture will deliver antioxidants to your skin.
Rice water is an easy tonic to make yourself, and it has several beautifying purposes. Rice water can be used as a facial toner to soothe skin and calm irritation. Rice water also makes an amazing rinse for hair, leaving it shiny and lustrous. To make rice water, simply mix 2/3 cup of rice with 2 cups of water in a bowl and allow this mixture to sit for 24-48 hours before draining the rice. Keep the rice water in a bottle with a jar for up to one week.
Since the Ming Dynasty, pearl powder has been used to beautify the complexion. According to a Taiwanese study, pearl powder is proven to provide moisture to the skin. Pearl powder is widely used in many cosmetics, including serums, moisturizers, and finishing powders. The Ming Dynasty was really onto something!
Oranges are easily accessible in the lush surroundings of Costa Rica. Some Costa Ricans reach for an orange and mix equal parts of orange juice and water to use it as a toner to minimize the appearance of pores on the face. This is an easy and budget-friendly way to address pores and lead to a smoother canvas for makeup application.
Make like Cleopatra herself and take a dip in a bath of milk and honey. Egyptians have long been known for using milk and honey as beauty tonics. Cleopatra bathed in milk and honey for soft, beautiful skin. However, you don’t have to get these benefits by pouring a gallon of milk into your bath. Opt for powdered milk and pour two cups into your bath along with a cup of honey. Milk contains lactic acid, which is a great gentle exfoliant for skin. Honey is a humectant, which attracts moisture to your skin. Honey can be sticky and might cause a mess in the bath, so another option is to choose a soap that contains honey. Sit back and enjoy a sensual bathing experience.
Coconuts are a staple in India and Indians have found ways to incorporate coconuts into their beauty routines as well. Coconut oil makes a great deep conditioner for your hair. Heat up a small amount of coconut oil and apply it to the ends of your hair. Allow your hair to soak up all of its benefits for at least one hour. You can also leave the coconut oil in overnight for a more intense conditioning treatment. This treatment not only nourishes hair, but it leaves a brilliant shine.
Croatians turn to the help of nettles to thicken their hair and give it the appearance of body and volume. Soaking their hair in nettle infused water or orally taking nettle supplements are two of the ways women in Croatia incorporate nettle into their beauty routine. For an itchy scalp, they use boiled nettles to soothe inflammation and relieve an itchy scalp.
You may not think of beer as a beauty treatment, but Germans have reached for a bit of beer to add shine and luster to their tresses. Adding a small amount of beer to a spray bottle with water is just the trick that some Germans use to give their hair the finishing touch of shine. The yeast in beer helps add shine to hair.
The world we live in and Mother Nature has provided many gems that can help to beautify hair and skin. These tried and true beauty treatments can give you a trip around the world all without leaving your home. The next time you want to boost your beauty routine, look to these tips from across the globe.