7 ancient beauty secrets for modern beauty

Thousands and Thousands of years ago, women had no lavish choice of products and so had to depend solely on mother nature to maintain their beauty. While we can attribute beauty to mostly genes, there are also a few ancient beauty secrets that have been passed down from one generation to another and that have remained popular within countries until today. Suiting perfectly the recent movement of "Going Green", here are a few highly effective ancient beauty secrets and the countries they are mostly known for..

Egypt: Ground Lupin Bean (Termes) and Rose water for face

This one is very rarely known outside Egypt and it dates back to the Pharaohs time. One of the easiest and cheapest recipes you can ever use for your face and which ensures an increased glow as well as lightening dark spots and evening facial color.

How do I use it?
Mix 1 table spoon dried/ground lupin with half a table spoon of rose water and put immediately on your face evenly. Wait until it dries completely and start removing with luke warm water. Hello fresh face!

Iran: Kiseh and Sefidab as a body scrub

Kiseh and sefidab are an essential part of the Iranian bath time routine. sefidab is a white-colored substance made of animal fat and naturally occurring minerals. Paired with a kiseh, scrubbing glove or mitt, sefidab is an excellent exfoliator and peel for the entire body.

How do I use it?
While showering, rub some sefidab on to your scrubbing mitt and thoroughly scrub the body removing dead skin and dirt. Use sefidab before washing up with soap or the effects will be diminished. The result is beautiful, smooth skin without spending a trip to Tehran!

Jordon: Dead Sea Mud for skin cleansing

Mud contains minerals, and minerals are very good for skin clarity and cells renewals, but the Dead Sea Mud in particular is renowned for its rich mineral content which makes it highly effective. 

How do I use it?
Women in Jordon cover their bodies with mud from the Dead Sea and follow it with a dip in the salty water.  If you don’t have the luxury of jumping right into the Dead Sea, you can purchase the mud (Mostly dried) from anywhere in the world. Simply mix it with rose water and use it on face or body.

Morocco: Argan Oil for hair (and just about everything)

I can’t speak highly enough of this one. Used widely by Moroccans as well as many celebrities, Argan oil is called the Liquid Gold for a reason. It is obtained by crushing the kernels of the argan tree and it is only produced in Morocco. The fatty acids and vitamin E seeps into the hair and make it lustrous and smooth.

How do I use it?
Simply apply 100% natural Argan oil as a moisturizer all over your body or as a deep nourishing hair mask before bed. Allow to seep into the scalp overnight before shampooing in the morning.

Turkey: Red Henna for Hair

Red Henna is an ancient scared secret for Turkish women. While red henna is used to paint on hands and feet with designs during traditional weddings, Neutral henna is also applied on hair for strength and shine.

How do I use it?
Mix Dried Henna with lemon juice and apply to the scalp about an hour before shampooing your hair thoroughly. Add coffee for a darker tone, or cinnamon for a lighter shade. If you are applying for the first time, best to consult an expert though.

 

Lebanon: Almond oil for stretch marks

Almond as well as Olive oil are widely used in Lebanon for multi-purposes. Almond oil is rich in vitamin A, B and E, which are great for skin health. In fact, most skin care products have these vitamins loaded in them. The oil helps maintaining moisture levels of the skin and gets absorbed quickly without blocking the pores.

How do I use it?
Apply on skin, face or hair as a moisturizer especially if you are pregnant, it will help widely with reducing as well as preventing stretch marks or scars.

 

Egypt: Sugar waxing for hair removal

Another one from Egypt is this ancient beauty tip. This actually is a lot easier than it sounds to create, and is so effective at not only removing unwanted body hair, but also at exfoliating dead skin.

How do I use it?
imply mix together 2 cups sugar (white), with 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/4 cup water, then boil in a pan. Let cool and when safe enough to use on your body (make sure you test it first with your fingers, then again if your inner wrist), just spread on an area until nice and thin, and pull off in the opposite direction of the hair growth. This will leave you with less in grown hairs and less irritation.

What other recipes you have from your countries? Comment below!


Disclaimer: Just wanted to conclude the article by stating that the country attribution in this post does not mean that the beauty recipe is exclusive to this specific country. However, this was based on a wide research of the countries mostly known for those beauty treatments. Thanks for understanding!

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