10 Skin care tips and secrets from around the world that work
There’s nothing new in beauty tips and hacks. Girls from all around the world have been sharing their secrets of beauty treatments for centuries, from Cleopatra and her milk baths, to Sophia Loren and her olive oil. Here, we share some beauty tips and secrets from around the world that women have trusted for years, and that work.
1. Nightingale droppings, from Japan
Let’s start with one that you may not be too keen to try yourself! The ladies of Japan like to use bird droppings on their skin. Apparently, it is rich in proteins and contains a whitening enzyme that clears up spots and blemishes on the skin.
2. Avocado, from South America
The girls in South America use the inside of the peel of an avocado, to keep their skin fresh and healthy. The grain of the peel gently exfoliates their skin and the oil of the avocado moisturizes and nourishes their skin.
3. Rose water, from Iran
Rose water has been used as a skin treatment, in Iran, for centuries. It is used to hydrate the skin and nourish it with vitamins A and E. Rose water is also known to be an effective anti-inflammatory, so it reduces redness in the skin too.
4. Turmeric, from India
Indian girls know that turmeric has some amazing skin care properties. It helps to tone the skin and lighten blemishes. It also has a high antioxidant content, to help fight off the signs of aging.
5. Lemon, from Mexico
It’s often your hands that can give away your age, so try a lemon and sugar hand scrub, like the women of Mexico use. The sugar exfoliates your skin and the lemon juice helps to peel away any dead skin, leaving your hands clean and looking young. It also lets moisturizers penetrate your skin easier.
6. Red grapes, from Chili
Chilean women make a face mask form crushed red grapes and a little white flour. The grapes have antioxidant properties and the mask will leave your face looking glowing and healthy.
7. Milk, from Egypt
Milk baths may have been made famous by Cleopatra. But Egyptian women still use this as a skin treatment today. Nowadays, though, they tend to add a couple of cups of milk powder to their bath water, rather than filling their bath with fresh milk!
8. Shea butter, from West Africa
Now found in many drugstores, Shea butter comes from the karite tree of West Africa. It is fantastic at hydrating the skin and it also protects the skin from free radicals and the signs of aging.
9. Tea, from China
Drinking tea began in China way back in the 10th century and it is now known globally for its many health benefits. Green tea, especially, is packed with antioxidants and recent studies have also found that drinking tea can actually revive dying skin cells.
10. Tamarind, from Southeast Asia
Tamarind is used by the ladies of Southeast Asia in many of their traditional beauty treatments. It is particularly good at treating scars and blemishes on the skin. Just apply the pulp of the tamarind to the skin and leave it on for a few minutes, before washing off again.
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