Beauty secrets of Cleopatra
Egyptian Queen Cleopatra loved her body; her hair were incredibly shiny and silky, her beautiful skin emanated sweet odors and her beauty “turned” men’s heads and made them fall deeply in love with her. Cleopatra could achieve such irresistible charm by taking a great care of her mind, body and soul: she loved to read, dance, play instruments and loved all kinds of creativity. (Read Part 1 of beauty secrets of Cleopatra here).
Not only Cleopatra was naturally very attractive and beautiful woman of her time, but also, she loved to take care of herself using various masks, treatments and baths. Many powerful men of that era were deeply in love with the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra, because of her beauty, charm and incredible intelligence.
Some resources confirm that Cleopatra wrote a book with recommendations and recipes of natural beauty masks and treatments for face, body, hair and overall well-being, but this book was lost or destroyed; only a small number of Cleopatra’s wonderful beauty secrets reached our time and generation. Let’s talk about some of them today:
Cleopatra’s natural beauty soap:
One of the beauty secrets of Cleopatra is: she loved using oatmeal to cleanse her skin. Many soaps nowadays can be harsh and irritating for the skin, especially, for a sensitive. Oatmeal can not only cleanse the skin, eliminating the dirt and slightly exfoliating, but also, it’s moisturizing and nourishing. To cleanse the skin using an oatmeal – mix oats with warm water in a bowl and wait until oats get soft, then, gently massage soft oatmeal all over your face for about a minute (make sure that the temperature of your homemade soap is comfortable to touch, we don’t want to be harsh using hot oatmeal mass on our face); while massaging, avoid eye area. Rinse your skin with warm and then, cold water and enjoy soft, cleansed and moisturized skin.
Cleopatra’s mask for cleansing and whitening the skin:
Mix in a bowl 1 table spoon of thick, plain cream with 1 table spoon of white clay, 1 table spoon of honey and 1 table spoon of lemon juice. Apply this mask on your face for about 10 minutes and then, rinse with lukewarm water. Make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients before making this homemade beauty treatment. This mask has antiseptic properties thanks to honey, lemon juice will help slightly whiten and brighten your skin and also, this homemade facial mask will naturally hydrate, rejuvenate and tighten your skin.
Hydrating and moisturizing mask of Cleopatra:
This mask can easily and quickly turn dry and dehydrated skin into a “juicy peach”. Mix 2 table spoons of unflavored thick cream with 1 table spoon of liquid honey and apply it on your face and neck for about 10 minutes (make sure you are not allergic to the ingredients); rinse with lukewarm water. This “yummy” wonder mask can breath a new life into dull and dry skin, making it look refreshed and nourished.
Rejuvenating emulsion of Cleopatra:
Cleopatra invented this emulsion herself. This homemade beauty treatment can help rejuvenate and hydrate the skin, adding youthful glow to the face. To prepare this treatment you will need a sterling silver bowl, pure thermal water, aloe Vera juice and honey. Pour 1 cup of thermal water into a silver bowl, add 2 table spoons of fresh aloe Vera juice (preferably coming directly from the plant) and add 1 table spoon of honey. Mix well all the ingredients, cover up your silver bowl with a lid and leave it to prepare for about 12 hours. Wipe your face with this rejuvenating emulsion in the morning and, if you like, in the evening, using a cotton pad (you will need to rinse it with water); apply it on your face and neck and, when almost dry, reapply this treatment again, do it for about 5-10 minutes; or make a facial compress for about 5 minutes using washcloth and this emulsion; then, rinse with lukewarm water. You can keep this emulsion in the fridge for about a week. This liquid mask can effectively breath youthfulness into your skin, rejuvenating and nourishing it.
White clay mask once a week.
Cleopatra loved natural clays and knew how to use them for beauty. Here is a simple face mask that the Egyptian Queen loved: mix 2 table spoons of cosmetic white clay with 3-4 table spoons of pure thermal water until you obtain the paste. Apply this mask on your face for 5-10 minutes, but don’t let it dry completely, because drying effect can be harsh on the skin. Then, rinse this mask off your face with lukewarm water. White clay has antiseptic properties and is rich in minerals and micro elements that will help tone, lift, cleanse and rejuvenate your skin. Don’t make this mask more often than once a week.
Cleopatra loved to use rose water as a facial toner.
Luckily, we can now buy rose water in almost any health food store or we can also prepare it ourselves. Wipe your face with rose water every morning and every evening; use it, as a natural face toner. Rose water will make your skin soft and smooth, naturally hydrating and nourishing it. You can also spray rose water on your face during the hot summer day, it will help refresh and hydrate your skin, keeping it soft and supple. Rose water can be used on the face instead of makeup primer – your foundation will glide on your skin very smoothly and easily; wonderful odor is a great bonus!
Hydrating milk bath for your hands
Cleopatra loved taking a bath entirely filled with fresh milk of a donkey, for rejuvenation and softening of the skin. In the first part of this article we’ve already discussed how we can reproduce similar effect without filling the entire bath with the milk. But we can use milk bath to care for our hands. Fill a big bowl with slightly warmed up milk (the temperature should be comfortable to touch), add 2 table spoons of honey and place your both hands into this bath for 10-20 minutes. Rinse your hands with lukewarm water and enjoy wonderfully soft and beautiful hands.
Invisible ingredient of beauty
Cleopatra knew that physical beauty can attract the eye (this is why she took such a good care of her skin and body), intellect can help become an interesting and skillful communicator (this is why Cleopatra loved to read books, learn new things and grow mentally), but she also knew about one invisible, yet important ingredient of feminine beauty – charm; she knew that, if you want to be irresistible and truly beautiful, it’s important to cultivate the inner confidence and inner charm of a true lady!
Try some of the above beauty tips and recipes for yourself and you will feel and look as pretty, as the beauty queen! (You can read Part 1 of Cleopatra’s beauty secrets here).
I hope you found these Beauty secrets of Cleopatra useful. Please feel free to share your own homemade beauty tips in the comment section below.