International Beauty Secrets
With roughly a little less than 3.6 billion women in the world it's easy to say that our beauty secrets are very diverse. Each culture and nation brings about a whole slew of tips, tricks, secrets, and regimes. From country to country women may vary but we all have that one thing in common.....Beauty. In all it's shapes, forms, colors, and textures; we are BEAUTIFUL. We also share the same passion for beauty, we just have different ways of achieving it. Everything from commercial products to homemade recipes. I wanted to further my knowledge and learn some new things to add to my regimen. I decided I'd share my findings with of all you. Who knows maybe you might just learn a thing or two that can help with a bothersome beauty issue you were having.
Did you know that in Japan they brush their skin with a soft bristle brush? It is said to help keep skin toned and assist in preparing the skin for creams and serums you put on so they actually penetrate the face better. Sounds like Clairisonic got their idea from Japan beauties! :)
Azuki Beans - Said to give a soft radiant glow.
At a local Asian market or grocery store with an Asian foods section, find dried Azuki beans. They should be fairly cheap, about $2 per pound.
To Use: Place a 1/2 - 1 cup of the beans in a blender (or food processor) and blend until it becomes a smooth fine powder consistency. Store in an airtight container.Take a small amount of the powder and add a little warm water to form a paste. Use this to wash your face 2 - 3 nights per week.
It can also be used as a facial. Just take the same paste and smooth over the face, letting it sit and dry for about 15 minutes. Then wash off with a warm washcloth. Your skin should feel tight and smooth.
*Make sure to not overdue it, 2 - 3 times a week is enough. If done more often it can irritate your skin! Also be sure to avoid your eye area with this paste.
Rice Bran Powder - Said to cleanse, nourish, soften, and lighten the skin.
Rice bran powder is readily available in most all grocery stores.
To Use: Take a small muslin pouch and fill about halfway with the Rice Bran powder. Wet the pouch using warm water and rub wherever you desire; face, arms, legs, etc. Then rinse clean using warm water. This has been used for years in Japan and is said to be very good for the skin.
Nori Seaweed - Said to make hair smooth, soft, and bouncy. Also said to reduce frizz.
Nori Seaweed can be found dried in your Asian foods section of your grocery store or at a local Asian market.
To Use: Soak Nori overnight in water. In the morning drain the water and apply to damp hair. Let you hair air dry. Then style as usual. (Don't worry you will not smell fishy).
Besides flamenco dancers and bull fighting, Spain has some very beautiful women. They are graceful, glowing, sultry, and just have a certain aura of sensuality to them.
Potato Slices - Said to cure under eye circles by lightening the skin making the bruised circles fade.
To Use: Cut two very thin slices from a potato and place over the eyes for ten minutes. Can be done daily.
Pure Cranberry Juice - Said to bring out natural subtle highlights for brunettes.
To Use: Mix a 1/4 cup pure cranberry juice (not cocktails) with 1/4 cup of water. Pour mixture over your hair as a final rinse in the shower.
*If you are blonde just substitute the cranberry juice for lemon juice.
Manzanilla Tea (Chamomile Tea) - Said to soothe irritated skin and treat eczema. Also contains flavonoids which protect the body from premature aging.
To Use: Mix 2 tablespoons each of brewed chamomile tea, aloe vera gel, and vitamin e cream. Then add 4 tablespoons of raw honey. To that add 1 drop geranium essential oil. Apply this mixture onto the face and neck for 20 minutes. Then rinse off with cold water. This will restore your skin's natural oil balance and leave face feeling refreshed.
The women of Africa have some of the most soft, supple skin. They also use a lot of natural ingredients.
Rooibos Tea - Said to have a high level of antioxidants. It helps with allergies, ashtma, various dermatological problems, and digestive problems. Also, said to be low in caffeine and tannin levels.
To Use: Prepare a cup of Roobios Tea and sweeten to taste with honey and lemon rather than sugar. You can also add milk if desired.
Honey - Said to help a dry and damaged scalp.
To Use: Mix 1 teaspoon of honey with warm water and apply to the scalp for 15 minutes. Rinse and style as usual.
Shea Butter - Said to reduce the appearance of or eliminate stretch marks. Also a great moisturizer for the skin.
To Use: Purchase 100% all natural shea butter. You can soften it by heating slowly in a double boiler and then mixing with a hand mixer until smooth. Apply to your skin wherever needed.
Italian women are known for their beautiful long hair, gorgeous tan, and womanly figures.
Plain Yogurt & Olive Oil - Said to keep hair shiny and glossy, when used a conditioner.
To Use: Mix 1 cup plain whole milk yogurt with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Apply it to the hair after shampooing. Let sit for 5 minutes and then rinse with cool water.
Tomato & Plain Yougurt - Said to provide nourishment for the skin and soothe the skin, prevent skin irritation, and act as an astringent even fading sun spots.
To Use: Apply plain whole milk yogurt to the face (enough to cover entire face avoiding eyes and lips), and then use the juice from 1 tomato and apply on top of the yogurt. Let sit for ten minutes, then rinse off using cool water.
Orange Peels - Said to help reduce blemishes and dark spots.
To Use: Gather some orange peels, pour boiling water over them, and place in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning filter the water from the orange peels and place this mixture into a spray bottle. Voila! Instant facial toner! Simply spray onto the face and store in the refrigerator.
When I think of Egypt, the first woman that comes to my mind is Cleopatra. If I can look a fraction of how beautiful they say she looked, then well I will take all the Egyptian beauty tips I can get!
Powdered Milk - Said to soften the skin and remove dead skin cells.
To Use: Add 2 cups of powdered milk to a bathtub of warm water. Soak for as long as desired and enjoy!
Coconut Milk & Warm Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Said to be used as a hair mask to strengthen and condition hair.
To Use: Mix one can of Coconut Milk (organic if you have it) and a few tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Work the mixture into your hair from roots to ends. Let sit for at least a half hour to one hour. Wash out using warm water. Use cool water as a final rinse.
Sea Salt - Said to treat a variety of skin disorders and even reduce signs of aging.
To Use: Mix 1 part honey, 1 part baking soda, and finally 1 part sea salt (dead sea salt is best). Grind this mixture into a paste and rub all over the body (except for the face). Rinse clean using warm water.
India women have some of the most gorgeous thick, long, lustrous hair. They also tend to have very svelte figures and soft skin.
Amla Oil (Gooseberry Oil) - Said to promote stronger, thicker hair and help with hair loss. Also said to be one of the most potent sources of Vitamin C.
To Use: Apply this oil daily to scalp and hair. Don't overdo it because too much oil can lead to greasy hair and no one wants that look!
Honey & Cinnamon Powder - Said to reduce acne and blemishes; in some cases overnight!
To Use: Mix 1 teaspoon honey and a pinch of cinnamon powder. Apply directly to the pimple and let sit overnight. Rinse off in the morning with warm water.
Castor Oil - Said to be one of the most effective ways to get thick, lucious, healthy lashes. Also said to encourage new hair growth.
To Use: Apply a VERY small amount of castor oil at the lash base twice daily.
Hope some of these tips help and taught you something new. If you know of any other beauty secrets from around the world, please share in the comments below! I know we would all love to learn more about how to make ourselves feel more beautiful :)
XOXO - Angel Lee