When it comes to beauty routines, the grass is always greener. African, Native American, and Caribbean women have it with their flawless complexions; European and South American women with their long, glossy hair. But how do they do it? Put down your passport—you won’t need to go anywhere to find out. We got insider beauty information from experts on how women across the globe stay gorgeous.
Read on to find out their secrets, and learn how you can recreate them at home.
1. GHANA– Shea Butter
West African women are credited with unblemished dark skin. Their secret, Shea Butter. Shea butter also known is a natural product derived from the Karite tree. It’s use has become increasingly popular around the world, and is proven to be a natural prevention and treatment method for stretchmarks and other skin infections. Buy Shea Butter in Nigeria Now.
2. NATIVE AMERICA– Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil
Aloe Vera is not as unknown as it once was a few years ago but it is still one of the greatest natural remedies discovered by the Native Americans. Most of the inhabited parts of the Native American reserves being rather dry and sandy, the people needed a source of natural and long-lasting hydration and that was Aloe Vera. Be it to rid yourself of a dry scalp or to help treat dry and/or sunburnt skin, Aloe Vera is the first choice of every nature-loving lady.
Jojoba, again, is now no longer a secret but it is still a priceless asset. Using jojoba oil, Native American women were able to make their hair soft even in the harshest conditions. Also, latest research suggests that bathing in a Jojoba extract helps to make skin softer and tighter thus removing wrinkles and giving a youthful and age-defying look.
3. AUSTRALIA– Yarrow
Yarrow extract is used by Australian Aboriginal women to prevent stretch marks, thanks to its moisturizing and hydrating properties. Yarrow root is also an anti-inflammatory, which soothes the skin.
4. CHILE– Red Grapes
Chilean women credit the antioxidant powers of red grapes for their luminous skin. They create a paste by mashing up a handful of the fruit and adding 2 tablespoons of white flour. They then apply the mask to their face and leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off. It wakes up the appearance of tired and fatigued skin to give you an amazing glow.
5. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC– Coconut Oil
Coconut oil used to be one of the best kept secrets of Dominican women who attribute it’s qualities to their secret behind flawless bronzed skin and perfectly moisturised hair. Coconut oil is one of the few oils that can be absorbed by the body and also contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that can be used in the treatment of skin conditions. Did we mention that it’s a healthier cooking alternative?
6. EGYPT– Milk
Cleopatra’s beauty secret was taking milk baths to soften her skin and remove dead cells. To try the treatment at home, add 2 cups of powdered milk to your bath. It will make your skin look absolutely gorgeous and feel so smooth, silky and soft.
7. GREECE– Omega 3’s and 6’s
Greek women are blessed with Mediterranean skin, which is light in color but has enough melanin to shield and absorb harmful UV rays, but even if you aren’t genetically blessed, you can still take a cue from the women of Greece. There are other factors that contribute to their glowing complexion: They eat a Mediterranean diet high in fish, which provides skin-rejuvenating omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, as well as fruits and vegetables, which provide antioxidants and vitamins. They also believe their intake of olive oil contributes to their great skin. So, start reaching for the olive oil instead of butter for better skin.
8. ISRAEL– Sea Salt
Israeli women believe that when you swim in the Dead Sea, all of the salt helps your body rid itself of toxins, and it has also been known to help cure skin diseases.To get the detoxifying benefits of sea salt at home, try the Lavender Sea Salt Scrub recipe:
Mix together ¼ cup sea salt, 1 pinch seaweed powder, ½ cup massage oil and 10 to 15 drops lavender oil. Apply to skin to gently exfoliate.
9. ITALY– Yoghurt
How do Italian women maintain their glossy locks? Italian women keep their hair shiny by combining yogurt and olive oil and using the mixture as a conditioner. The protein in the yogurt gently nourishes and conditions. To whip up the rich treatment at home;
Mix 1 cup of plain whole-milk yogurt with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Then apply the mixture to washed hair, let it sit for 5 minutes and rinse with cool water.
10. JAPAN– Seaweed
Titi Branch, the half-Japanese cofounder of Miss Jessie’s hair care line, credits seaweed for Japanese women’s long, silky hair. Seaweed is a rich source of the trace mineral iodine, which is essential for healthy hair growth. The iodine added to table salt isn’t the right kind to nourish your hair because your body doesn’t easily absorb it. Seaweed is also a rich source of other mane-strengthening minerals—including iron, zinc, selenium and copper. Japanese women either eat nori seaweed or boil it and apply it to dry hair as a nourishing paste.
11. SPAIN– Cranberry Juice
Spanish women bring out natural, subtle highlights in their hair by rinsing it with cranberry juice.
Try mixing ¼ cup pure juice (not cocktail blends) with ¼ cup water and doing a final rinse with it in the shower.
12. CHINA– Herbal Tea
In Chinese tradition, herbal teas are consumed several times a day; usually after every meal. It is believed that the consumption of these teas such as Green, White and Oolong contribute to skin, hair and nail health, boost immunity and possess age defying properties.
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