Today, let’s take a tour of the world, not in seven days, but in seven simple, natural, do at home beauty tips from across the globe
Drink It, Eat It, Apply It?
Ever felt envious of the smooth, porcelain skin of a Geisha? In Japan, Geishas have traditionally used rice water as a skin care treatment, to tighten and brighten the skin.
Rice water, i.e. the water in which rice has been soaked is chock full of goodies for your skin including Vitamin E, a variety of minerals and antioxidants. You can use it regardless it of your skin type. It’s super simple to use, and the best part is, we all have rice at home, and it’s always good to soak rice before cooking, so nothing goes to waste!
Just simply soak 4-5 tablespoons of plain white rice in room temperature or cold water.
Give it a shake and let it sit for 10-15 minutes, or for however long it takes for the water to turn nice and milky. And that’s about it. Use a cotton pad and dab the water on your face, allowing it to dry. You can repeat if desired. Not only does this help reduce hyperpigmentation, sun spots and signs of aging, it acts as a great foundation for make-up.
Sand, Surf, and Gorgeous Hair
Australians are known for their tanned and lean physiques, love of cold brews, and their blonde hair.
And they’re got some nifty tricks to keep their hair looking gorgeous.
A few drops of Tea Tree Oil, added to your shampoo, will nourish and hydrate your scalp, getting rid of dandruff. It’s very effective as Tea Tree Oil has anti-bacterial properties.
It’s a low involvement, fire and forget tip. Give it a try
Secrets Of The Ancients
Grecian women are known universally as some of the most beautiful. Through the ages, they have sworn by the restorative and cosmetic properties of honey and olive oil. So just like them, you can use a mixture of the two as a face mask or body wash, as this combination has antibacterial properties, cleanses the skin and gives it a nice honeyed glow, just like the one Helen of Troy had. Just try and not start a war!
It’s Red, It’s From Chile
And it’s grapes.
Red Grapes contain large quantities of anti-oxidants and these work wonders even when they’re applied topically. Chilean women use crushed red grapes as a face pack. It rejuvenates the skin and slows the visible effects of skin aging. Crush, apply and wash off after ten minutes, to leave your skin feeling refreshed.
From Red, To Green
Green tea, is one of those magical things, that are just simply good for you, period. Drinking it, is as we all know, really good for us. The Chinese and Japanese both can easily attribute their gorgeous skin and longevity, in part, to Tea.
Since green tea is rich in antioxidants, you can use it on your skin as well. After you’re done brewing, let the leaves, or the tea bag cool, and use the leaves as a scrub.
It’s still Green, and it’s Neem
Let’s travel all the way back to India, and have a look at Neem. Neem or Margosa is known for it’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Neem extract or paste used on the skin helps fight pimples. Neem oil, diluted with water will also help you get rid of blackheads.
Don’t eat the Guacamole!
I mean go ahead, and eat it, it’s delicious, and so are avocados, but they aren’t only good for eating.
A staple in almost all of Latin America, Avocados are rich in essential minerals, healthy fats, and fatty acids. These do wonders for the body but not only when eaten. You can make a simple face mask with avocados and milk. It refreshes and rehydrates the skin, leaving it happy and healthy.