Has spring taken you by surprise? Is your hair dull and your skin dehydrated? You got lazy during the winter season and your cellulite is starting to show up? Do you have acne due to all the fat foods you’ve been eating lately? Don’t worry, read these beauty secrets, choose the ones suitable for you and you’ll be shinning like a diva in just a wink of an eye.
Thai women, for instance, are close to nature and are keen to use herbs in all aspects of their lives, including beauty. They use turmeric for scrubbing their body, then they use tamarind oil when bathing, because it makes the skin soft and shimmery and it helps lessen dark spots in areas such as the ankles, elbows and armpits. And they also use Aloe Vera, which is great for healing and lightening skin, and helps to cure acne. Women in Philippines are also using Aloe Vera but for making their hair glossy. They break an aloe leaf in half and massage the juice into their scalp, then rinse. To smooth rough skin, they combine a quarter cup of grated fresh ginger and a quarter cup of finely chopped limes and rub the mixture onto dry skin.
In Germany, women add two liters of buttermilk to their bath to soften and nourish the skin.
In France, women are keeping their eye cream in the fridge because the cold cream stimulates micro-circulation and helps to de-puff the area around the eyes. Besides, they are also using savon noir, a black linseed-oil soap that is used in hammam spas for scrubbing, exfoliating the skin and improving circulation.
Many women in West Africa use shea butter to soften their skin but it’s also applied thickly to hair as a hydrating mask, or in a smaller amount as a leave in conditioner.
In Israel, women are using the Dead Sea mud as a cleansing mask for the face and body because it’s loaded with nourishing minerals. Women cover their bodies with the black mud, then float in the salty water, or they scoop the mud into a jar and use it at home.
In Greece, women do not use only olive oil, but rosemary water as well. For shiny, bouncy locks, they rinse their hair with rosemary water – just boil fresh rosemary in water, let it cool completely, strain out the rosemary, and pour the water over your hair. It deep-cleans and removes buildup.
Chinese women use rice water to cleanse their faces, because rice has antioxidants that help prevent premature skin aging. You can do this as well, by soaking Chinese rice in bottled water for 20 minutes. Strain the rice out of the water, and then dunk a washcloth in it. Apply the damp cloth to your face for 10 minutes and do this once a week.
If you have frizzy hair, the women from Singapore can give you the perfect solution. Coat the ends of your hair with a few drops of coconut oil before bed and leave it on overnight to keep hair frizz-free.
The women in Brazil, the country famous worldwide for its beautiful women, have plenty of beauty secrets to share. Their secret for soft skin and hair is babassu oil (similar to coconut oil) that comes from the kernels of the Babassu palm trees, which grow in Northern Brazil. For cellulite, they use coffee grounds and beach sand. They practically bury themselves in the sand and massage their body from stomach down. It’s a great natural exfoliation treatment!