Ever wonder what the ancient Greeks used for skincare? How did the Egyptians become masters of the smokey eye?
In this blog we are going to highlight some amazing beauty secrets from ancient times, some are completely impractical, however, some are still widely used today.
Many face masks today have a clay base, it is infused with a variety of ingredients and then applied directly to the face to significantly tighten skin and clear impurities. Clay masks can actually be traced back to ancient Egyptian times.
Cleopatra, using the finest clay from the Dead Sea, often applied it to her face. These masks can be messy to apply, but the end effects are indisputable. Clay can do wonders for skin at any age and will probably be a beauty staple for years to come.
Marie Antoinette knew that the hands were the first place to show the signs of the aging way before science told us.
The French trendsetter was known to wear gloves to bed every night. These were lined with wax, rose water, and sweet almond oil to soften her royal hands. While this beauty routine still exists, it’s not as popular today as it was in olden day France.
Honey was the most popular ingredient used in Ancient Egyptian times. It is well known that honey has some amazing properties – in like fashion it is an antiseptic and is packed with antioxidants.
Because of this, honey is useful for skincare, it can help with acne if applied as a mask. It also helps keep skin and hair soft, moisturized, and clean. These properties have also made it a popular ingredient in cosmetics. This was long before the positive effects were truly understood.
Queen Elizabeth l had a bout with smallpox early in life and went on to use white makeup to cover up her scars.
During this era of the Tudor dynasty, her pale skin was considered very fashionable and became a sign of high status. To achieve this look, women would attach leeches to their ears to drain blood from their faces.
Thank goodness this beauty trend faded away.
The avocado was used centuries ago by Aztec civilizations as a skin moisturizer. The oil from avocados will help to balance the skin by significantly reducing pore size.
To use this ancient technique, mix mashed-up avocado with a tablespoon of yogurt and a teaspoon of honey.
Apply the paste with your fingers and leave it on for about 10-15 minutes. The oil is easily absorbed and will not clog pores. Avocado is still a very popular beauty ingredient and used in many products today, plus it tastes amazing.
We call that a win-win!
Another ancient beauty secret that has maintained its popularity is the use of sea salt. Since ancient times sea salt scrubs have been used as a way to remove dead skin and even improve the appearance of cellulite.
It is an antiseptic, it cleanses, and detoxifies the skin. The Ancient Greeks used sea salt in face masks and would use seawater for massages. Today sea salt is used in so many beauty treatments such as facial toner, hair treatment, body scrubs, bath salts, and even as a teeth whitener.
The latest beauty trend that everyone has become obsessed with originated from ancient China.
One of the most important aspects of beauty for Chinese women was the face shape. This could be why facial sculpting methods are of such importance in Chinese skincare routines.
They also help to stimulate the facial nerves and decrease puffiness. Jade rollers have been proven to be beneficial in skincare still today, plus they look beautiful and feel amazing on your skin.
Yes, you read that correctly. The Ancient Greeks were all about using crocodile dung in their facials and body treatments. They would harvest fresh crocodile dung to add to their mud baths and everyday beauty routines. They believed it toned as well as tightened the skin.
While this ancient tradition has long since gone out of style, we strongly discourage using animal dung in any beauty routine.
So, what have we learned?
Most ancient beauty secrets that are still around today have proven their worth completely. So, let’s skip the leeches and crocodile dung and stick to something nicer like avocado and honey instead.
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