Even as modern makeup has advanced, the current trends see beauty companies going back to natural and chemical-free products. While the world might see this kind of product as ground-breaking, there are plenty of ancient civilizations that paved the way for modern uses for age-old ingredients. Want to harness the goddess-like beauty of the Greeks? Want the sultry skin of Indian women? Do you think Native Americans suffered with skin problems? Read on to find out how they manged to keep such beautiful skin
Beauty Secrets from Ancient Greece
The Greeks are credited with using olive oil for both skin and hair. Olive oil has the same applications today, and is used in many products on the commercial market. What you don’t realize is that you can still grasp the power of olive oil by using just plain olive oil. (Make sure it’s 100% pure.) It might feel like it goes against all of your instincts to apply oil to your skin and leave it there, but after washing, a small dab of oil massaged into your skin will have some very real benefits. Not only will your complexion benefit from the fatty acids in the oil, applying it to the skin will actually trick your sebaceous glands into thinking they have already produced their own oil. Say goodbye to shine!
Another Greek beauty trick, and something also employed by the Egyptians, was the use of salt as an exfoliant. You may think salt on your skin is a bad idea because of its tendency to strip moisture away. This is partially true and you don’t have to use table salt as your exfoliant. The Greeks used sea salt, and the impressive thing about sea salt is it full of beneficial minerals that became trapped as the salt separated from the sea water. Dead Sea salt is considered a modern-day fountain of youth. To apply it to your skin, make a paste with the salt, some water, and some sweet almond oil and rub this mixture into your skin. You will want to rinse in warm water. FYI: Almond oil was another prized skin care ingredient of the Greeks.
Ancient Beauty Secrets from India
Beauty in India is taken very seriously by women of all ages and social standing. These traditions are passed down through the generations, and a young woman is schooled in them as soon as she is able to walk and talk. Indian women focus not only on using external substances on their skin, they place big emphasis on consumption of special herbs and fruits to keep their skin clear. For centuries, the women of India have advocated eating licorice and asparagus root. For anti-aging, try using a banana mashed and applied to the face. Want to pull out impurities? Indian women suggest rubbing a sliced tomato on your skin.
Native American Skin Care Secrets
The Native Americans are known for their rich belief system and their harmony with nature. From their advanced medicinal use of plants many beauty secrets were discovered. Willow bark, which contains a natural form of salicylic acid, was used to treat many skin issues. This form of acid was not as harsh as our synthetic version is today.
Native Americans also used witch hazel as a skin care ingredient. It was used for centuries to pull impurities from the skin without leaving the skin surface dry and irritated
As the modern world slowly realizes that getting back to basics is important, you will see more natural ingredients appearing in your beauty arsenal. Why wait? Try some of these remedies today.