St. Augustine once said, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” Now imagine what that would mean for your Beauty IQ if for some reason you don’t travel as much as you used to. It’s quite a scary thought but the good news is that you don’t need to have a passport to know how women from different countries are staying gorgeous. And as a celebration of beauty without borders, let’s take a look now at the top beauty tips from around the globe. Hopefully, you’ll get some ideas that you might be able to incorporate in your current beauty regimen.
Do you envy how most Greek women seem to have a glowing complexion? It’s not a trick of the light but actually a glow that comes from within and without. As you know, Greeks eat a Mediterranean diet, which is high in omega-3 fatty acids. Their diet is also rich in antioxidants and vitamins as they tend to consume a lot of vegetables and fruits. With regards to their moisturizer, a lot swear by olive oil, which softens better than department store lotions and body butters.
Aside from regularly drinking green tea, Japanese women are known for using rice bran and camellia oil. The former is said to be a great exfoliating agent and is also a wrinkle preventer and treatment for under eye circles. Camellia oil, on the other hand, is prized for its anti-aging effects – softening fine lines and rehydrating dry skin. It is also a popular component of hair care products, as it is said to be rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids.
Emu oil is one of those all-around products, which is truly amazing in terms of the scope of its supposed benefits. You can use it to relieve joint pain, lower cholesterol, soothe insect bites but arguably, its most popular use is as a facial moisturizer. It’s been reported to have anti-aging as well as anti-acne properties, and there are also raves about its hair growing abilities. By the way, in case you’re wondering, emu oil comes from the emu, a flightless bird that’s native to Australia. But nowadays, it’s also being raised in Europe and North America, where it is prized for its fat, leather and meat.
When it comes to beauty talk, it would be remiss of us not to mention Cleopatra, who is famous for her beautiful eyelashes (even at that time when eyelash products came in the form of a combination of crocodile dung, honey, kohl, and water) and her fondness for taking milk baths. And yes, that does feel as luxurious as it sounds but the great thing is that you can modify this routine so it doesn’t leave your pockets with a gaping hole. Try adding powdered milk to your bath, just enough to turn the water ‘milky.’ Your skin should be feeling silky soft after a considerable soak.
Swedes love to go to saunas to rid their body of toxins. Of course, that’s not the only reason why their skin looks radiant. As always, diet plays a significant role, especially one that’s rich in antioxidants. If you can’t get to a sauna, you can try other ways to detox including drinking plenty of water or green tea and getting a massage.
Francine Luke writes for TopBeautySecrets.org, an online resource that provides eye cream reviews and eyelash reviews. Aside from writing about beauty products, Francine is also interested in fitness, health, and sports.