Exotic Beauty Tips from Around the World
Do you need some beauty inspiration?
From Egyptian-inspired milk baths for softer skin to a Mexican hack for curling your eyelashes, here are some beauty tips gathered from every corner of the globe, each of which you can easily adopt no matter which country you live in.
Egypt – Milk Baths for Soft Skin
Milk baths were first used by the Ancient Egyptians, with Cleopatra being known for taking a daily bath in a tub of milk.
Wondering why you would want to do this?
Well, for starters, milk contains lactic acid, which is a mild natural exfoliant. This means that it is able to dissolve away the glue-like substance that holds dead skin cells to the surface of your skin, allowing these cells to then be easily washed away, leaving you with a smooth and clear complexion.
The fats and proteins that are found in milk also help to boost the skin, keeping it feeling soft and supple, while its vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin E and zinc, help to reduce the visible signs of aging, maintaining your skin’s elasticity.
Want to give this a try?
Full fat milk is the best type to use, but, of course, this can be quite costly. A more cost-effective alternative is to go for a whole powdered milk, of which you would need about two cups of the powder. Mix this together well with some cornstarch and baking powder, both of which will also help your skin, and then pour this into your bath underneath warm running water.
Are you lactose intolerant?
This is not something you need to be concerned about with milk baths, since you are not actually consuming any of the milk.
If you do not have access to cow’s milk, goat’s milk is another alternative, but even rice, soy or coconut milk can have an effect.
Mexico – A Teaspoon as an Eyelash Curler
Whether you are travelling and have forgotten to bring your eyelash curler along, or simply want to see what your eyelashes look like when curled, before investing in a curler of your own, this hack will be perfect for you.
In Mexico, a common way to curl eyelashes is to use a teaspoon.
All you need to do is hold the teaspoon in one hand horizontally, so that it is cupping the lid of your eye. The edge of the spoon should be touching your eyelash roots on your upper lash line. With the same hand that is holding the spoon, use your thumb to gently press your eyelashes upwards, so that you are holding them against the back of the spoon. Slowly move the edge of the spoon upwards, towards the end of your eyelashes.
Keep repeating this process until your eyelashes have been curled to the amount that you were aiming for. Once you are done, apply a layer of mascara to really open your eyes up.
India – Coconut Oil as a Leave-In Hair Conditioner
Coconut oil has been in the media quite a bit lately, and has definitely experienced a surge in popularity in recent years.
Because coconut oil is the richest source of medium chain fatty acids out there.
Wondering what these are?
Medium chain fatty acids, also known as MCFAs, are a special type of fatty acid that contain antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
Coconut oil also contains high levels of lauric acid, which is a substance that is naturally found in breast milk, and is extremely supportive of cellular health.
The majority of commercial hair conditioners out there contain mineral oil, which has a molecular structure that is too large for it to actually penetrate properly into each hair follicle. However, the molecular structure of coconut oil means that your hair is able to easily absorb it, allowing it to then work its magic.
Wondering what the benefits are to using coconut oil as a leave-in conditioner?
Well, there are quite a few, including:
- A reduction in hair breakages
- A moisturizer for the hair and scalp
- A natural remedy to counter frizz
- Reduces dandruff
- Removes and prevents lice
- Promotes hair growth
- Fights fungal infections of the scalp
Ready to give this a try?
Firstly, you will need to gently warm the coconut oil, so that it turns into a liquid. Do not do this in a microwave or over a high heat, as this will degrade all of the nutrients that the oil contains.
Instead, place some hot water into a bowl, and put a scoop of coconut oil into another bowl, before placing this into the hot water. Leave it in until the oil has melted, which should not take too long.
Then, massage the liquid oil into your scalp and through your hair. While this can be done on both dry or damp hair, the oil does tend to distribute more evenly if your hair is damp. Comb the oil through and then place a shower cap on your head, tucking all of your hair within it.
When it comes to how long to leave this on for…
It is completely up to you. A minimum of 30 minutes is essential, but leaving it on overnight will really improve the condition of your hair.
Do you have oily hair?
If so, you may be best off applying coconut oil to just the ends of your hair, keeping it away from your scalp.
France – Lemon Juice to Whiten Nails
Do you often wear dark colored nail polishes?
If your answer is yes, then you may have noticed that this can sometimes stain your nails, turning them a slight yellow color.
Fortunately, there is a quick and easy fix to this…
In France, many women turn to lemon juice when it comes to removing any nail stains.
Wondering how this works?
Lemons are packed with alpha-hydroxy acid, which not only brightens and lightens your nail fibers, but also breaks down any dirt or other substances that may have settled into your nails.
All you need to do is:
- Mix the juice of one lemon with a cup of warm water. Make sure that this is not hot, as you do not want to burn your skin
- Place your fingers into this solution for about five minutes
- Use a cuticle pusher to gently push back your cuticles
Don’t have five minutes to spend soaking your nails?
If you are in a rush, grab a lemon peel and swipe this over your nails a few times, spending extra time on your cuticles.
Both of these methods are especially effective before a manicure, as they will really refresh your nails.
Dominican Republic – Garlic for Strong Nails
Do you ever experience any issues with your nails?
Whether this may be chipping, splitting or peeling, this beauty tip from the Dominican Republic will no doubt help you out.
The key here is garlic, which has strong antibacterial properties that can really help to strengthen your nails, protecting them from any damage.
There are two ways in which you can go about doing this…
The first is by applying garlic juice directly to your nails, but the downside to this is that you will definitely be able to smell the garlic for the next couple of hours.
The smell-free option is to chop up some garlic and then put this into a bottle of clear nail polish. Leave it to soak for about ten days, and then apply the solution on to your nails. In fact, many commercial nail hardening products already contain garlic extract, because its benefits are so significant.
Brazil – Exfoliating at the Beach
Brazil is famous for having some of the best beaches in the world, making it no surprise that Brazilians spend a large amount of their time at the beach.
Spending all of this time in the sand can actually have some great benefits for your skin…
Sand is a natural exfoliant, meaning that whenever it comes into contact with your skin, it helps to scrub off any dead skin cells, leaving you with a smoother and softer complexion.
Want to make the most of this?
The next time you are at the beach, take a large scoop of sand in your hands and then massage this into your body with gentle, circular motions. Allow the sand to remain on your skin for a while, so that the minerals it contains can penetrate into your skin, before rinsing it off with sea water, which will also help to rid your body of any impurities.
Of course, do not forget that sand particles are basically rocks that have been broken down, so you do need to ensure that the sand you are using is fine, and does not contain any other materials within it.
While you may be tempted to put some on your face, the sand will likely be too harsh for the delicate skin here, so you are best off using this exfoliation method on the parts of your body with thicker skin.
If you are able to spend more time in general at the beach, this can also benefit you in other ways…
From the potassium chloride and salt in seawater helping to preserve your skin’s elasticity to the negative ions in the sea air giving your whole body a boost and helping to neutralize free radicals, it is no surprise that beach-loving Brazilians are known for their beauty.
Spain – Potato Slices for Dark Under-Eye Circles
You have likely already heard of using cucumber slices to help clear away puffy eye bags and dark circles, but in Spain they do things a little differently…
Rather than cucumbers, Spanish women tend to turn to potatoes instead.
Wondering how this helps?
In a few ways:
- Potatoes contain an enzyme called catecholase, which helps to reduce water retention, and therefore clear any puffiness
- Potatoes have astringent properties, meaning that they can tighten the skin underneath the eyes to minimize puffiness
- Potatoes are packed with starch, which is an anti-inflammatory that helps to reduce any swelling
- The nutrients and antioxidants in potatoes help to smooth out the skin underneath the eyes
As you can see, Spanish women may well be on to a great beauty secret here.
So, how do you actually go about using potatoes on your eyes?
The most common method is by slicing up a potato, so that the slices are about a third of an inch thick. Then, place these slices on your eyes for about 15 minutes before removing them. Rinse your eyes with water and pat them dry.
Alternatively, you can try grating a potato before wrapping it in a clean cloth, and placing this over your eyes for 20 minutes. However, you will need to do this a couple of times a day to notice a difference.
Croatia – Lavender Oil to Treat and Prevent Acne Breakouts
Do you often suffer from acne breakouts?
If so, lavender oil may be something worth trying.
In Croatia, this tends to be one of the go-to methods for acne, because lavender oil contains astringent properties, which helps to cleanse the skin and kill acne-causing bacteria.
Want to give this a go?
Make sure that you first dilute your lavender oil with a base oil, such as olive oil or almond oil, and even adding in some tea tree oil for extra acne-fighting benefits.
Then, apply this to any spots with a cotton swab.
Is your acne on your body rather than your face?
Lavender oil can still help, as all you need to do is add a few drops of this to a tub, before soaking in the water for ten to fifteen minutes.
While each of these beauty tips can really be effective, you do need to keep in mind that different ingredients and techniques will work in different ways for each individual. The only way to know if something is going to work for you is by giving it a try, whether this may be potatoes to remove eye bags or coconut oil to condition your hair.