5 beauty customs from across the globe
Around the world, different cultures have different recipes and rituals in their beauty routines. Aside from being highly effective, the best part about many of them is that they are 100 percent DIY, meaning you can use common household ingredients to make them. Here are a few tips from far and wide across the globe to add to your treasure chest of beauty secrets.
Clove Scrub Straight From Zanzibar
Cloves have both antiseptic and antioxidant properties, which are helpful for skin that is prone to acne or skin that is showing signs of age. In Zanzibar, brides use this clove scrub a week before their wedding to make their skin glow. It is made with three tablespoons of ground cloves, two tablespoons of rose water and coconut oil, and three tablespoons of ground dried flowers of your choice. Not only will your skin look flawless, you will smell divine.
Turmeric Mask Courtesy Of India
Turmeric has roots in ancient medicine for its curative powers in treating inflammation. Now you can add another use to that list: it is also great for your face. Turmeric contains a ton of antioxidants, meaning it can protect your skin from signs of aging. Just be aware, its orange-yellow color may temporarily stain your skin. For the mask, mix two tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt, one teaspoon of turmeric, and one teaspoon of honey. Leave on for 15 minutes.
Colombia’s Finest Coffee Cellulite Scrub
With a half cup of ground Colombian coffee beans, two tablespoons of coconut oil, and a teaspoon of brown sugar, you have yourself the Colombian coffee cellulite scrub. Apply it to areas with cellulite, and it will work wonders, at least temporarily. It works by pulling water out of the skin, eliminating the dimples. On top of that, your skin will be silky smooth.
The Argentinian Wine And Oat Mask
Leave it to Argentina to put wine into a beauty custom. Their wine and oat mask is great for your skin in part for the resveratrol that red wine contains. It is a strong antioxidant that can act to prevent your skin from aging. The anti-inflammatory properties of red wine can also help soothe irritated skin. Make this mask with a tablespoon of yogurt, two teaspoons of honey, a scoop of dry oats, and a couple splashes of red wine. Rinse it off after about 20 minutes.
Japan’s Matcha Hair Mask
In Japan, because of its antioxidant properties, matcha is used in hair treatments to prevent hair loss and to make hair shiny. The hair mask is made by gently stirring together a tablespoon of coconut oil and top-notch matcha powder with one drop of peppermint essential oil. Once a week, apply the paste across the whole scalp, all the way down to the ends. Leave it in for 30 minutes before shampooing.