Natural Beauty

Women from every corner of the world, and since the beginning of time, have relied on local elixirs to enhance their natural beauty. Whether it’s our hair, skin or body, caring about one’s personal appearance is and always will be a special preoccupation women have.

Interestingly, across the globe, the same ingredients we use to cook, end up on our faces, skin and hair. Because what we eat and how we look are so intimately related, women around the globe continue to conjure up creative beauty solutions from natural products available to them. Take a trip with us as we travel the world in search of natural beauty ideas.

Africa

Avocado pulp is known to be widely used by African women on their hair to stimulate hair growth and add sheen. The oil of the avocado plant is also used to soften the skin and give it more resilience and smoothness.

 

Brazil

While sun bathing at the beach, it is not uncommon to see Brazilian women rubbing sand on their bodies. The exfoliating action of the sand not only gives them soft smooth skin, but also helps stimulate the skin while eliminating the appearance of cellulite.

 

Singapore

Because of the humidity in Singapore, the women there rub a few drops of coconut oil to the ends of their hair and leave it in over night. This keeps their hair from becoming frizzy the next day.

 

Japan

Japanese women are known for their beautiful skin and complexion. They achieve it by making a creamy paste with cooked seaweed, water and lemon juice to use as a mask. The seaweed is rich in beta-carotene, niacin and folic acid.

 

France

Grapes are naturally potent antioxidants and are known to have moisturizing properties. So, French women take full advantage of them by mashing them up and applying them to the face as a mask.

 

Greece

Olive oil is used for many things, but in Greece, it is commonly used to soften dry, irritated skin and for the relief of sun burn as well. Olive oil is an excellent source of antioxidants, which are known slow aging.

 

United States

If not in real life, we’ve all seen that scene on television where the woman has a towel wrapped on her head and a slice of cucumber placed on each eye. Turns out cucumbers are scientifically proven to reduce puffiness of the eyes. It contains vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that helps ward off sun damage. It also contains caffeic acid, which helps reduce inflammation.

 

India

As far back as 5,000 years, women from India have been using henna for its pigmentation property. The naturally prepared paste is used to make the color for temporary tattoos as well as a natural hair dye.

 

Every culture defines beauty differently and every society has standards by which they measure beauty. In our culture, we have an obsession with wanting immediate results and instant gratification. However, there is something we can learn by looking back at how, throughout history, indigenous beauty secrets honored not only beauty, but also nature and the body as a whole.

 

Summer 2011
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