7 beauty and hair tips from around the globe
Have you ever sat and wondered how our foreign stunners keep up with their beauty rituals and habits without adapting to the cultural norms used here in the United States? From Europe to Asia to Africa and South America, no one place is the same or engages in the same beauty habits as the other. This is one of the things that makes this world so beautiful — we can all learn a thing or two from our sisters around the globe.
West Africa: Across western Africa, men and women of all ages use “black soap,” which is a mixture of shea butter, cocoa and palm ash, honey, aloe vera and other ingredients that will have your skin glowing! This soap offers gentle exfoliation and cleansing and it will help fade hyperpigmentation. You can buy this in liquid or solid form, and it’s safe to use on the body and face.
Morocco: In the past couple years, Argan Oil has been a staple in many beauty and hair products. The oil comes from the Argan tree, located in Morocco. Moroccan women use the oil in a variety of beauty related rituals in order to keep both hair and skin in tip-top shape. It can be used as a facial and body moisturizer, and it is used on the hair to prevent frizz and build shine.
China: In China, women massage Camellia Oil the body to prevent or lessen the appearance of stretch marks and heal damaged skin. The oil is rich in Vitamins A, B, and E and is chock-full of Phyto-squalene, something that helps lessen the affects of aging and keeps skin super moisturized. Lastly, it’s thought to work as a natural sunscreen since it protects the skin from UV and sun damage.
France: French women are known for their simple, yet luxe beauty routines that are mimicked across the globe. The French are known for having smooth and healthy looking skin, and their secret is MILK! The lactic acid works as a natural, chemical exfoliator that’s great for creating gentle and smooth skin. Simply pour a few cups of milk into warm bath water along with a capful bath oil, a cup of Epsom salt and a couple drops of essential oil for a spa worthy experience. How relaxing does that sound?!
Jamaica & Haiti: Not comfortable with using cow’s milk for a bath? Then use goat’s milk like our stunners in Jamaica and Haiti. Goat’s milk is high in Alpha Hydroxy Acids and it’s rich Vitamin A content makes skin super moisturized, supple and smooth. Also, women on the islands use fruit and plants, such as papaya and aloe, to keep their skin clear and soft. Papaya can be used as an exfoliator and is full of enzymes bolster’s skin health. Aloe is the perfect healer for burned and damaged skin, and it can be used on the hair as well.
Australia: Australians use Tea Tree Oil to clarify the scalp from build up and reduce facial acne. You can buy 100 percent Tea Tree Oil at your local natural food store and use to make a soothing and deep cleaning scalp oil by mixing a few drops into a carrier oil. If you want to use it for the face, use a diluted version so you won’t burn your skin. Simply apply some on your bump with a q-tip before going to bed. Over a few days, the bump will dry up!
Spain: In Spain, ladies slice potatoes and place these slices over their eyes for about 10 minutes to get rid of dark circles around the eye.
There you have it stunners! Will you be trying any of these tips?