Beauty rituals around the world

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Rain or shine, January through December, I always look for something new for my skin care routine. Sometimes following the same beauty regimen tends to get boring and my favourite products can start to feel a little repetitive. I am sure you know what I am talking about! Variety is the spice of life, and there are several kinds of beauty rituals available – so there’s always a new ritual to add to your routine!

Here’s a list of my favourite rituals from around the world:

  1. Hammam

Moroccan bath is an age old traditional cleansing ritual of Moroccans which is popular throughout the Middle East. I absolutely love how this ritual helps relax your tired muscles while cleaning and softening the skin by removing dead skin layers. Some people believe that this also whitens the skin and enhances circulation of blood in the body. Talk about killing two birds with one stone!

A regular Moroccan bath usually lasts for about 40 minutes, where first the masseuse will rinse your body and then a special olive soap is applied all over your body, followed by 10 minutes of steam to open pores in your body. The olive soap penetrates the skin, makes it soft and ready to exfoliate. Followed by a thorough rinse with water, the spa masseuse will begin the exfoliation procedure where dead skin and dirt is scrubbed away with a loofah, and once the exfoliation is complete you will be ushered to a lavish shower, followed with a generous amount of moisturizer massaged onto your skin.
Ah! Even as I write this, I can almost feel the stress that is lodged in the nooks of my joints and crooks disappear.

  1. Mud Baths

Native Americans have used mud to treat irritated skin for centuries at Calistoga – a region in Northern California, and Cleopatra so it is said, took trips to the Dead Sea and layered herself with its mud as part of her beauty treatment.

I always thought that mud baths are a bit of a paradox. How is it that bathing in mud be actually good for you? I mean, you are willingly choosing to dirty yourself and somehow that is supposed to be good for your skin? So, I decided it is about time I indulge in a mud bath.

Being buoyed in mud felt incredibly relaxing and not just that, the minerals in the mud – magnesium, sodium, potassium and sulphur – stimulated and rejuvenated my skin. Research points out the minerals in mud have skincare benefits including anti-ageing, soothing and exfoliating properties and I, for sure had a glowing appearance! My skin felt moisturised and it never felt so much healthier.

  1. Fountain of youth

According to a popular legend, the famed beauty of Cleopatra used to bathe in milk for youthful skin. In more recent comparison supermodel Cindy Crawford is rumored to follow the same beauty regimen where she sprays her face with a milk-and rosewater mix daily. Something like this sure sounds something worth putting to test!

And it is simple enough to do this! Just buy yourself a small spritzer bottle, some organic whole milk and a bottle of rosewater. Keep this mixture in your fridge and periodically during the day just spritz onto your face every few hours. Milk is full of fats, lactic acid, and proteins which help create a barrier on skin that not just hydrates but also repairs leaving skin look youthful. Now, you can even try this mix as a luxurious bath at home to indulge yourself, but remember that it is a treatment best suited for dry weather, or for those with dry skin. Milk tends to curdle in a few days, so ensure you buy small quantity and use the mixture on the same day.

  1. Turmeric in sub-continental Bridal Routine

Turmeric is a great weapon in your beauty kit. In addition to its natural healing properties, it is not only amazing in your kitchen as a spice but also for beauty! Indians absolutely swear by the benefits of this miracle spice. In Indian weddings, this amazing ingredient has an entire ceremony to its name. Traditionally, Indians make a paste using turmeric and rose water. This paste is then applied on the bride and the groom’s face, neck, hands and feet, by their near and dear ones. This ceremony is also accompanied by traditional songs and dances.

Make yourself a DIY pack by mixing a teaspoon of turmeric powder with honey and yogurt. This mixture needs to be of a thick consistency. Pat it on your face for fifteen minutes and then wash it off. Regular application of turmeric masks will give you clear, glowing, and blemish-free skin.

  1. Tea-rrific!

Tea is the most popular beverage in the world, and its history is ancient and rich. Chinese people are famous for their quarterly tea cleanses, due to its ability to flush toxins out. Tea can be used for more than just to drink, but also for its skin benefits. It is rich in anti-oxidants and oh boy! These teas smell fantastic. Jasmine tea, in particular is a big favourite with the Chinese as a ‘Facial Tea’. The antioxidants and tannins in the green tea are believed to help reduce puffy eyes and dark circles. It makes the skin glow and reduces dullness for a look that is glowing.

  1. Therapeutic and divine Sandalwood

Ladies! Get yourselves some Sandalwood bark, which not only smells divine and but also will purify your skin while protecting you from acne. Women in Myanmar, use sandalwood bark that’s ground into a white paste which they mix with rose water and apply over face and neck for 5-10 minutes for a subtle glow and to protect them from the sun. Sandalwood soothes and cools, making it the perfect ingredient for beauty products. You can use this mix on any day of the week, and get the glow back on your face. Use Yardley’s Imperial Sandalwood body lotion all over your body and smell divine.

  1. Pearl powder

Lo and behold! Pearls have existed for thousands of years, and through the ages but it were the women of china, who discovered that it is full of antioxidants, regenerating collagen properties and has concentrated sources of amino acids, minerals and calcium! They use finely ground pearl powder to exfoliate, tighten and brighten skin and no wonder they look so glowing and youthful all the time!

There you go, ladies! Now you have a wide range of beauty sources from around the world to draw inspiration from.

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