#CrispBeauty: 8 Skin Rituals from Around the World
We took the time to highlight some of the world’s most known health and beauty techniques practiced around the globe. Most of them can be done in your own home and have been used for thousands of years.
The native African tea is used in South Africa not just as a refreshing drink, but also as a refreshing bath tonic. Tea has many properties known to benefit skin and combat anti-aging, and the women of South Africa prefer this earthy tonic for smoothing and soothing skin. Try adding it to your bath by placing 3 tea bags in a bowl, and cover with boiling water. After the tea bags have steeped for about 5 minutes, add everything (bags and all) to your bath water.
If you’ve ever watched a Korean soap-opera, then you understand how detailed Koreans are concerning their looks. Skin icing is exactly how it sounds; you apply ice (usually directly) to your face with the intent of fighting puffiness, wrinkles, large pores, scarring and redness or acne. It’s also done to tighten and smooth skin. Don’t mind the thought of freezing your face in the name of beauty? Either in the morning or just before bed, gently wash your face and stand over the sink or an area you don’t mind getting wet. Get a couple ice cubes (either with your hands or a handkerchief) and smooth over your face for at least 3 minutes, focusing on problem areas but avoiding the delicate eye area. Don’t ice for more than 15 minutes.
Indian women are ideally thought of as having long, lush and absolutely beautiful hair. So, what’s their secret? Coconut milk. It supposedly works so well, you won’t even need conditioner afterwards. Using an unsweetened brand, place about 400 ml of coconut milk in a container in the fridge overnight. The next day, cover your hair with it and leave on for about 20 minutes. Shampoo off, with no need to condition.
Indonesia is a group of islands often known for its famed coffee production. Indonesian women have been putting this resource to good use for skincare and rejuvenation. The caffeine in coffee beans not only helps revitalize the skin, but is a known anti-inflammatory. Combine 1 tbsp fresh or used coffee grounds with 1tbsp water or olive oil and use as a scrub for face and body.
Ok, this one dates back to the times of the pharaoh’s right here in Egypt, and also spans the Mediterranean into countries like Greece and Italy, all the way down into Africa. Milk baths have long been used to help treat irritable skin conditions and make skin soft, supple and smooth. To make the process super simple, you can even add a couple cups of powdered milk to your bath. Fresh or powdered, milk baths are tried and tested over the millennia to soften skin and remove dead cells.
Another historically known skin treatment, especially from the surrounding areas of the Dead and Mediterranean Seas, sea salt scrubs are a foolproof way to gently exfoliate off any dead or unhealthy skin and help detox your body’s biggest organ (skin!). Make your own by mixing 1/4 cup sea salt, some of your favorite moisturizing oil and a couple drops of your preferred essential oil fragrance.
Find your nearest gym or spa to put this traditional Scandinavian practice to use. Using heat and sweat to purify the body and skin, time in the sauna can also be used to exfoliate with a salt scrub (see above) or green tea ice cubes for a gentle tonic. Wherever you choose to sauna, always bring plenty of water with you to stay hydrated and end your sauna session by closing your pores and getting extra rejuvenated with as cold a shower as you can stand!
Love it or hate it, garlic is a powerful herb. The women of the Dominican Republic are known to use it on their nails to keep them strong and clean (garlic is a natural antibiotic). Simply try this method by adding crushed garlic to a clear polish to sit for 7-10 days, then apply to your nails. The smell will go away, leaving you with tough nails that last.