All of us are pretty much stuck at home and the anxiety around being restricted is pretty much through the roof. Something I would suggest is taking time away from screens every day and indulging in some much-needed self-care. If you're a beauty enthusiast we know that there's nothing more relaxing than taking out time for your skincare regime cause girl, same! And since we can't travel and have all this free time on our hands, we thought we'd tell you about some of the world's best-kept beauty secrets to add to your routine.
If you have brittle nails and can't seem to grow them out ever then follow Romanian women who soak their nails in Vitamin A oil and olive oil to keep them strong, moisturised, and less prone to peeling or splitting. Just take a few teaspoons of warm olive oil with a few teaspoons of Vitamin A oil, soak your nails for 15 minutes and then wash it off.
We've heard about egg hair masks and cucumber facemasks but Russians actually use this concoction from head to toe. They mix honey, egg yolk, and cucumber and apply it on their hair as well as the body as it is supposed to be beneficial for both.
Women in Singapore swear by avocado for glowing and healthy skin. We know everyone loves avocado for breakfast (and whenever they eat it, have to Instagram a photo of it) but who knew it was actually a remedy for the skin too. Just peel it, mash it and slather it on with your hand or a face mask brush. Rinse off with warm water once it's dry.
You'll say bye-bye to lash curlers after you use this technique that the Mexicans have perfected. They use a teaspoon to cup the lid horizontally and let the edge of the spoon should touch their upper lash line roots. After that, they use their thumbs to press the lashes against the back of the spoon gently and then push the edges up to the ends of the lashes. And voila, fluttery lashes!
We thought Sake was just for guzzling down, guess not! Pouring some into bathwater does wonders for your skin because it contains kojic acid, which is a great exfoliate. People in Japan have radiant complexions and their skin looks fresh and youthful for a long time maybe this is the reason. Sake even reduces the appearance of age spots and discolouration from the sun so it seems like a miracle treatment.
Argan oil is one of those ingredients that work well for so many skin and hair problems. It has moisturising properties and is easy for the skin to absorb which makes it an excellent lotion or bath oil. If you have dry hair or dry skin then massaging a few drops into your scalp at night or into your skin can transform them both. You can also use it as a leave-in conditioner to keep your hair nourished and to tame and smooth out tresses and give a silky shine.
If you have large, open pores on your face and want to shrink them then follow what Costa Rican women do for them. They combine fresh orange juice with water to a 1:1 ratio and use a cotton ball to apply it to their faces. Leave it on for a few minutes and then wash it off leaving your pores looking much smaller.
Another beauty secret from the tip of South America is crushed red grapes mixed with white flour. Yup, if you want glowing skin like Chilean women then add a handful of crushed grapes with a couple of tablespoons of flour, mix it together to apply to your face and wash off. You'll get fresher, healthier skin that shines from within.
This beauty secret dates back to the days Cleopatra reigned Egypt who reportedly bathed in milk and honey to keep her skin soft and radiant. She even added lavender and rose petals to her baths and according to some historians even raspberries and strawberries. Milk contains alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) which is great for removing dead skin cells, gently exfoliating your skin. It allows healthy new skin tissue to grow for a fresh, youthful complexion. If you don't want to add honey to the bath, you can always bathe in milk sometimes and then use an organic soap with honey as an ingredient so get the same job done and cut costs.
Bulgaria is famous for its rose valley and people from the country use rose water to keep their faces clean and moisturised. It contains loads of antioxidants and has calming properties for the skin. It also smells great so that's always a plus point. Whenever you buy in-store rosewater, make sure that it's natural because they are usually filled with artificial chemicals that don't work as well as organic products.
So, ready to change up your body care routine to incorporate international influences? We sure as hell are!