Beauty rituals are something than women all over the world hold close to their heart – however, we were all raised in different cultures with different beauty rituals, each of them equally beautiful and intriguing. Here are the best beauty rituals from all around the globe that bring fantastic results.
1. Rice face cleanser for anti-aging
If you’ve ever wondered why Chinese women have somehow found the fountain of youth, a big part of that is their beauty routine. Soak Chinese rice in a bottle of water for 20 minutes. Then, strain the water and use a damp cloth to scrub rice on your face for 10 minutes.
2. Threading for stunning eyebrows
If you’re waxing your eyebrows, stop! With a thin polyester or thin thread, thread is doubled up and twisted to remove hair. It allows for more control with shaping and is gentler on the skin.
3. Oak leaf for exfoliation
This might not sound like the epitome of relaxation for many women, but in Russia, women enter a steam room and are beaten by an oak-leaf broom drenched in olive oil. Apparently, oak leaves contain natural astringent which gets rid of toxins, exfoliates, and opens pours. Then, ice cold water is poured over you to seal the deal. Thanks but no thanks.
4. Rosemary water for shiny hair
Think you need expensive products from Sephora to get that coveted shine? In ancient days in Greece, women boiled fresh rosemary in water, letting it cool completely before pouring the mixture over your hair. Rosemary is a deep cleaner and removes buildup while stimulating the scalp.
5. Sake bath for dewy skin
If you want your skin to glow like never before, pour three or four cups of this popular Japanese beverage in your bath. The key ingredient is ionic acid, which acts as an exfoliator and lightens blemishes and spots.
6. Daisy water for natural highlights
Many people try to use lemon to lighten their locks in the summer, but have you ever used daisy water? Boil fresh daisies in water for 5 minutes. Then, after the water cools, pour this mix over your hair and let it air dry.
7. Lemon juice for leftover nail polish
It’s a bummer when your beautiful manicure dissipates into that frustrating cuticle residue. After removing your nail polish, soak your nails in warm water mixed with lemon juice for a few minutes.
8. Sugaring for all-over body hair removal
Sugaring is a form of hair removal similar to waxing, but less harsh and painful on the skin – it’s also more natural and hygienic. Originally famous in Egypt and Middle Eastern countries, women with course or thick hair would blend cane sugar and lemons to make a hair removal paste.
9. Oatmeal for sunburn
This is an old school anti-inflammation remedy for burnt skin in Brazil. Wrap a pile of oatmeal flakes in gauze bandages and throw that in the bathtub. Soak in this mixture for 20 minutes. It may seem counterintuitive to take a cool bath, but a warm bath might worsen sunburn effects.