Every culture and country around the world has its own health and beauty secrets. No matter what your country of origin or where you currently live, chances are you are often looking for tips and tricks to improve your appearance, right? Some of us envy the women of India and their shiny, silky-soft hair or the flawless skin of Singaporean women. Now, you don’t need to grab your passport to experience the wonders of hair and skincare from abroad. We’re here to reveal all the different beauty secrets from around the world that will leave you both looking better but also provide you with healthier skin and hair too.
Greece: Olive Oil For Healthy Skin
Do ever find yourself full of envy when every time you see a gorgeous Greek woman’s complexion? Do not worry, we too feel your jealousy. Want to know their age-old secret, we have it right here for you. Greek women actually have numerous beauty secrets, one of which is natural olive oil. Olive oil is packed with anti-aging antioxidants and vitamins which is why it is so amazing for hair, skin, and nails. Not only do the Greeks use this in their kitchens but they also use it as a DIY beauty tool. Studies have suggested that using olive oil on your body can prevent signs of aging, help sun damage, and even remove waterproof mascara.
China: Rice Water As Facial Rinse
This next beauty hacks straight out of China may come as no surprise. Usually, people wash their faces with water along with some kind of scrub or cleanser. Well, in China they use rice water. Yes, you read correctly. As rice is a dietary staple in China, it seems as though it is also a famous beauty secret. As rice is filled with antioxidants that can help cleat skin and prevent aging, it’s no wonder the women of China have such beautiful skin. All you need to do is soak the rice in water for about 20 minutes, then strain the rice. Next, use a clean washcloth to pat the water onto your face. Do this on a weekly basis to nourish your skin and fight off harmful free radicals. You’ll notice a great difference in no time!
Turkey: Use Daisy Water To Highlight Hair
Ever stopped to think about how the women of Turkey have gorgeous looking natural highlighted hair? If you’re looking to get the same look, we have their secret here for you! Generally, this beauty hack works best for people with lighter or blonde hair, however, there’s no harm in giving it a try. Usually, most women rely on the sun to naturally lighten their locks, but as this isn’t so healthy, it explains why Turks have turned to daisy water. All you need to do is boil one cup of daises in two cups of water for several minutes. Allow it to cool before removing the daisies. Next, pour the water over your hair until it completely dries. Leave it in and watch it work its magic! Soon you’ll have stunning, (naturally) lighter hair.
Japan: Seaweed For Luxurious Locks
Asain women and men are mostly recognized for their beautiful, long, and silky hair. The big question is though, how do they manage to get keep their hair looking so fabulous? Besides their great genetics, they do also have a top beauty secret that has been passed down for many generations. It has been suggested that part of the reason is due to a large amount of iodine in their diets, which can come from things such as shrimp, dairy products, and seaweed. Seaweed is a major part of the Japanese diet and is known to have many health benefits, some of which include stimulate hair growth and production. However, any other savvy trick is to use seaweed as a hair mask.
Egypt: Bathe In Milk & Honey
This old-fashioned beauty secret is so old that it basically dates back to Cleopatra. Apparently, she used to bathe in milk and honey to keep her skin soft and radiant. Occasionally she would also add lavender rose petals and strawberries. The milk she used came from goats, however, cow’s milk has very similar benefits for the skin such as gently exfoliating your skin and getting rid of dead skin cells. This is what ultimately gives you a youthful complexion. To get extra soft skin, Egyptian beauty experts suggest adding some honey to keep the skin hydrated too. If you’re wanting to look like the one and only Cleopatra, this is what you need to do!
South Africa: Shea Butter As Moisturizer
For many women (and men) all over the world, it can be quite difficult to find the best moisturizer. Well luckily for you, we have the answer and it comes from the southern tip of Africa. South African women have stuck to this amazing beauty method – shea butter. Shea butter is highly moisturizing and a very popular beauty essential in South Africa. Especially during the wintertime when our skin is more prone to dryness. Use Shea butter on a daily basis and you’ll instantly see how much silkier and smoother your skin is.
Australia: Yarrow Extract For Stretch Marks
Stretch marks affect both men and women all around the globe. There are various reasons why people get stretch marks and can appear all over the body. Once they show, it’s really difficult to get rid of them because they are essentially a form of scarring. However, that does not mean we’re stuck with these unnecessary, nasty marks forever. Originating from the Australian Aboriginal women, they reckon that this is the most perfect beauty secret that has actually been used for many generations to clear up stretch marks. Yarrow extract contains anti-inflammatory compounds, and can also moisturize your skin. So, search for a cream that contains yarrow root extract to naturally eliminate stretch marks.
Dominican Republic: Garlic For Stronger Nails
Next up, we have another great beauty secret straight out of South America. For people who have brittle nails that easily break, this beauty hack is truly amazing. The tip from the ladies of the Dominican Republic is something that really believes in, how’s what you need to do to strengthen your nails. Simply chop fresh garlic and add it to clear nail polish. Wait around a week or so before you apply it to your nail. Just a pre-warning, the smell is not so delightful but you will be so thankful with the end result…harder and stronger nails. As an added bonus, garlic has anti-bacterial properties.
Brazil: Oatmeal To Heal Sunburn
If you don’t already know, oats are one of the best natural sources we can use for our skin. Not only do oats contain a huge amount of vitamins and minerals that our bodies really need, but it turns it is just as beneficial for your skin too. Brazilians are big fans of oats and the reason why? Well, we all know just how much Brazilams love spending time in the sun so this is why they use it to ease the pain of sunburn and speed up the healing process. So, the next time you get a bad sunburn, put some oats in gauze and then place it over the bathtub. Once you’ve filled the tub, allow the water to filter through the bag of oats. Lie in the bath for roughly 20 minutes until you feel relief.