It’s not surprising that women in the ancient times cared about beauty. But what may be surprising are their methods used to achieve their incomparable beauty. Would you believe that cabbage can help reduce inflammation and pain? There are still unorthodox beauty methods that were used in ancient times that are still trending today. It’s all natural and there’s no need to worry about side effects.
Here are 10 Beauty Secrets of the Ancient Times That Are Useful Even Today:
Having unwanted body hair isn’t something that is exclusive to a modern woman. In fact, women from thousands of years have been removing unwanted body hairs. Women in Egypt get rid of unwanted body hairs by using a method called “Sugaring”. Much like waxing, sugaring removes hair from its roots making it softer when it grows back. The sugaring method is still used today and is really easy to do.
One of the main reasons people love sugaring so much is because it is less painful than waxing. Because sugaring uses a paste, it does not stick to the skin, making it less irritating.
2. Mung Beans (Monggo)
People have been fighting acne for centuries. In ancient China, empresses would use a common bean to help them with their acne woes. The mung beans are small beans that are commonly found in India and China. It packs some pretty powerful vitamins and proteins, making it ideal for inexpensive face masks. The Chinese empresses would mash the mung beans until it becomes a paste and then rub it on their faces to help soothe and heal their acne.
If you want to test this beauty secret for yourself, make sure to use fresh, organic, pesticide-free mung beans to avoid irritation.
3. Rose Water
If you’ve never used rosewater before in your beauty routine, you’re missing out. Rosewater is considered as one of the world’s oldest beauty secrets. Documents from the ancient Egyptians show they used rosewater on their skin as far back as 3,500 BC. From face creams to perfumes, rosewater is found in several of ancient Egypt’s beauty products. The Romans noticed its amazing moisturizing properties and would use it in their skin during harsh winters.
In modern times, we use rosewater in our beauty products because of its calming effects on irritated skin.
4. Saffron Oil
Everyone knows Cleopatra is the pinnacle of beauty. She was known for her fair skin and glamorous taste. From decorating the floors of her palace with rose petals to her famous milk baths, Cleopatra was very opulent. One of her favorite beauty secrets was saffron oil. She allegedly added saffron oil to her milk baths to achieve her infamous glow.
You can have Cleopatra’s glow for yourself by combining a pinch of saffron threads with coconut oil. Add the mixture to your night time routine by applying it to your face before washing.
It’s hard to believe that something that is known to freshen breath can also make skin glow. Ancient Chinese women used fresh mint leaves to make their skin glow. Because it is so cheap, it becomes the most cost effective beauty secret. Chinese women would brighten their skin by grinding fresh mint leaves and applying it directly on their face.
Modern Chinese women used mint leaves in their beauty routine as well. They make a mask using mint, cucumber, and honey which is perfect for toning skin.
Not only is honey tasty, but it also has some pretty amazing moisturizing properties. Because of this, Cleopatra included it in several of her beauty products. She would keep her hair soft and shiny by using a special hair treatment made of castor oil and honey. To moisturize her skin, Cleopatra used a facemask made of heavy cream and honey.
To try it yourself, mix 2 tablespoons of cream with 1 tablespoon of honey then apply the mixture on your face and let it sit for ten minutes. Finally, rinse it with warm water and admire your new Cleopatra-inspired glow!
7. Sea Salt
It seems nearly impossible to walk through a mall without someone trying to sell you a sea salt scrub. But there is a good reason, it’s been working for centuries. Sea salt is perfect for sloughing off dead skin cells and even helps cellulite. Ancient Japanese geishas are admired for their timeless beauty and they also used sea salt in their beauty routine to keep skin firm and break down fat.
You can try the recipe yourself by combining 2 tablespoons of sea salt with whipped cream. Then massage the mixture into your warm skin and rinse.
8. Coconut Oil
It’s no secret that coconut oil is good for everything from cooking to body lotions. But this isn’t anything new. Women in south Asia has been using coconut oil for centuries. They used it on their scalp to keep it moisturized and help maintain their gorgeous hair.
Considering coconut oil use is everywhere these days, this ancient beauty secret is easy to pull off. Comb a spoonful of coconut oil into your hair and let it sit for an hour. Then, completely rinse the oil out and reveal your super shiny locks.
9. Jade Roller
It may look a bit strange, but a Jade Roller may be your next must-have beauty tool. Ancient Chinese women believed jade rollers helped target their faces’ acupressure points. By rolling the jade stone on their face, they would improve blood circulation and remove toxins from their bodies. Chinese women still believe that jade rollers can improve skin tone, tighten pores, and help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
They are easy to find and even easier to use. Just gently roll the stone over your face starting from the center and moving upwards and outwards.
10. Cabbage Leaves
One of the strangest but still effective ancient beauty secrets has to be cabbage leaves. Yes, we are talking about cabbage leaves to you hate to eat. Hundreds of years ago, women used cabbage leaves to help relieve inflammation and pain associated with nursing a baby. They would take cold raw cabbage leaves and cup them around their sensitive areas. Then they would press the cabbage leaves down for 20 minutes, or until they became warm.
Scientists aren’t sure why cabbage helps relieve this type of pain, but surprisingly, this age-old method is still used today.