Beauty techniques are highly beneficial, but some of them are incredibly recycled. What I mean is, in my life, I always get the same pieces of advice. My friends and family members always share the same beauty techniques – and yes, they're extremely helpful, but sometimes I'd like to hear something new, wouldn't you? In that spirit, I've gathered some amazing beauty techniques from all over the world! If you've ever wanted to know how women from India keep their hair so lustrous or how Scandinavian women keep their complexions so flawless, I've got you covered!
Table of contents:
- 1. Australian Hair Care
- 2. The Spanish Cure for Eye Circles
- 3. Brazilian Cellulite Cure
- 4. Zimbabwe's Energy Fix
- 5. Indian Hair Care
- 6. Italian Lip Conditioning
- 7. Scandinavian Skin Care
- 8. China's anti-Aging Secrets
- 9. Latinos Eat Their Avocados
- 10. French Women Love Lemons
- 11. Brazilian Women Tan with Carrot Juice
- 12. Indians Energize Their Skin with Turmeric
- 13. The Philippines' Secret to Glowing Hair
- 14. Irish Women Love Seaweed
- 15. Czech Women Use Nettles
- 16. Italians Moisturize with Egg Whites
- 17. South African SkinCare
1 Australian Hair Care
My godfather's ex-wife (convoluted, I know) is a native of Australia. Growing up, she gave me tons of great beauty techniques to try, most of which are highly natural. Her dandruff remedy was my favorite, and it's been fail safe all through the years. All you have to do is add either eucalyptus oil or tea tree oil to your shampoo – a few drops will do it. And voila! No fear of dandruff!
2 The Spanish Cure for Eye Circles
For years I've been using slices of cucumber to get rid of under eye circles. Well, that or Preparation H. I'm sure many of you have done the same. The ladies of Spain have an even better remedy: they use very thin potato slices. Applied over your eyes for about ten minutes, they'll get rid of under eye circles like that! They actually lighten your skin, causing the bruised looking circles to fade.
3 Brazilian Cellulite Cure
I'm always skeptical that there's really a way to get rid of cellulite, but Brazilian women know the score. If you've ever seen women from the country rubbing sand onto their bodies, then you've already witnessed the treatment. Using sand aids in the elimination of cellulite and stimulates your skin.
4 Zimbabwe's Energy Fix
Having energy and boosting your metabolism might not seem like beauty techniques, but they really are. You need energy and a high thriving metabolism to get through the day. Forget about Red Bull, Rockstar, or Monster energy drinks. In Zimbabwe the women rely on hot tea infused with lemon. It cleanses their systems, gives their metabolism a jump start, and provides plenty of energy.
5 Indian Hair Care
Women from India have hair to die for. It's thick, lustrous, and flowing. How do they do it? Coconut oil is one beauty trick. It can even strengthen your hair if it's starting to get thin. By heating up coconut oil and massaging it into your scalp once each week, you too can have shiny, wonderfully thick hair. Go to sleep with it and then wash your hair the next morning. You'll noticed healthier hair instantly!
6 Italian Lip Conditioning
This is one of those beauty techniques that proves you don't have to spend a lot of money on your beauty regimen. In Italy, women use an easily accessible ingredient to sooth and condition their lips. They rub their lips with olive oil, which also provides extra shine. As a matter of fact, Greek women use olive oil as well. There, it is used to soothe skin when it's irritated, dry, and sunburned.
7 Scandinavian Skin Care
As mentioned, Scandinavian women have amazing skin. How they get it is really quite simple. Not only do they drink plenty of spring mineral water, but they bathe their faces with it too. In addition to leaving skin hydrated and healthy, that can get rid of puffiness. The key is that it needs to be icy cold, and you should indulge in 20 good splashes.
8 China's anti-Aging Secrets
Some of the best beauty techniques deal with fighting the signs of age. Growing old gracefully is a beautiful thing – and you don't need to rely on Botox, collagen, and things like that. Rather, do what women in China do: drink white tea. It will help shield your skin from free radicals.
9 Latinos Eat Their Avocados
People in the South American and Latin cultures know that avocados are one of the best kept beauty secrets of all time. Avocados can give the hair a lustrous shine, enhanced growth, and even make your skin glow. The monounsaturated fats in avocados are the main star of this fatty fruit, which is also full of Vitamin E, folate, magnesium, chlorophyll, potassium, and fiber. Avocados are also a decent source of plant protein. Eating avocados can enhance the health of your hair, your skin, and your weight since the fats help keep you fuller longer as well, preventing overeating.
10 French Women Love Lemons
One popular and simple technique used by French women is they soak their nails in lemon juice to take away stains. Lemons contain wonderful acidic properties that help remove nail stains, so next time you paint your nails a pink or red shade, use this technique when you're ready to remove the polish. Use a polish remover as normal, and then simply let your fingers soak in some lemon juice for at least 10-15 minutes, which will remove the leftover stains that remain on your nails.
11 Brazilian Women Tan with Carrot Juice
I'm not Brazilian, or even close, but I have used this technique and experienced the amazing results. Drinking raw, unprocessed carrot juice will give you a natural glow that appears as a natural tan. In fact, it can even clear acne. You can credit this amazing property of carrots to the Vitamin A content in the form of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a wonderful anti-aging nutrient that causes the skin to appear a golden, slightly orange color, just like a tan will. As long as you don't go overboard, you will notice a slight glow to your skin, but if you overdo it, you might notice you get an orange appearance to your hands, feet, or other areas of your body. This isn't dangerous, but is a sign you went a little too far. Just 4 ounces of carrot juice once a day will do the trick. You can get the same effects by eating three servings of carrots, sweet potatoes, or winter squash during the day. They're all great source of beta-carotene, and they're pretty tasty too!
12 Indians Energize Their Skin with Turmeric
Turmeric has been said to work miracles for all kinds of health issues, including brain health, skin health, gut health, and heart health. You can credit this to the rich sources of antioxidants that the orange spice turmeric contains. Turmeric is actually a root, ground into a spice that has a bright orange color and a pungent smell. It is the main spice used in the ethnic blend known as curry. Indians use turmeric to energize their skin, which they do by creating it into a paste with water. This is said to enhance circulation to the skin and the body. It is often used to remove bacteria from the skin as well. To reap the benefits, use turmeric masks on your face, and eat it as well. I find it really doesn't taste that pungent if you pair it with other seasonings, and I sprinkle it in my soups, herbal teas, and salads for an easy way to get my dose.
13 The Philippines' Secret to Glowing Hair
I have always thought women from the Philippines have the most beautiful hair. It is long, glowing, and just so pretty. Well, one reason why may be the beauty technique so many of them use. Women from the Philippines are known to rub aloe gel all over their hair to give it a glossy finish and protect it. Aloe contains extremely rich moisturizing properties that can protect the hair, enhance the shine, and strengthen it as well. Use the actual gel from the plant if you can, but if not, you can also buy the gel at many health food stores. Soak hair in it about 10 minutes before shampooing and rinsing.
14 Irish Women Love Seaweed
Irish women are known to take baths in seaweed to purify the skin and cure other dermatological issues. They soak in pools of water where large amounts of fresh seaweed are pumped into the pool and they then soak to let their skin absorb the nutrients from seaweed. Seaweed contains a multitude of beauty properties, mainly thanks to alginic acid which moisturizes and cleanses the skin. You can also eat seaweed to get clear skin too. I use spirulina in my smoothies, sprinkle dulse on my salads and use some superfood powders that contain these amazing sea veggies as well.
15 Czech Women Use Nettles
Have you ever heard of nettles? Nettles are a wild green, which you might typically think of as a weed. Don't disregard these amazing greens as weeds though. They are wonderful for you in a variety of ways. Many people in the U.S. use nettles to relieve allergies, but women from Czech Slovakia use nettles to volumize the hair, since nettles help to remove excess oils. Just a warning though: nettles contain acids that can burn the skin if you don't boil them first. To take care of this issue an easy way, just boil the leaves, which removes the acid's active compounds that burn skin. Then, you can rinse your hair in it if you have especially greasy hair that makes it flat. Czech women have been using this remedy for hundreds of years to volumize their hair, and now they have special formulated shampoos made of nettles that keep hair volumized for 36 hours.
16 Italians Moisturize with Egg Whites
Italian women make a rinse of egg whites and rinse their hair with it to help their hair glow. Apparently, this is because the sun in Italy is very hot and damaging to the hair, which dries it out and makes it brittle. This is an old remedy used in the U.S. as well, and an easy one to try at home if you want to reap the hair moisturizing benefits those beautiful women know about. You'll need to whip the whites from 2 eggs and leave the mixture on your hair for about 10 minutes before washing.
17 South African SkinCare
Here's one tip I use every single day that I can tell you works like a charm! South African women use rooibos tea, also known as red tea, to cleanse and nourish their skin by drinking it throughout the day. Rooibos tea is caffeine-free and made from the red bush plant, which originates from South Africa. It isn't just delicious and so sweet, but also makes your skin glow! It is said to prevent acne, along with other health benefits such as settling an upset stomach, aiding in weight loss, and warding off sugar cravings. You can find it sold in all stores on the herbal tea aisle, or order it online.
I've always been a huge fan of anthropology, and in a way, delving into beauty secrets from all across the globe is a great anthropological exercise. Learning the details of how women from different continents, countries, and cultures view beauty, how they maintain it, and what they do to perfect it reveals much more than just physical secrets. Their beauty techniques reveal things about their lifestyles, their diets, and even their belief systems. Do you have any international beauty techniques or secrets you'd like to share?
Sources: womenshealthmag.com, huffingtonpost.com, ivillage.com
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