The Beauty Secrets Cleopatra Would Have Shared with You ...


Cleopatra was the Queen of the Nile and a legendary beauty. There are many stories about her beauty routine that continue to inspire us today – 3,000 years later. Thanks to history and maybe a myth or two we have some insight into how she maintained her reputation as one of the most beautiful women in the world. If you happened to bump into her in the palace bathroom, here are the beauty secrets Cleopatra would have shared.

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Rose Water is a Great Facial Toner

If you wipe your face with rose water both in the morning before you put on your make up and in the evening before you’ve removed it, you face will be softer and smoother. Rose water naturally hydrates and nourishes your skin. It’s a really great pick-me-up too; spritzing it on your face or neck on a hot day instantly refreshes your skin and makes you feel cooler, too! If you use a makeup primer, rose water can replace it – after rose water has been applied, the foundation easily glide over your skin. And it smells nice too! No wonder it’s one of Cleopatra’s beauty secrets.


Honey Makes a Wonderful Facemask

The best thing about raw honey is that is has antibacterial properties. The second best thing is that it contains antioxidants. What this means for your skin is that it is a way to treat and prevent acne that isn’t harsh on the skin, and antioxidants help prevent signs of aging. Besides that, it feels incredible as it moisturizes your skin, so you get that healthy-skin glow. Plus it smells nice!


Take a Milk Bath for Milky Smooth Skin

Although Cleopatra used the milk of a young donkey in her bath, young donkey milk isn’t necessary (or even desirable-beside, where would you get that?) She mixed the milk with fresh honey and almond oil for her baths, but you can use plain old cow’s milk for your bath. Much easier to find. Mix 3 cups of milk with a half cup of honey and 5 tablespoons almond oil (or olive oil if that isn’t available). Pour into your bathwater for smooth and silky skin!


Use Sea Salt as an Exfoliator

If you’ve just taken that milk bath, it might be the perfect time for an exfoliator, especially since that dead skin is soft now. Don’t use table salt - sea salt is a little coarser and works better. Sprinkle it on your body and rub gently to remove dead skin. Sprinkle it on a washcloth and VERY gently scrub your face for that dewy fresh look. Some people combine the sea salt with fresh herbs and a little water of vinegar to form a paste first, then apply it to the face or body.


Use Apple Cider as a Tonic

Speaking of vinegar, it promotes blood circulation in the skin, which causes it to become hydrated and your face, in turn, to look rosy and healthy. It also regulates the pH of the skin, and has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. This means you can use it to treat or prevent pimples. For a general face tonic you’ll want to dilute it to about ¼ cup in a wash basin or small sink of warm water. Additionally, vinegar is used to treat age spots, only in this case the vinegar is applied undiluted to the spot.


Honey and Oil to Treat the Frizzies

Cleopatra probably had damaged hair just like the rest of us, but it didn’t show because of her special hair treatment. While Cleopatra used honey and castor oil, you can use olive oil if you want. Mix 3 tablespoons of honey with a tablespoon of oil and apply to your freshly washed hair. Let it soak in for about 15 minutes, then rinse out. Damaged hair is repaired and your hair will have more softness and shine.


Cleopatra’s Natural Makeup

It’s safe to say there probably weren’t any big name makeup brands back in the day. Although if there were, with Cleopatra’s endorsement we’d probably still be using that make up today. Instead, she used red ochre, a pigment found in some dirt, mixed with fat to color her lips. Antimony sulfide was used to color her eyes, eyebrows and lashes dark. She used henna as a natural nail polish, which colors the nails reddish brown. You can follow her path by using organic makeup and henna and natural kajal.

There is also the story that Cleopatra slept in a gold face mask but that’s not very practical for us modern gals – plus we want our gold to be the bling we wear – no?

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One fact that was a huge component is that Cleopatra traveled 60 days to bathe in the Dead Sea water , mud and salt of Jordan near Israel , she called that her fountain of youth.

I'm sure cleopatra didn't have damaged hair. There were no flat irons or curling irons lol

I love cleopatra !! She is inspirational as on of the few female figures in history.

Love these but think most of it is fake.Whose lived that far away and knows what exact color she used and what she did with her hair… smh fake.But love the ideas!

Where can you buy rose water?

Rose water is a GREAT...use it & recommend it! I use raw sliced lemon, applied directly to the skin for sun spots, it works! Good for the odd breakout too! Haven't tried this but LUSH sells a sea salt shampoo to exfoliate the scalp, lots of other terrific/beneficial ingredients as well, received a trial and we shall see what happens, oh use it with honey shampoo and I can't remember the reason, open minded I am!!! Neecey, are there any benefits to consuming diluted Apple Cider Vinegar that you may know of? Trying to go a bit au natural, loved this article, thank you! xo

Isn't sea salt too course for your face? Prolly good for your body though

Useful article and practical too. Thank you, author.

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