The Scoop: Beauty Secrets From Across The World – iDiva.com

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The Scoop: Beauty Secrets From Across The World – iDiva.com

From Cleopatra’s milk bath routine to the Venetians who used berries as a lip stain, different nations have cultivated beauty secrets based on their cultural values and natural resources. But, they all have one thing in common: local women swear by them. Being the skincare nerds that we are, we just had to dig out the beauty secrets from across the world and share them with you. Whether it’s glossy hair from the Mediterranean or flawless Japanese skin, these are the precious beauty secrets that have been keeping women radiant for centuries.

Japan

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Centuries ago, while working in the rice fields, Japanese farmers noticed an unexpected but welcome benefit of submerging their hands in rice water all day – extraordinary soft and youthful-looking skin. Ever since, Geishas use rice water that was left over from cooking to wash their face for smooth and soft skin. Rich in Vitamin E, rice water is full of antioxidants and protects the face from free radicals – you know, those pesky cells that speed up aging and damage your skin in the process.

Phillipines

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Filipino women are known to have the kind of hair every woman dreams of: beautiful, long, shiny and healthy-looking. While they are blessed with great genes, they protect their manes from losing lustrous texture. How? They squeeze out the juice from aloe vera plants, massage it on their scalp and then rinse. Besides adding shine, aloe vera juice contains anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve an itchy scalp and reduce dandruff.

South Africa

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Cleaning your skin with black soap seems counterintuitive, but it’s a beauty regimen that African women (and men) have relied on, for ages. Black soap is made with the ash of cocoa pods, plantain skin and palm leaves, and then mixed with palm oil, coconut oil and shea butter. This formula is specifically created for oily skin to treat acne, eczema and psoriasis. It also contains high levels of skin-loving ingredients like Vitamin A and E, and iron, which nourish the skin and fight against free radicals. How amazing!

Greece

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Women in Greece have been brewing this beauty secret for centuries – rosemary tea for their hair. They say that it deep-cleans hair and removes product build-up. The recipe is simple. Just boil fresh rosemary in water, let it cool and strain out the rosemary. Then, pour the water over your hair for shiny, bouncy hair.

China

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In China, they believe that pearl powder can make our skin look bright and clear. Pearl powder contains amino acids and a high concentration of calcium. This powder has an antioxidant that boosts the efficacy of superoxide dismutase, one of the strongest antioxidant enzymes in the body

It also contains signal proteins that stimulate the regeneration of collagen. So, women in China use it as a finishing powder to set make-up and mattify the skin.

Dominican Republic

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In the Dominican Republic, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a woman with weak or splitting nails. Her secret? Dominican women rely on garlic to keep their nails healthy and strong. They chop garlic, add it to a bottle of clear nail polish, and let it steep for a week (eventually, the scent goes away). Garlic has natural antibacterial qualities, so it prevents fungus.

Korea

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A Korean spa isn’t exactly relaxing, but you will walk away with the softest skin you ever had! The process involves stripping down and letting a Korean lady slough off a couple of layers of your skin with a rough mitt. It’s a little unpleasant, but by the time you’re done, layers of dead skin will be stripped away, revealing brighter, softer, baby-like skin underneath. Most Koreans include this beauty ritual as part of their weekly activity.

Israel

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The Dead Sea in Israel contains legendarily restorative waters. Due to the high salt content, the mud is rich in minerals that, when applied, draw out contaminants and impurities and absorb excess oil. Cleopatra made the pilgrimage to the therapeutic sea centuries ago, and people from all over the world have been following in her footsteps ever since.

Croatia

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Wondering how they get that awesome-looking skin? Dalmatian olive oil is the answer. They apply it on their skin, face and hair especially when they are at the beach. After fifteen minutes, they jump in the Mediterranean and wash off the residue. There is no better combination for silky skin and healthy hair than olive oil and sea water. For an itchy scalp, the best remedy is to wash it with nettles. After gathering nettles from a meadow, boil them in three to four litres of water. Once cooled, wash your hair out (there’s no need for shampoo).

Germany

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In Germany, Kneipp treatments – treading in cold water – are very popular. This treatment improves the immune system, circulation and metabolism. It makes you feel rejuvenated and also relaxes your mind.

Portugal

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Their secret ingredient is turmeric (something they share with India, it seems). It not only has amazing healing properties, but it’s a great beauty product. We’ve discovered this DIY turmeric face mask, which we HAVE to share. Mix two teaspoons of flour, turmeric, honey and milk, in equal parts, to make a paste. Apply a thin layer of this paste on your face, leave it on for twenty minutes and then rinse it off.

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