Today, there are countless beauty treatments for both our body and skin. However, it is little known that many of these rituals were actually discovered by ancient women. These ancient societies are not credited for their incredible beauty solutions. Here are some interesting beauty rituals from ancient women.
Cleopatra’s Milk Bath
Cleopatra’, the Egyptian queen was undoubtedly one of the most glamorous women ever, due to her innovative beauty rituals. She would bath in a tub of fermented mare’s milk filled with honey. Since milk contains fats, proteins, and lactic acids, she had the softest, wrinkle-free, smooth and glowing skin. Honey, with its healing and moisturizing properties, added, even more, a glow. If you decide to try this home, this is recommended to be done in the dry weather, and for those with dry skin.
Mung beans for Chinese royalty
Chinese empresses used to used mashed mung beans as face masks. These beans were crushed and then ground into a soothing and healing acne paste. Mung beans are full of protein and vitamins and made for a healthy and low-cost mask. These beans are mostly cultivated in China and India, and should not be too hard to recreate this recipe. You will be best off with organic beans and make sure that you use them fresh instead of boiling them, which rids them of their nutrients.
Eggs Whites in The Elizabethan Era
The Elizabethan Era was a time in which women practiced some seriously interesting beauty rituals. As they loved tight and smooth skin, women would put raw egg whites on their skin. The protein enriched their skin as smoothed out wrinkles. Today egg white masks are still a highly popular beauty ritual.
Turmeric in the Subcontinent
Turmeric is a very vital part of Indian beauty rituals. It is applied before a wedding in Pakistan and India. The spice acts as an antiseptic and can repair and heal skin. It is combined with milk or rose water and is used today as well.
Saffron Across the Globe
Saffron has been used across the globe for several purposes, within in Indian, Greek, Roman and Egyptian kingdoms since the beginning of time. It was used as perfume, dye, and medicine. Cleopatra apparently used water infused with saffron while she bathed since saffron is known to have many beauty benefits. Indian healing also used saffron in their aromatic masks and beauty oils.
Sugaring in ancient Egypt
Egyptians were completely obsessed with having smooth skin and therefore came up with a hair removal method. Sugaring was a natural way to remove hair, similar to waxing. They would mix sugar with lemon and water, forming a paste. This method today is popular among women who want natural skincare routines.