Skincare Rituals From Around The World

October 08, 2019

Skincare Rituals From Around The World

From clay masks to home-made rice water toners, there is a myriad of ancient skincare rituals from around the world which we can indulge in. 


Want to learn more about the skincare hacks which can be whipped up in your kitchen? Then keep reading!


  1. Turmeric paste mask

Our first stop is India, where you’ll find the infamous turmeric paste mask. Traditionally used in pre-wedding ceremonies for both the bride and groom for a glowing complexion, you need very few ingredients to put this paste together. It all depends on which skin challenges you are facing. Below are some equations you’ll actually enjoy reading:


  • For acne ( turmeric + warm water + honey )
  • For irritation ( turmeric + aloe vera gel )
  • For wrinkles and hyperpigmentation ( turmeric + natural plain yoghurt + lemon juice )

Once you have formed the paste of your choice, apply it to your face and leave for 10 mins before washing it off using water.

 

Turmeric paste mask

 

2) Matcha is on the menu


Our next stop is Japan, where you can find matcha on most menus. It is found in many foods, hair and skincare products. One of the easiest ways to add matcha to your skincare routine is to drink it! Matcha tea is similar to green tea as it comes from the same plant. Similar to turmeric, matcha has anti-inflammatory properties so it will aid redness and, it also protects against UV rays. It can be consumed hot or cold.

Matcha tea

 

3) Clay mask


Clay masks can be traced back to many destinations around the world in regards to origins, from the ancient Romans using them as spa treatments, to ancient Egyptian royalty using clay from the Nile as part of their beauty rituals.


There are many varieties of clay masks, they can either come in a powdered form where you’d water to it to create a thick paste, or they can already be in paste form. They are great at drawing out impurities and excess oils, so if you having oily skin or acne-prone skin, a pure clay like Kaolin clay is suitable.


 If on the other hand, your concern is more to do with wanting to brighten your skin, a charcoal option is great!

Clay mask


 

4) Rice water 


Popular in Korean and Japanese beauty products is rice water. It has been used for centuries in hair and skincare rituals.  What are the benefits of using rice water? Packed with amino acids and antioxidants cause it has soothing effects on the skin. The easiest way to make this is to boil some rice and save the drained water, apply to a cotton ball and apply it to your face in a circular motion and rinse off using water.

Rice

 

5) Scandinavian steam 


Have you ever tried steaming your face? The benefits of water being great your skin has been a tale as old as time. Steaming your face allows your pores to open and unclog them of any build-up. You can steam you facing using many techniques:


  • The steam created in the shower will be sufficient.
  • You can add boiling water to a large bowl or sink and place a towel over your head to direct the steam towards your face (take care when doing this).
  • You can place a hot, wet towel over your face 

Once you have steamed your face, splash your face with cold water to close your pores!

Steam

Let us know which ones your favourite skincare ritual!




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