Every country along with its beauty and traditions have their own beauty secrets. Travelling and binge-watching movies and tv shows from all around the world have made me wonder- How do Korean people have such a glass skin look? How to Japanese people look so young even at 80? How do Arab women have such lustrous tresses? Well, to get all the answers to these questions, I put in a considerable amount of time to do this research. I understood that the quality of your skin depends a lot on genetics. Meanwhile, I also found out some classic DIY home remedies which we can steal for sure and incorporate it in our beauty regime. None of these is too complex or too expensive.
So, let’s spill some tea on the beauty secrets around the world!
Indian beauty is something people talk about all over the world. And being from India myself, I have some secrets to spill! Every Indian girl is blessed with gorgeously tanned skin, long hair and healthy nails. Be it for a new-born baby or a pre-bridal glow, an ubtan mask is something every Indian swears by. Ubtan mask is great for even the most sensitive kind of skin. It gives a natural glow to your skin, makes it soft, clean and even-toned. Eventually, this ubtan mask also helps in reducing the growth of facial hair. To prepare-
Mix 2 spoonfuls of gram flour, 1/4th teaspoon of turmeric (do not add too much or your skin might get too yellow), 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 2 teaspoons milk. Mix it until it becomes a nice thick consistency. Apply and leave it on for 20 minutes or until it gets dry. Wet your hands and massage in an upward circular motion to take the mask off. You can use this on your face every other day and increase the quantity and use it all over your body too!
Korean beauty is what everyone around the world has been obsessed with. After all, you can never really tell if a Korean girl is 20 or 40! Everyone looks so bewitching and youthful. Koreans follow a typical 8-10 step skincare routine day and night which usually includes a lot of serums, emulsifiers, double cleansing and sheet masks. Along with their 3-step cleaning process, Koreans use honey for everything- skin problems, medicine, ceremonies. Raw honey can be used as a great natural exfoliator. The antioxidants present in it make your acne and acne scars fade away, leaving you with healthy and flawless skin.
They also believe in having low salt food and chew every bite until it almost dissolves in their mouth. This helps in better digestion and in maintaining weight. No wonder all the Korean people look so fit!
One of the best countries to look up to for Asian beauty secrets in Japan. The elasticity and quality of the skin of Japanese women speak volumes about why we should take tips from them. Japan’s favourite skincare ingredient is Rice water. It is a nourishing antioxidant that soothes skin and makes it even-toned and glowing. Rice water can be used in multiple ways for your hair and skin.
To prepare this, wash and soak some rice in water for about 30-40mins. You can strain the water and fill it up in a spray bottle or apply it directly on your face using a cotton ball. Leave it on for 30mins and wash it off with cold water. You can do this every day for bright, spotless and glowing skin!
Japanese people incorporate a lot of matcha tea not only in their diets but also in their skincare routines. Lastly, they also believe that beauty is about carrying yourself with poise and grace. No expensive products can ever buy a beautiful smile!
The beauty of Egyptian women has been talked about ever since the ancient times. With their elaborate makeup, their radiant skin which adds up to the charm of their fashion. Milk and Honey bath is what Egyptian women swear by. Though it is an expensive way to maintain your skin, it’s worth it. It cleanses, moisturizes and makes their skin even-toned making it glow. To add here, it also makes you smell divine!
To fight wrinkles and make their skin looking youthful, they use Moringa, Castor and Sesame seed oils on their and hair. These oils reverse the process of ageing and make your skin healthy and supple.
Aloe vera is another herb which is highly admired by the Egyptian culture.
5. Saudi Arabia
Saudi women are renowned for their gleaming long tresses and glowing skin. As a part of their religion, they tend to cover their faces with veils. Their attractive eyes lined with kohl is enough to speak about their beauty.
Tried and tested, these natural skincare tips from Saudi can transform your entire skincare regimen. Starting with their most favourite one- Oatmeal. Not only is oatmeal a healthy breakfast but also a great natural exfoliant. Mix some oatmeal with honey and milk. Apply and leave it to dry for about 20 mins. Massage and rinse it off with cold running water. It has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties and also creates a protective layer on your face. Eggs act as an amazing hair conditioner. Now egg mask recipes are followed pretty much all around the world. So, if you haven’t tried them yet, you need to!
Along with the beauty of this place, the ancient Greek beauty secrets is something we all need to know! The luminous olive-toned skin that glows from within makes us wonder about what they do to maintain their skin and hair. It is said that salt scrubs is what most Greek women swear by to use as an exfoliator. Mix equal parts of Epsom salt and Olive oil and use it as an exfoliator to remove dead skin cells from your feet, elbows, neck and knees. Greeks also use olive oil on its own to moisturize their skin every day to maintain their glow. Another very popular Greek beauty regime is using Yoghurt as an AHA peel to dissolve all the dead skin on your face and improves the elasticity of your skin. It is also rich in lactic acid and is great for dealing with sunburns.
Because of the humid weather in Greece, women don’t tend to wear a lot of makeup as it tends to wash out with all the sweat. Instead, they believe in keeping it natural.
One beauty tradition that has been passed on from generations and generations in Romania is cornmeal. Romanian people use cornmeal as an exfoliating scrub after mixing it with milk/water. Massage it in upward circular motions to take off any dirt as well as encourages blood flow on your face. Alternatively, mix cornmeal with lemon, honey or olive oil and use it as a face mask. Another very famous Romanian beauty secret is to use castor oil to combat dark circles. In addition to that, it also makes your eyelashes very healthy and long. The inimitable charm of Romanian women is one of the reasons why people admire their beauty secrets. Well, now you know it!
The beauty of Pakistani women is absolutely unmatchable and is something I’ve always looked up to. If I had to have a skin like anyone else’s, I would hand down pick them. Pakistanis have incredibly alluring skin, long and healthy hair and just so much more to their overall beauty. They believe in natural beauty and not spending money on chemical products. The biggest secret of their beauty is Multani Mitti (Fuller’s earth). This clay material absorbs all the oil from your face and makes it clean. It also combats different skin problems especially hyperpigmentation and acne. Mix 2 spoonfuls of Multani mitti with 2 spoons of rose water. Add a few drops of lemon water to it and voila! You’re done. Apply this face mask all over your face and neck and leave it to dry. Wash it off with water.
They also use rose water in their everyday skincare regime as a toner for a rosy glow.
With the freezing weather all across the country, Swedish people often face problems of dry, patchy and flaky skin. One Scandinavian skincare regime that helps to battle this dryness is a regular sauna. The steam helps to open all the pores and helps in getting rid of all the dead skin cells very easily. If you don’t have access to a sauna near you, you can invest in a facial steaming machine which is easily available on amazon. This helps in relieving stress, cold and headaches. Swedish people also incorporate a lot of fish and vegetables in their diet for healthy hair and skin. Using body oils to keep their skin moisturized in such cold weather is also something they swear by.
We cannot talk about beauty secrets from all over the world and not talk about Iran. Persian beauty secrets are extremely popular, and most people look up to them. Persian women have such sharp features and healthy skin that it’s almost hard to believe that they maintain it using only natural ingredients. Even though a lot of these are genes and Persian women are blessed with thick and long hair, I’ve found out some amazing ingredients they incorporate in their skincare routines. Before going for a bath, they use a combination of coffee and honey to exfoliate their body to get rid of all the dead skin cells. Kiseh and sefidab are also some minerals which are widely popular in Iran in terms of skincare which are used for exfoliation. They also use rosewater as a toner for skin.