Boundless Contributor: Katie Williams
One look around your local pharmacy or department store and you’ll see rows and rows of beauty products in every size, shape, and color. Often, they’re chock-full of ingredients you can’t pronounce with labels that promise you a brighter complexion, smoother skin, and much more.
But before all these fancy serums and concoctions made their way to the shelves, people relied on good old Mother Nature to satisfy their beauty needs. Despite their simplicity and straight-to-the-point approach, these tried-and-tested skincare recipes are still enjoyed by many (in the comfort of their own kitchen!), proving that sometimes less is truly more.
Pineapple to reduce inflammation
Pineapple makes for a great fruity snack, but the West Indies once used it as a healing treatment to reduce inflammation. Because of its high content of bromelain, fresh pineapple pulp can soothe inflamed areas both internally and externally. As such, you can either eat it or apply it topically. However, it’s advised to use fresh (not canned) pineapple to get the best results.
Rosemary oil to reverse hair loss
Previously here on Boundless, we suggested a bunch of natural products to aid with hair growth. But long before coconut body oil and adaptogen powders, ancient people would use rosemary. In ancient practices of Ayurvedic medicine, for instance, rosemary was a popular ingredient for stimulating the scalp and promoting hair growth. All you have to do is boil rosemary leaves, strain, and rinse your hair like you would using normal shampoo, a practice you can incorporate into your daily washes. Mind Body Green also suggests trying rosemary oil.
Milk and honey bath to soften the skin
We’re all familiar with Queen Cleopatra and her penchant for beauty and luxury. From her signature smokey eyeliner to her exquisite jeweled collar, many of her early expressions of glamour continue to stand unwavering among today’s trends. In fact, her influence is so far-reaching that it has spilled over to other aspects of pop culture. Perhaps one of the first images that comes to mind is when Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor played the Queen in her 1963 eponymous film. Even gaming portal Slingo Slots draws inspiration from the ancient pharaoh. Boasting numerous titles like Cleopatra, Cleopatra Instant Win, and Cleopatra’s Riches, the selection is a testament to her enduring cultural impact. Her most famous ritual, however, was her milk bath ritual, used to soften and exfoliate her skin. You can even add in a bit of honey to make it a little sweeter!
Rose water facial toner
Another beauty secret that the Egyptian Queen swore by is using rose water as a toner. This made her skin soft and smooth, as well as providing her with a natural flush. Rose water toners can be used as part of your day or night-time regimen, but you can also spritz as you wish anytime you need a refresher.
Rice water for brightening
Another common practice in Asian culture is using rice water to wash one’s face. It is said to come with a wealth of benefits, from brightening and anti-inflammatory effects, to improving texture and tightening the skin. Mostly Chinese and Korean women and men have taken on this tradition, which has been passed down from countless generations.
Mung beans to cure acne
The Chinese are known for their extensive array of herbs and medicine used to treat a variety of conditions. But one widely used ingredient in their culture is mung beans, which are typically mixed in cakes, noodles, soups, and more. Besides aiding the Chinese diet, these beans are also known to help soothe acne and other skin ailments such as rashes and cold sores. This is due to their high antioxidant and phytonutrient content, which explains why you might recognize this ingredient in modern-day face masks and other facial products.
Do you have any ancient beauty or modern-day kitchen hacks that have worked wonders for your beauty routine? Share them and your experience in the comments below!
Katie Williams is a newbie to Birmingham, a copywriter and content writer who specializes in blogging and email marketing campaign.