When it comes to beauty, it’s definitely something that every woman would not mind having. For centuries, women from all over the world have experimented with different natural ingredients in pursuit of beauty.
Here are some strange and unique beauty secrets from around the world.
Snail mucin for anti-ageing
While the French love to eat their escargot, it is said that thousands of years ago, the Greeks used snail mucus for anti-ageing skin treatments thanks to the amino-acid-rich and antibacterial snail slime. If you think this is too weird to be true, a recent German study actually proved that a type of snail mucin contains anti-inflammatory salicylic acid. According to Marie Claire, snail mucin has since become popular in Korea because of its moisturising and firming properties.
Saffron milk bath for anti-oxidant and firming
Cleopatra who is said to have added saffron to her milk baths wasn’t the only one who realised the power of saffron. Apparently, some Indian and Moroccan women still apply a saffron oil stain on cheeks as a traditional form of makeup that helps balance the hormones and improves the complexion.
In 2010, an Iranian study found that saffron has natural sunscreen and now, scientists have discovered that saffron from Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains contains higher levels of protective antioxidants and firming glycan which can help target wrinkles, sagging, brown spots, dullness.
Green tea as a mask
Everyone knows white and green tea has anti-oxidants and contains anti-ageing benefits. But the teas are not limited to being consumed as just drinks. The Chinese have been using this anti-ageing beauty secret for centuries: Mix green tea powder with brewed white tea to create a paste and apply this on your face. This works wonders as a hydrating anti-ageing facial mask which will help you fight wrinkles and give you a boost of antioxidants to fight skin-damaging free radicals.
Garlic to fix brittle nails
According to a Dominican beauty secret, to repair brittle nails, simply add crushed garlic to a bottle of clear nail polish and let it sit for seven to 10 days. Then apply it on your nail bed. The smell might be a little bad initially but it will fade and the result? Strong, healthy nails.
Oatmeal for fresher-looking skin
Apparently, Brazilian women create an anti-ageing paste by mixing oatmeal and milk. You can spread it all over your face and relax for an hour. and then wash your face with warm water, followed by your regular beauty routine. This anti-ageing secret helps to rejuvenate the skin.