10 Beauty Secrets from Around the World

I’ve seen incredible natural beauty in women from different cultures and different ethnicities around the world, whether it’s strong and shiny hair, a clear and supple complexion or soft and gorgeously tanned skin.

So, what’s their secret?

After having asked women from around the world for their tips, I’ve got insider information on how they stay gorgeous using all-natural beauty routines.

Learn their beauty secrets from around the world and how you can recreate them at home!

  • Rosemary Water – Greece

For shiny, bouncy locks, women in Greece rinse their hair with rosemary water; it deep-cleans and removes buildup. “Boil fresh rosemary in water, let it cool completely, strain out the rosemary, and pour the water over your hair.”

  • Coffee Soap – Indonesia

Indonesia is famous for their coffee but it has more uses that just your delicious morning beverage. Coffee scrub, such as Juara, is excellent for the skin. Coffee beans have a powerful antioxidant while also tightening the skin and stimulating circulation.

I like it a latte!

  • Rice Water – China

Yes, you read that correctly. The Chinese believe the water from cleaning rice is an excellent and natural face cleanser. They believe that the nutrients left in the water helps resolve the oil and dirt from the skin.

  • Baobab Seed Oil -Africa

Not only is this extract used to treat illnesses such as smallpox, malaria, asthma and fever but Baobab Seed Oil it is also very high in antioxidants and Vitamin C. Use this oil for your skin-care and hair-care. It has also been suggested that Baobab seed oil slows the aging process.

What are we waiting for?!

  • Egg Yolks – France

Depending on what region you come from in France, your “Grandma’s Hair Recipe” may vary a bit but, for shiny hair with a lot of body, create a mixture of egg yolk, rum and olive oil. Leave it on your head for one hour, shampoo and rinse!

  • Turmeric – India

Turmeric is not only a favorite in Indian cooking but for centuries, many woman have used it for skin care as well. Create your own skin mask by combining 1 teaspoon of organic turmeric powder with enough yogurt and honey to create a thick paste.

Apply to your face, neck and any other area of the body you chose. Leave on for 15 minutes (or until dry) and rinse. You should have an immediate healthy glow!

  • Argan Oil – Morocco

This oil is very popular in several cosmetic lines around the world. Argan oil is commonly used as a treatment for skin diseases such as acne, flaking skin, rheumatism and can also help to heal burns. It can also be used to fortify hair and helps with dry scalp.

  • Beach Sand – Brazil

It may seem too simple put perhaps that’s the real beauty in it. Brazilian women often use beach sand as a natural exfoliate. Next time you’re at the beach, rub both wet and dry sand on your thighs, derriere and even arms to help enhance that beautiful Brazilian beach glow.

And the best part, it’s free!

  • Lanolin – New Zealand

Lanolin is found in the wool of the sheep that roam the hills of New Zealand. As this oil protects the sheep from the ever changing weather conditions, Lanolin also acts as a firming and moisturizing agent for our hands and skin.

  • Pineapple & Coconut – Hawaii

Hawaiian women often use two local fruits for their beauty secrets. Coconuts have a fat that’s good for the body, not harmful. Drink the coconut milk to benefit your insides and use coconut oil as a hair treatment to stimulate growth.

Heck, you can even bathe in it for softer skin!

After your coconut bath, puree pineapples in a blender and rub over your face to exfoliate. Another excellent organic and cost effective beauty secret!

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What are your beauty secrets?

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Kiersten Rich is the bikini-obsessed author of award-winning solo female travel and lifestyle blog, The Blonde Abroad, featuring travel tips, fashion, food, festivals and photography from around the world.