Long before modern skin treatments were developed, women all over the world used the most powerful remedies on our planet to keep their skin glowing, rejuvenated and young-looking. What are those powerful remedies you may wonder? The answer is simple – the very same plants, herbs and natural ingredients that have once again found their way into a plethora of skincare products.
From Africa to Asia, traditional treatments are still used today by many who have long known the benefits that nature’s resources have to offer. Many of these skin treatments have anti-aging properties, along with soothing, healing and revitalising properties. What we can learn from these remedies is that often, the simplest things prove to be the most effective – despite the massive range of products that appear on shelves, magazines, television ads and everywhere else we look.
Traditional Skin Treatments and How They Work
When chemicals, labs and science were still a faraway concept that had yet to be discovered, nature provided us with everything we needed to be strong, healthy and nurtured. While there is of course something to be said for modern medicine and innovation, a look at some of the world’s oldest skin treatments demonstrates just how effective the ‘old’ way of skincare really is for solving skin disorders or simply getting skin glowing. Here are some interesting skincare treatments from all over the world…
- Africa – with an abundance of herbs, fruit, honey and other skin-boosting raw ingredients, home remedies still used by many today include acne treatments comprising of honey and cinnamon, honey and lemon juice, lemon and sugar scrubs and even rooibos skin tea or toner. Ochre is also used in many parts of Africa for beautification, with its rich mineral content also helping to revive skin.
- Middle East – black seed oil dates back to the time of the Pharaohs in Egypt, and was even advised by the Prophet himself to aid every ailment aside from death. This oil can be applied as a face masque to cure acne and other skin imperfections.
- Japan – the ‘bird poop’ or Geisha facial is an ancient treatment that originated from the East, but other, simpler skincare secrets have also been favoured by women in Japan. One such anti-aging secret includes eating collagen-rich foods such as beef rather than opting for Western options such as injections. Skincare experts show no sign that this actually has any effect, but it does not stop millions of women from taking this route anyway.
- Hungary – many skin treatments in this part of Europe are based on herbs. Parsley is believed to be a strong tool to address hyperpigmentation (noticeable skin tone imperfections), and today is offered by leading beauty and skin professionals across the country.
- New Zealand – home to many rare plants as well as the ancient Maori culture, many of the old practices have become popular in modern times. One such treatment is a facial massage using totara tree and manuka honey that is applied using the koru shape that is said to spread vitality.
- Indonesia – rice is one of the region’s key crops, but it also has a number of skin-boosting properties. Locals soak rice grains in spring water, and then use the froth as a natural cleanser. Skin is softened and moisturised, while acne and fine lines are also eased with this gentle treatment.
In our search for beauty and health, it is often easy to forget that nature has given us an abundance of ingredients that are impossible to clone. Rather than turning to chemicals to help foster beauty from within, doesn’t it make more sense to use what the earth has given us with natural skincare treatments that help rather than harm?