Saturday, October 31, 2009

International beauty prescriptions: learn from your sisters around the world. Part 2.

Hi there! It's me Svetlana.

As I told you ib the previous post, I became interested in learning traditional tips and secrets of beauty from all around the world. Here are more of them.

1. Spain.
Women from Spain are known for their rich dark hair. Seems some of this hair color comes from Cranberry juice. Women here are known to use cranberry juice as a final rinse. They mix 1/4 cup of cranberry juice and 1/4 cup of water and rinse. But if you are blonde, do not use cranberry juice, try lemon juice instead.



2. India.
Women here are also known for their thick, shiny hair. They love Coconut oil. If you want thicker, shinier, or stronger hair, try a scalp massage with Coconut oil. Warm the oil in water and massage it onto the scalp of your head, leave on overnight and then rinse. Do this once a week. It also helps strengthen thinning hair.


3. Australia.
Women here love tea tree oil. It gives their skin a youthful glow. It can help many skin damage problems: sun, acne, dryness, and even some skin funguses. Just add a few drops to your normal cleanser or moisturizer. If you have dandruff you can add a few drops to your shampoo, to help stop the flakes, too. Tea tree oil can be bough in a pharmacy.
We have tried it with my older daughter teenage acne, and it worked miracles after everything else failed!!!
 
4. Brazil.
Women there use common beach sand to remove cellulite and dead skin from their bodies. They just pick up a handful and begin rubbing. Some companies are beginning to incorporate this same sand into their soaps. Speaking of skin, you know the women of Brazil are known for their rich, deep tans. Know how they keep their tans? Before they go out to sunbathe, they are known to drink carrot juice. They also drink beet juice on a regular basis to help intensify their skin. Just remember too much sun can be dangerous.
 
5. Greece.
To get a glowing complexion Greek women use plain yogurt as a face mask.
Far from being just a healthy snack, in Greece yogurt is a renowned topical beauty treatment. A natural source of lactose, proteins, vitamins and minerals, Greek yogurt has been used directly on the skin for years in Greece to treat sunburn and other skin problems.

6. France.
The French see pampering as a top priority, and have strict beauty regimes, from applying rich creams all over their bodies to taking luxurious baths, using products only of the best quality. They feel that less is more, and would rather use a dab of concealer where they need it than plaster themselves in make-up. French women also believe that a woman is beautiful when she is comfortable with herself, and frown on excessive cosmetic surgery. Old doesn't mean unattractive, and many women prefer to age gracefully (think Juliet Binoche).

7. Scandinavia.
The beautiful complexions of Scandinavian women can be put down to a single product that's cheap and easy to come by - water! Knocking back at least two litres of pure spring water every day to flush out toxins, these beauties also splash their face with mineral water throughout the day to revitalise their skin and reduce puffiness.

8. China.
Here in the US we love Green Tea. China, on the other hand, use a lot of White Tea for many different products. Some of cosmetic lines are coming out with lines with white tea incorporated within them. Seems the white tea also has many different antioxidants in them, plus they are beneficial to help keep one from aging.



Chinese Anti-Aging Mask:


Ingredients:

--1/2 cup green tea
--2 tbsp. brewed white tea
--4-5 drops lemon juice

Directions:
Dab around eyes and let sit for 15 minutes.

Burmese Purifying Mask:

Ingredients:
--White clay, available for purchase at most health food stores
--2 tbsp. brewed green tea

Directions:
Mix ingredients and rub on your face. Shower and rinse after 15 minutes.

Enjoy! So long!

Svetlana

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