Not every beauty treatment that exists today was invented by a mad scientist wearing a white gown and working in excessively clean and sterilized labs.
In ancient civilizations, people used natural ingredients to get glowing skin, create sunblock and treat dermatological problems like acne, scars, and spots
Their beauty treatments included facial massages with real pearls powder, mud baths, and gardenias oil
The fact that most of these treatments have been around for thousands of years is a good sign that they actually work
In Costa Rica there are some indigenous tribes, the Bribri and the Cabecares that depend mostly on agriculture, therefore they have developed their own medicinal treatments based on certain plant properties.
They discovered that green tea is beneficial for the skin. It improves its aspect, spots, scars, detox and reduces swelling. It is believed that the antioxidants contained in Green tea can help reduce eye bags.
Spiritual cleansing + beauty
The combination of beauty and spiritual cleansing was part of the Aztec's life.
A temazcal is a ritual where this ancient culture applied this principle. Actually the word Temazcal derivate from the Aztecs words Temas, meaning steam and Calli, meaning house. Literally steam house.
The Temazcal structures still exist today they are made of mortar and Stone and the construction symbolizes Mother Nature’s womb.
The Temazcal is a combination of Mesoamerican chanting, meditation and hot rocks splashed with herbal infusion water, used to create healing aromatic steam.
The treatment is done at sundown in a cabin and its purpose is to purify the body.
It is said that the Chinese concubine turned empress and then the widow Cixi, who ruled for 47 years in the 19th century made pearl’s powder popular for the benefits to her beauty.
It is said that when this powder is applied on the face it gives a glow, exfoliates and prevents wrinkles on the skin.
Many pearls are cultivated in the river zone in Shanghai by fishermen. After 3 or 4 years the oysters grow to 25.4 centimeters each of them producing between 8 and 10 pearls.
The lesser quality pearls are triturated to be used in beauty treatments for exfoliation and facial massage.
Eight thousand years ago the native Wappo in the United States started to use nature in skincare treatments.
Calistoga is a Northern California region with a volcanic past and the resulting geothermal waters allowed the creation of mud baths. A wonderful relieve for back pain, exhausted muscles.
This mud softens and exfoliates the skin and it is the result of a mix of mineral warm waters and volcanic ashes.
The treatment consists of submerging the body in pure volcanic mud heated with local mineral waters.
Indian brides for thousands of years have been using turmeric masks during the day before the wedding to achieve soft and radiant skin. This orange clay mask is also used to purify the skin and treat acne
Burmese women have been using sunscreens for many years: more than 2,000 to be exact.
Thanaka powder, which is achieved by grinding the wood and bark of the thanaka tree, has long been used to lighten and protect the skin against free radicals, air pollution, and harmful UV rays.
To this day, Thanaka's powder is still in force: women cover their cheeks, forehead, and chin with the paste and leave it all day long.
Immersing the petals of Tahitian gardenias in coconut oil results in an incredible flavored oil known as monoi.
Although it is not clear at what time this ritual began, its origins probably date back more than 2,000 years and date back to the Maohi indigenous people of Polynesia, who worshiped the oil and used it as a skin and hair softener.
The oil was so special for these indigenous people, it was also used for offerings and burial rituals.
The baths that were given by the Romans were the center of therapeutic practices and social gatherings.
The perspiration process was thought to release toxins and impurities, get shiny skin and relieve rheumatism, arthritis and excess food or drinks.
The baths in the old village of Bagno Vignoni were visited by pilgrims on their way to Rome. In the center of the town, there is a rectangular tank from the 16th century that contains the original source of water, which comes from an underground aquifer with volcanic origin.
Argan oil was marketed as a coveted beauty product in the Mediterranean area and its surroundings during the year 12 BC.
The women of the Berber people of southwestern Morocco were very popular for their exotic beauty. The secret was that this magical oil was applied regularly on the face, nails, hair, and body.
Argan oil is rich in antioxidants, the rejuvenating vitamin E and fatty acids believed to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and treat scars, acne, eczema, and psoriasis.