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Tuesday, 24 November 2015 09:25

Best-Kept Beauty Secrets From Every Continent

Written by  Cheryl Mah
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If you’ve travelled to other countries, you may have looked at the locals and admired their appearances. How do they maintain their beauty, and do they have any secrets known only to the natives? Through our extensive research, we managed to discover a beauty secret from every continent (well, except Antartica)…

Africa
Ghana – Black Soap

Famous in Africa for being a natural healer, “black soap” is essentially a soap made up of the ashes of locally harvested barks and plants like palm tree leaves, plantain, cocoa pods etc. Because it contains the natural benefits of plants, it is rich in iron, antioxidants and vitamin A and E. Typically produced in West African countries like Ghana, the locals use black soap for a variety of purposes like moisturising, sunburn relief, soothing insect bites, reducing scars and blemishes, healing wounds, as well as controlling hair-fall and dandruff. In case you’re wondering – the answer is YES, African black soap can be bought in Singapore.

Photo credit: www.shea.com.sg

The Americas
Colombia – Avocado
The natives in Colombia use avocado to make their hair shiny. They mash an avocado and a banana, mixing it uniformly with olive oil to make a paste. This paste is then rubbed into the roots of the hair and worked down the length, left for 30 minutes, and then washed off with shampoo and conditioner.

Asia
India – Turmeric Paste

As they are an essential element in Indian cooking, spices are quite naturally incorporated into beauty routines of the Indian people. Other than its use for anti-aging, turmeric paste is also known to heal acne, lighten skin pigmentation and stretch marks, control oily skin, slow the growth of facial hair, and soothe cracked heels etc. You can make your own turmeric paste by combining a mixture of turmeric powder with water, milk, plain yoghurt or honey. Apply this paste to your skin and leave it on for a few minutes before washing off.

Europe
Germany – Beer

The Germans must really love their beer. Besides holding the largest Oktoberfest (beer festival) in the world, they have also invented a hair treatment involving beer that the local women swear by. To tackle dull and dry hair, they mix a bottle of beer with an equal amount of lukewarm water and spritz their hair with the mixture. After letting it sit for about 20 minutes, they rinse off the beer mixture to reveal bouncy and glossy hair.

Oceania
New Zealand – Lanolin
As a country with more sheep than people, it’s no wonder New Zealanders look to these animals for cosmetic purposes too. Lanolin is a thick, waxy substance that can be found in the wool of sheep and when the wool gets sheared, the lanolin is extracted and undergoes a purifying process. Its chemical composition is similar to that of human skin lipids, hence its suitability for human use. Applying lanolin to the skin creates a protective moisturising barrier as the lanolin can hold up to 200% of its own weight of water and keep the skin hydrated, yet breathable.

 

If you’re interested in knowing more, leave us a comment and we might continue this topic in a part 2 article!

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