Your skin is the biggest organ in your body. Well, technically it’s on your body. Some adults carry about 8 pounds and 22 square-feet of skin.
That’s a lot of skin. It’s also the first thing people see. So, you’ll probably want to take care of it.
You can have your skin looking bright and healthy for a long time if you know a few tricks. People have been looking for ways to take care of their skin for centuries. And some say the ancient skin care and beauty techniques are the best techniques.
Here Are 25 Ancient Skincare Secrets For Flawless Skin:
1) Antibacterial and Healing Honey Mask
Mix 1/4 cup of honey with a bit of warm water to make it spreadable. Then pour 1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil into your honey. Brush it onto your face with a clean makeup brush and let it sit for 10 minutes before you wipe it away with a washcloth. Honey has antibacterial properties while olive oil works to heal your skin.
2) Saffron Oil
Cleopatra is said to have used saffron in her milk baths to make her skin glow. You can make a saffron-infused moisturizing and cleansing oil with saffron threads. Just add a pinch to some melted coconut oil and rub it onto your face before you wash it off at night.
3) Soothe Elbows and Knees
For smooth elbows and knees, mix equal parts of Epsom salt and olive oil. Rub it on your elbows and knees while you’re in the bath. Rinse clean for smooth skin.
4) Sea Salt and Whip Cream for Firm Faces
Geishas would use sea salt to achieve their flawless complexions. They’d mix two tablespoons of sea salt and a little bit of whipped cream together. They would rub this on their faces before rinsing to keep their faces firm and smooth.
5) Yogurt Peel
Yogurt can be made into a skin peel to dissolve dead skin cells and tighten pores. Mix a tablespoon of olive oil to every four tablespoons of Greek yogurt. Leave the mixture on your face for 10 minutes then wipe away with a washcloth.
6) Green Tea for Brightening
Green tea can be used to keep your skin looking bright and fresh. Mix a cup of hot green tea with 1/2 a cup of grounds oats. Add in a tablespoon of mashed avocado and juice from half a lemon. Mix well and spread all over your face. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes before you rinse your face off.
7) Declog and Detoxify With Tea
Toss some tea bags in a warm steamy bath. Soak in your tea bath for about 20 minutes. This will energize your skin cells and detoxify the skin, mind, and muscles.
8) Neem and Sandalwood Oil
Got some pimples? Neem and Sandalwood oils are a great remedy, just dab some on your problem areas. They contain antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and can get below your skin’s surface to prevent and treat acne.
9) Olive Oil Moisturizer
Olive oil was used for both skin and hair in ancient times. Pour a tiny bit in your hands and lightly press it on your face. It will lock in moisture, restore elasticity, and heal the skin.
10) Rose Water
Rose water is believed to have originated in ancient Egypt. It’s made a huge comeback in the beauty world recently.Rose water works to prevent aging and is used as a toner.
11) Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has been used to moisturize the hair and scalp for years. Apply a spoonful to your hair and comb it through. Sit in a sunny spot for an hour so that your hair absorbs the oil before you rinse clean.
12) Pomegranate Extract
Pomergrantes are filled with tannins, anthocyanins, and vitamins A, C, and E. It’s also has lots of minerals and antioxidant properties that combat free radicals which cause premature aging of the skin. Pomegranate extract can be taken as a supplement.
13) Honey Spot Treatment For Acne
Honey has been used for beauty purposes since 5000 BC by ancient Greek women. It was used to make face masks and body scrubs. But its microbial and antibacterial properties also make it work as a spot treatment for acne.
14) Egg Whites To Tighten Skin
Eggs have been used in skin care since 600 B.C. Egg whites were applied to the face and neck to tighten the skin. It works like a temporary facelift and also hydrates the skin.
15) Anti-Aging Gloves
Hands can be the first place to show signs of aging. Marie Antoinette wore gloves that were lined with wax, rose water, and sweet almond oil to soften her hands. Learn how to create a paraffin wax treatment at home here.
16) Cold Cream
Cold cream was originally created in the second century. Cold cream originally contained grease and water so that dead skin cells and makeup could be dissolved and removed while it cleansed and softened the skin. Learn how to make your own cold cream here.
17) Milk and Honey Bath
Want to bath like Cleopatra? Get into a milk and honey bath. Milk has lactic acid and alpha-hydroxy acid which gets rid of dead skin cells and has rejuvenating properties, while honey has antibacterial properties. Learn how to make a milk and honey bath here.
18) Avocado Oil to Reduce Pores
The ancient Aztecs used avocado oil as a skin moisturizer. It balances the skin by reducing pores and making skin look healthy. It won’t clog pores and can also relieve inflammation from psoriasis and eczema. Learn more about how to use avocado oil on your skin here.
The ancients removed unwanted hair with sugar. Sugaring is similar to waxing and involves making a paste with things like molasses, honey, and lemon juices. It is pulled off when dry to remove the hair. It’s believed to be gentler and better at preventing ingrown hairs. You can find a recipe here.
20) Clay Masks
Clay masks were also among Cleopatra’s beauty routines. Clay helps to absorb oils, draw out impurities control shine, and prevent acne. Get recipes for five different clay masks here.
21) Lemon Juice for Lightening
Lemon juice still works to lighten the hair. Just soak your hair in the stuff and sit in the sun for a least one hour for a few days. This should naturally lighten your hair.
22) Argan Oil
Argan oil is great for head-to-toe use. It’s filled with fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins that moisturize, soften, and protect your face and hair from sun damage.You can massage a few drops of oil directly on your face and neck for beautiful skin. Add some to your hair too. There are so many ways to incorporate it into your beauty routine, learn how here.
23) Beer For Healthy Light Hair
Ancients also used beer to lighten their hair. Some claim that it also works to clean and strengthen your hair. Celebrities like Bella Thorne still do it today. Learn how to make a beer hair rinse here.
24) Tea Tree Oil For Breakouts
Tea tree oil has been used in Australia for beauty and medicinal properties for centuries. It contains antimicrobial properties and antibacterial properties. That’s why it’s used to fight acne and heal wounds. Just spot treat your scars and acne three times a day and watch them quickly heal. Learn more here.
25) Geranium Essential Oil For Youthful Skin
Geranium oil is another oldie but goodie used by ancient Egyptians. It’s been used to balance hormones, relieve anxiety and fatigue, reduce wrinkles, and improve skin elasticity. Place five drops of the oil into 1 tsp. of coconut carrier oil and rub it into your face twice daily. Learn more here.