Around the world, August is known as the month for vacationing. Whether you are taking an exotic trip or staying local, you can join us on a journey to discover unique skin care tips, tricks and traditional remedies for glowing skin from around the world.
Mud from Israel’s Dead Sea is loaded with nourishing minerals and has long been used as a cleansing mask for the face and body. Women cover their bodies with the black mud, then float in the salty water or they scoop the mud into a jar and use it at home.
Exotic-sounding “cocoon shells” or actual silkworm cocoons are one of the more popular methods in Japan for removing dead skin and unclogging pores. The amino acids and proteins in the silk are similar to those in skin, which makes them a great natural exfoliator. To get glowing skin on their body, Japanese women take a sake bath. Kojic acid in the sake exfoliates and helps lighten age spots and other discoloration. To try it at home, add three to four six-ounce glasses of any kind of sake to your bath water.
To smooth rough heels, Turkish women sprinkle coarse salt (such as sea salt) into a palmful of lotion and use it as a scrub.
Rice water is used by many women in China to cleanse their faces because rice has antioxidants that help prevent premature skin aging. To try it at home: Soak Chinese rice (find it at Chinese grocery stores) in bottled water for 20 minutes. Strain the rice out of the water then dunk a washcloth in it. Apply the damp cloth to your face for 10 minutes. Do this once a week.
Women all over West Africa use shea butter to soften their skin. It’s also applied thickly to hair as a hydrating mask, or in a smaller amount as a leave in conditioner. The “butter” is derived from nuts of the karite tree, which grows in the savanna region across West Africa.
Women in Costa Rica look to citrus fruit to keep skin healthy. To temporarily shrink pores, combine equal parts orange juice and water and swab the mixture across your face (avoiding the eye area) with a cotton ball. Leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse. To get rid of redness or bumps on your elbows, add the juice of two lemons to one tablespoon of baking soda; rub the paste onto skin for 20 minutes and rinse off with water. Follow with a moisturizer.
To smooth rough skin on their body, women in the Philippines rub a mixture made from a quarter cup of grated fresh ginger and a quarter cup of finely chopped limes onto dry spots.
Most Swedes have a dry sauna in their homes to stay warm and speed up circulation, which also helps make your complexion look its best.
For glowing skin, women in Singapore mash either avocado or papaya, slather it on their face, let it sit for 15 minutes, and then rinse with water. Avocado is loaded with skin-friendly oils, and papaya has papain, an exfoliating enzyme.
Beyond the realm of topical treatments, another popular beauty pastime for Finnish women is visiting a sauna to relax and soak in beauty treatments. In the past, Finns used the sauna as a place to cleanse the mind and rejuvenate and refresh the spirit. Today, the relaxing aspect of the experience is still highly valued.