Here are 5 beauty customs from around the world and these traditional treatments have stood the test of time, scientifically speaking.
1. Turmeric Mask, India. Turmeric is loaded with antioxidants, which help slow down the aging process by protecting and firming your skin. That said, turmeric can temporarily stain your skin, so best to try this mask on a rainy weekend in.
Recipe: Mix a couple tablespoons of full-fat, plain Greek yogurt; one teaspoon of turmeric; and one teaspoon of honey until smooth. Apply the mixture to your face and leave on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off.
2. Coffee Cellulite Scrub, Colombia. Although there’s no miracle cure for cellulite, this scrub can give you a tighter, more radiant backside—temporarily. It pulls water out of the skin, making the skin look less dimpled.
Recipe: Grind half a cup of Colombian coffee beans fairly fine. Add two tablespoons of unrefined coconut oil and a teaspoon of brown sugar. Mix it up and start scrubbing, or transfer to a jar for later use. Wash off and admire.
3. Red Wine and Oat Mask, Argentina. Hate to break it to you, but you’re not drinking the wine… Resveratrol, found in red wine, is a powerful antioxidant that can fight skin aging. Red wine also has anti-inflammatory properties, while oats are known for their ability to calm down skin irritation. If you have Rosacea, you might want to sit this one out though as it can make the redness flare up more.
Recipe: Combine a tablespoon of yogurt, two teaspoons of honey, and a handful of dry oats. Add a splash or two of red wine and mix. Apply to your face using circular motions and let sit for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off.
4. Matcha Powder Hair Mask, Japan. Women were using it as a way to prevent hair loss and get some shine. Matcha is loaded with antioxidants, which, as we know, is always good for the skin. Peppermint oil has a cooling effect on the skin, has been shown to stimulate hair growth, and may increase circulation to the scalp. However, don’t overdo it! Like all essential oils, peppermint oil is highly concentrated, so keep the dosage super low.
Recipe: Warm a tablespoon of coconut oil in a bowl with one teaspoon of high-grade Matcha powder, stirring gently, since Matcha is very delicate. Add 1 drop of peppermint oil and mix. Part your dry hair, and, working in sections, apply the paste to your whole scalp. Work the remainder of the mask into the ends, gently brush through, and wait 30 minutes before rinsing off and shampooing.
5. Clove Scrub, Zanzibar. This scrub down is used by Zanzibar brides for a week before their nuptials to get their skin glowing and fragrant. You’ll find cloves in a lot of skin products for acne-prone skin because of their antiseptic properties.
Recipe: In a large bowl, combine three tablespoons of coarsely ground cloves, two tablespoons of rose water, two tablespoons of coconut oil, and three tablespoons of ground dried flowers. You can create a mix of your favorites, but roses, jasmine, and ylang-ylang are amazing. Mix all of the ingredients together and vigorously massage into dry skin for a few minutes before washing off.