13 Beauty Hacks From All Over the World
We always admire women's beauty. From the outside, it may seem natural and effortless. But, in reality, beauty is hard work unless you've won the genetic lottery.
Every country traditionally holds its own beauty secrets, passed from one generation to the next.
We at Bright Side have picked the most interesting beauty hacks to share with you.
To get rid of dandruff and an itchy dry scalp, Australian women add a few drops of tea tree oil to their shampoo. But if you're feeling lazy, shops offer a wide range of hair products that already contain the oil.
The next time you go to the beach, you can try an easy trick which will help you reduce any cellulite you may have. Take a bit of wet sand, and gently rub it on your problem areas. This kind of massage improves blood circulation and makes your skin smooth.
Cleopatra is said to be the first woman who discovered the magical effects of milk baths. Simply add 1-2 liters of warm whole milk and 100 grams of honey to your usual bath. After 15-20 minutes, your skin will become softer and more elastic. If you're not ready to waste milk, there is an alternative: you can buy skincare products with lactic acid.
Warning: Before taking a bath, make sure you're not allergic to any of the components.
To make your hair shiny and soft, mash avocado and banana, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, apply to your hair, and wait for 30 minutes. Thoroughly rinse with shampoo.
To prevent wrinkles, try cleansing your face with rice water. Soak the rice in water for 20 minutes, and then strain. Regularly wipe your face with this substance, and soon you will notice a great difference.
Have you ever noticed that Japanese women's skin often seems like porcelain? It's not just genetics. To keep the skin healthy and radiant, it's important to protect it from direct sun. For this purpose, Japanese women carry an umbrella with them on summer days and wear long sleeves.
Another Japanese secret for staying youthful and healthy is food that is enriched with iodine.
Greeting to the Sun is a set of exercises popular amongst Indian women. It helps to boost the metabolism and energy levels. Moreover, it's suitable for everyone: men, women, and children.
How to: Look at the picture above. Start with the top standing pose, and then smoothly proceed to the next one. Repeat the whole set twice, switching legs from right to left in the process. The full description of each pose and the sequences can be found here.
To tighten the pores and refresh skin color, you can use orange juice. Mix it with water in a 1:1 ratio. Take a cotton pad, and apply it to your face for 10 minutes. Rinse. Enjoy.
An ingredient that is widely used in the Bulgarian beauty culture is rose oil and rose petals. Every day, wipe your skin with rose water (or with rose petal tea) to keep it hydrated and soft.
For centuries, women in Fiji have tried to achieve a paler skin color as it is considered beautiful (almost the opposite of Western countries, where people desperately want to be tanned all year long). The recipe for skin whitening is really easy and can be made at home. All you need is 2 tablespoons of honey, 3 tablespoons of squeezed orange juice, and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Apply a bit of the mixture onto your skin, and, using half a lemon, rub it into the area of your skin you want to whiten. Continue with the procedure for 25 minutes, adding more of the mixture according to your needs. After this scrub, your skin will be refreshed and smooth. It will also help you to even out your skin tone.
Olive oil is very popular in Greece and not only for food. It is used to clear the skin, heal burns, and can also be an active component in a wonderful hand-made hair conditioner. Mix a cup of yogurt with a tablespoon of olive oil. Apply to washed hair, and leave for 5 minutes. Your hair will immediately feel soft and smooth.
Scandinavian women adopted simple but effective rules to prevent their skin from aging and drying out. They wipe their face with mineral water, they try to avoid direct sunlight, and they maintain a healthy diet.
It is unknown who invented the beauty hack of curling lashes with a teaspoon. As of now, women all over the world use this trick to make their eyes pop. It is especially widespread in Mexico.
Warm a spoon by holding it in hot water for a bit. Bring the spoon close to your eye so that its edge touches the roots of your eyelashes. Use a finger to press your lashes to the spoon for 30 seconds. Then apply mascara.
Warning: The spoon shouldn't have any sharp edges.