Beauty Secrets from Ancient Egypt
If you want to feel like the Queen of the Nile, you could try using some of Cleopatra's ancient beauty secrets. Scientists and archeologists have studied the beauty treatments and procedures used in the old Egyptian civilizations.
It was discovered that botanical oils and other beauty implements were used as payment of favors or wages because of their great value. There are many other beauty treatments that were also uncovered.
Egyptian Milk Baths
Queen Cleopatra took milk baths regularly. Luckily you do not have to pour your milk into your bathtub instead of your cereal. Today many beauty products have the same ingredient that milk contains. That ingredient is called Alpha Hydroxy Acid. It is effective in exfoliating your skin to keep your skin smooth and soft.
Many lotions, bath soaps and bubble baths contain AHA, and can help you achieve the same benefits as a milk bath.
Honey Masks and Treatments
Honey was found on the mummies when they were excavated. The experts believe it was put on the dead to keep them unspoiled. It was quite effective in preserving the mummies. Honey is a humectant, which means that it can attract and maintain water. It also has antiseptic properties. It can keep the skin well hydrated and can be used on your face, skin and hair. You can smooth a thin layer of honey on your face and leave for thirty minutes before rinsing it off. Make sure you use pure honey, otherwise it may leave residue and stain your clothes, sheets and attract insects.
Honey can be also used for acne, scars, stretch marks, It is natural and a harmless alternative to harsh chemicals and peels.
Here is a link to some honey mask recipes: http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/home-remedies/honey-mask-for-acne.html
The minerals in sea salt combat stress and aging. They contain magnesium which combats fluid retention, calcium which strengthens nails and helps circulation, potassium which energizes the body, and bromides which relax muscles.
Two thousand years ago, Flavius wrote that Dead Sea salts can heal the body. Here is an article which tells more about Dead Sea salts. http://www.saltworks.us/salt_info/si_DeadSeaSalt_Benefits.asp
Researchers discovered over twenty aromatic oils that Egyptians used for their skin. They were used to protect their skin, treat skin problems including scars, stretch marks, and wrinkles. They were also used to keep them smelling good.
Those in the highest social strata used Myrrh to keep themselves smelling fresh and clean. It was effective in disinfecting, so they even used it to keep their breath fresh.
Frankincense oil was used as an anti-wrinkle solution. It is also good for diminishing scars.
Other oils that were used in Egypt included lavender, fenugreek, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, cedar, almond, rose, aloe and lily. These were used as a base for perfumes in their baths.
Now that you know some of the ancient Egyptian beauty secrets, you can look and feel just as beautiful as a queen.