Beauty Secrets from around the World

When it comes to beauty routines, the grass is always greener. Japanese women have it made with their long, glossy hair and Greek women’s olive-toned complexions are always luminous. But how do they do it? Put down your passport—you won’t need to go anywhere to find out. Here is the beauty information from experts on how women across the globe stay gorgeous. Read on to find out their secrets, and learn how you can recreate them at home.


Australian makeup artist Napoleon Perdis says yarrow extract is used by Australian Aboriginal women to prevent stretch marks, thanks to its moisturizing and hydrating properties.


Chilean women credit the antioxidant powers of red grapes for their luminous skin. They create a paste by mashing up a handful of the fruit and adding 2 tablespoons of white flour. They then apply the mask to their face and leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off.

Dominican Republic

Women in the Dominican Republic swear by garlic to keep their nails tough as…well, nails. They chop up fresh garlic, add it to a bottle of clear nail polish and let it stew for 7 to 10 days. There will be an initial smell, so if you want to ward off vampires this is a great way to do it. But the scent goes away. Garlic has so many strengthening properties and is naturally antibacterial as well.


According to specialists, Cleopatra’s beauty secret was taking milk baths to soften her skin and remove dead cells. To try the treatment at home, it is recommended add 2 cups of powdered milk to your bath. It will make your skin look absolutely gorgeous and feel so smooth, silky and soft.”


The French woman sticks to a scrupulous and preventive skin and body care routine. This means they take weekly facials, regular massages and religiously takes her makeup off each night. Here is a recipe- Mash up cherries and pomegranate seeds and apply as a mask to the skin for about 6 minutes. This mask will help brighten skin with natural enzymes while firming at the same time. Remove the mixture with a warm towel to help boost circulation.


Greek women are blessed with Mediterranean skin, which is light in color but has enough melanin to shield and absorb harmful UV rays. But even if you aren’t genetically blessed, you can still take a cue from the women of Greece. There are other factors that contribute to their glowing complexion: They eat a Mediterranean diet high in fish, which provides skin-rejuvenating omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, as well as fruits and vegetables, which provide antioxidants and vitamins. They also believe their intake of olive oil contributes to their great skin. So, start reaching for the olive oil instead of butter for better skin.


When you swim in the Dead Sea, all of the salt helps your body rid itself of toxins, and it has also been known to help cure skin diseases. To get the detoxifying benefits of sea salt at home, here is a spa recipe Lavender Sea Salt Scrub recipe: Mix together ¼ cup sea salt, 1 pinch seaweed powder, ½ cup massage oil and 10 to 15 drops lavender oil. Apply to skin to gently exfoliate.

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