Rice was more than just a staple food for Ancient China and Japan. Rice or rice water, to be more exact, is the 1000-year-old secret that East Asians use to keep their skin soft, young, and blemish-free.
Rice water contains numerous benefits; it brightens, tightens, hydrates, and evens skin tone, which is why many skincare brands are now using rice extract as the main ingredient for toners.
Dead Sea Mud
The Dead Sea in Israel is an enormous resource for natural minerals with cleansing and exfoliating properties, solving the mystery of why dozens of brands have developed their own versions of Dead Sea mud masks.
Mud masks can remove impurities from the skin, unclog pores, and absorb excess oil. Research even supports that the Dead Sea’s mud has a high mineral concentration that can inhibit some types of acne-causing bacteria.
Aside from being a decorative ornament in the garden, herbalists from Ancient Rome recorded a myriad of ways to prepare roses and extract their medicinal properties from every part of it, including the petals, fruits, and seeds – which is where rosehip oil comes from.
Rosehip oil quickly became a crowd-favorite for skin moisturizers because of its nourishing fatty acids. A 2015 study also found that oral rosehip powder intake can significantly diminish wrinkles and improve moisture and skin elasticity.
Melipona honey is made by stingless Melipona bees. The Ancient Mayans, who were experts at cultivating this rare honey, called it “the nourishment of the sun” because of its healing properties. Since its discovery, Melipona honey has been an essential part of traditional medicine and now beauty and skincare.
Beauty face masks with Melipona Honey as an active ingredient have increasingly become popular for their antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and regenerative properties. They are perfect for people with dry and acne-prone skin.
Turmeric is more than just a flavorful addition to your dish. This bright yellow-orange spice is linked with numerous health and cosmetic benefits too. Research has shown turmeric to be capable of healing wounds quicker, fight eczema and psoriasis, prevent acne breakouts, reduce acne scarring, and brighten skin.
And though it may be a relatively new skin treatment in Western parts of the world, turmeric has earned its street cred from centuries from Indian and Pakistani women who have been applying a special turmeric mask before their wedding day. The mask application was part of a traditional wedding ritual as they believed the turmeric helped cure any skin problems the night before the wedding and made the bride more beautiful and glowing the next day.
If you’re thinking of making the switch to using more ethical and intentional beauty products, try searching for brands that use some of the natural ingredients that were just mentioned. You will find that there is quite a ton, and using products with cultural backgrounds might be the trick to help you liven up an otherwise dull skincare routine.