If you’ve been looking for beauty tips and remedies, perhaps you’ve been looking for the latest and greatest chemical mixtures made up by scientists in labs, tested to perfection, and mass produced for store shelves. There’s no denying that some modern products work like a charm, but instead of looking forward, why not look back for a change? There are ancient beauty techniques that have been tried and true for thousands of years–beloved by both ancient civilizations and modern women for their rejuvenating effects. These tips are especially good for hijabi women who want all-natural, halal ways to improve your skin and hair health.
Yoghurt and Olive Oil
The ancient Greeks loved this one, and you will too. Combine Yoghurt and Olive Oil (and honey if you want) and lather it onto your face and hair. Use it as a quick wash, or leave it on as a mask. The lactic acid in the yoghurt cleans your pores, and the olive oil hydrates, rejuvenates and bolsters your natural facial oils.
Argan oil was (and is) beloved by Moroccans for its rich vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fatty acids. The makeup of Argan oil is great for hair and skin. It soothes and calms your skin, and is great for irritation. It also gives a remarkable shine to hair.
Used first by Indians, and now beloved around the world, Coconut Oil is hydrating, moisturises the skin and hair, and instils them with nutrients. It also leaves a wonderful shine in your hair. Coconut oil also makes a wonderful natural, irritant-free makeup remover.
Many cultures use sea salt products as an antiseptic, all-natural exfoliant. Sea salt scrubs are great at removing dead skin, and freshening up your look.
Ancient Egyptians loved a good sugar wax. They would combine sugar, lemon juice, natural oils, and molasses, let it harden on the skin, and pull it off to remove hair and dead skin. This freshens the skin, is gentler than waxing, and less likely to cause ingrown hairs.
Clay masks are beloved around the world for their moisturising effects. They rejuvenate and breathe new life into the skin, filing it with nutrients and leaving it smooth and supple. Dead Sea clay masks were (and are) especially highly prized. Their high salt content gives them amazing rejuvenating properties.
Possibly the weirdest entry on this list, but if it works it works. Ancient peoples would sometimes combine milk curd with lemon juice as a hair wash. Try it out! Soak and wash your hair in it. On repeated use, it leaves your hair silky, smooth, it protects your hair