Iconic marble buildings and elegant statues, unique architecture and warm image all are unmistakable elements of Ancient Greece. The country has preserved its delicate attractions to this day; one of the most prominent charms being the residents’ breathtaking beauty, who use the beauty methods of their ascendants to this day.
Majority of ancient people all over the world relied on natural products and substances to make the supplies they needed. Cosmetics were also mainly nature-derived; the very word Cosmetics roots in the Greek word, Kosmetikos which originates in the 17th century. According to this fact, you can realize how deep the concept of beauty goes into the history.
If you’re also fascinated by nature-derived beauty tips with a nod toward historical vibes, check out our list of best ancient Greek beauty tricks.
1. Antibacterial Facial Honey Mask for Healing
This popular mask is commonly used today. Grecians wore this mask to improve their skin elasticity, heal roughness and nourish it with vitamins and antibacterial components. If you suffer from skin dryness this mask would be ideal.
To prepare this honey mask you’ll need to mix ¼ cup raw honey with ¼ cup virgin olive oil. Dip a clean makeup brush inside the mixture and gently spread it on your face. The mask should sit for 10 minutes, then you can wash it off with warm water. There are multiple types of honey sold out there, but thyme honey is the best variety. Thyme nectar consists of essential vitamins and amino acids, hence it acts as an antioxidant and helps cure skin roughness.
2. Salt Scrub for Exfoliating Elbows and Knees
Mediterranean sea salt is one of the best options to prepare salt scrub with. Mix some salt with olive oil before you take a shower. When you’re soaked, get handfuls of this mixture and rub it onto your elbows and knees. Let it sit for a few minutes before washing it off.
Salt is a natural exfoliator without adverse effects; you can also detoxify your skin and clean the pores to get a glowing result.
3. Yogurt Mixture for AHA Peel.
Greeks also used foodstuff as beauty supplies. One of their common foods was yogurt; this mildly acidic substance has antitoxin properties and acts as a great exfoliator. For ages, people have been using yogurt as a natural soothing agent for burnt or irritated skin. You can use unsweetened regular yogurt as AHA peel.
Mix four tablespoons of yogurt with one tablespoon of olive oil, and spread it on your skin. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes. It’s fine if you feel some tingling sensation; it’s the natural agents performing their function. After some minutes, wipe it off with a warm cotton.
4. Olive Oil as Moisturizer
Olive has always had a key role in Grecian lives; both in terms of nourishment and trade. Magically beneficial, olive oil has been widely used in cuisine and beauty. Ladies applied this fine oil to their hair and skin to achieve that healthy and elegant look. Olive oil contains antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and amino acids; hence nourishing the skin and preventing moisture escape. Regular oil application will increase skin elasticity and hydration, keeping it soft and velvety.
You can massage your face with a few drops of olive oil before bedtime, also apply it to your hair and body as after-shower lotion.
5. Pomegranate Extract for Skin Firmness
Pomegranate, this popular and majestic fruit has been the symbol of eternal life and fertility to many civilizations. Romans presented pomegranates to their loved ones as a sign of deep affection. There’s a reason behind all the regard for this fruit. Pomegranate extract contains a rich cocktail of vitamins, anthocyanin, antioxidants and minerals.
Therefore, it’s an effective agent that removes dead cells and harmful free radicals off the skin and improves skin firmness due to its tannin content. Due to tightening properties, pomegranate extract helps preserve and strengthen your epidermis as well. This makes the mentioned extract a perfect choice for oily skin type.
You can squeeze some pomegranate seeds to get the extract out, then apply fresh extract onto your skin with a cotton pad. You can let it be for some minutes before washing your face. Doing so regularly will detoxify and remove harmful agents off your skin, leaving it shiny and healthy for you to enjoy!
6. Tea Bath for Skin Detoxification
Dreamy it gets in here. Ancient Grecians (even their descendants nowadays) use dried herbs and flowers in their bathing water. Soaking dried petals and leaves in water releases their beneficial components.
You can toss some green tea, chamomile or lavender into your filled bathtub and cleanse your skin with the ‘tea water’. This will be a great detoxifier both to your skin and mind. Bathing in a tub filled with an aromatic water and herbs floating on top is a great experience for the mind as well.