World Beauty Series: Middle Eastern Beauty Secrets
We at frockadvisor love learning about beauty secrets from different cultures around the world! Today, we look to different countries in the Middle East, for beauty knowledge in the form of ancient traditions, for inspiration and tips! For those of you who don’t know what this is – “sugaring” is an ancient natural Arabic method of waxing. This technique has been used by Arabian women for centuries. Women prefer this method of waxing that that of a wax in a salon, as sugaring is apparently less painful! Sugaring involves heating up sugar, water and lemon into a paste. The paste is then applied to the skin, in the opposite direction of hair growth. To wax, the sugar paste is then pulled off in the natural direction of hair growth, taking out the entire hair follicle. Moroccan Hamam is traditionally used in Middle Eastern culture during bridal beauty prep (which is 3 months before the big day!). Dr. Lamees Hamdan (founder of the natural body and skincare line Shiffa Dubai), spoke with Byrdie where she explained that, Moroccan Hamam is a method of exfoliation that involves the bride being covered in black soap (which is olive oil based) and is left to steam for 15 minutes. After this, the soap is washed off and a Moroccan mitt is used on the whole body to exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Furthermore, once exfoliation is complete, a clay mask is applied to the entire body and rinsed off. Then, finally, moisturising oils are massaged into the body! Phew! For centuries, pumice stones have been used, traditionally by men and women alike in Middle Eastern countries. Pumice stone is black volcanic rock which is a great exfoliator. Thankfully these handy little exfoliating beauties, are readily available and found in almost any beauty store or chemist. They are also perfect to use on your feet, especially for getting rid of any nasty callouses. Rose water is widely popular in the Middle East, and has a number of different functions. For example in Muslim and Hindu culture, it’s used in religious ceremonies. It can also be used in cooking, in drinks, as a refreshing body spray and, as a natural toner! Used as a toner, rose water suits even the most sensitive skin, as it doesn’t sting, or have any added chemicals. Boots Botanics range do a fabulous 100% organic rose water toning spritz. Henna was and still is traditionally used in Middle Eastern, South Asian and African cultures where intricate designs are painted with henna, on the hands and feet of brides. It can also be used for hair enhancement too. Henna colour in your hair is not permanent and can make your hair look super shiny and strong! Lush are huge advocates of the use of henna where they have a huge selection of henna products!