Beauty Regimens from Around the World!
It’s a big world out there, but online connectivity makes it a small one at the same time. Thanks to the internet and social media, you now have access to just about anything you could desire - information, education, shopping, etc. One of the very best things about this is that you can learn from people around the world about how best to care for your skin. Let’s take a quick spin around the world to discover beauty regimens in other cultures - then you can take the best from all of them!
First stop: Africa for oils and butters!
If you take a look at this skin care book, you’ll find that all sorts of butters and oils make the cut for healthy, glowing skin. For example, shea butter is used to help moisturize after treating psoriasis and eczema. Cocoa butter, mango butter, olive butter, and aloe butter are all also mentioned for various afflictions like stretch marks, dry skin, and acne. Jojoba oil is used for skin and hair care (to make it soft and silky, mix jojoba oil with water and spray on hair). Tea tree oil, coconut oil, and neem oil are all mentioned as well. Basically, the African culture has come up with dozens of ways to turn natural products into part of your skin care routine...it’s a pretty good use of nature’s abundance!
Did you know that shaving your face is a thing in Japan...for women?
I didn’t, either. And apparently, it’s not even limited to Japan! In the west, ‘dermaplaning’ is the term for shaving the hair off your face, while in Japanese it’s called kao sori. Basically, it’s the same process as a man goes through...use a rich lather and straight blade to remove any peach fuzz from unwanted areas. The attraction is that you have a smooth, soft foundation to put makeup products on, and also to maximize the penetration of other skin care products. The downside is that you have to maintain it, and it might be uncomfortable to have your face shaved.
Next stop: Brazil (by way of Europe)
According to this article, lymphatic drainage is huge in Brazil. What is lymphatic drainage, you may ask (also called lymphatic massage)? It’s a fancy way of saying “gently massaging the lymph nodes.” The idea is to stimulate the natural drainage of lymph nodes so as to pull waste away from your tissues. In Brazilian beauty regimens, it helps avoid water retention, which many women feel makes them look thinner, as well as reduce puffiness. The technique is said to have started in Denmark, Germany, or France, so it’s truly a global phenomenon!
In just one blog, we’ve managed to touch briefly upon four different continents! Hopefully you learned something helpful about beauty regimens from around the world, and can incorporate some of these techniques into your own skin care routine. What have you learned from your travels or from your own cultural background? Share in the comments!