Ancient Skin Secrets

By Shalini Vadhera Author of Passport to Beauty

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Because it can get so hot, women in Zimbabwe are all about hydrating and protecting their skin. And they do so with okra. Try this exotic vegetable mask to hydrate your dry skin:

Jacqueline’s Okra Hydrating Mask

Take a handful of fresh okra and boil until soft. Let cool. Mash it up, into a slimy consistency, and apply it to the face. Let it sit on your skin for 5 minutes and rinse. Your skin will feel quenched and smooth.

Undoing the Damage 

If you have age spots, sunspots or struggle with hyperpigmentation, you don’t have to spend a fortune on skin-correcting or lightening serums. Take a cue from Korean women. After soaking rice to ready it for cooking, Korean women use the starchy, milky water to wash their face. They dip a washcloth into the water and apply it directly to their skin.

Rice is high in PABA, ferullic acid and allantoin, which are all high in antioxidants, and have natural anti-inflammatory and skin-protecting properties. The result is a soft dewy complexion and, over time, a reduction in the appearance of dark spots.

Grapes for Great Skin

French women have taken their love for good wine to another level. These gals use freshly cut and mashed grapes on their skin to make it feel softer and more youthful. The linoleic acid and polyphenols in every part of the grape (we’re talking the seeds, skin and pulp) are potent antioxidants with moisturizing benefits, and are known to also help fight the aging battle. 

Milking It 

Women in the Dominican Republic swear by the film on the top of boiled milk for softening their face. Boil milk and let it sit. When it cools, it creates a soft film on the top. Peel the film off by dabbing your finger into it (it’s sticky); mix gently with a little salt and rub on your face. This works as the perfect skin softener. The milk’s lactic acid is a natural exfoliant. The salt gives it a little grit so you’ll be well on your way toward glowing skin.  

Shalini Vadhera

Article written by Shalini Vadhera
Author of Passport to Beauty