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Beauty secrets from around the world are valuable bits of information that can help anyone struggling with dry scalp, fragile nails, brittle hair or dull skin. Getting fresh perspective and ideas for beauty troubles is always exciting, and these secrets can help cut down the cost of maintaining your natural beauty. All of the items found in these secrets are easily obtained from grocery stores, and you may already have them hiding in your cupboards. Read about how women from around the globe stay looking fabulous all year round!
If you're not satisfied with face masks found in the stores, then make your own by following a classic Chilean recipe involving red grapes. This mask will leave you with radiant skin because of the antioxidants found in the grapes.
To create this mask: take a handful of red grapes and smash them in a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of white flour with the grapes, and apply the mask to your face. After 10 minutes, rinse your face to wake your skin and brighten its appearance.
If you have trouble growing your nails due to them breaking easily, then take a hint from women in the Dominican Republic. Strong nails can be achieved by chopping fresh garlic into small bits, putting the bits into clear nail polish, waiting 7-10 days, and then applying the solution to your nails. This will smell bad initially; however, the scent fades away completely with time.
Give your whole body a pick-me-up by using milk to soak in instead of water. Milk was Cleopatra's secret to smooth and soft skin, and can be a home treatment that is easy and effective. Prepare your bath as normal, and then add 2 cups of powdered milk. You'll remove dead skin cells to uncover silky soft skin!
Woman of France don't take beauty lightly, and are known to get facials and massages regularly. To create an at-home face mask popularly used in France, you'll need to mash cherries and pomegranate seeds up to apply to your face as a mask. Wipe your mask off after 6 minutes using a warm towel to improve circulation. This mask uses natural enzymes to firm and brighten your skin.
A popular nail color in France is red, which can be difficult to remove, so French women soak their fingers in warm lemon juice to remove the yellow tinge that's left behind by red nail polish.
Women of Greece have glowing skin complexions due to a higher amount of melanin that shields and absorbs harmful UV rays; however, not being Greek won't keep you from having glowing skin too. The secret is to eat a Mediterranean diet, which includes plenty of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that refresh your skin. Going further, eat more olive oil, fish, fruit, and vegetables so that you too can have a healthier skin complexion.
To rid your body of toxins, or to assist in curing skin diseases, take a tip from Israel and use sea salt to detoxify your body. Here is a unique Lavender Sea Salt Scrub: Combine 1/4 cup sea salt, a pinch of seaweed powder, 1/2 cup massage oil, and 10-15 drops of lavender oil. Once you've mixed the ingredients, apply and massage gently all over your body to exfoliate!
In Italy, the women all seem to have beautiful and glossy hair, and the secret is to combine olive oil with yogurt to create an intense do-it-yourself conditioner. They use the yogurt to nourish and condition, and the olive oil to keep their hair moisturized. Here is how to make your own conditioner: combine one full cup of plain whole milk yogurt and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. After you use your normal shampoo, apply the yogurt and olive oil blend to your hair, and leave it on for 5 minutes before rinsing it off.
If you're worried about one arm being darker than the other, or the sun aging your skin while driving, take a tip from Japanese women and wear gloves that reach above the elbow while driving; this will keep the sun from aging your hands. Another sun-protecting tip is to use an umbrella when you are outdoors – even if it isn't raining!
For those who live in humid climates, this tip will be especially helpful to you. Before bed, apply a few drops of coconut oil to the ends of your hair so that it absorbs overnight; this keeps frizz at bay and smells good too! Another tip from Singapore is to use a face mask made from avocado or papaya. Mash an avocado for its healthy oils, or a papaya for its ability to exfoliating enzymes. Next, apply the blend to your face, and let the mask lay on your skin for about 12-15 minutes.
An easy and inexpensive way to achieve natural and subtle highlights for brunettes is to use natural 100% cranberry juice as a rinse over your hair. Use equal (about 1/4 cup) parts cranberry juice and water to rinse your hair in the shower. This works very well if you're going to be outside in the natural sunlight, and/or if you have brown hair; for blondes, it is best to use lemon juice in the same manor so that the blonde hair doesn't turn pink!
If you haven't found enough uses for your aloe plant yet, here is one more: use aloe vera on your hair to make it glossy by breaking an aloe leaf into two pieces, then massage the gel/juice onto your scalp and rinse. For skin that is rough or dry, use 1/4 cup of ginger, 1/4 cup of limes – chopped finely – to rub onto any problem areas such as elbows, ankles, feet, or knees!
Saving the time and money by doing a lot of these home remedies yourself can be both rewarding for your wallet as well as your self esteem! It's important not to use any of the aforementioned ingredients topically if you have allergic reactions when you eat them, don't forget to share these beauty secrets with your friends!