There is something about the ancient beauty secrets that is so appealing to our modern world. It is essentially appealing to me because they used natural ways to enhance their beauty. There was no such thing as toxic chemicals back then!
Well it’s been a crazy two weeks! I live in SE Florida, so from preparing for Hurricane Irma, to riding out Irma, to cleaning up AFTER Irma, Irma has left me wiped. Not sleeping good for the past two weeks, not eating right before Irma then during Irma (all junk!), not taking care of myself the way I normally do, has left me looking & feeling, well like a hurricane wreck!
I have always used homeopathic remedies for my skin & body. From making my own scrubs to facials to detoxing baths. So this week I took the time to re-integrate what I love most…my Goddess Beauty Secrets.
The women of Greece, for example, were all about enhancing their features, long hair & a fair complexion. Some of their styles were intriguing. They had different styles to represent their status. For example, married women would mostly wear their hair tied up in a bun accessorized with flowers & jewels. Whereas young women would curl their hair & let them flow freely to attract attention from men.
There is a reason why an exceptionally beautiful woman is called a “Greek Goddess“. So let’s find out their secrets…
- An herbal infused bath was like a spa treatment. The Greeks collected various leaves of plants & dried them. They infused these dried leaves in a thermal bath along with some minerals like sea salt. These baths nourish & loosen up the joints & muscles. Cleopatra used milk, adding powdered milk to your bath leaves your skin feeling soft and supple. The fat and protein in the milk provides immediate benefit in your bathwater. The milk also helps exfoliate the skin for additional softness. The lactic acid in milk helps clean and soften the skin.
- Seaweed was widely used as a facial mask back then. They would ground it up with water to make a paste & applied it on their skin for a radiant glow. The iodine in the seaweed normalizes the production of subcutaneous fat, makes skin smooth & silky, drying out acne rashes & pimples. Vitamin C contained in seaweed in huge quantities is known for its rejuvenating properties. … Niacin helps to ensure that the skin complexion is radiant & healthy.
- The Greek women preferred to have pale skin & rosy cheeks.They discovered the bleaching & anti-bacterial properties of honey. So they mixed honey with olive oil and applied this on their skin. They used this mixture as a body wash & facial mask/cleanser.This made their complexion fairer & kept their skin acne-free & smooth. Olive oil is made up of monounsaturated fatty acids with strong antioxidants, & vitamins A & E, which help moisturize & repair skin & hair. Honey is a naturally sweet food that also provides benefits for our health. Its high sugar content makes it a great source of healthy energy. It also has antibacterial, antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.
- Greeks considered roses as the “queen of flowers“. They used its oil and water to soothe & nourish dry skin. Add this to your favorite moisturizer!
- Ancient Greeks loved the exfoliating properties of sea salt & the way it leaves their rough, sun exposed skin soft & glowing. This is a natural exfoliating method Greeks used. I LOVE mixing it with olive or avocado oil to get a moisturizing natural peel or use alone to remove dirt, dead cells & blackheads following up with some of the wonderfully nurturing treatments described above.