The beauty industry is always changing and evolving, and there’s always a new treatment on the horizon. Yet, as new trends come and go, there are beauty practices that have staying power. These tips and tricks have withstood the test of time. Some of the most popular beauty trends we have come to know and love have ancient origins that date back thousands of years, still proving useful today.
When it comes to beauty, we can get lost trying to figure out which new product is best for us when, in reality, we can learn something from ancient beauty practices; that sometimes less is more. That’s why the modern beauty industry is turning to ancient beauty techniques and ingredients. We’re taking a step back in time with this curated list of beauty trends to get you started with this beyond old-school trend!
Argan Oil is a golden oil high in antioxidants, vitamin E, and fatty acids. The use of argan oil for beauty treatments dates back to 12 BC. It’s safe to say this golden oil has more than a few good reviews. Moroccan women were well known for their beauty, which they attributed to applying argan oil to their bodies, including their hair. More recently, studies of the oil found it can prevent sun damage, promote anti-aging, and calm irritated skin.
Mud baths originated in North America about eight thousand years ago by the Wappo people. Native tribes were known to use every bit of nature to their advantage and would use mud baths to calm their muscles. The mud combined ashy soil with mineral water that worked wonders for the skin. Minerals found in mud masks absorb oil and impurities; plus, they offer anti-inflammatory effects — ideal for acne-prone skin. Today, many new skin products utilize mud or clay mixtures to reap the same benefits.
For centuries, brides in India used turmeric as a skin treatment leading up to their wedding, using it to make skin masks. There is no surprise that turmeric has become a prevalent skin ingredient today due to its anti-inflammatory properties, making it ideal for treating acne and acne scarring. Plus, it lends its golden hue to give you golden radiant skin.
Green tea seems to be the holy grail of all things wellness. You’re likely aware of green tea’s healing properties within our bodies, but it also boasts benefits for our skin. Used in Asia for centuries, green tea touts antioxidant and anti-aging properties. Next time you’re looking for good face cream or want to do a little DIY masking, keep in mind the ancient beauty properties of green tea.
People in Turkey have a long history with rose water. No, not just in teas and lattes – they produced purified rose water for beauty treatments. Rose is one of the most classic beauty ingredients you can think of, and its history goes back for centuries. For starters, you’ll find it packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that do wonders for the skin. It is also known to reduce redness and inflammation due to its soothing effects, so spritz on some rose water! The great smell is just a bonus.