Since the dawn of time, women have been beautifying themselves. Egyptian queen, Cleopatra, used to bathe in sea salt and olive oil to achieve her smooth, radiant complexion; the Inca women of Peru would use quinoa and maras salt for face masks and body washes; in Elizabethan times, women would use egg white to hide wrinkles.
Today, we have a whole host of beauty regimes and guides to looking more beautiful, but here are five simple tips to achieving that gorgeous glow or stunning flush that will have everyone glancing towards you in admiration!
- Coconut oil, avocado oil and oats: This simple, yet highly effective, mixture has a wealth of beauty benefits attached to it. Coconut oil has long been revered for helping maintain a youthful glow and avocado oil helps to boost collagen and lighten dark circles. The oats help remove dead skin cells and also act as an excellent exfoliator. Simply mix a teaspoon of coconut oil, a teaspoon of avocado oil and a tablespoon of oats together; spread onto the face and leave for fifteen minutes before washing off. You’ll notice an instant glow.
- Lip Liner: Thick lips are all the rage now and one simple trick that sometimes bypasses people is lip liner – or rather, the proper application of it. Taking a lip liner slightly darker than your natural lip colour, trace a line of it around the outer edges of your lips. Then smudge it in very gently and it will give you an instant collagen effect. For maximum effect, use a lip gloss to finish in the same colour as the lip liner.
- Bone Broth: Bone broth is completely underestimated in the beauty world and yet it is an essential component of maintaining a youthful, fresh, glowing look. Bone broth is rich in collagen and drinking just one cup a day can promote clear, wrinkle-free skin and luscious hair. It is best to cook your bone broth from scratch as you can make a large pot and freeze unused broth for up to six months. Find pasture-raised bones from your local butchers and let simmer for 12-24 hours (if you have a pressure cooker, only 2-3 hours is necessary). You can add vegetables while simmering too, for added delicious flavour.
- Teabags: Experiencing dark circles under the eyes after a rough night’s sleep? Don’t bother with expensive eye creams or even cucumbers. The secret to abolishing those bags and circles are teabags. Place two strained teabags in the fridge and let sit until cool. Then place on each eye for twenty minutes. This method works wonders – and you even get a cuppa out of it!
- Rose Water: If you’re wondering what to do with that bouquet of roses from your partner or secret admirer and the petals are beginning to wilt, don’t chuck them away! Rose water revitalises and moisturises the skin, helps keep fine lines at bay and was even used by Cleopatra in her beauty regime. Simply pluck the petals from the stems and rinse in cold water. Then boil in a large pot for about half an hour (or until the petals have gone pink) taking care that the water only just about covers the petals. After, strain the petals from the water (which should be a rich red colour) and bottle the water in a jar. Smooth over face gently with a cotton pad day and night and watch the glistening transformation occur over time!