- Napa Valley—mud baths
- China—pearl powder
- Myanmar—thanaka powder
- Japan—sake baths
- Turkey—daisy water
- Peru—pink salt
Napa Valley—mud baths
Since the 1800s, Calistoga has been a wellness destination for everyone, especially for those suffering with arthritis. The local volcanic ash, geothermal springs and the Canadian peat is a combination mud bath treatment, which has detoxifying, anti-inflammatory and revitalising properties. All you have to do is just hop in a tub of this potent mix at any well-known spa and relax for deeply cleansed and rejuvenated skin.
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Did you know in China, women use finely ground pearl powder to exfoliate, tighten and brighten their skin as a beauty ritual? Interestingly, the only female empress of China known for her impeccable complexion used pearl powder in her skin care regime. Pearl contains antioxidants, regenerating collagen properties and concentrated sources of amino acids, minerals and calcium. This sounds luxurious but it is indeed a very effective and inexpensive beauty treatment.
This powder is mainly used as a sunscreen by Burmese women for more than 2000 years as a beauty ritual. You can obtain the thanaka powder by grinding the wood and bark of the thanaka tree with some water. The thanaka powder also shields the skin from polluted air and free radicals. It is also used for acne, age spots and hydration. Moreover, it balances out the sebum production in your skin.
Sake is a rice wine that, through fermentation produces kojic and amino acid. Some Geishas even use sake as a primer before applying makeup. The sake baths have a moisturising, anti-ageing, softening and brightening effect on the skin. But more than anything else, sake baths have excellent detoxifying properties. Hence, they leave your skin feeling exfoliated and cleansed to the core. Sake bath spas suggest you sip on some sake while you are relaxing in the spa tub as a beauty tip.
There are plenty of interesting beauty rituals when it comes to hair care methods all over the world but our favourite one was when we learnt that women in Turkey lighten their hair with the help of daisy water. You just have to boil a few daisies in a cup of water and just rinse your hair with it. This hair care tip is best for blond or light brown hair. Moreover, it also leaves your hair shiny and lustrous like never before. It’s definitely an inexpensive and non-damaging way to highlight your hair.
Did you know that women in Peru rejuvenate their skin by bathing in mineral-laden pink salt? Well, this pink salt comes all the way from the Andean highlands and was supposedly first mined by the Incas who saw this salt as a healthy option in their diet. But thanks to its exfoliating and vitamin-rich qualities, it is now used as a bathing salt for cleansed skin!