It shouldn’t surprise us that ancient Egyptians were pioneers in the field of beauty. At the top of the beauty icon list is Cleopatra, the legendary pharaonic queen whoís beauty inspired awe and wonder for the ages. Ancient Egyptians understood how to enhance our natural beauty so well, that we still use their treatments to this day. Here are three Cleopatra-approved treatments to pamper yourself with.
It may sound odd to soak in milk, but Cleopatra swore that her daily milk bath helped keep her skin soft and young. According to legend, she required an army of 700 donkeys to supply enough milk for her royal bathtub. Is there any science backing up this ancient beauty treatment? It turns out that milk is a phenomenal natural ingredient for skincare because it contains lactic acid, which is an alpha-hydroxy acid. AHAs naturally exfoliate your skin by removing the dead cells, leaving your skin looking fresh and young. You can make your own milk bath at home, and you don’t even need 700 donkeys to do it. Simply heat up a small amount of honey and milk together and add to your bath water.
Honey played a huge role in ancient Egypt. Bees were so valued they were believed to have come from the tears of the sun god Ra. Of course the ancient Egyptians realized that honey had many health and beauty benefits, especially when applied as a face mask. This Nefertiti-inspired facial is an incredible way to treat yourself. Honey is a powerful humectant, which means it attracts moisture to the skin. An easy way to get the royal benefits of using honey on your skin is to mix some quality honey with crushed almonds and use as a scrub. Simply wash off with warm water.
Olive oil has been a classic of beauty treatments ever since people wanted to take care of their skin. In addition to being a powerful moisturizer, it also is a strong antioxidant which helps keep our skin from aging. So that was Cleopatra’s secret! We can still get the same effects that Cleopatra did by using olive oil directly or olive oil based products. An easy way to get a full-body treatment is after a simple sugar scrub in the shower, massage a small amount of olive oil into your skin. If you have dry elbows and feet, make sure to give them a little extra attention, especially during the dry winter season.