Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Cleopatra Beauty Secrets - Most Powerful Ancient Egypt Beauty Secrets

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
Her infinite variety: other women cloy
The appetites they feed, but she makes hungry
Where most she satisfies

William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra, Act II, Scene II

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The thick eyeliner, the jet black hair, the large sultry eyes, and one of the most famous and powerful Queen from the Ancient times - Cleopatra's beauty has survived her reputation.

Cleopatra, the last Queen of Egypt, was known to indulge in elaborate beauty and spa treatments to enhance her natural beauty.

Most of them were secret and have been lost to the generations, however, some of them have been popularized.

Here are some of her best kept beauty secrets.

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Milk and Honey cleanser
Cleopatra used to bathe in goat's milk and honey bath. This is by far one of her most famous beauty secret (not so secret anymore!). 
Milk has light AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) which help to dissolve dead skin cells. Honey is moisturizing and anti-bacterial that helps to prevent pimple breakouts from the bacteria in the milk. Result is soft and bright skin.
Get Set Girl's Recommended Recipe:
1 tsp milk (full fat milk for dry skin, skimmed milk powder for oily to normal skin)
1 tsp honey (raw honey preferably from your local bees keeper or Manuka honey)
Mix both well until well incorporated. Apply while gently massaging in. Leave for 5 minutes and rinse off with warm water to get rid of the fat in the milk. Do not use soap. Pat dry or let air dry.

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Natron exfoliating scrub
Natron salt was derived from dry lake beds in ancient Egypt and mixed with oil for use as a body soap. It was used to deodorize, remove oiliness, and also in the mummification rituals (SPOOKY!!!).

Get Set Girl's Recommended Recipe:
For the body
1/2 cup sea salt (coarse grain)
4 tbsp sunflower oil
Mix well and use as a scrub in the shower, after using your regular body cleanser. Scrub the mixture gently all over the body for not more than 2 minutes otherwise it could be abrasive and also dry up the skin. Use ones or twice a week only. Point to be noted after using any kind of scrub is that the water should not be warmer than room temperature.

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For the face
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp drinking water
Mix well and apply on the skin in upward circular motions. Wait about 5 minutes till it dries off and then rinse with tap water (cool or at room temperature). This mask does tend to be drying on the skin, so it is a boon for oily skin types. Dry skin folks may altogether skip this mask.

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Aloe vera
Even 6000 years ago, aloe vera plant grew widely all over Egypt and it was touted as the most potent plant containing vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, nutrients and salicylic acid. It suits all kinds of skin types and treats all sorts of skin conditions from dryness and eczema to oiliness and acne, from baby skin care to mature, aging skin care - just about anything and everything related to skin and hair.

Get Set Girl's Recommended Recipe:
Choose the oldest leaf on the plant which tend to be in the outermost circle of the leaves. Cut that leaf near the base. Now cut a portion of this leaf enough to use on your face/body/ hair. Just let the remaining leaf sit somewhere in the kitchen as it will seal off on its own cut, self preserving itself.  Slit the portion that you have cut in the center to open the jelly part inside and simply apply it. It can be left on the skin or hair for as long as desired, even overnight.

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Frankincense oil
Frankincense oil is derived by steam distilling the resin of Frankincense plant. It is an anti-aging super power and also reduces age related spots and wrinkles.

Get Set Girl's Recommended Recipe:
10 drops almond oil
2 drops Frankincense oil
1 cotton ball/ pad
 Just blend the oils together and apply on the skin using the cotton. Let it absorb into the skin.

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Dead Sea salt mask
Dead Sea has no many nutrients in it that it was and still is believed that a mere dip in the sea can cure many diseases. 

Get Set Girl's Recommended Recipe:
2 tsp Dead Sea salt (substitute with Epsom salts)
1 cup distilled water
Mix together to make a brine. Apply on the skin and let it dry. Re-apply as it dries up.

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