Today, when we can easily get any beauty/skincare product we want from a shelf, it may seem like a waste of time to try DIY projects. Yet, many are still fascinated with ancient Egyptians, especially Cleopatra herself, who not only indulged in various beauty rituals (bathing in milk, anyone?), but also wore a lot of makeup and perfume. In fact, both women and men of ancient Egypt enhanced their appearance in various ways, which is what makes the obsession with ancient beauty secrets even more interesting.
If you want to try something new, switch to natural cosmetics, or simply add a new beauty ritual to your routine, read about ancient Egyptian beauty secrets here.
A Bath With Milk and Honey
Let’s start with the most extravagant thing, Cleopatra’s favorite – a milk and honey bath. Milk contains lactic acid which will gently exfoliate your skin and get rid of dead skin cells, while honey will moisturize and nourish your skin.
Honey and Milk Masks
Honey was a popular beauty product for it’s sweet smell and hydrating capabilities. Egyptian women often mixed milk and honey to create moisturizing face masks.
Castor and Almond Oil
Ancient Egyptians loved their oils and castor oil and almond oil were their favorites. They used almond oil as a moisturizer for face and hair or a mixture of almond and castor oil, depending on their skin type. Today, we know it’s best to use castor oil as a makeup remover and to strengthen our hair, eyebrows and eyelashes, and almond oil as a great moisturizer.
Egyptian women used burnt almonds to paint their brows black and fill them out. They were on top of the eyebrow game before it even got started.
Ancient Egyptians used a lot of Aloe Vera in their beauty rituals. It was used to treat burns, scars, damaged skin, dry skin, etc. You can slice an Aloe Vera leaf, scoop out the gel and use it as a moisturizer.
Dead Sea Salts
Another beauty secret straight from Queen Cleo herself is Dead Sea salts for the skin. The Dead Sea salt is known for it’s natural healing properties that replenish essential minerals lost during daily activities.