By Becca Gregg
Since the dawn of time, women around the world have used homemade natural remedies to beautify and treat common complaints. From natural plants and oils used by tribal women in lands far, far away, to that old facial recipe that your grandmother taught you as a kid, these beauty secrets have benefits that, more often than not, beat out their store-sold competition – it is, after all, why they’ve withstood the test of time.
Fortunately, you don’t have to travel the world to uncover these beauty secrets.
We here at The Beauty Bean have already done that for you! (Well, not really, we wish… But we have uncovered them!) Here are a few of our favorites. Enjoy and embrace the natural, exotic goddess within.
4 Global Beauty Secrets
Argan Oil: Grown organically in Morocco from the kernels of Argan tree fruit, this legendary light-weight oil is loaded with vitamin E and fatty acids that work to reduce everything from zits to split ends, while also acting as a great moisturizer. It has such great healing properties that it can even be used to treat skin diseases and burns. Historically, this so-called “miracle oil” has been used by locals as a dip for bread, as well as on couscous or salad. However, we here at The Beauty Bean prefer to take advantage of its aesthetic benefits. Our top over-the-counter picks (if Morocco isn’t in your travel plans) are Josie Maran’s Argan Oil ($48) and MoroccanOil Oil Treatment ($59), one of Alexis’ favorites.
Beeswax: In the Mexican state of Zacatecas, women use beeswax, found in nearby forests, as a natural hair remover that also exfoliates, leaving the skin soft and moisturized. (Trust us, we’ve been to Zacatecas and we’ve seen how gorgeous the women are!) With vitamin A, a key to human cell development, and propolis, a substance with antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, the wax makes for a great hair remover and moisturizer for skin. Not into scavenging the forest, or the hive, for beeswax? Try No Tweeze Beeswax Hair Remover Wax ($15.99).
Tamanu Oil: The exotic islands of the South Pacific house a secret, one that has the ability to accelerate wound healing and healthy skin growth: Tamanu Oil! And, much to our benefit, the secret has slowly begun making its way to other parts of the world. Commonly used in folk medicine, Tamanu Oil can be used to treat everything from cuts, scrapes and burns, to insect bites, stings, abrasions, acne, scars, psoriasis, diabetic sores, sunburn, dry or scaly skin, blisters, eczema and even body odor. Polynesian women even use the oil to prevent diaper rash on babies. If you want to try it, (why wouldn’t you?!) give True Tamanu Oil ($25.99) a try.
Sage: Originally from the Mediterranean region, but common in North America as well, sage has been widely used for thousands of years to treat a variety of conditions, including oily skin, sprains, swelling, ulcers and bleeding. Additionally, the aromatic scent is said to stimulate the senses, refresh the body after physical activity and regulate blood pressure. For a great way to experience the benefits of sage, try a relaxing aromatic bath with Dr. Hauschka’s Sage Bath ($32.95).