When we think about Ancient Egyptian beauty, the first thing that tends to come to mind was the beautiful Queen of Egypt herself: Cleopatra. Cleopatra was touted as the most beautiful Queen to have ever lived, and it’s no wonder her beauty secrets have been revered for centuries. Cleopatra has inspired legions of fans and even the creation of OROGOLD Cosmetics.
Cleopatra would write her beauty recipes and secrets down on papyrus and form them into scrolls. Many years later, these scrolls were discovered – along with all of the wonderful beauty tricks and tips she had to offer.
It is with great pleasure we bring you some of those secrets today, in this article on Ancient Egyptian Beauty Secrets and their revelation.
Milk & Honey
Milk and honey have long been considered essential to moisturizing the skin. Cleopatra would take a daily goat milk bath and incorporate honey into the water with the milk. Goat’s milk contains alpha-hydroxy components as well as capryllic acids, both known for sloughing away dead skin, and allowing new skin cell generation. Aside from that, the milk itself is incredibly moisturizing and works with the honey to cleanse and renew the skin. Add 3 cups of goats milk, ½ cup of honey, and (optional) 5 tbsp. of almond oil or olive oil to running bathwater, and voila! Instantaneous moisturized skin in a snap.
Olive Oil, Frankincense and Myrrh
Cleopatra was known to use olive oil in her hair along with Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils mixed in to perfume her hair, and moisturize it. This will also keep dandruff away as well. Simply use olive oil as a pre-wash to your shampoo, and don’t use conditioner that day. It works fantastic – and if you want to add the essential oils for an authentic fragrance we suggest you go for it! Frankincense and Myrrh are revered as sacred and holy in some cultures and religions. They were also extremely expensive in ancient Egyptian times and were used by the wealthy and powerful.
Sea Salt Body Scrub
Many wealthy and powerful women of ancient Egypt used a body scrub made from salt obtained from the Dead Sea. You can get the same treatment today by utilizing 2 heaping tablespoons of sea salt and 3 tablespoons of a heavy cream (food grade, unflavored) and mixing together. Scrub your body in circular motions gently with the mixture and allow it to sit on your skin for 5-10 minutes. Rinse, and be amazed at the gorgeous, super soft skin you will have.
Moisturizing Face Cream
Cleopatra herself kept her youthful appearance by applying a special face cream she had made every day. The cream consists of 2 tablespoons of aloe vera juice, 6 drops of rose essential oil, 1 tablespoon of almond or olive oil, and 2 spoons of beeswax. Simply heat the beeswax in a pan (or even in the microwave) until melted, followed by the aloe juice and rose oil and almond or olive oil. Mix well, and store in a glass jar in your refrigerator for up to one week. You can use this cream daily to moisturize your skin and provide a fantastically smooth and soft complexion.
White Clay Facial Mask
This is one of the most well-known secrets from Cleopatra’s scrolls, and is what is believed to have kept her skin in such good condition and so utterly beautiful. Cleopatra would use a white clay mask very frequently, cleaning her skin of impurities and toxins, and refreshing her appearance in the process. White clay is also known to rid the skin of acne problems.
You can make a very similar recipe at home with 2 tablespoons of kaolin white clay powder, 2 tablespoons of whole milk or cream, 1 tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of olive oil. Mix all of the ingredients together, and apply to your face and neck. Allow the mask to sit on your face for 10-15 minutes, and then rinse away. Your skin will feel pure, fresh, and soft. You can use this mask 1-2 times per week.
While this is just a small bit of the incredible beauty tips we can take from Ancient Egypt, there will be more to come. We hope you enjoy these recipes and ideas, and use them every day to have the most beautiful skin around!
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