In the Middle East, beauty secrets are passed down from mother to daughter for centuries. Beauty rituals are about appreciating the value of old, natural-based practices that have lasted the test of time—because they work!
With International Women’s Day approaching, we would like to recognize and honor the beauty secrets passed down through generations by our mothers and grandmothers.
We know that henna is still used to adorn the hands and legs of brides in South Asia and the Middle East to this day. Similarly, it is frequently used as a hair dye. In contrast to chemical dyes, henna does not damage your hair permanently; rather, it strengthens, adds texture, enhances luster, and can even aid in fending off dandruff. However, it is advisable that you follow the treatment with a coconut oil hair mask to prevent the hair from becoming dry.
Arab women have used rose water as a beauty ingredient for thousands of years. It was used by the Ancient Egyptians to counteract the signs of aging, and Cleopatra herself encouraged its usage among her handmaidens. Who does not remember having a spray bottle of rose water in their bathroom or fridge to spray on at night and in the morning? With its distinct scent, Rosewater was the original and go-to toner for our mothers before the introduction of other varieties of toners.
Rosewater is exceptionally good for the skin: it balances pH levels on the skin’s surface, lowers inflammation/redness that could cause breakouts, controls oil production without drying out your face, and even treats scars!
Benefits from the Middle East’s seven seas have always been part of the beauty regimen of Middle Eastern women seeking natural remedies. The Dead Sea in Jordan presents an exciting destination for skin enthusiasts, where the use of the black mud potent in minerals helps absorb any excess oil, dirt, or toxins on the skin. Also, Arabian women utilized sea salt to give their skin a luminous glow. They used it to exfoliate and massage their skin, enhancing circulation and reducing inflammation. This is one of the beauty tricks that modern-day ladies still utilize to maintain the beauty standards established by ancient Arabia’s queens and passed down through the generations.
Made from the kernels of the argan tree and is often referred to as “liquid gold.” Argan oil is abundant in Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Omega 6, and Omega 9 and is a sought-after ingredient in many skin products. This miraculous serum soothes and hydrates your skin without clogging your pores. It also stimulates cell turnover; therefore, it’s frequently used to restore dry or damaged hair and diminish the look of scars and stretch marks. Before it was incorporated into many products, mothers slathered this oil over their children’s locks ever since they had hair! This is why many Arab women attribute the thickness and health of their hair to their mothers’ regular hair oiling ritual.
Most Arab women grew up with these beauty secrets and still continue to use them until this day because they know they work beautifully, and it’s a given that mothers know best always!