Whether it is the 2010s or the 1400s, the concept of physical beauty and grooming is seemingly as old as time itself. From ancient times to the modern days, people have this almost innate need to improve themselves in terms of what they look like and try to adhere to current beauty standards as much as possible. Although admittedly, everyone is beautiful in their unique ways, beauty-related rituals will always be a big part of human nature!
So, let’s talk about these ancient rituals and just how effective they are!
You may have seen the iconic Elizabeth Taylor and her portrayal of Cleopatra who often enjoyed taking milk baths infused with saffron and flower petals. Surprisingly, this wasn’t to showcase the power of the Queen but to portray a beauty ritual that was common back then. The lactic acid in the milk aided the exfoliation of the skin and saffron worked as a broad-spectrum treatment for many conditions. However, it is very difficult to obtain saffron today since the prices have gone up drastically. The spice is native to the lands of Spain and Kashmir where it has a time-sensitive harvesting process and the yield is quite low.
2. Rose Oil
Saffron milk baths are only one of the examples, with another example being rose oil, which, like any other fashion style, is making a comeback into the beauty world despite being a part of the Middle East’s heritage for over 2000 years. Now, western beauty companies have begun incorporating this oil because it’s loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help in keeping the skin soft, tackle inflammation, and calm itchy skin.
Turmeric also makes this list as one of the beauty products that have been used for thousands of years in Asia but is being discovered now by the West. Turmeric is known for its immunity-boosting capabilities and the fact that it serves as a great antioxidant containing vitamin C and E. Turmeric has been a key beauty ingredient amongst Pakistani, Indian, and Bangladeshi women. In the subcontinent, there even exists a wedding-related party called ‘Haldi’ which translates to Turmeric.
Is it time that we start taking advice from the East? Yes, it is!