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THE SECRETS OUT: ANCIENT EXOTIC BEAUTY
Health & Wellbeing writer
Pour a splash of exotic all over your body with some Ancient beauty secrets, you’ll be as ripe as a passion fruit and as fresh as a gooseberry this summer, writes Sophie Kalinauckas
With summer in our not so far sights, we’re already thinking about our new, seasonal beauty look; the glowing skin of Africa, the vivacious hair of Asia and the plump lips of the Europe; with holidays on our minds the exotic look seems like the wanted look on every ‘body’s’ lips! If we head back to the past, we can find essential Ancient wisdom which has inspired our beauty habits throughout history. Beauty products are often a blend of science and creativity but there are few natural ingredients which never let us down so we continue to borrow them; if we look back history teaches us that organic beauty is the way forward. Our beauty heroines of the past have taught as many on-going tricks of the trade such as Cleopatra and her heavy black eyeliner and Nefertiti’s flawless eyebrows so let’s dive back into history and explore some more Ancient beauty secrets with exotic beauty oils, hair oils, anti-ageing oils and antioxidants for the skin.
Tamanu Oil is actually known as the Ancient skin healer, originating from the Tamanu trees of tropical countries of Thailand, Malaysia, South India and the Melanesian Islands of Vanuatu it has been used for thousands of years as a skin rejuvenator. The fragrant oil is stored secretly inside the natural kernels of the nut found inside the fruit of the Tamanu Tree. Traditional natives would use Tamanu Oil to treat any skin issue from ulcers, cuts, rashes, to insect bites, stings, sores and sunburn. The tropical oil was regarded as medicine for native users but also had an everyday use as a deodorant due its pecan ice-cream like aroma.
Modern research has further proven Tamanu Oil’s organic beauty benefits as a healer for skin conditions. Beauty experts have claimed its anti-inflammatory characteristics and its ability to boost the formation of brand new skin tissue. The oil seeps deep into your skin tissues to promote this new growth. This traditional, tropical oil is an exotic anti-ageing ingredient which will leave you glowing healthy with literally younger skin. How more exotic can you get than using oil picked from the exotic trees of South East Asia and trying a Tamanu facial to create a soothe and sumptuous glow.
Passion Seed Oil is found from the beautifully exotic seeds of the Passionflower plant and has an abundance of beauty and skin benefits. The oil is rich in vitamins and potassium which are the golden ingredients for nourishing the skin. It has anti-bacterial characteristics too which means it is particularly healing for skin conditions such as acne. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory and a natural anti-itch which means it further can benefit irritated skin. Passion Seed Oil comes from the word Maracuja which originates from the Amazon; it has been used for centuries by the Aztec civilisation for healing and medicine in the heart of the rainforest. Its Ancient healing powers go beyond just beauty benefits as it can help aid sleep, boost relaxation and decrease anxiety.
Probably its most common benefit is its emollient property which means it can be used as an excellent light moisturiser. It penetrates readily into the skin and acts as barrier to stop any moisture leaking out. In this way, it keeps skin hydrated without leaving it greasy. Try just a few drops of the oil in your hands, rubbing it gently onto your face. You can try a full on facial by combining it with coconut oil to slightly dilute it. It will provide an abundance of antioxidants for the skin and will leave you with a fresh exotic radiance. What’s more it can act as a moisturiser for your hair and nails too.
Looking to another exotic, tropical tree there is wealth of beauty benefits from the Amalaki, the Indian Gooseberry. The name comes from the Hindi word Amla which means sour and is used to described the Indian fruit tree of the sour-tasting gooseberries. Amalaki is Sanskrit and it is often nicknamed as the ‘mother’ or the ‘nurse’ which is representative of its healing qualities. The Indian Gooseberry has been used for thousands of years in Asian medicine because of its main ingredient Chyavanprash which can be described as a nutritive jam filled with high concentrations of vitamin C. For the exotic look Amalaki can be used to promote healthy and beautiful hair.
Amalaki was traditionally used to maintain natural hair colour and can work wonders for a variety of hair insecurities for example it prevents dandruff and premature greying and also stops hair from malting or falling out. It also boosts a natural shine, and nourishes hair from the root to the tip which means it enhances softness throughout. This is due to its abundance of fatty acids which work to keep hair strong and nourished. Why not try a conditioning treatment and mix Amalaki with yoghurt and gently wash it out after a shampoo and watch your locks transform.
The power of the Baobab super-fruit is another one to know about! The African ‘feel good fruit’ is packed with vitamin C, six times more than an orange and is full to the brim with potassium and magnesium. What makes it so super is that is has the highest number of antioxidants in a fruit in the world. The fruit is picked from the Baobab Tree of Africa which has been growing for thousands of years and is nicknamed the African Tree of Life because it is known to be one of the longest living trees on earth. The Baobab Tree stands as a defining icon in the bushland of Africa and is the reason behind the glowing, youthful skin of the African communities. It is the powder from the fruit which dries on the trees which is extracted and has been digested and used as part of an African diet for as long as remembered.
Your digestive health is strongly linked to your skin’s condition. This is why the powder is so powerful as it works from the inside out, it literally feeds the skin from the inside. It offers a package of vitamins, potassium, antioxidants and essential fatty acids which provide superior nutrition when you take it internally. You can add it to smoothies or a bowl of cereal, as a tropical tang topping and your’ll be feeling more and more exotic which eat mouthful.
Try these top 4 Ancient secrets from tropical trees and exotic lands and transform into an exotic goddess with gorgeous hair and glowing skin.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you Emiliano for your comment. In this blog we are referring more to oils, more so than butters and while we agree with you Shea is an excellent emollient for hair, it's consistency is more buttery and it is used more as a leave-in remedy to smooth hair texture. We have suggested Coconut oil as it helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturises and removes build-up around your hair follicles to encourage hair growth and is one of base oils always used in Ayurveda for hair treatments. As this post is more focused for hair and not for skin, the comedogenic scale applies to skin/pores and not hair follicles. Thank you again for your feedback.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Hello Zu, yes hair loss can be very stressful and this in turn amplifies the cause almost.. Perhaps with Covid, your system may have been depleted of nutrients and fighting the virus can take its toll on your immune system, so sometimes our hair and skin suffer when we have been ill. We really believe in oils for scalp massage as the best way to revive the growth and help regenerate the follicles. It may be also worth at looking at internal supplements and making sure you are getting enough of omega oils, perhaps plant based such as nuts and seeds in your diet. For external oil treatment, would recommend the Really Good Hair oil which we create with Brahmi, this herb is known to help bring the scalp back to health and improve growth. Biotin is also a good vitamin to take as a supplement to help with hair growth so do look into that. So hope these tips will be helpful for you.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you for your very informative article. I suffered COVID in December, 2020, and in February I started experience extreme hair loss and all my hair jus falls like a person who is under going Chemo therapy. It's very depressing. Had to cut off all my hair and even the little that is left is falling off daily not sure what to do. Please suggest something.
- Carrot Oil for Face Hello :) You can use carrot oil only in small drops on your skin in the morning/during the day since it is highly potent. Carrot oil is rich in vitamins and is a very effective moisturiser. You can also mix a few drops of Carrot Oil with your favorite face cream. You can do that at least twice a week or include it in your daily skincare routine. Hope this helps.
- Carrot Oil for Face Can I use the carrot oil in the day time? Because I am using Vitamin c serum in the night. Please advise. Thanks