Every culture has it’s own traditional beauty secrets, and the Arab world is no different. The Middle East is known for thick dark glossy hair, eyelashes for miles and eyebrows that would make Brooke Shields jealous
It is a place where opulence is the norm.
Famous Arabian beauties; who boast at least partial Arab descent, include: Huda Kattan of Huda Beauty, Bella and Gigi Hadid and Shakira.
So here are the top secrets that will have you at belly dancer status in no time.
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Rose water has been used for eons in Arabian cuisine, namely sweets.
But, rose water also has uses as a gentle toner known to give brightness and moisture as well as having anti inflammatory properties.
Just dab some on a cotton ball and use as you would your regular toner.
Or use on hair to calm an irritated itchy scalp, and to treat mild dandruff.
Basically just bathe in it and call it a day.
Can’t get enough of those roses? Here are some sunnies to match:
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A natural moisturizer, as all oils, use sparingly as it can clog pores.
Mix with essential oils as a carrier oil, or use as a deep treatment for hair and cracked heels or elbows.
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Henna is not only used for decorative purposes as shown above.
Although decorative henna has become quite mainstream recently, and comes in a variety of colours for a temporary tattoo effect that fades naturally.
It can also be used on hair as a natural colourant, which is actually good for your hair. Win, win.
Feeling the decorative opulence that is Arabia, look no further, these Jimmy Choo sunnies channel it perfectly:
Food Face Masks
Today's #showusyourstash is masks – i love the ritual of masking but I'm not convinced of the actual results. Part of my current Marie Veronique / Kristina Holey regime is masking with yoghurt and mung beans or yoghurt with turmeric and lemon and tbh I'm probably as happy with the results as I am some £60 mask. However, as I said it's the whole experience isn't it – it's the very clever marketing of ladies like May Limdstrom that have sold us the importance of "self care" and "me time" having no limit to its cost. Clever marketing or absolute truth? It certainly makes me happy – so I'm willing to buy into it – quite literally 💸 talking of which I've just realised my May Lindstrom masks aren't in this pic – for some reason I have always kept them in a separate place – as if their luxury deserves its very own shelf 😀 First pic are masks with the lids off and the mixing of a mask. Second pic all my masks I have open (apart from the May Lindstrom) and lastly me with this mask on my coupon! And can I just add that I don't understand the whole mascara and looking good with a face mask on – I mean how do you wash it off without your mascara going everywhere? So yeah – just me in my pjs, hair unbrushed, wearing a face mask 😱 #facemasks #facemask #diyfacemask #hisforlove #yuli #deciem #nealsyard #moss #mosskincare #yoghurtfacemask #isunskincare #joshrosebrook #skincarechallenge #skincareaddict #mahalo #skinessence
Yoghurt, lemon, turmeric, and even spices like cayenne can be used to make natural face and hair masks.
Steep cayenne pepper in coconut oil for a week, strain the pepper out, and use to promote hair growth.
Use lemon sparingly or diluted on darkened skin to lighten it (underarms or knees for example).
Yogurt is a great natural remedy for sunburns among other things, and turmeric can be used to soothe skin inflammation and acne.
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Castor oil can be used to promote hair growth, and is commonly used on eyelashes and eyebrows to condition and thicken.
Protect those growing lashes with these pretty pink sunnies:
Natural Kojol, Kajal, Kohl, or however you choose to write it, in it’s purest form is made out of non toxic ingredients, and is actually healthy for the eyes.
It is also known to fend off eye infections and promote healthy dark lashes.
Match your blackest night waterline with these luxurious sunglasses, as black goes with everything:
Cupping is the practice of bringing blood to the surface of the skin through suction to promote circulation.
Several variations exist, some where blood is let, to release toxins.
However extreme you want to go with cupping, when preformed by a licensed practitioner, or yourself with some miniature plastic suction cups, designed specifically for use on the face, it is known for its anti-aging properties and rejuvenation.
Sugaring & Threading
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Threading is is a form of hair removal using, you guessed it, thread.
It is usually used for facial hair, namely upper lips and eyebrows, as it is a precise art.
Sugaring is generally reserved for the remainder of the body, using a sticky mixture of sugar, lemon and water, hair is removed in strips.
It also removes dead skin cells, leaving skin smooth and hair free.
Frame those perfectly plucked eyebrows with these bejeweled sunnies:
Learn more about Arabian princess: Huda Beauty owner and blogger extraordinaire Huda Kattan
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