Top 3 Beauty Rituals From The Old Word

Every time I go on Instagram I feel like I’m bombarded by new beauty trends that are so bizarre I just wonder… who even thought of that? From oil cleansing to dry brushing to even eating gummies for sun protection, we’ve investigated a lot of these beauty trends. But where do they come from? The truth is that so many beauty rituals making the rounds on social media lately seem like “trends,” yet they are actually ancient practices! Most beauty rituals have roots in the old world, and there is even a whole school of people who try to imitate Cleopatra’s beauty rituals. 

3 Ancient Beauty Rituals You Might Not Have Heard Of

We decided to have a look through old world beauty rituals and chose our top three to share with you!

 

1. Facial Steaming

Facial steaming is… well, pretty much what it sounds like. You treat yourself to a relaxing facial via steam from a boiling pot of water. Just lean your head over the pot as it begins to steam, feeling the steam enveloping your skin and soaking into your pores. To intensify, just place a towel over your head to keep the steam inside. 

For more targeted benefits from facial steaming, you can boil certain herbs, plants, and oils which will then infuse the steam. You can explore our steam blends here. Personally, I have fallen in love with the lemongrass and fennel steam blend. I have sensitive skin and I find that the lemongrass is great for calming my oily skin. The smell of the blend is both calming and invigorating!

2. Oil Pulling

Oil pulling may not seem so appetizing the first time you hear about it… it involves swishing oil around in your mouth for at least five minutes each day. Yum? Well, maybe not, but this 3,000 year old Ayurvedic practice is a beauty ritual that has stuck around for a good reason: It actually works! Recent dental studies have showed that oil pulling can reduce gingivitis, cavities, bad breath, and more. If you want whiter teeth, a brighter smile, and better breath, give oil pulling a go. The highest recommended oil is coconut oil for its antimicrobial properties!

3. Jade Rolling

Jade rolling might sound like some medieval torture practice, but it is actually an ancient beauty ritual making a comeback in recent years! Originating in ancient Chinese medicine, jade rolling involves a specially made roller (similar to a rolling pin) made of jade stone. 

The jade is rolled over the skin which is said to be able to draw out negative “chi.” Furthermore, it has many benefits for circulation and lymphatic drainage, and is particularly great to reduce puffy eyes!

Have you tried any of these old world beauty rituals? Would you? We are always looking for new (and old!) beauty rituals and would love to know your favorites!

 

Sarah Bence