We’re becoming a lot more concerned about our looks than we used to be. This can go hand-in-hand with a more health-and-fitness-conscious culture. That’s not to say we’re obsessed. Most women go through the day with their hair pulled back in a ponytail and minimal makeup.
Ancient Egypt, on the other hand, did seem to have a similar obsession with beautification. Cleopatra VII even wrote her beauty secrets down in a book. Perfume vials from Egypt adorn dressing tables even now. Egyptians also used Aloe Vera in most of their beauty treatments, a cosmetic practice we still follow today.
Constant bombardment by heat, pollution, and dust can wreak havoc on your skin. Egyptian women would combat some of these same skin problems with body oils. It gave them their renowned alabaster skin. In fact, oil was so important to the Egyptians, living as they did in dry desert heat that body oils were often given out as a portion of wages.
Egyptians also gave us a recipe for anti-wrinkle cream. Mix 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil, with 2 drops of Rose Attar or Frankincense oil. Massage this solution gently into your skin for about 5 minutes every night to be sure it’s absorbed into your pores. Leave it on overnight, and then wash it off in the morning to help prevent unsightly wrinkles from forming.
Almond oil was a staple of Egyptian cosmetics. Both bitter and sweet oils provide excellent skin care, having the ability to reduce bags and puffiness under your eyes and prevent the formation of crows-feet. Not only does an oil massage improve skin health, but also is also great for hair. A little coconut and almond oil rubbed into your hair and washed away after about an hour can give your hair a bright shine and healthy, beautiful look.
If you’re looking for a simple, natural fragrance, try sweet almond oil. After a bath or shower, take a teaspoon of the oil and mix it into a cup of water. Pour this sweet-smelling mixture onto your body as a post-bathing beauty step. It can improve your skin and leave you smelling wonderful.