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Ancient beauty hacks found in your cupboard

BY SYDNEY SAVAGE

  1. Cleansing Oil

To many people, the idea of slathering oil on their faces sounds like a nightmare waiting to happen. However, cleansing oils can be used on any skin type. Two-step cleansing with oil has been prevalent in Asian beauty regimes since the 14th century. Regular and water-based cleansers are not capable of fully stripping the days grime off your face. In an interview with Health.com, dermatologist Arielle Nagler of the NYU Langone Medical Center notes “The theory behind oil cleansers is that they’re thought to remove bad excess oil because they have similar chemical properties as skin oil, which allow them to interact.” They are specifically designed to emulsify when mixed with warm water to properly pull out the surface level oil-based products that have been sitting on the face all day. However, it must be followed up with a regular cleanser to reap the benefits.

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    2) Green Tea

Green tea and matcha have long been attributed to healthy and glowing skin. Whether consumed through the skin or by drinking, this green tea beverage is essential to gaining a better complexion. Green tea is loaded with polyphenols called catechins which are filled with antioxidants and are the reason the beverage has been used in Asian culture for decades. In an interview with Marie Claire, Kimberly Snyder, Los Angeles clinical nutritionist and author of The Beauty Detox Solution said, “Polyphenols are another antioxidant plentiful in green tea and can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting our cells from ageing and other diseases.”

Just a few of its benefits include:

         Anti-inflammatory

They help to reduce inflammation and redness. It can also help those who struggle with rosacea.

        Antibacterial

The same polyphenols that help with inflammation also have antibacterial properties which help to treat acne and unclog pores as well as fight against infection.

       Essential Vitamins

Green tea is packed with both vitamin B2 and vitamin E. B2 is essential for maintaining collagen levels in the skin and E is perfect for encouraging skin cell growth.

The nice thing about using green tea is that you can pick it up almost anywhere at a decent price and create a vitamin-packed everyday toner. Simply boil two cups of water, add two tea bags, let cool, then dunk a cotton pad into the liquid and dab all over the face.

Green tea infused beauty products:

3) Rice Water for skin and hair

Washing hair with rice water has been a well-known practice throughout Asia for centuries. In fact, the women of the Huangluo Village, in Guangxi Province, in China, are known for having extremely long luscious hair long into their 80s. The reason for their incredible locks can be attributed to the rice rinse they have used since the Heian Period (794-1185). What makes rice special? Rice water is filled with vitamin E, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants which aid in strengthening hair follicles and firming of the skin. Making rice water at home is extremely cheap, easy, and can be used as both a hair rinse or face toner. Throw half a cup of uncooked rice in a bowl, add 2-3 cups of water, let soak for 30 minutes then strain. You can either rinse your hair with the mix or use over five days as a toner.  

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Sydney Savage

Sydney is a journalism student at Sheridan College. Her last name has been linked to Nordic Vikings, however, she is actually quite nice and has decided not to follow in her ancestor’s barbaric lifestyle. She lives a quiet life with her cat and Indie music collection.

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