Best Kept Beauty Secrets from Around the World

  • By RenewAlliance, Inc.
  • 06 Nov, 2015

Get gorgeous with these DIY tips from women in other countries.

Beauty secrets from around the world

Women in every country have beauty secrets and traditions that they swear by and that have been passed down through generations. In America, most women look to pharmacies and cosmetics counters for skin and hair care solutions, but in other cultures, women often seek out beauty treatments in their cupboards.

If you’re wondering why Asian women have such clear complexions, or how Latina women get their long, lustrous locks, there’s no need to pull out your passport to find out. Check out these beauty tips and tricks from around the globe for the lowdown.

Use avocado mask for soft, shiny hair.

Colombia: Use avocado mask for soft, shiny hair

Avocados are a super food and also a great way to keep your hair looking super smooth and healthy. Colombian women use avocado hair mask to moisturize their hair. To make your own avocado hair mask, mash avocado and combine it with two egg whites. Apply the mask to your hair, leave it in for 15 minutes, and then wash and condition your hair as usual. You’ll be amazed with the results!
Minimize stretch marks with camellia oil

China: Minimize stretch marks with camellia oil and cleanse your skin with rice water

Chinese women rub camellia oil into their skin in the morning and evening to prevent and treat stretch marks. Camellia is an evergreen shrub with rose-like flowers. Its seeds produce high quality oil that reduces trans-epidermal water loss and moisturizes the skin. Studies have also shown that camellia oil stimulates the growth of dermal fibroblast cells, which aid in collagen growth.

Chinese women also use antioxidant-rich rice water to cleanse and soften their skin. Before you cook rice, you can rinse the rice, place it in a bowl, and then cover it with water. Let the rice soak for 15 minutes. Drain the rice using a colander and save the water in a clean bowl. Splash the water on your face and massage it into your skin for about a minute. Your skin will feel soft and radiant. You can store the rice water in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days.
Get rid of dark under-eye circles with potato slices.

Spain: Get rid of dark under eye circles with potato slices

In addition to being an essential ingredient in Spanish cuisine, potatoes are also effective in combating dark circles under the eyes. Spanish women put raw potato slices over their eyes for about 15 minutes to minimize the appearance of dark circles. Raw potatoes contain natural bleaching agents that make dark under eye circles disappear over time if used on a regular basis. 
Soothe sunburns with oatmeal.

Brazil: Soothe sunburns with Oatmeal

Brazilian women are known the world over for their sun-kissed beach bods. But spending too much time on the beach can also lead to unsightly sunburns if one isn’t careful. Oatmeal is the remedy of choice for sunburns in Brazil because it has an anti-inflammatory effect when mixed with bath water. To make an oatmeal bath, put oatmeal in gauze, twist it up, and then tie it over the tap. Let lukewarm water flow through the bag and then bathe in the water for at least 20 minutes to soothe your sunburn.

Moisturize your hair and skin with argan oil

Morocco: Moisturize your hair and skin with liquid gold, aka pure argan oil
Argan oil, also referred to as liquid gold, comes from the kernel of the argan tree, which is endemic to the argan forest of Morocco. The fruits of the argan tree are so nutritious that goats even climb the trees to eat the fruit. Moroccan women have taken advantage of pure argan oil’s benefits for centuries. Argan oil is rich in vitamins A and E as well as fatty acids. It eases inflammation and moisturizes the skin. The skin absorbs argan oil quickly, so it doesn’t leave an oily residue. Moroccan women also apply argan oil to their hair to make it softer, smoother, and silkier. One or two drops go a long way. 

Apply matcha green tea mask for bright, acne-free skin.

Japan: Apply matcha green tea mask for bright, acne-free skin and collagen mask for ‘red carpet’ radiance

Major beauty brands have long incorporated green tea in their formulations due to its proven ability to ward off wrinkles, acne, and age spots. Why not go straight to the source to reap the beauty benefits of green tea? To get bright skin and help treat acne, Japanese women mix matcha green tea powder with a little bit of water to create a paste and then use it as a mask. Green tea contains catechins that suppress acne-causing bacteria. It also has anti-inflammatory benefits and makes the skin moist and supple.

Another popular home skin treatment in Japan is collagen masks. Collagen facial masks are an important part of the Japanese home beauty ritual. Unlike the goop in a tube that most American women know as mask, Japanese collagen facial masks consist of a cotton sheet drenched in hydrolyzed marine collagen, hyaluronic acid, and a variety of other beneficial ingredients. Collagen facial masks instantly rejuvenate the skin and provide ‘red carpet’ radiance.

We hope you found these beauty secrets from around the world useful! They will give your skin and hair an amazing boost, yet they are hassle-free and 100% natural. Best of all, many of these treatments can be made with ingredients that are probably in your kitchen right now.

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By RenewAlliance, Inc. 30 Sep, 2016

Are you concern with thinning hair or hair loss? You are not alone. 

Besides wrinkles and sagging skin, hair loss and thinning hair are  the biggest concern for women and men. 

What you should know is, everyone sheds hair to some degree, but if you feel like your hair is shedding at an abnormal rate, you might be suffering from hair loss.

Contrary to popular belief, hair loss is not a disease that only affects the guys. Women actually make up 40% of hair loss sufferers, according to the American Hair Loss Association . Hair loss can be absolutely devastating for women. Losing your crowning glory may make you feel unattractive and hurt your self-esteem.

Collagen drinks are a boon for hair loss sufferers who are looking for ways to combat shedding and grow thicker, fuller hair. 

Collagen production in your body starts to decline as you age, and this makes your hair more vulnerable to breakage and loss. Taking a collagen supplement can help to replace lost collagen and increase your body’s hair-building proteins.


The Difference Between Hair Shedding and Hair Loss

 It’s normal to shed between 50 and 100 hairs per day. If you’ve been noticing more hairs on your hairbrush or pillow than usual, you might be suffering from telogen effluvium, which is characterized by excessive hair shedding. There are various factors that can cause telogen effluvium , including the following:

  • High stress levels
  • Giving birth
  • Losing 20 or more pounds
  • Undergoing surgery
  • Recovering from an illness, particularly one accompanied by a high fever

In most cases, your hair starts to grow back a few months after the stressful event has passed. Within six to nine months, the hair regains its usual thickness. This type of hair shedding is different from hair loss, which occurs when your hair stops growing altogether. The most common causes of hair loss include the following:

Some medications and treatments

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Harsh hair care products
  • Hairstyles that pull on the hair
  • Poor nutrition

If you’re suffering from hair loss, your hair will not grow back until you address the underlying cause. 

The good news is, you can  help prevent and treat hair loss by making a collagen supplement a part of your daily regimen.


The Connection Between Collagen and Hair Loss

 In February of 2016, a team of researchers in Japan discovered that decreasing collagen levels near hair follicle stem cells is linked to hair loss. The lack of this particular type of collagen, type XVII collagen, leads to the damage of hair follicle DNA. Scientists observed this phenomenon in mice that were 18 months old, which is the age at which mice start to lose their hair. Older mice have fewer, thinner hair follicles than younger mice. The study showed that hair loss was less common in aging mice that continued to produce collagen.

In mice that lack type XVII collagen, the damaged stem cells turn into skin cells and are sloughed off like dandruff. This leads to hair follicle shrinkage and hair loss. Scientists believe that the same mechanism applies to humans.

In a separate study of the human scalp, the Japanese researchers found that the hair follicles of women in their 50s and older were smaller than the hair follicles of women in their 30s and 40s. Scientists are excited about these findings because it could help them find the cure for baldness.


Collagen: The Secret Ingredient Offering Hope for Hair Loss

Collagen is well known for helping to restore a youthful complexion , but its benefits are more than skin deep. Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in the body that is essential to healthy skin, hair, and nails. Collagen is the building block of the hair and surrounds each strand, so it is key to your hair’s quality and structurally reinforces it. 

Hair is primarily made up of keratin protein , which your body produces most effectively when the blood supplies amino acids. To increase the supply of amino acids in your blood, you can take collagen supplements, which are absorbed into your small intestine. Hair follicle cells use these amino acids to produce keratin protein.

Collagen also increases blood circulation in your body. An increase in blood flow to your scalp is a great way to promote scalp and hair health. It ensures that your hair follicles get the nutrients they need and helps your hair grow faster.

As you age, your hair may become dry and coarse. Collagen can be used to treat dry, brittle hair by increasing the hair’s moisture levels and repairing split ends. Collagen can also reduce the appearance of gray hairs.


Prevent Hair Loss and Make Your Hair Thicker with a Collagen Drink

Multiple Taut® Premium Collagen Supplement users have commented that their hair feels much thicker, smoother, and shinier after taking the supplement. 

Taut Premium 13,000mg hydrolyze Collagen is formulated with patented technology and anti-aging ingredients most effective for delivering into the dermis layer of our skin, and kick-start the rebuilding process.

Within just weeks, you too can experience thicker fuller hair,  youthful skin, and stronger nails with Taut Premium Collagen . 

By RenewAlliance, Inc. 02 Sep, 2016

Anyone who’s interested in maintaining a youthful complexion and reducing wrinkles has likely heard of collagen supplements. Collagen is a protein that serves as a key building block in connective animal tissue. It is the most abundant protein in the human body.

The dermis, or inner layer of the skin, is made up of mostly collagen, which gives the skin its resilience, strength, and texture. Aging leads to the breakdown of collagen, causing wrinkles, sagging skin, and rough texture. By the time we reach 30 years of age, we stop producing collagen and our body loses collagen at a rate of 1-2% each year.

There are two types of supplements that stimulate collagen growth for skin: collagen builders consisting of key essential amino acids and ingestible hydrolyzed collagen.

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