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. 22 Mar, 2017
Bye-bye Botox. The new beauty secret on everyone’s lips right now is collagen. There’s always been pressure to be ageless in Hollywood, but today’s celebrities are nixing the usual topical remedies and invasive treatments in favor of collagen of the consumable variety. Collagen drinks have been popular in Japan for years, but they have started generating more buzz among women in the rest of the world, including the rich and famous.

What does it take to achieve glamorous looks and a youthful complexion worthy of the red carpet? Celebrities often have access to a team of hair and makeup pros who can glam them up at a moment’s notice, but they also cling to their fair share of anti-aging beauty secrets – collagen drinks being one of them.

The likes of Drew Barrymore, Lady Gaga, and the Kardashian sisters swear by these nutrient-rich beauty drinks. Below are some of the reasons why more and more celebrities are incorporating collagen drinks into their routine.

1.   Repair, strengthen, and rejuvenate skin with collagen

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It is a major structural protein, making up about 75% of our skin. Skin with healthy collagen levels looks smooth, plump, and youthful. After the age of 25, however, collagen production slows and you start to lose approximately 1.5% of your collagen each year. The breakdown of collagen causes the skin to get thinner and leads to the formation of wrinkles.

Collagen gives the skin its strength and smooth appearance, so it’s crucial to protect and promote collagen growth. The active collagen fragments in collagen drinks are absorbed into the bloodstream and distributed throughout the body and to the skin. Skin cells called fibroblasts produce collagen. 

Collagen drinks containing hydrolyzed collagen promote collagen synthesis by stimulating these fibroblasts to produce new collagen. Clinical studies shows ingesting 10,000mg a day for a period of 8 weeks help to increase skin thickness and collagen density, reduce wrinkles. See Clinical studies.

2.   Hydrolyzed collagen can be absorbed into the bloodstream, and stay in the dermis of our skin

In their natural state, collagen molecules are too big to penetrate the skin’s surface, so the effectiveness of many topical collagen products is limited. Collagen molecules are also too large for your body to absorb when ingested. The process of hydrolysis breaks collagen down into fragments that are small enough for your digestive enzymes to break down completely. Hydrolyzed collagen consists of small peptides with low molecular weight that are easily digested, absorbed, and distributed throughout the body.

 While traditional collagen serums only penetrate the top layer of the skin, hydrolyzed collagen is more easily absorbed by the body and can thus boost collagen in the deeper layers of the skin. A 1999 study published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Arthritis & Rheumatology showed that orally administered hydrolyzed collagen was digested and more than 90% of it was absorbed within 6 hours, with measurable accumulation in the skin and cartilage.

3.   Collagen drinks are better than powder or pills

Collagen supplements come in all forms, including tablets, capsules, chewables, softgels, powders, and even marshmallows. The problem with collagen pills and powders is that they could pass through your digestive system without being broken down. Pills are also hard for some people to swallow. Moreover, they typically contain fillers, binders, stabilizers, and chelating agents, making them less potent than liquid supplements.

The secret to success with collagen supplementation is taking collagen in liquid form. Collagen drinks are absorbed into your bloodstream faster than other supplements because the collagen is already dissolved in the liquid. Collagen drinks are also a lot more convenient than pills and powders. They come ready-made in small bottles that you can easily carry in your purse, so you can drink them on the go. No messes or mixing necessary.  Additionally, collagen drinks are a lot more potent than other collagen supplements, so you can get a higher dose of collagen.

4.   The higher the potency, the better

While there is no recommended daily allowance for collagen, high-end supplements typically contain more than 5,000mg of collagen. For maximum results, drinking a collagen supplement with at least 7,000mg of hydrolyzed collagen is recommended. Anything less than that simply isn’t potent enough. LAC Taut® Premium Collagen drink contains 13,000mg of hydrolyzed collagen per 1.7oz bottle,  which is two to six times the concentration of other collagen drink brands.

5.   There’s more to collagen drink benefits than meets the eye

In the first few weeks of taking a liquid collagen supplement, you might not notice any physical differences in your skin, but skin readings would suggest otherwise. Skin graphs showing the facial images of a 60 year old woman who drank one bottle of LAC Taut® Premium Collagen every night for the first 8 nights and then every other night after that showed a noticeable increase in skin thickness and hydration levels after just four weeks.   See results.