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It has often been known that Pharaohs are the creators of several beauty products, including kohl. I’ve decided to take a step back into our history and dig a little deeper to discover what our ancestors used as skincare products, since they didn’t have the luxuries of buying products from Clinique or The Body Shop. Going back to the basics, you can use your everyday cooking material, such as oil, for face masks that'll make your skin shine! Pro tip: if you can't find these ingredients in a regular supermarket then you can nab all of them at your friendly neighbourhood 3attar (spice shop).
Lemon Chamomile Sugar Scrub
This scrub is great for acne-prone skin; however, can be used for all skin types. It tones, hydrates, and exfoliates. First, mix half a cup of organic sugar and a teabag of chamomile tea into a bowl. In another bowl, mix two tablespoons of olive oil, one tablespoon organic honey, juice and zest from one organic lemon, and five drops of vitamin E oil. Pour the liquid into the other bowl with the sugar and stir. Any left overs can be refrigerated for about two weeks.
Scar Healing Cream
Frankincense oil mixed with fresh juice is probably one of the best combos for creating anti-scar cream; however, it can be used for other skin complaints. The ingredients should be equally measured and applied daily: frankincense, moringa oil, and fruit juices. Another way to create anti-scar cream is to add one quarter of a cup of whipped coconut oil and 10-12 drops of frankincense and blend together. My tip: store it in the fridge.
One teaspoon of sweet almond oil and two drops of essential oil of frankincense is all you need to create anti-wrinkle cream. Apply to the cleansed face nightly with a gentle massage for your face to absorb. Also, you can add a drop of Rose Attar, to heal and strengthen facial skin.
All you need is 1/3 cup of coconut oil, one tablespoon beeswax, and five drops lavender oil. First, melt the coconut oil and beeswax together on the stove. Then, after it's melted, add the lavender oil and remove from the stove. Leave it for a while to cool down. Using an electric mixer, whip the cooled lotion, and voila!
Chocolate Face Mask
Everyone can agree that chocolate is the tastiest sweet that will ever exist on planet Earth, but other than consumption, it has other beneficial properties. First, select chocolate that is at least 70 per cent cocoa. Mix one tablespoon of honey and one of chocolate, two teaspoons of ground oatmeal, and one tablespoon of yogurt. Leave it on your face for about 15 minutes and rinse off.
Milk Face Mask
Mix 1/4 cup of powdered milk and just about enough water to create a thick paste – be careful not to add too much water. Then, put a coat on your face and let dry; rinse with warm water. Your skin will feel smooth and refreshed!
Believe it or not, Pharaohs created toothpaste, and now you can too. You simply mix water and baking soda together and brush! However, don’t do it too often because it might damage your teeth's enamel. To enhance the toothpaste, you can add oil of myrrh (if you check toothpaste tubes, one of the main ingredients is myrrh). It’s clean and efficient, not only for your teeth, but for your gums as well. You can add some peppermint for a refreshing feel, as well! Simply wet your brush, dip it into the paste, and brush away.