[caption id="attachment_1835" align="alignleft" width="300"] Ancient Greeks were the first to use honey for beauty treatments[/caption]
Believe it or not, some of the most effective beauty remedies can be prepared by simply using what you already have in your kitchen. Items such as honey, yogurt, herbs, milk, sea salt and olive oil have been used to create many beauty products for the face and body. In fact, the Ancient Greeks tried out some of the following.
Greeks were apparently the first people to have ever used honey as a beauty product. Honey has anti-inflammatory properties and works extremely well to remove dead skin cells. It also draws in moisture, making it perfect for face masks, creams, and lotions. Greeks used honey not only in face packs but in body scrubs too. Mixed with olive oil, milk, and herbs, such as rosemary, it makes a luxurious scrub for a soft, glowing skin.Herbs
The ancient Greeks made the loveliest herbal infusions, by seeping the herbs and flowers in vinegar and then creating a mixture using beeswax. They were able to use this on their face and body and often used beeswax for hair removal too.
[caption id="attachment_1836" align="alignright" width="300"] A milk bath may not be top on your list of beauty treatments, but it is good for your skin[/caption]
Milk is one of our everyday items which we use in our kitchens and Greeks used it to cleanse their skin and keep it supple and soft. The women would bathe in bathtubs filled with either goat or cow's milk. Milk baths were often taken before religious ceremonies and other important events. It is, however, not common at all nowadays for women to have a milk bath, although milk is sometimes used in lotions and to treat sunburn.
Yogurt works well to nourish the skin and provide relief from sunburn, keeping it soft. It was used by the ancient Greek women and is still used by us today. Yogurt masks are great, and it's easy to make your own. You can mix your yogurt with honey, olive oil or herbs, or even use it on its own. Used for only two weeks, one can see some significant results.
Olives or olive oil
We use olives not only in our diets but also for our beauty routines, which are rich in minerals and have antifungal and anti-bacterial properties. We, of course, were the first to use them for our beauty products to assist in preventing aging and moisturizing the skin. Olive oil is amazing as a natural moisturizer and also has antioxidant properties, which are perfect for treating dry and dehydrated skin. It has also been effective in regenerating skin cells, and for treating split ends.
[caption id="attachment_1837" align="alignleft" width="300"] Sea salt is rich in minerals and if you haven't tried a sea salt scrub yet, you're missing out.[/caption]
Sea salt can be used as a natural exfoliator. Use it on rough skin, or dry, damaged skin to give you a more radiant complexion. Mix it with some olive oil which creates a face peel to remove blackheads and dead cells. This will rejuvenate your skin nicely, as the minerals keep it nourished. Sea salt was often used by the ancient Greeks, who had access to plenty of it, being so close to the seaside.
What is it that's made Greek women so beautiful? Well, some may say that taking hot baths in bathhouses is one of our beauty secrets. It is true that steam is good for the pores, as it opens them to remove toxins, and it is done so naturally. Ancient Greek women were not able to use the public baths but had bathhouses and even private baths in their villas.