Do you make heads turn wherever you go?! Yes, beauty has been a universal concern from time immemorial. Around the world and in India, ancient literature and culture has celebrated beauty in many art forms.
Has the concept of beauty changed over the years? If you look back at the past, you will see that the beauty industry has always existed. Care for the body and mind has been dealt with in ancient treatments around the world.
In ancient India, they had perfected the use of cosmetics – not just for aesthetic beauty, but for protection in hot climates.
Baths, using bathing pastes or mud were a ritual to firm the skin; milk and honey for silky smooth skin; facial masks to unclog pores; butter & barley for blemishes & pimples, and as a cleansing cream were common.
Aromatherapy. Among many beauty care regimens, aromatherapy facials have been done here for ages, for their calming and antioxidant benefits.
Body scrubs. An Indian wedding tradition is the ritual bridal showers where women are smeared with turmeric pastes and sandalwood. Both are rich in antioxidants and excellent at exfoliation. In South India, coconut milk is massaged on the body and hair, a highly moisturizing treatment. You can make your own Indian body scrub with ground chickpeas.
Massages. When kids are born in India, mother and child are given a full-body massage for 40 days — from head to toe — and then a warm bath to help the body recover. It tones the baby’s body and prevents the mother’s post-partum depression..
Special Oils like Argan Oil, apricot oil, cedarwood oil and many essential oils have been used for eons around the world to tone the body and mind and enhance inner beauty. Try some of them here, reinvented for you and curated by Natural Mantra!