For centuries, women around the world have tried and tested techniques and products to find the perfect solutions for beautiful hair, skin and nails. Grandmothers, mothers, friends, sisters, everyone has their routines—and many of us have passed along and shared our secrets over time.
What’s popular in one region or land may be completely unheard of in others. But that doesn’t mean the knowledge has to stay confined to a particular part of the globe. Here’s a rundown of some of the most popular beauty secrets from around the world. The simplicity of some of them just might surprise you!
Coconut oil is a must-have item that Brazilian women swear by. It helps return moisture to skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles when used regularly. For hair, coconut oil is an excellent conditioner or hair mask/treatment. Apply pure organic, unrefined coconut oil to your skin and hair for a mega moisture boost. Here at MyChelle we use coconut as an eco-friendly, broad-spectrum preservative with bactericidal actions, as well as for its hydrating benefits. You will also find this awesome ingredient in the Apple Brightening Cleanser, Fabulous Eye Cream, Fruit Enzyme Cleanser, Fruit Enzyme Scrub, Hydrating Cactus Mask, Pumpkin Renew Cream, Revitalizing Night Cream and Supreme Polypeptide Cream just to name a few!
Acai, which is known as the “super berry,” is rich in vitamins B1, B2, B3, C and E. In Belize, women not only eat these berries, they’re a part of their skincare routines. Delicious as they are, it’s the nutritional benefits of these berries that are truly incredible. They contain antioxidant said to be more than 30 times stronger than those found in red wine! When applied topically, acai can help detoxify the skin, improve cellular regeneration and balance healthy lipids.* You’ll find acai berries featured in the MyChelle Pumpkin Renew Cream, Tropical Skin Smoother and G2 Instant Firming Serum.
It’s all about argan oil in this part of the world. The argan tree is indigenous to southern Morocco, and the argan fruit kernel (where the oil comes from) is rich in poly-unsaturated fatty acids including linoleic acid and omega-6, as well as natural tocopherols (vitamin E). Argan oil is nourishing, regenerating and protective, with free radical-fighting benefits for preventive and anti-aging effects. Women in Morocco slather argan oil on their faces, bodies and even throughout their hair. If you want to add argan oil to your routine, try the MyChelle Advanced Argan Oil which is USDA certified organic and perfect for giving the skin a luminous glow.
Women all over various countries throughout Africa use shea butter to soften their skin. Shea butter is extracted from the nut of the African shea tree and is a thick, cream-colored substance that has natural soothing and moisturizing properties. You can apply pure shea butter directly to skin to alleviate dryness, relieve tightness and protect against free radical damage. Organic shea butter is an ingredient in Fabulous Eye Cream, Deep Repair Creams and Revitalizing Night Creams.
Japanese women take wonderful care of their skin. To achieve a well-rested appearance, they make ice cubes from green tea to diminish dark circles and puffiness around the eyes. The cooling effect of the ice reduces swelling, while the green tea—naturally rich in caffeine—brightens the under eye area. This is an easy DIY treatment anytime you need a quick pick me up. Also consider incorporating green tea into your regular routine. For bright, beautiful eyes, apply a pearl-size amount of the Magnolia Fresh Eyes under your eyes on a daily basis. A blend of peptides, plant extracts and green tea sheds light on even the darkest under-eye shadows.