The Ancient Egyptians were known for their mastery of the arts, occult, sciences, and adornments. So it's no surprise that the Egyptians had some of the best beauty secrets that still hold to this day. Both men and women luxuriated in makeup, perfume, and beauty rituals they believed magnified not only their appearance but also possessed metaphysical benefits and powers.
The people of ancient Kemet (modern-day Egypt) infused nature and natural ingredients into almost all of their beauty routines. And thanks to the symbols and carefully preserved remains, many of those recipes have become more accessible over the years. Take a look at how the Nubian Royalty kept themselves looking great more than 5,000 years ago:
A Milk & Honey Blend
This mixture was prevalent in ancient times. Milk and honey were combined to create a face mask and body wash. Not only do they leave your skin feeling soft, but they also ensure it remains healthy, clean, and moisturized.
A Milk Bath
Additional to blending it with honey, milk was used on its own in bath rituals. It’s was thought that Cleopatra frequently took milk baths as part of her skincare treatment to rejuvenate her skin. You can make the recipe with powdered milk, dried orange peel, dried lavender flowers, and dried rosemary. Blend all the ingredients, add it to warm water in the bathtub, and immerse your body for 20 minutes. You can use the same method with milk, honey, and 5 drops of pure lavender essential oil due to soft and silky skin.
The Powerful Almond Oil and Castor Oil
These two oils were a vital part of the Ancient Egyptian beauty regimen as they advanced hair growth. Castor oil, along with sesame and moringa oils, was applied to fight wrinkles.
Red Ochre as a Natural Dye
Kemetic women often used this natural dye as lipstick and cheek stain. The ochre was ground finely and mixed with water then applied with a brush to the lips and face.
Olive Oil Soap
Ancient Egyptians created soap paste out of olive oil to cleanse the body. It plays an immense role in healing damaged skin. While creating your olive oil soap at home isn’t exactly an easy process, you can purchase it from local stores that sell all-natural products.
Sugaring is a term used to describe a natural method of hair removal. While it’s still popular today, it was first used by Ancient Egyptians. The hair removal solution is created by mixing sugar, lemon, and water to form a paste that removes hair without sticking to the skin.
Ancient Egyptian beauty secrets didn’t solely revolve around skincare routines. They also used natural ingredients when applying makeup, like using burnt almonds to fill in eyebrows.
Kohl, the Original Eyeliner
Kohl is one of the most well-known cosmetics attributed to Ancient Egyptians. It's made from heavy metals with a high concentration of lead salts before being processed for up to 30 days to create eyeliner. The low levels of lead in kohl protect the eyes from the sun and fight infections.
What beauty regimens do you practice or want to try? Comment below to share your routines!