Beauty Secrets of Ancient Greece

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What are the natural beauty secrets of ancient Greece?

Did you know the women of ancient Greece wore different hairstyles to represent their marital status?

Married women would wear their hair tied up in a bun and then accessorise it with flowers or jewels. And single women would curl their hair and let it flow freely in order to attract men.

Whatever their beauty secret may be, there is a reason why beautiful Greek women are often called Greek goddesses.

Even today, many of these ancient methods are still used amongst Greek women today.

Here are 4 ancient Greek beauty secrets, and they’re all natural:

Olives:

The ancient Greeks worshipped olives for their numerous health benefits to the body, skin and hair. The oil was often applied all over the skin to protect against sun damage, which also forms a barrier for the skin, preventing pores from getting blocked with dirt. Even the leaves played a part in ancient beauty routines. The leaves were crushed to make a facial paste or mask for skin, which helped young women relieve their skin from spots or acne.

If smothering yourself in Olive Oil isn’t your thing, Clarins Total Cleansing Oil with Olive Oil is the perfect replacement.

Honey:

Unlike today’s trend of golden tanned skin and sun kissed faces, pale skin and rosy cheeks was the preferred look for ancient greek women. To obtain this look, honey was mixed with olive oil and applied to their skin. This was due to the bleaching and anti-bacterial properties honey had. This mixture was also used as a body wash and facial mask or cleanser, which helped women maintain a fairer complexion and also kept their skin acne free and clean.

Rather than smothering honey all over your face, we found a great replacement with just as many benefits: Antipodes Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Day Cream.

Lemons:

Used to lighten the hair, the women of ancient Greece applied lemon juice to their hair before taking a stroll through the garden in the sun. The sun’s rays would active natural bleaching properties of the lemon juice in the hair would then lighten their locks. The nutrients from the lemon juice would also add extra shine and protection for the hair, leaving it strong and healthy. Vinegar was also used in the hair, as it too lightened and strengthened hair.

The OGX Sun kissed Blonde Lemon Highlights Shampoo, used on dark hair with highlights or blonde hair, gives you the same result in modern times.

Mixed Herbs:

Like the Romans, the Greeks loved bathing in salt rich mineral baths, especially the women. Leaves from different plants, both floral and herbal, would be picked and dried before being added to their baths. The herbs and salt in the warm water was incredibly nutritional for the skin like camomile, which was used to help calm the skin. Red clover was often used for skin irritations and cinnamon was often added, as it would make your skin glow.

The Big Blue Bath Bomb by LUSH, filled with seal salt, lemon oil, lavender and kelp is the perfect modern alternative to create your own ancient Greek bath.

 

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Rebecca Wilkinson

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Say hello to Bondi Beauty's Beauty Columnist. Rebecca is a pescatarian, who may yet become vegan. She loves all things beauty, health & travel with a weakness for coffee. If she's not answering her mobile - it's probably because she's trying out the latest beauty craze like ice baths or rubbing smashed avo on her face. We know, what a waste of smashed avo. Reach out to her with your beauty questions.

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