A prominent make-up artist, Stephanie Flor has worked many red carpets and fashion shows, but her true passion is discovering beauty tips from around the world and sharing her experiences in Around the World Beauty.
"I wanted to discover a different perspective on beauty," says Flor. "I talked to women in more than 30 countries about their ingredients and participated in their rituals." Stephanie has kept a treasure trove full of proven beauty recipes and gratefully acknowledges the women she meets on her travels.
She shared with us some of her favorite global DIY beauty prescriptions, and we consulted with dermatologist Debra Jaliman. MD to find out exactly why these traditional treatments have passed the test of time from a scientific point of view.
Turmeric Mask, India
Turmeric is an integral part of Ayurvedic medicine and is used to make curries warm-hearted and slightly bitter, make milk tea and even treat inflammation – but it also works wonderfully on your face. "Turmeric contains antioxidants that slow down the aging process by protecting and toning your skin," says Jaliman. Turmeric may temporarily discolor the skin, so try it on a rainy weekend in.
The other ingredients in this mask are also very popular – honey is a natural moisturizer and has antimicrobial properties that help with irritation and acne while yoghurt cools and soothes the skin while moisturizing the skin and improving its brightness.
] Recipe: Mix a few tablespoons full-fat, simple Greek yogurt; a teaspoon of turmeric; and a teaspoon of honey until smooth. Apply the mixture to your face and leave for 10-15 minutes before rinsing.
2. Coffee Cellulite Scrub, Colombia
A cup of Joe may be more than the morning (yes, we're talking about asses here). Although there are no anti-cellulite miracle products, this exfoliant can temporarily give you a firmer, brighter back.
"It draws water from the skin and makes the skin appear less dimpled," explains Jaliman. Caffeine is a popular ingredient against cellulite, which is included in most expensive firming creams. Not only does this scrub save you cash, it also benefits from the exfoliating benefits of brown sugar particles and the nourishing, essential fatty acids found in coconut oil. "Your skin will be super soft – and you'll smell amazing!" Stephanie says. (And you'll probably also taste pretty sweet … just say).
Recipe: Grind half a cup of Colombian coffee beans quite finely (or crush them with a mortar and pestle). Add two tablespoons of unrefined coconut oil and a teaspoon of brown sugar. Mix it and start scrubbing, or put it in a jar for later use. Wash and admire.
. 3 Wine and Oatmask, Argentina
Have you heard the latest wine news? It turned out that drinking may not be that good for you. While this is a big shit, wine can be used well for your face. "Resveratrol, which is found in red wine, is a powerful antioxidant that can fight skin aging," says Jaliman. Red wine also has anti-inflammatory properties, while oats are known to soothe skin irritations. However, if you are prone to rosacea, you should leave it out here.
Recipe: Combine a tablespoon of yogurt, two teaspoons of honey and a handful of oatmeal. Add one or two drops of red wine and mix. Apply in a circular motion to your face and leave for 15-20 minutes before rinsing.
. 4 Rhassoul Clay Rubdown, Morocco
Flor has received this traditional Berber recipe from La Roseraie Spa Retreat in Morocco. Rhassoul clay, found in the Atlas Mountains, is a staple of Moroccan beauty. It is known for its exfoliating powers and its rich mineral content. "Minerals like magnesium, silicon, potassium, and calcium all help to nourish the skin," says Jaliman, and all are contained in rhassoul clay. Be forewarned, this recipe is labor-intensive and time-consuming, but you can at least save the airfare and order the sound online.
Recipe: In a bowl equal parts of Rhassoul clay and freshly mix herbal tea with your hands soak and adjust the amount until a paste is formed. Flor also recommends adding a drop of essential oil such as rose or lavender. If you have a smooth consistency, lump-free, put the clay in a pan for a few days to air dry it.
If you want to rub, apply the paste on face and body and let it dry for 15-20 minutes. Turn on the warm water and rinse the clay with a peeling glove or your hands. That may be one thing, but your body and a clear mind will thank you.
5. Matcha Powder Hair Mask, Japan
Flor was first introduced in Japan as a hair conditioner in Matcha. "Women used it to prevent hair loss and get some shine," she says. "Matcha is full of antioxidants, which, as we know, is always good for the skin," says Jaliman.
Peppermint oil has a cooling effect on the skin, stimulates hair growth and can promote blood circulation to the scalp, although we would like to see more studies demonstrating this. But do not overdo it! Like all essential oils, peppermint oil is highly concentrated, so keep the dosage extremely low. However, for most people, you can use this mask once a week without causing irritation.
Recipe: Warm a tablespoon of coconut oil in a bowl with a teaspoon of high quality matcha powder and stir gently, as matcha is very delicate. Add 1 drop of peppermint oil and mix. Split your dry hair and apply the paste in sections to your entire scalp. Work the rest of the mask into the ends, gently brush and wait 30 minutes before rinsing and shampooing.
6. Clove Scrub, Zanzibar
This scrubdown is used by Zanzibar brides a week before their wedding to make their skin glow and fragrant. "Because of their antiseptic properties, they are found in many skincare products for acne-prone skin," says Jaliman. "They are also full of antioxidants." And bonus: they smell divine! Rose water has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, while coconut oil has a moisturizing effect.
Recipe: Combine three tablespoons of coarsely ground cloves, two tablespoons of rose water, two tablespoons of coconut oil, and three tablespoons of dried dried flowers. You can create a mix of your favorites, but Stephanie suggests Rosen, Jasmin and Ylang-Ylang. Mix all ingredients and massage thoroughly into the dry skin for a few minutes before washing.