01/12Women in ancient times used these remedies to look beautiful

Women in ancient times used these remedies to look beautiful

A century ago, beauty was thriving, but still wasn’t a multi-billion dollar industry. Lotions, creams, makeup, brushes and beauty blenders weren’t at disposal for women back then. But the need to enhance one’s looks and look presentable always was present. It is perhaps women’s fascination with beauty that lead to invention of so many products. But in the times when beauty products and tools weren’t a thing, women relied on home remedies, DIYS and hacks to take care of their looks. These remedies were so good, that they work just as well in today’s times too. Wondering what they might be? Read on!


02/12Rice water

Rice water

It's not uncommon for both Chinese and Korean women and men to cleanse their faces using rice water, as a tradition passed down from generations before. It's said to have both brightening and anti-inflammatory benefits, and some also claim it can help even out skin texture and boost skin firmness.




Turmeric lattes are making their way into cafés everywhere, but Indians have been using it for so flavour, its medicinal properties and even beauty benefits.Try making your own by combining tumeric powder with milk and honey (like a face latte?), for an exfoliating and hydrating treatment in one.


04/12Gua Shua

Gua Shua

One of the most important aspects of beauty for Chinese women is actually face shapes, not how great the makeup looks. Those with ‘ideal’ face shapes; egg-shaped or v-shaped chin, is what we find the most beautiful, not long eyelashes or full lips. This could be why facial sculpting methods and lymphatic drainage to decrease puffiness are of such importance in Chinese skincare routines.




Ancient Greeks used one of their most common foods, yogurt, to dissolve dead skin and tighten the pores. Yogurt is a natural form of lactic acid, so it's a natural AHA peel. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to every four tablespoons of Greek yogurt and apply to the face for 10 minutes. Your skin may tingle; these are the natural AHAs at work. Remove with a warm washcloth




Avocado was used centuries ago by Aztec civilizations as a skin moisturizer. Avocado oil will help to balance the skin by reducing pore size to produce healthy looking skin. The oil is easily absorbed by human skin and it will not clog pores.


07/12Rose water

Rose water

The humble rose water has been in people’s beauty cabinet’s since the ancient Egyptian times. It prevents aging by reducing wrinkles and tightening skin pores. It was also used as a cleanser because it can easily remove dirt, oil and other pollutants from the skin.


08/12Milk and honey

Milk and honey

Cleopatra is one of our favorite legendary beauties, and was known for her flawless skin. History tells us that she bathed milk, honey and olive oil. All three of these ingredients are still commonly found in facial treatments done in some of the finest spas in the country. Next time you need a body treatment, look no further than your pantry!


09/12DIY Kajal

DIY Kajal

A kajal or kohl stick may now be found in many forms and every nook and corner, but a century ago, kajal was made right at home. Wondering how the yesteryear ladies did that.For their DIY Kajal, they would burn a burn a lamp with castor oil and dip it with a muslin rap that’s dipped in sandalwood. The carbon remains from the lamp would then be mixed with castor oil for that creamy kajal. Tricky, but amazing!


10/12Natural hair colour

Natural hair colour

A century ago, only henna, a natural hair colourant was the only thing at disposal. When women got bored of the same old colour henna gave, they would mix things up a little bit. Women would mix beetroot juice with henna for a gorgeous shade of auburn. While it definitely works well today too, the ease of a hair colour is just far appealing for us.