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.


13/18Rose 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.


14/18Milk 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!


15/18DIY 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!


16/18Natural 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.


17/18Natural flush

Natural flush

Women from the ancient times had their own ways to make their skin flush naturally. Egyptian women would make thick paste from coloured fruits and vegetables like strawberry and beetroot and apply it to their cheeks. Women in the Indian subcontinent had a different approach. They used powdered hibiscus petals and mix it with oil as a blush.


18/18Steam for hair fragrance

Steam for hair fragrance

The need for freshly washed hair has been older than a century. But shampoos and dry shampoos only appeared a few decades ago. To keep their hair smelling nice, women back in the day kept them smelling nice using water steam with scented flowers. They steamed their hair with it to make it soft and fragrant.