Ancient skincare rituals were very much influenced by geography, availability, royalty, and the gods. While the Japanese wrapped their bodies in seaweed, ancient Egyptians like Cleopatra dipped into Dead Sea salt baths. Today, the world has gotten much smaller, giving us unprecedented access to beautifying rituals enjoyed by people worldwide. In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in ancient skincare rituals that have withstood the test of time, by harnessing the Earth’s natural gifts and healing powers. KNESKO shares some of the ancient wisdom still trending in skin care today.
Gemstones and Crystals
The Egyptians used Rose Quartz as an anti-aging stone. Beads date back to at least 7,000 B.C. According to folklore, goddesses like Iris used Rose Quartz found along the Nile River in facial massages to maintain their divine youth and beauty. The pink stone was believed to clear the skin and prevent wrinkles, which could explain why revered facial masks made of Rose Quartz have been unearthed in tombs. Today, Rose Quartz is used as an antioxidant as well as to heal, nourish, and moisturize the skin.
Empress Dowager Cixi ruled China for 48 years until her death in 1908, and was a renowned lover of pearls as both adornments and beauty treatments. Pearls were found in abundance along the river basin in Shanghai. Empress Cixi was buried in a pearl-encrusted cape, with a rare pearl the size of a pigeon egg in her mouth to prevent decomposition. During her lifetime, it was said she rubbed pearl powder on her face for brightening, exfoliation, and to prevent wrinkles. In modern times, pearl powder is used to detoxify and purify the skin as well as to reduce inflammation, and exfoliate outer layers for a youthful glow.
The Ancient Egyptians used gold not only as adornment, but also as therapy for the skin. They believed a god’s skin was made of gold; and the bones of silver. Due to its resistance to tarnish and virtual indestructibility, gold was also associated with eternal life. Ancient Beauty Cleopatra herself believed gold contained curative properties, so she slept with a nourishing gold face mask nightly. This precious metal is still used in skin care products today as a way to firm, lift, and hydrate the skin. Gold facial masks have gotten a lot of attention especially in recent years as more high-profile celebrities and skin care experts profess their age-defying properties.
Ancient Greek Poet Homer referred to olive oil as “liquid gold.” The women of Crete used olive oil to hydrate their hair, faces, and bodies, and to protect against sun damage. This natural source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, omega fats, tocopherols, and amino acids nourishes the skin deeply, while locking in moisture, preventing water loss, and restoring elasticity. You’ll notice olive oil in a number of natural beauty products today.
The earliest written history of bathing in dried flowers and herbs dates back to 1500 B.C. The Indian Vedas, Egyptians, Babylonians, Hebrews, and Assyrians were all enjoying tea baths before Greek philosophers popularized the practice further. Tea baths are not completely forgotten. Modern applications include muscle tension relief, relaxation, detoxification, inflammation reduction, skin tone balancing, and fatigue treatment.
Ancient Healing Wisdom for a Modern World
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