Beauty secrets from Ancient Egypt

We will always associate ancient Egypt with beauty and shine. It is unlikely that someone has not heard of Cleopatra or Nefertiti. The beautiful queens of Egypt used various creams, treatments and masks to keep

We will always associate ancient Egypt with beauty and shine. It is unlikely that someone has not heard of Cleopatra or Nefertiti. The beautiful queens of Egypt used various creams, treatments and masks to keep the firmness of the skin and accentuate beauty.

Do you want to feel like a queen of the Nile? Then continue to read and discover the beauty secrets of ancient Egypt!


1. Sea salt

Sea salt was considered an essential ingredient in beauty rituals. Dead Sea Salt has natural healing properties and was used as a revitalizing skin that offered natural shine and suppleness. It is said that Cleopatra made a long journey from Egypt to the Dead Sea, just to bathe. Dead Sea water contains high concentrations of minerals that nourish the skin and help fight cutaneous conditions.


2. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera plays an important role in the ancient Egyptian beauty routine. From skin care to hair care, this succulent plant was highly appreciated by the Egyptians. They even used it in the diet to improve digestion and weight loss.

3. Only milk and honey!

Milk and honey were the basis of many beauty rituals. Cleopatra used to make bath in goat’s milk and honey. Milk contains lactic acid that removes dead skin cells. Honey has a powerful antiseptic effect while softening and nourishing the skin.

Women combine milk with honey to create face masks with a strong moisturizing effect.


4. Avocado

The women of ancient Egypt were very preoccupied with the eye puffiness and used avocado slices to get rid of it.


5. Baking soda

Women used to exfoliate their face with a mixture made of baking powder and honey.


6. Coffee

Try this antique Egyptian recipe for a facial scrub! Mix three tablespoons of coffee with a teaspoon of coconut oil and a teaspoon of honey. This blend will clean and soften the skin, leaving it extremely smooth.


7. Almond oil

Almond oil is one of the most famous Egyptian beauty secrets. Egyptian women used this oil to fight signs of aging, but also because of the qualities of this oil to moisturize and soften the skin as well as the pleasant fragrance.


8. Fenugreek seeds

The women of ancient Egypt used masks from fenugreek seeds to keep their delicate and smooth face. They also believed that tea from this seeds may increase the size of the breasts.


9. Gold

The Egyptians used this metal not only for ornaments. They also used gold as skin therapy. Gold was used for its curative and antibacterial properties.


10. Essential oils

To maintain hygiene, the females used a lot of aromatic oils. The most popular were incense and myrrh oil. Oils such as sesame, castor oil or moringa were used to fight wrinkles and keep youth.

11. Rose water

Cleopatra regularly used rose water for her face and drank in her. She considers rose water as her secret of beauty.


12. Hair Care

The Egyptians give special importance to hair care. Here are some secrets to have beautiful hair, an inheritance from ancient Egypt:

  • They used a hair mask to strengthen hair made with coconut milk and extra virgin olive oil;
  • Rosemary oil, castor oil and almond oil have been used to stimulate hair growth;
  • Coconut oil, Shea oil or cocoa butter have been used as hair gels, for hair styling and make the hair more resistant.


13. Henna

Egyptians used henna to give the nails a color in yellow-red tones.


14. Body Sugaring

It seems that the ancient Egyptians have discovered this technique, so popular nowadays. This concept, to remove unwanted hair, removes hair from its roots. Less painful than waxing, this process brings other benefits like exfoliation.

15. Makeup

  • Red Ocher: Egyptian women used to use this natural pigment to color their lips and cheeks in a gorgeous red hue. Red Ore is the world’s most red pigment containing hydrated iron oxide. Ocher was finely ground and mixed with water, then applied with a brush on his lips and face.
  • Kohl: One of the most famous and loved products that resulted from Egyptian culture is khol. The Galena eye paint (later called Khol in Arabic) was very popular in ancient Egypt. The Khol was made of heavy metals with high concentrations of lead salts. Although lead may be dangerous, the Egyptians have processed and filtered the materials for up to 30 days before creating the eyeliner prototype. The low lead level left protects your eyes from the strong rays of the sun and stimulates the skin’s ability to fight infections! The Egyptians were also the first to bring the cat eye concept that we love today so much.
  • Burned Almonds: The Egyptians have discovered an excellent way to naturally color their eyebrows. The women used burned almonds to black out the eyebrows and fill them.
  • Saffron: This spice obtained from the Crocus Sativus plant flower was applied to the eyelid as a natural eyeshadow.
  • Mascara: YES! The Egyptian women used the mascara. This primitive maskara,  was in fact, dissolved khol.
  • Eye makeup: Women used to stretch their eye makeup to the samples, to give them the form of almonds. The favorite colors were black and green, and the khol was used abundantly. Green and blue eyeshadow were preferred in Ancient Egypt and applied to the entire upper eyelid below the eyebrow.




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