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February 5, 2017

By Ariadne Weinberg, Featured Columnist







We could pretend we’re only concerned with deep,
philosophical things, but let’s face it: Most of us are also pretty
interested in looking hot. Egyptians got that party started, in
part due to the influence of their fearless leaders.


One such beauty was Cleopatra. Cleopatra, was born
"Cleopatra VII Phiopator" to a royal family in 69 BC and was
actually not Egyptian genetically. All of her ancestors were
actually Macedonia and Greek.  As well as ruling the ptolemaic
dynasty from 51 BC to 30 BC, Cleopatra set a legendary
standard on how to look gorgeous and had no less than two
affairs: one with Julius Caesar, then ruler of Rome, and one
with Mark Antony.  


While Cleopatra has a somewhat dark past, which you curious
history buffs can explore at your leisure, today we’re going to
focus on her cultural influence over how people looked their
best and cared for their bodies.

As the daughter of the ruler of one of the largest empires on
Earth at the time, Cleopatra had access to the best health
practices and beauty products available.

Then, as now, health and beauty were inseparable and the
beauty practices used by Cleopatra also, not coincidentally,  
promoted good overall health.

Some of the practices used by Cleopatra in her time are coming
back into fashion today. Olive oil, for example, was quite
mainstream in Cleopatra’s world. Even low-class citizens were
given olive oil along with their wages, so they could pamper
themselves and moisturize.


Many nowadays would think that Cleopatra’s favorite beauty
products would be better put in food than on their bodies, but
history does seem to be repeating itself. Read on to find out
some of the best queenly care tips.































1.
Honey Mask to Look Younger
   

It would probably occur to us to put honey in our tea before
putting it on our face. However, we can expand our mind to
realize that honey has a host of benefits and not only when
ingested.

Honey is an antibiotic and antioxidant, as well as being
antibacterial and antimicrobial. Anti has never been so great.

And there are still more health benefits to using honey on your
skin, according to a 2013 report by B. Burlando, from the
University of Piemonte Orientale in Alessandria, Italy.

Honey is an emollient, moisturizing, and calming. Honey
regulates skin PH and slows down wrinkle formation. You can
use honey as a facial mask or as a hair conditioner.

Raw honey is best. Apply it evenly on your face for a few
minutes, then rinse off with a warm washcloth.


2.
Celery and Hemp Serum to Brighten Your Eyes


While we are used to putting cucumbers or potatoes on our
eyes to brighten and tighten them up, Cleopatra used
something that might appeal more to the modern-day hipster.

Cleopatra used hemp and celery.

Both hemp and celery are high in fatty acid content, allowing
the cell membranes to remain healthy and intact.

The unsaturated fatty acids and Vitamin E in hempseed
alleviates dryness and slows down the aging process,
according to a 2005 report by S. Sapino at the University of
Studi di Torino in Turin, Italy.

Celery also contains 15% fatty oil with fatty acids and is an
antioxidant, confirms H.B. Sowbhagya from the Council of
Scientific and Industrial Research in Mysore, India, in their
2014 report.

As with most of Cleopatra's beauty tips, this one has an
important side benefit for health.  
Celery lowers your blood
pressure
.


3.
Henna for Nail Polish, Protection, and Hair Dye


Henna is a hip thing to use on your hair these days, if you want
to dye it a natural color.

But have you ever considered putting henna on your nails?

Cleopatra did, both to give them a groovy reddish brown color
and to protect them. She may have popularized it or have gone
along with a trend, as henna is common in both ancient and
modern cultures of North Africa and Asia.

A 2014 report by R. Semwal Badoni from the Tshwane
University of Technology in South Africa confirms that henna
was used for not only aesthetic but also practical purposes,
such as protection against fungal pathogens and a tool to
combat lice and dandruff.

Today, people are investigating the antioxidant and
antimicrobial properties of henna, but there have been no
conclusive results. You can use henna on your hair or nails.
However, make sure that you do a patch test first, to make sure
you don’t have an adverse and/or allergic reaction. Skin
irritation from henna isn’t particularly common, but there are
those who have it.


4.
Green Grape Facial for Skin lightening and Anti-oxidizing


Cleopatra used grapes to lighten her skin.

While nowadays the style is to be tanned or bronzed instead of
vampire-chic, there are probably still folks out there who would
like to be fairer.

My personal politics are to stay natural and not get skin cancer,
regardless of your hue.

However, you can benefit from a grape facial, regardless of
your perspective, because grape seed extract has been
demonstrated to be a powerful antioxidant, affirms S. Lin from
the Donghua University in Shanghai, China, in a 2016 study.

To make a green grape facial cleanser, crush green grapes to a
pulp, add honey (maybe you have some leftover from your
mask), and leave it on for 15 minutes. Then rinse off with
warm water. A modern addition could be to add some crushed
grape seeds or a few drops of grape seed oil, to reap the
antioxidant benefits.


5.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Skin Toning


Apple cider vinegar has been around for a while; the earliest
known use of vinegar dates back to around 10,000 years ago.

And yet, using apple cider vinegar has only recently coming
back into fashion, now trending as an acne-elimination
technique.

If it's good enough for Cleopatra, it should be good enough for
us.

According to the article “The Functional Properties of Vinegar”,
By Nilgun H. Budak, published in a 2014 Journal of Food
Science issue, vinegar contains antioxidants, reduces
accelerated aging, and is antibacterial.

Other scientists and beauty enthusiasts have affirmed these
claims. However, it's important to use apple cider vinegar
diluted and in moderation, as it can dry out your skin,
otherwise.

Try this technique to be Cleopatra-fabulous. Take ¼ cup of
apple cider vinegar and dilute it in a basin filled with warm
water. Splash the water on your face and let it dry without
toweling it off.

When you first start, just do it once a week. Then you can try a
few times and see how your skin reacts. Many have had
positive results for tighter pores and fewer pimples.


6.
Use Sea Salt and Olive Oil Mix for a Glowing Body


Since, as mentioned far above, everyone in ancient Greece had
a bit of olive oil, I like to think that Cleopatra took her royal
ration of olive oil and some salt directly from the sea to make
this beauty staple.

You can use it nowadays, too, for moisturizing (with olive oil)
and exfoliation (with sea salt).

Olive oil, like many of the skin products mentioned, is
antioxidant and prevents the skin from aging prematurely.

Dr. S. D’Angelo from the Second University of Naples in Italy
informs us in a 2005 report that this slippery substance also
has a special compound, hydroxytyrosol, which prevents free
radical damage to the skin.

To get your body glowing like Cleopatra’s, take a tablespoon of
organic olive oil and mix it with natural sea salt.

Olive oil won’t clog your pores, so you can also put it on your
face without worrying.


7.
Rose Water for Happy Skin

Cleopatra had it right when she decided to throw rose water in
everything. Rose water as a  concoction is a multi-tasker. It
hydrates, cleanses, calms, refreshes, and reduces redness.

Today’s rose water is generally composed of about 10-50%
rose essential oil along with rose petals steeped in water.

Michelle Pellizzon, certified health and wellness coach at Thrive
Market, an organic food delivery service based in the U.S.,  
recommends the solution post-workout.

"Because it's anti-inflammatory and antibacterial—meaning it
simultaneously treats redness and irritation that can crop up
after a hard sweat session and kill any lingering bacteria that
might cause breakouts, it's great for stashing in your gym
bag.”, says Pellizzon.

Rose water is also good for your skin due to its multiple
vitamins. According to South-Carolina based dietitian Amanda
Goldfarb, the rosey stuff contains vitamin A, B3, C, D, and E.
Rose water has also been shown to be relaxing and reduce
insomnia. Try it as a before-bed skin cleanser.























































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