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Skin Care and Hair Care Products from Around the World

I spent 22 years in the nursing profession. I enjoy writing, reading historical novels, gardening, and helping people live a healthier life.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Beauty Secrets Across the Globe

Across the globe women all cultures seem to have their own unique rituals to achieve beauty. There are many reasons to want to be beautiful. Attracting the opposite sex is certainly a big motivator.

When you look attractive you seem to be noticed more and treated a little better as well, which builds up your ego a bit. It is nice to feel good about yourself. This article will attempt to give away beauty secrets of women from various countries around the world.



In India, they have an amazing recipe for your hair. Get 14 ounces of unsweetened coconut milk in a bowl and refrigerate overnight. The following day apply the milk to your hair and leave it on for 20 minutes. Follow that up with a shampoo and rinse. No other conditioner is necessary.

They recommend you do this treatment once a month. Your hair will be conditioned and moisturized with an incredible shine, plus it will feel much stronger. In India women use less face creams and lotions as they prefer facial oils.

Contrary to Western beliefs the right oil will not clog the pores, and the skin will have a beautiful radiance without looking greasy. The women in India use oils and add crushed pearls, as well as, superficial shimmers. The skin becomes ultra nourished.

They use this oil all year long, but it is particularly helpful in the harsh cold climates as the liquid absorbs very well. Sandalwood oil is also added as an anti-aging and scar-healing benefit.



Japanese women have been known to use bird droppings from a special bird to brighten their skin.

Also, Asian women love a luxury brand of what is known as “miracle water”, which was discovered in a Japanese sake brewery almost 30 years ago. It was notice that workers who handled the fermented sake still possessed remarkably youthful looking hands.

One woman used any brand of sake as a facial toner and brightening treatment once a week, and at age 80 her skin looked flawless and amazing.

Since that discovery the luxury skin care brand has added vitamins, minerals, organic and amino acids, which work together to help rejuvenated the skin’s appearance by promoting cell renewal in the outer layer and stimulating the natural surface regeneration process.



French women love an ice-cold water splash after washing their faces. I have heard this is the same thing Paul Newman did every morning, and he certainly was a good looking man. Joan Crawford also used this secret for years.

The French find this treatment revitalizes the complexion and makes the skin feel wonderful. It gives the skin an icy boost and a healthy rosy glow. The French women are religious about this activity on a daily basis as they want to look good as long as possible.

World Beauty Secrets

Morocco Miss

Morocco Miss


One of the treatments the Morocco women use is argan oil, which comes from a tree. The emollient isn’t greasy but makes the hair and skin feel and look shiny and gives a luminous glow.

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In Africa the women all over the continent use milk in their baths too. You can also use powdered milk, adding two cups to your bath, and this will renew your skin. Cleopatra isn’t the only one who liked milk baths.

Italian Beauty

Italian Beauty


In Italy the women not only drink goat’s milk, they also bathe in it for the softening results. Goat’s milk contains capric and caprylic acids, which reduce alkalinity.

There are over the counter types which you can buy that will reduce alkalinity, resulting in a pH level closest to health human skin. Italian women also us castor oil to obtain long, thick eyelashes



Japanese women and some Pacific Rim countries do not like sunspots or freckled skin, so they stay out of the sun. They favor the lily white look, poreless and flawless skin. They use items to brighten their complexions.

They use remedies that have been passed down through the generations, although they are the second largest purchasers of cosmetics in the world. They do use many natural ingredients as well, such as rice bran, camellia oil, various seaweeds, yomogi leaves and azuki beans and marine clay.

Women drink this powder in a cup of hot water like tea for good health and they add water to it to use as a face mask to whiten their skin

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Thailand Beauty

Thailand Beauty


In Thailand women adore coconut milk. They use it for cooking, to mix with cocktails and in exotic desserts. Thai women also use coconut milk in warm baths, moisturizing skin treatments and on their hair.

They also use pearl cream to brighten their faces. There is a type of bitter melon found in vegetable markets, applied as a skin treatment for acne. These are definitely what I would consider natural beauty treatments.



Greek yogurt is a thick creamy treat that is used also as a face mask. It is a moisturizing and gently exfoliating mask. You scoop a teaspoon of it and apply in on a clean face. It is also good for acid reflux in case you have that problem.

A Mediterranean staple is olive oil. Beside the fact it is good for a healthy diet, you can take a Q-tip and dab on your eye lashes to moisturize, which aids in growth of long lush lashes. They also mix honey with olive oil or milk.



The Polish start their day with a cup of hot water infused with a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to help detoxify your body inside and out.

Honey is used up as a beauty product; they warm it and use in on the face as a super moist facial treatment. Polish teens use honey as a lip-softening treatment.



In Belgium these beauties swear by a cold beer brew as a great drink and one they use for their hair. They use the beer for a final hair rinse, which makes bouncy hair that behaves.

They also use a warm honey face mask by heating the honey in the double boiler just until warm. Then, smooth in on your face. Wash off after several minutes. They also use mink oil to reduce stretch marks and fine lines.



In Brazil the women use Babassu oil which is similar to coconut oil. They use it at room temperature and the oil has a semi-solid form which melts when applied to the body, although it has a cool feeling.

It moisturizes without making the skin look greasy and works for all skin types. Many Brazilian women also lie on the warm sand, and rub it on themselves gently while sunbathing or after swimming to create that exotic brown skin color. This type of treatment is also available in some spas.

Brazilian women naturally have unruly hair problems so the most popular treatment is called “Excova Progressiva”. This refines curly hair although as a hair straightener, but it does have keratin. It is milder than most hair straighteers. The other thing the women of Brazil do is drink a mixture of carrot and beet juice for their skin which is very healthy.

United States - Summary

As a multicultural country, the United States has people using all types of skin care products. Skin care is a multi-million dollar business in this country.

We have special skin care cosmetics, and anti aging skin care products as well. More people are starting to use natural skin car products now, plus spas are money making places. We love to get our hair styled, to get a manicure or pedicure also.

We also have a multitude of hair care products to choose from, but again more people are choosing natural hair care products. Hair care is also a multi-million dollar business with women getting their hair streaked, dyed, braided, conditioned and styled.

I think we can learn some things along the lines of natural remedies for clean smooth skin and healthy shiny hair by learning what is being done in other countries. Skin care and hair care from around the world opens up a whole new door.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 24, 2012:

Sannel, It certainly sounds like you are doing all the healthy things to look good. Thanks for stopping by and reading my hub. I appreciate your comments.

Sannel on September 24, 2012:

I'm trying to think what beauty secrets we have here in Sweden, but it is all so individual. I use natural products myself, like almond oil for my skin, I drink plenty of water and use Greek olive oil on my salads and in my cooking. When I rinse my natural blond hair, I use the juice of fresh lemons to give luster and some brightness to my blond tresses. Thank you for a well-researched, interesting and useful l hub.


Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 25, 2012:

Princesswithapen, I was pleasantly surprised in my research at how many products were natural and useful. Thank you for your comments.

sandrabursby, I appreciate your comments very much.

Sandra Busby from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA on March 25, 2012:

Thanks, Pamela, for all these tips. I am a fan of any kind of oils for skin and hair, and will certainly try some of these tips. Sandra Busby

princesswithapen on March 25, 2012:

From beer to tree oil - who would've thought? In the world of tubes, bottles and other prepackaged beauty products, this hub was a refreshing and amusing read.


Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 08, 2012:

wwolfs, I really love that women are using natural products. Thank you very much for your comments.

wwolfs on March 07, 2012:

This is a well-written and interesting hub. You did a great job researching what women use around the world. Many useful tips and also interesting to see that women are using natural products everywhere for their skin and hair.

Voted up and useful!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 07, 2011:

Cloverleaf, Sounds like a plan! Thanks for your comments.

Cloverleaf from Calgary, AB, Canada on August 06, 2011:

Pamela, I really love how you have laid out the contents of this hub, it makes it so easy to read! You've certainly done your homework here.

Next time I'm supping a cold beer I'll have to think about using some of it to rinse my hair :-)

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 24, 2011:

Skin Health, Thanks su much for your comments.

Skin Health Products on February 24, 2011:

Nice hub Pamela.. you have done a great job. i can see your effort in putting the content together.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 17, 2011:

Support Med, I am using honey with good results and plan on trying coconut milk for my hair. Thanks for your comments.

Support Med. from Michigan on January 17, 2011:

Great tips from around the world! I'm thinking more natural is the way to go. Milk and coconut milk are a rave now, as well as honey, Great!!! Voted and rated.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on December 12, 2010:

katrinasui, I appreciate your comments.

katrinasui on December 12, 2010:

This is a wonderful hub. Very well researched and interesting hub.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on December 03, 2010:

lamiya, Thank you so much for your comment.

lamiya on December 03, 2010:

great tips & useful.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on December 01, 2010:

Petra, I have seen such a difference in my complexion since I started using honey and oil. Thanks so much for your comments.

Gabriella D'Anton from Los Angeles, Ca on December 01, 2010:

Great job, Pamela - congratulations!

This is a very important hub with plenty of helpful information. Thank God, there are smart women in this world that will not buy empty promises packeged in expensive jars.

As a skin care specialist with many years of experience I am backing up every word and every suggestion, especialy the ones about honey, oil and dairy products. Would the American women ever learn? I may be out of a job if it happens:-))), but it will not happen anytime soon, so I am safe for now; LOL

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 29, 2010:

sureFireaKim, I am glad you enjoyed the hub and yes I think natural is always preferable. Thanks for your comments. I will check some of your hubs.

SureFireKim on November 29, 2010:

Ahh - Finally something interesting !

I'm a firm believer of everything natural including natural beauty. I wrote 2 hubs so far on natural skin care. I wish to write at least 200 more. There is no awareness that natural look can be extremely attractive.

If you find my hubs useful, please vote up.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 15, 2010:

Acaetnna, Thank you so much for your comments.

acaetnna from Guildford on November 15, 2010:

This hub is so, so useful - thank you so much.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 14, 2010:

genwriter, Thanks for your comment. I will check out your hubs also.

genwriter from Singapore on November 14, 2010:

Wow great hub! Followed you thanks :)

Please check my hubs on skin care as well and follow me too :)

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 10, 2010:

Moons, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for your comment.

moons on November 09, 2010:

Great hub! Thanks for the tips. I will try it. :)

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 05, 2010:

Ms Info, I am so glad you enjoyed the hub. Thank you for the comments.

Ms._Info from New Jersey on November 05, 2010:

Awesome hub. I'm a skin care and hair care product junkie, so the info on the natural products is very useful.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 01, 2010:

Constanta, Thanks so much for your comment.

Papernotes, I haven't tried to coconut milk yet but definitely plan to as my hair can use the help. I appreciate your comment.

PaperNotes on November 01, 2010:

Wow Pamela! I never knew so much about other nation's beauty regimen until I have read your hub. It was good to know that some of the beauty steps I do are also done by other ladies all over the world. I have been using coconut milk on my hair to moisturize and straighten it. Thanks for these information. I'll try them out and see if they will also work for me.

Constanta on November 01, 2010:

Great hub/article! Thank you for the tips.

Good job!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 29, 2010:

TheListLady, Thank you so much for your comments.

TheListLady from New York City on October 29, 2010:

What a super well done hub. Great information too. I just feel beautiful reading this article.

I will bookmark so I can share it. Rated up and yay!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 29, 2010:

Prasetio, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and will share it. Thanks for your comments.

zzron, I agree completely. Thank you for your comments.

zzron from Houston, TX. on October 28, 2010:

Very nice tips and some very lovely ladies. It's very important that we take care of ourselves and look our best and be as healthy as we can be.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on October 28, 2010:

Very inspiring hub. You share the beauty secret of woman all over the world. We can't separate between healthy skin and healthy hair. It should work together. I found great information. All the woman in the pictures so beautiful. I'll bookmark this one and I'll share to everyone. Don't worry, you get my VOTE for something beautiful like this hub. Good work, Pamela. You always the best.

Blessing and hugs,

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 26, 2010:

Spider Girl, I was most impressed with them also. Thanks for your comments.

Spider Girl from the Web on October 26, 2010:

Very nice compilation of beauty recipes from around the world. I personally believe in indian recipes: simple, yet effective! Thanks for sharing :)

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 26, 2010:

Dusty, Thank you so much for the humor, praise and comments. It's always a pleasure when your drop by.

50 Caliber from Arizona on October 26, 2010:

Pamela, I actually found this a good read with some interesting things after almost not reading it because I thought I had no interest in beauty secrets. Now that I've read it, I still have no interest in beauty secrets, but I do like things that make for interesting tidbits of knowledge, and it was well presented I voted it up and awesome, great job on a unique topic. Dusty

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 26, 2010:

Audry, I agree on those bird droppings. Thank you so much for your comments.

Chris, I appreciate your comments. I wondered if anyone would mention using the crushed pearls as I've never met anyone who has tried them. Thanks for your comments.

carolina muscle from Charlotte, North Carolina on October 25, 2010:

I knew a girl who took crushed pearls for her skin- and she had great skin! Nice post, Pamela!!

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on October 25, 2010:

I'm with BJ on the bird droppings - just my luck I'd forget I'd use it or not wash it all out and get attacked by an even bigger bird!

That cold beer tip sounds good but I think I might wait until it warms up again before I try that 'at home'.

What a fascinating subject and love the pics and the tips!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 25, 2010:

drbj, I am not using bird dropping either but I thought some of the others were good suggestions. Thanks for your comment.

Sage, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and hope some of the products will be beneficial. Thanks for your comment.

Sage Williams on October 25, 2010:

Pam - You really have some very unique ideas for hubs. I love this hub and will definitely try some of these techniques and products.

Thanks so much for sharing these very useful hair and skin care products and techniques. Voted up and bookmarked.


drbj and sherry from south Florida on October 25, 2010:

Beautiful hub, Pamela, and fascinating skin care tips. I can see the benefit of all but the one from Japan using bird droppings from a "special" bird. I don't care how special that bird is; I ain't gonna use that product! :)

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 25, 2010:

JY, Well, I wondered how you got to be such a good looking guy. Thanks for your comments.

John Young from Florence, South Carolina on October 25, 2010:

Well've finally uncovered my secrets to why I'm such a good looking cuss. :-) Good info and well written.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 25, 2010:

Darlene, I am so glad you loved the hub and thanks for sending it to your friends. I always appreciate your comments.

Hello, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub also. Thank you so much for your comments.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on October 25, 2010:

That is a wonderful and interesting hub. Thank you for all the research you have done.

Darlene Sabella from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ... on October 24, 2010:

Pamela this hub is so awesome and cool, loved it and I emailed your link to my friends. Very fun and I am going to save this to favorites and try some of these great ideas. Rate up my friend...

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 24, 2010:

Quill, Thanks for your comment and I have no doubt Mrs. Quill is lovely.

"Quill" on October 24, 2010:

I need all the help I can get... Mrs. Quill is the beauty in this home...

Blessings and Hugs

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 24, 2010:

Vrajavala, You're welcome. Thanks for the comments.

Katiem, I like Burt Bees products also. Thanks so much for your comments.

K9keystrokes, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

India Arnold from Northern, California on October 24, 2010:

Great hub Pam! I love the skin and hair care methods used by the women in India. What a good idea and informative hub! Thanks for sharing your research!


Katie McMurray from Ohio on October 24, 2010:

I love Burts Bees products. I love the line and use their lip shimmer, lip gloss, Moisturizer, Deoderant, and on and on I love them. Great tips on health and beauty products from around the world. Great stuff and Well done!

vrajavala from Port St. Lucie on October 24, 2010:

Thanks for the tips.

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