17 May Ancient Egyptian Skin Care
Written By Samantha Dym, Contributing Author.
Proper skin care isn’t just something we work on in this century. It dates back all the way to 51 B.C., when Cleopatra reigned as the last pharaoh of Egypt. Cleopatra has always been, for the most part, portrayed as a great beauty. But, what were her beauty secrets? Cleopatra believed milk was important for the skin… so she bathed in it and applied aloe vera to her skin to keep it soft and free from sun damage.
Egyptians were the first culture to document their beauty regimens. It was, not only important for queens, it was a part of Egyptian court life. The desert air took its toll on the skin, and many cosmetics were developed to keep it soft and supple. In fact, combating the climate was one of the main concerns. Most noble men and women wore their hair short or shaved their heads to allow for easier scalp care. They covered their bare heads with wigs made of human hair, sheep’s wool, and plant fibers. Fenugreek, a grass-like plant with medicinal and ceremonial applications, was the main ingredient in many anti-aging lotions. Concentrated fenugreek oil was considered a potent skin care treatment used to erase wrinkles and other blemishes, which they believed left the skin eternally youthful. Egyptians were experts at mixing scents and many of the perfume pots found in tombs still contain traces of their original scents, as well as make up and body oils in order to maintain a beautiful, youthful appearance in the afterlife.
In 2013, there are a ton of anti-aging skin care products on the market. You may not be Egyptian royalty (Unless you are… if so, that’s cool!) … but you can certainly feel like it with NCN Skin Care’s wide variety of products. Best sellers include anti-aging products like All-Trans Retinol 2.0%, GHK-Cu Copper Peptide Serum With EGF – 2.5 oz., and much more.