Women in Europe take beauty seriously. But, you may be surprised to learn that many European women rely on very age-old, natural beauty enhancers that you can find in your own pantry. Women’s Health magazine recently featured the natural beauty products that women in 20 different countries use to improve the look of their skin, hair, nails, and more. Let’s take a look at what our sisters across the pond are doing to make them gorgeous…
France – French women soak their nails in warm water and lemon juice, a practice that helps take the yellow hue out of nails that have been painted red. You all know how much French women like their red nail polish. I imagine they go though quite a few lemons as a result.
England – London girls avoid washing their hair in regular tap water because it’s full of harsh minerals that can leave hair dry and brittle. Instead, they opt for dry shampoo a few times a week. Be careful not to use too much, or you’ll end up looking like Kate Moss!
Sweden – The Swedes and the Finnish make regular trips to the sauna (many even have them in their house). The heat helps with skin circulation – oh, and it keeps them warm during the cold Swedish winters!
Italy – Apparently, women in southern Italy prefer meringue to mousse. They have been known to use whipped egg whites in their hair to offset their sun-damaged locks and to boost shine.
Turkey – Women in Turkey, particulary those with blonde or light brown hair, will rinse their hair with water that has been boiled with daises. The daisy water acts as a natural highlights booster. A Turkish Delight, indeed.
Greece – Not to be outdone by their southern neighbors, Greek women rinse their hair with rosemary water. It deep-cleans the hair and helps prevent build-up – all which helps give the hair its shiny, healthy appearance. Find out how Greek women use olive oil in their beauty routines.
As you can see, it doesn’t take much to become a natural European beauty – just a trip to the grocery store! Start making your list now and have your own European Spa Weekend!