1. Black Soap From West Africa
2. Venik Treatment at a Bania in Russia
History: Visiting the bania (bathhouses) has been a cultural institution in Russia since the medieval period. These communal spaces were considered centers for healing, cleansing, beautification, and ritual in Russian villages, and they are still widely used today. One of the activities in the bania is venik massage, which involves being stroked, brushed, and even beaten with a bundle of twigs.
Contains: Venik bundles can be composed of oak, eucalyptus, birch, nettle, or fir branches, each of which is suited for particular conditions.
Used for: Detoxification, cleaning, smoothing, invigoration, and healing.
3. Essences In Japan
History: Essences are lightweight, easily absorbed, skin-perfecting fluids that have been used since the late 19th century in Japan. They have been developed from diverse sources and have gained significant international intention since the 1980s.
Contains: Natural extracts, amino acids, vitamins, enzymes, and minerals.
Used for: Moisturizing, exfoliation, luminesce, anti-aging, and pore minimization.
4. Pearl Powder Application In China
History: The use of powdered pearl was touted as a skin enhancer as far back as the Ming Dynasty, and it has been used as a beauty product for skin lightening since and perfecting ever since.
Contains: Amino-acids, signal proteins, and calcium.
Used for: Improving dry and damaged skin, lustrousness, and dark spots.
5. Rose Water in Iran
Used for: PH balancing and alleviating irritation, acne, oily skin, dryness, and wrinkles.
6. Argan Oil in Morocco
7. Turmeric Face Masks In India
History: Turmeric has been used for almost 4,000 years in Southeast Asia (including India), has since been employed for Ayurvedic healing, flavoring, spiritual practice, and skincare.
Used for: Alleviating eczema, rosacea, and acne.
8. Camu Camu Treatments in Peru
History: Camu Camu is native to the Amazonian Rainforest on the Peruvian-Brazilian border. While any early history of human use of this berry is fairly vague, since a study was conducted in 1957 by the Ministry of Public Health of Peru revealing camu camu to have the highest amount of vitamin C of any botanical, interest in the fruit has grown tremendously since.
Used for: Brightening and anti-aging.