6 Time-Honored Beauty Rituals You Should Try Now

July 04, 2017
Kate Marin
By: Kate Marin | skincare.com by L'Oréal
6 Time-Honored Beauty Rituals You Should Try Now

Looking for a few beauty practices straight from the history books? You may already partake in a few! We’re sharing six ancient beauty rituals that have stood the test of time. Find out why, ahead!

Did you know that many of the beauty rituals we practice today have been around for hundreds of years? Believe it or not, we’ve been taking notes from ancient beauty gurus for quite some time, and for good reason! From thermal baths to facial massaging, we’re giving you a breakdown of some of the best time-honored beauty rituals you should try now, ahead!

Thermal Baths

Thanks to some of our favorite brands from the L’Oreal portfolio, we know all about thermal water and its complexion-enhancing benefits. But did you know that back in the day—think: ancient Roman times—thermal hot springs were sought out for people to bathe in the mineral-rich waters? One popular locations to do so during the first century was the town of Vichy, France. Fast forward to today and Vichy’s Mineralizing Thermal Water mist—sourced from the French volcanoes and rich in 15 rare minerals—is enjoyed by many to help hydrate, soothe, and refresh the skin!


Turmeric is an ingredient we see incorporated into some of our favorite beauty products as of late, but this bright orange spice has been used around the globe for centuries thanks to its antioxidant properties. Initially used as a botanical supplement in Ayurvedic, Chinese, and Egyptian traditional medicine, turmeric can “spice” up your skin care routine and promote a radiant-looking complexion! 

Green Tea

Most likely, you’ve heard a thing or two about the health benefits of drinking green tea, but the benefits can go beyond what’s in your cup. Board-certified dermatologist, and Skincare.com expert, Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali believes in green tea’s ability to reduce the look of morning puffy eyes. He recommends brewing a mug of green tea at night and cooling it in the fridge until morning. When you wake, place the cooled tea bag over the eye area to help de-puff the eye contour and freshen the complexion.

Body Sugaring

An ancient Egyptian practice which has become a staple in modern hair removal is body sugaring. Yes, even our ancient ancestors cared about removing unwanted body hair! Sugaring is similar to waxing, but many claim it is less painful. The paste often consists of sugar, lemon and water, and does not get heated like traditional wax.

Salt Scrubs

Salt scrubs have been used in Europe, Egypt, and Asia for many years. These exfoliating scrubs help remove dead skin from the outermost layers of the skin, delivering a soft and smooth result.

Facial Massaging

Facial Massaging has been picking up traction in the beauty world, but this ancient practice has been around for decades. Also known as “face yoga,” this spa-like skin care technique can help to relax you as you go through your skin care routine. It can even leave your complexion with a refreshing, youthful-looking glow. Yes, please!

Want to learn how to use facial massaging in your skin care routine? We share a step-by-step guide to facial massaging, here.

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