The quest to find the perfect beauty regimen has been one I embarked on for years. Sitting in the hallway of my childhood home watching my mother apply Noxzema cold creme to her face to cleanse and prevent imperfections was the highlight of my night. I would watch her and think how beautiful her skin was and that as soon as I become a growup Nozxema and her finishing touch Oil of Olay, would be my first investment into womanhood.
I still use Noxzema and Olay (no longer Oil of Olay) but I now like to experiment and discover beauty secrets from other cultures. Africa (Ghana) has shared the miracle of Shea Butter with its healing and moisturizing properties. I love the way it has controlled my dry skin and eczema, worked as a great moisturizer for my hair and its a great binding ingredient for homemade conditioners, body butters etc.
India has allowed me to explore their traditional ways of having long and strong hair with henna, oils like Amla and creams like Ayurvedic Cream. (http://www.asthewindblows.org/2012/06/no-indian-in-my-familybut-maybe-in-my.html)
My next adventure is a trip to Korea via the International Market across the street. I was reading a blog post and in the comments a lady mentioned a beauty treatment called a Korean Body scrub so of course I had to reach out to my BFF (Google) to see what he knew about it.
I read a few articles, watched some YouTube videos and after realizing this is what my coworker had shared with
The Korean Bath Scrub consists of soaking in very hot water (not scolding- just hot as you can stand safely) for 20-30 minutes, then using a traditional Korean Italian cloth and bar soap to exfoliate and remove all the built up dead skin from your body.
I purchased a package of 4 Korean Italian mitt clothes for $2.29 and a bar of their soap for $1.29. They also had the very popular Baby Foot product for 19.99 so I grabbed that too but I will share more on that later.
Although Korean women do not share the hue of caramel or chocolate like this blogger of Ghana decent (83% Ghanaian via 23 &me), I think I can benefit from the beauty secrets of other cultures maybe even adopt some of them too. So stay tune for my follow up.
Here's one of the Youtube vids I watched to learn more about the Korean Body Scrub