When you travel to other countries, you may often find some surprising ingredients in the beauty aisles. For example, in Japan, they not only eat seaweed, but it’s in their skincare products, too. And the Greeks use olive oil to moisturize everything from their hair to their skin.
So that got us to thinking, what are the most out-there beauty treatments from around the world? It turns out, there are plenty. And as wacky as they may seem, we have to admit, we wouldn’t mind trying a few.
Treatment #1: Carrot Juice for Tanning
Some women in Brazil claim that sipping on carrot juice gives them a healthy, natural-looking tan. And this isn’t entirely farfetched either. Since carrots are full of beta-carotene, eating a lot of them can in fact make your skin appear slightly orange. (The same goes for your pee.)
Treatment #2: Emu Oil as a Conditioner
Derived from the indigenous birds of Australia, it’s used for skin and hair treatments. It’s also touted for its healing properties — many claim it can help reduce the appearance of psoriasis, eczema, and acne, and that it can heal and soothe burns.
Treatment #3: Nettles for Thicker Hair
If you suffer from thinning hair or hair loss, some believe that ingesting nettle supplements and soaking hair in nettle tea can help. (Yep, nettles as in those stinging plants.) And in Croatia, women wash their hair with boiled nettles to heal an itchy scalp.
Treatment #4: Milk for Soft Skin
Allegedly, Cleopatra and Elizabeth I both took warm milk baths to perfect their complexions. And we can see why: Milk is full of lactic acid, which can dissolve the protein that holds dead skin cells together.
Treatment #5: Rice Powder as an Exfoliator
Japanese geishas have used rice powder for hundreds of years to clear up blemishes, reduce wrinkles, and even smooth pigmentation. In fact, it’s pretty popular across Asia, and many beauty products on the market use it as a main ingredient.
Treatment #6: Spices for Softer Skin
In India and Pakistan, a common bridal traditional is to make a face and body mask of turmeric, sandalwood, gram flour, rose water, and milk. They claim it clears up and brighten the bride’s skin before the big day.
Treatment #7: Beer for Shinier Hair
In Germany, beer isn’t just a drink you enjoy during Oktoberfest. In fact, some women mix it with water and spritz it onto dry hair to boost shine.
Treatment #8: Pearl Powder for Hydrated Skin
Women in the ancient Ming Dynasty would apply it onto their skin for a smoother, moisturized complexion. Well, it looks like they were on to something. One recent Taiwanese study found that pearl powder does in fact hydrate skin and minimize imperfections.
Treatment #9: Garlic Extract for Stronger Nails
Dominican women often add garlic to their top coats for strong nails. (Don’t worry — the smell goes away after the top coat dries.) It also helps keep nails clean because garlic is antibacterial.