It’s difficult to view an ancient Egyptian work of art without immediately appreciating its refined beauty and feeling an underlying quality of magnificence. The ancient Egyptians, most especially those in the higher classes, were very much focused on presenting themselves as magnificent. In fact, they paid awesome attention to their "magnificence regimens" for skin, hair, facial appearance, hairdressing, attire and perfumery.
Cleanliness was required of all men, women and children regardless of class. The decadent images of Egyptian womanhood and exotic beauty we see idealized in art is actually proven by archeological finds that prove even the lower classes of Egyptian men and women used natural “cosmetics.”(1) (In ancient Egypt men were as interested in skin health and beauty as women.)
The ancient Egyptian culture was the first to create and record their healthy skin care techniques and methods and many Egyyptian rulers were famous for it. Cleopatra is the obvious standout among them and was herself devoted to developing magnificence strategies. She created one of the first books detailing these strategies which included bathing in camel’s milk and rubbing the skin with aloe vera.
The female ruler Thutu was a pioneer of make-up and healthy skincare systems using pumice stones to exfoliate her skin and a bronze dish to blend herbs and other plants for making skin balms and eye shadows.
Some of the natural ingredients used by ancient Egyptians for skincare include:
Myrrh. Egyptians used myrrh in facial care balms in order to maintain a youthful complexion. Commiphora mukul (myrrh) is a tree resin proven to fill wrinkles from within. Packed with antioxidants it improves complexion by supporting circulation and the removal of toxins. It aids in tissue repair, heals cracked skin and helps heal wounds. Commiphora mukul is found in Ageless La Cure’s Five Secrets Facial Serum and Cream Duo for a 3-Week Cure.
Shea butter was appreciated for its anti-aging properties. It is a fatty substance obtained from the nuts of the shea tree. Shea butter is found in Ageless La Cure’s Nourishing Cream, Pigmentation Cream, Phyto Peel, and the Five Secrets Facial Serum and Cream Duo for a 3-Week Cure. It is also anti-inflammatory, hydrating, supportive of elasticity and circulation, and very restructuring as it assists to stimulate collagen synthesis. With vitamins A and E, it nourishes the skin and helps to prevent premature wrinkles and facial lines.
Avocado oil was used for its moisturizing, anti-wrinkle and revitalizing properties. Rich in omega fatty acids 6 and 9 as well as proteins, minerals and vitamins (A, B, C, D, E, H, K and PP), it is ideal for nourishing skin care. Avocado oil can be found in our Phyt’Ether serums which we suggest our customers to use along with Ageless La Cure skincare.
Vegetal oils were used to lessen wrinkles and to moisturize. A principle vegetal oil in Ageless La Cure skincare is organic jojoba oil which can be found in Phyto Peel, Nourishing Cream, Extreme Hydrating Cream and in all PHYTO5 serums. This vegetal oil is moisturizing with a non-greasy touch and because of its unsaponifiable components (precious components found in some oils with softening, revitalizing and moisturizing properties), it spreads easily. It is also an antioxidant with anti-age properties and revitalizes and nourishes skin and hair.
Aloe vera was considered to be a moisturizer and skin smoother in ancient Egypt. It is anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial as it firms, tones, moisturizes, encourages water retention and heals. Aloe fosters and revitalizes skin's elasticity working directly on collagen fibers. Aloe vera is found in Ageless La Cure’s soothing pink Clay Mask.
Clay face masks were utilized by wealthy Egyptian citizens to maintain their beauty. History records that Cleopatra often applied a dead sea mud face mask to cleanse her skin. Kaolin white clay, the principle ingredient in Ageless La Cure’s pink Clay Mask, is blended with high grade essential oils to soothe, tone, protect and cleanse the skin by absorbing toxins and oils. It is very rich in minerals silicium, magnesium, calcium, zinc and copper.
Rose water was adored by Cleopatra not just for its fragrance but its astringent properties. Research suggests that its primary use in ancient Egypt was as cleanser and toner considering its ability to remove skin debris and pollutants while tightening the skin. Rose water also helps to reduce wrinkles and can be found in Agelesss La Cure’s Toner, award winning Cleansing Foam, Nourishing Cream, and Firming Eye Serum.
The Egyptians used the oil from olives. Derived from olive, squalane is one of the most effective oils to combat aging of the skin. It’s rich in antioxidants, locks in moisture, promotes healthy cell growth, softens and smoothes and helps prevent the formation of age spots. The Five Secrets Facial Serum and Cream Duo for a 3-Week Cure contains squalane from olive.
Almonds were used by the Egyptians thousands of years ago. Sweet almond oil, an ingredient in Ageless La Cure’s soothing pink Clay Mask, is anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, smoothing and softening and supportive of circulation. Nourishing and soothing, sweet almond oil is also very cleansing as it penetrates the skin to soften and dislodge debris accumulated in the pores. This helps to prevent blackheads and acne.
The Egyptians used apricot in their skin health regimens. Ageless La Cure utilizes apricot kernel oil in Cleansing Foam, Firming Eye Serum and The Five Secrets Facial Serum and Cream Duo for a 3-Week Cure. Apricot kernel oil is rich with vitamin A, an antioxidant that plays a critical role in healthy skin and cell growth and the natural slowing of aging. It nourishes, helps to hydrate, soften and revitalize the skin and is particularly recommended for mature, dry or sensitive skin and skin lacking tone.
Skin health management was critical for Egyptian rulers not just because of their status but because they lived in the hot dry desert which could be punishing to the skin. Keeping the skin supple and moisturized was a daily practice and an art.
“The Egyptians esteemed energetic energy and excellence” and concocted a number of potions to smooth away wrinkles and even regrow lost hair. Many of these were compiled in a book entitled, ‘The Beginning of the Book of How to Make the Old Young.’” —Malina Taborsky in Ancient Egyptian Beauty Cosmetic Secrets of Queen Cleopatra
The ancient Egyptians became so known for their pursuit of beauty and cleansers, balms and cosmetics that trade of their beautifiers became a major part of their commerce.
The truth is always quite simple. The best beauty ingredients have been around since ancient times, they’re simple and they’re all natural. Not only are they the best ingredients, they’re super healthy and are the cosmetic actives which make up all PHYTO5 skincare including the Ageless La Cure line.
(1) Archaeological expert Dr. Abdelrahim Reehan told Al-Arabiya.net that in the days of ancient Egypt, every woman had her own makeup box with kohl, hair pins, combs, and perfumes.
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Kenny, Erin, and Elizabeth Gackstetter Nichols. Beauty Around the World: a Cultural Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO, 2017.
Tyldesley, Joyce Ann. Daughters of Isis: Women of Ancient Egypt. Penguin Books, 2005.
Taborsky, Malina. Ancient Egyptian Beauty Cosmetic Secrets of Queen Cleopatra. Kindle, 2015.