Persian women are known for their sharp features and impeccably polished skin. From queen of the ancient Greek Grand Admiral Artemisia to model and social media star Mahlagha Jaberi, Iranian women have always dominated the world of beauty.
Their secret lies in deep-rooted skincare rituals passed on by their mothers and grandmothers. Here are a few beauty rituals every Persian woman abides by.
Bathing rituals: Persian women take their baths very seriously. The beauty ritual of scrubbing and body polishing before bathing has been part of Persian routine for years. They use Kiseh (scrubbing glove) paired with sefidab (a little white ball made of animal fat and naturally occurring minerals) to remove dead skin cells. Ingredients like oatmeal and milk are mixed and used to exfoliate skin before bathing.
Body oils: Oils are a must-have item for Persian women. They love plant-based oils and use them on face, body and hair to boost hydration. Combining drops of almond oil with honey works wonder to treat dry and chapped lips and rose water mixed with pomegranate oil works for cleansing face.
Lash secrets: Iranian women are blessed with thick and long eye lashes. To maintain them they apply organic coconut oil.
Rose water as a toner: Persian women swear by rosewater. It is one of the secrets behind the flawless skin of Iranian women. Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties and contains rose oil, Vitamin A and E, which helps in cleansing and hydrating the skin. Iranian model Yasmine Sima revealed in an interview that she applies rose water religiously. “I apply it with a cotton ball after I wash my face every morning.”
Face pack: Persian women indulge in homemade face packs for a clear complexion. Honey and aloe vera are widely used in their skincare ritual to keep skin healthy and glowing.
To fight against ageing, fine lines and wrinkles, they use a mixture of egg white and lemon as face mask.
For hair: Sedr powder (also called lotus powder, made from the plant zizyphus) is used as a shampoo and conditioner to get rid of dandruff, and strengthen and promote hair growth. Massage the mixture into your hair and scalp and let it sit for at least an hour before rinsing out.
Henna mask is another hair ritual that is widely used by Persian women. Mix henna with an egg, coconut oil, and water, and leave it on for a few hours. It not only makes hair shiny, but also improves texture.