All eyes have been on Russia this season with the world cup.
But aside from football, this country is also known for something else…Beauty. Russia is hailed for having extremely gorgeous women; if the fashion runways are anything to go by. Known for their porcelain skin, and glossy light locks, here is a look into some of the popular beauty secrets from Russia.
Visiting a sauna regularly is quite popular among Russian women, (and men). The temperatures allow you to sweat out toxins that would otherwise clog your skin, as well as boost circulation all around your body. Proper circulation is not only vital for staying alive, but also for maintaining an even complexion. An improvement in circulation would also result in glowing skin.
Skincare is a huge deal to most Russian women. Despite their love for cosmetics, skincare comes first. From a very young age, most women are taught to look after their skin. Therefore, consistency within their routine definitely contributes to their gorgeous skin. They mostly focus on moisturizers and anti-ageing creams. Russia is synonymous for its bitter winters and the cold can be brutal on the skin. Having a good moisturizer protects their skin from the harsh effects of the cold.
As most Russians are Slavic in origin, they do have a thinner subcutaneous layer than Africans (as is common with all Europeans). This means fine lines appear earlier and are more visible, hence they begin using anti-ageing products a little earlier than we do. Most Anti-ageing creams work by boosting collagen, which is a protein that makes your skin firm. As you get older your body produces less of it. Which is why everyone, regardless of race, should introduce an AA cream into their beauty routine at some point.
To increase the effectiveness of the Anti-ageing cream, a lot of Russian women swear by vitamin C supplements.
Vitamin C generally works to aid the growth and repair of all body tissues. It is particularly great for your skin as its repair qualities help heal acne, and it increases the production of collagen as well.
Facials and Body Scrubs
It is common practice to get a facial pretty often. To achieve glowing skin, it is important to rejuvenate it every so often with a hydrating mask, as well as to get rid of dead skin cells with a scrub. You can get a facial either at a spa or at home, while a scrub may be better to do at home.
A favorite DIY scrub for many Russian women would be the famous sugar scrub, whereas with DIY facials; a crushed strawberry facial is preferred.
Strawberries are fantastic for your skin as they are packed with antioxidants. The acid in them also combats excessive sebum (oily skin) and their juice helps to fade scars and blemishes. Also very few people are allergic to strawberries, so you should definitely give this a shot.