Grooming practices in India are very traditional. Indians believe that a healthy diet, oiling the body, and avoiding the use of chemicals are the best way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. That’s why in India many oils, plants, and herbs substitute the consumer goods used in the West.
India has a connection to the feminine power represented by the Devi (goddesses) in the Hindu religion that showcases natural beauty, and untouched skin. During my visit in 2012, I discovered that in this place called India, life lives in everything. Drop a seed and it will grow overnight.
What does it mean to be beautiful in India?
Both the elder and modern Indian woman embraces her beauty.
It’s always about what’s in the inside, the intention, the truth behind the smile. Beauty is celebrated by the connection to oneself and the quiet of the mind in this magical land.
From these cultural values, Indian women are more involved in inner beauty than outer beauty.
Wedding ceremonies are one of the most beautiful times for young women to take part in culture-rooted traditions. Among many of the elaborate traditional wedding preparations is one that any woman can easily do for herself to create brighter skin.
To prepare and clean the skin, turmeric powder is applied to the body as a mask (see below) and a bath of oils and powders are mixed to create a relaxing rejuvenating treatment.
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Turmeric Body Mask Recipe
This mask will leave your skin brighter, and works great with dry and acne-prone skin. You can use anywhere on the body for an instant glow.
Note: Turmeric does stain and will leave a yellowish tint on the skin depending on how light you are.
About Our Guest Contributor:
Stephanie Flor launched her website AroundTheWorldBeauty.org to bring awareness to beauty traditions and rituals that express and enhance beauty from women around the world. She’s traveled to India, Europe, Caribbean’s, Central and South America to better understand the art of beauty and is a regular beauty contributor to magazines, blogs and special events on all things beauty. As a makeup artist Stephanie has amassed a long client list of celebrities, corporate clients, and other public figures, and numerous fashion magazines.