World Travel and Beauty Tips

World Travel and Beauty Tips

Tips pertaining to countries visited

“My interest in experiencing the world has led me from countries of magnificent richness to those of poverty and some in between. Nevertheless, there is no one country that I can say I enjoyed more that another. I simply appreciate each country for its unique physical and cultural difference and more importantly, its people.” ~Jill


Caracas (Venezuela)


The slums on the east and west hills of Caracas.

Frizz Free Hair Forever

Frizz Free Hair Forever

Venezuelan women usually have dark curly hair but you’ll never see them having a bad hair day. They create a special anti-frizz hair serum by combining olive oil, vinegar and honey in equal parts. Next, they apply the mixture directly on the dry hair and then rinsed after 15 minutes. After just one application, the texture of the hair becomes smoother and absolutely frizz-free.


Panama City (Panama)

Panama City

Beautiful country and lovely people.

Super Strong Hair Like Never Before

Super Strong Hair Like Never Before

One of the best kept ancient beauty secrets of Panamanian women is the egg yolk and olive oil hair mask. They prepare this heavy duty conditioning mask by mixing one egg yolk and one teaspoon of olive oil and then applying it to the hair. This mask is all you need for strengthening the hair from root to tip.


New York (USA)

Metropolitan Museum of Art New York

With Mom outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC.

The Amazing Aloe Vera Gel

The Amazing Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera is a natural way to hydrate and soothe the skin. American beauties, from ancient natives to New Yorkers today, use Aloe Vera gel extensively to rejuvenate the skin from within.


Port-of-Spain (Trinidad & Tobago)


With my niece and nephew in Trinidad.

Natural Skin Lightening Mask

Natural Skin Lightening Mask

The intense Trinidad sun tans the skin and makes it look dull and lifeless over time. But, ancient Trinidadian secrets like the saffron skin lightening mask make the skin look fairer and glowing with just one application. Since ancient times, saffron is believed to have unique skin lightening properties that work without any harsh side effects. Preparing the treatment is fairly simple–make a saffron paste, rub it on the skin and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water and you’ll be surprised to see how your skin begins to glow like a goddess’.


Quebec (Canada)


Quebec City the capital of the Canadian province of Quebec is breathtakingly beautiful, magnificently clean and picturesque.

Black Spruce Essential Oil

Black Spruce Essential Oil

The black spruce tree, native to Quebec, Canada, is widely used in aromatherapy. It is also known for its fresh invigorating fragrance that is helpful in alleviating stress and fatigue.
The black spruce oil is believed to work wonders for dry and acne prone skin. When it comes to organic beauty products in Canada, black spruce oil is a staple due these three main properties:
• Astringent
• Moisturizing
• Calming effect


England (London)


England’s Tower Bridge, one of England’s staple landmarks is a drawbridge and suspension bridge located over the River Thames. It is quite a beautiful bridge, though the picture doesn’t do it justice.

The Victorian Way To Achieve Soft And Supple Skin

Victorian Way To Achieve Soft And Supple Skin

Women of the Victorian era went to great lengths to preserve the softness and suppleness of their skin, while maintaining its pale complexion. A beauty tip dating back to the Victorian era is to use a concoction of orange and rose water mixed in olive oil. To date, the English believe that olive oil is a perfect solution to maintaining the suppleness and softness of the skin.


Paris (France)


Palace of Versailles was once the capital of France where Louis XIV ruled from 1682 – 1715. The ancient mirrors inside gives the illusion of a much larger figure.

Cold Water: A Secret To Glowing Skin

paris beauty tip
French women believe that proper blood circulation is the only way to achieve glowing skin. Their method is to bathe in cold water because they believe it closes the pores effortlessly and gives a rosy red color to the skin.


Venice, Rome, Florence (Italy)


The Colosseum – as many as 50,000 spectators used to gather for entertainment and performances; e.g., the gladiator show where an armed combatant entertained audiences in violent confrontations with other gladiators, wild animals, and condemned criminals.

The Best Anti-Aging Beauty Tip

Best Anti-Aging Beauty Tip

According to women from Milan to Matera, combining the ingredients chickpeas, egg whites, olive oil and lemon juice makes one of the most potent face mask that works wonders for the skin by evening out the complexion, busting blemishes and nourishing the skin from within. Italian women believe in using natural ingredients to enhance their complexion and prevent their skin from aging.


Beijing, Shanghai, Sozhou (China)


A Chinese temple in Beijing.

The Rice Surprise

The Rice Surprise

Beauty secrets from Ancient China can surely leave us amazed at how they use natural ingredients as famous beauty products. Chinese women use unpolished rice water as a daily skin toner. They apply the toner to their faces and necks for firm and adequately-moisturized skin. This homemade toner can be stored for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.


Madrid, Grenada, Cordoba, Seville (Spain)


Atletico Soccer game – Madrid. A disciplined crowd waited until half time to eat their snacks etc. At that point, you could hear paper crumpling in synchronized rhythm–interesting.

The Natural Way To Get Rid Of Dark Circles

The Natural Way To Get Rid Of Dark Circles

Women in Spain believe that potatoes have the power to clear away dark under eyes circles better than anything else does. They thinly slice potatoes and let the slices rest on the eyes for about ten minutes. They believe that the rich starch content in potatoes have natural skin lightening properties.


Fez, Casablanca, Tanger, Marrakesh, (Morocco)


Kasbah in Morocco – an old castle that was used for guarding and protecting the town. Inside there were numerous rooms with several entrances – almost like – a maze–ing

Star Ingredient For The Perfect Anti-Aging Ritual

Star Ingredient For The Perfect Anti-Aging Ritual

Originated in the Mediterranean parts of the world, starflower oil extracted from the borage plant is truly an anti-aging miracle. With its use dating back to thousands of years, starflower oil is rich in essential fatty acids, minerals and vitamins that can slow the aging of the skin. Commonly known as borage oil, this miracle ingredient from Morocco is suitable for all skin types and is believed to have calming and anti-inflammatory properties.


Stuttgart (Germany); Amsterdam, Rotterdam (Netherlands)


The interior of Rotterdam’s Cube-Shaped houses is quite extraordinary with slanting windows and sections that are only 1.5 meters high. There are no straight walls. Could you imagine living here?

Beer For Beautiful Bouncy Hair

Beer For Beautiful Bouncy Hair

In Germany and other European countries, the secret of beautiful bouncy hair with radiant shine is the beer hair rinse. German women have been using beer to rinse their hair for ages. They believe it adds luster to the hair and imparts an unmistakable shine effortlessly.


Belgium, Antwerp, Bruges (Brussels)


On a bridge in the midday sun.

For The Love of Spa

For The Love of Spa
Belgium is not only known for its delectable chocolates but also for its luxurious spas. The Belgian women believe that cleaning the body from within is the only way to achieve flawless beauty on the outside.


Koln, Stuttgart, Sindelfingen (Germany)

Porsche Museum

Porsche museum in Stuttgart, Germany. Race cars are awesome — Too bad I couldn’t take this one on the autobahn! For the love of fast cars…

Kneipp Treatments – Immune System Booster

Kneipp Treatment
Kneipp treatments are very popular in Germany. These treatments involve altering the body temperature using hot and cold water. They are good for activating blood circulation and improving the immune system.


Chetumal, Merida, Cancun, Playa del Carmen (Mexico)


Mexican food anyone?

The Magical Beauty Potion From Mexico: Jojoba

From the dry regions of Northern Mexico and Southwestern parts of the United States, jojoba is a beauty potion that gives the skin and hair a youthful appearance. Jojoba is applied directly to the skin to fight acne by clearing excess sebum and nourishing the skin from within. With its rich source of Vitamin E and wax esters, Jojoba is also a powerful emollient, making it ideal for treating stretch marks.


Dubai, Abu Dhabi (UAE)


This beautiful ‘ship sail structured’ hotel is Burj Al Arab, a self-proclaimed 7-star luxury hotel located on an artificial island on Jumeirah beach in Dubai, UAE.

Castor Oil For Thick Lashes

Castor Oil For Thick Lashes

Women in the UAE love eye makeup and most importantly, long beautiful eyelashes because they open up the face and eyes. Arab women apply castor oil to their eyelashes every day because they believe it enhances the length of the eyelashes and make them look thicker.



Bled, Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Slovenia has an extensive belt of limestone that produces spectacular caves like Postojna, the longest cave system in Slovenia. This geological artistry of the underground world produced magnificent stalactites and stalagmites in a variety of shapes, colors and age.

Hot-Mineral Water for Beautiful Skin

Hot Spring-2009 Slovenia

One of the most amazing things about Slovenia is its hot-mineral water springs. For many centuries, people have benefited from the therapeutic effects of the natural hot water springs. These springs not only relieve stress but they also improve the blood circulation for a fresher, more beautiful look!


Villah, Faak am See (Austria)


Slovenia has an extensive belt of limestone that produces spectacular caves like Postojna, the longest cave system in Slovenia. This geological artistry of the underground world produced magnificent stalactites and stalagmites in a variety of shapes, colors and age.

Beauty Secret From The Austrian Empress, Sisi

Beauty Secret From The Austrian Empress, Sisi
The Austrian Empress, Sisi is considered one of the loveliest women in Europe. The beautiful Empress took special care of her peaches and creme face by spraying rose and lavender infused water on it from time to time to purify and protect the skin from infections and inflammation.


Opatia, Reaka (Croatia)


The weather in Croatia was beautiful. However, it was still too early for the beach-goers.

Effortlessly Voluminous Hair

Effortlessly Voluminous Hair

Croatian beauties crave shiny hair with good bounce and volume. One of their traditional secrets for voluminous hair is to use nettles. Most of us discard nettles as weeds—not Croatian women. It’s their secret to gorgeous voluminous hair. Since nettles contain certain acids, it is important that you boil them first to extract any dangerous chemicals before using them.


San Juan, Ponce (Puerto Rico)

San Juan

Stopped to check out the Puerto Rican beach.

The Incredible Benefits of Using Avocado

The Incredible Benefits of Using Avocado

It would not be wrong to call avocado super skin food due to its high content of fatty acids, minerals and vitamins. Latin women of Puerto Rico have used avocados for years to maintain the softness and suppleness of their skin. Making an avocado face mask is fairly easy. All you have to do is mash one ripe avocado in a bowl, add a few teaspoons of milk and then apply it to the face for about ten minutes. Then simply rinse the face with warm water and fall in love with your skin all over again!


Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo (Brazil)

Rio de Janeiro

Imitating Cristo Redentor (Statue of Jesus Christ) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This statue is 130 ft tall and 98 ft wide. It is located at the peak of the Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest overlooking the city.

Say Goodbye To Cellulite Forever

Say Goodbye To Cellulite Forever

Brazilian women have a firm belief in using sand to effectively reduce cellulite. They usually rub sand on their bodies to get rid of dead skin cells and cellulite. Sand particles contain granules that stimulate the skin and improve blood circulation when rubbed onto the body.


Buenos Aires, (Argentina)

Buenos Aires

Outside a museum in Argentina.

Almond Oil For Gorgeous Lashes

Almond Oil For Gorgeous Lashes

Argentinean beauties crave thick long eyelashes and fuller eyebrows. Women in Argentina strengthen and soften their eyelashes and eyebrows by applying almond oil to them with a mascara wand. Almond oil is thought to be mild enough to be used in the delicate eye area as opposed to other harsh and synthetic ingredients.


Santo Domingo, Santiago (Dominican Republic)


Enjoying the sweet juice of sugar cane outside a sugar mill in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Garlic For Super Strong Nails

Garlic For Super Strong Nails

Even though the smell of garlic is strong and distinct, it is believed to promote strong healthy nails. Women in the Dominican Republic rub plenty of raw garlic on their nails on a regular basis to strengthen their nails naturally and to prevent them from chipping.


Barcelona (Spain)


Walking through the streets of Barcelona during their 2010 street festival.

Warm Water for Blood Circulation

Warm Water (Barcelona)

Spanish women are indeed beautiful. One of the reasons for that is that they drink at least one glass of warm each day. This heats up their bodies and improves their blood circulation.


Cairo (Egypt)


Ancient Egypt at midday — just about time for the Imam to sound the call to prayer.

Cleopatra’s Secret For Body Hair Removal

Cleopatra’s Secret For Body Hair Removal

Cleopatra was known for her radiant beauty and silky skin. She used a special technique called ‘sugaring’ to remove unwanted hair from the body without ingredients with harsh side effects. This technique reduced the growth of hair and makes the skin softer.


Bridgetown (Barbados)

Jill Barbados-2010

View of Barbados from a mountain top overlooking the ocean.

Goat’s Milk Glow

Goat Milk

One of the beauty secrets of Caribbean people is Goat’s milk. Even today, the elders advise people to drink and even apply goat’s milk to the skin to tighten the skin, while providing a more youthful glow.


Tokyo, Kyoto (Japan)


Outside the Golden Pavilion in Keyoto.

Green Tea: Sip On!

Green Tea

People in Japan widely and regularly consume green tea. It is an ancient remedy for a variety of health problems. However, when it comes to its beautifying benefits, drinking green tea is known to make the skin even-toned, firm, young-Looking and wrinkle-free.


England (London)

Harrods Department Store, London

Relieve Stress With Camomile

English Chamomile

English Chamomile is known for its soothing, stress-relieving effects on the skin as well as for its ability to reduce anxiety and aid in sleeping. It is present in plentiful amounts throughout England and is widely used by for these benefits.


Johannesburg, Pretoria, Nelspruit, Durban, Cape Town (South Africa)


I enjoyed watching the African animals in their natural habitat–so beautiful.

Amazing Skin With Liquid Gold

Amazing Skin With Liquid Gold

Argan oil is cultivated predominately in Morocco and other regions in Africa. It contains extremely rich nutrients like Vitamin E and fatty acids that soften and hydrate the skin. The great advantage of using Argan oil is that it is non-greasy and has the potential to fight the seven signs of aging effectively. Women in African countries use Argan oil on a regular basis to restore the skin’s natural beauty and to make it baby soft.


Mbabane (Swaziland)


View of an African tribe.

Drink Your Way To Beautiful Skin: Rooibos Tea

Drink Your Way To Beautiful Skin

Rooibos tea also known as the African red tea gets its red color from the rich antioxidants it contains. The rooibos tea leaves are also rich in essential alphahydroxyl that purifies the skin and gives it a radiant glow. The Rooibos tea is grown by the Khoi and San tribes and used extensively to slow the aging process, and treat acne and eczema.


Bangkok, Phuket (Thailand)


Food displays are lovely, but I am very selective with my food choices.

Tamanu Oil: The Ultimate Elixir of Youth

The Ultimate Elixir of Youth

From the plains of Southeast Asia comes a miraculous beauty Tamanu oil. It has the unique capacity to facilitate tissue regeneration and is used by women of all ages for treating blemishes as well as to reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Tamanu oil is rich in essential lipids such as phospholipids, neutral lipids and glycolipids. For centuries, it has been used to treat a variety of skin ailments such as diabetic sores, cuts, scrapes, burns, eczema, blisters and cold sores.


Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

Kuala Lumpur

Outside a Buddhist temple in Malaysia.

Palm Oil To Prevent Premature Aging

Palm Oil-2013

Cultivated mainly on the Malaysian soil, palm oil is one of the most potent natural ingredients that helps in preventing premature aging of the skin. Palm oil is said to be 15 times richer in beta carotene compared to carrots. Using palm oil for delaying the aging process is ideal as it contains essential carotenoids which fight off free radicals that damage the skin as a result to UV exposure. Palm oil is also beneficial for treating sun burns.


Singapore (Singapore)


Pat chatting with a Singapore native.

Coconut Oil: Nature’s Gift For Maintaining Healthy Skin and Hair

Natures Gift For Maintaining Healthy Skin and Hair

Coconut oil derived from coconuts grown extensively in Singapore and other tropical parts of the world is nature’s tonic for beautiful, glowing skin and hair. Its high levels of proteins, Vitamin E, saturated fats, capric and lauric acid gives it the ability to rejuvenate the skin, reduce visible signs of aging and impart a youthful glow to the skin. Coconut oil has been used since ancient times to treat skin ailments like psoriasis and eczema.


Oranjestad, (Aruba)


Aruba is all about the white sandy beaches—my favorite relaxation spot. Just beautiful!

Beach, Beach, Beach = Relax, Relax, Relax


Want to relax your mind? Wish to fall asleep like a baby? The soothing sounds of the Caribbean ocean, sea and waves will help.


Phalaborwa, (South Africa)


Women from the Cooperative processing Marula kernels.

Marula Oil–The Elixir of Youth

Marula Oil-The Elixir of Youth

This anti-oxidant rich packed oil chases away the very first signs of aging like lackluster, dry, puffy and sun spotted skin. In more mature skin, it boosts its natural ability to repair and regenerate; and energizes its weakening ability to produce collagen thereby restoring its suppleness, erasing visible lines and diminishing wrinkles.


Dakar, (Senegal)


Morning market in Dakar.

Baobab Oil–Natural Sun Block

Baobab oil is rich in Vitamin A & E, which is good for protection from the sun’s rays. In addition, Vitamin E promotes healing, nourishes and vitalizes the skin. Vitamin A or retinol is also good for acne.


Castries (St. Lucia)

Zip Lining ins St Lucia

Zip lining through the treetops in the middle of the tropical rainforest in Soufriere, St. Lucia—a bit tense at first but exhilarating!

Papaya Removes Dead Skin Cells

Papaya, rich in so many healthy components is best for skin care as it works to provide healthy and glowing skin. Being a good source of Vitamin A and Papain, this fruit helps in removing dead skin cells along with breaking down the inactive proteins.



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