Age is an inevitable factor that affects us all, and people are constantly seeking to look younger and feel healthier. And thanks to this, anti-ageing treatments have become an essential part of our lifestyles. From herbal teas to bathing in beer, each culture offers vastly different alternatives to fight the signs of ageing. This post seeks to uncover some of the more unusual beauty treatments that are practiced across each continent.

EUROPE

  15624631373_150df1a09b_z Source: Kenny (zoompict) Teo Thalassotherapy: The UK offers a vast array of spa treatments that claim to rejuvenate and revitalise our ageing skin. But many people are turning to the warmer climates of other European countries such as France, Spain and Germany for anti-ageing Thalassotherapy treatment. Originating in France as early as 60 B.C., Thalassotherapy involves a variety of treatment methods that all utilise seawater and marine minerals. The options range from algae facials to being immersed in a seawater bath with water-jets. These treatments allow the skin to absorb elements such as magnesium, potassium, calcium sulphates and sodium. All of these help eliminate toxins and boost our circulation, and this leads to healthier, youthful-looking skin. Beer Baths: Beer is rich with anti-bacterial ingredients and vitamins. And this has led to a rise in the popularity of ‘Beer Bath Spas’ in both Germany and the Czech Republic. These spas allow you, quite literally, to bathe in beer. Vitamin E is found in abundance in beer, and this helps to maintain youthful skin through hydrating and nourishing skin cells. Additionally, beer detoxifies the body. Physiatry specialist Roman Vokatý notes that this fun but unusual spa treatment has ‘curative effects on the body and hair’.

ASIA

  13106635545_b9fbffb4ac_cSource: Nicolas Vollmer Herbal Tea: If bathing in beer isn't your cup of tea, countries such as China and India strongly believe in the anti-ageing properties found in natural, herbal teas. The Chinese create various herbal teas packed with antioxidants known as EGCG. This super-antioxidant helps combat fine lines and wrinkles whilst also repairing damaged cells. As a bonus, these herbal teas taste nice! Similarly in India, tea is made with grated ginger and honey, and is commonly drank first thing in the morning. Ginger helps to protect the body’s collagen levels whilst honey is an organic antibacterial that decreases inflammation. Whitening Cream: Many of us spend our summer on holiday, baking in the sun, in order to achieve the desired sun-kissed look. However, quite the opposite is true in Asia. Many take vastly different approaches in an attempt to keep their skin looking young. Many use whitening creams, and these contain a combination of ingredients that work together to reduce the amount of melanin found in your skin. As a result this lightens the complexion whilst removing any signs of ageing, freckles and skin discolourations. Snail Facials: One of the more unusual anti-ageing methods involves rubbing helix aspersa müller glycoconjugates,otherwise known as snail mucus, over your face. This allows the skin to absorb various age-fighting nutrients and antioxidants. Whilst this alternative treatment originates from Thailand, its popularity has caused it to spread globally and snail facials are now being offered worldwide.

AFRICA

Argan Oil: Originally used by the Berber women of Morocco, Argan Oil has been described as ‘Beauty’s Best Kept Secret.’ The oil is extracted from the Argan tree; a Unesco Biosphere Heritage Plant. Whilst its natural, chemical-free ingredients help to soothe the skin, it's also rich in Vitamin E and saponins that help rejuvenate the skin and reduce wrinkles.

SOUTH AMERICA

  2248207023_ce56847fd0_bSource: JJBulley Ground-Coffee Exfoliants: One simple, yet effective anti-ageing method, widely used in Colombia, is skin exfoliation. But this scrub uses a mixture of ground coffee and water. The ground coffee exfoliates the skin and breaks down fat deposits whilst increasing circulation. As a result skin is smooth and circulation is improved, minimising the signs of ageing skin. Volcanic Clay Massage: This is another unique, yet popular method used in Nicaragua, that claims to prevent the effects of ageing. Originally applied during purification rituals, the mineral-packed clay exfoliates and nourishes the skin whilst removing damaging toxins.

NORTH AMERICA

  Cactus Seed Oil: Particularly popular in Mexico, cactus seed oil is retracted from the Native American Prickly Pear Leaf and massaged into the skin. It moisturises, nourishes and hydrates the skin due to its high dosage of Vitamin E. Flavonoids help fight the inflammation that harms collagen levels. And as well as this, the linoleic acids found in the oil stimulate healthy cell development and combat wrinkles. This combination of ingredients work together to help fight the signs of ageing.

AUSTRALIA

  15967411712_6544ffc4c2_c Source: Kenny (zoompict) Teo Emu Oil: This treatment has been used for centuries by Australian aborigines. Emu oil is believed to have medicinal properties that work wonders on ageing, tired skin. The oil is extracted from the layer of fat between the hide and the flesh of the Emu bird. Rich in omega oils and fats, its anti-inflammatory nature helps to reduce the signs of fine lines and wrinkles. Emu oil is multi-functional and can also be taken orally to improve your diet. With such a variety of treatments on offer, there is certain to be something out there that is right for you. Paired with a good skincare routine, alternative treatments such as those mentioned above help people across the world to fight wrinkles and keep skin looking youthful. So why not try something new, and indulge your skin in some extra treatments. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.