Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Swedish Beauty Secrets

 Ok, I admit I found this silly little book by typing "swedish beauty secrets" into the Amazon search box. I was prompted to do so because I've been reading Sandra's blog Niotillfem for a few years now and have always been mystified by her and her friends beautiful glowing luminous skin. Yeah yeah, I know that the sun only shining in Sweden for three months out of the year probably has something to do with it but there had to be more! Well, my $2.50** bought me a healthy dose of common sense as expected. There were, however, a few interesting tips that I had not anticipated so I'll go ahead and reveal the super top secret tricks.

1. Eat rose hips and whey. Apparently rose hips have an insane amount of vitamin C/a million other vitamins and are really good for you, so buy some of that tea or whatever. Same goes for whey, though harder to come by. Yogurt is probably a perfectly fine substitute, the benefits primarily lie in the bacteria and b vitamins. A little tip from me - don't buy that Activia stuff because it's just lame overpriced yogurt with a bunch of added sugar. Just buy plain yogurt and add fruit or honey yourself!

2. Adequate exercise and temperature changes will lead to a lovely complexion. This basically means you should go to the gym and hit up the steam room/sauna after, but be sure to torture yourself with a few icy showers in between steam or sauna sessions. if you don't have access to either of these you can just fill your sink with hot water and throw a towel over your held while your bending over it. Following the steam session Dr. Paavo recommends using a dry brush to exfoliate and increase blood circulation. Ok.

3. Make your own beauty products. There are several recipes in the book but here's one of the simplest:

Honey - Egg Mask
1 egg white
1/2 tsp. honey
Beat the egg white with the honey and apply to your face and neck liberally (don't forget the neck people!). Leave it on for about 15 minutes, then wash off with cold water and soap.

That's about it. Swedish women of the world, can you confirm or renounce any of this? Is it just all in the genes? Can I just buy a beautiful complexion at Ikea?

** the price has increased dramatically in the weeks since I bought the book because it's now out of print. Please, don't even think about purchasing it...I bought it pretty much because I love the typeface on the cover haha!


Emily said...

as a swedish girl, i can assure you that this is very much not true. :( but i do love those weird make-your-own-facemask recipies they used to print in all swedish fashion magazines during the 80's and early 90's.

Chelsea said...

That cover is hysterical!

Chelsea said...

I'm back in the USA by the way, France was amazing but I am so ready for air conditioning and iced coffee!

joy said...

Either way I love this post. I used to do these with my friends in Girl Scouts, they never worked! lol

m.bardeaux said...

emily - yeah, sounds about right. i used to love all the DIY face masks they would post in magazines like sassy in the 90s too :)

chel - glad you're back, can't wait to hear about all your adventures!

joy - i totally tried one when i was 14 or so that involved just rubbing your face with lemons to get rid of freckles - ouch.

Anna said...

this was fun. i'm from sweden. i guess it has something to do with the sun only shines three months a year. :)


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