Beauty secrets of Polynesia
Both of us had wanderlust when we were younger and actually met in Japan while traveling the world. After years of globetrotting, we finally came home with stories, pictures, and some of the best beauty tips from women we’ve met along the way. In these beauty ritual type posts we’ll be sharing some of our experiences.
Our Pacific line of ocean based beauty is made from the raw ingredients from the Polynesian Islands and waters from Hawaii to Tahiti. While developing our Rehydration Cream, we learned about some island based beauty rituals that give Polynesian women healthy glowing skin and shiny lustrous hair:
Macadamia nut oil is a great skin identical moisturizer with tons of fatty acids and a longer lasting emollient than regular lotions. People use it after shaving, and to help heal skin that’s been sunburned or windburned. It was used for centuries by the ancient Hawaiian Ali’i (royalty) as they used the oil for protection and use the macadamia nuts in their lei making.
Bamboo contains tons of silica and can help the skin absorb essential minerals. Using bamboo water on skin for a zen-like mist after the beach keeps skin supple and helps cool down inflammation.
I’ve seen women rub pineapple on their face while cutting them up to eat, as they are full of vitamins and alpha hydroxy acids. The enzymes in it actually eat away the dead surface cells on your skin revealing a new, young layer. It minimizes pores by keeping them clean. It also brightens the complexion over time to lighten dark spots from age or too much sun. Make sure not to over do this, as it is very acidic and can damage the skin’s barrier when over done.
Every pacific islander I ever met can’t get enough coconut oil, whether in their diet or as a hair mask, skin conditioner, natural SPF, lip oil, or just because they love the smell. Coconut oil is everywhere so it’s a good thing it can be used as a sun protection oil and hair protection oil because it’s full of anti-oxidants. One great tip is after a long day in the sun or ocean, scoop out a generous amount of coconut oil and massage it into hair from root to tip. Wrap it in a bandana and sleep with it overnight. Wake up and rinse or wash it out for amazingly soft hair.
Hawaiian women have been using the awapuhi plant for hundreds of years. A close cousin to the ginger and turmeric family, it helps keep hair glossy without weight, giving it B vitamins to rebuild structure.
Hibiscus flower blooms only once and never wilts, which is why it is the symbol of immortality. Teas are made from it for the flavonoids and it is prized for wound healing properties. Hibiscus extract is an amazing way to use this precious flower.
Less known than coconut but equally effective is tamanu oil. Thousands of years ago native Polynesians discovered the oil was a wonderful skin care aid, anti-fungal, antiseptic and anti-bacterial. It is still used for eczema, shingles, stretch marks and blemishes.
Add a bit of ancient island magic to your morning beauty ritual with our Rehydration Treatment Cream which smells of creamy coconut and has centuries old island remedies like bamboo and macadamia nut oil.