The secret of ancient Egyptian beauty

Updated 26 December 2012
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The secret of ancient Egyptian beauty

It is said that beauty is only skin deep. It is no wonder then, that throughout history women have invested an exorbitant amount of energy and efforts to enhance and illuminate their skin.
Beauty has proved to be a strong ally in helping women cement their power and prestige. Such is the case regarding the mysterious appeal of Cleopatra in the earlier Egyptian Dynasty. Much has been said about her beauty and while she possessed shrewd leadership qualities, her success was attributed to her breathtaking demeanor, which made the most tyrannous of men weak in her presence. Cleopatra established the foundation and basis of our modern day beauty rituals and practices.
Seeking inspiration from Cleopatra’s legacy, the following are some beauty services and regimes offered at EVE Spa in Jeddah, which originate in essence and practice from the ancient Egyptian queen’s world of beauty secrets:

The Cleopatra Bath
Named rightfully after the true inspiration behind this sensational treatment, the Cleopatra bath depends on a damp exfoliation of the body followed by a lengthy soak in milk and honey based products. Milk and Honey was the backbone combination for a multitude of Cleopatra’s ancient skin rituals. Milk contains lactic acid; a form of Alpha Hydroxy acid, which removes dead skin, cells, causing the younger skin to emerge. Honey is a humectant that retains water, which helps lock in moisture for the skin. The treatment includes a face massage and mask using contemporary versions of Cleopatra’s clay masks, depending on the skin type. As part of the indulgence, post this ritual, clients are escorted to a dressing area to towel dry and are then moisturized with an intense emulsion that serves to supplement the treatment. Simultaneously, clients have their hair air-dried and styled to their satisfaction.
This aromatic bath promises to leave the skin fairer, exceedingly soft and even toned. Consider it Cleopatra’s promise to you.

Castor oil therapy
Hair is something that ancient Egyptians went great lengths to nurture and enhance. Hair symbolized wealth, status, beauty and in some references, motherhood and fertility. To maintain natural hair growth and the strength of their hair, Egyptians were pioneers in using castor oil. Ancient Egyptians initiated the use of this oil for their hair due to its nourishing properties. Castor oil has since then been used to enhance healthy hair growth and in strengthening hair follicles.
To get the full benefit of this treatment, hot oil warps are infused with castor oil and massaged into the scalp. The client is then placed under a steam incubator, to ensure the deep penetration of Vitamin E and fatty acids in the concentrated castor oil, into the scalp and hair follicles.

Hair Extensions
This beauty technique, widely used in ancient Egyptian history, followed the Egyptians predecessors to their grave. Hair extensions today are used to lengthen short hair, to fill thinning areas of the scalp or to add volume and color variation to hair. This convenient camouflage has transcended upon us from our ancient Egyptian forefathers, as they took pride in grooming their hair to the best of their abilities. EVE Salon is one of the few salons in the Kingdom to offer 100 percent natural human hair extensions, inspired by the tradition of the ancient Egyptian dynasties.

Gold on skin
Ancient Egyptians not only used this precious metal as adornment, but also used gold as a therapy for the skin. Historically in Egypt, gold was used for its curative and antibacterial properties. The exclusiveness of this ritual has not changed throughout the years, as only a certain number of elite spa’s around the world offer the expertise in using this expensive metal for skin and energy revitalizing purposes.
The Spa offers the luxurious gold facial, in which ground granules and sheets of pure 25-carat gold are used topically on facial skin.

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Shanina Shaik stars in campaign for Revolve

Victoria’s Secret model Shanina Shaik. (AFP)
Updated 15 July 2018
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Shanina Shaik stars in campaign for Revolve

DUBAI: She may not be at Miami Swim Week, but Victoria’s Secret model Shanina Shaik certainly got into the spirit on Instagram, posting shots from her trip to Bermuda with US-based e-tail platform Revolve and giving a special mention to the swimwear event.
“Because it’s swim week,” Shaik captioned a photo of herself wearing a red-and-white vertically striped bikini, by swimwear label Tularosa, against a rocky backdrop in Bermuda. Miami Swim Week is set to continue until July 17 and sees swimwear designers from across the world show off their latest perfect-for-the-pool creations on the sunny shores of the Floridian city.
However, the model is on another sun-drenched shoreline for a photoshoot and launch party celebrating a collaboration between clothing brands The Naven Twins and NBD in Bermuda this week.
Shaik, whose father is Pakistani and mother is Lithuanian-Australian, wasn’t the only fashionable it-girl on the island, however. Revolve handpicked a group of stylish influencers and models to star in the Bermudian snaps.
Designer and marketing guru Draya Michele, model Kara Del Toro and influencer Jill Wallace also took part in the color-packed photoshoot.

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For her part, Shaik starred in a series of shots wearing a glittering array of beach-ready outfits. In one windswept photo, the model wears a lilac bandeau top with draped sleeves, paired with a jungle-print pair of high-waisted shorts — “a real-life mermaid,” the Revolve social media team captioned the picture on Instagram.
Revolve carries more than 500 menswear and womenswear brands and has a dedicated beauty section on its website, revolve.com. Launched in 2003, the e-tail website claims to have 40 million page visits per month, so it makes sense that Shaik, an already successful runway model, would jump on the bandwagon.
Shaik is newly married, having tied the knot with musician DJ Ruckus at a family-filled ceremony in the Bahamas in May. The couple promptly followed it up with a bash in Miami that was attended by likes of Bella Hadid and model Hailey Baldwin.
The model married her long-time beau Gregory Andrews on musician Lenny Kravitz’s private island of Eleuthera.
Reverend Run of Run DMC performed the ceremony as family, friends and a handful of celebrity guests gathered for the nuptials, including Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross, as well as models Nadine Leopold and Hannah Ferguson.
The happy couple got engaged in December 2015 after dating for less than a year. He reportedly presented her with two Lorraine Schwartz rings and let her take her pick. She eventually chose a gold band that featured an amethyst and a diamond, according to media reports.