10 Korean Beauty Inventions That Actually Work

Over the last few years, South Korea has become the beauty capital of the world. There’s even a special term known as K-beauty which is used to describe famous Korean skincare products and tricks. Often unexpected, surprising, and even weird for the rest of the world (like using bird nests as a beauty ingredient), these products have proven efficacy and help Korean women (and men) look amazingly young.

We at Bright Side have prepared a short guide to the most popular and unusual beauty products they use in South Korea.

1. Silkworm cocoons as natural facial cleansers

Cocoons are the casing that silkworms spin, made of raw silk thread. Strange as it may seem, they are now widely used in K-beauty for skin exfoliation and cleansing as they contain powder proteins and have a gentle, yet visible effect.

2. Good news: They finally found a healthy way to use red wine!

Beauty products with red wine are a real trend this year. Red wine is said to be extremely rich in antioxidants and has great anti-aging and hydrating properties. This ingredient can now be found in masks, creams, essences and even lip tints.

3. Rubber masks instead of the more familiar sheet masks

Rubber masks do not pull moisture out of the skin when drying (as compared to traditional sheet ones) and they’re said to have unbeatable properties when mixed with boosting products like an essence or a serum.

4. Bubble clay masks are cute, unusual, and effective.

The trick of these masks is that when contacting the air, they produce oxygen bubbles, which increases blood circulation and makes your skin feel much fresher and brighter. And of course, it’s extremely fun watching your face turn into a bubbly-looking cloud!

5. Today, beauty is all about potatoes.

Forget about french fries — potato juice can help you fight dark circles, treat blemishes and brighten the skin. Koreans include this ingredient in sheet masks and essences, and even in DIY beauty products.

6. V masks for the perfect face shape

Though they may look really weird, these masks are said to be super effective for fighting a double chin problem and they make your skin firm and smooth.

7. Broccoli is more than just diet food.

Great news for those who can’t stand broccoli: now you can make use of all the healthy and beneficial properties of this vegetable without having to eat it! Beauty products with broccoli are on the rise now. This ingredient is said to nourish skin, treat acne, and even boost collagen production.

8. Birch juice is the new water.

Birch juice is a syrup extracted from birch trees. It is said to contain 17 amino acids, minerals, enzymes, proteins, antioxidants, and vitamins, all of which are beneficial for your skin. The recent trend is to use it in K-beauty products instead of water.

9. Heat masks for a true sauna effect

Ingredients of this mask start self-heating when they come into contact with the skin and air, which creates an effect similar to a sauna — it opens your pores and makes the skin feel really fresh and clean. Still, the look of this beauty product is really weird.

10. Mayonnaise for hair nutrition

Mayo hair packs, produced by a number of Korean manufacturers, contain almost the same nutritious ingredients as mayonnaise, (but thankfully, they don’t smell like the popular sauce), leaving your hair looking bright, strong, and smelling like vanilla.

Bonus: evidence of the fact that the K-beauty approach is effective

In these pics you can see famous South Korean actresses Kim Hee-ae and Kim Sung-ryung. Both of these beauties are 51 years old this year. Doesn’t this prove that Korean beauty inventions are worth trying?

Bonus 2: For those who still don’t believe it…

In these pics, you can see another famous Korean actress Ha Ji-won when she was 22 and 40 years old. Impressive, right?

Do you include any of these products in your beauty routine? Or maybe you have your own K-beauty favorites? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Source : https://brightside.me/inspiration-girls-stuff/10-korean-beauty-inventions-that-actually-work-653860/

15 Crazy Things People Do for Beauty Around the World

People all over the world have different ways of taking care of their minds, bodies, and souls. It seems like almost anything can be made into a facial, whether it be gold or chocolate. If we’d just take a look around the world, we’d find that people have all sorts of interesting ways of improving their health and beauty, often offered by their local spas and medical centers.

Bright Side has collected some of the most surprising and unexpected health procedures you’ll find around the globe.

1. Snail facials in Thailand

When using slime from live snails, the snails essentially do the work for you by spreading their mucus and giving you a facial massage. While this treatment is gaining popularity at spas in Thailand, similar treatments using snails date back to ancient Greece.

2. Apitherapy

If you were scared of getting stung by bees when you were little, it might surprise you to know what you were missing out on. Apitherapy involves treatments that use all products coming from bees, including bee venom. This treatment can be used to aid with multiple sclerosis, arthritis, infections, and shingles. Some people also use apitherapy to get over a fear of bees. Do make sure to be aware of your allergies before you try this.

3. Peruvian dolphin therapy

Many different types of animals are used in therapy treatments. In Peru, swimming with dolphins at marine parks has been used for speech, occupational, and physical therapy. Women expecting children also use this treatment. The dolphins reportedly nudge the woman’s belly and release a high-frequency sound that is said to stimulate the baby’s brain.

4. Snake massage in Israel

Ada Barak’s Carnivorous Plant Farm and Spa in Israel offers a massage service that also makes use of our animal friends. Around a half-dozen snakes slither around a person’s body, essentially giving them a full-body massage, including the face. The snakes are supervised during the treatment and clients claim that they help with migraines and sore muscles.

5. Californian & Dutch placenta facial

For people with skin issues, ranging from acne to psoriasis to rosacea, placentas are used throughout the world as the ultimate treatment. In the Netherlands, Dutch soccer players have even been known to treat torn ankle ligaments using horse placenta.

6. Beer spas in Europe

A nice warm bath can always help soothe aches and pains, but people have been finding different alternatives to water. In Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic, many hotels and spas offer people the chance to soak in beer. The treatment can help with skin issues, stress, and even increase cardio activity!

7. Volcanic sand bath

You may have heard of mud baths, and even sand baths, but did you think something from a volcano could be used as a spa treatment? Not only does this treatment use volcanic sand, some traditional bathing areas, such as the Yamakawa Sand Baths, are actually heated by nearby volcanoes. Sand baths take place within the comfort of a spa. Think hot spring, but you don’t have to get your feet dirty.

8. Cryotherapy

People use heat to treat themselves when they are sick (hot soup, hot tea, warm blankets), so using the cold to treat themselves was the obvious next progression. Cryotherapy is simply any treatment that uses freezing or near-freezing temperatures, although a well-known form of it involves sitting in a cold tank. Supposedly, staying in this tank can improve your mental health and prolong your life, but, as this is a relatively new treatment, these claims are not necessarily confirmed.

9. Hay treatments in northern Italy

The Hotel Heubad in northern Italy offers a spa treatment that involves covering a patron in wet, fermented hay. The idea comes from centuries of farmers sleeping in hay, only to wake up filled with energy. Allegedly, the treatment helps with muscle cramps, stiff joints, and even obesity.

10. Equine Reiki in Australia

Reiki is a pseudoscience involving supposedly sharing “life energy” among people, often using touch. A growing trend in Australia offers a variation of this practice using horses. Essentially clients lie on a massage bed or sit in a chair while horses move around them in order to share their energy.

11. Kati Basti

A perfect massage makes you feel like clay or dough in somebody’s hands. So, why not get a massage using real dough? In this practice a person has dough, that was made with black lentil flour and shaped into a circle, placed on a cramped area, normally the back. The dough is heated and medicate oil is then poured into the area, making it a little “well.” The practice also involves herbal steaming to finish it off.

12. Cured meat therapy in Italy

People like meat. People like the smell of meat. Using the smell of fine Italian meats as a treatment is just common sense. Hosteria da Ivan in Italy offers a salumoterapia salon, in which cloth napkins are placed over someone’s head, allowing them to inhale the smells of meat on a plate. The restaurant also offers prosciutto wraps and mortadella masks, as well as food you can purchase simply to eat.

13. Ramen baths in Japan

Ramen is so iconic it had to be made into a spa treatment. Yunessun Spa House, a spa theme park in Hakone, Japan, allows patrons to soak in a giant ramen bowl that is said to boost metabolism and improve the skin condition, all just using pork broth. The broth is real, but health concerns mandated that synthetic noodles had to be used, according to this video.

14. Goat yoga

They say to never let others walk all over you, but baby goats are clearly the exception to this rule. Goat yoga, at its most basic, is just conducting yoga sessions amid the company of goats, especially baby goats. Some of the goats are known to crawl or walk on people during the sessions, giving them a massage. With the goats essentially serving as a therapy animal, the practice is said to help with stress and anxiety.

15. Fire cupping

This traditional form of Chinese acupuncture involves heating glass cups and placing them on a client’s back, creating suction on the person’s skin. The treatment is said to aid with a variety of issues, from muscle cramps to the common cold. Be warned, however, that the treatment can cause circular bruises on the skin from the suction.

What did you think of these treatments? Would you try them? Let us know and also share any unusual health or beauty treatments from around the world that you’ve heard of yourself.

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5 Products That Can Combat Wrinkles No Worse Than Beauty Injections

Plastic surgery, botox, and “beauty injections” — people do all sorts of things to stay young. And if you’re not ready for such drastic measures, the world still has as a wide range of products that can make you look younger.

Bright Side has made a list of cool products with powerful anti-aging effects that can be used both separately and together with cremes and serums. Before you buy any of these products, you should consult your cosmetologist and find out if you can and should use them. Additionally, before you use them, test them on a small area of your skin.

1. Argireline aka acetyl

Argireline is a peptide so it penetrates the skin slightly and stimulates certain processes in it. It is often referred to as a competitor of botox because the effect it has is very similar. The peptide relaxes the facial muscles but doesn’t block them. Argireline is not toxic and it gets removed by the body but the effect is accumulative. And the products with a high concentration of the peptide have a very quick effect.

2. Snake venom peptide

This peptide is called snake venom because it has a similar effect. Just like snake venom and Argireline, it relaxes the muscles, stops spasms and as a result, flattens small and medium wrinkles. There are a lot of botox-effect cremes based on this peptide.

3. Matrixyl

Matrixyl or Palmitoyl pentapeptide-4 is also a peptide. It makes the skin regenerate and produce its own collagen and hyaluronic acid. Cosmetics with this peptide help to reverse the signs of aging. It can be bought both separately and as an ingredient in different serums.

4. Snail slime extract

Cosmetic products with snail slime extract have a regenerating effect, they flatten the skin, moisturize it, make it a little lighter and remove signs of acne. These products also mimic wrinkles a but not as deep and help the skin to heal.

5. Antioxidants

Antioxidants are also called preservatives because they slow down the aging process. The more antioxidants a product has, the better. That’s because they increase the effects of each other. Here’s a list of the most effective antioxidants:

  • Vitamin C makes the face color more homogeneous, stops inflammation, and helps to synthesize collagen.
  • Grape seed extract is a powerful antioxidant that helps with the production of collagen and elastin.
  • Green tea extract restores the damaged cells and stops inflammation.
  • Zinc increases the production of collagen and combats skin aging.

Have you tried anything from this list? Share your experience in the comment section below.

Source : https://brightside.me/inspiration-girls-stuff/5-products-that-can-combat-wrinkles-no-worse-than-beauty-injections-650260/

7 Benefits of Avocado Seeds That Can Boost Your Health and Beauty

There are so many products that have useful properties that we don’t know about. For example, an avocado seed. How many times have we thrown one away?

Bright Side wants to tell you about the useful properties of avocado seeds and different ways to use them.

Useful properties

Avocado seeds have bactericidal and fungicidal properties. It means that they are able to neutralize different harmful microorganisms. Additionally, seeds contain saponins that boost our metabolism and help our body get rid of “bad” cholesterol. Besides, these products contain calcium, magnesium, and vitamin C.

It’s highly recommended to use avocado seeds as a cosmetic product or a food supplement.

How to prepare avocado seeds?

Before cooking an avocado seed, you have to peel the brown skin off and let the seed dry. Use a grater to grate the skin, then put it in the oven and bake it for about an hour at a low temperature. As for the pit, you can bake it without grating it (for about 2 hours), then peel the skin, and grate the pit’s pulp. It’s not recommended to eat fresh seeds.

How to use avocado seeds as a cosmetic product:

Thanks to their antibacterial effect, avocado seeds deal great with acne, oily hair, and dandruff. They also have a good influence on our skin color and hair health.

Recipes:

  1. A scrub. Mix grated avocado seeds with ground coffee, add sea salt, and apply on your skin with gentle motions.
  2. A drying cream. Mix warm water and the grated seed until the mixture looks like a paste. For a better effect, add a few drops of tea tree oil. Apply the treatment to your pimples only and leave it for 4-6 minutes.
  3. A facial mask. Mix a grated pit with powdered clay, add some water, and apply to your face avoiding applying on the eye area. After 15 minutes, wash your face and apply a moisturizing cream.
  4. A hair rinse. Add 30 fl oz water in a pan with grated avocado seeds. Boil the water at a low temperature for 30 minutes. Filter the mixture and rinse your hair with this water after you wash it.

How to use it as a food supplement:

It’s recommended to consume avocado seeds if you suffer from obesity, atherosclerosis, or experience problems with your blood pressure. You may also eat them if you have inflammation (for example, the flu) or digestive disorders. Grated seeds are usually added to salads, smoothies, and other dishes.

Recipes:

  1. A salad. All kinds of salads taste great with grated avocado seeds but we recommend to mix the seed powder with vegetables and avocado. Cut your favorite vegetables into pieces and add some powder. You can also add eggs, boiled meat, or fish if you want.
  2. A smoothie. Whip 2 cups of almond milk, a banana, celery, spinach, and 1 tsp of avocado seed powder in the blender. By the way, you can use any other recipe you like but keep in mind that avocado seeds are pretty bitter, so it’s better to add something sweet.
  3. A creamy soup. Fry an onion, add the avocado pulp, and 15 fl oz of vegetable broth. Wait until the soup boils and whip it in the blender. Pour the soup into bowls and sprinkle it with grated avocado seeds.

Do you use avocado seeds? Share your recipes with us!

Source : https://brightside.me/creativity-cooking/7-benefits-of-avocado-seeds-that-can-boost-your-health-and-beauty-637460/

These People Learned the Hard Way That Skimping on Beauty Procedures Is a Bad Idea

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If you’ve ever scrolled through your Instagram feed and felt completely inadequate about the way you look, then you’re not alone. That’s basically me every time I log in and make the mistake of checking out other people’s posts.

Their skin is flawless, the proportions on their bodies are just wild — I don’t even know how dudes manage to look so good in sweatpants and a white t-shirt, every time I walk outside in them people assume I’m going to ask them if they could spare any change.

It’s only natural to want some of that beauty for yourself. So maybe you start cleaning up what you’ve been eating or you hit the gym a bit more. Maybe you start a simple skin care routine every night before you go to bed or look up some YouTube tutorials on how to get your eyebrows even more fleek-ish. We all have that specific “glow” we’re going for.

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But some people go a little too far for that “glow” and end up hurting themselves in the process. Like 20-year-old Megan Rixson, who went to a local salon in the hopes of getting stunningly long eyelash extensions.

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Megan says that when she went in for the procedure and the beautician was working on her first eye, she felt it stinging a lot, which she didn’t think was normal at first. So she voiced her concerns to the person working on her eyes.

“When she was doing the first one my eyes were stinging lots. But she said, don’t worry, it’s normal, and told me to hold my eye open. It was burning so much my eyes were naturally closing, but she kept telling me to hold them open. After she was done, I sat up on the bed and couldn’t open them. I said, this isn’t normal, but she kept saying it was.”

The results were pretty horrifying. For two hours after receiving her extensions, Megan couldn’t see. They swelled up, turned red, and wouldn’t stop watering. She uploaded a video of the damage on Twitter.

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In the hopes of warning everyone about the pitfalls of eyelash extensions, Megan warned people to be very careful about the beauty services they employ. As it turns out, their choice of materials was to blame.

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Who would’ve thought that using nail glue on human eyes would result in a severely adverse reaction? Megan managed to get herself to a walk-in clinic where she was prescribed some eye drops and wash for treatment.

Thankfully, the medicine’s been working, but it’s been slow going, as per BuzzFeed:

“My eyes are recovering well, still very sensitive. Occasionally the left eye blurs and both are a tiny bit sore but are getting better every day,” she said.

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Now using nail glue to put on fake eyelashes is definitely pretty bad, especially considering how horribly Megan’s reaction was, but there are some people who work in the world of beautifying people that take malpractice to terrifying new levels.

Like this one woman who posed as a cosmetic surgeon, offering people bottom-dollar butt injections. Ever since the fake butt phenomenon was popularized by the Kardashians, people have been flocking to doctors begging for artificial booties.

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If you’re wondering just how she got her patient’s bottoms so bulbous: cement. That’s right, she filled up their bodies with liquid cement, mineral oil, and fix-flat, of all things, to give them the curvaceous look they desired.

So just a word to the wise, if someone is offering you $700 for a surgery that costs thousands and thousands of dollars, it’s probably either a scam or you’re risking your life and well-being, so you should either get a second job or do some squats.

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Then there was Casey Lee, who traveled to Thailand for a breast lift, augmentation, and tummy tuck. These procedures would’ve cost her about $50,000 if performed in her native Australia. So she decided to hop on a plane and go overseas.

The surgeons must’ve not been paying attention, having an “off” day, or just didn’t care, because they ended up giving Casey, the wrong sized breast implants, burst stitches, and multiple severe infections.

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Katie Cassandra, while being stationed overseas in Germany, consulted with a physician in Deutschland for liposuction. Even though she didn’t speak German and her doctor didn’t understand English, she decided to let him suck the fat out of her body.

She was initially happy with the work he did, however, months later, she noticed that the areas on her that he performed the procedure started getting “lumpy” even though she wasn’t gaining any weight.

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She ultimately had to go to a doctor stateside to revise her surgery, and he was able to fix the “lumpiness” that plagued Katie’s body after her first liposuction job.

Sometimes, even paying top dollar doesn’t result in a decent plastic surgery job. Just ask Renee Talley.

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Yep, what you’re seeing is a loose implant in Renee’s booty that she can flip around to make it as flat as a thumbtack top. And get this: she paid $25,000 for that procedure and the doctor was board certified. I’m sure that’s just the thing you wanted to hear if you’re saving up for some cosmetic surgery.

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/10/26/Z2erAIL/botched-plastic-surgery

9 Absurd Beauty Rules From the Past That Cause Too Many Questions

Each epoch has its own concept of what a beauty is. But there is one thing that remains the same — there are always tricks that women use to stay fashionable and beautiful.

Bright Side wants to talk about the most unusual standards of beauty of the past and prove that the phrase “fashion victim” can apply to time gone by, not just the present.

Lipstick made of bugs and ants (Ancient Egypt)

Perhaps it was in Egypt where lipstick was the most popular. Here, almost the entire population, except for poor people, wore lipstick — and it wasn’t even for vanity but for protection from the burning sun and harsh winds. At first, it was seaweed dye, iodine, bromine, and mannitol that were used in its production. However, since this combination was very harmful, Egyptians soon learned how to make a red dye called carmine from bugs and ants. And according to the information about and images of Cleopatra, she was a big fan of red lipstick.

Foot binding (from the 10th century until the early 20th century, China)

Foot binding was used for changing the shape of young girls’ feet so that they would remain small. These feet were called “lotus feet” and symbolized the high status of a woman. Since this practice immobilized women, they usually ended up developing a number of disabilities that remained with them for their entire life.

The practice didn’t end until the beginning of the 20th century. There had been some other attempts to do it earlier, but they all failed.

Long-pointed poulaines (Middle Ages)

The length of the toes on these shoes was different for different parts of the population. Princes were allowed to wear shoes with toes up to 30 inches, for aristocracy it was 25 inches, for urbanites — 10 inches, and for simple people 5 inches. Because of these “rules,” one was able show off their status with just the help of their shoes. To prevent them from falling off, fashion mongers stuffed them with hay.

By the way, it was very inconvenient to kneel during prayers when wearing these shoes which is why church called them “Satan’s claws” and even cursed them.

“Stuffed” clothing (England, 16th century)

Sleeves that protruded around the shoulder line were popular among men in the epoch of Queen Elizabeth the First. It helped them look more respectable and more muscular. They managed to get this shape with the help of an enormous amount of batting. Sometimes they even used sawdust. And, not only did fashion mongers of those times stuff their sleeves, but also clothing in the area of their chest, belly, and even their stockings. Women did this in order to make their bust, shoulders, and hips look bigger.

Cosmetics based on radioactive elements (1930’s)

In 1898, French scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discovered radium. And at the beginning of the 1930s, the markets became flooded with cosmetics that had an addition of the hazardous radioactive substance. For example, a popular line of Tho-Radia creams allowed its manufacturers make big money despite the fact that there were radium and thorium in their ingredients. The manufacturers promised women shining and radiant skin. Authorities of that time probably didn’t realize the dangerous side effects of these ingredients.

High hairdos of the Macaroni (the 18th century)

At the end of the 18th century, a group of fashion mongers called “Macaroni” appeared in England. The origins of this name have several theories — one of them says it’s because of their resemblance to a dish with the same name, another theory says that these young men liked to travel around Italy and brought their love for pasta to their motherland. The height of their hairdos reached astronomical sizes and they even put small funny hats over them. And the only way possible to take them off, was with the help of a sword.

Extremely long nails (Ancient China)

Long nails have been popular among Chinese aristocracy for many centuries. They were a symbol of wealth showing that their owner doesn’t have to work hard in the fields. Look at the famous portraits of the Empress Cixi (Qing dynasty) where she is depicted with extremely long nails that are protected with decorative fingernail covers. These nails and decorations were traditional during the times of the Qing dynasty.

Nowadays it’s also possible to see long nails on Chinese men — most often they grow only one nail but its length is not as extreme as with their ancestors.

Gladiator sweat as a cosmetic product (Ancient Rome)

Gladiators’ sweat was considered a powerful cosmetic product and was sold in souvenir stalls located around arenas where gladiator battles were held.

Chin reducer (the end of the 19th century)

In the 1890s, professor E.J. Mack created a special device that promised to remove a double chin as well as decrease enlarged glands. This device was called “pull the cords” and it looked like a torture device.

Bonus: Painted legs

There was a deficit of Nylon during the Second World War but naked women’s legs were considered obscene. So many fashion mongers found a way out of this situation by painting seams up their legs as if they were wearing stockings and sometimes they even painted their legs in the color of nylon tights. There were beauty salons that offered this procedure to their clients during this time.

It disappeared after the end of the war as nylon made its way back to women’s wardrobes.

Which of these fashions shocked you most of all? Please tell us about it in the comments!

Source : https://brightside.me/wonder-curiosities/9-absurd-beauty-rules-from-the-past-that-cause-too-many-questions-634160/

15 Captivating Photos That Show the Diverse Beauty of People Across the World

Both in Hollywood and around the world, we have our own ideas about what beauty means. History has even seen some pretty bizarre practices when it comes to appearances. These trends come and go but we still remain captivated by people who have a certain “air” about them. Diversity shows that we can be beautiful in our own unique way and that “different” can often be a blessing.

Here at Bright Side, we’ve compiled 15 captivating photos of people around the world that show beauty in its endless forms.

1. Beauty in disorder

Melanie Gaydos is an American model with a set of rare genetic conditions known as ectodermal dysplasia. Although she hasn’t signed with an agency, Gaydos has attained global success on her own and has no intentions of giving up her modeling career.

2. Beauty in tones

Haider Har is a Londoner who was featured in photographer Brock Elbank’s photo series on vitiligo. The series challenges perceptions of beauty by showcasing the disease, along with other pigmentations like freckles, to question our fixation with symmetry and perfection.

3. Waves of pigment

Maeva Giani Marshall is a French-American model with hyperpigmentation, leading to a collection of freckles around her eyes and cheeks. Now signed with Heroes Models, Marshall stands for the beauty of diversity in the fashion world.

4. Beauty in extremes

Shaun Ross is a model known for his unique skin tone, as well as his striking facial features. Of African-American descent, Ross is recognized as the first male albino model. Although he was frequently bullied during his school years for appearing too ghostly, Ross has since gone on to be featured in music videos for artists like Beyoncé and Katy Perry. He is currently the face of Lynx and an active campaigner for Albinism Awareness.

5. Marked from birth

While newfound stardom is often the way we hear about extraordinary beauties, prominent photographer Mihaela Noroc brings to our attention the far-reaching beauty of people across the world. This Turkish woman, named Burcu, is featured in Noroc’s The Atlas of Beauty—a collection of portraits depicting women around the world. Speaking about her unique birthmark, Burcu comments: “I’ve never tried to hide it. I’ve always seen it as something that makes me special.”

6. The melanin goddess

Khoudia Diop, also known as the “Melanin Goddess,” is a Senegalese model once teased for her nightly skin. After taking part in “The Colored Girl campaign, Diop made a name for herself in the mainstream fashion world, proving that beauty comes in all shades.

7. The beard is the blessing

Harnaam Kaur is a British model and anti-bullying activist, sometimes known as “the lady with a beard.” During adolescence, she grew excess body and facial hair as a result of a diagnosed syndrome that causes hormonal imbalances. Despite her difficulties with self-acceptance, Kaur overcame years of bullying and self-doubt to become a spokesperson for body positivity and an inspiration for all who feel out of place.

8. Moles to Miss Universe

Evita Delmundo, from Borneo, Malaysia, is a model and influencer distinguished by her full body of moles. While admitting that excessive bullying made her “self-conscious” about her appearance, Delmundo has gone on to audition for Miss Universe and even taken part in Dove’s #BeautyUnitesUs campaign. “There are so many types of beauty in the world”, she says. “It should not be embodied by just one face or one kind of beauty.”

9. The eyes are arresting

Mekhi Alante Lucky is an American model who rose to fame after his released mugshots went viral. His unique blue-brown eyes landed him a contract with St. Claire Modelling and have made him an internet sensation. Lucky shows that unique features can be mesmerizing.

10. There’s more to a face

This model shows that there is beauty in peculiarities. Both with and without his facial marks, he shows that beauty is not confined to nationality or facial structure.

11. No legs, no limits

Kanya Sesser is a Thai model and actress who was born without legs. While her difficulties began when she was abandoned at one-week-old on the steps of a Buddhist temple, she proved herself as a competitive athlete and now performs stunts alongside her modeling career and motivational speaking gigs. Putting the “ability” in “disability”, she lives by the motto, “no legs, no limits” and shows that beauty comes in many forms.

12. A rustic glow

This Tibetan woman’s bare features and rouge glow can’t cease to charm us. Noroc again shows us the beauty in diversity by capturing the enchanting beauty of women across the world.

13. Cat’s eye

Caitin Stickels is distinguished by a rare genetic disorder known as “cat eye syndrome.” While causing split cat-like pupils, the disorder also affects Stickels’ facial structure and can cause her pain. Despite the drawbacks that come with her disorder, Stickels embraces her uniqueness through her evocative portraits and love of fashion.

14. Red hair, black skin

If you were to see Haitian model Ralph Souffrant for the first time, the first thing you’d probably notice is the generous peppering of freckles covering his face and body. But he’s also unique in his hair-skin contrast, with his prominent auburn hair being an unusual feature. Currently signed to Next Models, along with numerous agencies in New York and LA, Souffrant shows that having a unique appearance can take you far.

15. Beauty in mixture

Issa Lish is a half-Japanese, half-Mexican model known for her distinctive long limbs and peculiar features. While she brands herself with the alien emoji with pride, she’s been frequently described as a mixture of “beautiful and ugly” and is an instantly recognizable face in the fashion industry.

What captivated you most about these unique beauties? Do they challenge mainstream notions of beauty? Let us know in the comments.

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20+ Photos Showing the Beauty of Being Mixed-Race

Sociologists found out that mestizos look more attractive and successful to us. One of the reasons is evolution: the more diverse the genetic material is, the more chances a person has for survival, so this person is a better candidate for a relationship and reproduction. We identify such people as probable partners at a subconscious level and this is why our brain thinks that they are very attractive.

We at Bright Side decided to find out if it is really true and collected 26 photos of men and women of mixed race.

1. Japan + America

2. Norway + Thailand

3. Germany + the Philippines

4. Ireland + Italy

5. Ukraine + Tunisia

6. India + Great Britain

7. Germany + Ireland + China

8. Spain + China + the Philippines

9. Jamaica + Syria

10. Ukraine + Hawaii + the Philippines

11. France + Korea

12. Ireland + Italy + Guyana

13. France + Portugal + the Caribbean

14. The Netherlands + Palestine

15. Turkey + Germany

16. The Netherlands + Great Britain + France + Germany + Austria + Belgium + Turkey

17. Great Britain + Pakistan

18. Great Britain + France + Ireland

19. Germany + Great Britain + Japan

20. Ireland + Germany + Israel + Great Britain

21. India + Australia

22. Great Britain + Spain + Jamaica

23. China + the Netherlands

24. Israel + Ukraine + Portugal + Sweden

25. Malasia + Trinidad + India + African roots

26. France + Cambodia + China

Do you think that people of mixed race are more attractive than others? Share your opinion in the comments section below.

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15 Useful Beauty Tips That Can Make Women’s Lives Easier

All women, regardless of their age, nationality, or social status, want to look awesome. Sometimes even the tiniest thing can spoil our appearance and mood. We all hate sudden pimples, dull skin, and yellowing tooth enamel. What can we do in these cases?

Bright Side has read tons of information and now we know the answers to some important questions. Here are 15 life hacks that will help you look magnificent and gain everyone’s admiration. By the way, these methods aren’t expensive.

A clear face without acne

A sudden pimple can really spoil your look and mood. But you can get rid of it at home.

You’ll need:

Apply a few drops on a cotton swab and place it in the fridge for 3-5 minutes. Then apply the swab to the pimple. The remedy will make it look smaller and reduce the pain.

There’s also another way to remove pimples.

You’ll need:

  • Bismuth subsalicylate or Pepto-Bismol
  • A makeup brush

This medicine is usually used to treat diarrhea and other gastrointestinal tract disorders, but blogger Natalie assures us that it also deals well with skin issues. You just have to apply bismuth on your face, let it dry, and wash it away. This method will remove redness and make your skin look more elastic. Click here to discover more tricks to fight against acne.

Plump lips

If your lips aren’t plump enough, you don’t have to get lip fillers if you want your lips to look bigger. You can do it without having to leave your home.

You’ll need:

  • 1/3 tsp of ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp of ground Cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 drop of peppermint essential oil
  • 1 tsp of vitamin E

Mix all ingredients, apply the mixture on your lips, and massage for 30 seconds. Leave the mask on for 3-5 minutes and wash it away. Here you can find other recipes that will make your lips look bigger.

Underarm whitening

Dark underarm skin makes women avoid going out in public wearing sleeveless dresses or tops. Don’t throw all these clothes away, we have a solution. You can whiten your armpits at home.

You’ll need:

Cut a lemon into 4 and squeeze the lemon juice into a bowl. Add baking soda and mix. Apply the mixture on your underarms and leave it for 5-10 minutes. For better results, it’s recommended to apply the mask before bedtime.

Smooth skin

A homemade scrub is a great alternative to spa procedures when it comes to smooth skin.

You’ll need:

  • Brown sugar
  • Raw oat flakes
  • Olive oil

Take a cup of each ingredient, mix them in a bowl, and apply your scrub on dry skin in circular motions. Then wash the mixture away and enjoy the results. For more recipes, click here.

Young skin

To make your hands look perfect, you can prepare a natural age spot remover with a whitening effect.

You’ll need:

  • 1/4 glass of cooked rice
  • 1/2 tbsp of agave nectar
  • 1/2 tbsp of lemon juice

Mix all ingredients in a blender and apply to your skin on your hands. In 1-2 minutes, wash the mask with warm water. You can also use it to make your face look fresh and healthy. If your skin is too sensitive, you can replace the lemon juice with water. For more information, click here.

Smooth feet

We usually wear high heels and uncomfortable shoes and walk a lot in them… This foot soak will soothe your feet and make your skin feel smoother.

You’ll need:

  • 2 cups of baking soda
  • 1 cup of Epsom salt
  • 25 drops of peppermint essential oil

Mix the ingredients in a bowl and then mix them with warm water. Put your feet in the water and soak for 15 minutes. In this article, you can learn some more detailed recommendations.

A toning massage

A tennis ball can be applied even at home and it’s really easy to use.

You’ll need:

  • 1 tennis ball
  • An exercise mat

You can roll out practically your entire body with a tennis ball. Choose the part of your body that you’d like to massage. Place the ball on a mat and lay down with the ball nestled right by your shoulder, back, or any other zone. To learn more about this and other methods, click here.

Beautiful eyebrows

Castor oil is considered to be one of the most effective products for hair growth. It contains the necessary vitamins, protein, and antioxidants to enrich hair follicles. Use it instead of the eyebrow tattooing that’s getting less and less popular today.

You’ll need:

Pour a few drops of the oil on a cotton pad and apply it on your eyebrows. Massage each eyebrow with your fingertips for 2-3 minutes. Wait for 30 minutes and remove the oil with makeup remover. For more details, click here.

Neat skin around nails

The cuticle around your nails makes your hands look untidy. You can deal with this unpleasant issue at home.

You’ll need:

  • 1 capsule of vitamin E
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • A wooden stick

Mix all ingredients and soak your fingers in the mixture for a few minutes. Then use a wooden cuticle stick to push back the cuticles on your fingers. You can click here to find more tips.

Getting rid of dark neck, elbows, and knees

Sometimes dark spots on our neck, elbows, and knees occur where the skin gets dry and less elastic. To take care of your skin, you’ll need a few ingredients that you can find in your kitchen.

You’ll need:

  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 tsp of olive oil

Mix the ingredients, apply the mixture to all of the problem areas, and leave it for 30 minutes. Then remove it with warm water. Step-by-step instructions are shown in this video.

Homemade headache relief balm

Are you fed up with painkillers but a headache leaves you no choice? Try to make this balm.

You’ll need:

  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp of almond oil (or jojoba oil)
  • 8 drops of frankincense essential oil
  • 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 6 drops of spearmint essential oil
  • 6 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 8 drops of basil essential oil
  • 3 tbsp of beeswax
  • A bowl
  • Balm jars

You have to mix essential oils with beeswax. Apply the balm on your temples, forehead, or another area where you experience pain. The process of making the balm is shown here. And you can also read about essential oils and other components that make the balm really useful.

Body and face detox

Our body needs a detox from time to time. To make your skin look healthy, use a detox scrub that you can prepare at home.

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • A few drops of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of coffee grounds

Cut a grapefruit into 2, drizzle olive oil on the cut sides of the grapefruit, and dip it into the coffee grounds. Massage your skin in circular motions. Add more olive oil and coffee grounds as needed. By the way, you can also make a detox face scrub. Click here for more details.

Beautiful nails

Yellow spots on our nails look unpleasant and worry us. But it’s really easy to make them look nice again. All necessary ingredients are waiting for you in your bathroom.

You’ll need:

  • Toothpaste
  • An old toothbrush

Apply toothpaste on a brush and rub your nails for a few minutes. After this procedure, the stains will disappear. Check out other simple recipes here.

Voluminous hair

Thin hair makes getting a full-looking style a really tough challenge. If you want your hair to look voluminous, you can try this method.

You’ll need:

  • A comb
  • A clean toothbrush

Part your hair and tease your roots at the crown along your part with the toothbrush. The bristles are so soft that they allow you to retain more control than you’d be able to with a regular hairbrush. For more information, click here.

White teeth

Stop being ashamed of your smile. You don’t need to visit a dentist to whiten your teeth, you can prepare a homemade remedy on your own.

You’ll need:

  • 1 tbsp of turmeric
  • 1 tsp of coconut oil

Make a paste out of all the ingredients. Apply the mixture on a toothbrush and clean your teeth as usual. For better results, leave the paste on your teeth for 5 minutes before you rinse your mouth. More detailed tips and information can be found here.

Which life hacks would you like to try? Do you have your own beauty tips to share with us?

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6 Money-Saving Beauty Tips That Can Transform Your Hair

The topic of hair care is always popular and it is not surprising, since according to different studies, beautiful hair is considered to be one of the main signs of female beauty and health. However, if you want to have healthy beautiful hair, it doesn’t mean that you need to have expensive procedures in a salon. In fact, all you have to do is not to get lost in a huge amount of information, learn to tell the truth from the myths, and find out more about the useful qualities of things you have at home.

Bright Side decided to make this task simpler for you: we spent some time learning about some subtleties, dispelled popular myths, and made a compilation of effective care tips.

1. Soap, lip balm, and gelatin will help you deal with curly hair.

Unfortunately, taking care of curly hair can be really challenging at times. It is amazing but really unusual products can help you deal with this problem. For example, in order to make the locks heavier, you need to apply a wet scented soap. Another thing you can use is lip balm that works just like hair wax and helps to deal with hair that is hard to comb. If you have more time and you want a more complex solution to the problem, you can make a gelatin mask that can laminate your hair.

You will need:

  • some gelatin powder;
  • hair balm;
  • mineral water (not necessary);
  • egg yolk (not necessary).

Mix 1 tbsp of gelatin powder in 3 tbsp of water (you can use mineral water to achieve better results.) Make sure all the gelatin is dissolved (the mixture might need some heating) and add just a bit of hair balm. To make the hair stronger, you can also add one egg yolk. Cool down the solution and put it on your hair, a few inches from the skin. Then, put a shower cap on and cover your hair with a towel for 40 minutes. This mask will make your hair shiny and smooth.

2. Choose the right type of brush.

As you have probably already noticed, hair health depends on mechanical manipulations that you do to it. So, of course, choosing the right hair brush and using it correctly is vital if you want healthy hair. When your hair is dry, experts recommend using a massaging brush. Aside from brushing the hair well, such brushes also massage the head which is really useful for the hair follicles. And it also spreads the sebum produced by the skin and that makes the hair shiny.

Wet hair should not be brushed at all because it is very vulnerable to damage. However, you can still do it but only after it dries just a little. It should be a wide tooth comb and you should be careful not to remove the tangled hair.

3. Egg mask to increase the speed of hair growth.

Hair consists of mostly proteins and amino acids, and eggs are full of these elements which makes them one of the best things to use if you want to have beautiful hair. Egg yolk makes the hair strong and soft, it prevents hair from breakage, and stimulates hair growth. Honey is a great hair conditioner that makes your hair very soft. Castor oil has been known to stimulate hair growth.

You will need:

  • 2 tbsp castor oil;
  • 1 egg yolk;
  • 1 tbsp organic honey.

You should mix the ingredients well, apply the mixture to your hair, and massage the roots carefully. Then, wrap your head in plastic wrap or wear a shower cap and leave the mixture on your hair for a couple of hours. Then, wash your hair with shampoo and with hair conditioner. Repeat the procedure 2 times a week and just a few months later, you will notice an impressive result of your effort.

4. Homemade dry shampoo to keep your hair fresh for a long time.

Dry shampoo is used to clean the hair without using water. Despite the fact that such shampoos are usually made of a lot of different elements that are hard to come by, it’s actually really simple to make this shampoo at home:

You will need:

  • 2 tbsp cornstarch;
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder (for dark hair);
  • 5-6 drops of some essential oil of your choice (not necessary);
  • a wide makeup brush.

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Put the mixture in a bottle or somewhere else. In the first case, before using, you should shake the bottle well and then spread the mixture all over the hair. If you are using a brush, you should put a little bit of powder on the roots, wait for it to absorb the extra sebum, and then brush the hair thoroughly. Finally, use a hair dryer to remove the remaining pieces of the shampoo and make the hair more voluminous.

5. The secret of taking care of dry ends.

This method won’t help you get rid of split ends because it can’t repair them as effectively as a gelatin mask. But it’s great for dealing with dry ends and it’s good for the gradual treatment of split ends if you use this method on a regular.

So, it’s quite simple: before washing your hair, put some balm on the hair tips. And as for the roots, put some shampoo on them as usual and spread the foam all over the hair. The point is that the balm won’t let the shampoo be too aggressive to the dry part of the hair and won’t let it afflict more damage. Also, there is another option: use a conditioner before washing the hair, not after. It is believed that this method is great for the hair structure.

6. Getting rid of dandruff

Aspirin is known for its ability to relieve the pain from minor injuries and it is also believed to be an effective ingredient in many beauty recipes. One of the uses concerns the health of your hair — specifically the scalp. Aspirin can be used to fight dandruff.

What you need to do is crush several pills, mix them with your regular shampoo, and apply it to your scalp. Leave the mixture for a few minutes and then wash it off well.

Next, massage a mixture of aspirin and hot water into your scalp, leave it for 10 minutes, and then wash it off. Then carefully dry your hair with a towel. Aspirin contains salicylic acid that is used in many anti-dandruff shampoos.

Dispelling popular myths and misconceptions

  • Myth #1: Trimming your hair regularly will make it grow faster.

Despite the simplicity and the appeal, this version is completely wrong. The speed of hair growth directly depends on the follicles on the head that can be stimulated by massaging, masks, oils, and vitamins. Having your hair cut often only makes the hair appear more healthy.

  • Myth #2: We should wash our hair before getting it cut.

Many people find it logical to wash your hair right before going to a beauty salon. But in fact, it’s best if you do it one day before visiting a hairdresser. The thing is, your hairdresser will be able to see all the flaws of your hair which are really hard to determine if your hair is clean.

  • Myth #3: In order to keep your hair healthy, you need to use professional cosmetics.

This is another popular misconception. Of course, there is some truth in it, especially if you choose a product matching your hair type. But still, a high price doesn’t always mean that you bought a good thing. And you can see good effects with cheaper alternatives of expensive shampoos and conditioners — just pay attention to the ingredients. A good shampoo shouldn’t contain any paraben or phthalate.

  • Myth #4: You make your hair weak by washing it every day.

This popular idea causes a lot of doubts and arguments. But experts still believe that people confuse the cause and the effect. Your hair may be damaged not because you wash it, but because you use a hairdryer after that and that definitely damages it. Also, if you brush your hair often, you can’t avoid damaging it. But if you use a soft shampoo that doesn’t remove the natural sebum from the skin, there is no damage whatsoever.

Do you know any other tips to care for your hair? Share them in the comments section below.

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