Some of the most famous and beautiful women of all time, like Sophia Loren and Monica Belucci, are Italian. While we might not be celebrated actresses, we can still use their beauty secrets.
Here are five beauty tips and products that Italian women swear by.
Vitamin D Is Your Friend
We all know that tanning beds and recklessly tanning in the sun are bad for our skin, but vitamin D is great for you in moderation. In fact, 35% of adult Americans have a vitamin D deficiency. So ditch the tanning bed, put on a good-quality sunscreen, and soak up the sun.
Whether you’re in Naples or your own backyard, it’s good for your body and mind, making you beautiful inside and out. Some great quality sunscreens to try are the COOLA Organic Classic Face Sunscreen SPF 50 and the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 100+.
Less Is More
When it comes to beauty, Italian women tend to take the less-is-more approach by wearing simple makeup looks and taking good care of their skin. Italian actress and model Monica Belucci’s beauty routine is as simple as they come: She cleans her face, puts on a light cream, mascara, and lip gloss. She washes her hair twice a week and applies olive oil to the tips.
A good strategy for this minimalist approach is to take care of your natural beauty and invest in high-quality Italian products like the Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau de Toilette perfume and the Borghese Radiante Revitalize and Firm Mask.
Use Olive Oil or Products with Olive Oil
Sophia Loren swore by putting olive oil on her skin, and it’s great for reducing sun damage and removing makeup. If putting on olive oil is too much for you, you should give products with olive oil a try.
Some great ones are the Kiss My Face Olive & Aloe Fragrance Free Body Lotion, the Urban Hydration Olive & Rosehip Face Cleansing Oil, and the DHC Olive Virgin Oil Essential Cream.
Use Coffee Scrubs
You read that right, one of the best exfoliators has been in your kitchen this entire time. Whether you create a DIY scrub by mixing coffee grinds and coconut or olive oil or use a store-bought scrub (my personal favorite is the Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub), it’s a great natural exfoliant and can reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks. If you make your own scrub, make sure the coffee is ground fine enough that it won't scratch your skin. Apply this scrub in the shower and you won’t regret it.
Though stress is a part of our everyday lives, we all know that stress and beauty don’t mix. Italian model Mitza Peirone says, “Stress makes anyone look older and more tired." To help combat stress, Peirone and other Italian women like to prioritize self-care and aren’t afraid to unwind with a glass of wine after a long day.
Italian women are known for their natural, classic beauty, and lucky for us, many of their beauty secrets are free or found in your own kitchen.
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