Cleopatra was renown for her beauty. She seduced Julius Caesar and then Mark Anthony. That alone should be proof that she must have been the most beautiful woman in her time.
Yet British archeologists unearthed silver coins that say otherwise. Her image on those plains were far from the ravishing beauty one expects to see. So why did the two most powerful men in her time fall for her?
For one thing, she was the queen of Egypt. Then again, her suitors ruled the Roman Empire. They could have had any woman they wanted.
There are several possibilities. Maybe society’s perception of beautiful features in those days are different from modern society’s view. Look at the 17th century paintings of nude beauties drawn by Ruben. In those days, those women were considered great beauties. Today, women like that would be considered fat and not beautiful by modern standards. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
One thing remains the same through the ages. Beauty is linked to healthy skin. The women in Ruben’s paintings had gorgeous skin that glowed. Cleopatra and other egyptian queens are known to follow beauty regimes that focus on giving them beautiful skin. Baths in milk and honey. The use of aloe vera for their skin. All these treatments result in smooth, beautiful skin.
Let’s start with milk and honey. Cleopatra is said to have bathed in milk and honey baths. Milk contains lactic acid, a form of alpha hydroxy acid which you would find in today’s beauty products. It exfoliates the skin, removing the dead skin cells, causing the younger skin to emerge.
Honey is a humectant. It attracts water which makes it a wonderful moisturizer.
Bathing daily in milk and honey would give you smooth, younger, softer skin. If you have a bath tub, you can indulge in a milk and honey bath yourself.
1. Fill the bath with warm water
2. Add 4 cups of full cream milk powder for a really rich milk bath.
3. Add 1 cup of honey.
4. Wash yourself with soap and water and shampoo and rinse your hair before you enter the bath.
5. Relax and soak in the milk and honey bath for as long as you like.
The other beauty treatment that Cleopatra is said to have used have used aloe vera on her skin. So did Queen Nefertiti.
Aloe vera gel actually heals the skin from eczema or other skin diseases. It even clears the skin from acne, thanks to the sulfur and salicylic acid found in it. Both sulfur and salicylic acid are used topically to treat acne. Aloe vera itself is rich in anti-oxidants which are known for their anti-aging properties. That’s not all. It has anti-inflammatory properties, anti-bacterial properties and heals the skin without leaving scars. Using aloe vera topically also leads to clearer, fairer and healthier skin and healthy skin is considered beautiful throughout history.