In addition to giving Thailand’s famous cuisine its irresistible variety of flavours, plenty of the country’s natural fruits and herbs offer excellent beauty benefits for your skin and hair.
When you’re holiday in Thailand, you quickly become accustomed to the zesty fragrance of lemongrass steaming up from your plate, and the rich texture of coconut milk giving your meal a delicious creamy texture.
Thailand’s natural produce not only tastes absolutely delicious, many of the same ingredients used in Thai food also have proven natural benefits to boost your skin and hair as well.
Whether you feel like trying some homemade treatments back at your private villa or simply want to stock up on indulgent lotions and potions from one of the country’s organic beauty boutiques, you’ll find that many of Thailand’s fruits, herbs and spices offer an excellent addition to your beauty regime.
Below are some of the most effective and indulgent naturally inspired beauty treatments.
Although native to India and Sri Lanka, this aromatic herb has become a flavoursome base for many Thai dishes. It also offers a range of nutritional benefits, both ingested and when used as a beauty product. Thanks to its anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties, lemongrass is excellent for lessening the symptoms of skin conditions such as cellulite. It also acts as an astringent, which helps minimise the pores, providing an all-round skin-firming treatment. If you’re on the lookout for some lemongrass goodies, the lemongrass and ginger milk cleanser from organic Thai brand, Siam Botanicals is a local favourite. Crafted from an aromatic blend of ginger and lemongrass, it’s a superb solution for oily and combination skin.
Creative with Coconuts
Over the last few years, a plethora of natural health benefits have been associated with coconuts which has made this tropical fruit a favourite with those who favour a simple, organic beauty regime. Coconut oil in particular has become something of a cure-all solution, and can be used for everything from gently removing your makeup to moisturising crackled fingernail cuticles. This versatile oil can also be used as an all-over body moisturiser – simply lather in generously after your morning shower. The coconut oil from Sister & Co is the perfect size to fit in your holiday beauty kit so your skin can stay fresh and gleaming throughout a holiday in Thailand.
While you may be more accustomed to popping a teaspoon of ginger into your morning smoothie than using it as a beauty treatment, this natural ingredient offers plenty of beauty benefits. It has long enjoyed a reputation as a healing, soothing herb and can be used for everything from calming upset tummies to fighting fatigue. Ginger packs in a powerful punch of anti-oxidants, which can reduce the appearance of scars when applied to the skin. It can also help fight free radicals, which are one of the causes of aging. The gorgeous, rich moisturiser from Origins is an absolute essential for your vacation beauty kit.
While no Pad Thai would ever be complete without a zesty drizzle of lime, this citrus fruit also offers plenty of beauty benefits in addition to its taste enhancing powers. Citrus fruits have long been known for their beneficial effects on skin thanks to their high vitamin C content. Because of its skin lightening properties, lime is considered a natural bleaching agent that can reduce the appearance of dark spots. The antibiotic properties of lime can also help protect your skin from blemishes. The lime and ginger salt flow exfoliation scrub from Elemis is made from a fragrant concoction of lime, ginger, sea salt, kukui, jojoba and camellia oils. It will leave your skin feeling wonderfully smooth and silky.
If your hair is feeling a little tired and dried out from all the lovely Thai sun you’ve been getting whilst lounging by your villa’s irresistible private pool, the solution is closer than you think. As well as being one of the most delicious tropical fruits in the country, mangos are packed full of vitamins and antioxidants – and provide the perfect way to bring moisture back to tired, lacklustre locks. As well as smelling absolutely irresistible, TIGI’s nourishing mango conditioning hair treatment will restore your hair to a gorgeous, shiny condition.
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