Ancient Scandinavian Spa Beauty Rituals

When the season changes to colder harsher weather, you can look to the Scandinavian beauty rituals to keep your skin looking absolutely amazing. Scandinavia is composed of the region of northern Europe. This includes Sweden, Denmark, Norway and other occupied territories. The Scandinavians are well known for their bright glowing clear skin.

Scandinavians find balance on what to eat, how to exercise and what to apply to their moisture-starved complexions. With a healthy always on the go lifestyle, weekly exercise routines, balanced with a diet high in fish, artic berries, algae and fresh cold spring water helps boost their complexion glowing results. In fact, Scandinavians look at all aspects of health, like what to eat, exercise and what they apply on their skin.  In other words, they think about beauty as what goes in and on is what comes out.  The ancient Scandinavian spa beauty rituals are essential to all of us during the winter season.

Scandinavian Lifestyle

  • Getting out in winter can still help boost levels of vitamin D and improve mood and general wellbeing.
  • Wind and rain can strip your skin of essential oils and leave it looking dull and grey, so a rich hydrating serum is also going to help.
  • Scandinavians are masters of work / life balance.

Scandinavian Diet

  • Fresh Spring Water and lots of it. Plenty of water throughout the day allows your body to flush out toxins and rehydrate the body
  • Screen Shot 2016-01-13 at 7.22.30 PMSuper Antioxidant Nordic Arctic Berries (Cloudberry, Lingonberry, Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries) – These berries are superbly unique because they grow in freezing Nordic temperatures where the sun doesn’t set in summer. Since the berries soak up the sun’s light for a full 24 hours their vitamin and antioxidants are 81% richer than regular cultivated berries. These berries are plumper than any berry anywhere else in the world. They help provide vitamins and antioxidants that combat against free radicals that may cause premature aging in the skin cells. These berries protect against diseases such as heart disease, strokes and cancer. And they also have an anti-inflammatory effect. As an added benefit, the berries have omega-3s to help increase collagen. Not to mention a boost of Vitamin C. The Cloudberry has a special phenolic compound that contains a detoxing benefit to help brighten the skin. Even though we all cannot travel regularly to the Nordic region, these berries can be just as healthy frozen, dried and canned berries.
  • Grilled Fresh Fish (Herring, Salmon, Mackerel, bilberries, redcurrants Gravad lax) – With high amounts of Omerga-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids help fortify the membranes of the skin cells, anti-inflammatory to combat against acne and helps increase collagen. Fish is also eaten raw or cured (pickling and smoking) which retains all the natural vitamins and antioxidants. The Scandinavian’s utilize the medieval practice of “grave fish” which cures raw fish by burying it within the sand above the high tide level. It’s often served cold with a little sugar, salt and fresh dill.
  • Fresh Dill often called the ‘King of Herbs’ is a commonly used herb in Nordic cooking. Dill helps bone health, aids digestion and is a natural anti-bacterial.
  • Whole Grains (Rye and Spelt) – Scandinavians have diets rich in fiber. Whole grains contain all three parts of the grain, including the fiber-rich outer layer and the nutrient-laden germ.
  • Leafy Roots Veggies (Carrots, Beets, Cabbage, Rutabagas, Turnips, Kale and Artichokes) –Bold colored veggies are host to high vitamins like A and C as well as folic acid and minerals to boost radiance and health of the skin. Vitamin A in carrots helps skin cells renew themselves. Turnips, especially the Swedish Turnips (otherwise known as Rutabagas), have an extraordinary amount of vitamin C to support skin health.
  • Rapeseed (also known as canola oil) – Rapeseed flourishes in frosty climates and is the main cooking oil in the Nordic regions. It has higher levels of important healthy fatty acids than any other vegetable oil. Omega-3 aids blood circulation and brain development, Omega-6 promotes healthy skin, hair and nails and Omega-9 boosts heart health and blood sugar control. Rapeseed oil is also a good source of vitamin E.
  • Coffee – And lots of it, as Scandinavians consume more coffee than any other country from around the world. Coffee not only boosts your energy and focus levels, it also helps to eliminate the damaging free radicals to improve health and skin.
  • Rose Hip – Rose Hip oils and hers are commonly used within teas and soups (also known as Nyponsoppa). Rose Hip has high levels of Vitamin C levels.
  • Imedeen (a natural marine complex supplement made of fish) for skin that originated in Denmark decades ago can make the skin clearer, slightly firmer, hydrated skin with use over time. It may take at least a month before you see results, but you will see them eventually.

Scandinavian Spa Techniques

  • Steam Rooms and Saunas are a perfect fit for the colder temperatures and a common staple within the Scandinavian culture. Dry heat rids the body of toxins as it opens up the pores and the sweat pushes it out all those toxins. It helps the body with its circulation, which in turn helps the body with its overall functions. Saunas, on the other hand, add moisture with high heat and other herbs and/or oils can be added to enhance the experience. Scandinavians use rock salt, olive oil and/or at least 4 drops of Eucalyptus oil. However other oils can also be used such as Pine, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Lemon, Lavender, Niaouli, Clary Sage, Cypress, Birch, Rosemary, Lime, Grapefruit and Bergamot are also great options. The Scandinavians also used the Banya, which was originally from Russia, as it blends the sauna and steam room into a “resting room” and a freezing cold-water shower. This combination of extreme temperatures has a positive effect on the treatment of a variety of skin and health conditions such as muscle strains, varicose veins, immune system and even the respiratory system. The Banya helps stimulates the body’s circulation and highly hydrates the skin. Create a similar process at home by showering with hot water for 4 minutes and then switch to cold for 1 to 2 minutes, then back again for at least 3 times ending with cold water.
  • Icy Cold Fresh Spring Water for their faces, repeat splashes 26-20 times. By using Fresh Spring Water they bypass any chemicals they may be found in regular tap water.

Scandinavian Beauty Regime

  • Proper Protection from the Environment is very important to Scandinavians – Maximum protection from the sun needs the utilization of both UVA and UVB sunscreens. For more information on proper Sun protection, click here.  And although Scandinavians typically do not have sun most of the year, they are exposed to the harshness of winter and require a thicker moisturizers to any exposed skin. This helps assist with an additive layer of protection.
  • Use a drop of Vinegar to lighten blonde hair, put a drop of vinegar in your hair conditioner and rinse it out thoroughly. Some Scandinavians do not even utilize hair color treatments because it works so well.

Scandinavian Green Tea Toner to help with Skin adapt to Cooler Temperatures

Warm one cup of mineral water on high in the microwave for one minute and fifteen seconds. Place two green tea bags into the warm mineral water for 4 minutes. Remove the bags and let the tea cool to room temperature. Pour the tea into an ice cube tray and freeze overnight. Once frozen, place the cubs into a freezable secure bag or plastic container. In the mornings, after a thoroughly cleansing of the skin, in a circular motion rub the ice cube onto the face slowly.

As seasons change from warm weather to cooler weather, change up your beauty routine with some great tips from the Nordic experts to maintain your best beauty.  Incorporate the ancient Scandinavian spa beauty rituals into your beauty spa routine once the winter season approaches to maintain your best skin.

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