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  • Beauty: The oldest tricks in the book
    Don’t dismiss ancient beauty rituals as old wives’ tales. EMMA STRENNER reveals the age-old treatments rivaling modern inventions

    charcoal soap

    Best for: Acne-prone skin.
    The ritual: Using charcoal soap is a time-honored practice used in Asia to detoxify the skin. Activated in water, it creates a lather that draws out minerals, toxins and impurities as well as acting as a natural exfoliant. This black soap

    imparts no color, yet deep cleans the pores and doesn’t irritate sensitive skin types.
    Insider tip: Use charcoal soap in the bath – it releases potassium and magnesium into the water that absorb into skin and allow the body to relax at a cellular level.
    Go to: Japanese store Morihata for its Binchotan Charcoal Facial Soap (

    Oil pulling

    Best for: Dental health.
    The ritual: An old Indian folk remedy that uses pure oils to cleanse the mouth. Experts find sunflower and sesame oil to be the most effective, though coconut oil can also be used. Swill a small amount of oil around your mouth for up to 15mins before spitting out. The oil will turn into a milky emulsion that is believed to dissolve plaque and toxins without damaging the teeth or gums. Practiced regularly, it is thought to improve teeth whiteness and overall dental health, as the


    Photograph: Trunk Archive

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