What makes Italian women so beautiful? Is it their healthy, Mediterranean diet, secret beauty treatments that have been passed down from mother to daughter for generations, or could it be their wonderful sense of style and the amazing confidence that they have? We think that it’s a little bit of all of those things that make Italian girls so special, so here are ten of the secrets that Italian women know that make them so gorgeous.
1. Believe in the power of olive oil
Sophia Loren uses olive oil in her bath, on her hair and to moisturise her skin and that’s the same for most Italian women. Olive oil is brimming with antioxidant that fights the signs of aging and it’s a wonderful moisturiser and hair conditioner too. It’s also one of the healthiest oils to use in cooking and on salads, so it’s no wonder that every Italian always has a bottle of extra virgin olive oil in their kitchen.
2. Love your food
The Italians always look so fit and healthy, but that certainly doesn’t mean that they don’t enjoy a good hearty meal. Meal times in Italy usually mean sitting around the table with friends and family, savouring food and taking time over it. The food itself, of course, plays an important part the health of skin and hair, and the Italian diet includes loads of delicious fresh and healthy ingredients.
3. Express yourself
Italian women are so wonderfully expressive and they are not afraid to show their emotions. When they talk, they convey an absolute passion for life that is so attractive. The Italian language is beautiful in itself, so combine that with the expressive gestures and the passion, and you have a beautiful woman that will always be able to turn heads.
4. Enhance your best features
If there is one makeup tip we could all learn from Italian women, it would be to always make the most of your best feature. If an Italian girl has lips that are beautifully shaped, she will highlight them with lipstick. If they are particularly proud of their eyes, they will wear bold eye makeup to draw attention to them.
5. Use garlic to treat pimples
There are many Italian beauty secrets that come straight out of the kitchen. To treat a pimple, for example, they will rub some garlic directly into the affected area on skin. It may sting a bit, but garlic has powerful antiseptic properties that will soon kill off the bacteria in a pimple and reduce the swelling. It’s a much better way to get rid of a pimple than squeezing would be, because it won’t cause any scarring.
An Italian woman would never pop to the local store in sweatpants and an old T-shirt; they always go out looking their best. The Italians have a wonderful sense of style and that probably would explain why there are so many successful Italian fashion houses.
7. Strawberry scrub
We all know the importance of exfoliating the skin, but Italian girls don’t waste money on expensive store-bought scrubs they use strawberries instead. Just mash up some fresh, ripe strawberries with a tablespoon of honey, and massage it into your face. You can use the same recipe for a body scrub too. To complete your Italian exfoliating scrub, moisturise with extra virgin olive oil, of course.
8. Tone your skin with lemon juice
Simplicity is the biggest secret of Italian beauty and they stick to that when the tone their skin as well. Many Italian women use nothing more than lemon juice diluted with water. Just dab a little bit on your skin with a cotton wool ball and it will tone your skin and lighten your complexion too. Lemon juice also contains Vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant, which will help keep wrinkles and lines away.
9. Use plain yoghurt in sensitive skin
Plain yoghurt is a common ingredient in face masks in Italy, especially if you have sensitive skin. Ask any Italian grandmother what is best to use on sensitive skin and they will invariably say that you should use plain yogurt mixed with mashed up avocado. It’s wonderfully nourishing and hydrating and it will quickly soothe irritated skin.
10. Live life to the full
You’d have thought that Italian women must be ever so careful with their diet and their lifestyle choices to look as good they do, but surprisingly, they don’t seem to obsess over such things. If you visit Italy, you are quite likely to see young Italian girls enjoying pizza and a glass of wine, but they still look thin and very healthy. Perhaps the real Italian secret to beauty is just to live to the full and have fun.