World Wise Beauty Rituals & Tips: Turkey in the ‘Culture Wise’ Spotlight

Dec 4, 2014 by

World Wise Beauty invites you to travel with us every Thursday and discover beauty rituals and tips from cultures around the world.  Today ‘Turkey’ is in the spotlight. Just remember, no matter where you go–there you are! Be comfortable in your own skin…

Truly Herself,



World Wise Beauty: Turkey is located in Southeastern Europe and southwestern Asia (Turkey west of the Bosporus is geographically part of Europe), bordering the Black Sea, between Bulgaria and Georgia, and bordering the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. The coastal areas of Turkey bordering the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea have a temperate Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild to cool, wet winters. The coastal areas bordering the Black Sea have a temperate Oceanic climate with warm, wet summers and cool to cold, wet winters. The Turkish Black Sea coast receives the greatest amount of precipitation and is the only region of Turkey that receives high precipitation throughout the year. Turkey has a very diverse culture that is a blend of various elements of the Oğuz Turkic, Anatolian, Ottoman (which was itself a continuation of both Greco-Roman and Islamic cultures) and  Western culture and traditions, which started with the Westernization of the Ottoman Empire and still continues today.

Beauty Staple: Turkish women regularly use rose-water for reducing break outs and to tone their skin which also keeps it fresh. Doing the natural way would be the best and for that you need to boil petals of rose and then wait till the water is cool enough to be applied on the face. You could also buy a pure rose-water spray which would be less time-consuming and apply just after bath.

Beauty Foods:  Yogurt is a delicacy for Turkish people and is served with almost every food item. They not only have it because of the taste but also for healthy digestion and are even applied externally. Using yogurt directly on the skin or mixing it with lemon juice is a common method of skin smoothening.

Beauty Wisdom: Turkish women go to Hamams which are famous Turkish baths. They believe the special baths not only make their skin soft and silky but also open up pores in humid weather. The Turkish bath starts with relaxation in a room (known as the warm room) that is heated by a continuous flow of hot, dry air, allowing the bather to perspire freely. Bathers may then move to an even hotter room (known as the hot room) before they wash in cold water. After performing a full body wash and receiving a massage, bathers finally retire to the cooling-room for a period of relaxation.


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World Wise Beauty Rituals & Tips: Sweden in the ‘Culture Wise’ Spotlight

Nov 13, 2014 by

World Wise Beauty invites you to travel with us every Thursday and discover beauty rituals and tips from cultures around the world.  Today ‘’Sweden’ is in the spotlight. Just remember, no matter where you go–there you are! Be comfortable in your own skin…

Truly Herself,

Swedish Sauna & Sturebadet Day Spa in Stockholm, Sweden


World Wise Beauty:   Officially  the Kingdom of Sweden  is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe bordering the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Bothnia, Kattegat, and Skagerrak, between Finland and Norway.  Sweden is the third-largest country in the European Union by area, with a total population of about 9.7 million. Most of Sweden has a temperate climate, despite its northern latitude with four distinct seasons and mild temperatures throughout the year.

Beauty Staple: Saunas & Massage. Saunas are a big part of Swedish culture and they believe dry, clean heat rids your body of toxins.

Beauty Foods: Swedish women attribute their glowing, healthy skin to their diet of antioxidant-packed fresh berries and grilled fish.

Beauty Wisdom: Healthy eating is all-important in Sweden and it’s so much a part of the culture that it requires no special effort at all. The typical Nordic diet is rich in fiber and bursting with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants found in a range of leafy and root vegetables like carrots, beets, rutabagas and artichokes, all of which are everyday fare.  All those nutrients do wonders for the skin and body. For instance, vitamin A in carrots helps skin cells renew themselves and the surprisingly high vitamin C content in rutabagas (also known as Swedish turnips) is shown to prevent wrinkles.

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WWB Take Out–Wellness Wisdom to Go…

Sep 24, 2013 by


Sometimes I  share WWB blog content on WWB Facebook hoping you will catch wise “bites” there, but that’s always a shot in the dark,  because it all depends on where WWB is on your news feed.  I had to think of someway to share all this great wisdom sitting on my blog and then suddenly I became inspired by a post I was doing on Chinese Take Out food in America. 

I spend a lot of time at World Wise Beauty interviewing the

best culturally relevant experts, inspirational authors and visionaries to help you become comfortable in your own skin and cultivate your own personal wellness lifestyle wisely.

I wish you had time to read every single post at World Wise Beauty because I know you would come away feeling enlightened, inspired and informed.  But at World Wise Beauty we are all about choices and options. Can’t read every post? No worries! The WWB Take Out monthly is curated especially just for you.  Some may call it a cheat sheet but I like to think of it ‘Wellness Wisdom to Go’.  A special spot to  find wise ‘takeaways’ from our featured guests on the blog.

So be sure to sign up for your WWB Takeout and enjoy the A’La Carte presentation of beauty, health and wellness content. If you follow the blog you will automatically receive your Take Out Share it, bookmark it, print it and okay try to remember it! But if you can’t, rest assured this the World Wise Beauty blog is always here to peruse at your leisure.  Enjoy…

Truly Herself,



Last week I invited Sandra Gordon health expert and respected author of “30 Secrets of the World’s Healthiest Cuisines to join me for a Q&A and share wisdom from her book co-authored with Dr. Steven Jonas. This book is on my Top 10 health and wellness reading list. The wise takeaway we learned from Sandra is there’s a definite link between nutrition, health and longevity and cultures around the world are living long without the horrible diseases we associate with old age like heart disease and cancer.  Sandra was generous enough to share 5 Global Eating Tips for Health & Longevity right here for you.  Review the Q&A here for additional wisdom from Sandra or purchase her book for even more eating strategies for longevity and yummy recipes from around the world…


5 Global Eating Tips For Adding on the Years and Reducing the Pounds!


Global Eating tip #1: Go nuts for nuts! A great source of heart-healthy unsaturated fat, as well as vitamin E, protein, fiber, potassium and magnesium, nuts are a staple in the Mediterranean diet. Import them into your diet by adding them to recipes, including your morning smoothie.

Tip #2: How do the French stay so slim? There are lots of reasons. But one thing’s for sure: They’re not snackers. Eating between meals just isn’t part of the culture. The French fuel up at lunch and dinner, which negates the need for a snack. Studies show that grazing can help some people lose weight; for others, it’s an invitation to eat more often, which equals more calories. So if you’re trying to lose weight, consider cutting out snacking like the French and see how you do.

Tip #3: Want to eat less saturated fat? Don’t limit meatlessness to Monday. The Japanese have been eating light since the 6th Century, when Buddhism became the religion of the land and meat and fowl was consumption forbidden. Although the Japanese are free to eat meat now, their meatless tradition has helped make their diet one of the lowest fat in the world.

Tip #4: Go ahead, order Chinese. But skip the deep-fried Chinese-American fare, such as General Tso’s Chicken. Instead, head for the vegetarian section of the menu and eat the way the Chinese really do. Look for entrees made with napa cabbage, bok choy, spinach and broccoli, which are packed with vitamin A and C as well as fiber and phytochemicals. If meat is a must, order your chicken or beef mixed with snow peas, green and red peppers, string beans or zucchini.

Tip #5: Give your meals some heat. Some like it hot, and this is especially true in The Gambia in western Africa, where high-Fahrenheit sauces prepared with pungent cayenne pepper and hot chilies infuse countless native dishes. Spicy foods are an acquired taste, but research suggests that the slightly discomforting sensation that hot spices produce may cause the brain to release feel-good endorphins. By turning up the heat in your dishes, you can add flavor without extra calories, while keeping portions to a minimum.

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