In conjunction with Malaysia Day, let’s learn the unique ingredients Malaysian women often use in our beauty regime.

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Unlike the modern chemical-laden products, Malaysian women often prefer natural ingredients and there are many who would swear by their effectiveness and benefits.

Coconut Oil

One of the most versatile natural ingredients that is easily available especially in a tropical country. It is an excellent moisturiser for skin, nails and even hair. A little coconut oil goes a long way. Besides, there’s nothing bad about smelling like the beach all the time.
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Rice Water

Next time when you wash your jasmine rice, save the water and use it to wash the face to increase its softness. Or you can even steam your face to unclog the pores while the rice is cooking. (Be very careful of the hot steam though!) Rice contains high level of vitamin E and antioxidants. Such a brilliant inexpensive way to take advantage of ingredients that are found in many expensive skin care products.
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Henna

It is not just beautiful wedding decoration of hands and feet for Indians and Malays. It is a natural hair colourant. Researchers have also found that Henna is good for a healthy hair. It can reduce dandruff and boost hair strength.
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Lemon

Everyone in the beauty world know the good effects of lemon.The acidic content of lemon brightens and exfoliates the skin. It is a blackhead buster, making skin smooth and luminous. You can use lemon as a natural deodorant too.
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Tea 

Tea is an important ingredient in traditional Chinese beauty regime. Teas like goji berry tea or chrysanthemum tea detoxify and boost defense system. It is a truly a beauty elixir. It is full of anti-oxidants, mineral and amino acids, the perfect cocktail for a clear, luminous complexion.
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Some of you might be pleasantly surprised. Some have even used these ingredients in your beauty regime yourself.  You might want to try incorporating these Malaysian women beauty secrets from now on.  And why not?
Do you have any other natural, traditional beauty ingredients that have been passed down through generations? Do share your Malaysian beauty secrets with us down below.
*** This article was written by yours truly as featured in Zalora Community Magazine.

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