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Go queen’s way! Cleopatra swears by this miracle clay

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Who doesn’t know that queen Cleopatra was on top of the beauty care game even before it started? For ages now, we have looked up to the legendary Egyptian paragon of beauty for guidance in the art of personal grooming. The plethora of modern formulations that tap into the beauty enhancing properties of milk and honey trace their origins to this ancient queen’s prescriptions.

So, for those flummoxed by the whole beauty and skin care fuss, we bring you this easy and natural fix off of the queen’s manual – fuller’s earth. Skincare experts who did some digging on Cleopatra’s famed beauty regimen say she used the clay from Nile river in her spa treatments.

This natural sedimentary clay, known in this part of the world as Multani mitti, has an amazing ability to absorb excess oil and dirt and to thoroughly cleanse the skin. Apparently, it was not just the Egyptian queen who possessed knowledge of the miracle clay.

Women in the Indian sub-continent are known to have used Multani mitti for flawless skin from ancient days. In the subcontinent, the most abundant deposits of this fine-grained clay were found in Multan in Pakistan which gives it the name Multani mitti.

What makes fuller’s earth the go-to beauty care product is its ability to fix both hair and skin problems. Its oil-absorbing, cleansing and antiseptic properties can help unclog and cleanse pores.

For those with acne prone skin, fuller’s earth is a must have in your beauty kit. It can clear excess oil, keeping your skin acne-free. What’s more, the regular application can clear marks and blemishes left by acne, giving you a flawless and smooth complexion.

Has your skin lost some of its natural glow because of exposure to sun and dust? Yes, Multani mitti can help. To get rid of that tired and tanned look and restore your skin’s natural freshness, whip up an easy face pack my mixing fuller’s earth with rosewater. Leave it on till dry and rinse with lukewarm water. Use this pack once a week and say hello again to a fresh and happy skin.

It goes without saying that the mud pack – fuller’s earth with rosewater or curd or just plain water – will improve the elasticity of skin and slow down sagging. It will leave the facial skin tighter and more resistant to those dreaded wrinkles and lines.

The pocket-friendly and natural cosmetic has no known side effects. This makes it a safe choice as a handy home remedy for common beauty woes. So why wait, go grab your fuller’s earth and begin your countdown to a blemish-free, flawless and radiant skin.

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