Secrets of the Ancient World; How Beauty Tips from the Days of Queen Cleopatra Are Just as Effective for Modern Bodies

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Byline: NAN SPOWART

SHE was one of the most beautiful women the world has ever seen, with impressive skills in use of make- up, health and skin care.

So it's no wonder the ancient beauty secrets of Cleopatra, the famous queen of ancient Egypt, have been handed down through the centuries and are showing a resurgence in today's high-street products.

Dee Atkinson, of Napiers the herbalists, said: "People are starting to look at the ingredients in their modern products and finding that there are all sorts of chemicals in them. They are wondering what these chemicals are doing to them and starting to look for more natural ingredients."

To help you look as good as Cleopatra, Vital has compiled a definitive list of products which include the ingredients that have stood the test of time.

THE LOTUS BLOSSOM.

THIS sacred flower of ancient Egypt was highly regarded for its unique beauty and discreet fragrance, as well as being thought to be good for the skin. Now science tells us that its properties can offer protection from pollution and that it combats moisture loss.

It is the inspiration behind the new range by Fenjal, La Femme Fenjal. The range comprises a shower creme, bath oil, body scrub and body creme. La Femme Fenjal is available exclusively through Boots and prices start at pounds 6.45.

FRANKINCENSE

THIS was burned ritually in temples and used for its skin-healin properties as well as an aphrodisiac. Napiers Frankincense Night Cream claims to be rejuvenating and nourishing for all skin types.

It is pounds 6.95 for 60ml, available from Napiers in Glasgow and Edinburgh or mail order on 0131- 343-6683. Boots include frankincense in their Botanics Essential Bath Oil, pounds 12.08 for 10ml.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR.

RECORDS show that as far back as 3000BC, Egyptians were using apple cider vinegar for its health benefits, which are believed to include weight loss among other things.

It is still used for the same purpose as it is supposed to increase the release of energy from food. Apple Cider Vinegar Diet costs pounds 8.99 for 40 capsules and is available from Holland & Barrett stores or can be ordered by calling 0870-606-6605.

ROSE OIL

ROSE oil came to Egypt from Persia and was used as a perfume and aphrodisiac. Napier's Aphrodite Oil Blend, pounds 5.95 for 50ml, contains rose oil, ylang ylang and frankincense.

Boots also include rose oil in their Botanics Body and Space Spray, pounds 6.75, and you can buy rose oil from the Body Shop for pounds 6. …