Scrub Away Impurities with a Panghilod: Evelyn’s Secrets
It’s FriYAY, which means today I will share another ancient beauty secret with you. I pick up so many new things during my travels and I pay special attention to the natural beauty tips of the region I’m visiting because we can learn so much from our ancestors and what they used to do before all these fancy products and tools came around.
In the Philippines, they use a semi-smooth stone called the Panghilod, which can be found in stream beds and are literally hundreds of thousands of years old! It’s no surprise that people in the Philippines have been using this method to cleanse their skin for centuries, and it has now spread to different parts of Asia and America as a result!
Basically, using this stone while bathing cleanses and exfoliates your skin better than any scrub ever can, and you all know that I completely believe in scrubbing for younger fresher skin! First, you wash your skin with plain warm water to open up your pores and then scrub your skin lightly with the stone in circular motions. Rinse off the dirt and then pat yourself dry! If you have really dry skin, then you can even add very little coconut oil or shea butter to moisturize your skin completely. I’ve tried this and even keep a panghilod in my shower for my once a week ritual and my skin feels so clean and smooth for days afterwards. If you live in India, then you also know how dirty our feet can get just from walking around for a little while, so this works especially well at the bottom of your feet, which always need extra cleaning and exfoliation.
I’ll let you guys in on another secret about the panghilod – if you use it long enough, it will significantly reduce your hair growth on places like your arms and legs, which is awesome for us ladies who want to stay relatively hairless!
So, the next time you’re venturing through a market and pass by a beauty store, ask for where you can find pumice stone, which is very similar to the panghilod, and see how this ancient beauty secret will change your shower routine for the better! Else you can always start right away with a softer version, the loofa! I just got this new amazing neem soap from Bipha Ayurveda which I use with my loofa. It not only cleanses your skin, but Neem oil also has insecticidal properties, is antibacterial and antifungal, soothing and moisturising… Neem oil soap is a real treat for the skin! Especially in the hot weather, it prevents and heals a lot of skin diseases, so always keep a bar of natural neem soap handy!
Let me know in the COMMENTS how this stone scrub worked for you!