How the Himba Used the Sun Protective Power of the Red Ochre to Survive the Harsh Namib Sun

The Namib desert has one of the harshest climates on the planet. But the Himba people call it home. So why is their skin ageless and their hair ever so elegant? Centuries ago, the Himba developed a curious tradition: a daily routine of coating their skin and hair with red ochre. Only recently, scientists have discovered that red ochre is an effective natural sunblock. Apparently, the Himba always knew!

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