It seems the entire beauty-loving world can’t get enough Korean beauty secrets. From unique ingredients to skin-perfecting serums, K-beauty is the gift that keeps on giving. So that got us thinking — what about other international beauty secrets? Once we started sleuthing, we unearthed a bevy of beauty tips, tricks and products that have similar cult-like followings. The good news is that you don’t need to be a jet setter to get in on them — they are all just a click away. Scroll down to get a glimpse of what women in eight countries are carrying in their beauty bags — no ticket required.
1. Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Monday to Sunday Bamboo Muslins ($32): The British are known for being sticklers when it comes to etiquette — and their beauty routines are no different. Case in point: These soft, washable, bamboo cloths from the UK are the more proper and hygienic alternative to using your fingers when washing up. They gently lift away makeup, are antibacterial and rev up circulation, so your skin looks healthy and bright.
2. Terax Haircare Crema Shampoo ($68): Italian women are passionate about having glossy, gorgeous hair, which is why they swear by this luxe conditioner brand from Bologna. This moisturizing shampoo is the newest product to dominate Italian beauty — plus it is entirely vegan, with quinoa proteins to fortify and strengthen weak strands.
3. Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream ($45): In Brazil, women slather on creams laced with guarana, a native plant from the Amazon. The exotic ingredient has five times more caffeine than coffee and boosts circulation, keeping skin looking smooth and supple. This version also has nourishing plant butter, coconut oil and a tiny amount of mica to give your skin a healthy glow.
4. Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil ($46): Tsubaki oil (harvested from native Japanese camellia flowers) was the beauty secret used by geishas to achieve flawless skin and smooth hair. It’s just as popular today, with Japanese women using a few drops of this pure formula in the morning and at night to firm and hydrate their skin for wonderfully dewy results.
5. Vichy Thermal Spa Water ($14): In France, where women like to keep their skincare simple, the local pharmacy is the place to score serious anti-aging treatments. This brand is a favorite among young and old, with its core ingredient — mineral rich water from ancient volcanoes — that’s infused in all their products. This water spray, packed with 15 minerals and antioxidants, is a must-have for tired, dry skin. Spritz it on to feel refreshed during the day and use it under moisturizer at night.
6. Manuka Doctor ApiClear Purifying Facial Peel ($31): Kiwis know that manuka honey, cultivated in New Zealand, isn’t just for sweetening up tea; it’s a highly proven skincare ingredient too, known for being antibacterial, quelling inflammation and keeping skin smooth. This skin peel has both honey and bee venom (a natural peptide), and clears away blackheads and pimples for a plumper, softer complexion.
7. The Jojoba Company Jojoba Bead and Bamboo Facial Exfoliant (EE Cream) ($40): Australians are all about chemical-free, eco-friendly products that support the environment and do an amazing job at keeping skin looking ageless. Enter indigenous jojoba, which is the only plant that produces a golden wax that mimics the skin’s natural oils to keep up collagen and moisture levels. This exfoliating formula gently sloughs away dead skin cells with all-natural beads for glowing results, and it can be used on even the most sensitive skin types.
8. Korres Greek Yoghurt After-Sun Cooling Gel ($26): Greek women have been eating yogurt all their lives, so it’s no surprise that they also use the stuff on their faces to calm down stressed, dry skin. This formula, the newest from the Greek brand Korres, is packed with yogurt that gently brings down post-sun blotchiness and softens rough patches.
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