Ladies, are you feeling like you’re in a makeup rut? If you’re bored and unimpressed by those same old products, it’s time to expand your beauty horizons. Beauty standards vary around the world and through time, but every culture has a few secrets that give their women their distinct, beautiful looks (think the virtually poreless skin of Asian women or the thick, luxurious hair of Indian ladies). We’ve scoured the Internet to find some of the best beauty products from around the world to spice up your skin and hair care routine.
1. Wei Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask ($42): Wei brings you skincare based on thousands of years of Chinese herbal medicine. These deep-cleansing mud masks come in little pods that make it a breeze to travel with, plus they include a handy brush for application.
2. Forest Essentials Ayurvedic Head Massage Oil ($35): You guys are probably already on the Argan/coconut oil bandwagon, but this oil from India takes your hair to new levels of healthy. Based on the ancient Ayurvedic system of medicine and enriched with a ton of traditional herbs, this hair oil promotes growth to give you thick, healthy locks.
3. Boots No7 Protect and Perfect Serum ($23): This cosmetic brand from the Boots pharmacy in the UK is favored by everyone on both sides of the pond. It’s also the secret to Gwyneth Paltrow’s ageless skin, which is reason enough to buy it.
4. Rahua Shampoo ($32): 100% natural and organic, this shampoo is the key to luxurious, flowing hair. Rahua oil comes from deep in the Amazon and is sourced using traditional methods passed down for generations by women in Amazonian tribes.
5. Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre ($28): If anyone knows the secrets to beautiful skin, it’s the French. This moisturizer is beloved by makeup artists and models alike and is considered to be the gold standard in skincare. To quote model Karlie Kloss, “Embryolisse is where it’s at.”
7. Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream ($25): Created by a Japanese pharmacist, Yu-Be cream is a best-seller in Japan. This all-purpose cream treats dry skin, cracked heels, damaged cuticles and everything in between with a quick-absorbing, non-greasy formula.
8. SACHAJUAN Hair Repair ($30): Sacha and Juan, a hairdressing duo from Stockholm, had a goal to make hair care easy and provide quality products with minimalistic packaging. Their Ocean Silk technology uses sea algae to boost the shine and overall beauty of your hair.
9. Biotique Kaajal ($3): In India, Africa and the Middle East, Kaajal or Kohl has been used for centuries to line the eyes and is traditionally made with herbs and oils to help nourish and protect your eyes. Switch out your usual black liner for this if you want an intense, smokey-eye look (think Cleopatra).
10. Macrelle BB Cream Golden Glow ($27): Canadian cosmetics line Marcelle has given us the BB cream to end it all. Using tiny flecks of light-reflecting pigments, this cream gives you all the benefits of a BB cream and also infuses skin with a healthy glow.
11. Lucas’ Papaw Ointment ($25): This is Australia’s more natural version of Vaseline. Developed 100 years ago, this ointment uses papaw fruit and can cure almost anything from dry skin to chapped lips and burns.
12. Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner ($28): Pores be gone! Korea’s Etude House gives us a toner that is a complete skincare solution. Pimples and wrinkles are prevented, skin is cleansed and pores are visibly reduced, all with one simple wipe.
Have you found any standout beauty products during your travels? Let us know in the comments below.