Ready to venture outside of your typical beauty comfort zone? Learn how to take some well-tested beauty risks by integrating examples of cross-continental techniques, from places as far-reaching as Europe, Asia and Africa, into your everyday routine. You’ll learn DIY strategies for keeping your skin youthful and glowing, plus glamorous options for effortless anti-aging treatments and timeless, irresistible scents.
When it comes to sophisticated skincare that goes the extra mile, it helps to broaden your sights. Korea, Italy, South Africa, Australia and other countries offer various cutting-edge beauty trends, advanced ingredients and classic tips for maintaining healthy, youthful skin.
- Korea: For flawless skin, Korean women are turning to the sea. According to Angela Kim of Korean Beauty store Insider Beauty, “fermented sea kelp is packed with vitamins and nutrients known to combat acne and hyperpigmentation,” she tells Harper’s Bazaar. Harness the powers of kelp at home with Goldfaden MD Needle Less Line Smoothing Concentrate or Astara Spirulina and Sea Mineral Soak, which contain seaweed extract. For your go-to daily cleansing and overnight spot treatment, try Clark’s Botanicals Skin Clearing Face and Body Wash and Suki Transformative Purifying Masque. Technology is also making waves in the Korean beauty world, in the form of at-home LED devices. “These sophisticated machines in the shape of a mask send wavelengths past the epidermis and deep into skin to not only increase collagen levels, but reduce wrinkles, scars and hyperpigmentation in the process,” Kim tells Harper’s Bazaar. Nab your own convenient device like Baby Quasar MD PLUS orBaby Quasar MD Blue to get clearer, smoother skin in just a few minutes a day.
- Italy: Follow the Italians’ lead and revel in Mediterranean scents like fig and bergamot. Indulge in these refreshing fragrances in the form of a luxurious shower gel, like KORRES Fig Shower Geland Bliss Vanilla and Bergamot Soapy Suds. If you’re a perfume kind of woman, pamper yourself with Zents Fig Eau de Toilette orMolton Brown Orange and Bergamot Eau de Toilette Spray.
- Africa: When the air gets drier, take advantage of rich natural ingredients from African botanicals, like Marula oil, which is made from the fruit of the African Marula tree and won’t clog pores. According to Today, “the fatty acids that exist within the oil are similar to the ones that naturally occur in skin, so they’re absorbed easily and quickly.” African Botanics Marula Pure Marula Oil is deeply hydrating and rich in essential fatty acids, so your skin will look and feel soft, supple and youthful in any climate. To keep your body as touchable as your face, reach forAfrican Botanics Marula Firming Botanical Body Oil or African Botanics Marula Botanical Body Cream.
- Bangkok: Thai women are in pursuit of flawless skin, especially when it comes to an effortless glow. In a tropical place like Bangkok, less is often more, whether it’s skincare that hydrates without heaviness or a scent that insinuates but doesn’t overpower. Try a lightweight mask like Sundari Rose and Lavender Hydrating Mask, Astara Golden Flame Hydration Maskor Tracie Martyn Complexion Savior. In the tropics, most perfumes are too strong, according to beauty editor Pilan Sriveerakul for Marie Claire. Rather than overpower your senses, opt for a hand cream that provides subtle fragrance while softening your hands, like Jurlique Lavender Hand Cream.
- Australia: Down Under, it’s all about sun protection. Look for double-duty SPF that also delivers light coverage, like Supergoop SPF 35 Daily Correct CC Cream – Light to Medium or Osmotics Age Prevention Sheer Facial Tint SPF 45 – Light. Extend the same dual-purpose sensibility to your lip color, with a tint and sun protection in one such as Colorescience Sunforgettable Lip Shine SPF 35. For fragrance, be beach-ready with a vanilla scent like LaVanila The Healthy Fragrance Pure Vanilla.
- Indonesia: Rice is a staple in Indonesian diets, but did you know it’s also a beauty secret? “We have a tradition of using rice to make lulur, which means ‘exfoliating paste,'” according to Pangesti Bernardus, Women’s Health Indonesia editor-in-chief. Slough away dead skin cells at home with B. Kamins Bamboo and Rice Facial Polisher, or try a DIY option: Use a mortar and pestle to grind together finely milled rice, nuts, turmeric root, ginger, cinnamon and sandalwood powder, with a bit of water.
- Middle East: Get musky with the scent of oudh, which is burned wood from the agarwood tree and a favorite among Middle Eastern women. Lather up in luxury with Molton Brown Oudh Accord and Gold Body Wash and Molton Brown Oudh Accord and Gold Body Lotion or create unforgettable ambiance withMolton Brown Oudh Accord and Gold Single Wick Candle.
A sophisticated approach to skincare doesn’t have to be complicated or pricey. Keeping your eye on global trends can pay off in the form of simple and unique tricks and treatments that integrate wisdom from other places and cultures – without having to leave home. Use this guide to international beauty trends to update your daily routine and bring a fresh perspective to your overall look.