Just like cuisine, every region has its specialty when it comes to skin care. These are great to know whether you plan on stacking your beauty supplies while travelling, or just want to know what ingredients to look for next time you’re shopping at Sephora
Koreans are known for their flawless skin and correspondingly meticulous skincare routine. The secret ingredient in every 10 step Korean skincare regimen is ampoule. This super concentrated serum is most often sold in tiny bottles or even one time use capsules because of how powerful it is. They have extremely high concentrations of their healing ingredients and are most popular for combatting skin care crisis or giving your complexion a quick boost. Ampoule combats dullness, dryness, and find lines and literally infuses your skin with a youthful glow.
Amalaki, also known as Indian gooseberry fruit, is a great antioxidant to cleanse your system. Eat this to flush out toxins, thus rejuvenating your system and your complexion. It also delivers nutrients and support to your skin, as well as your inner body – who said beauty was only skin deep?!
Greece is the second largest Saffron producer in the world, topped only by Iran. Saffron is a spice derived from a flower that also doubles as a skin remedy secret honed by the Ancient Greeks. There are tons of recipes online for incorporating saffron into DIY skin care formulas and the benefits to your skin are endless, including but not limited to toning, exfoliating, brightening, hydrating, cleansing, healing and softening. Or you could add a few drops of essential saffron oil to your bath, and bathe in it like Cleopatra used to do before meeting her male suitors.
Morocco is low key skin care capital of the world. Obviously, their argan oil is the best out there for both your skin and your hair. But there are also two lesser known skin care secrets originating in Morocco. Ghassoul, also “Moroccan clay,” is exclusive to this country as it is comprised of minerals from the Atlas Mountains. It delivers deep cleaning and smoothing benefits for both your skin and hair.
Moroccan Black Soap is also locally produced according to a secret recipe. It contains natural oils, black olives, locally grown plants, and glycerol. This product should be applied as a face mask but only left on for a couple minutes because of its strength. After rinsing it off, your skin will be softer, exfoliated of all dead skin cells, and highly moisturized.
Coconuts are good for more than just sipping rum out of. Bali’s organic virgin coconut oil is superior to what you can find anywhere else in the world because it is handcrafted from fresh, locally grown, native Balinese coconuts. The well honed process by which the Balinese make their coconut oil doesn’t use heat, machines, or chemical solvents, making it healthier and safer for your skin and richer in antioxidants, vitamins, and medium chain fatty acids (which are amazing for your skin.) Coconut oil is a great moisturizer and can also be used to treat acne and heal scars. It also has protective benefits, acting as a shield for your skin against the sun and bacteria.
Cupuaça is a fruit that grows off of tropical rainforest trees in this country known for its beautiful women. This fruit is full of tons of nourishing acids, antioxidants and vitamins. It’s one of nature’s most powerful moisturizers, leaving your skin extra smooth, silky, and hydrated for up to eight hours after application. It also improves elasticity and firmness. You can get some of these benefits just from eating it, but for best results try Cupuaça butter or a Cupuaça infused Brazilian skincare product.