Global Beauty

ONce upon a time, we had to take a holiday or rely on globe-trotting friends if we wanted to get our hands on the best and latest jet-set beauty finds. But now the world is smaller and our beauty cupboards are bigger, thanks to the availability of skincare secrets from faraway places. From Japanese women’s tips for porcelain skin to the secret of Indian women’s glossy hair, we’ve found the top beauty rules and hero products from around the world so you can enjoy the best of everything on offer – no passport needed.nce upon a time, we had to take a holiday or rely on globe-trotting friends if we wanted to get our hands on the best and latest jet-set beauty finds. But now the world is smaller and our beauty cupboards are bigger, thanks to the availability of skincare secrets from faraway places. From Japanese women’s tips for porcelain skin to the secret of Indian women’s glossy hair, we’ve found the top beauty rules and hero products from around the world so you can enjoy the best of everything on offer – no passport needed.

JAPAN

Double-cleanse for a clearer complexion

It may sound too simple to be true, but the reward for cleansing skin thoroughly is a healthier, clearer complexion, which is why double-cleansing is the norm in Japan. Women usually cleanse once to sweep away the day’s make-up and then again to deep-clean pores and avoid bacteria build-up. Scientific expertise in skincare is also highly valued in Japan, with brands hotly competing for the latest beauty breakthrough.It may sound too simple to be true, but the reward for cleansing skin thoroughly is a healthier, clearer complexion, which is why double-cleansing is the norm in Japan. Women usually cleanse once to sweep away the day’s make-up and then again to deep-clean pores and avoid bacteria build-up. Scientific expertise in skincare is also highly valued in Japan, with brands hotly competing for the latest beauty breakthrough.

Try it at Home

Massage an oil-based cleanser, such as Dermalogica’s Precleanse (£31.50 for 150ml; dermalogica.co.uk), containing natural olive, apricot and kukui nut oils, into your skin, then follow with a facial wash or gentle scrub. A gentle fingertip massage as you apply each product will encourage blood flow and a fresher appearance.Try it at home: Massage an oil-based cleanser, such as Dermalogica’s Precleanse (£31.50 for 150ml; dermalogica.co.uk), containing natural olive, apricot and kukui nut oils, into your skin, then follow with a facial wash or gentle scrub. A gentle fingertip massage as you apply each product will encourage blood flow and a fresher appearance.

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GREECE

Use Olive Oil to Remove Your Eye Make Up

The hot climate, abundant native plants and a landscape that’s 80 per cent mountains and hills make Greece a haven for natural beauty ingredients. For centuries, olive groves have been harvested for olive oil – and not just for culinary uses. Thanks to its rich source of essential fatty acids, olive oil is a natural skin-softener. It’s also rich in oleic acid (anThe hot climate, abundant native plants and a landscape that’s 80 per cent mountains and hills make Greece a haven for natural beauty ingredients. For centuries, olive groves have been harvested for olive oil – and not just for culinary uses. Thanks to its rich source of essential fatty acids, olive oil is a natural skin-softener. It’s also rich in oleic acid (an omega-9 fat), which is excellent for restoring and moisturising damaged skin.

Try it at Home

Massage a few drops of olive oil into your eyelids to melt away your eye make-up. Follow by rinsing with warm water and patting dry. You can also nourish dry skin by adding a few tablespoons of olive oil to your hot bath, or if you don’t want your cooking oil in the bathroom, try The Body Shop’s Olive Beautifying Oil, £9 for 100ml; thebodyshop.co.uk.Try it at home: Massage a few drops of olive oil into your eyelids to melt away your eye make-up. Follow by rinsing with warm water and patting dry. You can also nourish dry skin by adding a few tablespoons of olive oil to your hot bath, or if you don’t want your cooking oil in the bathroom, try The Body Shop’s Olive Beautifying Oil, £9 for 100ml; thebodyshop.co.uk.

GHANA Moisturise With Shea Butter

Women across west and sub-Saharan Africa have been using shea butter as a daily body ritual for thousands of years. Extracted from the nut of the African shea tree, shea butter protects and strengthens skin without being greasy. It’s also used as an ingredient in soap, to heal minor cuts, soothe sunburn, style hair, as a base for medicinal ointments, in candles and evenWomen across west and sub-Saharan Africa have been using shea butter as a daily body ritual for thousands of years. Extracted from the nut of the African shea tree, shea butter protects and strengthens skin without being greasy. It’s also used as an ingredient in soap, to heal minor cuts, soothe sunburn, style hair, as a base for medicinal ointments, in candles and even fr cooking.

Try it at Home:

Soften dry spots, moisturise cuticles or even set your eyebrows with L’Occitane Shea Honey Butter; it’s limited edition so be quick! (£7 for 8ml; uk.loccitane.com).Try it at home: Soften dry spots, moisturise cuticles or even set your eyebrows with L’Occitane Shea Honey Butter; it’s limited edition so be quick! (£7 for 8ml; uk.loccitane.com).

INDIA

Use Coconut Oil as a Hair Conditioner

Hair is the number one beauty obsession of Indian women, and coconut oil is used extensively as a natural hair conditioner and scalp massage oil for richer, shinier hair. According to a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science, coconut oil is better at preventing protein loss than other oils, when used as a pre- or post-wash treatment because of its ability to reach the hair shaft and repel water. It’s also used as an anti- dandruff remedy. Try it at home: Melt a pea-sized amount of coconut oil between your palms, massage into your hair and scalp and rinse out after 15 minutes or leave overnight for an extra nourishing treat. Alternatively, try The Body Shop Coconut Oil Hair Shine (£5.50 for 50g; thebodyshop.co.uk) for a handy sized tin to smooth your hair and add shine on the go.Hair is the number one beauty obsession of Indian women, and coconut oil is used extensively as a natural hair conditioner and scalp massage oil for richer, shinier hair. According to a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science, coconut oil is better at preventing protein loss than other oils, when used as a pre- or post-wash treatment because of its ability to reach the hair shaft and repel water. It’s also used as an anti- dandruff remedy.

Try it at Home:

Melt a pea-sized amount of coconut oil between your palms, massage into your hair and scalp and rinse out after 15 minutes or leave overnight for an extra nourishing treat. Alternatively, try The Body Shop Coconut Oil Hair Shine (£5.50 for 50g; thebodyshop.co.uk) for a handy sized tin to smooth your hair and add shine on the go.

ICELAND

De Stress Your Skin

Hot springs, glaciers and steaming geysers are part of Iceland’s breathtaking landscape, but the environment also drives women’s beauty concerns: moisturisation and hydration. Luckily, geothermal waters and marine algae are close to hand to enrich beauty products and help combat the effects of harsh weather.Hot springs, glaciers and steaming geysers are part of Iceland’s breathtaking landscape, but the environment also drives women’s beauty concerns: moisturisation and hydration. Luckily, geothermal waters and marine algae are close to hand to enrich beauty products and help combat the effects of harsh weather.

Try it at Home:

Skyn Iceland is a beauty brand born from the belief that a beautiful complexion starts with stress-free skin. If you have dull, oily, reddened or irritated skin, try Skyn Iceland Pure Cloud Cream (£41 for 50g; marksandspencer. com), with therapeutic mineral water, aloe extract and almond oil to calm and relax skin.Try it at home: Skyn Iceland is a beauty brand born from the belief that a beautiful complexion starts with stress-free skin. If you have dull, oily, reddened or irritated skin, try Skyn Iceland Pure Cloud Cream (£41 for 50g; marksandspencer. com), with therapeutic mineral water, aloe extract and almond oil to calm and relax skin.

KOREA

Reduce inflammation

It may sound weird and not very wonderful, but snail secretion is currently one of the most sought-after beauty ingredients in South Korea. It’s known to be highly effective at reducing skin inflammation, being deeply hydrating and calming irritation. A nation obsessed with beauty products, South Korea has fast become a popular destination for other Asian women looking for the next big thing in beauty. Try it at home: A goo-free option is Dr.Jart+ Regenerating Beauty Balm (£14 for 50ml; boots. com), which uses snail secretion, plus macadamia and jojoba oils, to intensely hydrate skin and even heal scars, concealing imperfections as it gets to work. It also contains SPF 30.It may sound weird and not very wonderful, but snail secretion is currently one of the most sought-after beauty ingredients in South Korea. It’s known to be highly effective at reducing skin inflammation, being deeply hydrating and calming irritation. A nation obsessed with beauty products, South Korea has fast become a popular destination for other Asian women looking for the next big thing in beauty.

Try it at Home:

A goo-free option is Dr.Jart+ Regenerating Beauty Balm (£14 for 50ml; boots. com), which uses snail secretion, plus macadamia and jojoba oils, to intensely hydrate skin and even heal scars, concealing imperfections as it gets to work. It also contains SPF 30.

NEW ZEALAND

Use Manuka Honey For Problem Skin

Honey from bees that have fed off the native manuka plant boasts biological properties (measured as a Unique Manuka Factor) that is scientifically proven to heal and protect skin; the higher the UMF number, the more potent the active antibacterial ingredients.Use manuka honey for problem skin Honey from bees that have fed off the native manuka plant boasts biological properties (measured as a Unique Manuka Factor) that is scientifically proven to heal and protect skin; the higher the UMF number, the more potent the active antibacterial ingredients.

Try it at Home:

For an at-home facial, Charlotte Vohtz, founder of Green People and author of Naturally Gorgeous (Ebury Press, £9.99), says mash half a small organic banana, a teaspoon of hemp or olive oil and a teaspoon of manuka honey to help dry or problem skin. Smooth onto skin and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing off.Try it at home: For an at-home facial, Charlotte Vohtz, founder of Green People and author of Naturally Gorgeous (Ebury Press, £9.99), says mash half a small organic banana, a teaspoon of hemp or olive oil and a teaspoon of manuka honey to help dry or problem skin. Smooth onto skin and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing off.

FRANCE

Prevention is Better Than Cure

Understated, polished and timeless is the universal image of French women’s beauty and it’s not just a rumour that they’re serious about skincare. Most women start early on with an anti-ageing regime designed to prevent and protect. Mineral water sprays, innovative serums, protective antioxidants and regular facials are a French woman’s best beauty friend.

Try it at Home:

Use a dry oil as a body moisturiser to keep skin scale-free. Try Caudalíe Divine Oil (£27 for 100ml; uk.caudalie.com) with natural antioxidants from grape seed and sesame seed oil. For every product bought, a tree is planted in the Amazon.

CAPITAL BEAUTY

Try these hero products from the world’s beauty capitals.

Tokyo, Japan

Astalift is one of Japan’s leading luxury skincare brands, and every beauty insider has become hooked since it launched in the UK a year ago. Try the new Intense Replumping Mask (£10 for one facial sheet mask; astalift.co.uk) soaked with the naturally powerful antioxidant astaxanthin, sourced from red marine algae, for fresher, stronger skin.Astalift is one of Japan’s leading luxury skincare brands, and every beauty insider has become hooked since it launched in the UK a year ago. Try the new Intense Replumping Mask (£10 for one facial sheet mask; astalift.co.uk) soaked with the naturally powerful antioxidant astaxanthin, sourced from red marine algae, for fresher, stronger skin.

Athens Greece

Apivita was founded in Athens in 1979 by two pharmacists with a passion for nature, honey bees and Greek beauty heritage. We love Energizing Body Milk with Orange and Ginger (£12 for 200ml; marksand spencer.com), with almond and olive oils and honey.Apivita was founded in Athens in 1979 by two pharmacists with a passion for nature, honey bees and Greek beauty heritage. We love Energizing Body Milk with Orange and Ginger (£12 for 200ml; marksand spencer.com), with almond and olive oils and honey.

Wellington, New Zealand

Comvita is New Zealand’s largest manufacturer of manuka honey, with skincare that harnesses manuka honey’s anti-ageing properties. Try its Replenishing Night Moisturiser (£25 for 50ml; comvita.co.uk) to plump your skin and support its natural elasticity.Comvita is New Zealand’s largest manufacturer of manuka honey, with skincare that harnesses manuka honey’s anti-ageing properties. Try its Replenishing Night Moisturiser (£25 for 50ml; comvita.co.uk) to plump your skin and support its natural elasticity.

Cape Town, South Africa

Africology products use native African potato, marula oil, rooibos tea and essential oils. Try its Body Balm (£14.60 for 125ml; africology-sa.com) to enliven the spirit and stimulate skin.Africology products use native African potato, marula oil, rooibos tea and essential oils. Try its Body Balm (£14.60 for 125ml; africology-sa.com) to enliven the spirit and stimulate skin.

Santa Barbara US

Earth Science Naturals has been championing natural ingredients for more than 30 years. Try Apricot Gentle Facial Scrub (£6.53 for 118ml; vitamingrocer.co.uk) for an irritant-free way to smooth skin.Earth Science Naturals has been championing natural ingredients for more than 30 years. Try Apricot Gentle Facial Scrub (£6.53 for 118ml; vitamingrocer.co.uk) for an irritant-free way to smooth skin.

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