Considering the rise of Korean beauty products in the U.S. and our paralleled growing fascination with Asian skincare, it's clear that Westerners aren't cemented in their home turf when it comes to beauty. But even before the K-beauty movement, we welcomed treatments like Brazilian waxes, eyebrow threading (a Middle Eastern and Asian practice), and Turkish baths with open arms. Some of the absolute best tricks, practices, and products we've ever tried come from far across the globe, and we're constantly thirsty for more.
In our never-ending pursuit of international beauty tips, we've asked models, influencers, brand developers, and even just native women and men to share their country's best beauty tips. Below, take a look at some of our favorite global beauty tips.
Chances are you've heard of Baby Foot, the Japanese foot treatment that took the internet by storm. After you apply the plastic bags full of peeling ingredients like fruit acids, glycolic acid, and alcohol to your feet, dead skin and calluses will literally peel right off to reveal baby-soft skin. We also love this highly effective peel from Art Naturals to do away with dry summer feet.
The herb Jamu is used in traditional Indonesian medicine to treat anything from itchy skin to toxins within the body and utilized daily by Balinese women.
Got a pimple? An Aussie method is to apply basil oil to the area to help diminish its size.
Swedish models Elizabeth and Victoria Lejonhjärta told Vogue that retreating to the sauna helps cure a bevy of issues: "It helps you relax, charges up your superpowers, and takes your skin and hair to level 100," they explain. The models also claim to have "sauna parties," where they make skincare a social event.
Similar to a family dentist or physician, Alicia Yoon told us that it's common practice in Korea to have a family facialist—she once was even offered a mini facial when she went with her mother to see said facialist at just 3 years old.
South American natives (especially those from Paraguay and Uruguay) drink yerba mate tea in the morning like coffee. Similar to green tea, it encourages a healthy, glowing complexion.
Jennifer Berg, a blogger from Iceland, told us that she loves using skincare ingredients sourced from Icelandic nature because they're "pure and safe," like Taramar serum (available only in Iceland). If you'd also like to reap these natural benefits, we recommend giving Bioeffect EGF Serum ($185) a try.
What products have you tried from around the globe? Please share with us below!