From the smooth, poreless skin of women in Korea to the effortlessly glowing complexions of women in India, it's remarkable how breathtakingly beautiful each culture is. What's even more astounding is the fact that each country has it's own skincare secrets, be it a native ingredient, an ancient practice, or a way of life. And regardless of how different these methodologies are, each group has still, in their own way, artfully mastered the secrets to better skin. So when our own complexion starts to look lackluster, it's fun to borrow tips (or products) from other countries to reset our regimens.
Below, we took at look at the top-selling products in Korea, India, France, Germany, Australia, and Mexico to compare and contrast what each culture considers to be a bathroom vanity must-have. What we found was that there are many consistencies across the globe, namely, products that will deliver hydration, radiance, and anti-aging (because who doesn't want all of that?). To find out which products rank highest far and wide, keep scrolling.
Formulated by a plastic surgeon, this cream helps restore sun-damaged, dehydrated skin and aids in reversing hyperpigmentation. Vitamin A is also a derivative of retinol which, as we know, encourages cell turnover and collagen production. Found: the fountain of youth in jar.
Set your makeup while you refresh your skin with this hydrating mist. Rose and aloe work to keep skin soft and supple while grapefruit seed oil protects against toxins.
We're guilty—we love French beauty products a whole heck of a lot, mostly because the quintessential French girl seems like the type of badass, effortless chick we'd like to be best friends with (or, admittedly, the type of badass chick we'd like to be). As a result, we investigated how said French girl keeps her skin looking like a dream, and unsurprisingly, their top products are no-fuss, easy-to-use skin saviors.
In only ten minutes, your skin will take on an entirely new identity. Slather this hydration-boosting mask on twice a week to help revive even the driest complexions.
If you find facial soap to be a bit too drying, this cleansing milk will transform the way you wash your face. Gentle enough for all skin types, you can wash away the day's grime without washing away your skin's moisture, too. Karl Lagerfeld is allegedly a huge fan of the product and puts it in his bath every day. Hmm…
Turn back the clock with this lightweight cream modeled after a Bordeaux Premier Cru with its anti-aging grape-derived ingredients. Cheers to more youthful skin.
Some of the most popular skincare brands in Germany are also global giants that we in the states know extremely well. Take a look at some of the familiar faces (and one not-so-familiar product) below.
This cult-loved cream can be applied all over the body for a mega dose of hydration. It's especially great for dry, callused heels when applied before bedtime prior to putting on socks for smoother, softer feet in the morning.
This year, The Body Shop ranked fourth among top beauty brands in Germany e-Commerce. Haven't tried the brand yet? Start out with their Tea Tree Mask, a soothing, redness-reducing mask perfect for a Sunday morning after a long evening of dancing the night away.
We tapped the editors of Vogue India for the skincare products that shine the brightest. Give them a look below.
This quick-drying serum helps brighten the skin and eliminate discoloration for an overall more even, radiant complexion.
For those looking to revive dull, congested skin, this concentrate combines salicylic acid and jasmine to both clear pores and soothe to give your complexion visibly clarity.
A mouthful of an ingredient called the mucor miehei mushroom enzyme works to chemically slough away dead skin in eight minute's time. This peel is self-neutralizing to cut down on irritation that typical peels lend.
We've been closely tracking Korean skincare brands to find the latest and greatest new products that'll give us a more radiant complexion, and it's rare that we're unimpressed with a product as a K-beauty experts just continuously seem to get it *right*. Case in point: three of the top-selling skincare products in Korea below.
Aloe is a popular ingredient in Asia for its healing properties, which is why this moisturizing gel is such a fan favorite. You can even apply it on your hair and nails without the typical sticky residue of most aloe products.
Korean women generally aren't a fan of heavy makeup, which is why this lightweight cushion compact is such a smash hit. It offers light coverage but doubles as a must-have skincare product with its brightening and skin tone-evening properties.
Another popular ingredient in Korea is green tea. When used in skincare, its minerals and amino acids help nourish and moisturize the skin for an incredibly supple and plump complexion.
This $5 ointment is a staple in practically every Mexican household. Like Vaseline, it's a do-it-all product, but goes even further to heal a bevy of beauty ailments from blemishes to chapped lips, especially because it's fortified with retinol. The best part? You can buy it at Walgreens here in the states.
One of the biggest secrets of Mexican beauty is an extract that comes from their trees: tepezcohuite. The only brand in the U.S. that sells a product with this ingredient is Nuance, and it comes by way of a beloved dark spot corrector.
Mexican women love to exfoliate for smooth skin, especially with brown sugar. This is because the granules are smaller than salt scrubs (and it doesn't hurt that it smells lovely too). This particular brown sugar scrub is also fortified with glycolic acid for an overall more even skin tone.
For more global beauty tips, check out how other countries do anti-aging.