This Weird Military-Grade Product Is Every Swedish Woman's Secret Weapon

At Byrdie HQ, it's our MO to celebrate beauty from every corner of the world. The beauty customs of different cultures are unique and steeped in history, and by learning about them, we're able to expand our own perspectives (not to mention pick up a life-changing new tip or two). That's why we're proclaiming this week Global Beauty Week and paying special homage to women far and wide, from Thailand to Russia and beyond. Each day, we'll honor the beauty practices, trends, and traditions of our sisters around the globe—complex, intriguing, and versatile as they are. Enjoy!

Surveys have shown that Swedes are some of the happiest and most well-adjusted people on earth. But we don't need hard numbers to see that they're also some of the most beautiful. Of course, Swedish celebrities like Malin Åkerman, Elsa Hosk, and Frida Gustavsson bewitch us with their impossibly clear, youthful complexions. (And it's not just the women—Alexander Skarsgård, anyone?) But we've also noticed everyday Swedes flaunt the same glowy, glass-like skin. Could it be something in the water?

International beauty lovers that we are, we were curious (read: desperate) to find out what Swedish women are doing to their skin that we Americans clearly aren't. So we did a bit of digging to find the products, habits, DIY concoctions, and nutrition habits Swedish women use for maintaining that enviable "Scandi-skin." What we ended up finding was much more intriguing than we even predicted.

Keep scrolling to discover Swedish women's best skincare secrets!

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This story was originally published on September 6, 2016.